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Ryan Attard
May 13
Ryan Attard
Overall
4.4
Ryan Attard

"Sharp display, excellent camera+audio all round excellent phone"

The Xperia Z is my first smart phone and I'm very impressed with it. So far I've been using it for the last month and a half and there's nothing I can find that makes it in-superior to other top tier android phones (GS4 and HTC one).

The display on it is really nice. With 1080p resolution and a large 5 inch screen it delivers excellent video and photo viewing. Compared to other phones it is most similar to the Samsung galaxy s4 except the S4 does boast more saturated colours due to the super amoled. However the more realistic colours on the LCD screen may suit some people more than the oversaturated S4.
Also the bravia 2 engine does a magnificent job of adding more colour to people’s faces and to increase the overall look of objects.

Whist the specs on this phone do look a little weak in comparison to the S4 and HTC one I haven't noticed any slowdowns or lagging on the phone. It is extremely responsive thanks to the quad core 1.5 cpu. Furthermore don’t feel like you’re losing much with android 4.1 jelly bean in comparison to the new 4.2 as I believe most upgrades were simply bug fixes. Another point brought up is the LTE connectivity on this phone however currently in Australia this phone is being offered by providers with LTE connectivity at a good price

The build quality and look of this phone was one of the main reasons I got it. The glass back and front look extremely good as well as the overall square look to it. It boasts very modern look and I would argue I actually prefer the glass look over the aluminium of the HTC one. Also it's completely water proof up to half an hour submerged. This isn't necessarily too practical but is a welcome addition.

The camera, being a 13mp exmor takes excellent photos when light is very strong. In comparison to the HTC, in daylight the 13mp destroys the 4 ultra-pixel camera however night time photos do look sharper on the ultra-pixel camera due to its ability to take in morel light. The superior auto mode is also a very practical feature doing all the work of knowing which settings to choose for the perfect picture.

Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of this phone is its audio capability. I love listening to my music and listen to it about an hour a day and moving from an ipod with specific limited EQ's to the Sony's clean audio feature is just ridiculous. The clean audio cleans up the song enhances bass and also enhances the higher frequencies for all those guitar solos. In regards to headphone jack however it is quite annoying for it to be behind a flap and I felt I had to buy a NFC enabled wireless headphones for the extra comfort.

In summary the Sony Xperia Z does not just stand its ground against the S4 and HTC one it moves forward in certain fields. It has better build quality than the S4 for those people who don't like the idea of having a plastic phone and offers the 5 inch screen and 13mp camera over the HTC one. Furthermore you get the Sony exclusives i.e clean audio, playstation store, Bravia 2 engine, superior auto and various other little add ons like small apps. Also it offers all of these features in a waterproof/dustproof package. I strongly recommend this phone to music lovers out there and to people who value the 5 inch HD screen combined with high build quality or people who enjoy Sony innovations and software.


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