After many yes'es and many no's, I'm really happy and glad that I own this smartphone. Well if you're here, seeking about reviews of this phone then you must have already heard a lot of negative reviews like it has poor viewing angles, gets heated up and bla bla. I would just advise you, only go with review which has a Certified Review badge and the ones who've bought the phone in real as here, most of the reviewers don't even have the phone nor plan to have it but still are writing reviews to downtrodden the ones who're willing to buy it. Being an owner of the Xperia Z, here's my personal note regarding the same-nn1. It's a smartphone. There isn't any smartphone out there which doesn't gets heated up when you play low/high graphics games, surf the internet for a long time, watch movies/videos, call up someone and talk with them for quiet a long time etc. Of course, any device would get hot if you do the above mentioned things. But the coolest thing about this device is, when it heats up you can cool it up quickly by placing it in a bowl of water. This beats 'em all.nn2. No wonder people use their phones either in portrait mode or in landscape mode, no matter in whatever posture they're. If we talk about the poor viewing angles then yes it is true but I don't get one thing, what would one get by viewing their phone diagonally? I mean there would hardly anyone who uses his/her phone diagonally from a certain angle.nn3. Xperia Z comes with a Jelly Bean version of 4.1.2 and still this is big question for many of the people that why it doesn't comes with the latest version of 4.2? Guys, can't you have some patience? It's been said that the phone can be upgraded to 4.2 so why not just wait for the official update OTA? With 4.1.2 the device performs extremely well and smooth, there ain't no lags during navigation, ease scrolling and provides a good user experience.nn4. Sound quality is average. Sony is well known to provide rich sound experience on earphones rather on it's speakers. Actually, the placement of the speaker is not well. Due to it's alignment in the bottom right, it feels like the music plays on one halve of the speaker. But anyways, the sound is superb on any earphones.nn5. Camera quality is superb, both primary and secondary one. I especially loved, front camera's clarity. Skyping is much clear with the 2.2 MP cam!nn6. Battery's stand by time is a bit above the average at it's best. The phone takes around 30 minutes to get fully charged while at it's discharged state. Being a smartphone, the battery will drain the moment you start playing games, watching videos or surfing the internet. Still it's totally cool coz the average usage of the battery is around 4-5 hours if you use it continuously. In the end, battery life is decent for heavy use.nn7. The phone's durability is the highlights of this device. I bet you must have developed your engrossment when you'd have seen it getting washed with water. Booyeah! The waterproof and dust resistant features are the top notch merits of Xperia Z. Every port has it's safety gears which help them from staying out of the water. The speaker and mic are made waterproof so it doesn't needs any attention if water gets into it. Make sure that all your flaps are closed when you dip it in the water for a test or it gets wet due to rain or something else as Sony won't hold any responsibilities if the phone is made contact with water with the flaps open. As it will make your phone suffer!nn8. Voice and call clarity is as clean as water. With Sony's microphone noise suppression, one can reduce the background noise during a call. You can also set the call equalizer to bright or smooth for more better surrounding sound. You can also get a richer voice listening experience during calls by enabling speaker voice enhancement.nn9. Internal memory is of 16GB out of which user available is 11 GB. This is well enough for your music and pictures. For storing your HD movies, you can upgrade your storage with a 32GB/64GB card.nn10. The UI is soothingly responsive and lustrous. It provides a good UX and the alignment of the shortcuts, widgets and apps is very well. The Dragon Trail glass on the backside of the phone makes it looks elegantly sexy. The front one is a shatterproof glass which is not available yet on any other phones.nnTips:nn- While putting the provided screen guard on to the phone, don't use the given plastic piece as while you're flattening the screen from one side, the other side may result in having bubbles. Use a Credit/Debit/ID card horizontally while applying the lamination so as the screen sticks appropriately to both sides without leaving behind any bubbles.nnConclusion:nnThis smartphone is worth of your every bucks and gives you a superior personality when you hold it. You won't like to pay around 45-50k for a phone with similar design architecture of it's predecessors. The only phone which can give Xperia Z a closer competition will be the HTC One.
