I m using this great phone last two months.totally I m satisfied.it's battery is so good.this phone stays cool under pressure.one thing,I just wanting root my sweet zr.pls someone advice me about rooting of Xperia zr.thanks
Coruscate, 30 Oct 2013Straight to the review. A suggestion for potential buyers please read reviews from certified b... moreVry gud review mate,...what ever you mentioned abt the mob is true and regarding the stock headset its not upto the mark .I bought sony SHB-20 bluetooth headset and its awesome..de bass is punchier and de treble is top notch..do check it out ;) :) plus yea..ZR is totally waterproof...i Clean my mob almost every alternate days with water. :D
Straight to the review. A suggestion for potential buyers please read reviews from certified buyers or from those who actually owns this device rather than from someone who simply compares this phone without even owning this. When you won a devise you use it extensively and know the product well. I have seen people comparing this with Xperia SP without evening owning this devise. I have used both and trust me this way better.
1 - Size.
The size of the phone is just perfect for your palm. You can have a very comfortable grip and you can use it smoothly with one hand. Somehow I feel 5 inches are too big to operate easily with one hand or have a comfortable grip.
2 - Weight.
The phone is light and comfortable. If a heavy phone drops it is likely to get more damaged. Thus lighter phones are always preferable and ZR is light, sleek and stylish.
3 - Waterproof & dustproof.
The phone is waterproof and dust-proof. I haven't tested this myself but I have seen my friend doing it with his phone and the results were impressive. Honestly I don't want to swim or take a bath with a phone. I am happy as long as it doesn't get wet during light showers while taking a call; and this phone gives you that added protection. Donít worry to answer a call while it is raining as long as you have all the cover flaps closed.
4 - Connectivity.
The phone features top notch connectivity. Call quality is crystal clear and no problem with reception. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi all works fine. It supports LTE but not much of an added advantage at least in India. I like using the tethering feature as you can use your phone as a hotspot. Your net id won and you donít have a data card nearby, no worries connect your laptop with this phone as a hotspot and access internet without even using a cable.
5 - Display & Screen Size
ZR gives you shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass, pretty impressive. Screen is perfect is size. Display is very nice with Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. Guyís come-on, you are getting 323 ppi crystal clear HD images, what more you need. 323 ppi is more than enough you will ever need in 4.55 inch screen. You can watch crystal clear HD videos. You will hardly feel any difference while watching a movie. It's just perfect in display according to its size. If you feel you need a bigger screen get a tablet, rather than a 5 inch phone. These 5 inch phones are not easy to hold and that's why probably Apple never manufactures big phones. Even though I don't have small hands I have seen people facing lot of difficulties to hold big phones especially if they have a small palm.
Sunlight contrast ratio is pretty good standing at 2.6 whereas Xperia Z stands at 2.4 and so does galaxy SIII. You will hardly face any problem reading stuffs even under direct sunlight.
Regarding viewing angle, honestly I never faced any problem. A phone is meant for private usage and not for all others to see. I feel if others can peep into what you are doing from all sides that a disadvantage rather than advantage; think over this before jumping to a conclusion. A phone shouldn't be confused with a TV, each has a specific purpose. A TV which doesnít support good viewing is definitely a problem.
I even tried reading stuffs at 45 degree angle and viewing was not a problem at least for me.
6 - Battery Backup.
A smartphone must have a good battery backup. Good to see that Sony has worked on this. This phone does provide a great battery backup. With a full charge, without activating stamina mode I can read 30 - 40 mins news using the web, play real racing, age of warring empires for an hour, talk for an hour or more, send sms, check whats app, Line as required, surf the web for 20 - 30 mins, listen to music or radio for 15 - 20 mins and by the end of the day I still find I am left with 10 - 15% battery left. I think this is pretty good.
I really like the fact that ZR has a removable battery which indeed is a great help especially if your phone gets hanged. Doing a hard reset is easy on a phone that has removable battery, trust me I know the pains if you have a non-user removable battery especially when your phone gets hanged.
7 - Organizer.
The phone provides excellent organizing facilities. Managing calendar taking down notes, sticky notes, voice recording, are butter smooth. The best thing I like is that you can organize things effectively without feeling getting cluttered and can access those information quickly with just a few touch on the screen, very neat I must admit.
You can track your phone through Xperia in-built software if you have misplaced it. Navigation is pretty good; I really like the turn by turn voice navigation. I always prefer voice navigations in my earlier phones as well and Xperia ZR didnít disappoint me at all. Car mode works like breeze and I feel thatís an important feature to have in a high end phone.
ZR supports a lot of social integration apps like Facebook, Google plus, Twitter, LinkedIn, Evernote and others. I never faced any issue while doing multiple browsing. I really like evernote as it manages all small reminders in an excellent fashion.
Web browsing is butter smooth. I never faced any problem while browsing any website using chrome or opera. The phone is pretty responsive and you will find websites are getting loaded faster than on other similar devices.
Somehow I feel that the inbuilt memory could be a little more as you canít move apps to SD card. The phone supports SD card upto 32 GB so you will always have plenty of space for movies, videos pictures, but not more many high end games because of ZR small internal storage capacity.
8 Ė Gallery.
