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Published On: Wed, Jan 30th, 2013
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Sony Xperia Z Review – Waterproof and Dustproof

This is the Sony Xperia Z smartphone that comes with waterproof personality. This handset has got all those sexy looks that make Sony proud. The Xperia series have already created huge demand in the market and through such resistance; the devices become much more appealing.

What’s Different?

Sony Xperia Z comes with waterproof capacity where you can submerge this device for up to half and hour without even fearing of losing your new device. It has great capacity of living smartly without a minute damage after submerging or accidentally falling under water. Not only this, the device also has dust resistant capacity where even sandstorm can’t bring harm to it! These are great features that a consumer demand – a rugged and stylish looking handset.

The Xperia Z, an Android based smartphone competes with Samsung Galaxy SIII, HTC One X+ and LG Nexus 4. So you can understand how powerful it is. Read the full Sony Xperia Z review and find out whether it has power to be called as a beast or is just a rumor.

Sony Xperia Z Price

Design and Display

With its 5-inch long screen, it challenges to offer the best of viewing than any other current devices in the market. Not only this, its simple back carries a highly powerful 13 megapixel camera which is simply superb even in low light condition. It boasts rectangular shape where its big display fits well. The device is still handy but is big for those who are still not used to this size. Well, current Apple iPhone fancies will not make any difference.

One important thing that we must focus on is its content where Sony feels to keep its customers engaged. It recommends watching from its huge spectrum of library which also gives access to a remote control for running on TV. So you can understand that this device is a lot more than just a phone.

The phone weighs 146 grams and measures a dimension of 139 mm by 71 mm by 7.9 mm. It sports a 5-inch TFT capacitive display that features 16m colors and a great screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The device looks smart and elegant with its rear panel kept clean with Sony’s logo at the bottom and the camera with auto focus at the top. Apart from this, the front panel covers a front facing  2 megapixel camera, some sensors, and three touch buttons for navigation at the bottom of the screen. And of course the display becomes amazing when it is protected with shatter proof and scratch proof glass. The device runs Timescape User Interface and Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2.

One great thing about the screen is its 10 fingers multitouch functionality which we have seldom seen on any other smartphones. Apart from this, this cellphone has received IP57 certified dust and water resistant feature which are not commonly found in other handsets. You can keep it under water for up to 1 meter and 30 minutes. So, you get a long time to get it out from water and wipe the water off.

The phone comes in three color choices – Black, White and Purple. So, which one do you wanna choose?

Sony Xperia Z Review

Camera

The camera is very charismatic as it gets a high level 13.1 megapixel sensor with auto focus feature. The device becomes very valuable for this worthy spec. along with this, when there is a good quality 2 megapixel front facing camera is involved for video calling. The front facing camera delivers 1080p quality at 30fps, giving much better option which is commonly missing in many high end devices. The camera captures a resolution of up to 4128 by 3096 pixels and the images are supported by autofocus and LED flash. For more convenience, you get touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR, stabilization, and sweep panorama.

Apart from the images, the camera also supports video recording with 1080p at 30 frames per second. It also offers HDR, video light, video stabilizer, and continuous autofocus.

Memory

Internal memory storage is up to 16GB which is still a great thing for Android lovers who like to load plenty of apps, games and other files including movies and music. Still if you feel this is less, then memory can be expanded through a microSD card of up to 32 GB. A great thing isn’t it? And also the RAM is of 2GB that makes the device more demanding.

Sony Xperia Z Memory

Connectivity

This handset comes with micro-SIM insert for calling and other usages. For connectivity, there is a 3.5 mm headset jack available along with microSD card that gives you additional memory access up to 32 GB. For internet, it gives access to GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, NFC support, and microUSB v2.0.

Performance and Features

Xperia Z carries a powerful 1.5 GHz Qualcomm APQ8064+MDM9215M Quad Core processor that becomes even better when it runs with Google’s current Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. It carries Qualcomm MDM9215M / APQ8064 chipset with 1.5 GHz Krait Quad-Core processor as mentioned above. Also, for better graphics and gaming, Sony has added Adreno 320 GPU. The device has gyro sensor for gaming, proximity, accelerometer, and compass. Well, the heavy games run very well. Thanks to the 2 GB RAM and its processor that together deliver some exciting job.

Messaging is really easy with the advancement of SMS in threaded view. Along with that, you can also take enjoyment from IM, MMS, Email, and Push Email options. Use HTML5 browser and enjoy the quick browsing experience. If getting bored then listen to stereo FM radio with RDS.

If everything bores you then take your vehicle and go for a drive and if you get missed on the way then turn on the GPS and get back to your home safely. The GPS is supported by A-GPS and GLONASS, making it more convenient for the users. The phone uses JAVA with Java MIDP emulator. Overall, the device runs very swiftly and loads huge amount of apps, games and other multimedia files. These are simply awesome because this device is loaded with high end specs. If nothing enchants you then at least its high end 13 MP camera can turn you professional for some time.

Other features that this device enfolds are SNS integration, TV-out, active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, MP3/MP4 players along with others, document viewer, voice memo and dial, photo viewer and editor, and predictive text input.

Sony Xperia Z

Battery

Everything seems great unless you forgive the non-removable battery located under the case. The phone carries a non-removable battery that comes with more power to give long lasting back up. it is a 2330 mAh Li-Ion battery that the company ensures to play music for up to 40 hours constantly. The talktime battery back up is up to 11 hours and standby it goes up to 550 hours.

Price

Sony Xperia Z price starts from Rs. 35,000 which makes it stand at the high end segment. This device offers high end specs and features some of which are missing in other devices. So, the price is fair enough to get this type of beast in hand.

Sony Xperia Z Battery

Conclusion

Nothing much is left to say in this part as everything depends on price and quality. When you get great features more valuable than other precious handsets, you check out the price to confirm whether it fits to your pocket. And this gadget has all those charisma to make you fall in love with it. This high end cellphone’s price starts at Rs 35,000 which is not a cup of tea for all. So, you need to make sure that this handset will give you all those things which keep you incomplete.

  • ANKIT CHATURVEDI

    Hi,
    Are you sure, it would be launched around 35k, and what do u mean by saying starting from 35k?
    Also, I have another concern. As of now I’m possesing Samsung Galaxy SII GT-I9100, and the EDGE speed I acquire for 2G Airtel GPRS plan is ~ 50 kbps. will Sony Xperia Z, boost up my internet speed considering it NIC(Network Interface Card) chip and other enhanced hardware properties?

    -Regards
    Ankit

  • http://www.facebook.com/gems4m2n Mangang Ngamba

    This phone is just awesome. I am dreaming to have one.
    But, the price listed here is just too less.
    The almost similarly spec’d (a bit lesser) HTC Butterfly cost way over 45K and considering Sony’s high pricing trend, I can bet that this phone will cost around 45K.

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