Sony Xperia Z1: 3 months on

December 28, 2013

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    The Sony Xperia Z1 is one of the best smartphones of 2013. We’ve already taken a look at it in our full review, but how does it fare after three months of constant use? We take a look at the Xperia Z1 after the shine of a newly purchased smartphone has worn off, to find out if it’s still the attractive purchase it was at launch.

    Please remember that this is NOT a review in the proper sense. This article is here to help people see how it would be to own the Sony Xperia Z1 for an extended period of time. If you’d like to read our review, click here.

    Wabi-sabi (flawed beauty)

    Also referred to as “flawed beauty”, wabi-sabi is a Japanese aesthetic centred around the acceptance of imperfection. Indeed that might just embody the design of the Xperia Z1.

    The Sony Xperia Z1 is a beautiful black (also available in white and purple) slate, with a glass front and back and a beautiful aluminium frame. Even the notification light demonstrates some thought, as it’s placed neatly inside the earpiece to provide a satisfying glow from the earpiece hole. Sadly, while these design choices do create a svelte and eye catching appearance, they definitely have some drawbacks.

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    Unboxing the Z1 is unlike unboxing a Samsung flagship, where you are startled by how light  the device is (further helped by the fact that the battery is usually not in a Samsung smartphone when in the box). When you pick up the Xperia Z1 it has a decent heft to it, and, at 170 grams, it’s no wonder why. But instead of feeling weighed down, the heft adds a second dimension of premium feel to the already premium look.

    The Xperia Z1 actually comes with screen protectors already applied to the back and front of the device, so that means no annoying air bubbles! These screen protectors are said to be shatter resistant (and this was evident in our drop test), so this could help you if you’re worried about the glass back — or the glass front for that matter — shattering.

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    While the Xperia Z1 comes with screen protectors already applied, these screen protectors are not scratch resistant.

    Unfortunately, these screen protectors are anything but scratch resistant. Now, granted I’m not a person who takes the best of care with his devices (a drawer filled with a shattered Galaxy S3, S2 and Nexus 7 are proof of the fact), but the Xperia Z1 back and front are very susceptible to scratches and you’d do well to buy a case and a third party screen protector (if you’re into that sort of thing). In the three months I’ve owned the device, it has collected an assortment of scratches (mostly on the back), taking a little of the gloss of the beauty of the Xperia Z1.

    Despite what others may have told you, the Xperia Z1 screen protectors are in fact removable (I haven’t actually removed them yet, but I am considering it), so if you do go down the route of getting your own screen protector, you might want to remove the first screen protector. Note that this does remove the Sony logo off the device.

    The second draw back to the Xperia Z1 design is the shear enormity of the device. I compared it to the Galaxy Note 2 and found the Note 2 to be only a little taller and a little wider. This is due to the waterproofing feature found in the Z1. Be warned, this is a device which is usable in one hand, but only just and not without a fair share of hand gymnastics.

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    While most have blasted the Xperia Z1 (and other waterproof smartphones like it) for flimsy looking flaps over the major ports, I’ve found them to hold up very well during my time with the device.

    The final drawback to the Xperia Z1 design is actually an internal design choice. The SIM slot mechanism is one of the worst (if not the worst) methods of inserting a SIM card. The Xperia Z1 takes a microSIM which has become fairly ubiquitous, but inserting the SIM card is a horrendous experience.

    Those who swap SIMs regularly may find the method of inserting a SIM card on the Xperia Z1 too tedious.

    A paper thin SIM tray is found behind the protective flap on the right hand side of the device, and you’ll need to use your nails to pull it out. After placing the SIM card on the SIM tray, you’ll need to push it in, in an action which can only be described as threading a needle. You’ll need some seriously stable hands to do it, and you should be thankful that you’ll only need to do it once. Those who swap SIMs regularly may find the method of inserting a SIM card on the Xperia Z1 too tedious.

    Despite these flaws, there’s no doubt that the Xperia Z1 is an especially beautiful device which stands head and shoulders above the pack, and is, alongside the HTC One and the iPhone 5s, the epitome of premium.

    Performance - like travelling through Hyperspace (and then some)

    Top of the line processor: Check! High quantity of RAM: Check! High PPI screen: Check! Big battery to run it all: Check.

