Sony Xperia Z1S Review

Sony Xperia Z1S Review

Sony Xperia Z1S Review
Sony Xperia Z1S Review
Sony Xperia Z1S Review
Sony Xperia Z1S Review
Sony Xperia Z1S Review
Sony Xperia Z1S Review
Introduction


Sometimes it sucks being a diehard Sony smartphone fan in the good ol’ United States of A-merica. Those Sony fans are undoubtedly dedicated, seeing that Sony’s presence in the US smartphone market is nowhere close to the levels of its rivals. In fact, the last major one launched stateside was none other than the Sony Xperia Z for T-Mobile, which came out just close to 6 months ago. Overseas, the Sony Xperia Z1 proved to be a viable competitor for the busy holiday season, but there was no word about a potential release domestically over here.

Fortunately, Sony isn’t waiting any longer to get this new year started with a bang! During CES, they announced the upcoming availability of the Sony Xperia Z1S – a slight variation of the company’s flagship smartphone, bound for T-Mobile yet again. Unlike the lengthy time frame between the announcement and actual launch of the Xperia Z last year, Sony surprised many (including us) during this past CES by making the aggressive decision to the release the Xperia Z1S right away. It’s no doubt a specs monster like the rest of the stuff out there, but knowing that it’s only a slight variation of the Z1, will US consumers be enticed by it – knowing what is on the horizon?

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Card

Design

It's not everyday we have a flagship smartphone that we can use while taking a shower, so it's surely unique for that. Plus, it doesn't skimp out with the premium offerings.

Following in suit to other smartphones added with a letter “S” to their name, the Xperia Z1S looks and feels much like, you know, the Xperia Z1 from before – so there’s not a whole lot too different here. Firstly, we’ll give Sony credit for crafting a solid smartphone that has a prominent premium feel to it, which is evident by its glass front and back sides, metallic trim frame, and shiny looks. As much as we appreciate the glass, it’s something that attracts a lot of fingerprints and smudges very quickly, so don’t be surprised to find yourself wiping it constantly. Not to mention it makes the phone feel slippery and delicate!

For a device bearing a 5-inch display, the Xperia Z1S looks and feels bigger than most other flagship smartphones. Specifically, there’s just a lot of dead space on the top and bottom sides of the smartphone. You think they would’ve chiseled it down a bit with this model, so that it’s more form-fitting, but they didn’t. Regardless of that, we can’t deny that it’s more premium than many of the other flagships floating about. Throw in the fact that it has an IP58 rating, which means that it’s waterproof in under 4.9 feet of freshwater for 30 minutes, it means that it’ll survive a dunk into a pool – something that many smartphones can’t say they offer.

In order to keep its waterproof nature, the majority of its ports are tucked away under plastic flaps – with the exception of the 3.5mm headset jack. It’s actually exposed, though, Sony says that the port has been treated to protect it from getting damaged. Giving flexibility to the user, the handset is armed with a microSD card slot, a dedicated 2-level shutter key, and a spot for a lanyard. Surely a photo-centric thing, it’s packing number crunching 20.7-megapixel auto-focus camera.

Display

Looking spiffy from a straight head-on look, the display's continuing poor viewing angles really diminishes its glow. We were hoping to see an improvement in that front.

Alas! We thought that Sony learned from the last time, but unfortunately that’s not the case here. Honestly, the specs are good with this one, as it’s blessed with a contemporary 5-inch 1080p Triluminos display – a TFT panel at heart. Certainly it produces a sufficient amount of detail thanks to its 441 ppi pixel density count, but the more pressing matter here is the poor viewing angles we’re treated with yet again. From the front, it’s vivid and very pleasant, but at slight angles, it washes out to the point that color distortion is evident. Good news is that it handles outdoor situations without much fluff.



Sony Xperia Z1S 360-Degrees View:



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61 Comments

1. aranauser

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

8.5 really? i mean really? This device is not worth 8.5 i wouldve given not more than 8 IMHO

4. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

I wonder , what r the cons for you ?

8. aranauser

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

*sarcasm

23. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Didn't really sound like that IMHO

25. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

lol ok

32. jcdz89

Posts: 78; Member since: Mar 01, 2013

Phonearena is a good site for latest updates not for reviews. Just hillarious when Iphone 5c got "9"....

42. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

damn really it did? guess they were smoking crack that day

5. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

And why?

16. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Cuz he's a Sony hater.

26. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

sarcasm he said

34. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

Wow the iPhone5s gets a 9.3 and the SonyZs gets 8.5... Bias

36. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

No Sh!T when the 5C is nothing more than a 5 with a different chassis, and a lower quality one at that... I just ignore the ratings on this site now for the most part. The only reason I read this one, is because I have a Z1S OTW to me in the mail.

2. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

sony should use ips...

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Xperia Z1 - 9.2/10 Xperia Z1S - 8.5/10 WTF?

6. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

That's what I was thinking! XD

7. Qawi94

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

Ikr. Z1s has 32gb internal memory.It is slightly better

9. aranauser

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

go and read PA's "how we review" you will get your answer

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Both phones are basically the same phone, it's just that the Z1S is the US variant of the Z1 and the Z1S has 32GB internal storage while the Z1 has 16GB. So, I don't get the answer.

13. aranauser

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

no offence but... by reading your comment im sure you didnt read "how we rate" go pls check that.you will get your answer

14. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Both phones are basically the same phone, it's just that the Z1S is the US variant of the Z1 and the Z1S has 32GB internal storage while the Z1 has 16GB. So, I don't get the answer.

18. aranauser

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

ratings will change with time

29. jellmoo

Posts: 2531; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Absolutely, but it isn't like we have hit a new technological peak in that time frame. High end devices are still using the same chips and overall specs. In order for ratings to truly change over time, there needs to be newer handsets available to warrant that change. There simply aren't.

63. sgodsell

Posts: 6851; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Z1 has an aluminum band around the phone where as the Z1s has just a plastic band around the phone. Also I think the T-mobile version supports the new 4G that t-mobile is soon to release if not already.

35. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

And guess what, he won't reply to any off our posts.... Shows how that he is in the wrong, orelse he would've disputed why and why it got that mark.

39. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The Z1 was reviewed by Ray S., the Z1S was reviewed by John V.

54. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Ray S vs. John V??

59. jshan

Posts: 200; Member since: Dec 25, 2011

cz they dont nice as they looks like ..

11. toondewachter

Posts: 54; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Come on! Get the facts straight Phonearena! The phone has a 720p display and not a 1080p as you mention in the review. It also carries a 2300mAh battery instead of the 3000mAh battery you guys claim it has. This is sloppy copy paste work from the Xperia Z1.

12. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Well, it looks like you've messed up the Z1S and the Z1 Compact.

15. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

and yours is a sloppy comment written by a stupid POS who either can't read or know nothing about smartphone world.

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