Summary: This is a slightly more expensive model in this series, but has several merits. I have always been a fan of the Xperia series. It is one of the most successful series by Sonly (also, formerly, or Sony Errickson) and over the years I have used a number of models from this series. Actually I came across this series a few years ago when I was looking for a phone with the following characteristics: 1. Very compact 2. Easy to use 3. Superb camera quality 4.
Summary: This phone was surprisingly awesome. I researched it and read lots of great things. I expected the phone to let me down but it met all expectations and even surpassed some. It has great features. I love the face recognition security feature, even though it can be tricked. The indicator light is a bar at the bottom, below the screen. The light can be customized with different colors if you download an app. The picture is great.
Summary: I think that this phone is one of the better buys on the market. I replaced an Xperia Ion with this phone. I was happy with my ion but the zr blows it away. Super fast, sleek, durable, and the camera is amazing. I am knocking off one star because the phone they sent me was the version from Taiwan and that should have been disclosed by the seller. The manual was not in English and the inside markings were in Asian script.
Summary: I got this for ~$250 new. I have to say, it is an excellent mid-ranger even though the phone is already a year old from launch. I don't know why this phone isn't more popular. It has specs comparable to the Moto X, but is cheaper and with more hardware features such as a micro-sd slot, removable battery, and has certified water-resistance. It even has a dedicated camera shutter button!