Call quality

The Sony Xperia ZR is nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to call quality. The earpiece is pretty average with slightly muffled, but still comprehensible sounding. Meanwhile the microphone is just fine as it manages to transmit your voice in a clear and audible way.

Similar things can be said about the phone's loudspeaker. It's neither very powerful, nor deep-sounding, but it manages to remain clear and strong enough for the most part. Don't try to use it in a noisy environment, though – you'll be struggling to hear a thing.


It's actually a bit depressing to see the battery percentage of the Xperia ZR drop almost in real-time. The phone should, theoretically, be capable of offering up to 13 hours of 3G talk-time and 21 days of stand-by, but of course, real-life usage will successfully drain it completely in just about a day and a half.


Although there are a few compromises associated with the otherwise solid performance of the Sony Xperia ZR, it manages present users with a satisfying experience that will surely be appreciated by tech-savvy people. The thicker profile, uninspiring materials, average battery life, mediocre camera and so-so outdoor visibility of the display represent a big part of the compromises that were made with the Xperia ZR. Sony has tried to give this phone a not-so-high-end feel, and for the most part, it has succeeded.

Still, once you weigh the positive over the negative aspects of the Xperia ZR, it turns out that there is still a lot to like in this Sony handset. It still has a fairly big, 4.5” display with a fine resolution, and it still has that powerful quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, so you can at least be sure that you're getting a highly-relevant device that won't have a problem running even the most complex game or application currently available. At the end of the day, the Sony Xperia ZR proves it can qualify as an upper-mid-range device, but its price is the thing that will probably put most users off, as the ZR is priced well above many other capable Android smartphones.

Right now, last year's Nexus 4 seems like a much better deal with its lower price and comparable specs. Meanwhile, the HTC One mini will soon be an Android model of similar characteristics and a more exquisite design. And, if you're ready to shell out just a bit more cash, you can just go for the HTC One or the Galaxy S4, which will offer you that true high-end feel that only a flagship smartphone can have.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 4.1.2; Build 10.1.1.A.1.310


  • Sizable display with very good pixel density
  • Powerful chipset for flawless performance


  • Average call quality
  • Average camera
  • Bland visuals

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Xperia ZR

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  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Display 4.5 inches 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 13.1 MP (Single camera) 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 2GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 2300 mAh

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