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Sony Xperia Z1
4 October 2014
Summary: The Xperia Z was already a cracking phone, and Sony has only improved it with the Z1. Top-notch build quality combined with high-end specs make for a brilliant device that can keep up with the Galaxy S4s and iPhones of this world, and look good doing it too. Some people will find a 5-inch phone too big for them, but once you're used to the full HD quality that the Z1 provides, you'll never want anything smaller again.
Summary: Turning big into small. Already the name makes its obvious: The Z1 Compact is the handier version of Sony's Xperia Z1 flagship. These "Mini" editions are presently quite common, but the Z1 is an exception because most of the hardware is the same as used in the larger version.
Pros: High performance, Bright screen, Outstanding battery runtime, Temperature development, Picture quality, IP certification, The 4.3-inch screen is exceptionally bright, has a low black level, and consequently an above-average high contrast - great job, Sony.
Cons: Purchase price, Scratch sensitive back, Speaker quality, The purchase price is still a bit steep. Larger models are available for a bit less money, and the powerful Nexus 5 is, for example, considerably more affordable.
Excerpt: Sony has continued its quest of producing a flagship smartphone that appeals to the masses and one that challenges the iPhones and Samsung Galaxies of the world, and while it still has quite the uphill battle, the new Xperia Z1S is no doubt Sony’s best phone to date. Equipped with a 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 32GB of storage, a 20-megapixel camera and an appealing glass chassis, the Z1S is certainly quite the looker with plenty of cool features under the hood.
Conclusion: We’re happy to see Sony’s Z1 make it to a U.S. carrier in the form of the Z1S, especially since Sony saw fit to double the internal memory (16GB is pretty cramped for a modern high-end smartphone). We also think the Xperia line’s boxy design looks good, and is far more comfortable to hold in a device this size than with the similarly styled, though much larger Z Ultra.
Pros: Impressive camera, especially in low light, Waterproof, Slim, stylish design, Nice screen
Cons: Poorly placed speaker, Underwater camera ability seems niche, Splashing water activates touchscreen, Design attracts fingerprints and smudges
Excerpt: Sony already tried to capture the minds of consumers earlier this year with a flagship Android device. The Xperia Z was a decent enough device when it launched, but when the competition hit hard a few months later, the Z fell a little behind. A slick design and waterproofing were some of the handset's standout features, but it notably fell behind in the chipset and display departments.
Summary: Freshly polished. Sony presents their updated Xperia Z with the latest hardware and a Full HD screen. The Japanese company's new family member has much more to offer than just a processor update, so we took a closer look for you. Read on to discover how Sony freshened up their smartphone...
Pros: First class performance, IP certification, LTE Cat. 4 with broad frequency coverage, Good battery life, Great camera, Exceptionally bright display..., The high-quality materials and very good manufacturing are unrivaled. Also, the IP certification is a real boon.
Cons: ...that has bad viewing angle stability and a high black value, Battery permanently affixed, Bloatware preinstalled, Sony could have kept the docking station in the packaging, since the covering over the USB port doesn't need to be constantly removed when the station is connected.
Summary: The basics It's less than a year since we first laid eyes on the Sony Xperia Z, which brought slim lines, waterproof tech and a full HD screen to the mix. Now Sony has a new 5-inch Android smartie, the Xperia Z1. It has even faster guts, a massive 20.7-megapixel camera and a new waterproof glass body. But is it a big step on from its predecessor? Let's find out. The good Sony's Xperia Z was quite a looker, but its plastic body left us wanting something a bit more robust.
Pros: Sony's Xperia Z was quite a looker, but its plastic body left us wanting something a bit more robust. This time around, Sony's upped the build quality with a solid aluminium and glass design that's reminiscent of the iPhone 4. The Z1 is still extremely slim, at just 8.5mm thick. It's also fairly weighty at 169g, which makes it feel like a premium piece of kit, and puts the likes of the plastic Samsung Galaxy S4 to shame. The 5-inch full HD screen is still as gorgeous ...
Cons: As a phone, there's not a lot to fault the Z1 on. It's a top-notch piece of kit with a premium feel that screams quality. The one caveat, however, is its camera. Sony has armed the Z1 with a 20.7-megapixel shooter, backed up by the Exmor light sensor borrowed from the company's own range of cameras. While it's certainly a fine snapper, it's not perfect. There are plenty of features and options available within the camera app, but it falls short in the performance stak...
Excerpt: The Sony Xperia Z was the company's flagship handset from earlier this year, and while its Full HD screen and 13-megapixel camera ticked the necessary high-end Android boxes, we weren't so keen on its hard plastic edges and slab-like design. Surprisingly, considering that the Z has only been on sale for around six months, Sony has now launched a successor - the Sony Xperia Z1.