I'm not sure why the review ends by criticising that Sony didn't "keep up" in terms of increasing screen sizes and resolutionsÂ… hello, that's exactly the point of the Compact range. The rest of the review seems to understand this. It seems as if the conclusion was written by a different author. People such as me like the Compact series *exactly* because it doesn't follow on gimmicks and trends just because they're hyped. 1080p or HDR give absolutely no benefit on a screen this size, and most of its buyers would rather have the added battery life any day. The 4.6" screen is not "three years behind", it's made for people who don't want to carry around a window pane in their pockets all day.
The review mentions a lot of software details and changes as new, which however have been around on Xperias for at least one or two Android versions. Also, Track ID is no longer available from Google Play, since Sony have discontinued the service last year. Even if you still have the app installed on an older model, it won't work anymore.
USB 3.1 is mentioned, everywhere else I've read it only supports USB 2.0, including GSMArena's own spec sheet. That's a bit disappointing, and I wonder why Sony decided to switch to Type-C plugs right now, if they didn't also upgrade the speed. That means I'll have to replace a whole lot of USB cables for no benefit (and won't be able to borrow from friends or colleagues as easily).
Scoop, 11 Nov 2017Why do phones sold in the USA not have fingerprint scanner?Sony have fingerprint scanner exclusivity contract with some barely alive carrier apparently.
It going to take quite amount of money to nullify the contract and somehow the ever so (un)wise Sony mobile division higher ups decide to not to bother to fight to nullify it.
Somehow they thought that Android Pay and some other stuff that require or will be much convenient with fingerprint scan is not worth the fight.
How they able to retain their position again? Maybe its like Sony other division whose units and higher ups have failed big time yet manage to convince Sony that they've do the best they could and any other management will not able to do better so lets abandon/shutdown this division. Sigh...
RC, 07 Nov 2017When I use manual mode on night, do I need to set on the flash?Try using the red eye reduction plus hold the phone still for night shooting and backlit capture.
XZPremium, 29 Sep 2017Sony, a company that nobody appreciates their mobile phones products except sony itself. 1) Au... moreSorry, but:
- the sound qualitiy is great, on speakers or headphones(with headphones maybe the best quality on all phones)
- oh yes, the really untrue colors of a AMOLED where just colorful but not true, sorry, when i view my pics on a phone i want they looks like reallife n not like a over colored bubblegum machine.
- the bezels on sony phones i like, play games with a bezel less phone, some mistakes will be happen when u r in action mode(one reason why apple still have bezels too)
- the 16:9 ratio is the best for vids n pics, the ugly 18.5:9 ratio is just awful for multimedia.
- so, where is ur problem dude?
Small comment; it's a mistake to compare this to the iPhone SE. The screen is about the same size as the standard iPhone. It's somewhere between the iPhone 7 and 8, but with an SD card slot and a $200 price cut.
The screen resolution is perfect for this size, making it 1080p would give absolutely no benefit, only the performance and battery life would drop. Phones used to last for 2 week on battery without charging, now they last for 2 days - do not criticize the phone for not catching up with today's poor standards, and staying better than the others.
Ossie77, 10 Oct 2017I just got an XZ1 Compact and I hate to say but my initial impressions of the camera in low li... moreIn manual, set cam at 12 mpx, ISO at 100, shutter at 1/8, exposure at -0.5. Or 200 ISO and 1/15 s shutter...
Play a bit and see which works best.
Keep your manual like this for lowlights.
For lowlight shots just turn to this preset manual and shoot with soft button, I use it like this constantly and shots are great.
For everything else automode.
Ossie77, 10 Oct 2017I just got an XZ1 Compact and I hate to say but my initial impressions of the camera in low li... moreTurn ISO down.
On auto ISO will probably higher than 800.
Do not let it go beyind 100.
Once you set it ob manual it keeps new setting.
So you can use auto in daylight, manual at night.
Just slide to access.. Does not take 1s.
I Love Xperia.., 30 Sep 2017omg that bezel is so huge. the second one from right really looks like a brick. lolEither the brick designs(squarish) or soap(curve) designs, it is still a smartphone, can't go an insane design anywhere from the base in reality.
If they had kept up the high quality compacts last year for the X Compact, I wouldn't have had to get an iphone SE to replace my trusty Z3 compact. The Z3C was fantastic, just the perfect size. Great to see Sony keeping this line alive
Ossie77, 10 Oct 2017I just got an XZ1 Compact and I hate to say but my initial impressions of the camera in low li... moreIndoors is where my x compact does the worst, when there's bright light sources and dark corners etc the dynamic range isn't that good. Does work well taking pictures at gigs when the light show isn't directly into the lens.
Noise is mainly due to instability, try using onscreen shutter button in low light and indoors to reduce shaking.
I just got an XZ1 Compact and I hate to say but my initial impressions of the camera in low light situations are not good. Comparable, in fact, to the Xperia X. Huge amount of noise. And I need it to be good in this scenario for taking pictures of my decorating work. Will have a fiddle with it tomorrow but my first thoughts are; 'a £500 smartphone should have much better indoor camera performance' and I am inclined to return it. It doesn't seem any better than the A3 2017 for example and even the J5 2017. Would love it if anyone has any tips that might help! HDR does absolutely nothing. The phone is lightning quick in operation though....as you would expect.
nothing-, 09 Oct 2017Opps, i didn't know that. Glad that I haven't get one yet as I was looking for a new phone thi... moreHey look I would never want to influence anyone else buying decisions. My hesitation is based on my past experience with various Xperia devices that runs up to the XZ.
With regard the XZ1 Compact itself. My concerns could be proven wrong, and the camera may indeed function as advertised.
I guess if I were to offer any advice toward a potential purchase of the XZ1 Compact, it would simply be (as it always has been for any device) to read and watch as many reviews and hands on as possible from as wide a range of sources as possible. Look to see what issues are pointed out, and if there is any consistency in those issues (i.e. they are all mentioning the same thing).
Finally, do not what ever happens listen what the fanboys on the comments sections of sites like this may tell you, remember they are simply seeking confirmation of their own bias in others.
For my own opinion, if (that big old if again) the camera issues are no more, then the XZ1 Compact looks to be a truly great device. If your looking for a compact yet flagship grade powerful smartphone its pretty much the only game in town (even if the camera might possibly be prone to shutting down from time to time) apart from an iPhone, and that is an entirely different debate :)
Lex79, 09 Oct 2017Yep, limits are imposed on many handsets and yes there videos showing Xperia devices recording... moreOpps, i didn't know that. Glad that I haven't get one yet as I was looking for a new phone this year. I think I should wait till next year for their new flagship.
nothing-, 09 Oct 2017I've seen the camera comparison of xz Premium vs other flagship and I was surprised by the fac... moreYep, limits are imposed on many handsets and yes there videos showing Xperia devices recording 4K video for extended lengths of time.
Often these videos have the device (in flight mode) sat on a table or something, recording a static image. Now whilst thats great and all, it was a similar such video that tricked me into believing that the problem had been fixed on the XZ.
Not so, try recording 4K whilst out and about, walking, panning with shifting planes of focus, differing lighting conditions and with full network capability enabled. Because that is what I did frequently, and that blasted The device temperature is rising......... message would very quickly show up!
Look I have acknowledged that Sony have made good progress on this front, but I am just unwilling to again bet £500 or more of my own money that they finally have it solved.