Product Type: Sony Mobile Communications Smartphone
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Oustanding smartphone - way ahead of the rest!
Sony XPERIA Z
Member Name: MissMonkeyMoo
Sony XPERIA Z
Date: 29/03/13, updated on 31/05/13 (62 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use, brilliant screen, camera and sound quality
Disadvantages: little large, battery life may be short depending on what features you use
When my faithful Samsung Galaxy S started to play up a few weeks ago, I knew that it was time to look for a new mobile and started to look at the new units that had just been released onto the market. I will be honest - there are too many phones out there and trying to whittle them down onto a shortlist is quite time consuming! In the back of my mind, i thought I would go for another Samsung as I have used this brand for a number of years, but then I saw the Experia Z! I read up on the phone and decided to give it a go.
Now I am not techy, so I can't tell you all the ins and outs about what systems it uses to run, what graphic card is installed etc etc, but I can tell you how I (the everyday person!) has got on with it!
The phone is large - there's no getting away from that - but it is very thin and light and within a few minutes I had become accustomed to its size. The screen is very impressive - not only in its size but also the clarity. Surfing the web has become much easier as a result! And the camera is by the far the best I have ever seen on a phone - I took some pictures of my baby daughter and they were better than using my usual camera. I also took a video on my phone and it is exceptional - you would think it had been filmed on a camcorder, it is that clear and not grainy or pixilated in the slightest.
The phone itself is easy to use - I transferred over from another network, but managed to use the bluetooth feature to send across all my contacts so that I didn't have to type them all in again! The navigation screen is very simple and normally it can take me a few days to get used to a new phone, but I seemed to master this within a couple of hours. It is quick to respond in any function and doesn't complicate basic tasks (which other makes are guilty of!) The included apps are varied and I will be honest - I haven't looked at all of them yet! - but where Sony picks up more brownie points is for sound quality on the unit. You can play music either through headphones which are included with the phone or through the built in speakers. Either option gives incredible sound - usually music played through phone speakers is a bit tinny, but this is brilliant! The clarity is superb and this phone is a must for anyone who likes to play a lot of music on the go.
The battery life has been mixed, but this is dependant on what i am using the phone for. I don't think it is any worse that any other smartphone in this respect but it does have a smart management programme to help minimise battery use.
The phone comes with a front and rear screen protector which will help to keep the phone clean - the only drawback is that these are a pain to put on and no matter how careful you are you alwasy get a few air bubble here and there which does then spoil the look of the phone! It would be a lot easier if the phones just came with them already fitted!
You can also customise the phone to your own liking - I particularly liked the options on the different keyboards and was pleased to see that they have their own 'swype' like system which I loved on the Samsung phones.
The phone itself is pricey - i am not sure I would have paid out for it outright (as much as I do love it!) but if you can get it on a contract deal it is definitely worth going for. I have signed up to a 24 month deal myself but I cannot see me getting tired of this phone!
UPDATE - 31.05.13 - Okay so I have been using the phone for a little while now and just wanted to say it is amazing! It is very user friendly, and the camera is just superb! The quality of the photos are incredible, and there are plenty of effects and photo tools on the camera to help focus, sharpen, brighten, remove red eye etc. We have had great fun trying out the different settings and love the one where you can take black and white pictures but with a shot on one particular colour. Brilliant phone, love it!
Summary: Best phone ever!