Plastic would be good if the battery was replaceable, or at least if the weight was kept Bellow 150gr. Since it is not, plastic is not either!
The design is not only ugly, but overused as well. It looks the same like every other cheap Chinese copy out there. Sony used to be special with their fingertip scanner. Now with this trivial small circle, placed exactly like all the Chinese army of the same design, place was a criminal mistake, sepuku worthy imo. Too Plastic, too humpy, too trivial, too heavy, with 2015 bezels, what a let down...
Horrible camera performance in low light condition was expected, but the sad part is that the extra length didn't help the battery reaching the 3000mah again...
And to complete the uninspired design Sony, the only company that used to be too proud to blindly copy others, they just dropped the music jack!!!
Since they were in copy mode, they should copy small bezels, bright lenses, bigger battery capacities, premium glass design etc, but no, they had to only take the worst for all the worst reasons...
I used to feel frustrated by Sony's fall, but not anymore, the Z5 compact likely seems to remain my last...
Vic, 17 Mar 2018Check this phone on phone size comparison to see how terribly ugly (due to thickness) XZ2 Comp... morePlastic is actually good. Problem is in aluminum frame which requires ugly plastic antenna line. XZ1 is all plastic composite which feels cold almost metal like.
Check this phone on phone size comparison to see how terribly ugly (due to thickness) XZ2 Compact looks against any other moder phone. I can confidently say that this is the ugliest phone Sony introduced in years. Not to mention cheap materials (painted plastic), no 3.5 mm jack, very inconvenient placement of fingerprint sensor in the center of device and well, I can only repeat what I have already said about XZ2 - Sony really needs to cancel both of these devices not to lose fans and reputation.
P.S. Battery life is noticeable worse compared to XZ1 Compact.
It actually looks a lot better than the full size version- the matte back is nicer to look at than the bizarre reflective XZ2. Still, I can't be bothered with any phone that lacks a 3.5mm audio port and I'm surprised Sony did this.
apertotes, 17 Mar 2018I understand there is a trend towards bigger screens, but 5" is not compact anymore. A few of ... moreEven die hard apple fan not buying 4 inch we although the spec is same . I guess only you want 4 inch .
misa, 17 Mar 2018so this phone is just 1mm thinner than lumia 1020 which had 1/1.5" cameraYou mean that 2000mah battery lumia?
Anonymous, 17 Mar 2018this is year 2018 yet Sony dare to sell a phone with such thickness? Are they having too much ... moreheh, people seem to think they made it fatter only to personally tick them off. ;)
Sony did it because they thought it was more ergonomic. some reviews I've read actually like what they did. and it has a rather sharp taper to it too for a thin edge (though I think the XZ2 does this better). but I haven't carried a phone around that chunky since the Lumia 810 (which I'm now pocketing just to see if I could go back to it. it's actually close in size to the Compact, just a bit shorter). I'll wait to pass judgement until I handle this and the larger XZ2.
BGChicago, 17 Mar 2018Project trebble on this phone confirmed?the XZ1 has it so I'd image the answer is "yep." Sony's very good with updates regardless.
They currently have a pre-order deal which includes the wh-1000xm2 headset... That's one way to deal with the removal of the headphone jack.
I pre-ordered one yesterday.
Much more convinced after reading this review about this phone, especially the camera software improvements.
Still, I think I'll hold out for next years compact, second iteration of this design could be a big improvement if they improve battery stacking into the curved shape and find a way to slim down the camera assembly in the newer lens.
BGChicago, 17 Mar 2018Project trebble on this phone confirmed?Any phone with Oreo out-of-the-box must have support for Project Treble
BGChicago, 17 Mar 2018Project trebble on this phone confirmed?Yes.... Check article on xperia blog
AnonD-743635, 17 Mar 2018From any practical standpoint a good plastic is better than the cheap , nickable, basic alumin... moreAgree with this. For me the "cheap" plastic looks better. Would be perfect if not for that glossy front.
For the price and compactness, this phone is a winner. I've always love Sony's UI...even now i'm a huawei user. Great camera improvement, hurm I thought it'll be better if they stick to 720p res screen, easily can get 100+ hour battery endurance, its a compact phone anyway. Still not liking these new Ambient Flow design....looks weird and unergonomic.
so this phone is just 1mm thinner than lumia 1020 which had 1/1.5" camera
AnonD-743635, 17 Mar 2018The rear, in green, seems so Art Noveau (modernism) , as something out of a 60's movie, or a r... moregreat thanks for the review! I'm getting one.
finally improved camera from previous generation and reduced bezels. now it's 5" with 135mm height which is still good for me (my limit is 140mm high). i only miss fm radio, but no compact phones around with radio..
and no notch, thanks God! ok is a bit thick in the center, and fps was better on the side, no jack etc etc, but much better this one than all those awful new phones with tremendous notch, lol
look "latest devices" in gsma website.. all new announced phones will be 6" phones with notch.. are you kidding? all copying apple even when they do something awful.. looool! so sad... let me get this one, maybe the last of the compact phones :p
and I'm in Italy, so I'm getting also the nice headphones.. if i can sell them for about 200Â€, I'll get a new flagship for around 400Â€ in the end.. not bad!
The rear, in green, seems so Art Noveau (modernism) , as something out of a 60's movie, or a robot of the "Robots" movie or something out of the Fallout games
It's taller so you cannot reach the corners anymore. I'll go with S8/S9 instead.
jrharbort, 17 Mar 2018Keep in mind it is only 5" because the screen grew taller, not wider. So the phone can still b... morebut is 6mm tallerthan the 129mm XZ1, so 5 mm pass the imbreachable 130 mm limit, so useless to some xperia compact fans, it seems
To me, my to go limit is less or equal to 72mm wide, less than 150mm tall