Anonymous, 04 Jun 2018so what do you think of a good alternative to xz1c? or does the xz1c is still good for the nex... moreI think samsung A3 already got its last support, OS wise. My brother still uses his iphone 6 up until now and it still works okay. He's not much of a gamer though. He's still satisfied with everyday use of it. My friends still use ip 6s and they don't have any complaints nor reason to upgrade their ip. Xz1 compact on the other hand I have no comments on it yet as I've only just ordered it. Sony supports flagship phones with 2 software OS upgrades. So it is expected to receive android P and Q. So maybe support until end of 2019 or early 2020. You could also try to check xz2c. If you want a compact phone, I think there's only sony and iphone worth mentioning. I think either will give you great quality and compact experience. You can just also choose where you are more comfortable using, android or iOS.
AnonD-743582, 31 May 2018Don't listen to him/her, that's one example of a naive review Furthermore, galaxy A3 versus x... moreso what do you think of a good alternative to xz1c? or does the xz1c is still good for the next 3-4 years ahead? i'm getting mixed reviews here and there.
Anonymous, 30 May 2018Thank you for the comprehensive user review, now im starting to think about getting the samsun... moreDon't listen to him/her, that's one example of a naive review
Furthermore, galaxy A3 versus xz1 compact?? really?? and iPhone 6s?? no please, go buy them and regret yourself.
Luxx, 29 May 2018I have always wanted to buy a Sony phone, because I was always fascinated with the design, bat... moreThank you for the comprehensive user review, now im starting to think about getting the samsung A3 or iPhone 6s over XZ1c.
I have always wanted to buy a Sony phone, because I was always fascinated with the design, battery life and improvement of this phone. I guess I have waited too long and got disappointed after 2 hours checking the phone and its functions out. I sold it the next day. You may not agree with my opinion but let me just write what I have expected and what I actually got.
I have spent weeks on checking out reviews and opinions before I bought it. My previous phone (now still is) was Samsung Galaxy A3 2015 ( yes, the oldest version of A Series) and you probably think - that is a huge difference comparing to this Xperia from late 2017. Well, it is, but these 3 years difference did not really bring the Xperia XZ1 Compact to shine.
Expectation vs. negative realization:
-Size: I wanted a smaller phone and its size is perfect, but it is too thick (almost 1cm, and that is a fat phone when you have it in your hands)
-Body: I thought I would go over the plastic back until I started to type, you can hear every movement from your fingers which are holding the phone on the back as you type. If Sony already chose the plastic - they could have at least fasten it properly to the back, it feels like there is some air between the back and the inner battery/hardware. It is annoying ( Be free to use a mask, I do not.)
-Slots: The slot is very sensitive and to put a SIM Card in it is somehow tricky, but once you do you are happy that you did not break anything - the slots are made from a thin fragile plastic.
-Rear Camera: Sony phones used to be one of the best camera phones on the market because they were ahead of everyone with fat pixels and nice sharpness. The thing is, their cameras are still the same as they were before. Even some "No name" phone is ahead of Xperia`s camera..So if you read that Xperia does give unrealistic colors to the pictures or the pictures are being oversharp - they are telling the truth. Although, focal lenght is good (Low light). Functions and options - Where the hell are they!? They have a small range of functions and options for the camera. Also, you can only take a 19MP photo with 4:5 format, and 13MP to capture a 16:9 aspect ratio. Macro photos turn out great tho. (All of this goes for XZ1 too)
-Front Camera: It is, well, important to me. 8 MP should do, I thought. It would, if it did not have the same problem as Rear Camera. Shooting 8MP in 4:5 aspect ratio and 4 (or 6MP) in 16:9. The whole angle is really weird. It has an "advantage" of making a wide selfie and doing a one person selfie, the problem is - wide selfie has a fisheye effect and one person selfie is actually only a zoomed wide selfie. Pictures are pretty blurry, I turned of the beautification filter and they were still blurry. It is like the camera has always-on beautification filter and it is annoying. It does what old VGA camera did to pictures, they take a averagely sharp photo (today we say it is blurry) and then the phone itself sharpens it to death ( when you zoom the picture, you can see it is not clear or detailed, it is oversharped). However, the front flash functions nicely. ( All of this goes for XZ1 too, just more front camera pixel)
-Fingerprint Sensor: Pretty unpractical when on the side, because there is no "Wake up Double Tap" - to check what time it is or such. You usually have to grab it everytime ( or register two fingers to make your life easier).
