Sony Xperia Z1 Review

The Sony Xperia Z1 is a sequel to the success story called the Sony Xperia Z – a 5-inch model, a powerful quad-core processor, full HD display and a great 13MP camera, with the inevitable water and dust resistance. Now, the Sony Xperia Z1 is the new flagship smartphone from the Japanese company and brings more power, a camera with a significantly higher resolution and a partial metal body, which has not greatly changed the distinctive look of its predecessor. That it is a top model is also confirmed by its price, but the question is whether Sony had to organize the Z1 adventure only some seven months after the presentation of the Z model.

Sony Xperia Z1 design
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Sony Xperia Z1 3The phone differs from the previous model by slightly more rounded edges and a superior feeling of holding in the hands, which only a metal case can prepare. Overall, the Sony Xperia Z1 captivates with its glassy appearance, just as a phone in its price range has to do. The fact that there are no hard keys on the front of the phone, but only the capacitive ones located at the bottom of the screen, contributes to the stylistic dominance in this segment.

The phone measures 144 x 74 x 8.5 mm and the first impression is that it is an extremely thin model, so the weight of only 170 grams (do not lose sight of the fact that the phone has a 5-inch screen) is a real feat. However, Sony did reduce the thickness and weight, but its length and width fall under the laws of physics and there Sony was powerless. Therefore, the Sony Xperia Z1 looks really big in your hands. But, in addition to that, it lies quite nicely in the hand, and its aluminum edges are a real boon for hands that are crying out for a good feeling. Sony’s designers have also done a good job of positioning the power button, which is located on the side and is easy to reach, so you can use the phone with one hand without any problems, which is very important.

The back of the phone is made in accordance with the front. Like the front, the background has a great glassy look and looks very smooth. On the side there is a port for a microSIM card, which is quite thin so it can be a minor problem until you get used to the “nano” technology. On the opposite, left, side, there are standard microSD and microUSB connections, while at the bottom there are speakers that you will definitely cover with your hands, so even here you need a little getting used to the principle “a living person gets used to everything”.

Sony Xperia Z1 performance
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Sony Xperia Z1 6If internet access is very important to you and you plan to use the phone a lot for that purpose, know that the Sony Xperia Z1 is almost an ideal solution. Not only does it have LTE and 3G connections, but also because the bright 5-inch TFT screen shows crystal clear how the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.2GHz simply swallows all the obstacles in front of you, so you’ll feel like you’re surfing some laptop, not a phone, which is definitely a big plus.

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Sony Xperia Z1 camera
Sony Xperia Z1 7We think a top-of-the-line 20.7MP camera will suffice. We’re not 100% sure, but this camera seems to represent some of the best that one smartphone camera can offer. In addition, there is a slightly simplified Sony application that allows you to easily use the full potential of all these millions of pixels. Of course, a multitude of options, modes and effects are self-evident.

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The camera works great, regardless of the amount of light, and minor movements of the phone when taking photos are easily solved, so you almost always get high-quality photos with very precise colors. Slightly worse results are obtained when shooting indoors, where the cameras from the HTC One and Nokia Lumia 1020 do a better job. All in all, this is a great camera, which reacts very quickly and which almost always takes great photos.

Sony Xperia Z1 battery
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The Sony Xperia Z1 comes with a large 3000mAh battery, which is enough for some 880 hours in standby mode. The battery is “in the mood” for about 15 hours to talk, which can be considered a great number. For combined (read normal) use, the Sony Xperia Z1 can easily last all day.

Sony Xperia Z1 conclusion
Sony Xperia Z1 11If you opt for this 5-inch model, you will most likely find yourself admiring its appearance in the beginning. Some will say that the Sony Xperia Z has a better design due to the sharper edges, but the Sony Xperia Z1 is held in the hand due to the greater roundness in the corners down. In order not to be “smooth on the outside, poor on the inside”, Sony has equipped this model with an extremely powerful processor, which in combination with 2GB of RAM simply does not allow the phone to make any interruption or slow down, no matter how many applications or tabs is active. Equally brilliant is its HD screen with color reproduction which is simply amazing. If you know that you can take extraordinary photos or videos yourself, thanks to a camera of over 20MP and watch them on the same screen, it is clear that the Sony Xperia Z1 is a real multimedia machine. In addition, the phone is water and dust resistant! Of course, some objections must be attributed to the phone, such as a slightly weaker camera performance in room conditions, then the position of the camera lens, which you, like the speakers, will often and accidentally cover with your fingers, but we think that is not enough to spoil the high opinion we have gained. about this phone.

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