    Unlike its predecessor the Sony Xperia Z, which was left in the spec race dust by the HTC One and Galaxy S4 just weeks after launch, the Xperia Z1 comes with the best chipset possible. The Snapdragon 800 processor makes everything scream on the Z1. Lag is non-existent, plain and simple and as is my custom when buying a new device, after dropping the animations down to zero, I achieved true instantaneous performance from the Xperia Z1.

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    While I’m not a heavy smartphone gamer, you can rest assured that the Xperia Z1 can run any mobile game that you throw at it. The Adreno 330 GPU inside the Z1 won’t break a sweat on most games available on the market today, and that should remain true for the foreseeable future.

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    One great addition that Sony has made to the Xperia Z1 (and other smartphones in the Xperia lineup) is in built support for DualShock 3 controllers, meaning that there’s no need to root in order to add that capability. Connecting is as easy as it is to connect to your PlayStation 3; all you’ll need is a USB OTG cable, the USB cable used to connect your controller to your PS3, and of course an Xperia Z1 and DualShock 3 controller. The controller is supported by many games and I’ve tested it with Dead Trigger 2 and it worked great (although it did make playing the game ridiculously easy).

    The Xperia Z1 does tend to run warm to the touch, especially when playing games, but luckily since this is a waterproof (okay, water resistant if you’re really picky) device, you can easily put it under the tap for a few seconds to cool it down.

    Screen

    While there has been a bit of confusion as to the technology behind the Xperia Z1 display, I can only ascertain from what I have in front of me and what I have is a relatively poor display in an era of brilliant smartphone displays. While the Xperia Z1 is dazzlingly bright even in direct sunlight, viewing angles are very poor.

    There's simply no excuse for poor viewing angles in 2013, and the Xperia Z1 display takes some getting used to (and even then it'll never be quite right).

    Now I’m sure many of you don’t want me to harp on about it, but it’s something that must be mentioned as perhaps the weakest link in an otherwise brilliant device. While some would argue that viewing angles don’t matter and that it actually helps provide privacy (which it doesn’t, it only makes the display look bad to the person reading your “extremely” important text messages), I’d argue vehemently that it is not the case. There’s simply no excuse for poor viewing angles in 2013, and the Xperia Z1 display takes some getting used to (and even then it’ll never be quite right).

    Just glancing at the display while it’s on a table is proof enough of the poor viewing angles and it’s something that Sony must improve upon. Other than that, the Xperia Z1 has great color reproduction (if a bit muted), reaches high levels of brightness and is an overall decent display when viewed head on.

    My Xperia Z1 set up

    I’ve been using the Google Experience Launcher ever since it was extracted off of the Nexus 5. I use a total of 4 screens, one of them being Google Now, an assortment of regularly used apps on my home page, all of my music players and social networking apps on the second page, and a nice Timely Digital Clock widget, Android Authority app widget, and a few other apps I use are found on the final page.

    It’s a simple layout with nothing fancy, but it gets the job done.

    Battery life - Finally, batteries have caught up

    The Sony Xperia Z1 has a massive 3000 mAh battery powering all of those powerhouse internals, and that’s definitely a good thing. As a heavy user of my smartphone, the Xperia Z1 is the first device that I’ve owned that will get me comfortably through a day (and then some). I’ve only ever killed the Xperia Z1 twice before 9PM and that was after over an hour of gaming and five hours of on screen time, as well as the fact that I’d spent most of the day in an area with poor mobile signal strength.

    Unless you are really (and I mean really) pushing the Xperia Z1, it’ll easily last you a day and some light users may find that the Z1 will last them two or even three days. The Sony TimeScape UI is very minimalist and is as close to stock Android as you can get on a non-Nexus (or Motorola or Google Play Edition) device. However, it does offer some great improvement over stock Android and one of those is the built in power saving mode.

    Unlike other power saving modes found on other smartphones, the Stamina mode on the Xperia Z1 doesn’t turn your phone into a slow, useless brick. When Stamina mode is turned on, processing speed is left unaffected, and in fact, the device runs normally when the screen is on. When the screen is off, it’ll disable some functionality like mobile data, but what’s truly brilliant about Stamina mode is that you can add apps to a whitelist and you can continue to receive notifications for the apps as they’ll remain active.

    After adding my regularly used apps to the whitelist, I found that I had barely noticed a change in the way that the phone worked, and that it didn’t restrict my use of the phone like other power saving features. In fact, most people could probably keep Stamina mode on all of the time after adding their most used apps to the whitelist, and they’d never notice the difference.

