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Sony Xperia Z1 Review
9 May 2014
Summary: Ultimately, there is very little for which to criticize Sony this time around. The Xperia Z1 may not be as compact as the G2, nor as immediately feature rich as the Galaxy S4 or as beautiful as the HTC One, but it’s a fantastic all-round smartphone choice.
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? A bigger battery, a better camera and a new screen technology - things are looking up.
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.
Sony Xperia Z1 review: the king of waterproof phones
9 October 2013
Conclusion: We definitely recommend the Sony Xperia Z1. It is a very powerful device, and, Sony’s best phone yet. Needless to say the Z1 is part of the elite group of top Android phones, alongside the Samsung Galaxy S 4 , Note 3 , HTC One , LG G2 , and the others. It is, however, the only phone among the top ones to have IP ratings which allow submersion under 1.5 meters of freshwater, while also being dust resistant at the same time.
Pros: excellent build quality and materials, super snappy performance and powerhouse specs, fluid user experience, waterproof and dust resistant build, microSD card for expansion, good battery life
Cons: large phone, large bezels, still not perfect screen viewing angles (though improved over past models), poor camera software (especially manual mode), camera produces a lot of noise
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. Design-wise, the Sony Xperia Z1 is a great device.
Pros: Good-looking and high-quality exterior, Amazing camera, Great performance, Waterproof
Cons: Bulky, compared to other phones with 5” displays, Mediocre loudspeaker
Summary: The Xperia Z1 is probably the best-looking Android phone of 2013. With its combination of premium materials, great ergonomics and waterproofness, it already has a lot going for it even before you power it up. Counting against that is the sheer size and weight of the device. It won't be right for everyone. The 5 inch 1080p HD display is as good as it gets, and the camera and processor are right at the top of the tree too.
Summary: Sony topped our smartphone chart with its flagship Xperia Z smartphone and now it's back with a new and supposedly improved model. Read our Sony Xperia Z1 review to find out if it's a worthy replacement.
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