Have used this phone for over a week now and I love it because it's excellent.I highly recommend it.
Anil B, 01 Apr 2014Hi Sony, You know i really like Sony products due to their best in class design. From almos... moreU are very rite..thts one reason I ptefer not to use Sony phones....they just dont respect customers
I had bought Z1 Compact on 31st March, in Mumbai @ Rs. 34500. Have been using it heavily from past 2 days.
1. Looks great, feels like a flagship phone (a competitor to iPhone in looks)
2. Awesome display. (720p resolution,Triluminos display,X-Reality Engine and IPS LCS screen working great)
3. Beast in performance. Very fast. Good for multi tasking. Does not get heated on heavy use.
4. Headphone output is great (using headphone Creative EP630)
5. Battery capative is good but not the best. Will have to charge daily if used heavily and will last for 2 days on moderate use.
6. Good gaming experience and Graphics (Played Temple Run, Asphalt and Subway Surfer)
7. Camera works great for shooting in daylight.
1. Both Front Glass and Rear Plastic sides are Finger print and Dust magnet. (really annoying)
2. Front Glass has a plastic coating which is not scratch resistance hence had to use a scratch guard.
3. Though the display is 4.3" diagonally, Phone length is 5". Not that compact. Sony could have saved a lot of space.
4. Speaker is mediocre (Low output and flat). Headset available within the box is not good for Music lovers.
5. Camera is terrible for low light shooting. I have also experienced Flash bleed issue.
6. Have to press Power,Volume and Camera buttons hard. (Will have to adjust)
7. lastly, many of the pre installed application are of no\little use. Whats worse is that we cannot un install\hide them.
Overall its a good phone, but has many areas to improve. My Rating : 7.5/10
looks great with shutter release,we need that for capturing a photo or video.. look like my old phone sony ercson K800, and fyi i just bought xperia z in earlier month huhuhu..
Great mini and very fast. Battery lasts 5 days with normal use! That awesome for a mobile with 2.2 quad cpu. Now, unlikely the other users, i believe that the Camera isn't so good, actually it appears to have very poor quality side by side with my previous iphone 4s,especially at day pictures. I didn't even try to compare it with 5s....! Screen also is not the best on the market. It is also a drawback to me that me battery is not removable. Other than these, the phone is perfect and speedy, so i recommend it for sure.
james2312, 02 Apr 2014Hi, great mini review.
Well still wa1ting for the Xperia Z2 compact. I compared the XZ1C size... moreI can relate to your reasons but not that strongly. Plastic vack no issue. Bezels yeah but not near critical, the display still big enough for the body, not bad.
I cancelled getting the z1c because of android, bought a BlackBerry Z10 and no regrets, maybe i look at Z2C if BlackBerry fails to come up with a high specced compact phone but i dont really wanna go back to android, its good but BB10 is better, and android apps work very well on BB10, its like having android without any of the disadvantages.
Anonymous, 02 Apr 20141. Bezel is too big. I think it is the problem of all Sony phones. This phone is as big as my ... moreHi, great mini review.
Well still wa1ting for the Xperia Z2 compact. I compared the XZ1C size with the xperia S (almost the same) and it really feels big. In my humble opinion people asking for 4,5 or more inches should buy the bigger versions. There are really people (a lot)looking for a compact version, nevertheless I think sony is on the right way. Other companies like Samsung and LG simply cannot offer such specs at this size and are trying to fool customers with their high end phablets. Please don't get me wrong, there is a huge market for the galaxy S5 and co, but please not at such prices. There is nothing special at offering such advance hardware on huge phones. Now back to Sony, I think they could accommodate even a 4,5" inch display in a smaller phone. Well on the Z1C the bezel is simply too big. The rear plastic finish is a very bad solution, if sony could not equal the Z1 material then it should have made the plastic mate. And about the camera, only a few people really complain about it. I think more owners should/will see in time that 20 MP are not such a big thing since sony´s camera software (I do not have another explanation) is doing a regular job. A comparison with the iPhone camera quality is well chosen. To me, the iPhone 5S produces cleaner pics. Well as I said before still waiting for the Z2C. Greetings.
had a hands on with z1 compact a while back and the camera is great.. really great hd quality.. and the features info eye, burst mode, superior auto mode and AR is awesome.. can't wait to have this....
1. Bezel is too big. I think it is the problem of all Sony phones. This phone is as big as my mum's Moto G (4.5"). It does not feel compact at all..I feel a bit cheated. Expecting next phone to be the REAL compact phone.
2. Many people complained about LED bleed issue, but I don't think I have this problem...I expected better camera quality though. I don't really use my phone to take photos, so I don't really mind, but if the next compact phone has similar photo quality to iPhone, I'm sure it will become a bestseller.. I can dream right?
3.I can't believe Sony cheapened out on the material and used plastic.. this is unforgivable tbh. After reading so many comments about scratches I had to be really careful handling it until I got a new case. How can you make a flagship phone this fragile???
4. Speakers are too quiet and quality isn't good either. It's even hard to hear the phone ringing in my bag or pocket. I can barely hear the music when taking shower. Being waterproof is one of the reasons why I bought this phone. What a shame.
5. I think there is problem with focusing! In dark/bright situations, 8 out of 10 times the camera either cannot focus or gets out of focus. Does anyone have the same problem? I have tested with CM and Slim camera.
Anil B, 01 Apr 2014Hi Sony, You know i really like Sony products due to their best in class design. From almos... moresupport you as the z1 compact camera really need to b improved by sony. htc desire 600 is even better though it's just 8mp. the front n back camera of desire 600 takes brighter shot. sony z1 compact front n back too much noise for shots' indoor especially night scene. i say this because i own both the phone. hope sony update the firmware soon to fix!
You know i really like Sony products due to their best in class design. From almost 4years i am following your phones and really like to buy one of them. Recently i started looking at them and thought to buy Z1 compact. But after seeing all the reviews, i painfully gone to LG G2. I constantly hear two things
1) Camera is not good from a Sony phone
2) Customer support is worst.
See i wouldnt have bothered if camera is not good while release because i would expect it will be fixed. But from lot many people i heard you are not considering the problems of customers. This is where i was needed to move to other phone.
I want to give this feedback specifically because i was forced to not buy this phone due to your bad support for your customers.
I think it is good to have Non-removable battery, because the thing is u dont have to pick up few parts of your mobile phone if it fall on floor :) i know some1 will say that im idiot for saying that, but if your samsung galaxy s4 accidently fall on floor, ull have 3 pieces and easily in crowd some1 step on it and breaks it..its less chance some1 will step on it if its in one piece. happend to me once with my xperia x8 and my back mask was broken ..its just my opinion so dont flame now ty
erik2190, 31 Mar 2014Any file manager in this phone?I dont have Z1C but all my Xperia phones came with Astro file manager preinstalled. Anyway, downloading and installing ES File Explorer is one of the first things to do when you got a new Android phone, its a lot better than any crap explorer that comes preloaded on any Android phone.
shiv1783, 31 Mar 2014Would somebody tell me what is battery life of this device based on gaming and music 2 hrs of NFS Most Wanted on max brightness uses around 2/3 of battery life. 1 hr of music (headphones output, low to medium volume) takes around 7% of battery
erik2190, 31 Mar 2014Any file manager in this phone?no, but you just download one from play store