    Camera - A fine example of the megapixel wars

    I’ve left the camera till the last part of my article, and for good reason — this was without a doubt the most hyped feature of the Sony Xperia Z1. Even with the 20.7 megapixel sensor, G lens buzz words, and the rest of the hype, the Sony Xperia Z1 camera isn’t the out of this world camera that we’d hoped for.

    I've said this once and I'll say it again. A high Megapixel count is not the be-all and end-all of a great smartphone camera.

    The Xperia Z1 is a fine example of the megapixel wars that have been raging for a few years now; despite a high megapixel count, the image quality is a little disappointing, particularly in low light. The two main modes of taking photos on the Xperia Z1 are Superior Auto Mode and Manual Mode. During my experiences, in almost every picture taking situation (low light being the exception), Manual Mode offers better picture quality, truer colour reproduction and sharper pictures overall.

    Here is an example of a photo taken in Superior Auto Mode and then retaken in Manual Mode:

    Superior Auto (right) VS Manual Mode (left)

    Superior Auto (right) VS Manual Mode (left)

    While in good lighting conditions, the Z1 proves to be a great performer, in low light it’s not quite as good. Noise is readily apparent, and Sony’s image processing software seems to be over the top in processing, creating poor image quality when faced with low lighting. While it has become better in recent updates, the Xperia Z1 camera performance is still a little lacklustre in low light conditions (but then again so are most smartphone cameras).

    On the bright side, the Xperia Z1 can take video and photos underwater, and videos are amazingly crisp. The physical camera button also allows you to reach the camera app in seconds no matter which app is open, or whether the screen is off, meaning you’ll never miss another quick snap moment. The physical camera button also creates a much better photo taking experience as well.

    Here are some photos I’ve taken with the Xperia Z1:

    The Good

    • The Xperia Z1′s performance
    • Fantastic battery life
    • The premium build quality
    • A light touch on the TimeScape UI with features that you’ll actually use
    • Waterproof (up to 1.5m for 30 min)
    • Great camera in good light conditions

    The Bad

    • Poor low light camera performance
    • Huge size when compared to other 5-inch smartphones
    • Screen protectors which aren’t scratch proof
    • Viewing angles aren’t up to snuff

    Wrap up

    Sony is back with a vengeance in 2013, and the Sony Xperia Z1 definitely deserves to be called one of the best smartphones of the year. With the three months that I’ve spent with the device I’ve seen the work of an OEM that is ready to join Samsung at the top of the Android OEM list.

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    Comments

    • AndroidBoss

      Do same thing for Nexus 5.

      • Adam Koueider

        Don’t own it, but I’m sure one of my colleagues will be up for it. :)

    • KillEmAllx

      You listen to Arctic Monkeys. Awesome.

      • Adam Koueider

        But of course my friend!

    • MasterMuffin

      That privacy argument some people throw when talking about the screen is ridiculous, it’s good that that part was there! I liked this not-a-review review (lots of brackets :D)

      • Adam Koueider

        (brackets are to explain a more personal opinion/side note, ((plus) they look cool and remind me of high school maths!))

        Gotta get those high school maths brackets right :P

        Glad you liked it!

        • Vu Viet Anh

          Just a small correction: the layer on top of the Xperia screen is not a screen protector, but an anti-shatter film. You STILL have to get a screen protector if you want the screen to be scratch-free.

          Something I had to learn the hard way.

      • Ishaan Malhotra

        Hope they do

      • T.J.

        I wouldn’t count on them making a Nexus device for a while with them being a part of Rockstar suing Google and everything.

      • Eddy Edd

        lol that “privacy argument” part is sure damn true every time I hear that crap I’m like “seriously”??? speechless..

      • Mohammed Azoz

        i Hope sony make the next nexus , if google not gonna shut it down :P
        – a water proof nexus with an awesome battery life would Be the mean of awesomness :D

        • MasterMuffin

          Z2 is the phone currently, Sony deserves to get the next Nexus

          • Mohammed Azoz

            till Z2 come to my country it would be OLD already :D :D :D But still unless some come up with a ZU2 or something :D i would probably order the Z2 :D

    • najiy91

      i think you got the wrong one.sorry but most z1 viewing angle is great.i can see font and images clear 60-80 degrees.so hard to insert sim?no i dont think so.try the latest 4.3 update,it will be more battery saving.i love sony!

