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Sony Xperia Z Review

Sony Xperia Z

Posted: , by Ray S.


Call quality

Sony Xperia Z Review
Just like with the camera, call quality is fine but nothing exceptional. The earpiece is a bit weak for our taste, meaning that you may have some trouble hearing your callers when in noisy locations. Do not expect wonders from the quality – everything will sound quite high and digital. Strangely, the sound that gets transmitted through the microphone of the Xperia Z gets somewhat modulated and appears distorted on the other end of the line. Lowering the volume can help you to remedy this issue, but still, it's something we though was worth mentioning because we haven't encountered it in many other phones.


The large body of the Xperia Z has allowed Sony to place a beefy 2330 mAh battery, and to tell you the truth, it's a good thing they have managed to fit this inside because we can imagine that the 5” display is requiring quite a bit of juice, especially when set at higher brightness levels.

As a result, the Xperia Z can offer theoretical 3G talk-time of up to 14 hours and theoretical 3G stand-by time of up to 22.1 days. That sounds pretty good, but keep in mind that if you regularly use your phone for more “advanced” stuff like camera, GPS, video playback or gaming, the battery life will quickly drop to one full day. If you are more of a moderate user, you should be able to get about two days of battery life out of it.

A neat feature here is the so-called Stamina mode, which allows the user to choose a number of features to be turned off once the device is locked. No need to worry – all of those features will be promptly reactivated upon unlocking the handset. It's a good tool that will let you boost your battery life should you find it not as long as you'd like.

Battery life

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z
4h 48 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy S III
4h 8 min (Poor)
Samsung GALAXY Note II
6h 16 min (Average)
LG Optimus G
4h 23 min (Poor)
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Sony's Xperia Z is the first new flagship smartphone to arrive in 2013. The device is pretty impressive with its gigantic 5” 1080p screen, quad-core processor and so on. It has all the needed prerequisites to become a winner in the Android market, even if confronted by other top players from Samsung or LG.

Sony has done a wonderful job with the design of this phone. It could, of course, be even better, but we still see it as superior to what most of the other companies are currently doing with their flagship handsets. It's still early for any ultimate conclusions, though, because we're yet to see what Samsung, HTC and LG are to roll out this year, but by the looks of it the Xperia Z is to remain a relevant player even when those other handsets enter the fray. In the end, Sony's new flagship is a very well-rounded smartphone that will surely stand out from the crowd of Android devices in 2013.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 4.1.2, Build 10.1.A.1.350


  • Exquisite glass design
  • Top-notch hardware
  • Water- and dust-resistant


  • Disappointing camera
  • Mediocre call-quality
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posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:00 18

1. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

only 8.5 ? I though buy xperia z but xperia death for me now

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:14 63

9. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

LOL! Do you really base your choiche of what to buy or not to buy on a rating on a single website? Go and try the product yourself, or at least check and compare reviews on multiple websites, youtube and forums from users that you know are reliable.
What can disappoint someone can be positive for others, for example I like sharp edges and hate rounded phones...

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 12:11 7

42. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Exactly...lol. If I based what buy on 1 website's review, I would have neve got the Droid X.

Consumer Reports is the exception when it comes to cars, and maybe cameras...lol. For everything else I go to many sources.

In fact....I and probably all of us would probably have an iPhone if I, we based it off of reviews....

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 15:25 5

106. Emily1985 (Posts: 127; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)

Nokia Lumia 920 Review score: 9.0
Sony Xperia Z Review score : 8.5
Nokia Lumia 920 Win !!!!!

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 01:41 11

260. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

920 can only win brick of the year 2012 :P

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 10:10 1

304. giri555 (Posts: 111; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)

wow..you are so intelligent :)

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 10:08 4

303. giri555 (Posts: 111; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)

So many Negative comments and feedback about your site?
Hope you have learnt a lesson??
Don't underestimate the knowledge of the visitors of this site, visitors will not buyin to whatever garbage you throw...why am I even coming back to this filthy site...damn I wasted my time typing this...

