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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Review

0. phoneArena 23 Jan 2014, 09:22 posted on

We don't necessarily have to view the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact as an alternative to the popular Android flagships that are currently available. There is another function that Sony's latest handset might be willing to perform, and that is to compete with the iPhone 5s – not the way other Android flagships do (which is by differentiation), but by facing it directly and fighting for the very same customers. While this certainly doesn't sound like an easy challenge, the Xperia Z1 Compact seems surprisingly fit for the task...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 00:39

80. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

This is exactly why Sony and their fans will never sit at the top. They are delusional and are out of touch with what the market really wants. You are sooooo wrong on all three of your retarded points.

It is actually the complete opposite of what you think. Which is why the two market leaders make really thin phones and ignore useless stuff like waterproofing.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 00:59

85. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

if what i said is totaly wrong Z1 Compact will never be able to be the best selling smartphone in japan.
because japan is one of the biggest market for iphone and in the past iphone always beat xperia phones when it come to sales.

Aggresive marketing and other dirty moves is the biggest reason why samsung become market leader.

Even without aggresive marketing, dirty moves and focusing their product on major market like china and US sony phone sales have
End if sony start to do some aggresive marketing and focusing their products in us and china samsung and apple will have some serius competition.

If what you says is true "You are sooooo wrong on all three of your retarded points." iphone and galaxy users will never use proctective cases and Extra battery or Extra capacity battery and power cases.

And if thin body is much more important 9.3 mm iphone 4s will never beat 8.5 mm GS2 when it comes to sales in 2011 and according to gsmarena test the battery life of iphone 4s is better than GS2.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 14:30

56. FredoGavera (Posts: 7; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)

'Lol no one cares about waterproof'
Waterproofing is exactly what lured me to this phone in the first place. Not only that, its confirmed that you can take underwater pictures with this phone. The best pictures I've ever taken were underwater btw.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 07:06

81. RickB (Posts: 6; Member since: 25 Jan 2014)

"2nd, the small display is a much bigger culprit here because the dpi and font settings for Android are mainly tailored for larger screens and the compact is much much bigger than the iPhone 5s overall."

Do you just make stuff up as you go along to try and sound intelligent?

Please provide some links to backup this claim that "the dpi and font settings for Android are mainly tailored for larger screens".

That is complete BS.

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 23:54

47. muqtadir (Posts: 7; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)

phonearena is a sony hater

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 07:08

48. fireblade (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)

Finally, IPS display in a Sony smartphone. Keep the good work, Sony!

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 10:12

50. szaboagoston (Posts: 43; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)

No video?!

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 13:58 3

55. FredoGavera (Posts: 7; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)

Review was good up until the 5S comparison which just didn't make sense... In the second last paragraph they mention that the Z1 compact is inferior to the phone because if has more slots... So basically because the Z1c supports 64GB microSD cards, has separate ports for charging and a shutter button it's inferior to the 5S simply due to aesthetics?
No offence but that's down right idiotic...

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 08:49 1

60. RickB (Posts: 6; Member since: 25 Jan 2014)

Overall, I'd say this is a poor review.

Why not focus on the actual hardware elements and stop wasting my time with the built in text messaging app? Is the battery replaceable? Probably not since it's water & dust resistant, but the Xperia GO did have a replaceable battery. I can replace the text messaging app, maybe not the battery.

Relatively small display

Really?? Did you not read your own statement in the opening paragraph??
"A truly high-end Android phone in a compact body"

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 11:24

62. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 344; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)

Whatever the rating is, I'd still buy it.

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 16:23 3

64. starkiller306 (Posts: 58; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)

phone arena is where i come to see stupid reviews trying to convince me not to buy an awesome phone! :) their conclusion is always gonna be that 'one can always buy "Apple's fingerprint-identifying jewel" instead'!! :D

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 16:59 1

66. s_boy (Posts: 20; Member since: 30 Nov 2013)

The price of this phone will quickly drop, might snap one up mid year. Had a ZL for a while and loved it, Sony's build quality is fantastic, their handsets have a real premium feel in the hand.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 07:09

82. RickB (Posts: 6; Member since: 25 Jan 2014)

I bought the ZL two months ago but might have waited if knew for sure this phone was going to be released.

I love the ZL and not really sure if I should buy this one or not. I definitely prefer the smaller size (with a great high quality display) and high end specs, but not sure if there's much difference from the ZL.

I'd love to hear comments from anyone going from a ZL to this Z1 Compact.

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 19:41

67. AhmoZ (Posts: 7; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)

Does it have a notification light? Like while charging or if I got an SMS? I can't see it anywhere in the photos? It's going to be my next phone... Chapeau Sony :-)

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 21:37 1

68. starkiller306 (Posts: 58; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)

its inside the speaker grill at the top :)

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 10:29

69. LuthoBanzi07 (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Dec 2013)

Awesome phone. Sony always impresses its customers but have to ask does this phone have the Smart Stay feature when the screen stays on when you are looking at the screen? The feature is in the Galaxy phones and the LG G2. And what's the red light on the top left of the phone on the very first pic on the review

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 12:03

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

The feature will be on kitkat.
As the red light, that's just the reflection of the proximity sensor.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 02:31

71. Legatus (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)

When will you make your own battery test?

