Sony Xperia Z1 Hands On and Short Review

Guys, I truly apologize for this late post. About weeks ago, I was able to get a hands on with a friend’s Sony Xperia Z1 and I am proud to say that I was the one who recommended this to her. I forgot to share my experience on the device which should be posted weeks ago. So far, she is very happy with her phone and she kept thanking me for it. Anyway, heres a quick refresher of the device.

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Sony Xperia Z1 specs:

  • 2.2 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 64GB
  • 5 inch TFT full HD display (1080 x 1920 pixels, 441 ppi) with Triluminos display and Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2
  • shatter proof and scratch resistant glass
  • IP 58 certified – Water Resistant up to 1 meter for 30 minutes
  • 20.7 megapixel rear facing camera with G Lens, autofocus and LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front facing camera
  • LTE, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, USB On-the-go
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 4.3 Jellybean
  • Price:  P34,990 on Sony Stores; P24,280 on Kimstore; P24,300 on DBGadgets

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Design and Build Quality:

Ever since, I have been always a fan on Sony’s design even way back during the time that Ericsson still runs the show then eventually it became Sony Ericsson. My admiration for the excellent combination of solid build quality and beautiful design remains very high. I was really impressed with the Xperia Z1’s hardware. Really beautiful! It really feels so premium and it makes you feel its worth every penny you spend on it. Did I mention that this phone is also waterproof? It not just elegant but it can be wet as well which is very rare.

Display:

A big improvement from Sony Xperia Z1’s 5-inch Full HD TFT display. The Z1’s successor, the Xperia Z, was criticized for its display. Well, it not bad but its even at par with its other flagship counterparts that time. The Z1 has better viewing angles and vibrancy but its not better than Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One’s screen but its getting there. I hope Sony can deliver an excellent screen by replacing TFT with IPS panel on their next flagship next year.

Performance:

Just like any other flagship smartphone, it is very snappy and responsive. No lags at all! One contributing factor is Sony’s custom UI on top of Android. Its not as heavily customized as Samsung’s Touchwiz and LG’s Optimus UI which makes it more vanilla Android looking. Its simple, easy to navigate and easy to learn. Personally, I prefer Sony’s skin over any other Android skins because of its simplicity. Well, I haven’t tried playing games on this device but according to my friend, she downloaded pretty graphic intense games like Dead Trigger 2 and it ran pretty well.

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Camera:

The phone’s 20.7 megapixel camera is probably on the best today. It even better than LG G2’s camera or the improved camera of the  iPhone 5s. Remember, this Sony’s forte – the camera. If you are out for the best camera on a smartphone, always remember to include Sony’s Xperia line among your choices. Sorry, guys, I wasn’t able to take pictures. But I can assure you about the phone’s camera prowess.

Connectivity:

Everthing you need is here – Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS. USB OTG (on-the-go) is a nice touch too. This means you can transfer your files to your flash drive. LTE is also present. By the way, if you are keen on getting this device, you may want to consider getting it with a postpaid plan. Smart is offering the Sony Xperia Z1 on their postpaid plans. Find out more here.

Battery:

Sony included a large 3,000 mAh battery on the Z1. I told my friend to turn on the Stamina mode found on the phone’s settings. This makes the battery last for more than 12 hours of moderate usage. So, when you buy this one make sure to turn on the Stamina mode.

Verdict:

Forget the Apple iPhone 5c. Get the Sony Xperia Z1 and you will feel the worth of every penny you paid for it.

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