- Editor's Rating
- Very high display resolution
- Outstanding performance, especially while playing games and reproducing multimedia
- Dustproof and waterproof
- Display has poor contrast and viewing angles
- Slow camera start
- Imprecise scrolling of heavier web sites
Quick TakeThe Sony Xperia Z is a fast smartphone and one of the better options available, thanks in part to its excellent design.
Sony unveiled its Xperia Z smartphone in January at CES 2013 and it drew a lot of attention thanks to its 5-inch full HD display, not to mention its dust and water-resistant casing and sleek design.
But is it any good?
Its 13-megapixel rear-facing camera is responsive, with a fast shutter speed. Picture quality was dependent on shooting conditions; settings with natural light returned the best images, while indoor photos taken with flash appeared a bit over saturated. The experts at Brighthand also tested out the water resistant claims of the Sony Xperia Z, and were happy to find that it held up under water. Another unique design feature of the Xperia Z is it\’s bezel, which is .01-centimeters thicker than the rest of the phone, ensuring the screen and back stay protected on flat surfaces.
The 5-inch screen boasts a full HD resolution of 441 pixels per inch. Images show up sharp, and while HD might not be as noticeable on a smaller device, it can help reduce eye strain. The display did have some downsides despite its specs; viewing angles were poor and color representation was off. This will not be as much of a problem when watching videos or viewing photos since the Xperia Z has Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2 built into it, which corrects imaging. However, Brighthand felt that for a phone being advertised for its display, it was a bit of a letdown.
Where the Sony Xperia Z does not disappoint is in performance. The Xperia Z is fast, thanks to its 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm S4 Pro Snapdragon processor. BH found benchmark tests results for the Xperia Z were better than any other smartphone with a quad-core processor currently on the market. However, problems did arise when multitasking apps, resulting in a noticeable lag. Another issue arose when scrolling and zooming in Google Chrome, but employing a different browser fixed this issue.
For a 5-inch smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z hits on many marks, and with its added waterproof casing and innovative design, it makes for a unique Android smartphone. It really shines as a multimedia smartphone, with its fast speeds and HD display aided by Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2. The biggest pitfalls of the device came with imaging on the display when web browsing, but overall, it proved to be a powerful and sleek handset, and a welcome return to form for Sony.