Sony Xperia Z1

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88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Sony Xperia Z1 review: a high-spec cameraphone without the hump

Summary

The Z1 ticks all the main boxes for a cutting-edge Android flagship, with superb 20-megapixel stills being an added bonus. However, if you're looking for the very best cameraphone on the market, this isn't it.

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
Sony Xperia Z1 review: a high-spec cameraphone without the hump

It's time to set the record straight: the original Xperia Z, launched back in February, was a decent phone. A solid phone. It was as if Sony had suddenly paused its chaotic schedule of handset releases in order to take stock of what Android users actually want: things like 1080p, microSD and a premium look and feel. And yet, the Xperia Z failed to be compelling. It wasn't just its subpar battery life that held it back. It was also the lack of a standout feature, which caused the phone to be buried amidst all the news of the GS4 and the HTC One -- and also by the announcement of the Lumia 1020 Windows Phone, whose camera suddenly made Sony's pokey, 13-megapixel module look like old technology.

That's why today, just seven months later, we're looking at a new flagship: the Xperia Z1 (codenamed Honami, and not to be confused with the Xperia ZL), with a far more boast-worthy camera and some other subtle-but-important enhancements. Buyers of the Xperia Z may understandably be displeased at being left behind so soon, but -- as much as we feel for them -- we'd hazard a guess that they don't constitute an especially large population anyway. In contrast, the Xperia Z1 should have much greater mainstream appeal. Read on to discover why.

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Scores

Engadget

88
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
8.0
Display
8.0
Battery life
8.0
Camera
7.8
Ease of use
8.7
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Specs

Xperia

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
5 inches
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Specs

Xperia

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
5 inches
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