Got the phone, love it as an upgrade from the Z. Camera performs better than the Z, flawless operation. No hangs on app opening or homescreen switching like my Z. Love the aluminum body, feels much better in the hand than the Z, not as sharp. Very comfy unlike the Z to use next to my ear. As for comparision with any other phone I do not care, got it at the price I am happy paying and it does all I need.
A great gadget manufacturer like Sony is really suffering from absence of in-house OS development. Android at its best is a dumber little brother of IOS and sony has been an organisation known for settling for 2nd best. After the death of Steve Jobs apple has become a sinking ship, because of total lack of direction and inspiration. A takeover of apple by sony would be a dream come true in this situation. There is a great tested OS in the form of IOS and there is legendary manufacturer in the sony. If sony takes the helm of the sinking ship of apple, they can conquer it all and both of these organisations can be restored to their former glory...
A detailed Review: The Best All-Rounder
Sony has really pulled a capable winner here,
Top notch specs coupled with the best hardware= WIN
DISPLAY : 9.5/10 ( THE MOST MASSIVE IMPROVEMENT)
-Really natural colors ( Htc one = G2 > Z1 =*S4)
(*S4 Amoled screen Colors are too vibrant,Good or bad depending on person)
-MASSIVE improvement in VIEWING ANGLES (Others a still a little better)
-No pixelation (all are awesome)
-As good as any flagship out there, HTC still a little better
DESIGN/ FEEL : 10/10 (Best looking phone out there)
-It is the same OLD Z and some more aluminium, what could possibly go wrong
-Comparison: (Z1 = HTC one > G2 > S4)
-Extra marks for water proofing (EVEN HIGHER THAN Z)
-A little heavy
PERFORMANCE :10/10 (Fastest phone on the market with SNAPDRAGON 800)
-Highest score in all benchmarks, tied with G2 in most places
-UI is silky smooth
- (Z1,G2 > HTC one,S4)
CAMERA :9.5/10 (Best Android camera, Lumia 1020, I-Phone 5S still better)
-Really high detail (1020>Z1 >S4 =G2>>One)
-Low light and Normal lighting (1020>Z1 >One >G2=S4)
-JUST AWESOME OVERALL
-Lacks OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZATION (if u really need it)
VIDEO RECORDING: 8.5/10 (Good but doesn't blow you away)
-1080P videos come out really good, but other phones can do just as good and some can do better
-G2=S4 >Z1=Htc One
MUSIC: 9/10 (Superb Quality, not very loud)
-Loud speakers ( One >>> S4,Z1,G2) (one wins this hard)
-Quality (ALL STAND AS EQUALS)
SOFTWARE/ UI :9.5/10 (Beautifully and Minimally customized UI)
-I LOVE IT (since UI's are generally subject to choice)
-Not at all bloated, Really good custom Apps
-RANKING (Z1=One > S4 >G2 ) (G2 really needs a face change)
BATTERY:8.5/10 (Should Last a day, but not the best)
-Best TALK-TIME score out there
-Movie watching drains the battery faster than other flagships
-( G2 >>S4 > Z1 > One) (G2 is a battery king)
Really well rounded and excels in every department.
Choose G2 if you are gonna ROOT immediately,Want battery, and love plastic.
(G2 is more like S5 than G2)
Choose HTC one if you want the STEREO SPEAKERS
Choose Iphone 5s is you can pay for apps and want a smaller screen
G2 is better than S4 in all aspects(as u are buying plastic and bloat anyways)
OR ELSE Z1 is the BEST
Z1, 25 Sep 2013Check this review abt Xperia Z1...
http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/24/sony-xperia-z1-review/What a terrible written review, tasteless. And what does he mean Xperia Z owners are few, Xperia Z outsold HTC One by more than a little, AND it has the better real life battery life of the two.
For the camera, he is obsessed with image noise, low noise alone does not make a camera. Anyway, his conclusion was that Z1 is quite good, the best overall. And he also mentioned that the display is better than Galaxy S4 but not as good as HTC One.
Check this review abt Xperia Z1...
if i have enough money i will purcahse IPhone 5s, LG G2, Lumia 1020, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy ZOOM, SG4 and XPERIA Z1. then i will ask my friend who is a professional photography to take pic using those smartphone.. with all ratio and style... one by one then have it develop and i will make a survey displaying all the pics taken.. i will let the people blind vote who has the best picture shot.. then post it.
i think you should not take one opinion.. because some maybe a fan of the brand and some may not. the best way to know if the phone or camera is great is by checking the users opinion. or asks someone who have the experience using the phone. i guess you might have friend that own different brand of smartphone. because if you will just stick on one review you may be confuse and may have the idea of not getting what you really want.
i dont care what they say about the battery , display camera or even speakers. i will still buy this phone :D...no need opinion.