      • Adam Koueider

        That’s why I said that some people have reported great viewing angles on their ones. Apparently Sony used different display technologies for the Z1 and I guess I just lucked out and got a TFT display.

        • http://about.me/preetam_nath Preetam Nath

          Join the club. TFT here. I don’t mind the poor viewing angles, but dang I feel unlucky.

        • http://about.me/preetam_nath Preetam Nath

          Join the club. TFT here. I don’t mind the poor viewing angles, but dang I feel unlucky.

    • Leonardo Rojas

      Good article! I’d had some things to say, cause I have a ZL (and just bought an LG G2 for my brother). But just wanted to tell you, I’ve just noticed something very curious about the screen. See it for yourself:
      Open this article with your Z1, scroll down in the article right up to where the third picture starts.
      Put the device in a very wide viewing angle, flat or sided.
      Then pull down the notifications bar slowly…

      Look closely to the background of the text, the black text itself, the orange text and the picture. Well, specially the texts. Tell me what you see n.n

    • Blablabla

      Very good article!

      I’m not that guy that wants to have the latest phone ever launched and is changing his phone like changing his pants, but I did a lot (and I ment A LOT) of research after buying this phone. I got a Z1 in replacement for my “old” Motorola Atrix 4G. After seeing every “battleship” phone major companies launched (Nexus 5, MotoX, Galaxy Note, Galaxy 4, HTC One, LG G2, etc. etc., not mentioning not-Android phones because I’m kind of “open-source fan”) and the quality of its design, hardware and software and how it related to other phones, I think this phone is the best inversion I made this year. I’m very happy with it. Maybe not the phone that makes you say “wow” with an amazing screen and features, but it’s a beast in every aspect, and best of all, feels like it was designed to last.

      The only, THE ONLY drawbacks after using it for two months:

      - The power – lock/unlock screen button should’ve been bigger. Maybe the volume buttons should be in the place where the Micro USB/Micro SD slots are. I use to hold the phone with my left hand, but even if I hold it with my right my fingers go to that place.

      - Stamina mode shouldn’t take control of LED notification light. You can’t see if that LED is lightning if you have Stamina mode active.

      - The thing with the size is kind of a thing, but not to worry about. Maybe they could use the space that it’s “not-screen” to put physical buttons instead of on-screen ones. Or even the speakers, HTC One-like.

      - The “Sony” logo should be engraven in the surface of the phone, not in the screen protector.

      And that’s it! Hope this little crazy lasts with me, and with whoever has the pleasure to own one of them.

      PD.: Agree with the one who said Sony should make the next Nexus.

      • Leonardo Rojas

        Such a huge jump going from the Atrix to the Z1. It’s clear you like making good investments, and you couldn’t pick anything better to have a lastly smartphone.

        Just to tell you, I agree the size of the Z1 is shocking. I know you didn’t say that, but it was for me when I compared it to my ZL. Sony really should have used that space for more features. Front facing speakers would have been the best. But as always, Sony can’t build something nearer to perfection, or at least it doesn’t want to.
        Sony kind of ruined the premium finish by not engraving it’s logo on the screen. Really bad decision! Can’t imagine why : (
        The led light is not affected by Stamina mode in my ZL, thankfully.

        Btw, see my other comment where I gave Adam some steps to check out something very curious that could potentially “fix” the washed out colors of the Z1 screen when viewing from a wide angle.

    • najiy91

      adam koueider-yes i have heard that too.is true xperia z1 has 2 types display,tft and ips? or just same lcd but different quality,sharp made and jdc made?please investigate and answer.(‘~’)

      • http://about.me/preetam_nath Preetam Nath

        Yes. It is a display lottery. Hopefully that won’t happen with the Xperia Z2, which btw might feature a 5.2-inch 1440p panel. The dimensions are said to be the same as the Z1 (as per my sources)

    • Leonardo Rojas

      Just a quick question: Why do you guys think the G2 seems to be the weakest of the S800 brethren?
      It loses in almost all benchmarks, and Erica Griffin pointed out in her review that it was not the same feeling when playing games than with her other S800 smartphones.
      Just asking because I’d like to know if it’s a software or a hardware related “problem”. I haven’t played with the G2 yet, but I will, it’s still new. I’m thinking about trading it for a Z1.

      • Grman Rodriguez

        My G2 is awesome! Never lags or stutters. Don’t pay attention to benchmarks, after all they’re just numbers.

