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Sony Xperia Z Review

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The Sony Xperia Z is Sony’s flagship smartphone for the new year, and I think it is unabashedly Sony Mobile’s best effort yet. Save for inductive charging, the Xperia Z has pretty much everything you could possibly want in a top-end smartphone: a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SOC, 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch 1080p LCD display, 16GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, LTE, NFC, a 2330mAh battery and a 13-megapixel autofocus camera encased in an IP57-rated waterproof and dustproof body constructed from 2 sheets of glass and a matte plastic frame. On paper, the Xperia Z offers a tremendous amount of power – right up there with the latest Android flagship devices like the HTC Butterfly – in an extremely beautiful and well-built package. Should you buy this phone? Read on to find out.

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Hardware and Design:

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In terms of physical design, the Xperia Z is unmistakably Sony in terms of its aesthetics. Just like the Acro S, the Xperia Z is a rectangular slab that actually looks distinctive; the detailing around the power button is lovely, as is the lanyard eyelet built into the bottom right corner of the device. The back of the device is completely flush with the exception of the camera lens which is sunken ever so slightly; the inserts on the sides of the Xperia Z are apparently shock-absorbing and are colour-matched with the back; the flaps over the ports and card slots (necessary to prevent water from seeping in) have rubber plugs on the inside – they fit tightly but are easy to detach. The only physical controls on the Xperia Z, apart from the aforementioned power button, is a volume rocker; both the volume control and power button are really solid and offer excellent press feedback.

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I’ve always been a huge fan of waterproof smartphones because they unlock a whole new range of possibilities regarding what you can do with your phone and where you can take it. You can shoot photos and video in the rain, for instance. You can capture video underwater, at the beach or at the pool. Walking in a light drizzle? There’s no need to stop using your phone. Spill something on your phone? Wash it off under a tap. Drop your phone in the toilet? Fret not, not only will it continue to work, you can get it clean and sanitized again. You can keep your phone clean, all the time, by physically washing it. However, the loudspeaker strangely becomes unusable the moment water gets in it (seriously, you can hardly hear it) and only works properly when the water has dried out. The Xperia Z lacks a physical camera button, which means that it’s not really possible to capture photos underwater. I also wish that the Xperia Z supported inductive charging; given that the microUSB port is hidden under a flap, inductive charging would have made charging much more convenient on this device.

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On the other hand, the Xperia Z is large, angular and slippery, which means that it’s difficult to get a good grip on it. I’ve spent a few days with it, and I still feel like I’m about to drop it. In addition, you definitely feel it in your pocket all the time. A 5-inch phone is just too large to use one-handed in my humble opinion – I thought my 4.65-inch Galaxy Nexus was huge until I picked up the Xperia Z, and I can just about use the Galaxy Nexus one-handed in a pinch. With the Xperia Z, I have to slide it up and down my palm in order to use it one-handed. Because the glass back is so slippery, it genuinely feels like a precarious way to use this phone. The Xperia Z feels like a super-sized, slimmed-down iPhone 4S in the hand.

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The landmark feature of the Xperia Z, just like the HTC Butterfly, is that 5-inch 1080p display with a pixel density of 440ppi. It’s a TFT LCD wrapped up in Sony’s marketing-speak, which makes it a Full HD Reality Display with OptiContrast Panel and Mobile Bravia Engine 2. As far as LCD displays go, it is a beautiful panel with pixels so tiny that you just can’t spot them no matter how closely you peer at the display. Now, it isn’t as bright or as vibrant as an AMOLED display, but that is a fact of the display technology used here. Unfortunately, viewing angles are mediocre – the display looks washed out to various degrees unless you’re looking at it dead-centre and visibility in sunlight is relatively poor because the display darkens significantly when viewed outdoors. The Xperia Z does not have a bad display – it has a very, very good display, but it misses the mark of perfection by a few points. Make what you will of that; personally, I can’t really tell the difference in pixel density and overall fidelity between a 720p display and the Xperia Z’s 1080p display in everyday use. In fact, because the user interface elements remain around the same size on the Xperia Z as they are on a 720p display, you can’t even fit more on one screen, making it even harder to see the real utility of a 1080p display.

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Performance and Battery Life:

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The Xperia Z, as expected, is an absolute screamer in terms of benchmark performance as well as perceived speed. There’s just about no lag or stuttering to be seen, scrolling is buttery smooth and the Xperia Z handles almost everything without any evidence of slowdown. For once, Sony has delivered a flagship smartphone that can compete head-on with its biggest rivals without walking away completely embarrassed. While I’ve actually seen my Galaxy Nexus consistently launch apps a touch quicker than the Xperia Z, it’s really hard to have any real complaints about the Xperia Z in this department.

