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In loving memory of Sony's Z-series: here are some of the most notable and compelling Xperia Z phones

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In loving memory of Sony's Z-series: here are some of the most notable and compelling Xperia Z phones

Sony. Despite that it can't boast a formidable market share, lots and lots of noteworthy smartphones can trace their origins all the way back to Sony's factories. Of course, the majority of these are high-end phones, though Sony is catering to all market niches. No, we are not disregarding its mid-range and entry-level devices, as these offer very good value for money, but being the tech geeks we are, it's hard to get really excited by anything else than a high-end flagship.

And in Sony's case, this means a Z flagship. Sadly, this will no longer be the case.Don't worry, despite last year's flurry of speculations, Sony is going nowhere. Sadly, we can't say the same about the Z series lineup. 

Earlier today, Sony's PR department officially confirmed that the Z-series is dead. Nixed. 86'd. Abolished. Scrapped. Eradicated. No more.

For the good or bad, that's the end of an era, an important chapter in Sony's history. However, we shouldn't dramatize - that's merely a name change. Still, nostalgia kicked in, one thing led to another, and here we are, highlighting our most favorite members of Sony's Xperia Z lineup.

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posted on 28 Feb 2016, 03:05 7

1. Inotamira (Posts: 173; Member since: 06 Feb 2016)


Well, phonearena is out of material, so what's up with you guys?

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 03:26 3

5. promise7 (Posts: 877; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


They pretty much just listed each Sony flagship for that year...

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 03:30

6. Inotamira (Posts: 173; Member since: 06 Feb 2016)


Yeah....so?

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 06:15

25. neela_akaash (Posts: 1195; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Commenting from my still great Z2. But may be it's time to replace it with Mi 5 pro... really love that phone.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 02:50

66. stanislav (Posts: 136; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


i think z2 is perfectly fine, no need for upgrade

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 06:22 1

28. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 526; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Pa you should have included the z ultra. I jumped from galaxy s5 and galaxy mega 6.3 to Sony z3c and z ultra. I guess with Sony killing of z series I'll be moving right back to galaxy s series

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 10:26

51. Mrinal (Posts: 36; Member since: 28 Feb 2016)


Is it a right time to buy samsung s6?
Caz i am getting it on 12March!

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 13:09

57. killer7D (Posts: 292; Member since: 18 Sep 2014)


No its wrong because once S7 hits the shelves, the S6 will be even cheaper ..
just wait for one more month

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 21:12

63. Mrinal (Posts: 36; Member since: 28 Feb 2016)


But this wont happen in India.
Still here in India we are waiting for the release date to be announced for S7 and i can't wait more. :( :/
But as i told i am getting it on 12 March and in US its releasing on 11 March, so let me see.
And thanx for ur advice killer!

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 03:08 6

2. hafini_27 (Posts: 888; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


IMO, Z3 is the best in Sony's lineup. I still use the Xperia Z as my daily driver.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 03:42 1

10. Wiencon (Posts: 1883; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


I loved Z2's white design, with black front, sad that they ditched it in Z3 but on the other hand Z3 is pretty much the same phone as Z2

Anyway, Z3 Compact is best Z for me, I loved everything about it except for camera

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 12:43 1

55. romeo1 (Posts: 718; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


Yes that is true but the audio and batterylife on the z3 are worth the upgrade if you meed it.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 05:14

20. Loveneesh (Posts: 179; Member since: 14 Jul 2015)


for xperia z(first in the lineup) is the best in z lineup. It was first phone who starts good and premium looking flagships.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 03:23 1

3. Hallyu (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


Seriously? How are they called Z "series" when they all look the same? But whatever, they're going to be forgotten anyway. The business has always been Samsung vs Apple since the beginning.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 05:09

19. Loveneesh (Posts: 179; Member since: 14 Jul 2015)


the business has not always been samsung vs apple.
Motorola,nokia,blackberry were also the big players for their time.
I think some new players take down both samsung and apple.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 05:17 4

21. Loveneesh (Posts: 179; Member since: 14 Jul 2015)


look galaxy s6 and edge,note 5,s6 edge ,s7and s7 edge.And iphone 6 and6s.
they all look same.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 08:37

40. keithtae (Posts: 437; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


In your dreams.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 02:16 1

65. EcoCare (Posts: 434; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)


Truth hurts sometimes, for some people.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 08:20 5

38. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1584; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Oh, childish hate for japanese guy is back.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 03:25

4. GreenMan (Posts: 1266; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


Die Sony die...!

