Sony Xperia Z

AKA: Sony Yuga, C6602

Available at: Bell

9/10 AVG.
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Sony's best Android phone to date is merely decent by the broader market's standards. - Vlad Savov, The Verge  
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It's a relief to see Sony now making a concerted effort to make a premium phone -- and that's what this is. - Mat Smith, Engadget  
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Reviews summary

9/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 45 reviews

As the flagship of the Xperia series, this phone is packed with features and hardware and marks a shift in focus for Sony to premium smartphone provider. Mat Smith of Engadget says “Once you get to look at the phone in person, all Xperias that came before it pale in comparison. The phone feels solid and you'd be hard-pressed to describe any part of it as plasticky.”

From the high-gloss glass weave case design of the phone to the Bravia Engine 2 and a five-inch 1080p display, reviews of the handset are positive. Chris Hall of Pocket Lint says, “If you’re not wowed when you see the Sony Xperia Z, then you should probably stop reading now. No tactile plastic, no dubious back covers, just a feeling of substance and, dare we say it, perfection.”

Other notable features include IPX5, IPX7 and IP5X ratings for both water and dust resistance, with rubber plugs and caps for the various ports on the device. Both Engadget and TechRadar tested the phone in full submersion and directed stream tests and report that the phone was unharmed. Mat Smith of Engadget notes, “It's rare to see such protection on a phone that's not being marketed as a rugged device, let alone a company's new flagship.”

Phil Lavelle of TechRadar describes the phone as “one speedy son-of-a-Sony” and says that performance is one of the first things users will notice. Unfortunately, there are some minor concerns many reviews noted as well.

One of the most common complaints in reviews was the quality of the loudspeaker on the handset. Mat Smith of Engadget says, “the speaker is tinny and, even on full blast, lacks punch during video playback.” Killian Ball of Cult of Android notes that the speaker “appears to be pretty small — and it sounds it. It’s not all that loud, and it’s a little dull.” However, most reviews note that the headphone jack offers clear audio and Bluetooth with most wireless headsets is flawless with no delays or problems maintaining sync with devices.

Another consideration is the screen. Sony’s OptiContrast display is based on TFT technology. This leads to a few issues with viewing angles and less than ideal viewing in bright lighting or direct sunlight. Comparing the display to the competition, Mat Smith says “its performance doesn't offer the same viewing angles, or outdoor performance, of HTC's Super LCD 3 screen. In fact, turn the screen away from straight-on viewing, and you'll see a grayish discoloring that starts to obscure what's going on -- especially under bright light.”

Reviews were also mixed on battery life, with reports ranging from just under six-hours from Engadget to all-day use from Pocket Lint. With a 2300-mAh battery, if you use your phone heavily, the phone will likely require daily charges. Fortunately, the mini-USB charging port will make finding travel chargers and other accessories a breeze.

Pocket Lint’s Chris Hall sums up the device well when he says “there’s a lot to like about the Sony Xperia Z. It is the strongest Android phone that Sony has produced to date, fusing power, design and features.”

The Good: Water- and dust-resistance, support for microSD cards, 1080p display, HDR video support and premium materials.

The Bad: Screen viewing angles, screen brightness in direct sunlight, weak battery and slow camera response times.

Specs summary

Screen
5"

The Sony Xperia Z's screen is 5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 Quad-core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4.2 KitKat) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2330mAh

The phone is powered by a 2330 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Sony's performance ratings are: 23 days standby time, 660 minutes talk time, 397 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

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Reviews summary

9/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 45 reviews

As the flagship of the Xperia series, this phone is packed with features and hardware and marks a shift in focus for Sony to premium smartphone provider. Mat Smith of Engadget says “Once you get to look at the phone in person, all Xperias that came before it pale in comparison. The phone feels solid and you'd be hard-pressed to describe any part of it as plasticky.”

From the high-gloss glass weave case design of the phone to the Bravia Engine 2 and a five-inch 1080p display, reviews of the handset are positive. Chris Hall of Pocket Lint says, “If you’re not wowed when you see the Sony Xperia Z, then you should probably stop reading now. No tactile plastic, no dubious back covers, just a feeling of substance and, dare we say it, perfection.”

Other notable features include IPX5, IPX7 and IP5X ratings for both water and dust resistance, with rubber plugs and caps for the various ports on the device. Both Engadget and TechRadar tested the phone in full submersion and directed stream tests and report that the phone was unharmed. Mat Smith of Engadget notes, “It's rare to see such protection on a phone that's not being marketed as a rugged device, let alone a company's new flagship.”

Phil Lavelle of TechRadar describes the phone as “one speedy son-of-a-Sony” and says that performance is one of the first things users will notice. Unfortunately, there are some minor concerns many reviews noted as well.