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I’ve been using the Xperia Z rather heavily over the past few days I’ve had it, and I’ve seen its 2330mAh battery last between 7 to 9 hours before the first low battery warning appears, with around 3 hours of screen on time. I think these are very respectable figures considering the fact that I was pretty much hammering it, but you might still want to have an external battery pack handy if you’ve got a long day ahead with this device. Of course, Sony has included some power management features with the Xperia Z, including a Stamina mode that disables cellular data when the screen is off. I haven’t used them because I haven’t felt like I needed them; the Xperia Z is perfectly capable of staying alive through an entire day at school and the 1-hour journey back home and I’ve been pretty satisfied with it in this regard.

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Camera:

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The 13-megapixel camera on the Xperia Z is rather impressive as far as Android phones go; it produces images that are very decent in terms of captured detail, colour reproduction and noise levels in both daytime and low-light conditions. It’s definitely a much-improved camera from last year’s flagship, the Xperia S, and I’ve been very satisfied with it. Check out the photo samples for yourselves:

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The camera app on the Xperia Z has loads of options, including an interesting HDR video mode that I haven’t had the opportunity to try just yet, an intelligent auto mode like what you would get on any decent point-and-shoot camera, a sweep panorama mode and a range of scene modes in addition to the usual touch focus, exposure compensation, ISO and white balance features. One quirk of Sony’s camera app is that you cannot use the camera on the Xperia Z while listening to music or any kind of audio; I really wish this would have been fixed long ago.

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Note: You can check out the full photo gallery of photos shot with the Xperia Z here which I’ll be continually updating for as long as I have this device. .

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Software:

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The Xperia Z currently runs Sony’s customized build of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, which means that Sony’s UXP NXT custom UI is alive and well on this device. It is still very polished and beautiful in terms of aesthetics, but Sony have made a few changes to their user interface and custom apps in the transition from Android 4.0 to Android 4.1. I’m very glad to see that Sony has embraced virtual Android buttons and followed post-4.0 Android conventions while the likes of Samsung and HTC have stubbornly stuck with physical or capacitive touch buttons so far. This means that you won’t see a Menu button unless the app you’re running requires it, the Back button changes to a Minimize Keyboard button when the virtual keyboard is onscreen and you can swipe up from the Home button to launch Google Now.

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Sony have also seen fit to include toggle switches for Bluetooth, WiFi, cellular data and ringer mode in the notification drawer, positioned above everything else in the drawer. The virtual button bar and status bar are skinned in dark grey instead of black, while the multitasking menu has been changed more drastically, with the app switcher shrunken and shifted to the right and a new toolbar at the bottom for what Sony calls “Small Apps”, which basically work like Desk Accessories in classic Mac OS – mini utilities like a calculator and countdown timer that you can install from the Play Store that appear on top of whatever else you’re doing on your phone and can be dragged around.

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I don’t know how useful these Small Apps actually are in everyday situations, but I don’t really like the fact that Sony left a completely blank space on the left side of the multitasking menu and chose to make the running apps’ thumbnails so small. On a related note, the stock launcher has actually regressed in terms of design and usability; while there’s now a 3D effect when swiping between homescreens (akin to the transition you get on an Android tablet), it’s actually more cumbersome to add an icon to a homescreen from the app grid. While you were able to tap and hold on an app in the app grid before and directly drop an icon wherever you wanted on the homescreen of your choice, you now have to drag the icon to the very top of the screen before being able to drop it wherever you want. In addition, adding a widget is even more cumbersome than it was, because the widget menu displays even fewer widgets at a time than it did before. On top of that, the app grid simply looks worse than the way it looked in Sony’s mix of Android 4.0.

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Generally, the user experience that Sony provides on top of Android continues to be as inoffensive as it was before, and most aspects of the user interface that Sony has modified is tastefully designed. Some of Sony’s custom widgets now look flatter and darker. The lockscreen, for instance, has a beautiful Venetian blinds effect when you swipe it, in addition to providing quick access to the camera and music controls. The Walkman music player has gotten even better in terms of features and user interface; Sony has included even more sound enhancement options and made the Shuffle and Repeat options in the Now Playing screen a bit more accessible.