No... I don't mean it, I'm just deliberately trying to annoy you, PA!

But i personally don't care much about Sony... A thousand years ago (give our take) I had a Sony Ericsson T230 and it was a heap. Bought a Nokia 3220 and that thing was miles ahead of that Sony... Never bought a Sony product drive then!

I know its an old timer's Old story but still...

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 03:38 2

9. Hallyu (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


Sony has very low tech compared to Samsung, LG or even cheap Chinese startup companies. It has never developed since 90s. Sharp is dead, not too long Sony will join the game. I think the reason behind this is their government limit their budget on R&D, yet pouring more money into their hentai and p*rn industry.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 04:18 12

14. tomskytot (Posts: 13; Member since: 10 May 2014)


LOW tech? even top brands uses their cameras / sensors... whats low tech with that? seriously? Samsung was even planning in getting their 23 mp camera for their flagship, sony just said no...

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 06:19 6

26. neela_akaash (Posts: 1195; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


This guy is not aware of what camera sensors are used in 90% of the top level smartphones... it's still Sony.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 04:41 9

17. my-ass-is-cute (Posts: 16; Member since: 25 Oct 2015)


WTF man? Why you sound like you cumming when SONY and Japanese firms are struggling?

"I think the reason behind this is their government limit their budget on R&D, yet pouring more money into their hentai and p*rn industry."

That's the most stupidest logic I've ever heard in my life. Get laid, kid! Oh I forgot you have too small c0ck.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 05:23 5

22. mixedfish (Posts: 1182; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


Samsung is worth 30% of South Korea's economy, who can blame him for defending Samsung when his job and life is on the line.

The saddest reality is that he lets a company run his life.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 06:27 1

30. Hallyu (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


LOL here comes a delusional Sony fanboy as usual when ever someone talks about sad truth of Sony this poor fish always turns it into another topic to make it sound like it nerver happens.

Yes, Samsung is a gigantic conglomerate. So are you jealous? We are getting stronger and stronger everyday unlike your master Sony which is about to fall. Keep whining fish, no one cares about you.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 08:21 9

39. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1584; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Delusional anything-made-by-japan hater is calling anyone who disagrees with him a "Sony fanboy" LOL

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 10:21

50. pendragon0202 (Posts: 89; Member since: 23 Feb 2015)


Not true. 2.7% more likely.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 20:09

61. xperiaZlover (Posts: 202; Member since: 15 Nov 2015)


Not only camera sensors sony make the world's best IPS panels as well.
Why does Apple use Sony jdi displays for their iphones in the first place?
They could have used Samsung amoleds but they prefer IPS panels.

So Sony is no low tech company. They sometimes have better internals which are more durable than Samsung.

Well I like Samsung devices as well.this is an honest review.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 10:50

52. Mrinal (Posts: 36; Member since: 28 Feb 2016)


I do agree that Sony will die soon.
As they don't have much to show for there new products, they just follow others.
The worst thing is they always show there so called feature which is "Water resistant(IP67)" Lol.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 03:33 1

7. Shadocx4 (Posts: 67; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


Since in the alphabet X is before Z, they are making weaker phones.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 04:19

15. dimas (Posts: 2147; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


With that logic, iphone 2 is better than iphone 6 because 2 comes first before 6 when you count?

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 04:30 1

16. ibend (Posts: 4649; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


no.. read his comment again..
or make it like this to make it easier (that even toodler can understand)
"Since in the alphabet X is before Z, X is weaker phones."
replace X with 2 and Z with 6
"Since in the number 2 is before 6, iPhone2 is weaker phones."

(If u still cant understand, I cant help you, so please dont ask again, seriously..)

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 06:21 1

27. neela_akaash (Posts: 1195; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


There's no such device ever existed. "iPhone 2"....

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 06:23

29. neela_akaash (Posts: 1195; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, 5, 5S, 6 and 6S..

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 08:40

41. keithtae (Posts: 437; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


1. You need to attend some English classes. 2. What's an iPhone 2? 3. I hope you have an IQ of above 50.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 03:34

8. legiloca (Posts: 1391; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


What I can only blame Sony for their failure is the 2 flagships a year cycle with a little to no changes and poor marketing strategy..