I read some of these people posting bogus reviews of this phone while they don't even own it. I own it but I didn't buy it from flipkart. I bought it from Vijay Sales on Day One as I couldn't wait for it. Regardless, most of the people here don't even know what this phone is capable of and yet they are comparing it to other phones that haven't even launched yet. It's silly, it's as if they have next to zero knowledge of what they are doing.nNever mind the bogus reviewers. Let's get started:nn1 - Hands down it has one of the greatest displays. You'll literally be stunned when you see things floating around on your screen. Don't fall in for what people are saying it has bad viewing angles. Why would you want to use your phone at less than 30degrees anyways? You don't plan to stress out your eyes, do you? It's a great display, ignore the idiots who say it's bad.nn2 - Is it strong/durable? Is it really waterproof? Does it stand up to it's expectations of being ultra durable? Yes, yes and yes. Only thing you should know is that the flaps should be closed if the phone is supposed to come in contact with water. If not, well you're out of luck. I've used it extensively in the bathroom and it definitely stands up to it's expectations. About durability - the skeleton frame is made of glass fibre polymide, the material which car companies use in replacement for metal, yup. So that's got to be tough. Glass is Dragontrail, which is about 6-7 times better than Gorilla Glass 3. So it's drop proof from a normal height.nn3 - The Technical Part - I decided to keep this for the end because I feel that when you invest a huge sum of your money into a product which you'll be using on a daily or let's make it hourly basis it must be durable, and reliable. Me, I've always stayed away from smartphones only for the sole reason that I wouldn't want to drop it or spill water on it randomly and see my phone getting destroyed. Even so, I came close to buying a Note 2. But when I saw the Xperia Z launch at CES'13, I made up my mind that - "Yes, this is my first smartphone. This is the one!". So yea it's my first smartphone, ever. Anyways, everything runs on the phone is ultra smooth. No lags, no annoying freezes. Great UI, elegant and sober! It's a pleasure to use this phone. I'm a big time game buff, but I've always avoided games on cellphones, I have a PC and a PSP for all gaming I need. So i can't comment much on this phone's gaming performance, but I'm sure it's pretty darn good.nn4 - Negatives. Only one bad part I've noticed is that it sort of heats up a bit after let's say 3-4 hours of continuous usage. Again heats up only after 3-4 hours, not instantly. But what better solution to dip it in cold water, right? Yep! I figured that since it's water proof why not I just go ahead and dip it in water for a few seconds and dispose off all the heat! It's perfect.nn5 - How is the camera? Is HDR really good? I'll be honest, I don't really care much about all the HDR and other features, but the camera is pretty good. The options you get to tweak around with are plentiful. HDR is best experienced when you are outside or in high/low light situations. Normally you won't experience much of a difference but it's there.nn6 - Sound. Sound is crisp and solid. And I don't use the headphones provided by Sony, either of them(one in the box and the free over-the-ear set). I use Razer Moray+, so maybe what I hear in the Moray+ might be significantly different than compared to Sony's own headphones. I'm guessing they are still great, no reason not to be great.nnSo I'll conclude that currently the Xperia Z is the best smartphone out there. The 4 cores are MORE than enough. I'll tell you if you think your S4 with 8 cores is going to make you Superman, then you are outright dumb. 8 core means nothing when it comes to smartphone. There won't be any application which will utilize even a fraction of those 8 cores. You don't need that much power, it's a waste of resources. Don't jump on the 8 core bandwagon without knowing jackshit about it. Also, I saw the S4 launch in NY live on my PC. Frankly it's just an upgraded version of S3, it looks the same, there are more gimmicky softwares, more bloatwares, useless features, senseless addition of 8 cores, no water proofing no dust/drop proofing. Would be higher in price. So why buy it? Just coz Samsung says so? Well then what's the difference between you and iSheeps?nThink about it.nnTL;DR => Worth the 38k, won't find a better phone, period. Go for it. Ignore Samsung fanboys. They are just hating because the S4 can not withstand this masterpiece, so they'll make stuff just to bluff you. Don't let them succeed.
