I've been lucky enough to play with Xperia ZL for a couple of days. The screen is great, not fantastic, but really great. We have to understand that GSM-arena is VERY picky when it comes to scoring different screens.
I absolutley loved Xperia ZL.
Also, GSMarenas conclusion is not but a praise really:
"Well yes, we cannot pretend everything about Xperia Z is perfect. The screen indeed was a slight disappointment. Nothing to do with the size or the resolution - there's just not enough punch in it. Less than stellar contrast simply doesn't do it justice.
Elsewhere though, we're more than happy with how Sony did. The Xperia Z is the current benchmark champion, the Jelly Bean experience is excellent, with a number of custom value-adding apps like the media players and the image gallery. The Xepria Z is an impressive package and looks the part with glass-covered front and rear, and assertive upmarket design. And if you thought it doesn't get better than that, the smartphone is dust and water-resistant.
It certainly sounds like a package that's hard to beat. Not that the flagships of the last generation became obsolete overnight, but the likes of Nexus 4, Samsung's Galaxy S III and the LG Optimus G should be warming up to the thought that their days at the top are counted. And the Xperia Z is just the messenger - the arrival of their own successors (which now have no other option but to match and beat the Sony flagship experience) will seal their fate."
I don't get it, with Sony touting about OptiContrast panel, Why do all the reviews say about the low contrast? and on the page 3 for example, they listed the Contrast Ratio as quite the same level with others, but why the next tabular result is lower?
i see about 90 percent of comments are about camera. this is not as important as you people think. it is one of the best cameras out there and if there is any problem, it can be resolved with software customization that comes with Jelly bean 4.2.
Please, stop counting the non user replacable battery as a 'main disadvantage', for me it is a main advantage, i wouldn't buy a high end smartphone with a removable back cover, it'd be so cheapish looking and ugly, like Bbz10.
sony said that it will make a phone that can compete with the iphone 5 and the galaxy s3 but i am sure that the xperia z is not the one.
lots of comments defending XZ's camera and some even bashing 808 with meaningless calculations along with childish remarks like having "too many mp"...yeah, I guess the love for Sony was talking and not the real facts that the new "Exmor RS" is not such a big fuss as Sony themselves announced it - "Two Years Ahead of the Competition"
the results aren't bad at all, but I think the expectations were a little higher and after splitting from Ericsson, Sony hasn't released models that would make a real WOW just like their Cyber-Shot line did with K850, C905, Satio...shame
Mattt, 18 Feb 2013Nah, no one says Lumia 920 is the best camera. They say it's good. No one says Xperia Z is ... moreDude, who the heck says that Xperia Z cam sucks...??? Wake up from your dream... Don't speak for yourself...!!!
Android version on the Z, which I have is 4.1.2... Are you guys sporting a really early prerelease build? (mine is also prerelease but still 4.1.2)
Anonymous, 18 Feb 2013None of the self proclaimed photo experts here would be able to tell the difference in a blind... moreNah, no one says Lumia 920 is the best camera. They say it's good.
No one says Xperia Z is the best camera. They say it sucks.
Pureview 808 and the N8 before it are THE BEST cameras. Proven in blind tests again and again.
Xperia Z is a threat to nothing and about 6 months too late, but it appears to be a solid device for Sony (and maybe general Android) fans. Nice design.
I do hope that other manufacturers eventually adopt water and dust resistance as standard. I've personally never lost a phone to water or dust(?!), but it is a practical idea.
Good review, GSM arena - once again, the camera "issues" seem to be largely down to the size of the crop. Certainly, the Z is a little softer (though not by much) BUT the crop is zoomed in more than the others. Crop to the same relative "depth" on the others and they WILL pixelate. There is nothing at all wrong with the camera on the XZ. It looks very good, to me!
jhojho, 18 Feb 2013what u get on XZ 13MP? maybe 8MP is enough?? check the picture against canon DSLR as a refere... moreMy point was simply that no one will know the difference. The Z and all other smartphone flagships all have very good cameras. Except nexus 4 ofcors, and lumia 920 has questionable performance in video recording of even slightly backlit objects but the overall score is good here as well.
And one thing we didn't mention here is auto mode. This is not good enough on my note 2. That means that you need knowledge and time to get a good shot under all conditions, my old xperia pro was better at auto in difficult conditions and this is what 99% of users need. Because we don't often have time to mess with settings. Sony has an advantage over Samsung here.
GSM Arena People: A little while ago, you've done a blind test using the new Nokia 808 Pureview against:
* HTC One X
* iPhone 4S
* Samsung Galaxy S III
* Nokia N8 (downsampled from 12MP to 8MP)
* Olympus E-PL2 interchangable lens, large sensor camera (downsampled from 12MP to 8MP)
It's been a while, and rather than making a blind test, could you please remake it using the champion (Nokia 808 Pureview) against:
* Apple iPhone 5
* Sony Xperia Z
* Nokia Lumia 920
* Samsung Galaxy S3
* HTC One X/Butterfly/DNA
* Any other good camera phone I didn't mention
Sure I can use the Photo quality comparison with the indoor control images, but I'd prefer some new real life pictures taken outside and inside. Please include the originals in ZIP format for us to download and review ourselves.
If you could also include videos, that would be great, which are not on tripod and stable. As long as you put on some effort in keeping it stable, that would be fine. But keep the action focused on one area with the cameras panning left to right (or which ever directions).
Anonymous, 18 Feb 2013None of the self proclaimed photo experts here would be able to tell the difference in a blind... morewhat u get on XZ 13MP? maybe 8MP is enough?? check the picture against canon DSLR as a reference. there is a missing color and hue in the middle of 8MP.
None of the self proclaimed photo experts here would be able to tell the difference in a blind test. And many say that lumia 920 is a great cam phone but the Z is better overall. In fact they say 920 is the best so then I'm sure they will say Z is best now.
I'll pass on this one as the A15 monsters are coming out in a couple of months. I'm particularly looking forward to an 1080p Nexus.