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 04:13 3

12. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Z2 is the best IMO in the "Z" series of smartphones. Followed by Z5, All the Compact Series were very good too.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 06:02

23. DerryAhmad (Posts: 278; Member since: 05 May 2012)


Agreed. I also think the Z2 is their best Z series. It was ahead of the game at that time. First to adopt the latest chipset, great look an awesome camera. I loved my Z2. Turned to Samsung after that since Sony disappoints.

I think they should also include the Z Ultra too. It's one exotic device that many love using.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 04:16 1

13. dimas (Posts: 2147; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


"In loving memory of the z series."

I use sony gadgets but I don't remember having personal emotional attachment to phones. The z series can die anytime sony wants, it's just a label and people will move on when new and better products are released.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 05:08 1

18. BobLawblaw (unregistered)


I had the Z, Z1 and the Z3. Great phones. Loved them. But by jaysus they were unreliable. Especially the Z3. Faulty on 3 occasions. Was tempted by the Z5 but decided to go for a Note 5 instead. So far so good..

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 06:10 2

24. Wolf_Blitza (Posts: 59; Member since: 30 May 2014)


The ZL deserves an honourable mention. 5.0" screen, and a 75% screen-bezel ratio, VERY few non-phablets have matched that accomplishment.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 12:46

56. BLSEOTB (Posts: 332; Member since: 24 Mar 2015)


Yes! +1

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 06:34

31. Chuck007 (Posts: 1115; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


The X series in black is pretty decent, but my point still stands. Why release a whole new series and pretend it's all special when it's nearly identical to the Z series?

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 06:51

32. khalid123 (Posts: 29; Member since: 27 Feb 2016)


iPhones and galaxy phones are nothing people goes maid because of using iPhones and galaxy phones xperia is better phones ever I see do u agree

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 08:42 1

42. keithtae (Posts: 437; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


What the f**k did you just say?

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 07:02

33. MichiGo (Posts: 173; Member since: 09 Sep 2014)


Z3/Z3compact were the best phones out of the Z series

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 07:26 1

34. avishekmukherjee (Posts: 294; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)


I love my Z3

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 07:43

36. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 987; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Only notable Z was the Z Ultra.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 07:51 2

37. Xperia14 (Posts: 440; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


Ahh MWC 2014, where the Z2 stole the show. The Z2 was an excelent phone for that time. I pre-ordered it immediately and was one of the first to recieve it. The Z3(c) and Z5 were also very good. Sad days for Xperia fans.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 08:43

43. Chuck007 (Posts: 1115; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Oh, and most of all I think the poor camera performance of the Xperia Z line ruined it. Sure the Xperia Z5 was noticeably better, but night shots (excluding HTC and other value brands which are arguably even worse) were still a noisy mess compared to the competition.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 09:36

44. Trakker (Posts: 283; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


It's a shame Sony phones now have no real style or imagination about them, but I used to love the look of the old Sony phones before they became Sony Ericsson.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 09:39

45. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


I still use the first gen Xperia Tablet Z and during it's time it was the boss!

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 09:44 1

46. ermond012 (Posts: 10; Member since: 13 Sep 2013)


All the Z phones are pretty great. I know everyone has their preference and it's sad that some aren't giving Sony a chance. Yes, their phones have flaws just like anybody else but I guess it's how you embrace these flaws and get the most out of it that makes them great. Had a Z1 which was a great device then currently using Z3+ Dual which is a veey nice device and I am very happy about it. Very contented.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 09:50

47. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


lol, z1 "stood on par with any high-end phone you could throw at it" don't make me laugh. i had the phone for 7 months. i switched afterwards...

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 09:56

48. johnh3 (Posts: 59; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


I think the new X series was interesting. Why make a bunch of flagship phones every six months? Maybe one be enough every 8 to 12 months instead. So I guess Sony made the right move.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 10:02

49. ryq24 (Posts: 725; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


changing the letter from Z to X will not work if they continue to do poorly in the marketing department and also selling overpriced phones.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 11:01

53. Joulukas (Posts: 69; Member since: 05 Jun 2013)


Best Sony Z ever was Ultra aka. a mans phone. Still rocking, still nothing to replace it with!

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 11:17 1

54. 27satz (Posts: 134; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


My first super smartphone is Xperia Z.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 15:35

58. Totse2k15 (Posts: 458; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Same old design...

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