Sony Xperia Z
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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.
- The most beautiful Sony phone yet
- Water resistance on a flagship device
- Strong performance
- Disappointing battery life
- Poor viewing angles
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Sony Xperia Z
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- 83AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE15 ReviewsAllThingsD80Sony Steps Up Its Smartphone Game With the XperiaSony may be playing a game of catch-up, but the Xperia Z shows that the company can make a good Android smartphone.PC Mag80Sony Xperia Z (T-Mobile)The Sony Xperia Z is a powerful, sleek new smartphone for splash-prone T-Mobile customers.CNET70Sony Xperia Z (T-Mobile) review: Good looks only tUnfortunately 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.Wired70Sony Xperia ZOddly, 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.Engadget80Sony Xperia Z review MobileThe 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.Ars TechnicaNot RatedHands-on with the Sony Xperia ZL and the Xperia ZIt feels much more heavy duty than its counterpart, the ZL and that scratch-resistant chassis is certainly a magnet for fingerprints.CNETNot RatedSony's luxurious Xperia Z is slim, trim, and seducI 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.EngadgetNot RatedSony Xperia Z: hands-on with the new flagship at CWell, 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.Consumer ReportsNot RatedFirst look: Sony Xperia Z makes a splashWith 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.PC World AustraliaNot RatedSony Xperia Z Ultra Android phone (preview)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.Android Authority80Sony Xperia Z Review!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.Pocket-Lint90Sony Xperia Z reviewIt 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.SlashGear70Sony Xperia Z ReviewDespite 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.Tech Advisor90Sony Xperia Z reviewThe 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.PC World AustraliaNot RatedSony Xperia Z Android phone (preview)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.Wired UKNot RatedSony Xperia Z hands-on: quad-core Android action dIf 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.Pocket-LintNot RatedSony Xperia Z: Details worth examiningThe 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.TechRadar90Sony Xperia Z reviewThe 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.Digital Versus80Sony Xperia Z ReviewThe 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.GSM Arena90Sony Xperia Z review: Zero hourThe 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.GSM ArenaNot RatedSony Xperia Z preview: First lookThe Sony Xperia Z aimed for the smartphone of the season title and we can already tell that it's in the running.T3Not RatedSony Xperia Z review: Hands-onAt 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.phoneArenaNot RatedSony Xperia Z hands-onOverall, 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.TechRadarNot RatedHands on: Sony Xperia Z reviewThere'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.Notebookcheck90Review Sony Xperia Z SmartphoneThe 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.Expert Reviews100Sony Xperia Z reviewA high-resolution screen and classy Android customisations make this a great handset, but we prefer the HTC One's design.TrustedReviewsNot RatedSony Xperia ZWith 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.Expert ReviewsNot RatedSony Xperia Z smartphone review - hands onSony 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.MobileBurn80Sony Xperia Z Review (T-Mobile)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.
