Sony Xperia Z1 : Accessories buying guide

November 30, 2013

Sony has stepped up its game over the past year, with its latest offering, the Xperia Z1, one of the contenders for the title of best Android smartphone of 2013. With its great camera, large battery, understated UI overlay, and beautiful design, the strengths of the Xperia Z1 definitely eclipse its flaws, and has become a very popular device worldwide.

To help you get the most out of your device, be it for protection, convenience, or just luxury, here is a roundup of the some of the best accessories for the Sony Xperia Z1!

If you are only looking for a case for your Sony Xperia Z1, then have a look at our best cases list for the Sony Xperia Z1.

Cases

IncipioDualPro Case for Sony Xperia Z1-Carrying Case

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The Incipio DualPro case offers dual layer protection with its impact resistant silicone core and a hard shell Plextonium frame. The case also features protection for the button layout at the back of the device, without affecting response. The case offers great overall protection without adding too much bulk. The Incipio DualPro is available in multiple color options, such as white, black, pink, and cyan. Buy now on Amazon for $12.85.

Covert Faux Leather Wallet Case

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The Cover Faux Leather Wallet case features a super slim and understated design, providing the perfect blend of protection and sophistication. The case also includes a built-in folding stand functionality, allowing for media viewing in landscape orientation. The rubberized housing enclosure preserves the surface finish of your device while holding it securely. The wallet case also has storage slots for credit cards. Buy now on Amazon for $10.95.

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Screen Protectors

iLLumiShield Crystal Clear – 3 pack

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The iLLumiShield front and back protectors for the Sony Xperia Z1 offers crystal clear visibility without sacrificing style or protection. These protectors are designed from high quality PET film that is  a treated, hard coated surface which is scratch and damage resistant. Installing the screen protector is quick and easy and the non-sticky adhesive will not leave residue when removed. iLLumiShield protectors also come lifetime replacements. Also included with the pack is an installation squeegee and a lint-free cloth. Buy now on Amazon for $3.95.

Skinomi® TechSkin – Sony Xperia Z1 Full Body Screen Protector

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This is the Hummer of screen protectors, made of military-grade thermoplastic urethane, designed to absorb impact. Front and Back skin guard is scratch-proof, puncture, UV resistant and will not yellow.Includes a lifetime replacement and warranty along with super easy installation. This screen protector will give you full protection, it costs a few more bucks, but if you like a nice sleek look this might be for you. Buy at Amazon for $18.95

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Battery Extension

EC Technology 22,400 mAh external battery pack

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This EC Technology external battery pack boasts a massive 22,400 mAh capacity, and features dual USB ports, allowing you to charge two devices at once. 4 LEDs indicate the remaining power of the battery, and the pack also includes an in-built flashlight. The package contains 3 USB connectors that should cover compatibility with most devices, and 2 extension charge cables. Buy now on Amazon for $59.99.

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Cradles and Docks

Sony Magnetic Power Charging Dock

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The Sony Magnetic Power Charging Dock features an innovative magnetic connector that lets you to place your phone snugly in the dock using one hand, with the magnet steering the phone charging port to the dock charging connector to make the connection. Interchangeable inserts in the kit make it possible to use this dock with your device with or without a protective case. While your phone is charging, it stands at a comfortable viewing angle. Buy now on Amazon for $24.77.

InventCase Car Holder

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This InventCase Car Holder is custom-designed for the Sony Xperia Z1, and includes a super fast charging car charger as well. Three main joints allow you to position the device any way you like, with the first allowing rotation into landscape mode, and the others letting you turn the device sideways as you see fit. The suction cup holds the cradle securely on the windscreen. Buy now on Amazon for $19.95.

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Other

Xperia SmartTags 2

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With the NFC-based Xperia SmartTags 2, you can launch an application, open a website, turn wireless functions on or off, change volume and music settings, send a preset message, and a lot more. What, and how much, each tag does is entirely up to you. Each smart tag supports multiple users, so even if your smartphone responds a certain way, someone else can use the same SmartTag for different actions. The Smart Connect app for Android is required, and lets you easily set up how your device reacts to each Smart Tag color. Buy now on Amazon for $24.99.