        • Leonardo Rojas

          Hey! I know what you mean. I know benchmarks are just a synthetic measurement, but it’s still weird the G2 is that below the others in some having the same SoC.
          What’s the latest official build and Android version for the G2? The one I got is from a carrierand it’s on 4.2.2. I’ll flash the stock ROM as soon as they install my Internet at home.
          I’ve played just a bit with it, feels very smooth… though my ZL is feeling the same : D I’ll do a proper comparison when I get it configured.

        • Leonardo Rojas

          Hey! Thanks. I did get the G2 for my brother. I used it for a week while configuring it and, I’m quite impressed.
          Very fast, and nothing makes it run slower, not even at 45° C and using only 1200MHZ.
          Great device!

          My ZL is great too. :P

    • http://about.me/preetam_nath Preetam Nath

      I own an Xperia Z1 an absolutely love it. Are you on Android 4.3 already?

      • Adam Koueider

        Yup, got it yesterday. Can’t tell you everything as I’ve only had it for a day, but I think it’s running a tad faster now (more butter and all).

        • http://about.me/preetam_nath Preetam Nath

          Nope. That’s not what I want you to check. Now open Sony Select, download “TRIFLAT” theme and apply it. Boom! New phone, new experience!

          • Adam Koueider

            I heard of the new themes, haven’t tried them yet. Thanks for the recommendation will try it out soon!

    • Aadil

      So how many screen-on hours did you get usually?
      I usually do some texting on my Razr I and get somewhere about 5 hours of continuous texting with wifi on. How would you compare the Z1 to that?

      • Aadil

        And I heard that the update greatly improved the picture quality,can you tell a bit more about that?

      • Mauritz Van Zyl

        5 hours screen on time will drop it to about 40%

        • Aadil

          Thats nice although I expected the 3000mah battery to last longer, similar to G2

    • Assa7in King

      Awesome, Nice review with good detail…..

    • tatanka

      which one to go for HTC one , experia Z1 or Nexus ????

      • simon t

        HTC is a great phone but has a below average camera, The Xperia Z1 has it all really, it has a great camera, Playstation Mobile, Water proofing and durable and Facebook Inside Xperia (FIX). Though Nexus has stock Android which is great as sometimes Xperia can have a lot of bloatware.

        • tatanka

          but i here that the Z1 has some auto shutdown issues…u ve ani idea???????

    • simon t

      Well the bad points all semm trivial to me. I have never understood the obsession with viewing angles.

      • Gorga Naibaho

        I agree completely with you.

        And no offense to you Adam, but it almost seemed like you were forced to put out some cons in the article just so you won’t seem biased. Anyway, this kind of long-term observation is exactly what I’ve been looking for, I’ve been thinking a lot about the Z1 lately.

      • Adam Koueider

        If you think the cons are trivial then that’s fine. To each his own, I’m just listing a few problems I had for me. If you don’t mind the bad viewing angles, and all the other bad points are trivial, then the Z1 sounds like the perfect phone for you.

        • G

          Adam, where did you get the google launcher from? I am interested in putting that skin on my z1 but am worried about getting something not secure. I am new to the android game

    • racrepus

      Fuck viewing angles! I’d rather the person sitting next to me on the train or bus, or wherever else for that matter not be able to see my screen. It’s a privacy thing for me.

      • dfq

        not buying the privacy argument. did you realize that texts are still very legible from the sides even with the poor viewing angles?

      • Leonardo Rojas

        You can try this, just to check how you like it:

        I’ve just noticed something very curious about the screen. See it for yourself:
        Open this article with your Z1, scroll down in the article right up to where the third picture starts.
        Put the device in a very wide viewing angle, flat or sided.
        Then pull down the notifications bar slowly…

        Look closely to the background of the text, the black text itself, the orange text and the picture. Well, specially the texts. Tell me what you see n.n

        Pd: If you don’t mind doing this, the results are: suddenly the washed out colors and the over saturated whites of the background become like the ones of an IPS display; the display looks like an IPS. And there’s an app that can permanently fix this. It’s an screen dimmer, “Screen filter” by Haxor Industries. Just set it to 50%. Bad viewing angles fixed instantly, at least on my ZL. (Viewing angles don’t annoy me, btw)

        • Clarence Alvarado

          I just did, and noticed nothing has changed. Can you screenshot the article where you’ve tried this thing? Thanks.