- 83AVERAGE USER SCORE32 ReviewsEngadget Reader10January 3, 2017Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!An awful product that should be avoided. You'll be sorry. - EngadgetEngadget Reader20July 11, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!My Sony Xperia Z phone obtained water damage and is now not functioning. I find this unacceptable as the phone is advertised as waterproof enough for the company to state it is capable of taking underwater video. I understand that all connections must be sealed tightly, which they were, and yet water still got inside my phone and caused damage. After calling the support center I was told that the phone would not be covered for this kind damage under warranty more than a year from purchase . This is very disconcerting due to the fact that the device malfunctioned, not as a result of misuse/ abuse but as it not preforming in the capacity that the company states. Under this logic the phone should really be advertised as waterproof for a year only, being if any water damage is sustained by the phone the company will not take responsibility past one year. This is very upsetting.Engadget Reader90February 25, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The phone has a refreshing interface but Sony is delaying the lollipop update ... which is just awful..expected update was said to be in starting week of feb .. but no update yet..poor battery life ..sony please give the update as soon as possible ...Engadget Reader90June 9, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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.ProsThe phone charges fast with the stock charger or the Sony "official" dock, not any generic onesThe phone's customization can do whatever you want it to look like if you are good with technology but is simple to use if your not, I made mine to run all the old Pokemon games on the lock screen It has a software that you can install to have your Xperia Z up to date and back up all your messages, contacts, music, files, etc...Has its own small apps that are similar to widgets that can run above other apps, there are many third party apps that you can install to run, I run 2 youtube videos at the same timeThe Xperia Z comes with great stock apps but you can choose to use others on the Play StoreIt comes with good memory space and is expandable to 64 GB, I completely maxed out mine with music, the phone's 16 GB + 64 GB on a microsd cardCons The battery life sucks, this could have a better battery but it could just be me since im on the phone 24/7Camera could be betterNO GROUP MESSAGING, I really hate this, during school i would be put into group messages for a project or just with friends, if you get this phone be prepared to get every text as a single one per personIt does heat up with constant use, 3 hours plus, this really doesn't matter since I probably put this phone to harder conditions than Sony probably tests the Xperia Z, freezing water and snow in Lake Tahoe, burning hot sun Pasadena, rock climbing at Eaton Canyon, Swimming in Santa Cruz and Santa MonicaOther things you should knowBuy a screen protector and a case, I have never broken a screen or broken a phone but this phone could get a scratch on the glass. I have not dropped my phone but others have and because i had a case and a screen protector i could just replace them and the phone look like new.The speaker also sounds quieter when you come out of the water, this is normal since it just has water that is in the speaker. The speaker only takes a few hours to dry but by the next day it should be back to normal. THE PHONE IS ONLY WATERPROOF WHEN THE FLAPS ARE CLOSED. If you leave these open I really hope you have insurance or be ready to buy a new phone.Engadget Reader70May 26, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100May 5, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90April 19, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90March 21, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!XPERIA Z is a amazing product with good features for a reasonable price tag. not happy with the camera though,pictures are very noisy less sharp and bad at night.battery is one day only,with wifi its fine but with mobile data its a diffrent story battery drains fast.love the design and the feel.display is good super bright but i hope i could adjust colours and make it better.bravia engine does make a difference but its not that noticeable. front camera is good amazingly goodno other issues yet,good mobile,love it <3Engadget Reader90January 13, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80December 23, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader30December 13, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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, therefore this is now my "tablet" at home, and sometimes a camera outdoors.Engadget Reader100December 7, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader80December 4, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90November 26, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100September 11, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've had the phone for only a week but I previously used Samsung Galaxy Note 1 and 2. Hands down to Sony for finally packaging many premium features in one solid device. I don't miss my Galaxy phones at all.Engadget Reader90August 9, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80August 2, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 smartphone out there which doesn't gets heated up when you play low/high graphics games, surf the internet for a long time, watch movies/videos, call up someone and talk with them for quiet a long time etc. Of course, any device would get hot if you do the above mentioned things. But the coolest thing about this device is, when it heats up you can cool it up quickly by placing it in a bowl of water. This beats 'em all.No wonder people use their phones either in portrait mode or in landscape mode, no matter in whatever posture