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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 user Score
 
10
pilllvlllp
01.02.17
An awful product that should be avoided. You'll be sorry. - Engadget
 
20
122333
07.11.15
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.
 
90
abhirox
02.24.15
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 ...
 
90
hazarded
06.09.14
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.
 
70
simonckenyon
05.26.14
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
 
100
filletgtx
05.05.14
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
90
Jaymamen3
04.18.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
isza
03.21.14
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 <3
 
90
amdenis
01.13.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
Ramganesh
12.22.13
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget

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