Xperia Z1 Review: Testing Sony's Latest Android Flagship

By on November 14, 2013, 12:24 AM

Sony already tried to capture the minds of consumers earlier this year with a flagship Android device. The Xperia Z was a decent enough device when it launched, but when the competition hit hard a few months later, the Z fell a little behind. A slick design and waterproofing were some of the handset's standout features, but it notably fell behind in the chipset and display departments.

Enter the Xperia Z1. New Snapdragon 800 SoC. New 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS camera. New aluminium body. In many respects, this is what Sony was aiming for with the original Xperia Z: a solid set of features to lure any smartphone buyer. It may be out a little later than your Galaxy S4 or HTC One, but there’s no doubting that the Z1 is a high-end handset to take Sony into 2014.

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Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Too big, too fragile, too flashy & too expensive. Flagship products are generally a waste of money, they tend to showcase what the manufacturer is capable of more than anything.

Guest said:

Did he just complain that this device is not full of bloat-ware!???!?!?

Guest said:

Sony makes good hardware. Their problem was waiting so damn long to bring the devices to the US. Now the US is saturated with Samsung devices... like everywhere else.

Guest said:

I've had one for 3 weeks, and I have to say the novelty of a new shiny wore off sooner than I'd hoped. The device is very capable, and is a big step up from my Galaxy SII.


Sony launcher is nice, although I've gone back to Apex.

Camera is very good in good light

Can take a 64Gb SD card

Battery lasts for ages with mild to moderate use

Stamina mode comes in handy if you want to eek more out of your battery when you're getting low

Waterproof which is handy when you have a 14 month old who wants to get everything covered in food and water


Camera is awful in low light

Mic is a little quiet

Screen isn't as vivid as my S II was

My options were HTC One, Lumia 1020 or Z1. I settled on the Z1 as it has a higher spec in terms of CPU and RAM than the other 2.

Guest said:

Looks nice, but there are a lot of better phones out there. The display is just meh.

Guest said:

I have that phone. Waterproofing has been tested many times and also called to it under water. Touchscreen not working underwater but thankfully there is camera button.

Camera is bad if there is little dark. Lumias are rocking on that side. Screen and colors are very nice. Performance is awesome. Nothing bad to say. Nice phone.

Battery is also pretty good. 3 email accounts full sync and little some games. Battery lasts 2 days. Charger that comes with phone is also nice.

Scorpus Scorpus said:

Did he just complain that this device is not full of bloat-ware!???!?!?

Not quite. I appreciate good additions to the software package (like the Moto X has); if nothing is added, leave me with stock Android and not just a skin that does nothing but change the look

Guest said:

Haha, no bloatware is a plus in my book. Why is it a negative???

Guest said:

This thing requires a protective case. Its glass both back and front, with almost no protective bezel. Drop it once on a hard surface and it will be history. The goofy little trap doors for accessing the charging port are going to brake off. You cannot access/ replace the battery, the phone doesn't open.

Having said that, I liked mine for the two weeks I had it ...(waiting for a replacement screen)

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