The Sony Xperia Z is a truly rugged device, offering dust and water resistance. It's scratch and shatter-proof glass makes it ideal for outdoor use.
The Sony Xperia Z features a 5-inch Capacitive 1080 x 1920 pixel display, with a pixel density of 441 ppi. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS and is powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon, along with 2GB RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU.
It features a 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, geo-tagging, autofocus and image/video stabilisation. Internal memory is 16GB with microSD card expansion up to 32GB.
On the connectivity front, the phone offers 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, USB and Bluetooth. It is dust and water resistant, and is capable of taking photos under 1.5 metres of water for 30 minutes at a time.
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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.
|Launch Date||February 9, 2013 (Official)|
|Also Known As||Sony Xperia C6603, Sony Xperia C6602,Sony Xperia Z LTE,Sony Xperia Z HSPA+|
|Operating System||Android v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Single SIM, GSM|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Micro|
|Network||4G: Not Available, 3G: Available, 2G: Available|
|Colours||Black, Purple, White|
|Screen Size||5 inches (12.7 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)|
|Pixel Density||441 ppi|
|Touch Screen||Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch|
|Screen to Body Ratio||69.67 %|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064|
|Processor||Quad core, 1.5 GHz, Krait|
|Internal Memory||16 GB|
|Expandable Memory||Up to 32 GB|
|USB OTG Support|
|Resolution||13 MP Primary Camera|
|Sensor||Exmor-RS CMOS Sensor|
|Image Resolution||4128 x 3096 Pixels|
|Shooting Modes||High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||16 x Digital Zoom, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Smile detection, Touch to focus|
|Video Recording||1920x1080 @ 30 fps|
|Resolution||2.2 MP Front Camera|
|Camera Features||Fixed Focus|
|Video Recording||1920x1080 @ 30 fps|
|TalkTime||Up to 14 Hours(3G) / Up to 11 Hours(2G)|
|Standby time||Up to 530 Hours(3G) / Up to 550 Hours(2G)|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Micro|
|Network Support||3G, 2G|
UMTS 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz
GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz
HSDPA 42 Mbit/s ↓, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s ↑
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 802.11, a/b/g/n|
|Wi-Fi Features||Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot|
|GPS||with A-GPS, Glonass|
|USB Connectivity||microUSB 2.0|
|Mobile High-Definition Link(MHL)|
|FM Radio||RDS, Stereo FM|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope|
5.1 inches vs 5 inches
Quad core 1.9 GHz vs Quad core 1.5 GHz
Higher primary camera resolution:
16 MP vs 13 MP
Quad core 2.2 GHz vs Quad core 1.5 GHz
Higher primary camera resolution:
20.7 MP vs 13 MP
More expandable memory:
64 GB vs 32 GB