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Sony Xperia Z5

Sony Xperia Z5

from  $550.3+
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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.

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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

Sony’s Xperia Z5 is a mobile photographer's dream with a breathtaking camera and great display. However, you’re likely to be turned offby the underwhelming battery life. It’s a respectable choice, but other Android handsetsare even more compelling.

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Pros
  • One of the best smartphone cameras on the market
  • Great performance
  • Lovely screen
Cons
  • Sony's design language is getting tired
  • Underwhelming battery life
  • Last year's version of Android
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).

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Score Breakdown

 
80
Average Critic Score
 
80
Forbes
The Sony Xperia Z5 ... does everything a little bit better than you would expect, but it doesn’t do anything so well that it jumps to the top of anyone’s ‘Most Wanted’ list. That’s a shame, because the Xperia Z5 strikes a superb balance between form and function, power and performance.
 
90
TechRadar
The Xperia Z5 is a huge improvement on the Xperia Z3+ with a new fingerprint sensor and a sexy design, but there are still a few little issues stopping it from getting that perfect score.
 
70
CNET
Even with strong specs befitting a high-end phone, the Sony Xperia Z5 adds little over its predecessor to make it an exciting option over rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
 
90
Android Authority
The Sony Xperia Z5 is a great smartphone, but once again is an incremental update from its predecessor - the fingerprint scanner being the biggest new feature. Although the Z5 is a durable device with fast and clean software, you’ll have to ask yourself if it’s worth its price tag.
 
70
phoneArena
The Z5 gives off the impression that it's been built to merely keep Sony in line with the times, in case it eventually decides to invest itself more significantly in smartphones. Until that day comes, though, Sony's flagship will remain outplayed by most of its rivals.
 
100
MakeUseOf
Rightfully a flagship device, the standard Z5 is always going to be in the shadow of the Premium ... But for a piece of hardware like this, available on Amazon for $565 or so, that shouldn’t be too much to worry about if you’re not too bothered about 4K resolution on a 5 inch screen.
 
70
GSM Arena
The Xperia Z5 looks to be a dedicated fan pick, above anything else and even then, the 4K allure of the Z5 Premium might prove too distracting. ... if your heart is really set on Sony, the Z3+ just seems like the more sensible pick and if not, you are more than spoiled for choice elsewhere.
 
80
TrustedReviews
A major step-forward from the Z3+, Sony’s latest Xperia has an excellent camera and a fast fingerprint scanner, yet it struggles to stand out from the crowd.
 
70
The Verge
It’s yet another near miss from a company that used to be known for knocking things out of the park.
 
80
Alphr
If you like the combination of weatherproofing and the microSD slot, then this is the phone for you, but for me, it isn’t quite the match of its rivals.

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