Does Sony have you sold on the new Xperia Z5 lineup?

Now that IFA 2015 is coming to an end, we can finally sit back and reflect. In the case of Sony — which undoubtedly had the biggest showing this year — it has become quite obvious to us that the distinct silence on Sony's part leading up to the expo was a great example of the quiet before a storm. Not only did the revered Japanese corporation have a brand new Xperia Z-line flagship, but it actually came out with two other extremely compelling devices, much to the delight of fans around the globe...
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22. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Personally, I thought the frosted glass added a ton to the design. I really like it and it's well thought out as it's quite resistant to fingerprint and smudges. The Z5 really looks great in person. The fingerprint scanner is also glorious. That's where it's proper place is, on the side, so everybody can continue using their phone the way they always have. The updates to the camera are not minor, either, it's a new sensor, better stabilization, fresh interface. Remains to be seen how they did on the background, though.

37. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Yup, double standards exist even within the same camp. The Galaxy Alpha was actually superior to the Z3 compact based on me owning it but it got ripped to shreds despite the only 2 things the compact had on it was battery life and waterproofing. The Alpha takes the performance, looks, style, and everything else.

53. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Perfrmance, yes... Looks ad style are completely subjective... The Camera on the Z3C is better than te Alpha... (here is a comparison with the 5s and a DSLR for reference)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JO568hd3Dc The Alpha lacks a lot in connectivity, while the Z3C has a barometer, MHL3.0, magnetic port and USB Host... the only thing the Alpha has over the Z3C here is the heart rate sensor, which is unnecessary if you have an app that can use the camera (with the same accurate results) Stereo front facing speakers on the Z3C, great for gaming and videos. Expandable storage. And yes the battery is a BIG deal, since it was the most requested improvement from users for the past couple of years

65. TyrionLannister unregistered

The alpha has a faster SoC, slimmer design, metallic body, fingerprint scanner and a much nicer AMOLED panel. For expandable storage, alpha has removable battery.

66. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

The battery life alone makes the Z3C kill the Alpha and bury it 6ft under. Apart from fingerprint scanner, everything else u said is subjective.

67. TyrionLannister unregistered

The z3c had great battery life. But the alpha also has pretty good battery life. It'll last you a day easily. Plus, slimmer body and faster performance aren't subjective. Neither is the fingerprint scanner.

68. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

everything will appeal different needs... however slimmer body yes, but it also has a bigger size overall... And just as you could say that it's size is no big deal, the thickness of the Z3C is also not a big deal... metallic body is good, but the nylon/plastic frame on the Z3C holds up very good, no scuff or scratches. (I agree that the glass might be delicate) but I love waterproofing too much so I can let it pass. Anyway we could go on here for a while... that's why this article from GSMArena said it betterhttp://www.gsmarena.com/iphone_6_vs_galaxy_alpha_vs_xperia_z3c-review-1148.php If you weight in all the points here as a "+3" for winner, "+2" for second place and "+1" for third, the best score would be for the Z3C... however not everybody gives the same importance to every feature and people cover different needs with their phones... For me the Z3 Compact is the best device under 5" until last week... And in my opinion the Alpha is a not too distant second... I recommended the Alpha to a friend who was still sporting a Galaxy S2!... This is the perfect contemporary replacement phone for that... but it all depends on your needs. You can't ignore the significant advantages of the Z3C...

41. dimas

Posts: 3373; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Blame the 810 minus the thermal paste and heat pipes just like htc m9. Then it got worse when it was reported that z4, z3+ in japan had customers complaining about overheating issues hence the firmware update on 4k recording. 810 really did screw manufacturers' potential profits.

63. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Its because there is z5 premium you know.. Even though z5 and z5c doesnt have any bussines being premium. And finally sony fans just have something to brag about with 4k screen. Only hater actually hate the z3+ and fans love z5 premium..

21. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

On screen buttons, not real 4K screen and SD 810 no thanks.

23. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

I am really interested. I have a Note 4 and looking to upgrade. Do not like the Note 5 enough. N5 just needed a bigger battery. Z5 Premium looks nice, is water/dust proof, and still has micro SD. Still not sure if battery and SD810 are enough for that 4 k screen.

45. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I'm pretty much in the same camp. If the Note 5 or the S6 Edge+ had either 128GB or expandable memory, I was very likely to upgrade to one of them, but the 64GB limit has just ruled them out. If it turns out that the Z5 Premium has a camera that's as good or better, a comparable display, microSD expansion, and good battery life (all of which seem quite likely), I am almost completely sold. The fact that it has near stock Android is simply icing on the cake. And if by any chance it comes out with the Snapdragon 820, I'll just nix the almost and state that I would be completely sold.

25. blackadamFTW

Posts: 28; Member since: Aug 27, 2015

Same old, same old. The improved camera is intriguing, but Sony lacks that "it" factor that other phone have. I'm sure it's a great phone, but I'm just not that interested in it

26. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

If the Z3c had 3GB ram and a 1080p OLED screen then yeah, I just cannot stand LCDs, all I notice is the backlight.

27. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

The last phone from Sony indeed.

39. dimas

Posts: 3373; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

s**t! You're still alive. Hell splurt you out? Too much samsung fanboyism is choking the devil?

43. dimas

Posts: 3373; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

The great supernova is following sony articles. Admit it, you want to try z5 premium don't ya? Don't be shy you can be honest to us.

28. surethom

Posts: 1698; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

I have had too many Sony phones over the last 4 years, that stutter after a few months, unless the are skinning much much less, no thanks.

38. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

My Z3 never lost a step for the 6 months I gave had it. Sony's software is quite good IMO.

29. Djz89

Posts: 443; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Definitely if the battery holds up

30. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Sony has always lacked in the design department. They have yet to make a good looking phone or make a real impression on me. I have never found anything they've ever released to be appealing enough for me to consider buying it.

54. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Sony has always lacked in the design department.. Oh really? Sony along with HTC and Apple are the few manufacturers who give importance to the design department.

34. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

All of a sudden, PA pours positive feedbacks on Z5. Did Sony pay them this time around?

55. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Wait for PA reviews. Remember Z3+ rating?

64. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

All of a sudden? This is anything but 'all of a sudden'. It's a new lineup, and as such is being judged on its merits. The Z5 and its derivatives look good; whether they end up scoring high after going through our review process remains to be seen.

35. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

If I was you all I be looking at reviews 1st

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

Sony definitely has me sold! The Z5 Premium looks fantastic! Will definitely pick one up if it becomes available here in the states.

46. Freelist86

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Sony needs better advertisement/ marketing plan to change the game

47. ComeToTerms

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

Considering the Z5 Premium, depending on the Nexus by Huawei. Now if the Z6 comes with snapdragon 820 and the USB C port (thee only 2 things this phone is really missing) then the Z6 is a no brainer.

48. HTC_ONE_MAX

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

Maybe no, as SD 810 makes me avoid it.
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