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Sony Xperia 1

Sony Xperia 1

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Sony Xperia 1 Review: Uniqueness comes at a cost

Sony Xperia 1 Review: Uniqueness comes at a cost

Posted  07.11.19
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76 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
76

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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

The new Xperia 1 is a powerful, ambitious smartphone that draws on Sony’s expertise with different kinds of hardware. That might sound like a winning formula, but the reality of living with a super tall, super high-res device falls well short of ideal. Yes, watching movies on the Xperia 1 is fantastic (assuming your content fills the screen correctly). And the triple camera system, while finicky, will produce some impressive photos. Unfortunately, the phone’s battery life is middling at best, and the benefits of a 4K screen in a device this small can be hard to pick out unless you’re really paying attention. Ultimately, the Xperia 1 has some very specific charms, but most people should probably look elsewhere for a more complete package.

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Pros
  • Excellent performance
  • 4K screen is beautiful
  • Great for split-screen multitasking
Cons
  • Underwhelming battery life
  • 4K is totally unnecessary on smartphones
  • Triple camera needs more polish
76 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
76

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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).

Scores

Engadget

76
 

User Reviews

90
Maurizio
Really happy with the phone. Does most things fantastically, only let down with...read more
60
Stephen
Not as good as its predecessors! Some apps behave and display differently,...read more
40
Eko
bad finger print sensor, display brightness need above 50% to make you comfortable,...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
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Average user Score
 
90
Maurizio
12.20.19
Really happy with the phone. Does most things fantastically, only let down with camera and battery life.
 
60
Stephen
12.20.19
Not as good as its predecessors! Some apps behave and display differently, especially Google (attached news info is rubbish!!) and Google MAPS. MAPS keeps minimising and can't find out how keep it full screen whilst in use....nothing in the settings!!!! Very disappointed!! Seems some changes have been made without much thought.
 
40
Eko
12.20.19
bad finger print sensor, display brightness need above 50% to make you comfortable, update software without changelog and only google security update without any improvement, the price too expensive
 
100
Durm
12.20.19
Super phone, absolutely love it! Probably best Sony phone ever. Only one minor problem is the fingerprint scanner not perfect, other than that I can't fault it!
 
100
Victor
12.20.19
Best phone ever
 
90
Dean
12.20.19
Sony Xperia is a great phone that can handle most tasks everyday while reliable the battery can be seen to be on the short size, while only lasting a full day with moderate use, however can drain quickly with heavy use, if you plan to use it as a gps in a long trip, make sure you take a charger. Call quality is great though sometimes the loudspeaker quality can be hit and miss depending on how well people can hear. Camera quality is pretty good, though the ai scene recognition is pretty decent seeing and setting the right modes most of the time the triple camera setup covers most of all shooting scenarios well, however being able to set the modes manually feels missed especially the low light mode, night mode, portrait and macro modes. As sometimes it sees food as a macro mode and the selfie shooter is good enough though could be better. Sony Xperia 1 is overall a great phone for 2019 flagship and they've recently updated to android 10 so finding them on sale is worth a consideration.... Shame that you need to look online for Australians
 
90
William
12.20.19
I really love the phone. The display is lovely and the aspect ratio is much more useful than I expected. The only things I do not like about are the inconsistent results from the fingerprint scanner and the location of the power button as I will accidentally put it to sleep when trying to adjust the volume. Everything else is near perfect.
 
90
Kuro
12.19.19
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
70
vzwisawesome
12.19.19
We need a new compact. This is too big
 
90
Dominic
12.19.19
I've been extremely impressed so far with the Xperia 1, every element has been a pleasant experience and is one of the most enjoyable phones I've owned to use. There are a couple of downsides to the form factor, it doesn't always fit into every pocket and you certainly know if you've got it on you or not. And the lack of headphone jack is somewhat annoying, although that's mainly down to the fact that my car only has a cabled connection rather than Bluetooth. When it comes to using the phone, I've found the battery life to be excellent, I've yet to kill the phone before the end of the day and usually have well over 50% left when putting on to charge in the evening. The camera is also very good, with some excellent shots being produced and the flexibility of the multi camera system is inspiring, making me want to take pictures with my phone again, rather than my DSLR. Having a physical shutter button also helps with the feeling that this is a proper camera. The default app is good but has too much functionality hidden away and it isn't obvious always how to get at things. I prefer shooting in manual but have not been too dissatisfied with the auto results. The inability to save Raw files in the default app is also as a disappointment. The screen is fantastic and watching any video on it is a pleasure. The colours of very good and the tone looks natural and balanced. The speakers are fine enough but you need headphones for proper enjoyment. I can't say that watching non 21:9 footage bothers me, you quickly don't notice the black bars either side and with no notch of in-display camera means you are able to enjoy full screen video without distraction. The only minor gripes are the finger print sensor only really works with the right hand thumb, and without a case it is quite slippy. I would absolutely recommend this phone to anyone, it's quick, there isn't too much bloatware, it's already been updated to Android 10, has one of the best multimedia experiences on any phone I've used in a long time and has a camera that can get really good shots in almost any condition.