according 2 naga raja super amoled display is the best but in real life according to you tube comparison test this comes after htc lcd3 display and sony TFT.nsecondly he don't know what is gorilla glass,he is comparing gorilla glass 2 bravia engine.this makes me laugh,after reading this part i know he don't know anything and he is also using any of samsung phone,so thats why he don't know about bravia engine.nthirdly s4 is not having HDR feature which is a drawback for camera loving people,s4 is just having useless features which they copied from lumia920....ns4 is having many cool features but in real life its just a features which u will used it ones in a week.nhe just describe the battery power,but he don't know that according 2 powers we can't tell that it is having better battery life,for this details read any other review except naga raja review,he don't know anything about smart phones he just copied features of s4 and declare it a best phone,till now we don't know how much successful is these features are.nif u want a camera phone then buy lumia920,if u want great phone then htc one or xperia Z,and if u want just a useless feature phone then u can pay more and buy s4.n and s3 is a successful phone because last year we have only 2 option one is htc one x and s3 so s3 wins because of marketing but this year we have three best phones htc one,xperia Z and s4,...so this year story is not same.i think he is a son of Anil Ambani who buys only higher end set like s4 and iphone.Nanga Raja is just a complete moron and samsung fanboy who never used any other companies smart phones.
worth every penny, was worried with all the comments online about display and sound, its just overwhelming, the headset is good enough. use the plastic stick provided in the scratch guard pack to remove the N logo on the back side before pasting the scratch guard.
I got this phone in March 2013. Everything was fine till Two weeks back when I had gone on a vacation with my family to Goa and on the first day itself the phone stopped working. I did take a short video of my children in the pool with some water splashing on the phone. It has become a habit for me that when ever I would take the phone in my hands I would automatically press all the port doors to make sure that they are closed firmly even though I had not opened any one of them. Well I took the photos and kept the phone in the bag. After an hour or so I tried to see the photos but the screen would not come on, I tried to hard boot the phone and the screen did come on but switched off immediately. My wife could see my face going white. I immediately opened the ports and I saw “red”. The water indicator strips had turned red. The phone didn’t switch on at all for the entire trip. After I came back to Mumbai, the first thing I did was to take the phone to the Authorized Service centre at Mumbai Central, Digicomp Complete Solution Ltd. The lady behind the desk straight away said that the warranty of the phone is voided as the phone has got water ingress damaged so the phone will not be replaced. Well I know the fine print of the terms and condition did mention that, but some how I feel cheated with that remark. My whole criterion behind buying the phone was its water resistant feature. Even on the surveys which I was asked to fill up twice through the Sony Privilege app on the phone, the reason for buying this phones have been the brand SONY, the cyber shot and the water resistance feature. Well this was not the end of my woes, the lady at the counter went on to say that their service centre is not authorized to open the phone and they can only try to repair it with some software. Another customer was being handed back his Xperia Z phone which also had water damage saying that his phone is beyond repair. His phone was only a month old. He was pleading to repair the phone even if it costs money. But he was told that nothing can be done. This really was scary. A phone which claims to be water resistant gets water damaged and is irreparable!! Well I was also told the same thing, I also requested that please try to repair the phone. But alas I also got the same reply yesterday after more than a week that my phone cannot be repaired. I was told by the service centre people that I will have to pay 80% of the market value of the phone and I will be given a new phone, do you actually think someone will spend almost INR 30,000/- again on a phone which is flawed? On the sly one of the employees of the centre told me that the phone can be repaired in the grey market easily. What are you people doing? nThree weeks back the Xperia Z Ultra was launched in Mumbai I am already feeling sorry for the people who will fall for the false information given thru its advertisements which have actually shown a model filming his dog from under the water inside a swimming pool!! God help the people who buy that piece of misinformation and pity them when they have to go thru the distress of realizing that their phone cannot be repaired.nnTo cut the story short, I need help and answers from SONY. Why did you claim for the phone to be something that it is not? I am and will be a loyal SONY customer, but I want to negate all the people around me who told me after my phone got spoilt that Sony is not a phone manufacturer so I should have never bought a Sony phone. Thankfully I was saved from the trauma of not loosing my data due to the brilliance of Android and the backups I had created online.nBeware potential buyers.