Call quality

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.

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.

hours 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)


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

PhoneArena Rating:


User Rating:

71 Reviews



1. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

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

9. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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...

42. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010 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 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....

106. Emily1985

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

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

260. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

920 can only win brick of the year 2012 :P

304. giri555

Posts: 111; Member since: Mar 15, 2012 are so intelligent :)

303. giri555

Posts: 111; Member since: Mar 15, 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...

75. danny_a2005

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 06, 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

80. Ray.S

Posts: 457; Member since: Jul 19, 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

86. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

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

94. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

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

145. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 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"?

264. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 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

119. AshishRomea

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

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

155. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

the brand i guess, sony sucks so much

138. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Mmmmmm... Feisty....

192. schinnak

Posts: 116; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

214. ravearamashi

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 11, 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

273. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 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,

272. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Indeed :D

271. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Lol :D

194. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

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

22. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

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

312. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

S? Sucker?

48. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 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.

77. mansoor

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

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

193. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 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.

148. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 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.

262. gboo2565

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 29, 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..

274. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 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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Xperia Z
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13.1 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2330 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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