Sony's Xperia Z has the good looks and high-quality features to make it a star in the smartphone world. It's a premium phone on par with the iPhone 5, HTC Droid DNA and leaps and bounds ahead of the "James Bond" Xperia TL device.
The Z is the bigger brother to the ZL, and boasts a gorgeous design, marked by Sony's decision to put glass on both sides -- an elegant touch absent from most high-end phones. It doesn't look much like the other Xperia phones either -- it looks better. It measures an intensely thin 0.3-inches, a hair thicker than the iPhone, but still commendably svelte. Aside from looking great, it's waterproofed and dustproofed to IP57 standards, meaning it's as rugged as it is pretty. The only downfall is its ability to attract smudges. If you don't mind wiping it regularly, it looks wonderful.
The large 5-inch display looks even bigger thanks to an edge-to-edge design that wisely makes it the centerpiece. It's almost on the same level as the DNA's display, meaning it's close to the top as far as overall quality is concerned. The back light makes it incredibly vivid and vibrant, and the 440 pixels-per-inch clarity blows the iPhone's Retina display out of the water. But there's a catch: it's only from dead center. When you view it from certain angles, the screen appears a little washed out. That's disappointing considering how immaculate the display is otherwise.
The Xperia Z also comes with a fantastic 13-megapixel shooter coupled with a powerful LED flash. Lots of megapixels don't necessarily make a better picture, but in this case, Sony's decision to use its own pixel-packed sensor results in a camera capable of taking tremendously detailed and vivid shots. One unique feature: the backlit sensor is capable of using HDR in low-light situations, and you can keep it enabled while taking video. In addition to a top-notch lens, the Z boasts some fun camera software as well, so you'll have plenty of editing tools -- though you won't need them considering how great the sensor is.
The Z runs on Android 4.1, dubbed "Jelly Bean," which is a vast improvement over Ice Cream Sandwich. The entire interface feels more streamline. Don't worry about the add-ons, Sony's minimalist skin lets Android stand on its own without fiddling too much -- other manufacturers would do well to take to heart. The lack of major bloatware and overlay makes it faster and easier to run and updates quicker to push out -- a win-win for all.
A gigantic 2,700 mAh battery keeps the Z charged and powered, and it's necessary due to the size and brightness of the screen. Sony boasts of a "power saver" feature that minimizes the amount of consumption in sleep mode, so you'll get an extra boost to last through the day. There's also a microSD slot, a nice feature considering many premium phones lack expandable storage, and a speedy 1.5-gigahertz quad-core chip for smooth and speedy performance.
The Xperia Z has everything -- a great touch display, superior camera and robust software and battery. It's even waterproof. Simply put, the Z is a top-notch phone, and Sony's finest. ♦
Great Screen, Superb Camera, Sexy desaign, waterproof, SONY!, Glass body
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- Beautiful to behold
- Excellent build quality
- Very sturdy construction
- Great camera with BSI sensor
- SD card slot
- Nice Sony added software features: Stamina mode, Feature-full and clean photo gallery, Smart Apps...
- Great sound quality for media player duty
- 5 inch super sharp screen, great for media and web
- Only 32Gb max SD card size
- 13Mp are too many pixels for such a small sensor, photos get very large in size (Mb) with no improvements in resolved detail (over cameras with much less pixels per sensor area).
- TFT panel yields worse color fidelity and viewing angles than a IPS panel (although its less power hungry)
- Not the latest and greatest Android Version... for now
Dust proof, submersible in 1m of water for 30 mins, micro-sd card, dedicated camera button, LTE, quad core processor, plus it tucks you in at night and makes you breakfast. This phone is the new King of Cell phones. It is better than the upcoming HTC M7, the S4, or the current Iphone.
The only thing I don't like about this phone is it is a GSM only phone and I have Sprint, but I would switch for this baby.Was this review helpful to you?
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