Anonymous, 25 Sep 2013Xperia Z1 has very poor battery life.
LG G2 really impressed me in battery life and Camera ... moredo you own a xperia Z1 to say that? or you just promoting LG? or maybe you only judge it because of the review?
the effective way to judge a phone is to have one of those phone then judge it on your own to know which is better
Anonymous, 25 Sep 2013Fake tests? Hmmmm, correct me if i'm wrong. Isn't it that nokia fakes the tests and camera sam... morewell I can't guarantee that Nokia is the cleanest and honest of them all, but the situation you are reffering is about lumia 920 which Nokia never claimed they shot that video with the phone(you must be naive to believe the commercials of different oems showing how great the photos taken with phones look), as for 808, I don't know what you've heard about fake images but you can look up for samples all over the web and make an impression or I can send you some samples since I got one. Of course when you make a blind test(in this case Sony) you give the results as pretending that people chose your photos, do you think Sony would have said, "look at us, we have a new flagship with the best camera, but you know, we did a test and people aren't quite satisfied with it"?:))))again, loose that naiveness, there's nothing fake in - Sony is one heck of a phone, I believe it's the best android has for now with a pretty good camera, but it's camera it's way behind 808 and 1020...
Anonymous, 25 Sep 2013yup, it's official, fanboys of anykind are just zombies, Sony ones also need their eyes checke... morechrist i officialy promoted the fone on a sony page.. not on a nokia page unlike u.. kido... comen hea as a sales men
guess u need a instagram to prove 1020 is too good..
I do not know how good is Z1 but i using Xperia Z Ultra and my wife using Xperia Z, as for water resistance is fake cause is waterproof not resistance i drop my ultra inside a pile of water when i shower and went to bed and forgot my phone at the morning then i found out my phone inside the pile water that soak with some of my clothes so i so panic and quickly take out and i am so impressive by sony , my phone total no have any thing go wrong. as for the battery for ultra it last about 6-8hour if i playing my online and using my bluetooth listen to music and smartwatch. hope to have a hand on it with Z1 and other then that sony software the most impressive is the smallapp every widget is a popout app to me include whatsapp,wechat,k-9mail and so on which last time my samsung note and iphone , asus padfone can't do it.. but of cos you need pay a small amount to have all this widget and wave to flip my page haha and jennie (Like SIRSI)
Anonymous, 25 Sep 2013you mean that fake test performed by, guess who, Sony?:))))unlike you fanboys I'm not blind...... moreFake tests? Hmmmm, correct me if i'm wrong. Isn't it that nokia fakes the tests and camera samples of the 808 pureview?
Anonymous, 25 Sep 2013you mean that fake test performed by, guess who, Sony?:))))unlike you fanboys I'm not blind...... moreWith out gadget knowledge don't give nonsense comments I'm the user of z1 it's one of the awesome phone ever in mobile industry don't spoil. The name of Sony with Ur fake comments
MadUser, 24 Sep 2013Hey guys i really need REAL impression for this phone. I've readed a tons of review's,and ever... moreYou can take it diving up to 30 meters but the camera's flash not functioning at this depth. So don't dive at night!
Anomynous, 24 Sep 2013I bet you would not dare to participate in a blind test from equally scaled images, you would ... moreyou mean that fake test performed by, guess who, Sony?:))))unlike you fanboys I'm not blind...
GSMA Z1 review
"The camera however failed to impress us and some of the software features feel a bit gimmicky at times. We also hit a snag with the faulty lens, which made almost half of the frame quite blurry. The 8MP limitation of the Intelligent Auto also had us bewildered."
"The 41MP camera of the Nokia Lumia 1020 is undoubtedly the best one on the market right now."
DJ-John, 25 Sep 2013so u think 1020 has a beta cam than z1? they have a test for fanboys calld poorview :-P .. no... moreyup, it's official, fanboys of anykind are just zombies, Sony ones also need their eyes checked:)...kid I was not debating which phone is the best, but to believe this camera is better than 1020's is hilarious. No denying z1 is a great phone(I'm considering buying one that's why I'm here) and maybe it has the best cam from android world but then agaian, come down into the real world or else people will believe your just a sony promoter or a very immature kid...enough with you, go study some photo lessons and then we could actually talk more