Sony Smart Watch 2

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The Sony Smart Watch 2 interacts with your smartphone via Bluetooth, and lets you keep track of everything without needing to take your phone out of your pocket or bag. When a call, message, email, or other notification such as SMS or a Facebook notification comes in, the Smart Watch gently vibrates on your wrist to let you know. You can browse and read all your notifications directly on the device. When out of bluetooth range, the device functions as a standalone digital watch. The Sony Smart Watch 2 offers decent battery life and is also waterproof, and can be a very handy accessory to have. Buy now on Amazon for $140.99.

Sony Smart Wireless Headset

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With the Sony Smart Wireless Headset, you can take calls, receive text and email notifications, listen to FM radio, and stream music from your Android smartphone via Bluetooth. You can also directly store music on the device via microSD card (up to 32GB). View text messages, emails, caller names, media titles and more, or have messages read directly into your headset courtesy of its text-to-speech capabilities. You can make calls directly from the headset by accessing the recent calls list on the device. You can also connect to two phones at the same time with one multipoint for both voice and music. Buy now on Amazon for $68.50.

QX10 and QX100 attachable camera lenses

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The CyberShot DSC-QX100 features a high-quality 1-inch, 20.2 MP Exmor RCMOS sensor, paired with a fast, wide aperture Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens with 3.6x optical zoom, and a BIONZ image processor. The QX100 also features a dedicated control ring for manual adjustment of focus and zoom and several different shooting modes can be selected. On the other hand, the CyberShot DSC-QX10 features an 18.2 MP Exmor RCMOS sensor, and 10x optical zoom Sony G Lens. The camera has built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to combat camera shake for blur-free photography, and also features Program Auto, Intelligent Auto and Superior Auto modes to choose from. Both lenses connect to your device via NFC and Bluetooth. The QX100 is available on Amazon for $498, and the QX10 for $248.


Comments

  • amr assal

    What is the difference b/t a locked and an unlocked phone

    • Andrew Camilleri

      Well, aren’t you off-topic.

    • Luka Mlinar

      When a phone is locked to a specific carrier you can only use the phone with their SIM card.

  • Ravo

    I was initially excited about the QX100 until I realized it doesn’t actually use your phones camera, but rather puts a camera on top of your camera [cue xzibit meme].

    • Luka Mlinar

      Indeed. Just uses your phone as a storage device. I can’t justify using this over a separate camera you can carry with you. Also for some reason this i keep thinking that i would drop my phone and this thing would just shatter.

  • Assa7in King

    Wow BEST Line of Accessories for the best MOBILE in the world !!!

    Sony u r my LOVE !!

    • patrik

      How about you turn down the fanboyism a notch? Z1 is far away from being the best phone on the planet. Everyone knows that.

      • Assa7in King

        how can u say this isnt the best mobile on earth !!! Any candidates ?? And ya i’m a sony fan ! but not a sony fanboy bcz i!

      • jasxgamer

        everyone here know you are a shamesung fanboy, go suck with your crappy note 3 , back the hell off noob

      • Memphis May [S]unjay

        It’s the best phone on the planet.

    • Rushan

      Enough fanboyism. Z1 isn’t the best phone. Just check camera of it. Its big only in numbers

      • adrian strozier

        lolz don’t hate. You don’t have to be a fan of Sony to enjoy the camera on the Z1. Most likely you never touched the 20.7mp shooter. If you just used the superior auto feature in the Z1 then you should know it is using the 8mp and the 20.7 can only be used when the camera is set to manual.

      • pritish

        Thats all until you get the latest firmware update. Being a Z1 owner I can bet on that.

    • Assa7in King

      Hahaha ! Thks guys 4 supporting ! These SAMDUNG-KIDS dont knw the world yet !

  • dezarck

    really want to see the attachable camera features

  • ice

    Z1 is one of the best Devices out there.i say it from experience. I have used the note 2 (i own now a note 8.0) and seen that other companies just lack in update.i now own a z1 along with the smart watch sw2.and i must say they are a cool duo.besides,the cam on z1 is awsome,go to youtube and check out the videos,i have posted on too,with the numb theme.

  • adrian strozier

    When I started using my Z1 camera I enjoyed the picture quality, but it did feel like a little low for a supposedly 20.7mp. Later found out that the superior auto knocks the camera down to a 8mp shooter. So unless your using manual camera option then you have to settle for the 8