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Good: Screen, design, day time photos
Bad: Battery life, low light photos, external speakers
Comment: I was a self confessed applephile, heavily integrated into apple's ecosystem (4S, iPad and macbook), but it’s clear the pace of innovation of their products has been slowing down for some time. So having in doing extensive research into a replacement for my 4S, I have looked past the Iphone 5 (not enough of an improvement) and the Lumia 920 (bulk, battery life and limited apps) and decided to take a punt on the Xperia Z.
I'll get the bad out of the way first. As expected the battery is poor, I doubt I'll be getting a full day out of it, but the stamina mode does help. Sony made a big deal of their new 13 mp sensor but the low light shots are disappointing; worse than the 4s (bravia engine or not). Finally, for a company that has audio excellence in the essence of what it does, I can’t fathom why the speakers are so poor. This is not such a big issue for me, as I will usually be using headphones to listen to music.
Now for the good. The screen is the best I have seen on a phone by far, the colours pop out at you, the detail is pin sharp. Photos and video look stunning. The camera takes amazing day-time photos and there are plenty of fun settings to try. The operation of the phone overall is smooth and navigating around it is a pleasure.
The phone’s design is close to perfection. It feels solid and good in the hand. The glass on the black version gives a classy bluish hue. Overall it looks sophisticated, futuristic, understated but classy.
There are multiple other positives. The android experience seems to have come of age. The water and dust proofing is a huge plus point. The on screen buttons are sleek and don’t make miss a hardware button. Sony’s UI is simple and clean. LTE, NFC and what looks like a good range of accessories coming.
Things that reviews have mentioned that actually don’t matter a jot include the poor viewing angles and the “fiddly” port covers.
Overall I expected a lot from this phone and it hasn’t disappointed. it’s worth 8.5/10. There isn’t many phones out there worth a 9/10…perhaps the HTC one, but that will only be known once the phone comes out. Certainly, now that I have this phone I’m not wondering if I should have picked or waited for another… not the Iphone5, Lumia 920, Htc one, nor the S4 whatever it might bring!!
The Sony is excellent
Good: SCREEN SIZE, SPEED
Bad: SCREEN COLOR LOOKS DULL................
Comment: I got delivered this mobile yesterday and was excited try to demonstrate to wife water resistant capability. To my surprise after washing phone for merely few seconds my volume of the phone was reduced and sound was cracking.
Secondly while playing HD video youtube it seems to stop in a midway.
Good: screen quality for reading; beautiful pictures
Bad: none yet
Comment: day 1
-screen quality. Much better for reading than my Note2.
-feels gorgeous to hold (and to look at)
-audio quality through headsets is excellent
-battery is better than I was expecting reading some comments. At 10.30am it was 63%. By 9pm 14%. That's better than my Note 2 by quite a bit, not as good as the iphone5, better than the Nokia 920.
I was using stamina mode
-I found opening the ports for the sim card a pain at first. The headset port is easier. Worth it knowing that I can use this in the rain -unlike my Samsung Nexus:(
-External speakers are okish. A bit tinny Similar to the Note 2 (slightly worse for music with base). Not as good as the iphone 5 (which is still the best external speaker on a phone I've had- HTC One will be interesting to hear)
-some people might find it hard to use with one hand (true of most large phones. The samsung Note 2 is good in this respect as it ahs the option for one handed setting whcih makes using it one handed easier for somethings).
-when speaking to someone else they can hear me very clearly (bit better than the Note 2 , lot better than the 920, not as good as the iphone 5). The other person's voice does sound very slightly muffled. Not enough to be a problem but after the iphone 5 and Note 2 it is just about noticeable. However, this maybe because it's a rugged phone (other rugged phones I've had have been a lot worse!)
This is a phone that makes me smile- more so than the Note 2, iphone 5 (which is handy for lots of thigns but too small for reading for me) and the 920 (though that was very impressive). It's stylish, fantastic for browsing and reading and a a snese of relief knowing I can use this in the rain!
Good: Good start by sony to design and eco system open bootloader
Bad: screen not as good as mind blowing water resistant HTC Butterfly j for partially sighted people and soon to be announce Nexus 5
Comment: warning sony don't make a phone into a gadget no one wants outside japan or miss the business market by putting games on it.
Good: sony build
Bad: andrain software OS
Comment: android is cack....
Good: Water Proof Dust Proof and Powerful
Bad: Poor colours and grey black and dim whites on the screen , Poor speaker
Comment: I've been wanting to buy this phone since I heard about it. And if they had gotten it out sooner I probably would already own it. But while waiting I've been researching the heck out of it......and the HTC Butterfly is also water resistant and has a better screen and a MUCH louder speaker. Cameras are about the same.
Good: Dust and waterproof
Bad: Yet to find out
Comment: I am a carpenter and have found that after 12 months my s2 camera is useless because of dust. I wonder if this phone will be covered by warranty for such a complaint. If it is, i'm sold.
The phone specs are great and the user experiences between high end phones don't differ that greatly these days, because they are all so good.
I'd be interested in Cnet's opinion on the dust issue here?
Comment: awesome mobile
Good: Screen, design
Comment: @ivan did u clear all the running apps on the retail device? They usually have a lot of apps running as no one closes them. I ran into this at a 3 store that I visited. After clearing A LOT of running Apps the phone ran like a dream and was not laggy
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