they're. If we talk about the poor viewing angles then yes it is true but I don't get one thing, what would one get by viewing their phone diagonally? I mean there would hardly anyone who uses his/her phone diagonally from a certain angle.Sound quality is average. Sony is well known to provide rich sound experience on earphones rather on it's speakers. Actually, the placement of the speaker is not well. Due to it's alignment in the bottom right, it feels like the music plays on one halve of the speaker. But anyways, the sound is superb on any earphones.Camera quality is satisfactory, both primary and secondary one. I especially loved, front camera's clarity. Skyping is much clear with the 2.2 MP cam!Battery's stand by time is a bit above the average at it's best. The phone takes around 40 minutes to get fully charged while at it's discharged state. Being a smartphone, the battery will drain the moment you start playing games, watching videos or surfing the internet. Still it's totally cool coz the average usage of the battery is around 4-5 hours if you use it continuously. In the end, battery life is decent for heavy use.The phone's durability is the highlights of this device. I bet you must have developed your engrossment when you'd have seen it getting washed with water. Booyeah! The waterproof and dust resistant features are the top notch merits of Xperia Z. Every port has it's safety gears which help them from staying out of the water. The speaker and mic are made waterproof so it doesn't needs any attention if water gets into it. Make sure that all your flaps are closed when you dip it in the water for a test or it gets wet due to rain or something else as Sony won't hold any responsibilities if the phone is made contact with water with the flaps open. As it will make your phone suffer!Voice and call clarity is as clean as water. With Sony's microphone noise suppression, one can reduce the background noise during a call. You can also set the call equalizer to bright or smooth for more better surrounding sound. You can also get a richer voice listening experience during calls by enabling speaker voice enhancement.Internal memory is of 16GB out of which user available is 11 GB. This is well enough for your music and pictures. For storing your HD movies, you can upgrade your storage with a 32GB/64GB card.The UI is soothingly responsive and lustrous. It provides a good UX and the alignment of the shortcuts, widgets and apps is very well. The Dragon Trail glass on the backside of the phone makes it looks elegantly sexy. The front one is a shatterproof glass which is not available yet on any other phones.Tips:While putting the provided screen guard on to the phone, don't use the given plastic piece as while you're flattening the screen from one side, the other side may result in having bubbles. Use a Credit/Debit/ID card horizontally while applying the lamination so as the screen sticks appropriately to both sides without leaving behind any bubbles.Conclusion:This smartphone is worth of your every bucks and gives you a superior personality when you hold it. You won't like to pay around 45-50k for a phone with similar design architecture of it's predecessors. The only phone which gives Xperia Z a tougher competition is the HTC One.Engadget Reader100July 9, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I love this phone is has got the durable off a "Active/sports" phone delivered inside a glass sandwich, sleek housing.Engadget Reader90July 8, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!It is a really good but pricy phone, I love that it's waterproof, it's less of a worry. I hate that it does get scratched easily, so gear it up with screencovers and cases. Sound, screen and functionality is great. It is really techy.Engadget Reader90July 8, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 only alarming thing with this phone. If you want to talk about ergonomics, go buy a small phone. And if you really love something that's spectacular and fine made beauty coupled with awesome horse power, buy this one! Case closed!Engadget Reader80June 27, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90April 27, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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).Engadget Reader90April 26, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 voiceOnly defect I found is its getting heated up on heavy usage some times.Engadget Reader90April 20, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90April 19, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This is by far the most beautiful thing I have ever held in my hand. Gadget-wise. I'm being very very careful with it until I get a case for it because I've seen videos of it shattering if dropped (albeit really high and hard but still...). The volume can be a bit higher, I find it has one of the lowest on-call volumes I've ever encountered, don't know why, dear Sony, why...? :( Aside from that, battery life is fine, camera is gorgeous, need to try out the night capture and night video capture. I find holding the phone with your left hand alright, however using the right hand is more awkward because you'll end up pressing the power button or volume rocker. In terms of form, aethestics and overall abilities, you've got yourself a very luxurious piece of hardware. Excuse me while I go dunk mine in water, just for funzies. :)Engadget Reader90April 1, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90March 31, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100March 15, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90March 12, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90March 2, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 battery it could be bigger.Engadget Reader100February 20, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Beast of all phone. I'm happy with that & I think it will beat all the competitors..Engadget Reader90February 6, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!XPERIA Z SMARTPHONE for the Japanese