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Sony Xperia Z review: Zero hour

17 February 2013 | Read the review | Post your comment
Sony Xperia Z review: Zero hour - read the full textWith solid backup in the midrange, returning to the fiercest battle in the mobile market is Sony’s top priority. The Xperia Z, which leads the charge, got us properly impressed in a recent hands-on and if it walks unscathed from a complete review, we’ll know the Japanese have hit the form of their life...

 

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My post about other reviews saying the Z has fantastic display with punchy colors was deleted. Well, im sure people can find those reviews themselves. Its the best phone ever and many reviews agree.

Many reviews agree that Xperia Z has the best camera for indoors photos. Iphone and galaxy does well in optimal light but not lumia 920 and Xperia Z are better at detail and noise in more moderate light, like indoor, and finally lumia 920 falls short at color reproduction indoors, leaving Z as the king. Any cam takes good enough photos in optimal light, Z does best on the harder ones.

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  • 2013-02-19 18:39
  • m7KR

It s best phone ever...

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  • 2013-02-19 18:00
  • U{Eg

By the way, it was also mentioned that the sound quality in calls was really very good. Many things here that go against the finding in the review on this site.

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  • 2013-02-19 17:45
  • m7KR

> In reply to [deleted post]Btw, the amobil review title means "Sonys supermobile is living up to the expectations" and the subtitle means
"This is the best phone we have tested - and its waterproof".

and in the conclusion, "Xperia Z er enkelt og greit den beste smarttelefonen på markedet akkurat nå.", which means XPERIA Z IS SIMPLY AND STRAIGHT THE BEST SMARTPHONE ON THE MARKET JUST NOW.

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  • 2013-02-19 17:41
  • m7KR

as i researched due to fact the screen is saying it is not good. The conclusion is you have to check by yourself. there are having bad pre-production or but in docomo release, it is clearly stating and see it is good quality. and one credible forum who has it says its not too bad. But sharpness was amazing. Some says its dull but others its ok not too vivid. there many mixed review and that is so hard to know which is which. Im not defending it but just check it and as it is better to see it not what others think because its your money just be aware only. another thing they are saying there will be app for color calibration this might solved its contrast and issues. so ill wait not gonna pre ordered this phone.

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  • 2013-02-19 16:25
  • XMm%

wheres the battery test in full review ?

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  • 2013-02-19 15:25
  • n$W%

Killer looks,killer features,killer camera,music player,display...i can see samsung sweating and shivering already...way to go sony...

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  • 2013-02-19 14:16
  • uvqf

i'm wondering which part of the display did gsmarena test for the contrast ratio. is the faded looking homescreen or did they go into a photo when the bravia engine is expected to do its wonders.

i hope they can try measuring contrast with the bravia engine on.

the results have really been disappointing. i can't believe a company like sony would be doing this. probably the worst display produced by a major player.

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  • 2013-02-19 13:37
  • PSvy

> In reply to miro @ 2013-02-19 11:49 from PSvy - click to readmaybe but i have seen the Japanese version of this phone and the screen was perfect with perfect viewing angles. i don't know whether there is any difference between Japanese and international version.

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  • 2013-02-19 12:42
  • pThn

It would be nice if this review would be completed in a short while. I'm usually very fond of the GSMArena reviews, but missing two important things at this point.

1. The batterylife!
2. The displaytest on 50%, you seem to do this with al recent phones, and the Xperia Z screen is known to perform a lot better at 50%. So I am anxious to see what the results would be!

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  • 2013-02-19 12:11
  • 3KfT

> In reply to yogi @ 2013-02-19 05:50 from xfyd - click to readmeans sony is now fully geared for the competition/smartphone wars.

zero hour means "The time set for the start of an action or operation"

gsmarena likely wants to infer that sony has finally created a product worthy of a flagship/capable enough of competing with other high end devices offered by top manufacturers.

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  • 2013-02-19 11:52
  • PSvy

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-02-18 21:55 from HKyD - click to readMe2.

And the specs are mind-blowing.

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  • 2013-02-19 11:50
  • pq@@

> In reply to emadshiny @ 2013-02-19 08:21 from pThn - click to readi think they already have the final/retail version. that's just the sad truth about the xz. the screen is really not at par with the best.

not a big problem though since you won't really be using the phone at odd angles. it just makes the device look less premium. the fading colors at slight angles make it look like a chinese clone device.

disappointing.

hope sony does better next time. what happened to the "best of sony in a smartphone" marketing slogan? is that really the best sony can offer for a display?
no wonder they're losing heavily on their TV division.

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  • 2013-02-19 11:49
  • PSvy

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-02-19 07:46 from KZ8C - click to readBest in terms of?

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  • 2013-02-19 11:17
  • QXPR

GSMArena, please repeat this review with a final version of this phone as well. and we are waiting for battery test.

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  • 2013-02-19 08:21
  • pThn

For those who are saying Sony IU are worst, please have your eyes and brain checked properly. Sony IU are the best UI on the market.

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  • 2013-02-19 07:46
  • KZ8C

> In reply to cire @ 2013-02-18 19:28 from NFaG - click to readno he's saying he has eyes that can pick out the differences...

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  • 2013-02-19 06:23
  • PPKV

can some one explain the title Zero Hour?

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  • 2013-02-19 05:50
  • xfyd

The age old problem is here again with sony.they must shed these TFT screens and move to IPS,PLS or something other of their own.
I've always liked sony for their great designs but that being said a well known and reputed display maker like sony,should do better than that on their mobile screens.just pump up the R&D in the display dept.

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  • 2013-02-19 04:23
  • GRVD

I wished this is lumia 920 camera killer.. but it failed

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  • 2013-02-19 02:10
  • y$HP

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