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Sony Xperia Z

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80 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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 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.

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Pros
  • The most beautiful Sony phone yet
  • Water resistance on a flagship device
  • Strong performance
Cons
  • Disappointing battery life
  • Poor viewing angles
80 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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

80
 

User Reviews

10
pilllvlllp
An awful product that should be avoided. You'll be sorry. - Engadget
20
122333
My Sony Xperia Z phone obtained water damage and is now not functioning. I find...read more
90
abhirox
The phone has a refreshing interface but Sony is delaying the lollipop update...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
83
Average Critic Score
Product Review
Pocket-Lint
The 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.
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Engadget
Well, 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.
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CNET
I 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.
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Expert Reviews
Sony 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.
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TechRadar
There'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.
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phoneArena
Overall, 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.
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Wired UK
If 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.
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T3
At 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.
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Ars Technica
It feels much more heavy duty than its counterpart, the ZL and that scratch-resistant chassis is certainly a magnet for fingerprints.
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TrustedReviews
With 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.

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