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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 21 Sep 2013, 23:15 1

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


OMG !!! really ppl??? like ur KINDERGARTEN teacher taught u, its whats INSIDE that counts......INSIDE!! you all must have massive concussions because ur brain is flush with your skulls. i rest my case (ironic, case.... lol back if u get that one)

posted on 22 Sep 2013, 04:09

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


meh.. you just trying hard to convince me.. learn again okay?? don't embarrassed yourself.. big bezel means shock proof??? lol.. sony needs lots of space (bigger bezel than the xperia z) for the camera lens and the 3000mah battery and off course for water/dust proof.. there's nothing to do with shock proof..

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 07:28

112. Remmy (Posts: 129; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


the Z can withstand drops, but not entirely shockproof.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 15:23

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


well @Remmy gets it !!!1 @maccess must still be suffering from his concusions, because he has no fluid between his brain (the inside of phone) and his skull (the housing of the phone), so his brain constantly hits with the skull w/out any deceleration.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 02:20

135. Sammy141 (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)


lol...

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 14:31

136. monkeytown (Posts: 125; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


yeah...but who gives a fcuk bout water and dust proof?? it´s a one of a kind feature, but doesn´t matter in a single way :(

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 11:57 4

24. torgrim (Posts: 29; Member since: 08 May 2013)


The Z1 a good camera phone with lots of details and little noise???

Have a look at the PAs own camera comparison tool vs Iphone 5 and Samsung S4:
phonearena.com/phones/camera/Apple-iPhone-5,Samsun​g-Galaxy-S4,Sony-Xperia-Z1/phones/7378,7597,8000?s​t=2

GSMArena.com sadly had the same conclusion about the Z1 camera...

This is disapointing Sony, I had hopes. But would be nice if you add the Superior Auto Mode in your camera comparison tool, as I think this mode gives images with less noise.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 13:03

41. timaustin2000 (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


Superior Auto and the 8MP pixel binning is where the camera shines. I have one now: the camera is very good.

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 06:55

90. rgxVOiD (Posts: 440; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


GSMarena said themselves that they have a pre-production unit

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 12:04

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


A 9.2! That's great! :D

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 12:06

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


Sad to see Ray not using a different wallpaper even after a lot of request! :(

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 12:15 1

32. jellmoo (Posts: 1699; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Much better review than we've seen in the past. Adding actual data rather than relying on pure opinion really helps the review. Two issues I still have though:

1) A Pro of "Amazing Camera" doesn't actually match the description. Saying that the camera has weak low light photos and sub-par video doesn't exactly evoke the notion of "Amazing camera".

2) The score still needs to be better tied in with the overall description and weighted better. A 9.2 is a great score, but there isn't a whole lot that differentiates why this phone gets a 9.2 whilst another a 9.1, or another a 9.4. It still looks like an arbitrary number at the end.

But still, this is a tremendous improvement over previous reviews. I hope that PA continues on the trend of offering better analytics and measurable data to go along with their reviews.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 12:20

34. ghassangs7 (Posts: 9; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


Finally 9.2/10 the first Xperia smartphone get higher than 8.7/10 good job Sony!

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 11:58

117. mansoor (Posts: 4; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)


I think there's something wrong with Ray S.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 12:23 6

35. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Unimpressed. Too large for the screen size, too heavy, bad battery life (GSMA). Both the G2 and the iPhone5S (that's right) are such refined products with good efficiency, and they actually beat out the Z1 at it's own game, in the camera department. Not bad, but today, on September 20 it's not impressive either.

Can't wait from the NeG2us 5!

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 13:26

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


The 5s I currently have stutters more than the iphone 5 I currently have.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 11:31

130. timaustin2000 (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


The G2 does not have a better camera than the Z1 and it's only available in an un-expandable 16gb version in the UK. I'd take the Z1 over the G2 any day,... as, indeed, I have.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 12:32

37. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Drooling.... 0(O.O)0 b You get a thumbs up from me :D

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 12:58

40. HalaMadrid (Posts: 92; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


Can't wait to get this beast :)

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 13:16

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


I think both GSMA and PA must update their reviews after the first firmware update of Z1.
Some important aspects look defective in these primary versions of phone.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 13:59

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


Absolutely can't fault this phone, 24 hours later and I refuse to pick up my S4 GPE, it (S4) just feels cheap by comparison but keeping it for the pure Google experience!

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 14:35

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


???!!!
Sorry, your comment is not clear for me!

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 23:43 1

72. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Translation: he loves how the phone feels, it feels way better than his Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition, but he keeps the S4 around because of the Google experience.

I too was confused until I realized what GPE meant. I was wondering how anyone could mistake a normal GS4 for having a pure Google experience.

posted on 22 Sep 2013, 12:53

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


Spot on with the interpretation, sorry if perhaps I did not make myself clear....the problem with acronyms....lol.

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 03:49

88. torgrim (Posts: 29; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Have a look at PhoneArenas own camera comparison:
phonearena.com/phones/camera/Apple-iPhone-5,Samsun​​g-Galaxy-S4,Sony-Xperia-Z1/phones/7378,7597,800​0?s​t=2

The Samsung S4 beats Sony Z1 by far...

Still PA says Z1 has an excellent camera? I dont get it? But I think the Superior Auto mode gived much better images for the Z1.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 11:34

131. timaustin2000 (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


Comparison charts only tell a very, very limited story - they're 2D, relatively low-light subjects. In real-life testing, the Z1 is clearly superior to the S4.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 13:59

47. Ikechukwu (Posts: 201; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


Wait, why the Brazil logo? I saw the same stuff on my Z ultra case and was thinking... maybe I got a free ticket to the world cup. IDK, maybe they're part of the sponspors? anyone? lol

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 14:51

51. sulre (Posts: 18; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


Yeah, they're the main sponsor of it. So it's just a promotion and in my opinion, u won't get a free ticket, sorry :D.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 14:15 7

49. alaahershy (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)


Xperia z1 >>>> galaxy s4. , at least in material, not cheap plastic

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 16:20 5

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


polycarbonate isn't cheap plastic.. please educate yourself first.. and not everyone in this planet earth prefer glass over plastic..

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