          • Leonardo Rojas

            What’s your device? Just scroll down till you see a picture, black text and orange text. That’s for you to be able to tell the difference, because the orange text is almost invisible when you view the display from a wide angle, the black text is wrapped up by the over saturated white-yellowish background, and the pic (any) turns into a lighter color: all this is what anyone can see having a non IPS display, like the ZL, Z, Z1, etc. This is what you call “bad viewing angles”.
            Do what I suggested and you’ll see how what’s in the display turns much better, the orange text turns to be very readable, etc.
            But, maybe your display can’t show differences. But, try n.n You can install that app too, it’ll dim your screen as pulling down the notifications bar does, and will give you this effect.

            • Clarence Alvarado

              OH MY GOD. Did I just saw an improvement? :-D This is great, mate!

            • Leonardo Rojas

              Have you been using this trick?

              It’s very useful when you’d like to show off your device’s screen indirectly.
              I use it when there’s people around in a low lighted area, ha. The screen looks beautiful!
              Doesn’t it?

            • Clarence Alvarado

              Yes, but just at around 48.6% of the brightness on Screen Filter.

          • Leonardo Rojas

            What’s your device? Just scroll down till you see a picture, black text and orange text. That’s for you to be able to tell the difference, because the orange text is almost invisible when you view the display from a wide angle, the black text is wrapped up by the over saturated white-yellowish background, and the pic (any) turns into a lighter color: all this is what anyone can see having a non IPS display, like the ZL, Z, Z1, etc. This is what you call “bad viewing angles”.
            Do what I suggested and you’ll see how what’s in the display turns much better, the orange text turns to be very readable, etc.
            But, maybe your display can’t show differences. But, try n.n You can install that app too, it’ll dim your screen as pulling down the notifications bar does, and will give you this effect.

    • jeno

      I think your z1 has a lot of bugs, so you better to update to the latest software that sony’s rollingout right now, i respect your opinion ,but for me in my experienced on my z1,theres nothing wrong in my z1, i didnt encounterd it, my z1 is pretty amazing, the screen in very amazing, the camera shots is very awsome.. mybe your z1 have a lot of problem …

    • Luka Mlinar

      Why is the 20MP pic so grainy? Did you lower the size for upload. Kind of defeats the purpose.

      • Adam Koueider

        Which photo? I think it did upload in a lower size, I’ll try putting them all in a Gdrive folder and sharing them.

        • Luka Mlinar

          The one of the buildings.

    • dfq

      i don’t really understand sony’s refusal to go the IPS route for the Z1. but they finally used IPS with the Z1f (advertised on the package). the smaller Z1f has a way better display, albeit smaller, and apparently better camera software.

      • Team051

        They not won’t use it, but they can’t use it in waterproof/ water-resistant device. Go find any “waterproof smartphone” which use IPS or AMOLED instead TFT if you can (except for Z1f).

        Sorry for bad english.

        • dfq

          xperia z ultra has an IPS version. the display looks even better than the htc one’s. the z ultra is a waterproof device. likewise, the z1f is a waterproof device.

          enough with your blind sony fanboyism. i like sony but i don’t think you can depend all their wrong actions.

          • Team051

            Z Ultra use TFT panel, baro. But the viewing angels is great because Triluminos technology doing well in massive display (6.44inch). One of my favourite display.

            In the past, they haven’t technology to put IPS with waterproof ability, yet but now, Sony can manage IPS panel display to Z1f (if the display is true use IPS).

            And who you say blind fanboys? I like Sony too, I just give an explanation and won’t start the war.

            • Clarence Alvarado

              Have you heard of IPS TFT LCD?

            • Team051

              Yes, I have. Its an eIPS based of TFT.

    • http://the-bestselection.blogspot.com/ Muhammad Aasim Arain

      looking nice..I’ll try this phone one day..

      The Best Selection

    • Knightpt

      I cant stress this enough so ill say this again. The strongest point of xperia phones is the sony ui wich is the only ui wich manages to be better than stock android. Htc, samsung, lg, are all bloated, comic versions of android that are all terrible. Sony ui manages to be simple, usefull, not anoying, near pure android experience. Now with the themes support its even very customizable.

      I do personnaly believe Sony ui is even superior to stock android due to extra truly usefull funcionalities.

      On a negative part, the anti shatter, non scratch resistant pre installed screen protectors are the worst idea sony ever had and they are absolutely disgustingly dreadfull.

