Sony Xperia Z1 Review


Sony released the Xperia Z1 in order to catch up with the competition. The Sony Zperia Z, though amazing just lacked that wow factor and for a flagship that costly had come a tad shorter than expectations. The Z1 kind of covers up for what the Z could not give you. It truly stands up with the Sony Xperia Z but take’s its manufacturing and creative philosophy, up a notch. So read on and learn where they have actually improved.


We all loved how the Xperia Z felt in our hands, well this is even better. The edges have an improved quality which was much needed. The size remains the same which might be a problem. The bezels around the edges are too substantial which is not needed. The built quality is to die for and it is right up there with iPhone 5S and the HTC One. It is a bit bulkier for a 5 inch display compared to the other Android flagship phones. The sound quality from speakers is really clear and loud too. Most importantly, it still has the water resistant body that makes it unique.


I love the display on the Sony Xperia Z1. It has a beautiful 5.0 inch full HD display. They use a separate technology for the display and the result would be infront of you and it is nothing short of awesome. The colours are true and consistent. The only problem is the highly reflective glass but the full level of brightness can counter it though you will lose substantial battery. Gaming or just video watching, both are blissful on this display. The display has a whooping 441ppi pixel density, that is a lot. But, it is a full HD display isn’t it?


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The 20.7MP camera is a huge improvement over the 13.1MP primary camera on the Sony Xperia Z. It is better in every way against the older 13.1MP camera. unlike the older sensor, it can capture a wider region. It does not oversaturate the photo as much. But yeah it does oversaturate and some important detailing of photos is hence missed. The camera can set the perfect settings for you shot automatically but you can switch to manual to unleash that creative mind of yours. The video quality which can be recoded from this sensor is stone cold amazing. The front 2MP camera is good too. Actually it is a tad too amazing for crystal clear video calls.


The user interface is nothing fancy. It stays true to most UI’s on Android phones with their own little tweaks. The user interface is not very feature-full but has a nice sporty look. We love how simple it is and how user friendly it makes the experience. It runs on the Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean which might feel a bit older too soon.


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Remember how Samsung Galaxy S4 could bully the Xperia Z? well the big brother is here to slog the Galaxy S4 in its own game. The Sony Xperia Z1 has a 2.2 Quad Core Snapdragon 800 processor. And along with this, the 2GB RAM makes it an effective multi tasker along with the beastly speed it has. It has an internal memory of 16GB which is expandable to up to 64GB. It gives you wide variety of wave bands for 4G LTE. The Xperia Z1 also has a really nice battery life. It has NFC and Bluetooth for your file sharing needs or for connecting to 3rd party hardware.

Final Verdict

Sony Xperia Z1 is a phone you will love and cherish, in sickness and in health. It is so amazing just to hold one of these, the user experience is just wow. We love the little improvements paying attention to detail. This phone scream quality and along with Android, it is in one of the best ecosystems there is for a smartphone these days. I love everything about this phone. It just lacks the wow-y smart features.

GENERAL2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – all versions
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – all versions
4G NetworkLTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 – C6903
LTE 700 / 850 / 900/ 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 – C6906
LTE 800 / 850 / 900/ 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 – C6943
Announced2013, September
StatusAvailable. Released 2013, September
BODYDimensions144 x 74 x 8.5 mm (5.67 x 2.91 x 0.33 in)
Weight170 g (6.00 oz)
– IP58 certified – dust proof and water resistant over 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
– Triluminos display
– X-Reality Engine
SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3 ringtones
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, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, v4.0 with A2DP
USBYes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go
CAMERAPrimary20.7 MP, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Features1/2.3” sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama
VideoYes, 1080p@30fps, video stabilization, HDR, check quality
SecondaryYes, 2 MP, 1080p@30fps
FEATURESOSAndroid OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
CPUQuad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400
GPUAdreno 330
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
RadioStereo FM radio with RDS
GPSYes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
JavaYes, via Java MIDP emulator
ColorsBlack, White, Purple
– ANT+ support
– SNS integration
– TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/H.263/H.264 player
– MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player
– Document viewer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Stand-byUp to 880 h (2G) / Up to 850 h (3G)
Talk timeUp to 13 h 50 min (2G) / Up to 15 h (3G)
Music playUp to 110 h


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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