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 13:42 23

75. danny_a2005 (Posts: 269; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)

Ray S just gives 9.0 and up to apple devices even though they are all the same, if Joooooohn V had this review done it would have at least 9.0. I think this phone is perfect... And I'm buying it even if it had a 1.0 review

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 14:00 39

80. Ray.S (Posts: 388; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)

Actually, I haven't done a single review of an Apple device, so you don't know how much I would give it. :P

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 14:12 7

86. MartyK (Posts: 949; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

He got you confuse with Alan F. , now that person loves some Apples...hahaha

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 14:40 11

94. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 164; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)

gsmarena preview said the camera is excellent and the video is awesome and you said that the video failed to impress ? explain

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 19:21 5

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

Don't make the fake quote, man.
GsmArena just told us a little bit about camera user interface and some functions without evaluating the quality , so where could you find the words"excellent" or "awesome"?

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 03:55

264. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 164; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)

Videos come up with excellent detail and a solid 30fps framerate

this from the preview and I won't keep the whole review in my mind with the very words

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 16:14 6

119. AshishRomea (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

your biased ! this needs atleast 9.0 , common whats even wrong with the phone ?

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 22:21 3

155. chaosnightmare (Posts: 181; Member since: 20 May 2010)

the brand i guess, sony sucks so much

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 18:27 1

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

Mmmmmm... Feisty....

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 06:38 3

192. schinnak (Posts: 102; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

It was a good review. S3 was top of the cream when it was launched in terms of specs and new features on touchwiz. It fully deserved the score.

Now you have droid DNA, galaxy note 2 etc with similar specs which came before xperia Z. Apart from the dust proof and water proof thingy - what else sets this phone apart and on the top???

The score and review is fully justifiable.8.5/10 is a good score for this phone.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 11:21 1

214. ravearamashi (Posts: 11; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)

Absolutely true. It's all about software features, benchmarks and processor power doesn't matter anymore as long as the device is running on Jelly Bean, any dual core and above phone would be able to run it lag-free in theory. It goes the same to Droid DNA and Optimus G and Note II. DNA and Optimus G specs and benchmarks blows Note II out of the water, but in terms of software features such as the Multiwindows while on Optimus G and DNA, you don't have lots of features compared to Note II, and that's why Note II overall just wins because Samsung took the device potential to the max

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:27 2

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

Better design, NFC support, thinner, better construction, better build, better functions (ie, battery stamina mode) expandable storage, higher resolution camera (better detail), thinner, lighter,Jelly Bean out of the box,

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:25

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

Indeed :D

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:25 1

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

Lol :D

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 07:03 1

194. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)

galaxy s3 got 9.3
galaxy s4 might got 9.5 above or else that wud be very disappointing haha

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 11:36 6

22. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)

now wait coz beast is coming soon..............S

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 04:09

312. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

S? Sucker?

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 12:17 16

48. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)

oh please, 8.5 isn't bad at all. by the looks of your comment it looks like you never had any interest in the z in the first place and just need smthing bad to point out. anyway lets look at the con shall we. disappointing camera? i agree it isn't what it was hyped up to be but it still isn't 'dissappointing'. its not the best but it isn't bad and is still an excellent camera. plus, rating is different for every site and anyway what did the note 2 score? a 9, which is just a point 5 away and is also due to the extra functionality of the S pen. also many of the things are subjective so you have to choose what you like rather than what other people like.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 13:49 16

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

8.5 is bad because it deserves a lot higher score than that.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 06:49 4

193. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)

but you are forgetting that phonearena, or at least the author was never known to be too optimistic of sony. it surely deserves higher scores but for phonearena, well you should get used to this sort of stuff. you know what i do? i add 1 or at least a 0.5 to their score if its sony and -1 if its apple.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 19:58 6

148. DerryAhmad (Posts: 287; Member since: 05 May 2012)

The Xpera Z got 8.5 while the iPhone5 go 9.0 just doesn't seem right.
Also It'd also be nicer if we get to see the camera comparison between the Z and iPhone5/Galaxy S3/Lumia920 in the review to see where it stand in the competition.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 03:27 1

262. gboo2565 (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)

I have a feeling you wouldn't like the result of that camera comparison Derry..Does seem a bit strange though that Sony can't get their camera quality up..

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:28 3

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

I know, the Iphone doesn't even have a 720p HD screen, and many phones made in the same year did! -_-

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Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z

OS: Android 5.1 5.0 4.4.4 4.4.2 4.3 4.2.2 4.1.2
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Display5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (443 ppi) TFT
Camera13.1 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
Size5.47 x 2.80 x 0.31 inches
(139 x 71 x 7.9 mm)
5.15 oz  (146 g)
Battery2330 mAh, 11 hours talk time

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