One of the most common complaints in reviews was the quality of the loudspeaker on the handset. Mat Smith of Engadget says, “the speaker is tinny and, even on full blast, lacks punch during video playback.” Killian Ball of Cult of Android notes that the speaker “appears to be pretty small — and it sounds it. It’s not all that loud, and it’s a little dull.” However, most reviews note that the headphone jack offers clear audio and Bluetooth with most wireless headsets is flawless with no delays or problems maintaining sync with devices.

Another consideration is the screen. Sony’s OptiContrast display is based on TFT technology. This leads to a few issues with viewing angles and less than ideal viewing in bright lighting or direct sunlight. Comparing the display to the competition, Mat Smith says “its performance doesn't offer the same viewing angles, or outdoor performance, of HTC's Super LCD 3 screen. In fact, turn the screen away from straight-on viewing, and you'll see a grayish discoloring that starts to obscure what's going on -- especially under bright light.”

Reviews were also mixed on battery life, with reports ranging from just under six-hours from Engadget to all-day use from Pocket Lint. With a 2300-mAh battery, if you use your phone heavily, the phone will likely require daily charges. Fortunately, the mini-USB charging port will make finding travel chargers and other accessories a breeze.

Pocket Lint’s Chris Hall sums up the device well when he says “there’s a lot to like about the Sony Xperia Z. It is the strongest Android phone that Sony has produced to date, fusing power, design and features.”

The Good: Water- and dust-resistance, support for microSD cards, 1080p display, HDR video support and premium materials.

The Bad: Screen viewing angles, screen brightness in direct sunlight, weak battery and slow camera response times.

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Reviews (9/10 Avg. rating)

Huge, shiny, black and great

from Expert Reviews (about 1 month ago)

The Sony Xperia Z has the looks and the high-resolution screen to make it a worthy high-end smartphone. Currently, at least until the Samsung Galaxy S4 is released, its main competition is the similarly huge-screened HTC One. We prefer the HTC One's aluminium body, but if you don’t like the sweeping... More

  10/10

Gorgeous waterproof chassis and a great camera experience

from Mobile Syrup (8 months ago)

The Xperia Z is a gorgeous smartphone – Sony’s best to-date. The all-glass design is something that any user would be proud to hold, but one must be careful not to drop it. Other than aesthetics, there is no real reason to choose the Xperia Z over the ZL, which is cheaper, smaller and available... More

  8/10

A fully loaded Smartphone with rich features, great camera and solid battery life

from TelecomTiger (9 months ago)

Sony Xperia Z is an amazing phone with brilliant features and good design. It’s loaded with latest features and applications, power packed with 2 GB RAM and 1.5 GHz Quad Core processor. The battery life is good, display is wonderful and the 13 megapixels Exmor RS main camera is outstanding and... More

  9/10

Beautiful screen, breathtaking design and powerful innards

from TechRadar (9 months ago)

The Sony Xperia Z has a beautiful design and finally represents an Android smartphone that can be used to show iPhone owners that they're not necessarily at the top of the heap anymore. The price is just a little too high in our opinion - but rush out a software update to improve the camera and you have... More

  9/10

Powerful set of specifications and a great design

from IntoMobile (9 months ago)

Sony is offering up a unique experience that's more than welcomed in the Android space. The software on the handset is a simple and straight-forward experience that isn't hindered by ultra-heavy customization or useless features, and the Sony-made applications are solid. With a powerful set of specifications... More

  9/10

The most serious Sony phone in years

from Techland (9 months ago)

If you’re a T-Mobile customer or in a position to consider switching, the Xperia Z should be on your smartphone short-list. And even if you’re on AT&T, Sprint or Verizon, its arrival merits your attention. The Z is pleasing enough that I hope it’s an omen of things to come: more... More

It’s water and dust proof case sets it apart from the crowd

from Digital Trends (9 months ago)

The Xperia Z is a great phone and one of the best options on T-Mobile. Though T-Mobile users have a lot of other choices – the Nexus 4, Galaxy S4, HTC One, BlackBerry Z10, Galaxy Note 2, and iPhone 5 – the Xperia Z is the only device that is dust and water proof. If water damage is something... More

  8/10

The best all-round Android phone of the moment

from SlashGear (9 months ago)

The Xperia Z is a surprise. From our original review, we knew it was a solid performer, but even with the Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One on the scene, it’s impressive how well it holds up to – and, in some cases, out-performs – its newer rivals. In fact, with all three flagships having... More

When it comes to devices that can resist water, the Xperia Z is more appealing than all of them

from MobileBurn (9 months ago)

The Xperia Z is a phone that makes a heck of a first impression and slowly reveals some small flaws that may chip away at someone's patience. Most people will be able to overlook those flaws without issue considering the tradeoffs. The Xperia Z is on the large side, but we've seen people willing to put... More

One of the most solid packages carried by T-Mobile USA

from Android Community (9 months ago)

Sony’s greatest smartphone effort to date is now one of the most solid packages carried by T-Mobile USA. This device does battle with the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 like a champ, and isn’t going to take their spot in the industry lightly.

I like it

(about 1 year ago)

It's a cool phone

  10/10

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