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 16:19 3

73. TMach (Posts: 457; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

Suggest people read the review on the usually underwhelming GSMArena, their review is positively glowing about this phone and pretty much sweeps all before it. I know what I like and don't like and yes, not going back to 4.3 but still recognise a masterpiece when I see one.

Ray S, dude you never fail to disappoint, one day you might actually engage your brain before penning such contradictory tosh!

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 23:12

75. Lauticol (Posts: 338; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)

I never got used to Sony's UI. It's simply too clutered and looks old. Even like more the TouchWiz and LG's UI better than this!

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 16:13 1

77. TMach (Posts: 457; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

Are you serious? Sony's UI is the only one close to resembling pure android, given that fact that the clutter is minimal! Touchwiz and LG G2 could do with less bloatware! I know I own the LG G2 and traded my S4 for a Google Play Edition S4!

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 12:56

83. justbychance (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

I actually just got this phone and the review is pretty spot on. This phone is amazing and if Sony came out with this phone when the 5S launched, people would have had a much harder decision to make. It isn't the thinnest phone by any means but it feels great in the hand. The camera is pretty amazing and the battery life has been great (so far).

The only downside is the time it took to get from England to the US but for what I paid; LG, Samsung, Motorola and HTC are going to have to work hard to convince me to change.

If anyone has any questions I can answer, feel free to let me know. I'll be happy when my case gets delivered so I can take the plastic off the front and back.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 07:33

86. predateur (Posts: 10; Member since: 18 Feb 2014)

I love this smartphone I have one it s lovely

posted on 09 Dec 2014, 08:44

88. blackbic (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Dec 2014)

WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE I HAVE !!_EVER_!! experienced in my life.

I bought a Sony Xperia Z1 Compact about six months ago. After about 4 months the phone stopped working. I was getting no charging. Long and behold Sony was charging me for a bad motherboard. I later put together that if you put too much pressure in the back corner of the phone, then it will break off the part that connects the battery to the motherboard. And no, you cannot buy the part.

After sending it to Sony (Kent, UK) location, I received a quote to pay £128.08 ( £90.85 for "electric repair", £24.17 "handling fee", and £13.06 for shipping). I tried asking what the electrical repair was and they said they had to escalate this to a "escalations manager" to provide the information. After five days I got a call saying the phone is not under warranty and that the phone needs to be fixed. I told them I wanted to know what the electrical repair was for as I didn't do anything to break it, so I want to challenge the charges. I also wanted to know why they were charging me nearly double the cost of shipping the unit back to me. I sent the item to them for £7.50 with £500 insurance, and they wanted £13.06 for shipping it back to me.

Long story short, I've called them 3-4 days a week asking for a manager to call me back and the employees who answer the phone just kept telling me that they would email the escalations engineers to call me back. In addition, they would not allow me to talk to the call center duty manager. It's been nearly two months and I have not received a call back from a escalations manager or received any new information otherwise. I keep being told that the escalation managers are not available and that I can either pay the fee or ask for them to return the phone back. Oh, also that it's not under warranty because I broke it.

The day I get this phone back I am selling it, and never buying a Sony product as long as i live. Learn from my mistake and save yourself the hassle.

Sony doesn't even fix their own phones, which is why they will take days if months to even get you information about your repair.

posted on 10 Dec 2014, 08:42

89. RickB (Posts: 6; Member since: 25 Jan 2014)

I've purchased several Sony phones since leaving Samsung devices. I've bought the Sony Go, ZL and now the Sony Z1 Compact. I love the ZL but when my battery got fried, I purchased the Z1 Compact. The ZL is a great phone but I have yet to be able to replace the sealed battery. Sony Service Centers never have the battery in stock.

Even though I love the Z1 Compact too, this will be my last Sony device as I don't trust Sony Repair. These phones are too expensive to be "throw away". Cleary Sony doesn't stand behind their product, so why should I?

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 01:00

90. LuthoBanzi07 (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Dec 2013)

Most of the people here are trollers. For that user who said that Sony's customer service is terrible, if you don't want any problems with repairs I recommend that you buy your device at a proper local shop where you will have a warranty. Since you broke the phone unintentionally that broke your warranty and it is not Sony's problem, it is still your fault and if you are not living in Kent UK, you are going to have problems contacting in it is in another town or city. Stop posting negative comments about Sony if you don't know all the facts.

posted on 12 Dec 2014, 06:09

91. RickB (Posts: 6; Member since: 25 Jan 2014)

@LuthoBanzi07 - did you even read his post?

He has every right to post about HIS experience. Who are you to refute what he experienced and how is it you "know all the facts"?

"Most of the people here are trollers" - I think you're right...

posted on 17 Jan 2015, 10:49

92. robocopvn (Posts: 417; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)

"Stay tuned for additional details, as we're working on getting our own, custom battery life test done with the Xperia Z1 Compact" and You never update it :|

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