Sony Xperia Z Full Review
Sony unveiled the Xperia Z during the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. It boasts everything that a high-end smartphone on today’s market should offer on paper, including a quad-core processor, Android Jelly Bean, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage and, of course, a large 5-inch display with a full HD resolution.Sony even boasts that the Xperia Z is water resistant to the point that you can literally drop it in a puddle without worry. With a screen as big as 5" the pixel density is far superior at 443 ppi, full-HD resolution, the display is crisp, vivid and sharp complimenting the 13 megapixel camera with HDR video recording (Exmor RS image sensor). Quality craftsmanship and durability, the Xperia Z is built to show off!
Features - Hardware
The Xperia Z has a very appealing look, and is available in both black and white. The front features 5-inch 1080p (Full-HD) screen, having a whooping 443 pixels per inch, all powered by the Bravia Engine 2. It also features a 2MP front facing camera capable of recording 1080p. The rear features the 13MP Exmor RS camera capable of recording HDR videos.
Though the phone is designed using 'OptiContrast' and 'Direct touch' design methodology, it certainly lacks a certain response to to touch due to the waterproofing of the phone. Featuring an OmniBalance design, rounded edges, shiny surfaces, quality craftsmanship, glass covered front and rear, and sleekness, the Xperia Z is an admirable phone.
The Xperia Z has plenty of first-class hardware. The interface was nice and fluid, owing to the quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor paired with 2GB of RAM. 16GB of onboard storage, expandable through a microSD card slot on the left side of the phone. Since waterproofing comes with a small hatch protecting the ports, you will have to open a port to use it. Five inch screens can make it a little hard to reach the power button with a single hand. The volume buttons are also in easy reach on the right side of the phone, just below the power button.
Features - Software
Sony’s TimeScape and MediaScape user interfaces and the experience is now much agile on the Xperia Z. There are little somethings that have been integrated making the experience more user friendly. If you hold the multitask button, a menu of widgets pops up for easily accessing notes, your calendar, a voice recorder and a timer. Those are there by default, and you can add additional "small apps” from the Play Store.
Sony’s Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited software suites come installed, too, and both provide full access to Sony’s music and video libraries. The experience doesn’t look like stock Android, but Sony didn’t take too much advantage of the OS. You can hold the home button to access Google Search, and the on-screen buttons are all in-line with Google’s Android standards.
The Xperia Z has a 2330mAh battery that easily provided us with enough charge to power through a full day checking social networks, email and listening to a few hours of music, surfing the web. Battery life should not be a concern under moderate usage, but as with most of today’s smartphone powerhouses, you’ll want to keep a charger nearby if you’re planning to use the phone frequently since you're dealing with a 5" big screen and loads of processing power.
Sony definitely deserved its award for launching the best smartphone at CES 2013. With the current trend with the market, it surely stands proud at least for the next few months. Its hardware stacks up with the best hardware, but the screen really didn't mark it up although the quality, and design methodology and features like waterproofing were remarkable. It’s a wonderful phone packed with real big specifications, however might be a close call with the rival's considering the market price.
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