viachy, 07 Dec 2016Guys, Do you think this phone is still a valuable buy ? I need a compact smartphone for the G... moreIt's complicated. There are different Z1 compacts out there: I have both types (there could be more). The differences (in batches (of new ones) I got my dirty hands on): there are two different displays (I don't recall which one is made by whom): one seems to have better dynamic range of colors, but is significantly less bright in the sunlight - the other one is really good in sunlight, but has colors not as deep as the other one. The ones with more dynamic displays do NOT have internal NFC sticker antenna (why? I have no idea, but it was so on all three Z1 compacts I got from mainland China). I installed it (you can see that I was tinkering with these babies, it's just a hobby). No noticeable difference for NFC. Interestingly, these phones (more dynamic displays and no NFC sticker antenna) also have significantly poorer cell tower reception (compared side-by-side). If all Z1c's were as good as the ones I got almost 3 years ago, I would still go for it (with a caveat below), but not for the ones that are different. Now for the bad news: there is no official upgrade for these phones to Android 6.* This is a bummer. Really. Especially in the light of internal memory being 16GB: these days one wants at least 32GB. I am waiting for a compact phone (as Z1c) with 64GB now.
Anonymous, 10 Dec 2016The battery won't last 2 years, then you'll have to spend 15% of the purchase price to get it ... moreI replaced the battery on four of these babies by now. The last time it took me literally 10 mins max. The gluey trim for the back cover and the battery are available on ebay almost free. Just FYI.
The battery won't last 2 years, then you'll have to spend 15% of the purchase price to get it replaced. The back cover is glued and is not removable, which is very inconvenient considering the necessary battery replacement.
Do you think this phone is still a valuable buy ? I need a compact smartphone for the GF but cant afford the X Compact version which is about 600-700$ here. I can get a Z1 compact with a replaced battery for about 100$ here, but not sure if I should get it...? The problem is that there is so little choice of compact smartphones with decent specs today... Iphone is out of the question due to pricing as well﻿
walaur Malaysia., 21 Nov 2016Hi,my Docomo Z1C suddently not working after i wake up from sleep for 1 night.I so sad.I still... moreIf your phone still can be charge, Just connect your phone to a pc with internet connection. After installed the sony software. Use the software to repair your phone. If is the battery problem then u need to replace the battery around 150 bucks first.
Hi,my Docomo Z1C suddently not working after i wake up from sleep for 1 night.I so sad.I still love my Z1C.Than the next day,i bring my Z1C to sony customer care ,and the officer said nothing can do with my Z1C,cause my set is not local set,it is Japan set but made by China,so all the software and hardware are diffrent from local set.The very bad experiance.Before brakedown,my Z1C is in good condition,is just suddently.So for sony user or who read my story,i want to know how many years the best period we can use handphone,because my Z1C already over 2 years.Other thing,if suddently happened,it is cause by virus or operation system up garde automaticaly?Tq for any opinion.
Had no problems the first few months of ownership.camera was the first disappointment. Poor quality for 20 mega pixels. Dust accumulated and then on crappy pics. Then wifi reception deteriorated suddenly after a year and the screen cracked. Not worth the money.
Hey, I really want a certain phone case but I'll have to order it online, it has to be a CERTAIN one bUt I can't get a Sony xperia z1 case bc it's not there. I can't find the answer online but doesn't anyone know of a phone that is the same size so I can try to get that one instead and still have it fit? Thankyou X
Anonymous, 09 Nov 2016I owned this phone for more than 2 yrs now. It is exceptionally beautiful. After around 15 mon... moreHi , I have same problem but they (Service center) said mobile get change only battery can not be changed also they are charging 50 % of current price of set.
im still using this phone..it's been 3 years,,its still great...
thinking bout upgrading to x compact,,but idk,,maybe its not necessary,,,
I owned this phone for more than 2 yrs now. It is exceptionally beautiful. After around 15 month of usage I started having problem with the battery. It switched off whenever battery reached 30% but i replaced the battery and everything was working fine.
It slipped so many times from my hand (from like 5'') nothing happened.. i must say very solid phone. Unfortunately, recently screen cracked and touch stopped working.
And about camera, i didn't like the quality at all. Outdoors, the quality was very good and all. but in low light it was blehhh... I never ever took photos in low light. never.
But all in all I love this phone. :)
Robert, 05 Nov 2016Awful phone. Camera is horrible, battery life dreadful, randomly seizes up, playlist disappear... moreThis phone is perfect, camera is good, you only need to set cam manual to 20,7 mpx
Awful phone. Camera is horrible, battery life dreadful, randomly seizes up, playlist disappear randomly from native Music app. Would never ever buy another Sony phone after this one.
İ have this phone for a week and have unlocked the bootloader..
Root is easy.
Now i have flash custom rom 5.1.1 whith better battery life and runs very smoothly.
2016.7.23 update V8.5.0, stable power saving, suitable for long-term use
Maybe try 6.0 later.
Great phone, obviously pretty dated by now. Had mine 2 years and battery finally started to go, have had it replaced and working fine again now - Still perfectly capable of running latest app's etc.
MareNostrum, 06 Oct 2016Do you think it's possible to find a new one nowadays? I need to replace my Moto G and it's ha... moreI wouldn't buy Z1 Compact when the Z3 Compact is better (actually Z3 series was the best smartphones sony ever made) with beast battery life and newer software and better design. Also Z5 Compact is a pretty good small flagship but pricier than $/Â€ 300. iPhone 5s is also very good and should be on par with the Z3 Compact.
Do you think it's possible to find a new one nowadays? I need to replace my Moto G and it's hard to find a new compact companion for less then 300Â€.
SimDarma, 06 Oct 2016Never know that replace digitizer would erase any data.. :|
If you need a new phone, I guess ... moreBy mean lost data is after i sent the phone for repair. They gave me a new unit instead of repairing the broken one. They didn't even warn me about thing like backup the phone or so. yea... all data gone. GJ Sony Centre.
About x compact and z5 in terms of which soc runs cooler, micro usb vs usb-C, have IP rating vs non and build durability(z1c is very tough with its solid aluminium frame and thick plastic bezel lol)
From youtube, i see a guy dunk x compact in coke and still survive but not sure if its truth to have some sort of hidden IP rating something like lumia phone.