In my opinion Xperia ZR was the first compact flagship in true sense. Please have a thought on this
What an incredible phone that was - sadly my Xperia 5 does not even come close to ergonomy and build quality of Compact line.
I really hope those rumours are true and they are resurrecting compact line in late 2021.
Apple proved iPhone SE 2020 sells well, iPhone 12 might be another proof manufacturers need to make small phones again. I mean do not drop the big ones, I get a lot of users love them, just don't forget to make a compact version as well ;)
Compact phones for those who do not need a phone and a tablet in one.
I like this phone the best size now very big small phone are more better.
Z1c got my attention when I was looking for a successor to my Galaxy S2 (which died 2 weeks after warranty), but in the end, I went for a sort of risk and bought a phone from - then still largely unknown Chinese company - Xiaomi.
Xiaomi Mi2s had a similar form factor and while it lacked some of the Z1c's premium features, it was also available for half the price. And boy that was by far the best phone I've ever had. Especially the MIUI 5 remains to be the best UX I've ever had on a phone to this day and neither Xiaomi, let alone Google are getting anywhere close to it.
I've used it for incredible 5 years, at which point the battery couldn't really last for more than half a day and all the spares I've bought have proven to be faulty. (And, well, the age was starting to show with some apps.)
So after some disappointment with Z5c, I've settled with XZ2c. I miss the MIUI system apps and the 3.5mm jack, but, well... I mean it's a solid phone, it does what it's supposed to, but will never feel as awesome as Mi2s did. I was really proud to own the thing.
I'd really wish for Xiaomi to make a proper compact successor to Mi2s, but they don't seem to be interested in such thing at all, so... should I need a new phone, Xperia 5-II would have to make do >_> That price tag scares me though, never went over 500€ with a phone and all of my androids were de facto flagships.
Best phone I ever owned, hands down. Still works. The battery is ruined, and the flaps covering the ports are destroyed. The display broke twice and had to go with a cheap aftermarket display the second time because of availability issues. It is very scratched and cuffed. But it still works, and pretty well!
Can't express how fond I am of the form factor and the UI.
Maria, 20 Sep 2020Only my imagination, if this Z1 was Nokia, I believe that Nokia was the king of Android phone ... moreWhen android came out, a lot of people didn't expect it to become so popular that it is today, including some companies that thought of making their own OS to compete with android, but they didn't succeed and eventually they're all dead i.e Windows Phone, BB10 etc. Nokia's phone business was bought by Microsoft to make Lumia devices but as they ran WP, they hardly sold and eventually were discontinued. Nokia could've adopted android then but perhaps they didn't see it's potential or wanted to jump into the craze
I still got Z1 Compact at home :-) Its not functional now, but it was a great phone, compared to my S20+ its so tiny, like intended to be for kids
I'd buy this, if only I can find one that's still available in good condition, which is unlikely. So waiting for Sony to revive the compact series and launch a device soon, but again, the screen is likely going to be bigger than 5 inches which won't be truly compact, but let's see what Sony does this time around
Only my imagination, if this Z1 was Nokia, I believe that Nokia was the king of Android phone as well. I am still wondering why Nokia was not making Android phone at that beginning of that time. Only my imagination.
Anonymous, 20 Sep 2020The biggest question is:
Does it sell?
Do people still buy small phone?Hope Sony/Other manufacturers make more compact flagships.
All I want from my perfect phone is to have the following:
An amazing camera - capable of taking the fight to the flagships
Snapdragon 8xx innards with expandable memory
5.2 - 5.5 inch screen (720p) is ok
4500-5000 MaH battery
IP 68 water proofing
Regular updates and a stock ROM
I want the phone to have heft I don't like slim phones - I am sure anyone would happily trade a few extra mm of thickness for better battery life.
I don't care for glass or fancy materials in the build - tough polycarbonate plastic is perfectly good.
I had the Xperia ZR and the Z3 Compact and I loved every bit of it. Poor software updates/optimization and terrible camera software let down an otherwise amazing phone.
What shocked me was how poor the camera quality was in my Sony Z3C after a couple of updates. This was particularly funny as backdated Sony sensors used by other manufacturers produced better results.
I own the bigger Z1 last time, not the compact though. Glad they mention about Z3 Compact, which to me, the greatest compact flagship Xperia phone ever produce.
While true that Triluminous display compared to OLED instead of the normal LCD, its display still inferior in terms of viewing angle & sunlight legibility (OLED are champion on that regards). But if I'm not mistaken LCD starting Xperia X Performance, Sony fix those two weakness in a good way.
still have this phone up to now...
though slowly transitioning my data to xz2 compact, which is i think the last of its class...
i had a lot of memories with this phone with a lot of years it endures... stopped at lollipop, wish i tried lineage os with it...
the only problem it has is the diminishing battery capacity... i thought of replacing the battery, but in the end i decided to get a used xz2 compact...
Boggy-Stefy, 20 Sep 2020Imo, depends what you do with a phone. If is mainly use as a phone (phone calls and messages) ... more100% agree
I am looking for a midrange phone 5-5 inch
I only use it for phone/wattsapp/messages/emails
Only Apple is releasing it. Its too expensive. Hoping one of the chinese manufacturers go for this option.
I know it wont sell in huge numbers but still hoping for it.
The beggist minus was plastic back. Other than that this was one of the greatest phones in that time.
Other pros for its time:
- very good fingerprint scanner, placed on the side, on the power button
- It came with some good and useful preinstalled apps
- The Snapdragon 810 was manufactured on 20nm technology which drove the phone really hot
- When connected to a 4G network the battery depleted really fast, you had to recharge in the afternoon
- The phone was too narrow to allow for quick typing
Anonymous, 20 Sep 2020The biggest question is: Does it sell? Do people still buy small phone?Imo, depends what you do with a phone. If is mainly use as a phone (phone calls and messages) and rarely as a social gadget, then yes, a 5"-5.5" is good enough. But, if you use your phone for everything else: social media (instagram, facebook, twitter, etc.), netflix, gaming, web browsing, then nothing can beat a 6.5" - 7" display (especially if it's a good quality display).
In Malaysia Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact selling like pisang goreng panas
Myself get tired with huge phone with ultra brick heavy phones
sometime compact phone is just perfect for daily usage...
I wonder what compact Sony handsets with top of the pack midrange and/or flagship SoC models Sony will release next year (?) .