The best and worst Sony smartphones we've ever reviewed
Sony, one of the larger and more popular smartphone makers, is certainly well-known among the Android masses, having a large array of phones on the shelves. With the recent announcement of Sony's most advanced phone ever, the Verizon-exclusive Xperia Z4v, we decided to take a look at the company's product past.
Frankly said, some pretty noteworthy current-gen phones can trace their origins all the way back to Sony's factories - just mentioning the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, and their numerous spin-offs is enough to make most Android fans excited.
Alas, just like any other smartphone manufacturer, Sony has also failed here or there, as its devices did not stand up to the usual standards of the Japan-based phone maker. Today, we will be exploring the best and worst Sony phones that we've had the pleasure of reviewing.
Feel free to also check our other great lists showing the best and worst smartphones of the major manufacturers.
The worst Sony smartphones
Sony Xperia L
We were not impressed by the Xperia L - it had a bleak screen, a chipset that was nowhere near future-proof, and a camera that was mediocre at best. This is why it got a rating of 6.5 in our review.
Sony Xperia Neo L
Even by 2012's standards, the Xperia Neo L was a disappointing device. Apart from the underperforming chipset which resulted in noticeable interface-wide lag, the phone also employed pretty cheap build. What's more, the lack of oleophobic coating on the display made it pretty gross after a while.
Sony Xperia M2
The unacceptable call quality, as well as the reflective screen and the totally disappointing camera performance secured the Sony Xperia M2 a rating of 5 in our review. It was also too expensive for the traits it brought to the table.
Sony Xperia E1
Despite its entry-level status, the Xperia E1 was pretty disappointing and totally unimpressive - starting from the appalling display, which had washed out colors, poor contrast, and awful viewing angles. Additionally, the build quality of the device was pretty low and left a lot to be desired.
Sony Xperia J
Despite its good display and good battery life, the Xperia J's review rating is on par with the Xperia E1, which is not a good thing. Unimpressive performance, camera that was mediocre even as per 2012's standards.
The best Sony smartphones
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
The extremely good battery life of this device, paired with it relatively slim 6-inch body, well-performing camera, and noteworthy loudspeaker secured the Xperia T2 Ultra a review rating of 8.8, which is pretty good, to be honest. Despite its few drawbacks, the phone is among the great products Sony has released.
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
The compact beast came with pretty noteworthy internals for its time - a Snapdragon 800 chipset, 2GB of RAM, a 20.7MP camera, and a 4.3-inch 720p display. On top of that, it was also water- and dust-resistant.
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
The successor to the Z1 Compact is also a pretty powerful munchkin that we simply fell in love with. Apart from the outstanding battery life, the phone was refined in almost each and every other aspect - well-preforming camera, smooth performance, good call quality, and others.
Sony Xperia Z1
The Xperia Z1 was a pretty big improvement over the Sony Xperia Z impressed is with its high quality build, nice camera, performance, and most of all, water resistance, which was certainly not common back in the day.
Sony Xperia Z2
The Xperia Z2 is not only one of the most polished Sony devices ever made, an exceptional all-around device that has little to no flaws. Certainly a phone that is worth mentioning.