The Sony Xperia Z1 is definitely another step forward from the brand that's going from strength to strength in the smartphone market.
It's an impressive phone that packs so much technology inside you can't help but enjoy all the treats on offer - and it's well packaged in a way that makes us love to try all the different features.
It's a chunky beast, which may put some people off, but the metallic chassis is one we really like and pushes the premium message even further, and the addition of a microSD card slot is one we always love to see.
Given it's not likely to command the mega cost of the Lumia 1020, the Z1 is a decent phone that wiSnapll rival the Galaxy S4 on the shop shelves - so if you can get over the bulk, it's one of the most exciting smartphones to check out this year.
Sony tells us that it "believes that consumers want a flagship that's good at everything," and with some indisputably solid specifications across the board, it's hard to argue that they haven't at least reached for that goal. The Xperia Z1 is well built, zippy and responsive, and seems to keep the best bits of the original. Add to that key updates we saw first in the Z Ultra -- all stirred up with that megapixel mania -- and it becomes a tantalizing combination, that's for sure. Let's just hope that promise holds once we get it in for our full review, which given that it should land before the end of this month, hopefully won't be too long.
We loved the Xperia Z when it arrived in January and here the Z1 ups the ante even more. It's got the latest generation of processor, it's got the highest resolution camera, an improved display, a big battery and it's waterproof. Add to that Sony's clean Android interface and this could be a very strong contender for phone of the year.
Our time was restricted with the Z1, but what we've seen so far could mean this quickly becomes the best Android handset on the market.
This phone's build looks way superior to my other choice, the LG G2. And the specs are almost identical. Hmm, never owned a Sony. I'm worried about the popularity as it pertains to rooting/roms. But dang, this is a nice unit.
Device(s): Xperia Z1, Nexus 7 3G, HTC One X, SGS3 Mini
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I was slightly concerned about the popularity aspect of it for the same reasons as you, but looking at previous handsets/tabs in the "Z" line, I'm not sure it will be a problem. Plus, from what I can see, Sony appear to be pretty good with source code so it might not be too much of an issue.
A lot of the reasons I've had for rooting/ROMing in the past are now moot anyway (Titanium, messing about with themes etc), you have helium for backups now and if the the Experia Z is anything to go by, the UI on this thing will be amazing.
I think there's enough about this on stock to keep me going for a while.
I say that now obviously, but we'll see....
Last edited by El Presidente; September 6th, 2013 at 05:18 AM.
The Sony Xperia Z1 is one of Sony's biggest flagship smartphones for 2013. It features a 20-megapixel camera, a 5-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and more.
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