80

A great phone let down by weak battery life

80

The Xperia Z proves that Sony has what it takes to make a compelling phone in an increasingly competitive market, but issues like battery life need to be confronted, even at the expense of the design.

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Critic reviews

8.1
15 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.1
  • Display
    8.3
  • Battery life
    7.0
  • Camera
    7.6
  • Ease of use
    7.3
  • Design and form factor
    8.3
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.5
  • Media support
    8.5
  • Durability
    9.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    7.5

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User reviews

8.8
30 reviews
8.0
Engadget Feb 20, 2013

The Xperia Z proves that Sony has what it takes to make a compelling phone in an increasingly competitive market, but issues like battery life need to be confronted, even at the expense of the design.

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8.0
AllThingsD Jul 11, 2013

Sony may be playing a game of catch-up, but the Xperia Z shows that the company can make a good Android smartphone.

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7.0
Wired Apr 19, 2013

Oddly, it’s not yet available from a U.S. carrier, but it’s a worthy contender if you’re looking for an unlocked device to hack, or to play around with.

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7.0
CNET Jul 10, 2013

Unfortunately in today's cutthroat mobile world populated with two mighty titans locked in a struggle to the death for mobile phone supremacy, Samsung and HTC (three, if you count Apple's iPhone), Sony's efforts are not quite enough.

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9.0
PC Advisor Feb 18, 2013

The Xperia Z is the first smartphone which Sony has really nailed. We love the stylish, desirable and rugged design. The combination of excellent performance, a stunning screen and great cameras make the Xperia Z a force to be reckoned with.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Feb 26, 2013

It is the strongest Android phone that Sony has produced to date, fusing power, design and features. We don’t find Sony’s customisations to be too intrusive and the attention to battery life is to be welcomed.

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7.0
SlashGear Feb 24, 2013

Despite how quickly it runs out of steam, we like the Xperia Z. It’s about time Sony waded into the smartphone market in earnest, and with some refinement its 2013 range shows great promise. What it doesn’t have is an obvious winner.

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9.0
GSM Arena Feb 17, 2013

The Xperia Z is the current benchmark champion, the Jelly Bean experience is excellent, with a number of custom value-adding apps like the media players and the image gallery. The Xperia Z is an impressive package and looks the part.

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9.0
TechRadar May 17, 2013

The Sony Xperia Z has a strong design and finally represents an Android smartphone that can be used to show iPhone owners that they're not necessarily at the top of the heap anymore.

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8.0
Digital Versus Mar 21, 2013

The Xperia Z has lots of selling points: elegance, quality finishing, high responsiveness, an effective user interface, a good phone function... But it isn't perfect: the camera function is disappointing and the body smudges like crazy.

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8.0
Android Authority Mar 9, 2013

This is a phone just shy of 5 stars that deserves an incredible amount of credit – it’s not just the phone that some of us have been waiting for, it’s the phone that Sony has been absolutely anticipating finally releasing.

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9.0
Notebookcheck Mar 12, 2013

The Sony Xperia Z does do many things right: we like the good looking design, the IP certifications, and the extremely sharp 5-inch FullHD display ... but considering the pretty steep price tag of 650 Euro ( ~$845), we really would expect a better-performing display.

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8.0
MobileBurn Jul 10, 2013

The Xperia Z is a phone that makes a heck of a first impression and slowly reveals some small flaws that may chip away at someone's patience.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jan 7, 2013

Well, the Xperia Z exudes class -- and it's light... Picking it up, it feels better and more premium than any phone we've seen from Sony before and, oddly, it's even waterproof.

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CNET Jan 7, 2013

I have to say I’m impressed with the Sony Xperia Z. It’s the slickest and most compelling handset I’ve gotten my hands on from the company. No pricing or availability has been announced just yet, but I suspect the device will arrive sometime this spring.

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Ars Technica Jan 9, 2013

It feels much more heavy duty than its counterpart, the ZL and that scratch-resistant chassis is certainly a magnet for fingerprints.

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Pocket-Lint Jan 8, 2013

The Sony Xperia Z has stood out as one of the hottest gadgets of CES 2013. It’s plain to see why. It’s big, it’s bright, it’s bold, it runs the latest version of Android and this is what people seem to be looking for from their mobile phone at the moment.