Market on NTT DocomoWith 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 Xperia Z covers all of them and more.1.) BatteryThe Xperia GX battery is too small. They have great industrial design but the thinness of the great-looking ARC design means a little less space for the battery thus a slightly smaller battery. The Xperia Z doesn't have an ARC design and can have a much nicer sized battery.2.) Power ButtonWhen not looking at the phone, it is difficult to distinguish the camera button from the power button (because they are in the same position when the orientation of the phone is unknown). Sony Mobile has said in an interview at CES that the new power button is their new signature accent. To be honest, it makes it really easy to find the power button in the dark or when your eyes are focused elsewhere. Plus, it's far easier to push the button due to the button design and position over the Xperia GX.3.) Waterproof* (*I mean IPX5/7... not scuba diving "proof")In the Japanese market, this is a deal breaker. At first it was just the different manufacturers always scrambling to find unique features to market their products over rivals like when we used to have solar panels built into phones, etc. However, waterproofing became more than just some unique value proposition, but rather became a required features of any feature phone or smartphone (or tablets to a lesser degree although there are several waterproof tablets)The Xperia GX is not waterproof. For me in the end, going with a beautifully designed Xperia GX was more important than the waterproofing but with the Xperia Z you can have the best of both worlds. You can have a beautifully designed device AND have it waterproof. You can essentially have your cake and eat it too.4.) The Dock, docking.The Xperia GX has a beautiful dock for both charging and for connecting via MHL+HDMI to a TV or monitor. I use it on a daily basis. The dock is beautifully designed, premium build quality, and works really well (works FAR better than my Samsung MHL connector). There's only one drawback and that is that you have to plug your phone into the device.The dock cradle has a plug sticking out that you plug into the always-exposed usb/mhl connector on your Xperia GX. For at least 7 years, nearly all feature phones in Japan have had charging cradles and none of them ever required a "plug" type connection. Instead, they have special metal contact points that touch contacts on the dock cradle. With the advent of and ubiquity of waterproof phones, this further cemented with type of standard into the de facto standard in Japan. Lucky, the Xperia Z follows that great trend. It's very easy to dock and undock the Xperia Z using those metal contact points. Waterproof devices are a lot of trouble to open up flaps but with the Xperia Z, you don't have to. It docks beautifully with the dock, with speakers, etc...5.) AccessoriesThere were not so many accessories available for my Xperia GX. I got the beautiful dock, but there were almost no other accessories available. The Xperia Z is quite the opposite! There are so many different accessories available for it (See my photos on Google+ for the VR helmet display, new skins for your device, a myriad of cases - although why hide the device in a case that would hide it's great industrial design especially when high-end Sony smartphone these days use high-quality glass technology even if they won't tell us the specific brand but it's sitll that same quality level), bluetooth keyboards, and a variety of NFC-enabled bluetooth speakers.Other.) Other impressions of the Xperia ZThis is a great device. In terms of industrial design, it's the best looking and well-designed device since the hayabusa Xperia GX. Glass on both side gives it a premium feel and the purple looks great; It also, however, is a fingerprint magnet. The device has a 5 inch, 1280x1080 full HD 443 ppi display that looks really good. BraviaEngine 2 bring dynamic contrast control (even for 1080p video up to 30 frame per second). Some nice improvements over the GX in the display and a larger display at that yet the device itself is not that much bigger than the GX. It's fairly large in one's hand but not uncomfortable. (Some of those NEC phones are really uncomfortable). The weight is about the same as the GX but unlike the GX while firmly holding the phone with your hand, your thumb may not be able to reach all corners of the device without loosening your grip (ie: one handed use while standing on the train, for example, may be a little bit difficult if you often need to touch the corners of the device)Performance-wise with a Qualcom S4 Pro SoC under the hood with 2GB of RAM, I would not expect performance to be anything but good. There are also some major improvements to the digitizer/touchscreen technology. These points together bring your smoother operations, smoother touch input, and smoother scrolling. In actual practice, it is noticeably smoother but not dramatic.The device was not running final software at the time of review but the performance was quite good. The Xperia GX's non-final software builds were all far poorer performance than the final build. Perhaps, the Xperia Z will have more performance tweaking but the performance as it is now is ready for launch.All around this is a great device. It looks great and performs great.It's not enough to make me move from an Xperia GX to the Xperia Z but anything older than that, and it would extremely enticing to buy. Instead, I should encourage a family member to buy one instead =PThe overall design is solid and premium but doesn't scream uniqueness. The uniqueness comes, however, through the smaller accents such as the power button. There is NO CAMERA BUTTON, but SMC PR says the main reason for this is because of waterproofing. The more buttons you have, the more difficult and/or expensive waterproofing essentially becomes.Is that camera button a deal breaker for you? or can you live with the intelligent on screen camera button?
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