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Review Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Smartphone
14 February 2014
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: What didn't we like about the Sony Xperia Z after using it for a few months? Its terrible battery life, mediocre camera and its washed out screen. Aside from that, it was a perfectly good flagship. What's new in the Sony Xperia Z1?
Pros: Waterproof and dust resistant, Excellent camera experience, Stable and powerful
Cons: Disappointing screen, Top layer of screen scratches easily, Low loud speaker volume
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.
Conclusion: With the Xperia Z1, Sony has finally become truly competitive. The Japanese company has been experiencing great difficulties during the last few years, but after a relatively lengthy transition, it's finally caught up with the big players of the wireless industry.
Pros: Good-looking and high-quality exterior, Amazing camera, Great performance, Waterproof
Cons: Bulky, compared to other phones with 5” displays, Mediocre loudspeaker
Summary: Sony’s second flagship of 2013 – third if you count the Z Ultra gigantophone – is waterproof to 1.5m, making it ideal for a trip to the beach or a soak in the tub. Of course its predecessor, the Xperia Z , was similarly waterproof (although to just 1m), so what else is new?
Pros: One of the quickest Android phones on the planet, Good battery life, Waterproofing
Cons: Narrow viewing angles, Camera could be better, Still not especially ergonomic
Conclusion: The Sony Xperia Z1 makes a few improvements to what was already a cracking smartphone. The screen looks great, the processor is the most powerful we've yet seen and the camera is very fine indeed. It's not cheap, but it's waterproof, looks great and it's extremely fast.
Pros: Terrific screen, powerful processor, fine camera, waterproof, dust resistant
Cons: A bit bulky, not cheap, battery life not great
Summary: You have to feel for the people who bought the Sony Xperia Z earlier in the year, only to realise recently that this model was coming out to take its place. There are similarities between the models, but in many ways, the Z1 is the phone the Z should have been.
Pros: Solid build quality, Supports Cat4 LTE, Excellent sound quality, Highly water resistant, Small apps can be made from widgets
Cons: Battery only lasts a day, 20 megapixel camera defaults to 8 megapixels, and doesn't offer much functionality when you're shooting at 20, Screen washes out slightly at angles, Gets mighty toasty in use, No infrared port, and can't be used as a remote control replacement
Summary: The Xperia Z smartphone was always going to be a hard act for Sony to follow but the successor – the Z1 – has taken the device to new heights. Sony’s Xperia Z1 looks almost identical to the Xperia Z from the outside but there are still a number of enhancements under the hood.