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!
Summary: After some time has passed in having my new Sony Xperia Zr, I'm impressed! I can complain that Play Services can get frustrating in being a battery hog on this phone at times,... that and Media Services too. But, with some light tinkering I got to work around it. A change in settings and disabling apps I don't use solved that quick! The Xperia UI is clean and aesthetically pleasing without too much excessive bloatware (TouchWiz... *cough-cough*).
Summary: "Following up 5 years of Iphone use, this is my first Android. The ZR is nice and chunky, you can feel the build-quality (4 out of 5) Screen is crystal-clear (5/5) and the speed is okay (3/5). Nicer to hold than the bigger ones out there. Front camera is a shame. Should be much better than VGA qualitiy (1/5) Back camera is good (4/5).
Summary: Out of the box, I was expecting less. Historically, I have used Motorola products. I'm coming from the Moto Droid Maxx which was a 2 year disappointment. Quality was a major expectation from Xperia, however, I did consider the price point for the phone. What I like: removable battery; customizable lock screen; quick access to camera from lock screen; customizable UI; out of the box plug and play support for t-mobile; 10 MBPS download on HPSA+ in NOVA/Washington DC area;...
Summary: Great build, fantastic camera, the phone battery lasts up to 3 days in stamina mode with light usage (calls + e-mails), plus waterproofing! Really liked Sony customizations on android. On cons side: - screen seems to have no antistatic coating so it attracts lot of dust. - loudspeaker is really weak with awful audio quality, my guess it's due to the waterproofing.
Summary: I bought this to replace a string of Nexus 4s I was unhappy with. It was tough finding a decent phone of medium size which is unlocked, this was definitely the best choice. I really like the layout and flexibility Sony has built in to their UI. There are a few things that are not preferable, but overall I can live with. It gets good reception and is quick.