This phone is the best phone ever created so far..
Can't tell whether the S4 will compete with it but Samsung will probably STICK with their plastic phones. In addition, having Water Resistance feature is something that is Extremely Attractive!
I really can't wait for this device to be released here in the Middle East
Anonymous, 22 Feb 2013There still aren't any gsmarena battery tests on this device.sony -z battery has been rated as 3/5= not ?good in an independent review published today 22 feb 2013 --by a major uk network ..battery is not user changeable -means no spare battery for travel.. and self appointed sony fanboys must NOT do wardances on their heads ..BE FACTUAL ..
Btw, about 64GB cards, it is once again confirmed to work. http://blog.clove.co.uk/2013/02/22/sony-xperia-z-supports-64gb-microsdxc-memory-cards/
Storage is not problem, and in addition the Z is confirmed to have a very good support for flashdrives over USB-OTG, a NOrwegian tech site didnt find any flashdrives that did not work, and it even worked with a USB floppydrive, reading the files and also playing MP3s from a floppy disk with the audio played through a USB DAC! However not all DACs tested worked as expected and only 2 out of 5 played with perfect sound. Anyway, great news for those who still have files on floppy disks, and even betterm the Xperia Z can power the floppy disk drive from its own battery though its mini USB port.
Anonymous, 22 Feb 2013Don't believe GSMarena always whst they claimed.
The are also wrong about thr screen of the Z... moreI have to agree with you, some other reviews are praising the display for punchy colors and GA say they lack punch.
Also, GA has the display at good brightness, but others said it is super bright. amobil dot no brought an Xperia Z to the HTC event for HTC One, and they said the display of the One is bright but not as bright as the Xperia Z.
There is NO DOUBT that GA has got the wrong readings of the Z's brightness, i think they somehow had the phone automatically reduce the brightness whn set to max, this is something Xperia phones always did in some cases, and thats also why Xperia phones are not tested at 50% brightness, because the Auto mode cannot be disabled.
The contrast values need to be redone, but as usual GA will not admit mistakes.
This phone has the makings of the next big thing. A real beauty with all the right specs, BUT that black line on the bottom taking up valuable screen space. It isn't really a five incher. That black line........
1009, 22 Feb 2013The Display looks very dull... Another Dull phone form Sony..That's what they always say. Btw i'm using s3 and my friends sxs crushes my phone specially in low brightness
AnonD-3744, 22 Feb 2013Speakerphone test
Sony Xperia Z
Voice 60.1 dB
Pink noise/ Music 58.3 dB
R... moreDon't believe GSMarena always whst they claimed.
The are also wrong about thr screen of the Z.
I don't know who testing those device, but here my Xperia Z had a great screen ( the best i ever see) and also the loud of the device is just good.
I don't trust GSMARENA, they are often wrong with reviews about Sony phones.
I usually go with what ever gsmarena says but with the xperia z im finding real world tests that show otherwise.
I tested a retail model of this phone in the Sony store. I tried it out for about 10 minutes. I love the screen but for £529 I expected a little better, to be more refined. The smudges on the black version were awful. I was the first one to use it too and within a few minutes it started to look not so good and tiny specs of dust managed to get in too. It was much less on the white version so I personally would purchase the white version of this phone.
The speaker annoyed me to be frank. It was poor quality and needed more volume just to be adequate! I tried making a couple of calls and the people on the other end heard me perfectly but I found their voices slightly muffled; well enough to notice. Also you had to hold it in a certain way to get the ear piece right..what I mean is if you don't hold it exactly right (earpiece to ear) the sound is mostly lost. There was no lag in the OS but the chrome browser struggled a bit on heavy sites.
Also I was shocked to see that none of the staff at the Sony centre had a Sony phone (except the manager, i think it was the S)! The guy showing me the phone had an Iphone 5 and giggled a bit when I pointed it out. He was friendly enough to allow me to compare them when no one was around. In all honesty and off course in my opinion, the only advantage of this phone is the Screen, water resistance and connectivity (NFC) etc.. In every other aspect the Iphone 5 was much easier and better in use. Even the maps loaded much quicker on the Iphone and the speakers were much much better. A quick play with the camera's and again Iphone 5 had better IS in video. Colours seem a bit more natural on the Sony but didn't view on PC for proper analysis. As it is Sony, I was expecting better from the camera performance (although the Sony camera menu was excellent with more options etc).
I was bit disappointed with the experience. I was looking forward to placing my pre-order. Perhaps my needs are simpler then what I though (or my age is showing a bit!) but I just want things to work properly out of the box. I know the Andorid experience can vary depending on the manufacturer but I still believe in some kind of unified (standard) experience. Truth be said though, the Sony phone is my favourite Android experience.
I also noticed from the staff members Iphone the latest iOS feautures like the notifications etc. I know I'm not as technical as some people on this forum. There was a time I enjoyed customizing and tinkering with my Symbians, Windows, Ipaqs etc..but people's requirements change. I'd rather spend less time customizing and make use/enjoy some cool apps.
The irony in all this is I went to a Sony store to try out their flagship phone one last time before placing my order. I saw the salesman Iphone 5 and did a side-by-side comparison. I ended up going to the Apple store and purchasing an Iphone 5. If Sony had the price at £450 I might have gone for it. It's a tough trade off these days.
The competition is fierce among smartphones. We have plenty of choice as consumers and it comes down to personal needs and preferences. I'm not a fan of any company. They sell me things and I purchase them with my money. I put in the time to research and listen to other people's experience and feedback. To me £529 is a premium price to pay and I expect a premium experience. I did not feel this with the Sony phone (and to some extent the staff were hardly passionate for it!). I will miss out on that gorgeous screen (and promotional headphones), but, I'd rather have the other features which in my opinion Apple better in every way.
when it will be available in middle east market? and at what price ins USD please
You guys have been wondering, and finally they've answered the simple question: will it blend? Check out how the Htc one and xperia Z fare in the one-of-a-kind test.
no match quality with sony products, they r powerful, stylish n awesome in every aspect than any other brand.....xperia z is such an example... Go SONY yes the best is yet to come...
htc one and xperia z are both rm 2300 in malaysia....
sure i go for sony....acceptable price...why
htc one so expensive....