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From iphone to Xperia Z
Sony XPERIA Z
Member Name: forzaf1
Sony XPERIA Z
Advantages: 13 meg camera, HD screen, 5 inch screen, water proof
Disadvantages: External speaker poor
I have been a longlife iphone fan. Had a 3 then went onto a 4 and had no real intention to move on as I did not feel Apple were going wrong.
However come January and my contract for the iphone was now up and my top power button had stopped working. It was time for a new phone. I had been on a 2 yr contract and quite honestly felt that there was not much on the market to replace the 4. The iphone 5 was out but honestly, other than being abit lighter, abit quicker, it was not a massive jump.
I phone 02 who advise me that Sony are to launch a new Xperia Z phone in March and I should take a look. Lets cut to the chase here, all the reviews on the websites basically state that it is the latest and best phone on the market. So really I was sold on that.
The phone arrives and at first it takes weeks to get used to it. Just the size alone. You feel the Xperia is like a brick. However now, when I hold my wife's iphone 4, hers feels like a stone. Small and heavy.
So the phone. It has a HD screen and with Bravia technology, the colours just jump out. Screen is same size as Samsung Galaxy (5inch) but not as big as Samsung Note. But great for viewing photos and video.
Camera is 13 megapixel which does the job very well indeed. Great quality. You can choose various options like panoramic, auto mode, night mode etc. Simple to use.
It is water proof and dust proof. A great talking point with friends who do not believe you. Only thing they advise is not to go into the sea as it does not like salt water apparently.
Removable SD card so if you want to add more music or video, then just upgrade the memory card.
So far, you will struggle to see how an iphone 5 is better with that kind of spec?
What takes getting use to is the Android system. As good as iTunes? Very difficult to call. Some great apps on iTunes that have not come across to Android. I miss them. But over the months, you realise that they are very similar.
So the downsides to the phone after having it for 4-5 months now:
External speaker is not great. Sound is not as good as iphone
Headphones supplied are no way near as good as iphone headphones
WIFI reception is not good. I barely get a signal in the bedroom, yet my iphone was fine
Still waiting on software version 4.2.2 which was promised a few months ago
Overall though, I am glad to leave Apple. They have done nothing real special and I do not really see them doing anything special this year either.
Sony have come bouncing back from the days of Sony Ericsson and that image of cheap, unreliable phones has long gone.
Summary: Maybe the best phone on the market?
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