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Sony Xperia Z Review

0. phoneArena posted on 13 Feb 2013, 10:56

A new flagship model, a new Xperia phone is here to try and overpower the dominant species. Is that even possible? Why, we say nothing is impossible! Ladies and gents, we're giving you the Sony Xperia Z!

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

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 12:34 10

57. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)

Sad that the emerging leader in almost every class of camera can only come up with "mediocre" image quality for their flagship device.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 13:11 12

67. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

The camera was like I always said average. It's actually disappointing as per Ray S. My HTC Droid DNA has a better camera, it has the 1080p HD screen & the Qualcomm Krait S4 Pro. Also I have had all that tech since Nov. of 2012.

People should skip this phone & get the new HTC M7/One or the Samsung Galaxy S IV, because those 2 phones will be out weeks after the Xperia Z if not sooner.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 13:34 4

71. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Another reason (for me at least) to skip the Z - no VZW service. The GS IV will certainly be available on VZW. And maybe the HTC will be available on VZW as well.

Sony should have learned from Nokia about not releasing a phone on VZW. It tends to hurt your U.S. sales.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 13:41 4

74. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

That is a GREAT point.

I like the Sony Xperia Z but my problem is that it's too similar to last years HTC Droid DNA/Butterfly J.

The Xperia Z is 2012 tech not 2013 tech like the new HTC M7/One or the Samsung Galaxy S IV.


posted on 13 Feb 2013, 13:59 4

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

The M7 is going to be even more outdated than the DNA. the Qualcomm 600 isn't ready yet and the Tegra 4 will probably suck, so the M7 will be a 4.7 inch S4 pro phone that is the same size as the DNA and bigger than the Xperia Z. Talk about fail.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 14:29 4

89. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

You say that like it's a fact. The S600 is sampling right now, and it's going to be available in Q2. So that mean HTC could announce it in late February, and have it launched a little bit more than a month later when Q2 starts.

Also, the Tegra 4 will definitely not suck. With 28nm true A15 cores, and they're buffed up GPU which might be up to par with the PowerVR SGX554MP4 in the iPad 4, I think the Tegra 4 would be a pretty big improvement from the S4 Pro.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 00:00

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

Not according to what I read. The Qualcomm 600 is still a ways away and in that same article he said that the Tegra 4 was no competition and similar to the S4 pro. So yeah...

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 16:01

112. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

@SuperAndroidEvo this phone competes with the HTC One specs, the HTC One is a droid DNA with some monior upgrades like 13mp camera. The s4 pro is still the best processor in phones in 2013 right now this isn't outdated till a phone gets a Tegra 4, snapdragon 800 or exynos 5 quad core which won't happen till this summer.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 15:01 9

104. gescalona (Posts: 9; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)

Ray S. gave 8 to the HTC Desire C and 8.9 to the Samsung Galaxy S III mini. So, the Sony Xperia Z is just a bit better than the HTC Desire C, and worse than the Samsung Galaxy S III mini. really Ray S.?

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 15:41 4

108. feres13 (Posts: 307; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

Dude it's like comparing an audi Q5 to a Porsche cayenne, they're not in the same class, compare the audi to the bmw x3 and the porsche to the x5, the S3 mini is a midrange phone and the xperia z is a high end phone.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 18:18 4

137. gescalona (Posts: 9; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)

8.9 for a midrange phone and 8.5 for a highend phone ? is that make any sense to you? I wasn't compare the phones, i just saying that Ray S. believe that the S3 mini is better than the Xperia Z. according to his reviews

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 18:38 4

141. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

He doesn't think the SIII is better, Ray S. just isn't 100% satisfied with the handset considering that is is supposed to be high end and only performs "well" in some areas and not "spectacular".....

For the SIII mini, it is the most pleasing handset with the particular hardware limitations it was built with. Do you get my point now?

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 04:00 4

176. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)

Below the rating, there is a link to the page explaining it:


If you want to compare the rating and judge "which is better", you should compare the Z with recently reviewed high-end smartphones. However, to get an objective information, we suggest reading the whole review text (not only the rating!) and get all the facts. Also, we do VS articles, comparing two phones directly.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 06:21 1

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

"Release date: A phone released a year ago and rated as excellent should not be compared to a device that has just came out and has received the same rating. As the technology evolves, it is logical that the new models should meet higher expectations."
What kind of expectations are we talking about here? It seems unclear to me that the fact that it is a high end phone with high IP rating, first phone with HDR, Bravia Engine 2, Glass back and front, very sexy design, 2.2Mpix front face camera (/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9y55J3jyWME), good battery life.

"8.5-10 - Excellent : the performance and the features offered by the device are superb."

Given that the XZ only got 8.5 score, it just got the minimum grade to have it categorized as an Excellent phone which is annoying that a great phone like XZ to receive only this much.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 16:25 1

236. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

you clearly don't understand the way how PA scores

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 23:22 5

160. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)

If this xperia Z consider as midrange phone with same price as sIII mini it will score 15/10. It is going to be weird if low end phone score 1/10 because the comparison also with high end phone.

Score should showing us not about what feature it has but how good is that feature qulity. For example, Sony xperia A with single core processor but optimize it speed at max will score better than Sony xperia B with quad core but perform only slightly better than dual core phone.

We can read all the feature in specification sheet, so score review need to tell us how this feature work in reality

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:29

275. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2226; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

You can't compare phones with release dates that has big gap.

