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Sony Xperia Z1S

82
Global
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

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

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Engadget Summary

Sony's Z1S looks and feels like a Sony product, but with the added ability to take a dip in water without fear. Unfortunately, it lags in a few other areas that keep it from really standing out in a crowd of similarly-priced Android devices. The Z1S certainly improves on the durability of last year's Z1 by adding IP58 certification, which means it can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes and CNET finds it "as hardy as advertised." Sony also knocks it out on the battery life front by packing in a 3,000mAh battery, and TechRadar says "you'll rarely ever worry about having to charge your battery." Past that, the features start to wane in quality, such as a display that leaves critics split. Gizmodo says "the screen is really lovely," while CNET finds it "pales in comparison with other flagship smartphones' displays." As an actual phone the Z1S is "A-OK," according to Computerworld, but they note it's "awkward" to talk on due to the earpiece location. The Z1S has a lot to offer with its camera, durability and outstanding battery life, but the sum of all its parts keep it from truly excelling. If you're concerned about your phone being wet or are a more adventurous person you'll do well with the Z1S, but others may want to wait and see what comes out of this year's Mobile World Congress.

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User Reviews

90
bodenschatz10
Love the device so far, but wish the screen wasn't so washed out. Really missing...read more
80
jkehtz
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
90
asomicait
The big issue for me was confirming that the magnetic dock would be usable....read more
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Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Camera
Yes
Model

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Camera

Camera
Yes (20 megapixels) (f/2) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version) (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Dun, Hid)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Ogg, Wav, Wma) (Avi, Divx, H264, Mpeg4, Wmv, Xvid) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Display

Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes) (No)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
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