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Call quality


Although not really amazing, the Xperia Z1 does a good job when it comes to sound quality during calls. Loudness is just enough, while voices tend to sound clear enough to be easy to comprehend. Naturally, there's a second mic on the Z1, which is used for noise-cancellation, so your callers should be able to make out what you're saying even if you happen to be in a noisy environment. On the other side of the line, callers are mostly pleased by what they hear, though this will depend on a lot of factors, so the experience may not always be great.

As we said, the loudspeaker is neither very powerful, nor high-quality. It'll do the job if you're in a quieter place, but forget about using it outside when it's noisy.

Battery


Based on the data provided by Sony, the Xperia Z1 should be a champ in terms of battery life. The beefy 3000 mAh battery unit of the smartphone is said to provide about 15 hours of 3G talk-time, and the cool 35 days of 3G stand-by time. If you're using the handset in a 4G area, stand-by time should be just a bit lower at 31 days, which is still a great achievement.

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 Z1
4h 43 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy S4
4h 59 min (Poor)
HTC One
5h 45 min (Poor)
LG G2
6h 48 min (Average)


Conclusion


With the Xperia Z1, Sony has finally become truly competitive. The Japanese company has been experiencing great difficulties during the last few years, but after a relatively lengthy transition, it's finally caught up with the big players of the wireless industry.

Design-wise, the Sony Xperia Z1 is a great device. It's definitely a looker – more eye-catchy than most other Android models, and you can easily tell that it's a high-end product,, too, thanks to its solid glass and metal casing. The downside to its exterior is that it's quite bulky when compared to most Android phones with 5” displays out there.

Under the hood, the Z1 doesn't lag behind in any respect. With the powerful Snapdragon 800 and 2 gigs of RAM, the Z1 stands right next to the best Android flagships of the second half of the year.

The pleasant surprise in this whole package — the G Lens camera — finally managed to convince us that Sony has indeed created a winner with the Xperia Z1. The camera easily outperforms any other Android smartphone out there as far as picture-taking goes. Sadly, the video isn't anything spectacular, but at least it's not too bad.

With the Z1, Sony has not only caught up with the competition. It's safe to say that it has even managed to leapfrog it in some areas. We can't say that the Xperia Z1 is the best Android smartphone out there right now, because it doesn't really outshine all the other handsets in each and every area, but it's definitely a wonderful and well-balanced product that will certainly make competing companies, such as Samsung, HTC and LG, want to do even better with their next flagships.

Speaking of the others, if the Xperia Z1 isn't really your cup of tea for some reason, you can simply take a look at the LG G2, Samsung Galaxy S4, or HTC One, which can all be great alternatives to the Sony Xperia Z1.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 4.2.2; Build 14.1.G.1.518



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Pros

  • Good-looking and high-quality exterior
  • Amazing camera
  • Great performance
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • Bulky, compared to other phones with 5” displays
  • Mediocre loudspeaker

PhoneArena Rating:

9.2

User Rating:

9.4
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Sony Xperia Z1 specs
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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