Expert Review of Sony Xperia Z Black
Sony continues to make new additions to its Xperia series and has turned this into a successful venture. What makes the Xperia series stand out of the herd is its design and the elegant display it possesses. The same applies with Sony Xperia Z as well that comes backed by Sony Bravia Engine 2 technology, which gives user the same feel that he or she will get on watching the television screen. The device is pretty heavy with 146 grams and is backed by the Android Jelly Bean 4.1 operating system along with a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad Core Processor and 2GB of RAM, thus ensuring that the speed at which operations can be carried out in the device would be high. The 5-inch screen size is huge making the device fall officially in the category of Phablets. The screen is dust proof apart from being water resistant.
The battery too, is pretty formidable with 2,330mAH, which is a change from the company's previous devices where battery was always one of the weakest points for their products. The camera though is what really boosts the device with its 13 megapixels strength that features various facilities along with a 2 megapixels secondary camera. Multimedia features are also well looked-after with a music player and a video player. Sony has always been good with music, both in terms of quality of sound as well as the interface that the user interacts with while dealing with the multimedia section. Internet browsing is also quick and swift with minimum time lag even when multiple tabs are being opened. So overall, the device looks good enough to give its competition a run for their money with an extremely big screen along with an extremely high pixel density. The device is also NFC capable and is well equipped with the latest updation from the world of technology.
User Interface and UI functionality
Sony Xperia Z comes with a huge 5-inch TFT touch screen that offers a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels and a pixel density of 443ppi. The screen is powered by the multitouch technology and is further backed by features like Light sensor, Proximity sensor, and Scratch-resistant glass. One of the major strengths of the device lies in its very high pixel density, which really brings out the elegance of the display. Such a screen provides a very bright and clear on-screen view that allows you to read e-books and webpages, watch movies, and play games very comfortably. The user interface is very simple and even a novice can get along with it in minutes.
Sony Xperia Z has well-structured multimedia facilities with a music player that can be interacted with through an elegant interface giving the user access to all the desired musical tracks that can be heard through loudspeakers or earphones that can be attached to the device with the help of a 3.5mm jack. The video player lets the user watch and enjoy videos and the experience enhances further with the high pixel density display that the gadget offers. There is also an FM radio that gives the user access to a good number of radio stations that are accessible in the respective cities.
Pictures and Video quality
Sony Xperia Z is powered by a powerful 13 megapixels camera that gives the user the ability to click pictures at a whopping resolution and makes sure that the photography experience is enriched. The camera comes backed by various supporting features including back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Geo-tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Effects and Self-timer. In addition, you can also go for long shots as this camera also offers a digital zoom up to 16x that is, you can zoom to a great extent before getting a distorted image. Videos can be shot in high definition whereas the secondary camera of 2 megapixels enables the users to do video chats and have some face time calling with friends and family members.
Sony Xperia Z is well equipped with fast web browsing capabilities where the user can visit the desired web sites or download data including music files, games, images, and videos. There is also a built-in online support for Facebook, YouTube (upload), Picasa, and Twitter. Web can be connected using the Wi-Fi technology as well. Connectivity support such as EDGE with up to 296Kbps speed, GPRS with up to 107Kbps speed, 3G HSPA speed, 4G LTE speed, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, and NFC are there on the handset to give you unlimited entertainment.
Internal and External Memory
Sony Xperia Z has an internal memory of 16GB, which comes built in with the device but the user can expand the external memory up to 32GB as well. The user can store loads of data including music files, games, images, and videos without worrying about the memory space ending up short. The 2GB of RAM gives the desired pace to operate the device so that the resources of the system can be accessed with smoothness.
Applications and Gaming
Sony Xperia Z is powered by the Android Jelly Bean version 4.1 operating system that gives the user access to all the desired games and apps that the Android world of apps has to offer. The user can download more as and when desired from the web. Unlimited games and applications are available at the Google Play Store. Some preloaded features and applications are Micro SIM, Dynamic Normalizer, PlayNow, SenseMe, Track ID, Walkman Application, Handwriting Recognition, MMS Enabled, Predictive Text Input, Audio Recorder, Face Unlock, 3D Games, Audio and Video Streaming, TV Launcher, Flight Mode, Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Stopwatch, Tasks, Timer, HDMI Support, and Media Go. Also, NFC Support, Screen Mirroring, DRM Support, Data Roaming, Smart Dial, International Call, Call Waiting, Visualiser, Metering, Neo Reader Application, Album Art, Voice Input, TV Out Port, Google Play, Google Voice Search, Facebook, Google Talk, Twitter, Gmail, Instant Messaging, YouTube, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Protected Setup, Wi-Fi Miracast, Google Latitude, Bookmark etc. Some media applications that are recently updated are mentioned below:
1. Walkman app offers Sony’s Music Unlimited integration with universal search across local and cloud content, new social features making it easy to
discover, play and share tunes on your social channels and gapless and smooth playback.
2. Album app now offers ability to upload, access, and browse your PlayMemories library in the cloud, recall Playback that intelligently displays and reminds
you of memories, occasions and events and also enables you to make ‘favourites’ section.
3. Movies app offers seamless access to Sony’s Video Unlimited, provides a revamped UI with a banner video function for trailers, and recently played
Sony Xperia Z is powered by the 2,330 mAH powered standard lithium ion battery that gives the user a talk time of up to 11 hours and up to 14 hours on 2G and 3G networks, respectively. The standby time is up to 550 hours on 2G and up to 530 hours on 3G. The user can enjoy all the features of the device for longer duration without his or her entertainment being cut short.
Sony Xperia Z offers loads of data connectivity features including Bluetooth, NFC, USB port, Wi-Fi, GPS and GPRS and EDGE technology. The user can connect with other devices to exchange data with the use of Bluetooth whereas GPS can be used to reach the desired location with ease.
Sony Xperia Z when compared to Nokia Lumia 920 has a different operating system with the former featuring the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as compared to the latter's Microsoft Windows Phone 8 platform. The screen size of Sony Xperia Z is larger than that of Lumia 920, where the former has 5-inch display while the latter owns a 4.5-inch screen. Since Windows Phones are not grabbing much attention in the smartphone arena, the competition seems unworthy.
However, other rivals such as HTC Butterfly, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S IV, etc., which work on the same Android Jelly Bean platform are taking the competition to another level, as each amongst the crowd has one or more unique and alluring features. Another combatant that stands against Xperia Z is BlackBerry Z10, though it has a completely different operating system, keeping in mind the fan following of BlackBerry especially in India, this smartphone is also a great threat to Xperia Z.