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Sony Xperia Z1 unboxing and first impressions

Is Sony finally ready to join the big players in the mobile market? To find out we've gotten our hands on its flagship, the Xperia Z1, for an unboxing and first impressions. Read on for all of the details!
September 29, 2013
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Sony’s been making a comeback in recent times, looking to return as the powerhouse it once was. The Sony Xperia Z was the first major attempt at this, but it lacked that killer feature and ended up being washed over by the HTCOne and the Galaxy S4. The Sony Xperia Z1 looks to improve upon the Xperia Z and finally prove that Sony is ready to play with the big boys.

To find out, we’ve grabbed ourselves our own Xperia Z1 and the first step in finding out whether Sony was finally ready to join the big players, was to rip open that appealing white box to reveal the even more appealing glass and metal Xperia Z1!

The Sony Xperia Z1 comes with some of the most impressive specs on the market. A big and beautiful Full HD 5-inch LCD display, a Snapdragon 800 processor backed by the Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM, the impressive 20.7MP G-lens back camera and 3000mAh worth of battery to power the powerful machine.

The Xperia Z1 is no doubt, one of the most beautiful smartphones on the market, with its all-black (also available in white and purple), metal and glass design, but there are a few issues that you’ll notice straight away. The smartphone is rather large for its screen size which could be due to it also being waterproof (IP 58 rated) or simply just to cram all of those powerhouse specifications into the smartphone.

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Another issue is that the much maligned viewing angles of the Xperia Z — which looked to have been resolved in the Xperia Z Ultra — have reared their ugly head again in the Xperia Z1. The viewing angles on the LCD display are poor, but that’s pretty much the only downside to an overall great display.

While poor  viewing angles don’t seem to a problem to some, great viewing angles allow you to easily read text messages from their phone lying on a table, or when watching a viral YouTube video with a bunch of friends.

Stay tuned for the full review of the Sony Xperia Z1 coming soon, as well as tons of comparisons to other high-end smartphones.

What are your first impressions of the Xperia Z1? Has it impressed you enough to purchase it? Are poor viewing angles an issue for you?