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Mobile Phone Review: Sony Xperia Z

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The Xperia Z Android smartphone is unquestionably Sony’s best phone. Could it be the best phone in the world? Just possibly.

Highlights
The Sony Xperia Z is an Android smartphone with a number of interesting features:

• Huge 5 inch screen
• First full high definition display
• Ultraslim design
• Waterproof and dust proof
• 13 megapixel camera with Exmos RS sensor

Ticking two or three of these boxes would be enough to grab some attention, but ticking all five ensures that our attention doesn’t wander off any time soon.

5 inch 1080p display
You want a big screen? You got it! Any bigger than 5 inches and you’re talking “phablet” instead of phone. Certainly 5 inches isn’t for everyone, but if you have a “more is better” mindset, then the Xperia Z gives the most you can get. If you use your phone for watching video, taking photos, browsing the web, keeping up with Facebook, or playing games, then you’ll immediately appreciate the appeal of a 5-inch screen. And if you don’t do any of these things, then what on earth do you do with your smartphone?

Apple claims that its Retina display has pixels so small that they can’t be seen with the naked eye. Yet the iPhone 5 has a pixel resolution of just 326 ppi compared with the Xperia Z’s 443 ppi. Does this increase in resolution make any observable difference? Yes, but admittedly not a lot. Yet it’s hard to argue against the logic of being able to watch 1080p video in its original format. And Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 and OptiContrast panel combine to deliver what is almost certainly the best mobile screen ever made.

Ultraslim & waterproof
The downside of the 5-inch screen is the overall size of the phone. But Sony has worked to counter this by making the phone ultraslim. It’s just slightly thicker than the iPhone 5. The front and back of the phone are made from shatterproof glass, giving it a flat, rectangular shape. It looks stunning, but once you pick it up you’ll notice that the flat shape isn’t very easy to hold and the mirror-effect glass acts is a fingerprint magnet.

Don’t worry about marks though. If your phone gets dirty you can wash it. That’s right – the Xperia Z is waterproof.

Camera
Sony hasn’t cut corners when it comes to photography. The Xperia Z has a 13 megapixel auto focus camera with the latest Exmos RS sensor. This generates finely detailed images and is particularly good at low-light performance.

A front camera is available for video calling, and as you’d expect, both front and back cameras can record 1080p video.

Other features
While these are the highlights, Sony has been careful to ensure that no key features are missing. The device is 4G/LTE ready and supports all standard connectivity options including NFC. It runs Android Jelly Bean, although it’s version 4.1 rather than the latest 4.2. It’s powered by a quadcore processor with 2GB of RAM and a dedicated GPU. The built-in memory is limited to 16GB, although a microSD memory card slot allows more memory to be added for little cost.

It’s worth mentioning battery life too, as this is a problem besetting many smartphone users. The Xperia Z has one of the most powerful batteries in any phone, rated at 2330mAh. In addition it has a “stamina” mode that conserves energy during standby. Its battery life is longer than many other similar smart phones.

Conclusion
Possibly the best phone in the world, the Xperia Z offers many very appealing features – especially its 5-inch full HD screen, slim waterproof design and amazing camera. And yet it isn’t the perfect phone. It’s too large for some users, and the poor ergonomics make it a tricky phone to hold. But those are really its only faults.

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Steve morris writes for tech review sites S21.com, RecommendedBuys and expresses his personal opinions about life in general at Blog Blogger Bloggest.
  • ada

    best phone ever

  • eh

    The xperia phone being too large for some people is not a fault…it’s marketed as a mega-sized 5 inch anyway. Anyone who buys the Z is gonna know this and isn’t gonna have a problem with it lol

  • athaulla

    sony is the best

  • rajni

    donot buy xperia series…really worst option