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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
PC World Australia
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.
 
90
GSM Arena
The 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.
 
90
Tech Advisor
The 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.
 
80
Engadget
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.
 
90
Pocket-Lint
It 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.
 
100
Expert Reviews
A high-resolution screen and classy Android customisations make this a great handset, but we prefer the HTC One's design.
 
70
SlashGear
Despite 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.
Product Review
GSM Arena
The Sony Xperia Z aimed for the smartphone of the season title and we can already tell that it's in the running.
 
90
Notebookcheck
The 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.
 
80
Digital Versus
The 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.

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