Sony Xperia Z1 compact

88
Engadget
Score
88

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review: a good thing in a small(ish) package

Summary

Sony has set the benchmark for mini-flagships. With strong build quality and robust performance, the Z1 Compact will be a welcome arrival for anyone who prefers smaller devices.

from $190.99+
Pros
  • Flagship-caliberspecs
  • Premium build quality
  • Excellent performance, long battery life
  • Great camera
  • Improved display offers better viewing angles than older Sony handsets
Cons
  • More expensive than other "mini" phones
  • Minor software issues
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review: a good thing in a small(ish) package

Last year, Sony finally reached the end of the alphabet with its Xperia Z. It wasn't just that the company ran out of letters, though: With the Xperia Z, we saw Sony streamline its scattered phone strategy, piping all its attention into a single high-end device. Then, it followed up with the Z1, which brought a massive 20.7-megapixel camera.

Today, we once again have a new phone to talk about, except it's perhaps not the device you might have been expecting. Nope, this isn't a Z2, and no it doesn't bring an even higher-resolution camera. Instead, Sony's joining the small-flagship club, with the Xperia Z1 Compact. Interestingly, unlike some of its rivals, Sony is promising that you won't have to compromise on features for the sake of a more pocket-friendly handset. At £440 SIM-free in the UK, that apparently includes a no-compromise price, too. By the looks of it, though, Sony has worked hard to stick with the same specs as the original -- bar, of course, the screen size. So, is this finally proof that "mini" doesn't have to mean mediocre? We put it to the test to find out.

Read Full Review

Scores

Engadget

88
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
10.0
Display
9.2
Battery life
8.9
Camera
7.8
Ease of use
7.5
View All Scores

Specs

Xperia

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
4.3 inches
View Full Specs

Specs

Xperia

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
4.3 inches
View Full Specs
Video

Related Video

Xperia Z5, Z5 Premium, and Z5 Compact Hands-On

Xperia Z5, Z5 Premium, and Z5 Compact Hands-On

Posted   09.01.15
View
Similar Products

How It Stacks Up

90

Moto X Pure Edition

Engadget

90
 

Critic

8.6
 

User

9
 
No price available
87

Nexus 6P

Engadget

87
 

Critic

8.7
 

User

9
 
No price available
88

G Pro 2

Engadget

88
 

Critic

8.2
 

User

9.3
 
No price available
80

Xperia Z5

Engadget

80
 

Critic

7.8
 

User

Not yet scored
 
No price available
84

One (M9)

Engadget

84
 

Critic

8.1
 

User

8
 
Starting at
$431.99
Requires Contract

The Latest