Sony Xperia Z Ultra

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra review: the best phone you'll probably never buy

Summary

The Z Ultra is a powerful phone with a great display, but your purchase decision will ultimately depend on the price and how well the phone fits in your hand.

Pros
  • Beautiful displaySleek, gorgeous designWaterproofPowerful performance
Cons
  • Awkward to holdNo camera flashBattery life is decent, but doesn't live up to expectations
Sony Xperia Z Ultra review: the best phone you'll probably never buy
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What we're about to describe is the same kind of phenomenon we experienced with 5-inch phones in 2010. If you recall, that year marked the debut of the Dell Streak 5, an absolutely massive smartphone / tablet hybrid for that time. Fast-forward to 2013, when 5-inch screens are the norm and 6.44-inch displays are now considered too unwieldy. Such is the case with the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, which borrows many traits from the smaller Xperia Z while taking on a flatter shape. Basically, Sony turned the old Z into a plate phone. As it happens, we got a chance to play with one thanks to our friends at Negri Electronics, an online retailer in the US that sells the Z Ultra's baseline model for about $675. So is the phone comfortable to hold? Does it make more sense as a tablet? And does the Ultra have any redeeming traits outside of its size?

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Specs

Xperia

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
6.4 inches
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Specs

Xperia

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
6.4 inches
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