Had the phone for over 2.5 years now and its still going strong. Use it mainly for power hungry games and still works like a dream. Battery drains fast but still charges well. Screen is sensational and for its age its still up there with the best.
It's one of the worst phones I've had yet. For the first 5 months, it was a pretty good phone and I was happy with it. Suddenly, the phone shut off and when I turned it on it had so many problems. First, the notification bar did not work at all, it was annoying but still tolerable even though I couldn't fix it. But, the battery is garbage. It will die even though it still has 20% or I won't even be using it and it lowers until it runs out. Also, it takes too long for it to charge above 5%, I believe it was plugged in and was still at 5% for an hour. This week I got a new phone, so I decided to transfer my photos to my laptop. However, I can not find them anywhere. I've checked other forums and nothing works with me. I think I've spent around 5 hours uploading my photos to drive, which I think is very stupid. I wouldn't recommend anyone buy it and I surely will not get another Sony phone.
Getting old, but probably the best phone I have had (I have Z5 now, miss the Z1)! Too bad that the screens are so fragile; A little hairline crack and the whole phone becomes unusable (it happened to me). Almost impossible to replace yourself, or expensive, when the digitizer and the LCD is one unit, but that knew the manufacturers probably when they released / built it.
Used the phone for 2.5 years...still works like a charm
it fell from the 3rd floor... not a scratch (without cover) Tough as stone..
Worst experience with speaker sound specially with audio recording. Its too much low.
guys if you are having problems with touch or battery drain......There is the problem of android i had also battery problem in version 5.0.1 lollipop, and when i contacted sony the said its the problem of android and i downgraded to kitkat...but some apps are not compatible with it......So If you want something you must lose something :(
I bought my Sony Xperia z1 in Feb 2014. It was working fine for the first 6 month. After that it started having problems, i.e. the screen would turn black or the touch screen wouldn't work. Less than in 2 years the battery life started rapidly decreasing. It started turning off while still having 20% battery life. After three more month it started turning itself off while still having 80% battery life. Contacted Sony, they suggested it's a software issue and emailed me a link to download Xperia Companion. The software restore option didn't work. I contacted Sony again, they suggested to update Java. After audating Java, the software restore still not working. Overall, very dissapointed and will never buy any Sony mobile phones ever.
4reaL, 16 Jun 2016At the price it goes for now, it can blow all of todays midrangers out of the water and send t... moreDon't know how long you have been using it but I have been torturing it for nearly three years.
After 3 months exactly my phone will turn 3yrs.
The way I used it can be described as extreme. I threw everything at it all heavy games and maintained its storage at 90-100% excluding SD card. Played nearly all heavy games till date. It never lagged for a sec in this 3yr which I don't think any other phone in market is capable of doing that.
Battery life with the stamina mode and brightness setting set to auto at first I had a battery life of solid 3days+ for making calls, browsing, chatting and other basic stuff and 1.5days+ for regular gaming and heavy stuff. Now even after 3yrs it gives 2days+ for basic stuff and nearly 1full day for gaming and heavy stuff. Again top of the line compared to other phones in market.
Phones quality is exceptional. Dropped it more than 100times and some times it dropped on rough surfaces and at extreme distances. Like once the cover I was using cracked and the clips broke of the case was in hand and phone went flying few meters and fell on solid concrete path and dint even get a scratch on screen except for a scratch on metal frame which is fine by me as glass was not broke or had a scratch. Don't think any other smartphone except Xperia Z can take abuse like this and still come out in nearly perfect condition.
4reaL, 16 Jun 2016At the price it goes for now, it can blow all of todays midrangers out of the water and send t... moreZ1 is so good with price now. I got one recently for 170 US dollars. Art cover for all songs in my phone. Smart connecting with headphones (play music right away when you plug in headphone). Vibration is a bit weak. Overall I am very happy with this phone
anony, 15 Jun 2016mine too, how long will it really fully charge the phone? anyone? thanksGet a better charger. This phone supports qualcomm quick charge 2.0 so get a quick charge compatible hi wattage charger and I promise you that the charging will get turbocharged!!!!
At the price it goes for now, it can blow all of todays midrangers out of the water and send them packing to their grave! The 5.1 update has been awesome and it has a decent sized community on xda with many CM12.1 ROMs if those tickle your fancy.
The aluminium+glass body looks insanely good and persevered through all the tortures I've put it through so far ;)
The camera is obviously the best part with the same IMX220 sensor being used on both the z2 and z3,and does support hi-bitrate 4k and 120fps slow-mo with a software mod.But the front camera is kinda crappy in low light.
The 2013 flagship chipset SD800 can keep pace with todays games and I can play GTA:SA without a hitch though it aint as good as the powerful monstrosity that is the SD820.
SOT can be anywhere from 4hrs at worst to 6hrs at best.
Now, being waterproof might sound like a gimmick until you actualy use it. Imo, it has to be the most useful feature onboard. I don't have to worry about using it in the rain, dont have to worry about getting food or dirt on it cuz I can just put it under a tap. And it does have a dedicated shutter button making underwater photography delightfully feasable, something that I have done with joy and have bragged about on quite a few occasions.
Anonymous, 14 Jun 2016My phone is charging is very slowly what can I do pls give some suggestions just downgrade to kitkat, it will fix the charging issues trust me, kitkat is the best firmware for z1, lollipop is pain in the ass bro
Anonymous, 14 Jun 2016My phone is charging is very slowly what can I do pls give some suggestions mine too, how long will it really fully charge the phone? anyone? thanks
My phone is charging is very slowly what can I do pls give some suggestions
JONN, 09 Jun 2016Is this a good phone to buy now in 2016 for 200 bucks ?$200 is asking too much for a Z1 in 2016. I bought mine for $140.