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Wired UK Jan 8, 2013

If imitation is the greatest form of flattery, Apple must be thrilled by Sony's Xperia Z. It's a skinny ... smartphone, sandwiched between two sheets of tempered Gorilla glass. And just like the iPhone 5, the button-free double-glazing felt pretty close to polished perfection in our sweaty palms.

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PC World Australia Jan 10, 2013

The 4G-capable Sony Xperia Z features a 5in full HD 1080p display, a 13-megapixel camera and comes wrapped in a water and dust-resistant finish.

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PC World Australia Jun 27, 2013

The Sony Xperia Z blurs the line between a phone and a tablet. The company claims the 6.4in smartphone is the world's slimmest with a full HD display.

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Consumer Reports Jul 10, 2013

With its big and beautiful display, hazard-resistant body, and long-lasting battery, the Sony Xperia Z seems like an excellent companion for the beach or boardroom.

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TechRadar Jan 8, 2013

There's no doubt that Sony has stepped up its game with the Xperia Z. We were pretty unimpressed with the screen quality when we first saw the handset sitting nonchalantly on the table, and if you're not using the phone straight on, then you may not think you're staring at a top-end smartphone.

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phoneArena Jan 8, 2013

Overall, it’s undoubtedly a handful to hold, but when you combine its sharp industrial design with its sturdiness, which includes being waterproof and dustproof, it’s a safe bet to assume it’ll withstand a lot more punishment than some of its highly esteemed rivals.

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T3 Jan 8, 2013

At first glance, the Sony Xperia Z is the most impressive phone that we've seen from the company in a long time, possibly ever. The big screen may divide opinion, but there's no denying the design is slick.

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TrustedReviews Jan 9, 2013

With an attractive bod, quad-core processor, 2GB and all these high-end features, this might be the most desirable phone Sony has made since it dropped Ericsson.

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GSM Arena Feb 13, 2013

The Sony Xperia Z aimed for the smartphone of the season title and we can already tell that it's in the running.

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Expert Reviews Jan 8, 2013

Sony has pulled out all the stops with the Xperia Z, and from our initial impressions it seems to have paid off. The simple yet elegant design is a thing of beauty, finished in black and made from water-resistant polycarbonate. It’s thin, light and fits comfortably in your hand.

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8.0
AbhisekD AbhisekD

Well if you're here, seeking about reviews of this phone then you must have already heard a lot of negative reviews like it has poor viewing angles, gets heated up and bla bla. Being an owner of the Xperia Z, here's my personal note regarding the same- It's a smartphone . There isn't any...

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9.0
dereknobuyuki dereknobuyuki

XPERIA Z SMARTPHONE for the Japanese Market on NTT Docomo With Docomo's new spring line-up, the Xperia Z is clearly the best and most popular (although some of the other domestic products are also quite decent for the Japanese market) I have only a few "complaints" about mt Xperia GX but...

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9.0
hazarded hazarded

This is a really good phone even though the battery goes fast. The xperia z does come with a power saver mode that helps with the battery life but besides that it's a really solid phone. It also catches everyone off guard when I go swimming with the phone and stop to text and continue. Pros...

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3.0
Virpi Virpi

Camera and software of Xperia Z are great, hardware isn't: usb port breaks down easily and film on the screen gets scratched -and neither of these is covered by warranty. As a warranty repairs I had also camera and usb ports cover fixed. As usb port is broken, I can only charge phone in a dock,...

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9.0
KrishnaTeja KrishnaTeja

Beast of all phone. I'm happy with that & I think it will beat all the competitors. Few problems like Call reception is bit low and we need to hold the phone too close to the ear to hear the clear voice Only defect I found is its getting heated up on heavy usage some times.

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9.0
veesion veesion

The phone (xperia z) is a great phone. great design, great battery life, great display (exclude viewing angle), broad range of accessories. things that need to be improve are occasionally homescreen stutter, wifi strength, speaker quality(tiny).

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9.0
bronek13 bronek13

I have it from a week now and I am still happy :) battery work for a day, if you start games it will die for a few hour so it not gaming machine, sad becouse all games work flawlessly :) In pocket it feels ok, it realy thick, so no problem here. Well made phone for me Great but the only thing is...

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9.0
arunkchow arunkchow

I got this phone right after few days of International launch. I fell in love with it the moment I laid my hands on. 5" Full HD screen powered by Mobile Bravia Engine. It's Qualcomm Snapdragon Pro is a beast. When it does the intense jobs you'll feel the heat on rear side of the phone. That's the...

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