Sony Xperia Z Review
0. phoneArena 13 Feb 2013, 10:56 posted on
A new flagship model, a new Xperia phone is here to try and overpower the dominant species. Is that even possible? Why, we say nothing is impossible! Ladies and gents, we're giving you the Sony Xperia Z!
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158. giri555 (Posts: 110; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)
poor review, it seems to be a rushed effort. Gsmarena gives more details and insights in its reviews...
159. giri555 (Posts: 110; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)
Xperia Z is a criminal...Jail the Xperia Z!! Now! it not only rapes but kills iphone 5...
164. V3rgil (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)
This is by far the worst review i've seen for this phone so far. and yet it scored an 8.5 even though the reviewer is so damn biased. well that shows that this phone is something to look out for.
Besides every other reviews pointed out that the camera performs well at low lighting conditions and in normal conditions its still on among the top performers.
165. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
what a biased review. i think this phone deserves a minimum of 9 points. i read the review of GSMarena as well. that was much better and realistic than yours. SHAME
167. Rexperia (Posts: 115; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)
No surprise PA gave this rates, they really don't like SONY'S product...or even they hate it...
175. Techsplash (Posts: 41; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
is this the same phonearena yhat was saying it the real thing.8.5 i think it deserves better tha that.BB Z10 got a 7. they give 7 points to mid range phones.
177. tiara6918 (Posts: 1910; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
8.5 seems good enough considering that phone doesn't offer a pleasing image and video quality compared with the competition but then again, the output produced depends on personal preference. Don't judge the phone based on the rating since we all have our own opinions, try the phone out yourselves first then you decide
178. funnyguy (banned) (Posts: 244; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)
This phone is such bulls**t.....
189. funnyguy (banned) (Posts: 244; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)
This phone is bulls**t...
What are you going to do about it?
213. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
your biased comments are bulls**t. you are a disgusting fanboy.
289. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1590; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Easy to say. You didn't even use it. Phones like Iphones can be easily judged without even being used.
181. forlife123 (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)
BAD 13 MP CAMERA FROM SONY! SHAME ON SONY COMPANY!
LG Optimus G Pro is the BEST FLAGSHIP PHONE FOR THIS 1Q-2Q of 2013!
212. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
what a joke!
no one even pays attention to LG. the fact is the name of LG isn't big enough to compete with those brands like Sony, Apple and Sammy.
186. bipinm (Posts: 122; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)
Gsm arena's review is way better...everything is mentioned in detail...u should check it out too...
188. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
completely on your side. this review has nothing to rely on. i prefer GSMArena's.
290. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1590; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
I like that this site has more user comments on average :p
187. bipinm (Posts: 122; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)
For all those who said sony Z have an old processor and stuff, check the gsmarena review...its tops on everything....and YES..its compared with Oppo Find5,nexus4,l S3 and OneX...
Thats called optimisation....Sony dominates in that area...Understand...
221. Taters (Posts: 4307; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
It doesn't matter how well you optimize it, you can't squeeze water out of a rock. Old is old.
254. bipinm (Posts: 122; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)
But is it the best NOW...that matters..i know s4 can score more in some bench marks...we will see...
But now this is the best thing..Do u agree????
S3 is old news now....
195. poddey (Posts: 77; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
Hey Ray you should try the Battery Stamina mode again. It actually works by letting you choose which functions you want to turn off and lets you select which apps you want to keep running in the background when the screen is turned off.
Here's a video from Sony showing how it works:
198. funnyguy (banned) (Posts: 244; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)
This is the DEATH of Sony....
BULLs**t device ...
204. stitch (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)
While the other brands like Samsung and HTC have yet to confirm their next flagships, why don't we sit back and wait for them, then only start judging whether this review is anything fair to SONY or not?
205. stitch (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)
I would'nt say PhoneArena or any of the author here is biased, SONY was in the silence for quite some times, and now they have risen, of course they would expect the phone to be as great as promoted in their videos, I am a SONY's fan, I cannot judge how disappointing is the camera quality, but if it's just on par with others' flagship camera, then it's a little turn down to me. Because I expect more from SONY.
255. bipinm (Posts: 122; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)
I wont say biased either..i say he didnt do his homework well...he didnt study the phne well..he didnt bother to mention the key features of Z..
Burst mode...(Do u know Z can take 999+ photos in 64 seconds)
Bravia engine 2
Gsm aena made a preview of 9 pages and it covered almost everything in detail...thats what makes me mad...
207. Savage1701 (Posts: 9; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)
I wish they would have covered what one does when the battery needs to be changed. Does one send it to a service depot? Will it be removable by the techie crowd?
To my way of thinking, this is where Samsung has an edge - there are many extended battery and battery/case options.
It sounds as though this will be another high-end phone that gives an enthusiast-type user about a day on the battery, if they are fortunate.
