Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sony Xperia Z1 review: a high-spec cameraphone without the hump

It's time to set the record straight: the original Xperia Z, launched back in February, was a decent phone. A solid phone. It was as if Sony had suddenly paused its chaotic schedule of handset releases in order to take stock of what Android users actually want: things like 1080p, microSD and a premium look and feel. And yet, the Xperia Z failed to be compelling. It wasn't just its subpar battery life that held it back. It was also the lack of a standout feature, which caused the phone to be buried amidst all the news of the GS4 and the HTC One -- and also by the announcement of the Lumia 1020 Windows Phone, whose camera suddenly made Sony's pokey, 13-megapixel module look like old technology.

That's why today, just seven months later, we're looking at a new flagship: the Xperia Z1 (codenamed Honami, and not to be confused with the Xperia ZL), with a far more boast-worthy camera and some other subtle-but-important enhancements. Buyers of the Xperia Z may understandably be displeased at being left behind so soon, but -- as much as we feel for them -- we'd hazard a guess that they don't constitute an especially large population anyway. In contrast, the Xperia Z1 should have much greater mainstream appeal. Read on to discover why.


  1. Sony Xperia Z1 is most preferred smart phone in India . It comes with high quality camera that allows to users to take picture at high quality . It is my favorite smart phone due to simple interface and user friendly functions .I am user of this phone from last two month . I still not any problem from this phone .

  2. Its an absolute screamer from Sony! An absolute stunner, hands down. From design to looks to specs to pricing - you can't beat it. MY ONLY GRIPE with this device is, there's no Optical Image Stabilization in its camera. Why Sony, why? :(