Reviews and Problems with Sony Xperia Z1 / C6903/ C6906
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Sony Xperia Z1 Review: In Depth
5 December 2013
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
Excerpt: If there’s been one constant in the Android OEM community over the past two years, it’s Sony’s seeming inability to keep up with the competition. Though the last two years have seen the company continue to be one of the only to debut new mobile hardware at CES, each time — the Xperia S and
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
Sony Xperia Z1 review: a high-spec cameraphone without the hump
24 September 2013
Summary: If we were being cynical, we'd say that the Xperia Z1 risks falling into the same trap as its predecessor. Sony has thrown everything it has into the new 20-megapixel camera module, and yet it hasn't managed to beat Nokia's flagship Windows Phone. The evidence is clear: the Z1 shoots noisier stills than the Lumia 1020 and its video recordings suffer immensely from the lack of optical image stabilization.
Pros: An excellent all-rounder, Waterproof and dustproof, Attractive design, well-built, Powerful camera in a skinny frame
Cons: Lack of image stabilization hurts video and low-light stills, 1080p display has bad viewing angles
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
Excerpt: 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. Updated on 25/09/13 .
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? It’s less harsh in the hand, for a start, with curved corners and smooth lines replacing the odd dust-welcoming trench.
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