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The customized Phone, Messaging, Email and Calendar apps now share a common theme, as do the Calculator and Clock apps; Timescape has been ripped out entirely and replaced with a more conventionally-designed social network aggregator called Socialife that supports Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader and YouTube; all of Sony’s media apps (Album, Movies and Walkman) have round icons and there have been slight improvements to the appearance of buttons, tabs, checkboxes and radio buttons. All of these are welcome and my opinion of Sony’s Android customizations is still very much a positive one.

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Conclusion:

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The Sony Xperia Z is an extremely good smartphone and a very credible rival to the HTC Butterfly, and it’s hard to find any major, deal-breaking flaws with it. What you’re getting with the Xperia Z is top-notch design and build quality, top-end specifications with a brand new display, a modern version of Android with a user interface that continues to look and work better than other OEMs’ efforts, a camera that is actually worth the marketing labels thrown behind it and a rugged construction that ensures that your smartphone can go wherever you do, even if water and sand are involved.

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The only thing about the Xperia Z that gives me pause is whether Sony will finally manage to speed up their process of delivering Android updates in the months ahead, given that the next version of Android is probably less than 6 months away now. After all, Sony’s 2012 flagship device, the Xperia S, is unfortunately still languishing on Android 4.0 even at this point in February 2013. Still, Sony has come a very long way as a smartphone maker in 2 years, and I am very excited to see the Xperia Z go on sale in several weeks. I can only hope that whatever launches at MWC doesn’t completely overshadow it, because the Z genuinely deserves better than that.

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  • http://twitter.com/rahulcena5565 Rahul Srivastava

    Really like the review. Only if you could tell us about the Loudspeaker in detail?

    • Alvin Wong

      The loudspeaker is average. It doesn’t get very loud, but the sound remains clear even at max volume.

      • Me

        That’s probably due to waterproofing.

  • http://twitter.com/Airwav3z ?????

    Amazing review, nicely done bro :D! How long does the battery last in a day, like 6 hours 12 hours? and is this with wifi on? gps? full brightness?

    • Alvin Wong

      The battery stats I described above is with WiFi off, GPS on and half brightness.

      • http://twitter.com/Airwav3z ?????

        You didn’t go in to detail about how long it lasted?! Was it better than other phones you have had?

        • Alvin Wong

          Well it’s neither worse nor better. You can probably have it last an entire workday (and perhaps make it go even further with the power-saving modes) but it still requires a nightly charge.

          • http://twitter.com/Airwav3z ?????

            roughly how many hours was it?

            • Alvin Wong

              Like I said, between 7 to 9 hours.

              • http://twitter.com/shem2409 Przemyslaw Orawiec

                Have you tried the the battery life with LTE on?

  • Andrew

    “the plastic inserts on the sides of the Xperia Z”

    It’s not plastic. It’s glass fiber with poliamide. Please correct – it’s actually a very important design feature as glass fiber is as hard as metal ( used in automotive) and absorbs huge ammounts of kinetic force, preventing the phone from shattering if dropped on the floor.

    • Alvin Wong

      Do you have a source for that information?

    • Daniel

      it’s true, you can check it in sony mobile website, that is not plastic, it’s glass fiber with poliamide

    • Daniel

      It’s true, you can check it in sony mobile website, that is not plastic, it’s glass fiber with poliamide.

      • http://www.facebook.com/chin.munchoong Chin Mun Choong

        sigh… Don’t get me wrong, gonna get this phone when release in MY, but to be true, Polyamide (PA) is a type of thermoplastic.

        Maybe you are aiming to say that the material PA (might be PA6, PA66, PA12, PA46) is not a commodity plastic like PE, PP or PS (used in common plastic stuff) but PA is a type of Engineering Plastic type which the properties increases dramatically when compounded with material like Glass/Carbon Fibers. (Example: Pure PA HDT = 80-100°C, 30%GF+PA HDT = 180-220°C)

        Glass fiber is made of glass material, harder than metal yes, but more brittle. The material PA is what Sony claim as metal replacement in the automative industries and the GF as a reinforcement material.

        The same also goes to Polycarbonate in Note 2 back is also a plastic material. The distinction here is purely marketing purpose where gen-pop would view something called plastic with disdain and inferior. There is no way PC, PA or any plastic material can equate to metal material, but the price, density and the processing is totally way off what plastic can offer

        Example : Iphone aluminum back are made from CNC milling from a solid block which cost a lot per-piece while 4-8 plastic cover can be made per-molding of cycle time of 50~70 secs. Yes the plastic still need to go through painting etc.. but it is damn sure that the cost of metal material is at least 3-4 times costlier than plastic

        source: my job in the plastic industries

        • Alvin Wong

          Thanks for that information!

