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.

2 comments:

  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 .
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  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? :(

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