      • jangaleon

        I couldn’t agree more. That’s why i can’t let go of Sony. I always want to try other android phones aside from sony but i really couldn’t stand the other’s take on android, especially Touchwiz.

        I don’t mind the thing about the screen protector. I’m actually happy that they had it pre-installed, I mean you can always remove it. If it hadn’t for that my phone would have been broken long ago.

      • Yannick Ciancanelli

        I agree,
        The Xperia UI is SO great and makes all the difference.
        I had many Android devices (S4, HTC One, Note 10.1 2014, Xperia Z, Z1 etc. etc.) and Sony’s UI is by far the best of them all. Android is an awesome OS, but you can easily mess it up, like Samsung did and still does…
        Strangely, this is the first phone I didn’t have to install a launcher like Nova for instance. I just love it and won’t change it after 3 months like I did with the other ones! (especially the HTC One, which I had to root because it seemed to me as if nothing worked on that phone)

        Best Android UIs for me:
        1. Xperia UI
        2. Cyanogenmod (RC)*
        3. Stock Android

        *But in the end, a rooted phone is just a pain in the a**

        - Yes the viewing angle sucks.
        - Yes it is a little big.
        - Yes my screen is already scratched I must admit. Well…all my other phones I could sell them as new, because I take really good care of my stuff. But with this phone, scratches just come out of nowhere somehow.

        BUT still…I want to keep it. As it is, for me, the best Android phone (by far) out there :)

    • Leonardo Rojas

      I’ve just noticed something very curious about the screen. See it for yourself:
      Open this article with your Z1, scroll down in the article right up to where the third picture starts.
      Put the device in a very wide viewing angle, flat or sided.
      Then pull down the notifications bar slowly…

      Look closely to the background of the text, the black text itself, the orange text and the picture. Well, specially the texts. Tell me what you see n.n

    • Leonardo Rojas

      People here having a Sony device can try this, just to check how you like it:

      I’ve just noticed something very curious about the screen. See it for yourself:
      Open this article with your Sony smartphone, scroll down in the article right up to where the third picture starts.
      Put the device in a very wide viewing angle, flat or sided.
      Then pull down the notifications bar slowly…

      Look closely to the background of the text, the black text itself, the orange text and the picture. Well, specially the texts. Tell me what you see n.n

      Pd: If you don’t mind doing this, the results are: suddenly the washed out colors and the over saturated whites of the background become like the ones of an IPS display; the display looks like an IPS. And there’s an app that can permanently fix this. It’s an screen dimmer, “Screen filter” by Haxor Industries. Just set it to 50%. Bad viewing angles fixed instantly, at least on my ZL. (Viewing angles don’t annoy me, btw)

    • Mokhtar Mouhib

      Most stupid review i.have ever seen,. And.only idiots and.haters.will believe that, i have the z1 and the pictures in low light are simply nothing.come.close, and.im ready.to.show.ome.of.them, they didnt.look anything like the pics in this review, the display is.so awsoome, when.u watch a video is.simply epic, i challenge u mister do a video.comparaison of other devices vs z1 display

    • James Earley

      Best reason to buy this phone is the Sony UI, it’s awesome. Sony just take Android and improve it without making it ugly and sticking on a load of gimmicky features like Samsung and LG.

    • Shark Bait

      Sony are making a good comebac! Along with moto and LG! Hopefully they’ll start challenging samsung soon!!

    • Sam

      As an owner of a Xperia Z1, I adjust the camera’s ISO to an appropriate value (most of the time 1600 and at times 3200) when shooting in low light conditions.

    • Dominik Ladoš

      My next phone

    • Box215

      I’ve had my Z1 for a little over 2 months and I couldn’t be happier. I was initially concerned about the viewing angles but it’s really blown out of proportion. After you watch an HD video on the screen for the first time you can appreciate how good the screen really is. And there’s no outdoor view problems. I’ve found the camera can take quite good low light photos using the Night Scene or Fireworks screen in manual mode. Note that if you use the fireworks mode you need to have a very stable hand but you can get very well exposed and almost noiseless photos. Coming from the Galaxy Nexus the battery is like a revelation. I feel spoiled to get through a 1.5 days without needed to charge. Plus it never gets old sticking the device under water for those who don’t know it’s water proof. They freak out EVERY time…”oh no you’re gonna ruin your phone” ;)

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