Sony Xperia Z1 Review
| Style & Handling
Pros : Great screen, high specs and impressive camera.
Cons : Battery life is good but could be better.
Verdict : The Sony Xperia Z1 is a sublime phone. We wish the battery was a little better but it’s not enough to hold it back from a five star score.
Sony Xperia Z1 Review Full Review
The Sony Xperia Z1 is the second flagship phone from Sony in less than a year. Following on from the Sony Xperia Z it’s actually a surprisingly big upgrade, with a lot more power under the hood and a substantially improved camera.
However it’s also got some tough competition from the iPhone 5S, the LG G2 and now the Google Nexus 5.
While it’s not quite up to the standards of the HTC One, the Sony Xperia Z1 is still a pretty stunning looking phone. It has a glass back and a metal frame and at 144 x 74 x 8.5mm it’s quite slim, though at 170g it’s not exactly light.
Beyond looking good the Sony Xperia Z1 also stands out by being both water and dust resistant, making it far more durable than most competitor’s phones.
Performance is one area where the Sony Xperia Z1 really does push things to the limit. It has a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM, which leaves it capable of effortlessly carrying out any task or operation that you could ask of a smartphone.
Technically it could be better, as we’ve now seen the likes of a 64 bit processor from Apple and 3GB of RAM from Samsung, but it doesn’t feel underpowered in the slightest.
Thanks to its support for 4G LTE the Sony Xperia Z1 is also very fast at web browsing, streaming and downloading files. Even multiplayer gaming is fast and slick on the device.
The Sony Xperia Z1 has a 5 inch 1080 x 1920 display with a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch. It’s big and high resolution, plus it also uses Sony’s Triluminos display technology for more vivid and vibrant colours.
All of that makes it great for just about everything from browsing the internet to watching a movie and even comes in handy when just sending and reading texts.
The camera on the Sony Xperia Z1 is one of its stand-out features. It has a 20.7 megapixel Exmor RS sensor for tremendously high quality snaps. It also has a 2 megapixel front facing camera on the front for video calls and self portraits and it can shoot 1080p video at 30fps.
It’s not quite up to the standards of the 41 megapixel camera on the Nokia Lumia 1020, but not much else can hold a torch to it.
The Sony Xperia Z1 runs Android 4.2 and comes with just 16GB of built in storage, however it also has a micro SD card slot so there’s no need to feel limited by that.
It supports Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC, which is almost a full house of connectivity options. All that it’s really lacking is an infrared port.
The Sony Xperia Z1 has a non-removable 3000 mAh battery and promises a talk time of up to 15 hours, a standby time of up to 850 hours or a music playback time of up to 110 hours. In other words it’s got one of the better smartphone batteries around, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
The Sony Xperia Z1 is one of the best smartphones of the year and by extension one of the best smartphones ever. It’s also by far Sony’s best phone, taking what worked with the Sony Xperia Z and building on it with almost perfect results. It isn’t quite as powerful as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, doesn’t have quite as good a camera as the Nokia Lumia 1020 and could always do with better battery life, but as an all round package it’s almost unparalleled.
Sony Xperia Z1 Specification
Dimensions : 144 x 74 x 8.5 mm
Screen size: 5 inch
Screen Resolution: 1920 *1080 pixels
Pixels Per Inch (PPI) : 441
Processor: 2.2 GHz quad-core processor
Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
Onboard Memory: 16GB / 64GB (microSD)
Camera: 20.7 megapixel / 2 megapixel (front-facing)
Operating system: Android 4.2
Ultrafast / 3G / 4G LTE: Yes / Yes / Yes
Bluetooth / NFC / Infrared LED: Yes / Yes / No
Colours: Black, White and Purple
Launch Date: Out now