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Sony Xperia Z1 Review

0. phoneArena 20 Sep 2013, 10:44 posted on

Sony introduced its Xperia Z flagship in the beginning of the year, and while the smartphone had a lot going for it, it was still somewhat rough around the edges. It had fancy front and back panels made of glass, but boring, rubbery sides; the screen was large and had a high resolution, but its gamma and viewing angles were lacking; the camera was 13 MP and featured the promising Exmor RS sensor, but the quality of the pictures was so-so.

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posted on 20 Sep 2013, 11:20

11. hulkkii (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


Galaxy S4 needs to be measured again with CamSpeed: there was bug fix for it in latest CamSpeed

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 11:24 1

13. Reality_Check (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Design and viewing angles are a matter of personal opinion. For eg. I like HTC One design the best and I prefer poor viewing angles so that my privacy is preserved. To each his own :)

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 13:56 1

46. heyhi (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


viewing angles are not about privacy...viewing angles give you a better quality viewing while you play a game that requires tilting your phone or for instance, when you're are in your bed watching some video or reading, you dont get to hold your phone in a specific way to get a good image.

Z1 has not the best screen, but still good, much better than the Z.

privacy would be a problem if you had a tablet or laptop..just an opinion.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 11:28 2

14. theZED (Posts: 25; Member since: 09 May 2012)


In the display review part GSMarena said, "A word of warning is due as we've been getting a lot of user reports that not all Xperia Z1 units out there have the same quality screens. It seems some of them come with panels, which have the same properties as the one on the Xperia Z. These of course, may be pre-production samples or as conspiracy theiorists suggests, leftover panels from the Xperia Z production line. Whatever the case, have this one in mind when you are picking up yours."
And its contrast at 100% brightness is 1:1513.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 12:52

38. cjtaxi (Posts: 7; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)


yeah and i am curious which market will get that "unlucky" display or maybe its just some samples

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 02:31 1

84. TMach (Posts: 460; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


The same GSMArena review that claims the phones does not come with a headset when it does along with a clip? Hmmmm...........

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 12:30

114. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


GSMarena reviewed a preproduction model, as they themselves claimed. Hardware issues are common in preproduction models...

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 11:35 3

15. MachDaddy (Posts: 52; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


Those bezels!

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 12:56 9

39. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


I suggest you buy iPhone 5S, then you'll understand the real meaning of bezel.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 05:17

125. arc4ne (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Sep 2013)


And as an added bonus you will also learn the meaning of "mediocre software". :P

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 11:37

16. papss (unregistered)


Soooo what's the price? Just tell me!

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 11:45

18. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


lol im surprised your interested after all this is the phone which has slayed the mighty lumia 1020 of the top spot of best camera phone...

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 11:51 2

20. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


The Z1 has a great camera but does NOT top the 1020. If you actually read the review, you'd know it take poor low light shots.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 11:53 3

22. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Said no one ever. 1020 ranks #1 in the camera department and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 21:50

133. TechCrazyedBoy (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)


Wait for the 1820....

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 11:57

25. papss (unregistered)


Come on.. We k ow it didn't slay the 1020 in the camera department. Plus unlike many I'm actually open to using other OS and phones.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 12:18 1

33. jellmoo (Posts: 1697; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


How on earth does it do that? Per the review, the camera takes great indoor and well lit shots, but struggles with low light photos and has average at best video recording.

I'm sure it's a good camera, but it certainly isn't in the same league as the 1020.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 12:03

28. aditya.k (Posts: 495; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Indian price is 700$, so must be the same for you guys! :)

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 21:51

134. TechCrazyedBoy (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)


Malaysian price RM2399...@_@

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 11:40 6

17. Rongocook (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Sep 2013)


Yeah! Those BEZELS just killed a perfect picture.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 15:37

55. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


its for the SHOCK and WATER PROOFING fool

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 16:16

58. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


yeah but why they can put slimmer bezel on the xperia z??? off course the xperia z is shock and water proof too fool..

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 18:46

64. pyradark (Posts: 864; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


20.7 G lens sensor and 3000mah battery

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 19:00

66. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


okay..

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 02:32

85. TMach (Posts: 460; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Look at the bezels on the Ip5.......

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 13:02

92. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


its also SMALLER, hence smaller scale, equals smaller bezels on a SMALLER phone, come on dude, THINK

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 20:20

95. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


smaller what?? the xperia z has the same screen size 5 inch.. THINK..

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 15:11 1

93. pulkit.tyagi (banned) (Posts: 35; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


its not shook proof..its only dust proof !!

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 19:48

94. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


again, what do u THINK the bezels help PROTECT???
comment again if u cant see that

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 20:23

96. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


wtf?? do you mean big bezel for shock proof?? your excuse was a joke dude..

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