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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hands-on: First look

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact hands-on: First look - read the full textWe recently had the chance to get some hands-on time with Sony's new flagship in miniature, the Xperia Z1 Compact. The little fella packs flagship-grade specs into a much smaller footprint than most of today’s premium smartphones...

 

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The phone is abit amazing,.. But it has a problem of network failure... I give it 3 out of 5.

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  • 2014-02-10 11:19
  • N7DX

> In reply to pr0xy-n1nja @ 2014-01-27 09:50 from KIkj - click to readThe audio jacks are actually water resistant as far as I know.
And they are water proof to an extent.

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  • 2014-01-28 02:13
  • 4QSR

I wanted to post a comment but then I saw yourz..u mentioned it being "water proof" whereaz in da specz..it sayz it'z "water resistant"..I know da difference between thoze two..n um sure u do too..however, my question waz how'z either of thoze possible with a 3.5mm jack on top of da camera?
In da previous fonez..like Acro S..all thoze are covered..but in da Z1compact...da audio jack iz uncovered..any comment on that?

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  • 2014-01-27 09:50
  • KIkj

> In reply to julian @ 2014-01-22 09:23 from tufH - click to readCrappy and lower are not the same.

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  • 2014-01-25 03:47
  • 4QSR

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2014-01-25 00:29 from nGHk - click to readI know what Amoled is. Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode.
It's organic pixels on a thin film that create their own light source when connect to a power source.
I'm sure there is a way to get one water proof. Just would take more work and probably time. I understand why they did it.

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  • 2014-01-25 03:45
  • 4QSR

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2014-01-19 06:39 from 4QSR - click to readThe O in AMOLED stands for organic which makes AMOLED screen phones incompatible with water. That is why the S4 Active's screen is TFT LCD like Sony screens, although the screen on the Compact is IPS LCD!

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  • 2014-01-25 00:29
  • nGHk

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2014-01-09 15:49 from v0qJ - click to readYeah Samsung may have been the first to make a mini variant of their product but its far from being a mini flag ship when you have crappy specs on it. IMO sony will be the first one to have a mini version flagship with really impeccable specs and it will revolutionise the mini flagship market. Hopefully other phone makers will follow suit and not make 2nd rated mini phones and put big price tags on them.

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  • 2014-01-22 09:23
  • tufH

> In reply to nickkuk @ 2014-01-13 01:24 from nUhg - click to readWell people are moving along with technology and adapting to the 5' phones so well that bigger screens are more acceptable. I think its safe to say that a 5' screen is a norm nowadays. I guess at the end of the day its the individuals preference that matters and the preference now is a 5' screen, at least from where I'm coming from.

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  • 2014-01-22 09:14
  • tufH

> In reply to DQ @ 2014-01-20 23:13 from iUKc - click to readI agree on the on screen buttons. No thank you. I would love to see if X reality actually gives a true advantage in pixel gain. If so it would be awesome.

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  • 2014-01-21 22:26
  • 4QSR

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2014-01-19 06:39 from 4QSR - click to readYes, I also remember seeing that video... while the competing iPhone shut down earlier and the LCD was damaged...

So I also wonder to what extend this apply in real life...

But having had the SGS3 and then Xperia Acro S... I actually missed the deep blacks... but almost nothing else. Sony really does a great job with Bravia Engine and I guess with X-reality + Triluminous display tech, because they really make pictures and movies vibrant and punchy... almost to amoled levels...

So this is not what bothers me... I am actually bother by the fact that they now use On-screen buttons, and MHL took over microHDMI so I will need to get an adapter and I will have to plug to the wall to use it...

Oh well... it's either MHL or Slimport nowadays... and its either a 4~4.3" or a 5" screen for flagships...

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  • 2014-01-20 23:13
  • iUKc

> In reply to DQ @ 2014-01-18 15:09 from iUKc - click to readYup. Al though I wish they can make a protected Amoled water proof.
The water test showed the normal version of the S4 lasting almost two and a half hours in a glass of water before shutting off, going in rice, and coming out fine.

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  • 2014-01-19 06:39
  • 4QSR

What's the price on this thing?

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  • 2014-01-19 05:53
  • Ycpt

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2014-01-16 05:38 from 4QSR - click to readan LCD is needed in a water resistant phone, since AMOLED are more sensitive to water damage...

Also take a look at the back of those phones... you will find that the Z1/Z1 Compact have the camera module OVER the screen (if you can imagine the screen on the back of the phone)... while the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active have the camera module directly behind the screen...
This happens because the sensors, lens quantity, etc are very big on Z1/compact, and basically the module go almost through the whole phone's thickness...

If Sony were to put the camera directly behind their screens to make a smaller top/bottom bezels... the phone would need to be ~11 mm thick or near... (my Acro S is design like this, thick but small top/bottom bezels). A recent example of this is the Xperia ZL, one of the smallest 5" screen regarding bezels, but it is quite thick because of the camera directly behind the screen (actually the camera protrudes a bit)

Anyway I really do not mind the size of this phone, while I do wish for a 4.5" flagship like this, I will happily wait with this one on my hands.

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  • 2014-01-18 15:09
  • iUKc

My experience with couple sony phone (tx,z,zr) all give a of lot of heat, really not comfortable to hold (my lastest phone xperia M, i'm tired with big phone)
Now im using moto razr M, this phone generate a lot less heat compare to xperia m, even with more high spec & compact body
Actually im really interested with z1 compact, but I'm affraid this phone get really hot just like other xperia.
Maybe i just go for moto droid mini or its successor, if my razr M need retired :D

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  • 2014-01-18 09:32
  • vfxa

> In reply to DQ @ 2014-01-15 21:41 from iUKc - click to readWater proofing and switch to thicker LCD from Amoled. And still having removable battery too. But also down to 8mp camera.

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  • 2014-01-16 05:38
  • 4QSR

> In reply to AJ @ 2014-01-11 00:49 from KgTG - click to readThat is exactly the point... Sony made it with a smaller 4.3" screen because it is already a 20.7MP big sensor camera phone AND waterproof...

I agree that 4.5~4.7" would be awesome but I understand if some footprint was needed to be sacrificed...

Remember that the Galaxy S4 Active is still bigger than regular S4. So waterproofing does take a bit of space... And IMO is totally worth it.

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  • 2014-01-15 21:41
  • iUKc

> In reply to Anton @ 2014-01-12 19:12 from nmMi - click to readYou dont really understand! The whole point is not smaller screen but smaller phone! What I am trying to outline here is that if sony want to use 4'3 inch screen then the size of the phone could be smaller or sony could just do it other way around by putting larger screen such as 4'5 to fit this current phone size.. Dude what the point of having 4 inch screen in large phones such as z1...!! Think!

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  • 2014-01-15 14:20
  • wvG5

> In reply to ansh @ 2014-01-11 11:32 from vQ%M - click to readhow much is it?

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  • 2014-01-15 13:40
  • fmgi

Mobile-review's Murtazin mentioned in one of his articles that Sony use low quality TFT alongside with IPS in Z1. Also he said that this is not market depended and possible to find Z1-s with TFT everywhere. So, I hope it won't happen with Compact and it will be packed true trlmns IPS. I like compact

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  • 2014-01-14 22:58
  • gx1H

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2014-01-13 15:40 from u{Ge - click to readNah. I like the original Droid Razr.

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  • 2014-01-13 21:43
  • 4QSR

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