    • http://twitter.com/xemchua Samuel Chua

      Mine had a few dents on the side…guess glass fibre is not that hard actually. :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/chou.barry Joysimath Barry Chou

    Very good review Alvin! Have you tried video recording and doing it underwater? One of my purposes of getting this phone is to video my little kids at the pool when we go swimming

    • Alvin Wong

      You would have to start the video before submerging the phone because the touchscreen does not work underwater.

    • arena

      you have to be cautious though. sony says it can only be submerged in depths of up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. if the phone breaks while getting submerged deeper, that may void your warranty.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chou.barry Joysimath Barry Chou

    Also, how is the call quality?

  • http://gadjade.com/ Jade Bryan V. Jardinico

    nice review. not too long nor too short. wud love to see a gallery for images for less web page scrolling. :D

    • Alvin Wong

      Thanks Jade!

  • Rick Ross

    You can shoot underwater actually, because the touchscreen works whilst wet :)

    • Matthias De Blaiser

      while wet, not while underwater

  • http://www.facebook.com/chou.barry Joysimath Barry Chou

    Hey Rick, based on this video the touchscreen doesn’t work when fully submerged. http://youtu.be/IqYaSPRAL7Y

    So my guess is that I would have to start video recording before I submerge the phone. Also no chance of taking photos while phone is submerged.

    But I am still happy as I can snap with the phone wet at the pool and video my kids at the pool playing without fear of wetting the phone.

    • arena

      or you can use a timer

  • http://www.facebook.com/rohit.kohli87 Rohit Kohli

    How is the sound quality through headphones? is it loud? You havent mentioned anything about that.

    • Alvin Wong

      Sound quality through headphones is as good as any other phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tomas.marcevicius Tomas Marcevicius

    Hi Alvin,
    Nice review. What I like is you don’t hesitate to tell things that bother you. For instance the viewing angle. I am very curious about it since I have sgs2 right now in my hands but awaiting for my Sony xperia z delivery by the end of this months. So would you consider viewing angles as an obstacle getting this phone, something one after using super amoled would struggle to accept? Thanks Tom

    • Alvin Wong

      I really wouldn’t consider it a dealbreaker, just something to be aware of. Coming from the 720p AMOLED on my Galaxy Nexus it does take some adjustment.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002232925933 Arthur Orison Koh

        Just a question, but apparently, the Sony Xperia Z comes with a layer
        of plastic screen protector pre-applied on to the screen itself. (Source: http://pocketnow.com/2013/01/26/xperia-z-screen-protector-logo)

        …which brings me to this.

        Is it possible that the screen protector itself affects the viewing angle
        of the display?

        *It is not my intention to promote another review website on yours, but as a potential future adopter of this phone… I’m kinda curious…*

        • Alvin Wong

          Perhaps it does, but I had a Sony Xperia S and removing the factory-applied screen protector on that phone did not improve the display’s viewing angles to any noticeable extent.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002232925933 Arthur Orison Koh

            Ah, I see. Thanks for the answer. :)

  • http://twitter.com/mangoro mANGo

    Great review. Does it have oleophobic coating? how does it treat fingerprints? can you wipe them easily by your shirt? thanks!

    • Alvin Wong

      You can definitely wipe off fingerprints easily, so that’s not an issue at all.

      • testor

        there’s no oleophobic coating but there is a layer of plastic like material that serves as a screen protector and shatter proofing. makes wiping off fingerprints and other forms of smudges easy. the package comes with another screen protector.

  • Daniel

    Please correct that’s AMOLED Display never been as Bright as LCD, AMOLED display has always darker appearance and over saturated colours

    • Alvin Wong

      I will not “correct” anything I said that’s not factually wrong.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Benjamin-Rodriguez/1289705569 Benjamin Rodriguez

        Brightness is generally superior on LCDs, by a noticeable margin. Contrast, vibrancy and color saturation are something else, but brightness goes to LCD hands down. Universal backlight.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Benjamin-Rodriguez/1289705569 Benjamin Rodriguez

          The Galaxy S3 for example is about 330 nits. Most newer flasgship LCD based phones(iPhone 5, HTC One X) are above 500 nits. Some phones like the Xperia P reach all the way up to 1000 nits.

