Sony Xperia Z Review



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The CES 2013 was the time that marks the beginning of probably the most intense time in the mobile market. It all kicked off with the release of the first high end phone in 2013 after a supposedly post- end of the world. It all started with the Sony Xperia Z. There was much hype to its water resistance, dust proofing and all that jazz that followed it up. We had heard they were completely redesigning the smartphone. Coming with a new, better UI and camera. Let’s see how all that rumor round-up holds up.



Design

Has Sony come up with a revolutionary built? Does this design leave a mark? Not really. Sony has gone with their traditional square look and has built this phone from glass frame from ground up. On the back, you can actually see the depth of that glass frame that encases the real body. The built quality is absolutely stunning but nothing we have not seen before. Nexus 4 has a very similar built or maybe rather better. It is personal preference. The phone looks really awesome, no doubt about that one. It weighs roughly around 145g making it even lighter than the smaller sibling Sony Xperia SP of the same batch of new Sony Xperia smartphones.

The body is water-resistant to up to a meter and does not let dust stick to its surface. This has actually been tested, submerged in glass of water or a tub, the phone emerges out as a winner. If you want to try that, do so at your own risk. Well, that explains such a sealed glass of the Xperia Z. The Sony Xperia Z really is the front runner of all Sony phones. It sets up the bar on which the other Xperia phones shall proceed. The phone supports multi-touch to up to 10 fingers.

Software

Out of the box, the Sony Xperia Z comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean which is upgradable to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Android itself has been a front runner in OS battling the “been there forever” iOS. The debate on which one of them is the better OS shall never end. But one place where you can put your hands down and say that Android is better is at the development forte. For developers, Android really provides you with the APIs to make your apps, more than iOS allows you to use. Android ensures you get all the applications that are necessary that are needed out there today. You have the general social media applications like the Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and a lot more. The Google Play Store can be easily navigated to find the specific app you are looking for. Android lets you tweak your OS to get to your most comfortable look. On the Sony Xperia Z, everything about Android v4.2.1 remains the same as said above.

Display

This year has been the time we have finally seen full HD screen being incorporated into smartphones. It is really fascinating how the world has developed, 2 years back we are getting all that full HD LCD tv’s for affordable prices and now they are on your smartphone screen. Sony Xperia Z fancies a full HD 1080p 5 inch display. It is very amazingly beautiful. It comes with a 1080x1920pixels with a scorching 441 pixel density! It is undoubtedly one of the best displays in the market right now. The colours look wonderful, true and dynamic. No damn way it could be pixelated anywhere. Make full advantage of the big 5 inch screen and use it big on entrainment and daily use. Watch FULL HD content, not just small content but lengthy movies. Go ahead. Play games and use all those fancy applications. It’s bliss.

Memory and Data

Sony provides you this device with a 16GB in built memory. On your will, you can wish to expand it to up to 64GB if you like to using the microSD cards. It has 2GB of main memory. You can share files using Bluetooth v4.0 or NFC. You can also use the same technologies to connect to speakers or the car and many other fascinating things that they can do.

Camera

Here is a place we have been a little disappointed in the past and well, we are disappointed again. It has everything on paper. Sony Xperia Z comes with a 13MP primary camera sensor. It takes stills in a resolution of 4128×3096 pixels. That’s pretty darn good but just on paper. When you put this against the best smartphone cameras such as the HTC ONE, iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920, Samsung Galaxy S4 and a lot more phones it just does not challenge them. It can match them at certain levels but you cant put them in the same class. The images from the camera are of high quality no doubt but they miss in capturing those colours or the correct brightness in that moment. The secondary camera is a 2.2MP camera. Both, the primary and the secondary camera are capable of taking videos in 1080p quality. You have the options of HDR and Panorama for the primary camera with image stabilization and video stabilization for videos.

Performance

Sony Xperia Z carries a 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm processor along with 2GB of RAM. It has it all, all the power needed to run those apps, make your multitasking life easier to go through. It scores very close in benchmark scores against the powerful 1.7GHz HTC ONE and the giant GS4 by Samsung. It’s ferociously fast. Frankly, we do not think the smartphone has come so far that you need such fast processors on board. The device does brilliant work being lightning fast in switching between applications and of course running them. The battery gives you 530h of standby, 14h of talk time and music play of about 40h on 3G.

Final Thoughts

There is no doubt it is not a great phone, but is it good enough? On paper it has all the essentials to qualify to be called a high end phone, it has all those powerful specifications. It lacks on features when you put it up against the iPhone 5, HTC ONE or GS4 considering the capabilities. The camera on this phone is not so great either. Maybe knowing all these factors, Sony Xperia Z does come for a lower price than these phones. Xperia Z has a beautiful display you will love, amazing speakers and fast performance. But if you are really spending so much, might as well collect more cash and get iPhone 5/HTC ONE/Samsung Galaxy S4.

GENERAL2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – C6602, C6603
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 – C6603
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – C6602
4G NetworkLTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 – C6603
SIMMicro-SIM
Announced2013, January
StatusAvailable. Released 2013, February
BODYDimensions139 x 71 x 7.9 mm (5.47 x 2.80 x 0.31 in)
Weight146 g (5.15 oz)
– IP57 certified – dust and water resistant
– Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
DISPLAYTypeTFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density)
MultitouchYes, up to 10 fingers
ProtectionShatter proof and scratch-resistant glass
– Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3 ringtones
LoudspeakerYes
3.5mm jackYes
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 64 GB
Internal16 GB, 2 GB RAM
DATAGPRSUp to 107 kbps
EDGEUp to 296 kbps
SpeedHSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, v4.0 with A2DP
NFCYes
USBYes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go
CAMERAPrimary13.1 MP, 4128×3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
FeaturesGeo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, sweep panorama
VideoYes, 1080p@30fps, video stabilization, HDR, check quality
SecondaryYes, 2.2 MP, 1080p@30fps
FEATURESOSAndroid OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), planned upgrade to v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
ChipsetQualcomm MDM9215M / APQ8064
CPUQuad-core 1.5 GHz Krait
GPUAdreno 320
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
BrowserHTML5
RadioStereo FM radio with RDS
GPSYes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
JavaYes, via Java MIDP emulator
ColorsBlack, White, Purple
– SNS integration
– TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
– MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player
– Document viewer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Ion 2330 mAh battery
Stand-byUp to 550 h (2G) / Up to 530 h (3G)
Talk timeUp to 11 h (2G) / Up to 14 h (3G)
Music playUp to 40 h



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Author: Sinha

Passion and Inspiration drives my life and I get them both from technology. Getting to write about it is an absolute bliss. The bliss comes from people reading what you want to convey. There is nothing better for a person than his views to be heard. I am a music, tv shows, movies and technological enthusiast.

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