Expert Review of Sony Xperia Z Ultra Black
Sony Electronics will surely cross your mind if you are thinking of electronics and by dealing in a wide variety of products (cameras, tablets, audio, PlayStation, smartphones, and home theatre systems), this company has spread its footprints over hundreds of countries and touched nearly millions of clients worldwide. With same consistent quality, superior workmanship, and ever-increasing innovation, it has earned huge appreciation and trust of the Indian buyers. Boosting of fine finishing and attention given to every detail, Sony Xperia Z Ultra has recently touched the Indian market with a warm welcome from the buyers. This model is kept in smartphone category but its 6.4-inch screen is pushing it into the Phablet section. It may seem a huge device but its 6.5mm thickness makes it fit into your hand very easily. Its 6.4 inches screen allows you to enjoy the on-screen view every time and rather, compels you to look at it again and again. Not only has it provided an in-built loudspeaker, but also a 3.5mm jack which allows you to enjoy high quality music and videos with your earphones. This phone is provided with all the necessary features like GPRS, Wi-Fi, and 3G etc., which enable you to stay connected globally and locally anytime and anywhere.
If you are a dedicated shutterbug, you are going to love its camera and the picture quality. The images are stunning and life-like and the several camera functions provided along with it make your clicks ‘the best’ from simply being ‘better.’ A large amount of files can be stored in its internal memory and if you think your data is exceeding, you can anytime expand this memory by using the microSD slot. Working on Android OS v4.2 (Jelly Bean), it incorporates a Qualcomm MSM8274 Snapdragon 800, Quad-Core 2.2GHz Krait 400 processor and a very powerful battery that promises to keep your handset alive for nearly all day long. With all these features, you are sure to receive a thumping performance.
User Interface and UI functionality
The full HD, 6.4 inches TRILUMINOS screen manufactured by Bravia TV engineers, comes with 1920 x 1080 screen resolution with a pixel density of 342 pixels per inch and ensures razor sharp and crisp pictures. Providing 16M true colours, this screen is shatter proof and scratch-resistant, and some other interesting features offered are Gesture Input, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, 10 Fingers Multi-touch Supported, Colour and Contrast Enhancement, and Pen Input with Stylus. Such a screen allows you to read e-books, webpages, watch videos and movies, and play games very comfortably. In all, we can say that its screen lures the user to return to it again and again. It also easily converts your handwritten notes into text, thus saving your time. The User interface is self-explanatory and you will not find any problem getting along with it even if you are totally new to smartphones.
The music player supports almost all the commonly used formats like MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, FLAC, WAV while the video player supports file types like MKV, H.264, Xvid, VP8, WEBM, 3GP, AVI, M4V, 3GPP, MP4, H.263, and full HD videos. In addition, this phone also offers FM radio in its multimedia section. To enhance your audio experience, it is provided with built-in loudspeakers and a 3.5mm audio jack so that you can connect your earphones to it as well. Sound enhancement offered are Clear Audio+, Dynamic Normalizer, Music Tones, PlayNow Service, WALKMAN Application, xLoud Experience, Noise Reduction, and 3D Surround Sound.
Pictures and Video quality
Its 8MP camera with 3264 x 2448 pixels and option of 1080p video recording at 30fps, allows you to click/record the moments the way they are. Some of the several camera functions offered are Auto Focus, Burst Mode, HDR for Pictures and Movies, Face Detection, Geo-tagging, Image Stabiliser, Object Tracking, Picture Effect, Quick Launch, Scene Recognition, Self-timer, Send to Web, Smile Shutter, Sony Exmor RS, Image Sensor, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama, Touch Capture, Touch Focus, White Balance etc. You can also go for long shots with this camera as it provides a digital zoom up to 16X. This means, you can zoom in to a large extent before the picture gets distorted. It also supports a 2MP secondary camera with a resolution of 1080p, thus allowing you to go for decent self-portraits and clear video recording.
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is rolled out with 4G LTE and 3G spectrum networking support. It includes Quad-band GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE, and penta-band UMTS /HSPA, 100Mbps LTE on-air connectivity.
It supports GPRS up to 107kbps, EDGE up to 296kbps, HSDPA up to 42Mbps, and is easily connected to Wi-Fi being compatible with IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standards. In addition, it can also act as a Wi-Fi hotspot, which means you can share your network on all of your Wi-Fi enabled devices. With all these features, you can stay connected globally anytime and anywhere.
Internal and External Memory
For faster data processing, it offers 2GB of RAM, which in turn provides you with a smooth and lag-free multi-tasking. A large amount of files can be stored with its 16GB internal memory that is further expandable up to 64GB by using the microSD slot.
Applications and Gaming
It also offers many preloaded functions and features like Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, eCompass, Magnetometer, Gyroscope, Ambient Light Sensor, Flight Mode, Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Setup Guide, Stopwatch, Tasks, Timer, SensMe, One-touch (Sharing, Listening, Mirroring, Backup), Open Authentication, Shared Authentication, DRM Support, PC Companion, MHL Support, Media Go, Media Transfer Protocol Support, Google Voice Search, Face Unlock, STAMINA Mode, Throw, Sensor-on-lens, Call List, Screen Mirroring, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Protected Setup, TV Launcher, Reader Mode, Sony Entertainment Network, and Handwriting Recognition. Also, MMS Enabled, Sound Recorder, Predictive Text Input, Motion Gaming, Audio and Video Streaming, Screenshot Capturing, 3D Games, Auto Rotation, ANT+, NeoReader Barcode Scanner, Multi-task, Pan and Zoom, NFC Support, Firmware Upgrade, TrackID Music Recognition, Voice Input, Google Play, Google Search, Facebook, Google Talk, Twitter, Gmail, YouTube, Instant Messaging, Bookmarks, and Twitter.
Some media applications are updated recently like the Walkman app that 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. The Album app offers ability to upload, access, browse your PlayMemories library in the cloud, recall Playback that intelligently displays and reminds you of memories, occasions and events and also allows you to make ‘favourites’ section. The Movies app, which now offers seamless access to Sony’s Video Unlimited, provides a revamped UI with a banner video function for trailers and recently played videos. There are many preloaded games including the latest Asphalt racing game.
Working on Android OS v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) and incorporating Qualcomm MSM8274 Snapdragon 800, Quad-Core 2.2GHz Krait 400 processor, Sony Xperia Z Ultra is powered by a non-removable Li-ion 3050mAH battery. This battery enables it to deliver a stand-by time up to 870 hours for 2G and 820 hours for 3G, talk time up to 14 hours for 2G and 16 hours for 3G, and a music playtime up to 120 hours.
Global connectivity functions offered are GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, and GLONASS while features offered for local connectivity are DLNA, microUSB 2.0 and Bluetooth v4.0 that allows you to share compatible files from/to your phone.
Sony has been a significant competitor right from day one. Some of the top rivals of this product are Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 and its own sibling Sony Xperia ZR and ZL. But with such fine workmanship and technology, this phone is sure to mark its presence in the smartphone market.