September 4th 2013 10:40 am

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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Reception and call quality Much better than the Z in this aspect. 65dB vs 60dB makes a huge difference for me! great!
  • Display Trilluminous display is gorgeous! great!
  • Battery life No comments good
  • Camera No comments great!
  • Ease of use No comments great!
  • Design and form factor No comments great!
  • Portability (size / weight) A bit long for my small hands. good
  • Media support Need to download another video player to get the codecs but it's Android so who cares if native doesn't have it? great!
  • Durability No comments great!
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) Can't live without my SmartConnect app! Also own a few NFC accessories, so easy and awesome! great!
Detailed review
I think Sony has finally done it. It's a shame that they didn't wait and released the inferior Z. I owned the Z so I would know. With the Z1, they perfected the camera, the camera options with timeshift burst, the 5 photo burst on long press, the amazing 20.9MP resolution and night shots are the best I've ever had. In comparison to the Z, the Z1 has a better loudspeaker, a dedicated camera button, the flap for the audio input is no longer. It is a little heavy and long for my hands since I have smaller hands than the average Joe. But with all the perks of the Z1, I don't mind all that much.

If you're not too interested in the camera, the Z is a better choice for form factor, the audio and charger flap is livable; the price is lower and all accessories run just fine with it.

Another perk that I love about Sony in general is their abundance in accessories like the speaker ball, the wireless headset and the smart tags, all of which I own. Apparently their smart watch is also waterproof and sounds mighty tempting.