The four apps Walkman, Album, movies, Sony Select improves the UI. Sounds is pretty good with good audio output but I still wish had the sound be a little louder from the earphones I could have safely by pass my iPod touch for some short trips. I havenít tried ZR with good earphones but overall sound quality is pretty good, smooth and clean especially if you activate the feature clear audio+.
The radio works fine and I didnít face any problem tuning to radio stations.
Camera is pretty good in daylight and moderate during night. There are some noises if you blow the picture to very large print sizes but negligible for day to day usage. If you plan to win a photography competition with this phone I suggest you to get a DSLR. Xperia ZR is meant for day to day usage and itís pretty good by that standard. I feel that pictures have a slight yellowish tinge but its ok. The camera takes some time to focus but gives reasonable good photos in daytime. You can improve this by installing camera focus related apps from the android market. Panorama mode works well and the pictures are decent. There are many other modes but normally you donít need so many for day to day usages. Photo quality improves a lot if you use HDR mode and for those with shaky hands use image stabilization option. Led flash is good for short distance pictures during night. I wish Sony should also give us Xenon flash like Nokia.
Video quality is pretty good and I was not disappointed by the full HD videos.
The phone does support a lot of video and sound format. I like the app X4 video player where you can watch simultaneously 4 videos. Xperia Lounge is also pretty handy giving you access to many pictures.
For those cribbing for 12MP camera, first read the manual before crying, you need to change the mode from superior mode to normal mode and then only you will get 13 MP camera. I really find this funny people start posting comments without even exploring the options.
Front camera is VGA and that is a bit of disappointment for me. For Skype videos you will not face any issue with video quality on a 3G connection. But when you use ZR on your home Wi-Fi I feel it would have been better if the front camera wasnít VGA, but honestly all other features overcomes this.
9 Ė Processor.
You are getting 1.5 GHz quad processor along with 2GB ram. Guys thatís superfast. I never faced any lags even while using multiple apps. 2GB ram makes sure you will always have enough RAM to work efficiently without any lags.
With 320 adreno you play high end games like real racing without any frame loss. You will notice the tyre marks on the roads something which you will only find if you play this game on high end mobiles. Sad to say even Xperia SP with 320 adreno gives frame drops while playing Real Racing but not with ZR. You ZR will support all high end games.
The best thing that I like about gaming with this device is that you can connect this devise with a joystick and can play smoothly without even touching the mobile. Please keep in mind that all mobile games cannot be played with joystick.
Touchscreen works perfectly and is highly responsive. I have never faced much heating problem as many users claim. Honestly every smartphone gets heated up a little when you use it extensively and thatís acceptable for me. Your laptop also gets heated up if you use it extensively, I donít see a reason to complain as ZR never heats up like a furnace. I have used Xperia SP earlier and I know SP gets heated up more than ZR does. I have also used Xperia Z and I didnít find much of heating difference when I used this with my ZR.
Guys so what are you waiting for? Grab this phone quickly, you will not regret.
Ranjith, 28 Oct 2013Thanks John..! But I am using 2G. And I did in the way what you hav said. But Still Facing the... morehavnt had problem on zr.but i did have that issue till now on my x8... usally it is bcoz of chargen the fone... an not restartng after finished charging the fone,, or sumtime if ma fone is on standby for 5-6 hrs n i.turn on net it doesnt connect den have to restart or switch 3g.. it happns on airtel sim
Victor01, 28 Oct 2013Guys! I'm experiencing huge problems. Not being able to open Play store and experiencing lots ... morelatest autut??? mayb u have lots of bloatware instald wich eats ur ram... hw much free ram after restartng fone?? coz mine min 1.3-1.4gb free + got 20667 score
Anonymous, 27 Oct 2013I Wnt 2 buy This ph... in.dis week but after Reading all d revews i m little confuse about... moredont belive the reviews... check the fone live an ul love it... der are many trolls who are paid to bash sony... wen u get the fone in hand ul drool
dineshwaran, 28 Oct 2013it is not u r mobile problem.its your network carieer problem. No..! It is working fine with other mob for the same sim card.. And the network operator clearly said, this is ur mobile setting prob.. don knw how to solve this issue ?? :(
DJ-John, 26 Oct 2013go to mobile network, select 3g an wait ur netwk will go an den net will start n den select gsm... Thanks John..! But I am using 2G. And I did in the way what you hav said. But Still Facing the SAME..! wat to do..???
my phone heats upto 42c.i dunk into the water after 3 or 4 sec it cooled suddenly.
reason for heating is there is no way to out the air from the inner parts of the mobile.
Victor01, 28 Oct 2013Guys! I'm experiencing huge problems. Not being able to open Play store and experiencing lots ... moreI suggest you to update the operating system using PC companion. It will work. I faces this problem earlier with my Xperia ARC S but got resolved after a few days.
Its not a big thing and it will get resolved.
Update the operating system as PC companion says and do remember it to switch off and also unplug the cable before turning it on; after completion of the update; as PC companion suggests.
My phone suddenly started to give 13000 only in antutu... What should I do??
Guys! I'm experiencing huge problems. Not being able to open Play store and experiencing lots of all other problems. Have formatted my phone lots of times and repaired through PC companion but the problem still persists. Cant figure out whats the issue? Guys help
what improvement on xperia zr jelly bean 4.2.2
please tell me advantage, disadvantage. clearly I'm from india Mine c5502 Need a reply
Thanks in advance