Sony Xperia Z SIM-Free Smartphone - White (Android)
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- 13 cm/5" Full HD Reality Display, 13 MP camera with Exmor RS, 2GB RAM, 1.5Ghz quad-core processor
- Water-resistant and dust-proof with a tough casing
- View razor-sharp images on the HD bright display
- Take natural-looking photos and video in any light
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|Display Size||5 inches||5 inches||5 inches||5.2 inches||5 inches||5.2 inches|
|Item Dimensions||0.71 x 7.1 x 13.9 cm||1 x 6.9 x 14.4 cm||0.79 x 6.68 x 14.36 cm||0.73 x 7.2 x 14.6 cm||6 x 10 x 1 cm||0.74 x 7.21 x 14.6 cm|
|Item Weight||146 grams||150 grams||139 grams||152 grams||143 grams||154 grams|
|Memory Storage Capacity||16 GB||16 GB||16 GB||16 GB||32 GB||32 GB|
|Special Feature||camera; e-mail; face_detection; flash; front_camera; GPS; mp3_ringtones; quad_core_processor; radio; stereo_jack_connector; touchscreen; usb; wifi||touchscreen^quad_core_processor^camera^flash^face_detection^front_camera^mp3_ringtones^stereo_jack_connector^wifi^GPS^radio^usb^e-mail||camera^e-mail^face_detection^flash^front_camera^GPS^mp3_ringtones^radio^stereo_jack_connector^touchscreen^usb^wifi||camera; e-mail; face_detection; flash; front_camera; GPS; mp3_ringtones; quad_core_processor; radio; stereo_jack_connector; touchscreen; usb; wifi||—||camera; touchscreen; flash; face_detection; mp3_ringtones; radio; e-mail; GPS; wifi|
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Xperia Z - Experience the best of Sony in a smartphone
- 5" Full HD 1080p Display with BRAVIA Engine 2
- 13 MP Camera with Exmor RS for HDR Video and imagine
- Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad-core processor with 2GB RAM
- Water and Dust Resistant - IP55 & IP57 Rated
- Durability with Dragontrail glass front and back
Introducing the precision engineered full HD smartphone
Feel like you're there with the razor sharp and super bright full HD screen. Xperia Z brings you the highest level of HD available - 1080 progressive scan, for incredibly crisp pictures and no jagged edges. Expertise from our BRAVIA TV engineers goes into our mobile screens, to bring you the same quality you'd expect from a top quality HDTV. The 5" full HD Reality Display also has very high pixel density - 443 pixels per inch, for razor sharp pictures, superior brightness and the widest colour spectrum, so you can view every detail in vivid colour.
True Screen intelligence - Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 delivers an even better viewing experience by adding new real-time contrast optimisation to the sharpness enhancement, high-quality colour management and noise reduction. Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 is also able to analyse content type and adjust the image accordingly. Adding Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 to the Reality Display makes for the most intelligent smartphone screen - one that adapts automatically to display your content in the best way.
Less reflective, more responsive - OptiContrast & Direct Touch
We've eliminated a layer of air in the construction, bringing the touch panel closer to the display. This OptiContrast panel makes for less reflection and clearer viewing, even in bright sunlight, as well as creating a seamlessly black surface when the phone is turned off. By eliminating the sensor layer and integrating the sensor on the lens, we've managed to increase the responsiveness of the screen. So your touch is more effective and the experience is more intuitive.
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Stunning photos and videos in any light
Our smartphone cameras are built with the same expertise and components as leading Sony cameras, to bring you ultra-sharp photos and videos, wherever and whenever.
Great in all light conditions
Xperia Z features Exmor RS for mobile, the world's first image sensor with HDR video for smartphones. Taking super-sharp photos and videos both in lowlight and strongly backlit conditions like sunsets or with poor indoor lighting conditions. The lowlight sensors are featured on the front camera too, making it the first dual Exmor R for mobile camera
13 Megapixel Camera
The 13 megapixel fast-capture camera and the next-generation Sony Exmor RS for mobile sensor makes Xperia Z the Android mobile that delivers crystal clear photos wherever, whenever.
