Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Review

There is nothing new when manufacturers launch smaller versions of the best models at their disposal. A few millimeters are cut off, the screens are reduced and more compact phones are obtained, which are far more practical than the original, and at the same time they do not lag far behind them. The turn also came to Sony, which introduced the Xperia Z1 Compact model. It is a phone that is still Xperia Z1 in principle, because the processor and camera have remained intact, with identical software and a look that does not separate it much from the basic model. Enough reason to pay attention to this phone. The Xperia Z1 Compact is a model that sits between the 4-inch screen that the iPhone has and the 5-inch ones that are increasingly on the Android model. What sets the Xperia Z1 Compact apart from other 4.3-inch devices is that in one device you get great dimensions and a design with top specifications.

Xperia Z1 Compact design

What Sony can never blame is the design of the phone. Their desire for everything to be symmetrical, with relatively sharp edges, brought them to the very top when it comes to design. Both the original Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z more than a year ago made it clear that only sophisticated and superior design comes into play.

This unique aluminum housing is a true masterpiece of technological design. Its sharp lines clearly indicate last year’s Z1. The decision to apply such a design can be felt in the hands, because this is a phone that fits almost completely, so the sharp edges are very noticeable. Therefore, it is not overly comfortable to use, which is a real shame considering in the water that Sony made this phone easier to use compared to the Xperia Z1.

Still, that doesn’t mean the Xperia Z1 Compact hasn’t brought improvement. On the contrary, the phone is easier to use than its predecessor. Of course, we found a few more objections to this phone, which are primarily reflected in the not very well-finished frame around the side slot, as well as in the fact that the power button is quite stiff, and the volume control is too soft.

Of course, you should not lose sight of the fact that the Xperia Z1 Compact is waterproof, as well as that it allows you to use it with trained gloves. At the same time, the phone has a special camera key, which is less and less common these days, and which is a very practical option.

Xperia Z1 Compact specification

The greatest quality of this phone is hidden beneath the surface. The Xperia Z1 Compact is, given its dimensions, a real powerhouse. The driving force of the phone is the quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, which with a clock speed of 2.2GHz and combined with 2GB of RAM gives fantastic results. All the hacking and downtime that often occurs on Android, simply did not find a place here. So, the phone works flawlessly, which is expected of it after all.

In addition, the Xperia Z1 Compact also has a 20MP camera and a generous 2,300mAh battery.

Xperia Z1 Compact screen

And in the field of screens, Sony has taken a step forward. The 1280 × 720 pixel “heavy” IPS screen has found its place, which faithfully displays colors, while black is quite well accentuated and clearly visible. The brightness of the screen is at a high level and it seems to us that for most users this screen will be nothing but a real joy to use. Compared to previous screens, this one, in addition to giving a better picture, also consumes less energy. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the battery lasts about 10 hours of talk time. At the same time, with normal use, you can count on easily reached 24 hours.

Xperia Z1 Compact camera

Thanks to the large sensor, the user can “shoot” fantastic photos of 20MP or opt for cleaner and more concise ones of 8MP. The camera is otherwise great and there are plenty of options for before and after shooting, which shows that Sony has paid special attention to this segment.

Xperia Z1 Compact conclusion

The Xperia Z1 Compact was made with the goal of placing the big Xperia Z1 in a better package, but it didn’t care, it went a step further. The Xperia Z1 Compact is in some elements better than its predecessor, which is best seen on the screen and battery. This is the best proof that you can make a reduced version without compromising on specification. The Xperia Z1 Compact is a combination of power, durable battery life and great design. With minor objections in the form of older software, the Xperia Z1 Compact shows that it is not omnipotent, but it is as close to that as possible.

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