-Battery Life: I could not rate that because I did not have it that long, therefor the charging is fast.
-Software: It is impossible to remove " Do not disturb (mute)" notification, if you have it on. You have it in the settings, but it does not go away even if you set the undock option.
It is tricky to type on such a small display, unless you get used to it ( I mistyped and corrected for an hour).
Gallery is weird, I did not play a lot with it, but it usually shows you latest pictures when you open the Gallery, which means - latest pictures of everything ( Whatsapp Groups, Screenshots..). I prefer albums where each album has its latest pics.
Expectation vs. positive realization:
-Memory: It IS a fast phone, it works like a charm.
-Software: It is nice, I could get used to pretty quickly.
-Sound: It is a louder phone, but with clearer sound.
In the end, I was somehow sad that I got so disappointed since all I wanted was the Sony and then I wanted to run to XZ1 ( Because of the body, more RAM, it is less thick..) but I realized that it has even a shorter battery life than this one and the camera is bad as it is with Compact. I am not interested in XZ2 because oh headphone jack ( not everybody has money for bluetooth, you manufactures!).
I hope I could have helped someone who was indecisive about buying this phone.
Eurasia, 22 May 2018I tried using it in sony store, the edge feel weird in my hand, maybe it will get comfy over t... moreI was affraid of sharp corners first (used Sam ung S4 mini before) but got used in single day, it is not clear at first sight but designer of this phone did it right. Also, fingerprint sensor integrated in power button makes unlocking very fast. I am extremely satisfied with this phone, speed daemon that can be comfortably used with single hand is what I wanted :-)
If you are looking for great camera, fast browsing, very good battery, fantastic super slow and fell in the pocket then....Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact. I am very happy with phone after 2 months nothing wrong. Only bad thing about it is missing of double tap and you must press unlock button and then tap unlock button for finger opening.
I wanted this kind of camera - when phone is in my pocket just grab it and take fast picture which is great and fast almost no blurines
14 hours web browsing? How the heck u achieved that when the average SOT is 6-8 hours?!
Or have i missed smth?
Amy, 10 May 2018My Xz1c doesn't have fingerprint enabled. I have bought it from US. Please help.. How to enable it? http://www.xperiablog.net/2018/01/28/newflasher-guide-to-install-new-firmware-for-xperia-xz-premium-xz1-and-more/
Here you can do it, all steps clearly mentioned, it worked for me
Don't worry if your firmware folder has less or more files, just do accordingly
I tried using it in sony store, the edge feel weird in my hand, maybe it will get comfy over time, but idk,
Any suggestion guys?
Antz, 21 Apr 2018Bought XZ1 compact.
Really love that its the same size as the old ones, has the fingerprint s... moreSo, in the end, do you like it more than the z5 compact?
Also, how is the camera? My z3c makes crappy pictures even on good light. :(
Amy, 10 May 2018My Xz1c doesn't have fingerprint enabled. I have bought it from US. Please help.. How to enable it? Hi,
You would need to flash a non US firmware update.
Amy, 10 May 2018My Xz1c doesn't have fingerprint enabled. I have bought it from US. Please help.. How to enable it? I heard that you can't enable it because it's something about the privacy in America. If you wanted a fingerprint version you should have bought it from EU.
Why new Premium phones do not have FM radio?!
Z? Compact & X Compact YES
XZ1 & XZ2 Compact, Iphone NO
Antz, 21 Apr 2018Bought XZ1 compact. Really love that its the same size as the old ones, has the fingerprint s... moreMy Xz1c doesn't have fingerprint enabled. I have bought it from US. Please help.. How to enable it?
Anonymous, 10 May 2018Any user of this phone, can you check whether it is ANT+ capable?Yes but u hav to install that plugin service