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 22:53

323. rey514 (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)

hahaha.. what is that? samsung galaxy s3 mini with a dual core processor 1ghz, 5 mp camera and with a screen that isnt a gorilla glass beats sony xperia z, a quad core 1.7 ghz monster, water resistant, scratch resistant and a camera that boast a 13 mp... instead of informing the people, we try to confuse them...

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 01:42

166. mickaahmed (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

dnt blv in phonearena they r the most worst mobile review site :S they r anoyning people cuz 1 of my frnd living in japan he bought a xperia z he told me that its most beautiful set in current market and its camera is 1 of the best in mobile he compares its camera with other populer divices only nokia pure view's camera is little bit good otherwise this divece is far batter than any other like galaxy s3 note 2 iphn 5 and some htc im really dispointed with phonearena :P in beanchmark tests xperia z is far ahead to any other divics

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 18:09 1

248. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

The simple fact of the matter is that the 13 megapixel camera on the Xperia Z isn't better then the competition. I wouldn't mind if they put a larger sensor on these phone because this whole dumbass thing about I have to have the thinest and lightest phone urks my nerves... I wouldn't mind a few extra ounces on a phone so it can have an above average camera.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the camera is bad. The camera is well above average and can perform just as well as other flagships, but it doesn't out shoot them which is why Ray S. says the photos aren't anything to write home about. I would go deep in depth about the photos but keep in mind these photos are taken under overcast conditions.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 07:13 2

197. SleepingOz (unregistered)

This is the best android flagship atm, but I doubt it'll stand a chance against the upcoming flagships of HTC, LG and ofc, Samsung.
Not to forget the Motorola X as well.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:24 3

270. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2226; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

Don't judge a phone by its rating

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 10:47 2

292. nanotechnos (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

Yes it's my first post, so what ? um um

Just got my Sony Xperia Z in pre-pre-pre sale (ok 4 day is like a pre sale no ? :D)

Slick and beautiful device, in comparaison my Note 2 seems to be a plastic toy (but wait ! It's in plastic :D)

Screen is really sharp, but the contrast is... disappointing to be fair. Color aren(t as vibrant as the Bravia Engine 2 was expecting to do.

The ip57-55 certification is really fun, it might fzeel awkward to wash you phone the first time, but it indeed seems "logical" after a few wash.

Comparing my Note 2 in term of screen, both has their pros and cons, the Xperia z seems tiny in comparaison of the Note 2.
But, the image is really sharper, although it seems lavish.

Comparing to my good old iPhone 4s, the quality of the iPhone regardless the tiny/minuscule/ size of the screen looks and feel superior. Contrast and colors especially.

When the 3 phone face off, they all fit a certain usage.

Note 2 for the autonomy and the AWESOME stylus (no more "Where is that godamn f*cking pen ?!" when you receive a call). 1 full day with CONTINOUS HSPDA/call/internet mail.

Xperia Z to get the feeling of an iPhone and the quality of android. Did I say it's washable ? Really good device, but regarding the price, I might end up to sell him and keep Note2+iphone 4S.

iPhone 4S, for an all in one device (that audio and apps) with miserable autonomy... (but I will never get rid of it :D)

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 08:07

307. LDnb6 (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Feb 2013)

you know nothing about phone dude.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 00:36 1

339. X55526622233 (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Apr 2013)

just buy gs4 xperia z htc one That is how I will compare these phones. right now I have xperia z. waiting for htc one. One word for xperia Z "AWESOME"

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:02 11

2. hung2900 (Posts: 965; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

One more time the gimmicky 13 MP camera is proved to be pointless, when the details are only marginally better but have to trading off the noise reduction and color reproduction. The last year Exmor R of Xperia S is not very good, this one is better but still compromising.
I checked a lot of Xperia Z reviews , and most of them say the camera is just OK.
HDR video cam is the only good point here.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 12:12 3

43. Feanor (Posts: 849; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

I agree that if you don't implement correctly a novel technology, you will not get the results you were hoping for, but so many comparisons in the web demonstrated the camera of the Z as a clear winner over iPhone 5, Samsung GS3 and Note 2 and many others. Until I bumped on this review I was quite impressed with this camera. And honestly speaking the way that this review explains the camera doesn't sound like a very accurate way to judge. You need proper comparisons with the competition for this and in those cases the Z really shone. Maybe Phone Arena was hoping that the Exmor RS sensor will offer DSLR levels of shooting quality, but for me anything that is marginally better than the already very good iPhone 5 and GS3 is already a great achievement.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 16:53 8

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

The photo quality is a bit shocker, Sony uses so much noise reduction that results look like upconverted 8MP pictures. Even more interesting how Oppo manages to produce SIGNIFICANTLY SHARPER images with better color reproduction and compression method, I read somewhere it features the 2nd version of the Exmor RS, but is it possible that Oppo got one technology newer than Sony's own flagship?

Check the details up close, these are genuine 13MP shots with proper pixel sharpness, and dynamic range is also top notch as advertized. Not bad during the night or up close either.


Now someone tell me how Oppo makes this much better pictures with the same Sony sensor...

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 11:58

220. ubuntu (Posts: 40; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)

op op op op op op op op op
Why do u always talk about oppo gangnam style!
i see you everywhere lol

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:03 18

3. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

shut the F**k up and take my money!!

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