    • shreyans

      but they are not as bright as lcd’s asss

  • yhel

    can i have the full resolution of all xperia Z CAMERA SAMPLES. please…. HERE IS MY EMAIL ADD:

    arielolveros@ymail.com

  • reyner

    very nice review! i cant wait to for the released of xperia z here in our country!! im just curious how was the experience of the UI compare to the current flagships such as sIII or ONE x? and also could you please post a sample pic or video of the sunlight legibility if you how do you find its legibility for i am usually in a broad daylight for jogging and i usually used my phone as a timer so im wondering if its usable enough even in broad daylight.. thank you alvin your review is fantastic and well detailed

    • Alvin Wong

      Thanks! Well Sony’s UI is definitely more aesthetically pleasing than Touchwiz in my opinion, and less of a departure from stock Android than Sense. I’ll try to get a pic for you when the sun’s out again :P

      • reyner

        more aesthetically made?! woah! that makes more more excited but the legibility seems to be quite disappointing but anyways thank you for that sunlight legibility is one big factor for me! :(

    • Alvin Wong

      This is the Xperia Z’s display in bright sunlight.

      • shreyans

        you should have turned on the screen

        • Alvin Wong

          Oh dear, I completely forgot to do that

  • http://twitter.com/stuli1989 Kshitij Shah

    Brilliantly done once again Alvin :D
    One question though… does having the virtual buttons at anytime feel better or worse than physical ones?? I mean I know thats the direction Google themselves went with the Nexus but just wondering….

    • Alvin Wong

      Personally I like virtual buttons over physical capacitive buttons because you can be sure that they are as responsive as the display is.

  • http://twitter.com/dorest_says Simon

    Thanks for review! Would you please upload wallpaper from this photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/88189322@N05/8458005710/ ?

  • Chuck

    Can it play .mkv?

    • Alvin Wong

      With an app like MX Player, yes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/abdil.jafni Abdil Jafni

    Hi Alvin, there is one thing to concern on the phone. Please2 respond as I really need to know.

    In a youtube video it was mentioned that the SONY logo is embedded to the shatterproof screen protector (source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GzYnDnZDRg )

    Can you confirm whether the logo is embedded to the shatterproof screen protector or embedded to the body of the phone. Awaiting your reply.
    Thanks.

    • Alvin Wong

      I cannot remove the screen protector, hence I cannot confirm that.

  • http://twitter.com/Srujay Srujay Parekh

    Please reply with DAC inside! no one has the news on it! does it match the iphone 4/4s in sound output levels or its reasonably low like the note 2 which needs a fiio portable amps for audiophiles! also does the Xperia Z have sound out from USB? does it improve overall sound? It is a major concern for millions worldwide and suprisingly no one talks about this on any reviews!

    Please reply asap! will share the same with many forums worldwide!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002232925933 Arthur Orison Koh

      Like all phones with an S4 chip, I believe the Xperia Z uses the same DAC. The WCD 9310, I believe.

      Source: http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/06/26/beats-me-why-htcs-amazing-sound-on-the-international-one-x-isnt-amazing-at-all-even-by-the-numbers/

      It maybe dated, but there’s a segment in there regarding the DAC used in S4 chips, so you could take it as a reference/guideline, though I’m not too sure if it’s still the same DAC.

      PS: I doubt it is a major concern “for millions worldwide”, you’re kinda blowing it out of proportion, lol. xD

      • http://twitter.com/Srujay Srujay Parekh

        thanks! but which is better for music? Xperia Z, Iphone 5 or HTC butterfly?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002232925933 Arthur Orison Koh

          Well, as the Xperia Z and HTC J Butterfly both contain the same SoC chip, I assume that the DAC used is the same, which is pretty good. (Though depending on who you ask, some might argue that the Wolfson on the G. Note II is better.)

          As for the iPhone 5… some people have claimed that it’s predecessor, the iPhone 4S actually has better audio.

          I presume you’re an audiophile… so you might be in for a tough choice, should you decide to select between the 3 phones…

          For instance, the Xperia Z and the J Butterfly has expendable storage, so it might be more suitable for you if you use FLACs like me…

          Also, depending on whether you’re keen on rooting the phones or not, the audio experience you get might vary a little, even with the same DACs. (Yes, the Xperia Z and J Butterfly both have “gimmicky” software enhancements which may or may not appeal to you…)

          Personally, the Xperia Z’s a go for me… Greater options, I believe, in terms of how you would like to listen to your music. (That, and they’ve been in the music market for quite a while, I think.)

          But then again, I’m also smitten with the Z due to other factors… like it’s design and whatnot. (Not really related to audio… hmm.)

