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Sony Xperia Z1 With the best of Sony packed into a sleek waterproof1 body, the Xperia Z1 is a remarkable smartphone. Sony's digital camera and TV technologies make it unlike anything else.
The essential tech specs. With a huge 3,000mAh battery, the Sony Xperia Z1 will happily run all day. You can get up to 850 hours of standby time, plus up to 15 hours of talk time. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, which runs at 2.2GHz, and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean so it's incredibly fast. The Z1 has a 5" full HD display that has a super sharp pixel density of 441 pixels per inch and is powered by Sony's TRILUMINOS and X-Reality technologies. There's a 20.7MP camera with a massive 1/2.3" sensor, wide angle lens and F2.0 aperture for digital camera quality photos. You'll also get 16GB of internal storage, which is expandable with a microSD card.
Exceptional camera performance. The Sony Xperia Z1 is designed to have the best camera in a water proof1. So Sony gave it a 20.7MP, 1/2.3" Exmor RS for Mobile image sensor, which on its own makes it one of the best camera phones available. But Sony threw all of its digital camera knowledge at the Xperia Z1, giving it a Sony G Lens with a F2.0 aperture for brighter photos and a 27mm focal length for wide-angle shooting. All that technology adds up to a smartphone that's capable of taking digital camera quality photos.
Newer tech for a better screen. So you can view your photos in stunning quality, the Sony Xperia Z1 has a 5" full HD display that's powered by some of Sony's TV technology. There's TRILUMINOS technology, which gives true, authentic colours and delivers a significantly wider colour gamut, giving you a far more natural and vivid viewing experience with a heightened sense of depth. While X-Reality improves texture and detail by reducing noise and image interference and takes low-resolution images and enhances them to create a high-resolution picture. All of this hardware and software means you get a superb visual experience, whatever you're doing.
Waterproof and super durable. To make sure the Sony Xperia Z1 can hold up to the tests of life, it's been designed for durability. It's been given IP55 and IP58 certification, meaning it's dust resistant and waterproof1, so you can use it in the rain or at the beach. In fact, IP58 is the highest rating for protection against water so it'll survive being submerged in up to 1.5 metres of water for half an hour. The Z1 should survive a few knocks too. Both the front and back panels are made from durable tempered glass, coated with an anti-scratch film. The frame meanwhile is made from tough glass fibre polyamide, which is so strong that it's often used as a metal substitute in cars.
The latest and greatest processor for the fastest phone going. To ensure the Sony Xperia Z1 will be future proof it has been given the new generation Snapdragon 800 processor. This incredible quad core chip runs at an impressive 2.2GHz, so can easily run any apps or games that are currently available on smartphones. It'll even be able to keep up as they get bigger and better in the future. There's also 2GB RAM on the Xperia Z1, which means you'll be able to multitask with ease. The amazing hardware is supported by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean so you'll get a beautifully fast and smooth experience as you dart through apps and menus effortlessly.
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This device feels super premium: the metal sides feel fantastic in the hand and the glass front and back add to make this phone feel even more premium than an iPhone in my opinion. The metal also makes this device super tough too. I am sure if you dropped it from a small height it would be fine.
Call quality was excellent: callers could here me loud and clear and the quality on my end was excellent too. No issues with reception: very good on the Tesco Mobile (uses O2) network, but I am sure it would work well on every network.
I wasn't able to test the water-resistant ability (I'm too scared!) but I am sure it would be just fine if you dunked it in the loo, a swimming pool, etc. The flaps used to provide this ability by covering the ports feel really durable so they won't come off when you're in the water.
The camera's very good: 1080p video looks really crisp and the photos it takes are really good quality, with good definition and very little noise. Low light performance wasn't bad, but a fair bit of noise creeped in. However, this is normal for most phones.
Overall, a really excellent phone, that I would certainly recommend. Excellent!
The screen is excellent and is certainly a competitor for Apple's retina display. The camera on this phone is excellent, the poor reviews for indoor photos in poor light have some merit, but this is due entirely to the automatic white balance, if photos are taken on manual white balance settings they are still well above what you would expect of a smartphone camera. Battery life is much better than I experienced with previous iPhones, it's still on a device that is exceptionally energy/battery intensive but lasts much longer than I predicted.
The phone doesn't feel as big as it looks, when compared to the iPhone or smaller smart phones available it initially looks massive, but in practice it retains all the benefits of a smaller phone with the benefits of a larger screen. The screen is much bigger and more suitable for videos/digital magazines etc on the move compared to the iPhone and after only a few hours the phone feels like its a 'normal' size handset not a tablet/phone hybrid.
I decided on the Xperia Z over other android phones for a number of reasons.
1) Its waterproof. I use my phone as a sat nav on my motorbike, so this is a great feature for me.
2) Expandable memory. 16Gb is not enough for me, my music collection alone approaches that.
3) Good camera
4) Good battery life (only other phone I could find with a 3000mAh battery was the LG G2)
I have had the phone a few days now and so far I am not at all disappointed with my choice. The phone simply flies, launching maps, sat nav, web pages etc in fractions of a second. It's build quality seems very good (but I haven't dropped it yet !) I've taken a few photos and they have been great, and the battery has lasted me all day with almost constant use (since I can't stop playing with it)
It is quite big, there are other slightly smaller phones with a 5inch display, but we are talking a few mm here. I doubt I could type with it one handed due to its size, and fear of dropping it, but really that's about the only negative and really the price you pay for a 5 inch display I guess.
So if you are thinking of buying a new android phone, you could do a lot worse than choose this.
The camera is of course the stand out feature and is very good, not ground breaking in a nokia 808 or 1020 sense but the best available on android (which in return is light years ahead of the windows operating system). The default setting is superior auto which doesn't use the full 20mp but rather 8mp that apparently utilizes the 20mp's (again like nokia 1020) to make a better shot in all conditions. I would say for the most part superior auto will do the job.
The walkman app is one of the best on a smartphone and the though there is too much bloatware (most manfacturers are guilty of this) you can disable them if you wish. Spec wise the Z1 is just about the fastest out there at the moment, falling a tad short of the note 3 but it does have better camera and the build quality is second to none. Some may argue the HTC one or iphone 5 are the best built phones but it's down to opinion, the Z1 is on a par but glass instead if aluminum. The Z1 is of course waterproof which is a nice touch, I'm still too scared to put mine under water but it's nice to know your safe when talking in pouring rain.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Two years on, phone is as fast as ever but the battery has degraded pretty badly. 30% to 0% in under a minute. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Hmm
I've had experience with the Z1 compact, and I still think this is a great phone. It's not great in water (don't buy it if you really want a waterproof phone), but it is great as a... Read morePublished 21 days ago by charlotte s.
Constant issues with the phone freezing, to the point of replacing it one month later.Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Just wondering how to put sim card in this phone as the back wont come off and what side sim card do we need thank youPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've had this model for sometime now and I absolutely love it. As far as I know this model is no longer available, but due to Sony's features and reliability I have bought the Z3... Read morePublished 2 months ago by D. F. Thorn
Cheap,fake, worthless, it is a scam don't buy it. I had it in a good and protective case, and it smash in pieces fron a shot distance where it dropped.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The camera on the phone is either just awful or there is something faulty with it - it does not focus on anything,near or far. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was very bad quality, the system crashed within less then a month. It automatically started to restart itself. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer