I ran a quick poll on Twitter a few days discussing about speaker sound/loudness, battery life, general performance and one that would survive a dip in the sink, an accidental glass of water spill or exposure to light rain between the X Compact and the iPhone 6S. People voted for the latter. Comments please?
Went to a Carphone Warehouse and EE shop and was quite impressed with the memory management of the X Compact and it's bigger brother the XZ. Not so much with the speakers but maybe coz there were many people in the store. Now comparing it with the iPhone 6S:
1. Which one takes overall better photos both front & back including low light?
2. Which one has a generally louder speakers?
3. Which one has better wifi radios?
Another thing I ran a quick survey on Twitter and got an overhwhelming vote for the 6S for being more safer on exposure to light rain or spills from a glass of water or soda. Agree?
Gino76, 24 Apr 2017Really? And did your phone got wet or anything and still working? Well it's been fine with rain, never been dunked.
Surficial, 24 Apr 2017I would guess all models are built the same. I know my UK model has a gasketed sim/sd tray.Really? And did your phone got wet or anything and still working?
Gino76, 21 Apr 2017And how about the European/UK model. Any ideas if these are also gasketed or nano coated somehow?I would guess all models are built the same.
I know my UK model has a gasketed sim/sd tray.
wadelabs, 23 Apr 2017The X Compact actually is water resistant but is not claimed officiallyDo you have evidence or experience with the X Compact being a closet water resistant phone?
mochimochilatte, 22 Apr 2017I cannot quote any use right after the phone was submerged in my laundry- I am aware it is not... moreYou know based on your experience with prolonged water exposure with a non-IP certified phone like the X Compact I'm very shocked to know that it has survived and has contunued functioning normally. I don't know what else to say or add to that. Perhaps best to still be careful. But with my everyday tasks I usually "wash" my phone in the tap (due to the day's use - dirty/oily hands, fingerprint marks, etc.) and had to use my phone in light rain due to the nature of my work.
Gino76, 22 Apr 2017Many thanks for the very insighful and honest assessment of your X Compact. Did you not find t... moreI cannot quote any use right after the phone was submerged in my laundry- I am aware it is not certified for that and official Sony info states it is splash-resistant. So when I dropped it into the bucket filled with hot laundry soap solution I had to put rubber gloves and it took me about 10 seconds to do- and immediately rinsed the phone under the warm running tap water to remove chemicals' / soap residue and wiped it dry with a highly absorbent fibre gym towel. I did not press any buttons nor I activated any of the functions for about an hour or hour and a half after this little accident (just a common sane precaution) so I have not seen any messages nor can say whether phone speakers were affected during that time. However, after roughly 90 minutes phone I started to use the phone as usual and even though I was concerned next day that there might be some water managed to get in I had not seen any signs of internal condensate build up and have not experiences any operational malfunction. I guess that a great sign. Or I might be lucky but in terms of prolonged exposure to liquid (rain, laundry and sauna) my own unit seem to hold extremely well for non-IP certified phone. I am sure every manufacturer have devices that had better luck on the assembly line and able to withstand the elements better than other exact same phones out of the very same bath yet even in long gone days of Sony Ericsson phones they used to handle moisture better than other brands (excluding unlucky cases of submerging them fully, of course). IP or not IP.
mochimochilatte, 22 Apr 2017Choice of inexpensive daily workhorse mobile phone is always maddening and you are not alone. ... moreMany thanks for the very insighful and honest assessment of your X Compact. Did you not find the speakers sounding muffled after all those exposure to liquid? And you said there has been no sign of moisture or condensation on the cameras (the usual weak points) or main screen or a message in the screen saying there is moisture in the USB ports and that you need to wait till the moisture decipates?
And have you ever found the 4.6" a tad on the smaller side? (especially for me who have been using phones with screens of 5.1" and above)
Martin, 14 Apr 2017People, pls help me choose iphone se or xperia x compact, I just want reliable, pocket friendl... moreI give you the info and you decide for yourself.
I had: LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, iPhone 7 256gb, iPhone 7 plus 256gb, Motorola Moto G4 64gb 4gb RAM, Motorola Moto G4 Play.
Samsung had the WORST indoor signal (two replacements!), LG was great but modular parts never sit together tightly and it was unsightly thing, iPhone 7- insufficient battery life, iPhone 7 plus proven to be annoying and impractical for sake of size alone (unless you need a tablet), Motorola G4 Plus was great but battery levels were going down too fast, G4 Play is just....cheap stuttering bottle-necking performance after month/two of use.
Sony Xperia X Compact is best-balanced option. At £220 UK retail European version there isn't that much competition. Best battery life with Stamina mode- goes long way (see my another post here covering battery life in-depth) with reduction of some performance but I tried hard to notice and I couldn't- it is just fast, responsive, snappy and running multi-apps with breeze. Super-Stamina alone is God-sent: I have not miss a single customers' call since I bough this phone (crucial sms and calls only lasts FOREVER when battery is at measly 12%). Boxy small body means I only slipped from my hand it ONCE- grip is utmost secure and comfortable. Operating it with one hand- that alone really makes handling and daily user experience worth the silly low price I paid for it. Menu layout is great, Custom Sony/ Over Nougat UI is pleasant, and easy on the eye, eve the most hated by me previously Sony "bloat" is...(well, most of it, for sure) surprise- highest USABLE quality and not stupid badly updated annoying rubbish of the past (never thought I ever can say something like this). Screen is not Gorilla Glass (ughhh) but I left it in my bag with pens and keys, in jeans pocket with coins, it survived friction of different rough mixed fabrics and yet it is free of ANY scuff or scratch. I am going to buy tempered glass scree protector just in case but so far so good and I was not exactly very caring owner, but I try to take care of my things and do not abuse them needlessly or for fun.
That is a long-*ss essay but the epilogue is: I was completely frustrated with all my phones since Xperia Ray time (200.. ???) and only got this phone for sake of size with full expectation that a month later I will be looking to replace it with yet another phone. Why I put so much effort in writing these three part review - simply because I am free from daily dose of stress all other phones were giving me. Mission accomplished.
Gino76, 20 Apr 2017I'm almost going mad looking for my next "budget" phone. I'm currently choosing between a Moto... moreChoice of inexpensive daily workhorse mobile phone is always maddening and you are not alone. This is what my Sony Xperia X Compact have been through in two weeks: extreme humidity at 36C- passed (went with me twice to steam room at the gym 25 min x 2), drop test (involuntary) fallen flat at the back on concrete pavement (only TPU thin skin applied) - NO damage whatsoever - passed, getting soaked wet in my external pocket in backpack for the entire day on a day trip in the field- passed, and recently: two days ago it is slipped out of my shirt pocket into a laundry bucket full of hot soapy water. That's about it. Not sure if it is IP certified or not but the result is: I took it out immediately but it was properly submerged for about 10 seconds. I washed it under warm running tap and dried with a towel. No sign of condensation, no glitches, nothing at all. I hope it answers your question. My advise- it is definitely capable of surviving and forgiving. But it isn't a submarine.
izuan raqiib, 22 Apr 2017How rhe battery life after updated to nougat?....please i need an answer ASAP....THANK YOUI am using this phone from new (low charges count/ fresh battery) and it came with 7.0 installed. I am running it in always-on Stamina (not Super-Stamina) and it is roughly from 91% in the morning as I only quick-charge to 98% maximum / never over-charge (no overnight charging) to 13% the very lowest I ever get if I use it heavily (YouTube/ Camera/ Chrome/ a few Apps/ always-on Syncing/ NO gaming/ Location ON. NFC OFF, Bluetooth OFF) that is on 4G/ 3G with moderate (not always good signal- hence battery depletion is faster). But it is by far the best phone of this size and spec that gives me FULL REAL day of use in challenging conditions. If I stay home one full charge with moderate use of WiFi/ calls/ browsing a bit of YouTube and core aps gives me a solid OVER 48 hours use from 98% to 5% indoors use. The best phone I ever had.
How rhe battery life after updated to nougat?....please i need an answer ASAP....THANK YOU
Surficial, 21 Apr 2017Pepsi test here. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=r02MPIZWyds Japanese model is ip certified,... moreAnd how about the European/UK model. Any ideas if these are also gasketed or nano coated somehow?
Gino76, 20 Apr 2017I'm almost going mad looking for my next "budget" phone. I'm currently choosing between a Moto... morePepsi test here.
Japanese model is ip certified, and I've seen in teardowns that the us model is fully gasketed.
Seems that they're all built the same, but Sony only pays for certification and gives water damage warranty in japan.
I'm almost going mad looking for my next "budget" phone. I'm currently choosing between a Moto G5 Plus, either an iPhone 6 or 6S and the X Compact.
I'm very aware the X Compact has no water resistance but does anyone know if the actual body/build quality is safe for those odd accidental glass of water spills, dunking in the sink or exposure with light rain for few seconds?