          I think that if audio truly is an important factor, then you might wanna look into a iPhone 4S… (or Galaxy Note 2/Galaxy S3, with it’s Wolfson DAC, though you would need to root it in order to get it to work with your headphones without an external amplifier.)

          And uh, don’t take my word as it is. I do not have really have in-depth knowledge on this matter, so it’s best if you did some extra homework before you make your purchase.

          Good luck, and cheers. ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Benjamin-Rodriguez/1289705569 Benjamin Rodriguez

      Millions worldwide? Doubt so very much :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/buddhaflow Sasha Shepherd

    Looks brilliant. Unfortunately, Sony has built up far too much negative brand equity with me over the years – proprietary memory garbage, DRM rootkits, etc., and I wouldn’t touch anything with those four letters on it with a ten foot poll, even if it’s made of solid gold and sprays out supermodel attracting pherenomes.

    • Romeo Price

      Not sure what you are talking about. This phone uses MicroSD card and Sony has just been chosen OEM of the year by XDA Developers, thanks to Sony releasing USABLE kernel sources and beta versions. I really think all these criticisms are unjustified.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Benjamin-Rodriguez/1289705569 Benjamin Rodriguez

        Agree with you, tough it seems he simply holds a grudge for what they effectively DID in the past. So it’s his choice, even if Sony is a different brand these days.

  • Daniel Lee

    Hi Alvin, do we need another layer of screen protector? Will it affect the touching sensibility if we do?
    Happy Chinese New Year to you
    Daniel

  • sid

    Hi…awesome best of all I have seen yet very much satisfid with the review
    I want your suggestion which phone should I buy samsung galaxy s3 or xperia z ?thanks

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Benjamin-Rodriguez/1289705569 Benjamin Rodriguez

      Xperia Z is newer and has a better processor, screen, camera(even tough it’s discussed wheter or not it wins in pure image quality, it has better camera options, a better auto mode and HDR video) and to my tastes design. And it’s waterproof.

      The only reason i could think for sticking with the Samsung are Touchwiz specific features like Smart Stay, or if you want a removable battery or simply prefer its design.

  • SotSot

    Hi, just want to ask. How about the temperature of the phone?
    Does it burn when using it excessively or when charging?

  • Alex

    OMG. How did you get the phone? The pic take is absolutly in Singapore! I tot only can get it on the 28th? Any lobangs to get it earlier?

  • arenaflour

    xperia has pogo pins for charging without having to open ports. well, you may have to shell out additional bucks for the dock unless it comes with your package. russian xperia zs have the docks out of the box with them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AhmedSameh.egypt Ahmed Sameh

    how mush is Xperia Z” in usa ?!

    • shreyans

      its 199 on contraact

    • Alvin Wong

      As far as I know, no carriers, pricing or launch dates have been announced for the US as of yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AhmedSameh.egypt Ahmed Sameh

    how mush is Xperia Z” in usa

  • Rob

    Nice review. How long does the battery take to charge from empty given that the battery is not removable? I have an OG Note and it takes between 5-6 hours. Replacement batteries are a must. Also, would any of the versions released on the 28th work on ATT in the US?

    • Alvin Wong

      The global unlocked version won’t work with AT&T’s LTE network, but it supports quad-band HSPA+ so you should be able to use it with HSPA+ on AT&T.

  • kavi

    Now I can’t wait. This time i only need xperia Z..

  • Blue Father

    It is mar-vales…… I will buy tomor…

  • http://www.facebook.com/sumray100 Sumit Tyagi

    I want to know that Xperia Z have 1.5″ 4XCore processor and it got 7800 in benchmark and Xperia SP which is 1.7″ 2Xcore processor got 7976 in benchmark where only CPU is got higher in Z’s position. why other test like memory, 2d, 3d are higher in SP. Can You Explain that i’m not getting that.

    • Alvin Wong

      Because benchmarks are not 100% reliable or indicative and honestly I don’t care that much about them.

      • http://www.facebook.com/sumray100 Sumit Tyagi

        thanx even I think they are not exact but it’s a best way to get your’s Smartphone strength.

  • Micah

    Could someone give me a user feedback comparing photos taken with lumia 920 and Xperia Z. Reviews I’ve come across appear to reflect soft pictures(for Xperia Z) however when I looked at gallery linked to Xperia Z reviewed here I rather liked the pictures. Comments on lumia 920 appear to reflect over processing. Not fussed about OS as I currently use both Windows, Android, and faithful Symbian. Alternatively could anyone tell me if pictures are better than Nokia N8