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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
 
30
Virpi
12.12.13
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.
 
100
bugginout711
12.07.13
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
80
pitta119
12.03.13
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
Mike90319
11.26.13
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
100
jkhawk
09.11.13
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.
 
90
somethingnew
08.09.13
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
AbhisekD
08.02.13
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.
 
100
JIM1011
07.09.13
I love this phone is has got the durable off a "Active/sports" phone delivered inside a glass sandwich, sleek housing.
 
90
mrgr33n
07.07.13
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.
 
90
arunkchow
07.07.13
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!

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