Not a pro with settings? Superior Auto mode automatically activates HDR and noise reduction when they're needed as well as choosing the right capture mode for the photo you are about to take.
Smart, sleek & durable
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No one knows how to best pack durability into a beautiful design like Sony. The slim 7.9 mm body, with its reflective glass surface, looks and feels slick, but Xperia Z is crafted to be water-resistant, dust-resistant and tough enough to handle whatever life has planned.
The durable tempered glass on front and back is a lot stronger than conventional glass. And with anti-shatter film on the front and back, Xperia Z is anything but fragile. In fact, the frame is made from glass fibre polyamide, the same material that's used as a metal substitute in automobile parts.
How can we be certain? In order to get the high IP55 & IP57 rating, we submerge Xperia Z under water for 30 minutes and make sure it's good as new when it comes out. It's also resistant to high power water jets too!
Since we can't take every Android smartphone outdoors, we bring the dust tests to our labs. Before we label Xperia Z dust-resistant, we hang it in a dust-test chamber and check the performance with many substances including sand and flour.
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What makes Xperia Z a Super Phone?
Discover the easy and fast way to wirelessly share music, photos, videos or anything that's on your smartphone screen. One-touch mirroring with NFC technology lets you easily see all the content on your phone, on your TV. Just touch your phone to your BRAVIA remote control and watch your game, photo or movie pop up on the TV screen. No cables, no buttons, no confusion.
The Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor gives you super-fast performance, unparalleled graphics and efficient battery use. Find your way on Google maps. Stream the latest YouTube clips with LTE. Or download the newest apps and run them without a hitch. Get it all when you want it.
Better battery life
With Battery STAMINA Mode you have more intelligent battery management and can easily improve your standby time by four times or more. Your phone knows when you're screen is off and shuts down the battery-draining apps you don't need, then starts them up again when the screen is back on.
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High quality headphones
Xperia Z comes with a high quality stereo headset. Sony MH-EX300AP headset has superior acoustic performance which helps realize sound true to the original recorded sound. Get the most out of your music, games and films. An in-ear headset that's designed for a premium comfort fit lets you enjoy quality entertainment audio. And when a call or message comes in, you'll know.
In the mood for a brain teaser? Or are your fingers itching to do battle? With your PlayStation Certified smartphone, you'll have direct access to PlayStation Store for PlayStation Mobile, where you can browse a catalogue of great PlayStation Mobile games developed for PlayStation Mobile. So however you like to play, download something today and say bye-bye to boredom.
Sony Entertainment Network
Download a movie or TV show from Video Unlimited. Connect your smartphone to your TV and the TV launcher pops up automatically. Enjoy millions and millions of songs from Music Unlimited. Enjoy all this and more from Sony Entertainment Network, with a common sign-on ID and digital wallet through your smartphone. Itâ€™s the perfect fit for a life full of entertainment.
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Top customer reviews
Laugh as other plebs who didn't spend inordinate amounts of money on their phone shield them from the rain, and never worry about water damage again.
Just make sure you close the flaps properly, otherwise karma will slap you in the face with a wet fish.
The charger connector keeps breaking, and so far i have had to have 3 new ones replaced, it has cost me nothing but money.
never again .
Yes it is stunning when viewed straight on - detailing is crystal sharp, colours are natural and reading text (Internet, SMS etc) is a delight. What you will notice is that when viewed from an angle the colours become washed out and the blacks appear grey. May be good for privacy (as the screen does blur) but in my opinion, it is a downside. You will definitely notice the HD crispness when watching movies - it is stunning.
Probably one of the most impressive functions of the phone. I've taking pictures in various situations (sunlight, night time, macro etc) and it has produced stunning photos. It has an auto adjust function that will try and detect the best setting for a scene and it works 95% of the time. The smile and blink settings are genius - it will only snap the shot when a smile and open eyes are detected - very clever. The flash is adequate and again, this can be auto adjusted when taking a photo (red-eye reduction, normal, fill flash etc). The HDR mode produces beautiful pictures and the editing software is adequate (wish it was more like Apple's iPhoto). Video recording is HD and HDR and produces lovely home movies.
