Sony Xperia Z1 Review: the best of Sony all inside a phone

WhaTech Channel: Mobile Reviews
Published: Tuesday, 17 December 2013 21:11
Submitted by Eza Ezamie
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We all know that Sony manufactures digital cameras with its Alpha and Cyber-Shot series and television with its Bravia series. Take all the latest technology in them and put it inside a phone and then call it Xperia Z1.

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That means the best of the best being put together and out comes the Xperia Z1 with additional water-proof and dust-proof feature. All that packed in a smartphone that only measures at 144 x 74 x 8.5 mm (5.67 x 2.91 x 0.33 in) and weighing only 170 g (6.00 oz).

It is truly amazing what Sony has done with the Z1 as the phone is packed with amazing features. It has a 5-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, Full-HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels which also uses the same technology as the Bravia engine found on Sony TV’s. It also comes with a shatter-proof and scratch-resistant glass for added protection.

Only the highest specifications available are found on the Z1. It comes with Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 and 2GB RAM so the raw processing power is definitely there.

Featuring a 20.7 Megapixel primary camera built with the very same components as Sony’s compact digital cameras, making it a great smartphone for capturing images. It combines a large 1/2.3″, 20.7 MP Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor, Sony’s award-winning G Lens and intelligent BIONZ™ for mobile image-processing engine. Other features are autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, HDR and panorama.

The Z1 does take pretty amazing pictures thanks to all these. Plus the 2 Megapixel secondary camera  makes for a good quality video or Skype call. It can also take Full-HD video at 30fps and comes with video stabilization and HDR.

The Xperia Z1 comes with Android Jelly Bean 4.2 and a planned upgrade to KitKat 4.4 sometime in the very near future. That’s actually one of the advantages of buying a flagship phone from Sony; the official updates will be out quite fast so you will always be updated with Google’s latest OS. I’m sure you will benefit with lots of bug fixes and optimization as well.

With a 16 GB internal storage and a choice to further expand with the microSD slot, you won’t find yourself out of storage anytime soon. Plus there’s always the option for online storage like Dropbox to store your audio and video on the cloud.

The only downside could be its Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery. Other competitors like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has a removable Li-Ion 3200 mAh battery while the Nokia Lumia 1520 comes with a non-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery.

There you have it, the best of Sony television and camera technology inside a smartphone named Xperia Z1. You can’t go wrong with it.

The Sony Xperia Z1 is retailing at $649 USD or to the equivalent in your market and is available in black, white and purple and is available in stores nationwide.

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