256. bipinm (Posts: 122; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)
208. ryq24 (Posts: 589; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
excellent but only 8.5? usually its 9 that get excellent. the reviewer is trying to be kind to sony, anyway, the score is good enough for me. i'm still buying it.
209. padimatt (unregistered)
I for one can't wait for the phone. I currently have a nokia 920 and love the phone but am sorely disappointed in the lack of popular apps like pandora and sirius radio..and skype doesn't seem to work right either. I also live in Florida and you cannot put a price tag on a phone that you can accidentally drop in the surf and not suffer (yes, I know you can get a waterproof case but I personally hate how bulky a phone is with such a case).
211. rxrxrx (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)
It seems that you skipped the Keyboard Personalisation Guide. It will let you set up your keyboard to your liking and include features like dot and comma, smileys, voice typing and the type of keyboard. It should run for you the first time you type on the keyboard, but I guess you missed it somehow and need to go to settings and run the guide manually.
Hope you have a better keyboard experience after using the guide.
215. howardbarrett (Posts: 45; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)
Just think, if it weren't for the svelte form factor and waterproof shell, the Z would have gotten a lower score than 8.5. At least that's the way I see it.
216. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
and once again sony's magical exmor sensor turned out to be nothing more than just a marketing trick
gargantuan buzz and the end result only mediocre nowhere near the competition not to even mention sony's arch enemy-Nokia.
For a phone which was to set a new level for any mobile phone in mobile photography results are pathetic. When light goes off its camera shows it has nothing to offer beyond competition.
I bet htc will commit a similar dismal failure with its m7, one or whatever they gonna name it.
glass shell? Apple did the same to iphone and they gave up due to fragility and switch to aluminium. Sonny decided to use it. Why??? Sony fanboys were criticizing apple's choice but now their beloved brand used the same.
Screen? 1080p is nothing new and the rest of the pack offer better screens.
Sony is late, as always. They introduce a phone a month or so before samsung, lg and htc unveil their monstrosities with a new generation socs.
Good phone but once again not worth the whole buzz which was made around it.
251. technous (Posts: 4; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)
"glass shell? Apple did the same to iphone and they gave up due to fragility and switch to aluminium."
Oh man., alumunium better? you should check on the Iphone 5 bend photos.. just google.. lots of people experience it already, including my friend.
With that high price, Apple should use Titanium instead of Alumunium that make it so fragile, at least for the frame.
222. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
one question PA: how much did apple and Sammy paid you to score this phone like this and disappoint every one of its lovers??
but you know? people are not as dumb as you think. they also visit other sites and read their complete and unbiased reviews. its not difficult to find other reviews.
227. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
don't be a fanboiy. they said it straight...the display is nothing to write home about nor the camera.
The body will probably deteriorate quickly as it is made from glass.
229. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
i think you must forget about fanboism. just check out hands-ons on youtube and you'll find everyone is just praising this phone. the display is the sharpest right now and viewing angles are improved in comparison with previous Sony phones. the camera is perfect. you can find its samples on this same site. about the budy, i think its more durable than plastic:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
just take a look at this and tell me do you think note2, s3 or Ip5 would have survived from this.
230. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
everyone means WHO exactly? A bunch of fanboys who have never even held this phone in their sweated hands?
"the display is the sharpest right now and viewing angles are improved in comparison with previous Sony phones."./...I'm sorry but you could have skipped this argument because it is not a great achievement regarding how poor sony's displays were so far on this matter. The competition have better displays.
The camera is perfect? Under what conditions? In a perfect sunlight? That's not a huge achievement. Beating Nokia or Iphone? I don't think so. Never did, not now for sure. My phones survived without water and dust protection b ut it's a nice feat anyway and much appreciated.
Don't post another vid how to abuse a new phone. Just wait a week and you will see dozens of them in which some loosers will destroy your z masta n(a pavement, a car, you name it).
233. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
haha, so you mean all of those who reviewed it at CES or other hands-ons which are available on youtube were Sony fanboys?? you're a real joker. i think you have never seen the comparison of its camera with 808 pure view and note2 in low light condition. note2 was even worse than xperia T.
viewing angles are not as important as those fanboys like you claim and it is clear that Sony produces one of the best displays available. try to be more realistic man. you call me fanboy while you can't hide your fanboism in your posts.
234. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
hmmm...I won 808...as well as a long line of cameraphones from Nokia starting with n93, through n95, n82, n8 and now 808. What picture can you make at CES? is it a real test for you? For me not. I don't give a damn about note 2 because the camera in it is nothing spectacular and T's was a dissapointment as well. You want sony to be something more so bad that you're pretending that sony produced the best handset under the sun. Wrong buddy.
And no. Sony DOESNT produce the best displays out there. Never was. Look at sharp's, lg's, even samsung's or Nokia's with cbd layer.
For me, viewing angles and sunlight legibility are amazingly important.
235. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
sorry..should be "own"...turned out "won"..not bad:D
237. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
wow. i think you don't consider Sony's long expertise in producing TVs with best screens. so why they cant produce good displays on their phones? this phone also features mobile Bravia engine which produces the best and sharpest colors
about the viewing angles i see you are generalizing a personal idea. i think it is not so important and dont forget that AMOLEDS have worser sunlight legibility than LCDs.
240. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
I didn't notice amoled's displays are worse. My N8 without cbd layed is pretty usable under direct sunlight. A model with cbd is even better.
Mobile bravia is used only in few applications such as gallery or videos so it's not turned on all the time. Sony may produce one of the best tvs but it doesn't mean they produce the best mobile phone's displays.
I got the previus models from xperia family and they were far from greatness and as I can see now sony hasn't done too much to improve the situation.
My point is that Z model prooves one thing. Android fanboys are the worst ones. When they see a new flagship on the horizon they forget about everything else. Try to say something negative about their new object of love and they will eat you alive. Now, they're whining why oh why "z" didn't get higher score than 8,5. BECAUSE IN THE EYES OF THE REVIEWER IT DIDN'T DESERVE.
241. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
so finally you proved that you're a apple fanboy or maybe nokia one. to say the truth i love nokia myself but i hate apple as hell and i think as far as this site is a true supporter of iphone, they wont give a higher score to those brands like Sony or HTC. if you take a look at GSMArena or Stuff's reviews you'll find out what a real review means. in this review they didnt even mention the benchmarks in all of which this phone got the highest results. so i think this phone deserves at least 9 points and this is the reviewer who doesn't deserve to be called REVIEWER. got my point?
242. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
my god...you uncovered my secret...I'm an apple fanboy! err..what?
can you point me a line which indicates that I'm an apple fanboy because I'm more suprised than you are.
I support Nokia, that''s for sure but I'm aware of their flaws.
I'm also much eager on reading reviews on gsmarena than PA. I'm using PA only for discussions which sometimes turn out to be really interesting...there is no other site with so much andro-trolls.
243. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
...and don't say whi I am or who I support. You know nothing about me. The way you're "describing" me is the way of a typical troll.
244. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
nice to meet you Nokia supporter :D
i told you i love Nokia as well and i never tried to "describe" you. i just got a little angry with this biased review. PEACE.
246. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
thumbs up for a real Nokia supporter :D
228. nyc_rock (Posts: 12; Member since: 04 Feb 2010)
Regarding battery life; did you guys even use the phone? That is the most generic, non specific battery life review i have ever read. It told me nothing about the phone's stamina other than your theoretical drivel about how long the battery should last.
231. 1701nino (unregistered)
Geez,this has to be one of the worst reviews ever,i mean my ears are ringing after this,The reviewer should seriously consider quiting this job beacuse his english is getting worse and worse.
And the guy is obviously a samsung fanboy,soo anything not from samsung obviously sucks.
232. nsnk86 (Posts: 43; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
8.5 is not a good score.... this phone desrves more like 9............ its really a good phone.... strange thing is i guess there is no separate hdmi port here, xperia S has it & i enjoy using it.... previous camera reviews i saw about this phone was great especially snaps taken at night produced good results.... whatever, i just luv it 7 planning to get this phone once it releases here in india....
247. huhuhehe (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)
You know why the xperia Z only get 8.5 instead of iphone 5 get 9. This is because you drive a honda type r vs Corvette or camaro. And if you use samsung it just u use hyundai. So, better use a better product .. Hehe
249. rgxVOiD (Posts: 437; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
Sony phone reviews, where all of the internet scums are at
250. technous (Posts: 4; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)
With 8.5 score on Sony Z while Samsung and Nokia got 9, and all other reviewers said better than Samsung and Nokia, I believe most of you agree phonearena is not a good website, very biased.
I used to worked in Nokia before, so I know how Nokia gave "something" to media, to report or review the product, it seems Sony not giving enough to phonearena :P
Come on Sony.. your marketing team should do better with a great product like Xperia Z
259. bipinm (Posts: 122; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)
The review is good enough.He didnt cover the entire area.He just look at it and made a review...So how is it a Sony's Problem...Please look at other reviews too before typing something...This review is not good...If u want to know how bad this review is, u have to check other reviews too...right??? Otherwise how can u tell the difference...
I am a Sony fan...So i check everywere fo the news and photos of Z...Other sites are saying this is a very good phone...I saw the photos taken by Z in othersites and they are very very good...U people may not have check it...i have...
Im not trying to argue more...
Im saying this review is wrong...U cant say it because u dont know it...
Im chasing this phone ever since it was mentioned last year...
PA has done it before ...not giving good reviews...Please be more careful when u do a review...because there are many fanboys here...samsung,apple,sony,nokia,htc...
this review is not complete...8.5 is a good score...but it deserve a 9...
261. rgxVOiD (Posts: 437; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
PA was good when they only had Niko Bellic reviewing phones
267. danielxxi (Posts: 62; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)
Heyyy even CNet, that we know very biased towards apple said xperia z camera is excelent in their review