It's basically faster than you'll ever need. Quad core processors clocked at 1.5GHZ. The phone smoothly glides through apps, downloads, internet browsing etc - the processing power is truly great.
For around £500 to purchase outright, you want quality right? The materials used for the Xperia Z really give it the WOW appeal - Toughened glass front and back with minimal plastic panels around the sides - it feels expensive. I'm not impressed with the fingerprints that are left behind (but that happens with all touch screen devices right?), maybe so, but this phone seems to attract more than other devices i've used in the past. I've heard people who use the black model of this phone complain about dust getting trapped between the screen and plastic panels. I can see how this would happen but the white model doesn't suffer this problem. Waterproof and dust proof? A gimmick? Probably, but I know if I ever dropped this in water and it didn't have that protection, I would be gutted. Better safe than sorry seems to be the motto here? Yes, the phone is big but it has a 5" screen so have to expect that. It is beautifully slim and holds nicely in one hand - a big plus is that the on/off/standby button is located centrally on the right hand side, easily operated with your thumb.
The small apps feature is a wonderful addition - you can launch mini apps (camera, calculator, notes etc) while in another app - you don't need to stop what your doing to open them. They launch at the blink of an eye and once done, you can 'cancel' them and you are free to carry on with what you were doing previously (for example, I was in the process of typing an email and wanted to take a picture at the same time - launched the mini camera app, took the photo, cancelled it and carried on with my email)
The music player is stunning. It is Walkman branded and the options you have within it are amazing. Various sound settings, equalizers (manual and pre-set), clear audio+, surround sound, clear stereo, xloud etc. They really do make a difference to what you are listening to and you have the choice to change it to your liking. I use the music player a lot (while travelling) and my music has never sounded better.
Sony Music and Video unlimited: Two services that Sony offer - basically the music function is Sony's paid version of 'Spotify' and the movie function is movie purchases and rentals - both work well and have a decent catalogue of titles. You can of course purchase music and movies from Google Play, Amazon MP3, 7digital etc but it is nice to have a choice as prices do vary between these various stores.
I received the phone this week with high expectations following several positive previews. Having been used to the Samsung Note, the size of the Sony was not a surprise or an issue. I have actually found it to be far more manageable using it with one hand compared to the Note. Still be warned this is a big and quite heavy device so won't be for everyone.
The main 'WOW' factor however is the stunning screen. I'm not going to get technical but visually this is the best quality screen both in terms of touch experience and clarity. Text is sharp and clear and easy to read and the colours are vibrant and brilliant. Watching movies on this is a joy and its very impressive.
The flaps over all the ports can get a little irritating especially the one on the charging port which you have to remove every time you plug in, but this is my only design gripe on what is a beautiful device.
Sony have kept the Android experience reasonably pure adding a few of their own widgets and apps but have not messed around too much. Its quick and never lags, so you can be confident it will handle anything.
I have added a 64GB MicroSD card to top up the 16GB it comes with and it works perfectly even though Sony states it will only handle 32GB cards....lovely!
Its supposed to be water resistant but I will let other reviewers comment on this as I'm not about to dunk this in my fish tank! I will just have to trust Sony on this one :-)
Now to the possible deal breaker, battery life. Its average at best. I am charging with about 10-15% remaining at the end of each day and I consider myself a heavy user. My Note II had a much better battery and I could easily get day and a half out of it so this may be a problem for some. I'm used to charging daily so not an issue for me but keep that charger handy!
One final slight criticism, why oh why did Sony ship their flagship phone with the out of date Android OS (4.1.2)??? Hopefully an update coming soon but its a silly decision from Sony in my opinion.
In summary this is a great looking, well-made and premium device and its great to have another major manufacturer in the game and making decent Android phones. I loved my Samsung's but to be honest got a little bored with the plastic materials they used and much prefer overall feel and quality build of the Sony.
I strongly recommend this phone and despite some minor niggles am very pleased with my purchase.