Summary: To sum up the whole, if you want a decent quad-core based Android smartphone with a dust-proof and water-proof body, the Xperia ZR is a great choice. The closest rival handsets we can list out in the price and performance category are the Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Nexus 4, LG Optimus G and the HTC Desire 600. However, the Xperia ZR additionally has an IP58 certification under its belt, which makes this handset a perfect smartphone for the Indian user.
Excerpt: Most high-end smartphones are impressive pieces of technology, but they're also large in size, not something everyone appreciates. The big manufacturers have been aware of this for a while, and after the HTC One Mini and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, today we'll take a closer look at the Sony Xperia ZR. In a way it's the 'Xperia Z Mini'.
Conclusion: And so, there you have it. I have to admit, I wasn’t quite expecting much when I first got the ZR, but that could be due to the multitudes of mid to low range offerings Samsung and LG consistently put out. For Sony to get into that game, I thought it would be more of the same. But this wasn’t the case. Even if the build and feel might leave a little to be desired, everything underneath is purely viable and deserves ample attention.
Conclusion: It should be obvious by this point that the Sony Xperia ZR is not just another shrink-to-fit exercise like most of them minis. Instead of focusing on size, Sony chose to put the specs first, take it from there and see how compact it can get. The result may not be as small and portable as the Galaxy S4 mini, but unlike that one, the Xperia ZR is a proper flagship.
Pros: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support; 3G with HSPA; LTE, 4.55" 16M-color 720p capacitive touchscreen with 323ppi pixel density; Bravia Mobile Engine 2, Android OS v4.1.1 Jelly Bean with custom UI, Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU, 2 GB RAM, Adreno 320 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, 13 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geotagging, HDR, 1080p video recording @ 30fps with HDR mode, continuous autofocus and stereo sound, VGA front-facing camera, IP 58 certification -...
Cons: Below-par viewing angles of the display, Feeble loudspeaker, Low-res front facing camera
Excerpt: The Sony Xperia ZR feels comfortable in the hand and not bulky Due to the smartphone's water-resistant nature , its microUSB and 3.5mm ports are protected by tight plastic covers , with the one of the 3.5mm connector being somewhat difficult to remove. Watch out not to break your nail while struggling to open it! We aren't really fascinated by the execution of the physical keys, all of which are situated on the handset's right hand side.
Pros: Sizable display with very good pixel density, Powerful chipset for flawless performance
Cons: Average call quality, Average camera, Bland visuals
Summary: Sony made sure that you have enough options when getting their latest flagship. For those who prefer a glass-clad smartphone with dust and waterproof capabilities, there’s the Xperia Z. For those who want a daily-driver with a 5-inch full HD display minus the glass back and IP57 certification, there’s the Xperia ZL. The Xperia ZR falls right in the middle.
The Sony Xperia ZR is a smaller version of the flagship Xperia Z that offers much of the same features
Good Gear Guide.au
28 August 2013
Summary: If you're annoyed by the trend of huge smartphones, the Sony Xperia ZR should be right up your alley. It's a smaller version of the flagship Xperia Z but it offers much of the same features and functions including water and dust resistance.
Pros: Water and dust resistant, Camera works underwater, Compact design
Cons: A little thick, No real wow factor, No word on AU release
Excerpt: Sony Xperia ZR er billigere end Xperia Z og så kan den tilmed tage billeder under vandet, men der er flere væsentlige forskelle – både plusser og minusser, bl.a. en billigere pris ved lancering. Xperia Z var imprægneret, så telefonen tålte vandstænk, men med Xperia ZR er Sony gået skridtet videre, så mobilen er 100 % vandtæt i op til 30 minutter ned til en dybde på 1,5 meter i ferskvand, mens man ikke bør forsøge sig med saltvand.