Important info about batteries, both li-po and li-ion as the two are very similar. You know that some people think we still use nickel cadmium and nickel metal hydride batteries and therefor recommends that we must always fully charge and fully discharge our batteries.
But the truth is... NEVER fully discharge a lithium battery, and NEVER fully charge it as well. The reason is a mechanical wear that is worst when its near full or near empty. A battery electrode that is almost empty will contract a bit, and expand a bit when full causing cracks in the structure.
The ultimate is if you can keep your battery between 40 and 60% charged, then a battery can take thousands of charge cycles without noticeable degradation, as opposed to 20% loss after only 300 charge/discharge cycles if you always charge full and almost fully empty it. Not very practical to stay between 40 and 60, sure, but lets say keep it between 80 and 25-30, that should be possible with Z1 Compact due to its impressive battery life.
I know, it sounds troublesome for heavy users to keep charging so often to keep a battery at these levels but the comfort is to know that this way your battery can take 6000 charging cycles and still be good.
Also for storage a lithium battery should be half full to avoid the wear and tear of time. This goes straight in the face of those who insist on removable battery and carrying a fully charged spare, not only will the fully charged spare degrade fast, but if you must totally empty the phone before swapping battery then you are degrading the two batteries 10 to 12 times faster than a single battery kept between 40 and 60%. (battery total lifespan increases 20 to 25 times if kept at 40-60). This really speaks out loud for using powerbanks instead of spare batteries.
So, buy a phone with good battery life, better than you need, a phone that dont need to be fully charged, and then i mean Z1 Compact of course. Bring a powerbank to charge it during the day if you think you will drain it below 30-40%, and remember its ok to make fun of old fashioned people who think spare battery is still the way to go.
This is what i admire about Sony.. making a medium sized phone for normal people, with high end specs!
The price will be slightly lower than the Z1, but you'll get the same performance or maybe better!
Due to its 2300 mAh battery and its smaller screen, you'll get more battery life than the Z1, plus it has a 4.3 and 342 ppi? If it was 5 inches it would not be as sharp as the z1, but smaller screen will make it look like it has the same resolution of the Z1...
So guys what would you prefer? A bigger phone with the same specs but weaker battery? Or a normal phone with high end specs and a higher battery capacity?
Z1 compact will be my next phone for sure! ;)
Anonymous, 06 Feb 2014Wow! USD750.00 unlocked off contract for the Z1 compact with Sony 1 year warranty. That $150.0... more$750? Where you getting that? It'd only $650 at most. You say you got note 3 and HTC one, why you are complaining about a phone that's $650.
Anonymous, 04 Feb 2014And whats wrong with the screen?it's prone to scratches and scuffs. it's missing the oleophobic coating, which means it's also prone to marks.
Just wait for some of the scratch test reviews ...
This alone is going to be a big disappointment for otherwise a superb phone.
Wow! USD750.00 unlocked off contract for the Z1 compact with Sony 1 year warranty. That $150.00 more than HTC One selling now in shops with 32GB. USD 750.00 is the same that the DOCOMO is selling for on e-bay.
For increasing the loud speaker of this phone go to walkman and click setting at right upper corner and set the equaliser one by one and you can adjust volume in custom setting
Why sony does not give service support in chennai because in sony service like a market any time crowded in accel frontline their is no responce for the customer
Is the flash bleed problem only in the pink and yellow Z1 compact? How is the camera working in the white model? Is it washed out in low light? How about the black model? I didn't read of any complaints with the Z1f model which was the predecessor to this model sold in Japan only in black color.
zed, 06 Feb 2014But I don't care about battery life because I switch phones during the day and I have a power ... moreNobody cares either if you got 3 phones and three girlfriend, nor youre a US marine. And you have no right to tell people which phone they should buy.
Anonymous, 06 Feb 2014All of those you mentioned have more disadvantage than advantage over Z1 compact. Htc one: n... moreBut I don't care about battery life because I switch phones during the day and I have a power bank for fast recharges. I am only a casual camera enthusiast and I'm not planning on taking pictures two feet underwater. There's no way I'll trade my gorgeous HTC screen for the screen on the Z1 compact. My Note 3 is great for reading and daytime use. My xperia GO is more rugged than all. I am a guy with 3 beautiful girlfriends. My Note 3 works with me. My HTC sings to me. My xperia GO plays rough with me. I'm happy as can be. I hope you find what you want in a phone or two or three.
Mobile enthusiast, 06 Feb 2014The Idol X or Idol X mini (very thin and sheek) look better in my opinion. The HTC One has a m... moreAll of those you mentioned have more disadvantage than advantage over Z1 compact.
Htc one: not water resistant, more expensive, weaker battery, lower camera, lower chips.
Alcatel: not comparable to Sony.
Anonymous, 06 Feb 2014Can any basher tell me which phone is better than this? The Idol X or Idol X mini (very thin and sheek) look better in my opinion. The HTC One has a much better display and the "Beats" audio is off the chain. The Xperia GO would be moat durable. This Sony Z1 compact (or) Z1 would definitely win for the camera, (I loved the one on my Z1) if the flash bleed problem can be solved. I never could find one phone with all the qualities I needed so I own four and use them for whatever they do best.
Iels2003, 05 Feb 2014Well today I got my phone from Amazon De. The first of all sorry for my English, I am from Bel... moreThanks for your post. I am really planning to get this phone, so I will take a closer look as soon I have the possibility. By reading the gsmarena review I was surprised about the quality difference of the still camera comparing to the images of the iphone 5s, that look much better. I really hope the retail version will match the high expectations people have on this device. In fact speaking of the camera the hardware is more than capable to produce great images, the software seems to be behind. Since you have the iPhone 5s too would be great to read about your experience with the camera. Thanks in advance. Have a nice day.
Lutho Banzi, 06 Feb 2014I don't have this phone yet but I also agree. If you are on the phone non-stop you can't expec... moreThe battery test of gsmarena is used in every phone. It may not be 100% accurate, but it will give a gage for comparison. Say Nexus 5 battery for webbrowsing is 4 hours, thats pretty obvious to be low compared to 10+hours of xperia Z1.
I don't have this phone yet but I also agree. If you are on the phone non-stop you can't expect the battery to last for 8 hours. To be honest 3-4 hours is very good if you using the phone non stop. But if you would like to make the battery last longer, you must activate Stamina Mode which pauses data traffic when the screen is turned off. But calls can still be received. I'm still gonna get the phone regardless of its minor problems.
The glass back and frame design is nothing but trouble. Now there are complaints that the light from the flash is leaking through to the camera one the lime & yellow models. I suspect it is leaking through the glass back. Models with opaque metal and plastic backs or opaque barriers between flash & lens don't have this problem.