Xperia Z hands-on: Mammoth roundup [Video]

by XB on 10/01/2013

in Featured Content, Hands On, Videos, Xperia Z and Xperia ZL


Now that the dust has settled on Sony Mobile’s CES reveal, we thought it would be a good time to bring you our customary hands-on roundup. Today we’re focusing on the Xperia Z, but will publish another post tomorrow on the Xperia ZL. This roundup truly lives up to the word ‘mammoth’, linking to 27 sites in all.

Whilst putting the list together it was quite clear to us that the tone around this phone is very different compared to other Xperia phones released in the past. The previews are almost unilaterally positive, with negative points coming across almost as nitpicking. Indeed, the one common cautionary thread running through the impressions was that whilst Sony has done a great job, we still have to wait to see what the likes of Samsung and HTC will announce at MWC in February. Overall, Sony has done a great job with the Xperia Z launch and we can’t wait to get hands-on ourselves in due course.

Xperia Z hands-on roundup

Android Authority: “CES 2013 is underway in Las Vegas and we’re walking the floors of the show in search of the most interesting new Android smartphones, tablets and other devices. By far, one such handset is Sony’s recently announced Xperia Z, the company’s flagship device for the year.”

Android Central: “Once again Sony’s opted to use on-screen buttons, and there’s an extremely thin bezel, meaning the front of the Xperia Z is covered almost completely by its 1920×1080 “Full HD Reality” display. As you’d expect for a screen packing a ridiculous 440ppi, the Xperia Z’s display is extremely sharp. Some Sony displays have suffered from washed-out colors and poor viewing angles, but the Xperia Z seems to have made some strides in this area. The Z’s viewing angles didn’t seem quite as wide as the Droid DNA we brought along for a side-by-side comparison, but it’s still a great-looking display.”

Android Police: “The hardware of the Z is beautiful – I love Sony’s elegant, minimalist design aesthetic. The front of the phone isn’t as pretty as the ZL, I’d argue, but that’s nitpicking since both are fairly similar. The back of the Z is particularly gorgeous – one sleek slab of glass, while the ZL’s is a bit more drab, and sports a rather conspicuous faux-chrome ring around the rear camera lens. However, both phones are far from ugly. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: Sony knows how to make an elegant phone.”

Ars Technica: “The Xperia Z was the only new handset prominently mentioned at the company’s Monday press conference. It feels much more heavy duty than its counterpart, the ZL and that scratch-resistant chassis is certainly a magnet for fingerprints. As with previous Xperia models, the power button is placed right where the thumb can comfortably press it without having to reaching up to the top of the chassis to shut off the display.”

Cnet Asia: “Powered by the latest screen technology–Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine 2–the display was stunningly clear and razor-sharp. And although we’ve handled 5-inch smartphones before, the Xperia Z doesn’t feel unwieldy in one hand–even in this writer’s small hands. Based on its specs and our brief hands-on, the Sony Xperia Z seems to have a lot going for it as a smartphone and, as a result, could potentially compete with the likes of the Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III. It’s also the first Android-based smartphone from the Japanese company that we’re excited about.”

Cnet UK: “The Sony Xperia Z’s 5-inch screen, whopping 1080p resolution, fast quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM are all top-notch specs. Plus its camera can record HDR video and it’s waterproof to a depth of 1m, something we wish more phone makers would add. It’s likely to be pretty pricey though, and it may have trouble standing out from similarly specced competitors.”

Droid-Life: “Last night, Sony announced the Xperia Z, a device that at first didn’t seem like it would be all that intriguing considering the history of Xperia devices. Previously, the phones did feature some high-end specs and hardware, but since the phones never fared well with consumers and weren’t available on a range of carriers, they are sometimes forgotten. Well, it could be safe to say that might change with the new Xperia line-up.”

Electronista: “The Xperia line-up may not be the best-selling line-up in the Android market, but we have been impressed by Sony’s distinctive designs. In this regard, the Z and ZL retain the clean lines and modern appearance of the broader Xperia range. We found the OS and app performance to be impressive, an unsurprising observation considering the quad-core Snapdragon chipset.”

Engadget: “Has Sony finally crafted a flagship able to go toe-to-toe with the competition? Well, the Xperia Z exudes class — and it’s light. With about the same thickness as the iPhone, the phone is similar with all straight surfaces, barring some slightly rounded corners. Picking it up, it feels better and more premium than any phone we’ve seen from Sony before and, oddly, it’s even waterproof. Comparing the Xperia Z against the Xperia ZL, the oblong, broad Xperia Z felt almost too big in our hands; the ZL felt much more at home. It’s certainly the best-looking we’ve seen from the growing Android phone-maker, although those square lines and glossy sides are slightly familiar. [Display] brightness was noticeably greater than on the preceding Xperia T; viewing angles were also good, but there’s a bluish glow that often ruins dark or black tones on the device.”

Gizmodo: “A very solid showing from Sony Mobile. It seems like the company learned from past mistakes and has redoubled its efforts. In short, these are the best phones Sony has ever made, by a huge margin, and they look like credible contenders for the “Best Smartphone” crown.”

GSM Arena: “Images are rendered beautifully (with Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine 2 bringing a noticeable boost), though we do have some complaints. The viewing angles could’ve been better and the glass covering the screen is quite reflective too. Still, it’s easily one of the best screens we’ve seen. The back looks like it’s made of glass though it’s actually some sort of plastic. The 13MP camera with Exmor RS sensor and LED flash are flush with the surrounding surface, which we like. On the downside, the glossy back readily took the fingerprints of everyone who handled the Xperia Z demo unit.”

Hardware Zone Singapore: “Perhaps one of the most unique design features of the Xperia Z is its metallic Power button on the right side of the device. Due to the nature of the material used, it is actually very easy to feel and press the button even without looking at it. Its location also makes it convenient to access the button, which is particularly important for a device with a 5-inch display as you do not need to stretch your finger or hand to reach the top to turn on the screen or device. The user experience was actually comparable to that of the buttery smooth LG Nexus 4, which we have been using for the past two months. It’s something that Sony has learnt, and hopefully the other Android vendors, HTC and Samsung, could embark on a similar path in future.”

IntoMobile: “For the size of the device, the Xperia Z feels pretty great in the hand. Both the front and back panels are glass, but are covered in a plastic layer that makes the device spill resistant and can handle being dropped in water, and Sony was showing just that off at its Pepcom booth. The boxy shape of the device reminds us of the LG Optimus G, but we hardly think that’s a bad thing.”

The Inquirer: “The Xperia Z is an unashamedly large handset. Packing a 5in HD screen, the Z measures in at a hefty 139x71x7.9mm and weighs 146g. However thanks to Sony’s “Omnibalance” design, the handset doesn’t look overly large and you don’t realise quite how big it is until you actually pick it up. Omnibalance is a design approach that aims to make the Z look the same from all angles. Visually this means that the phone has a fairly minimalist look with its front and back being entirely void of buttons, only housing fairly well camouflaged cameras and Sony logos.”

Mobile-Review (translated): “What to add, my dear friends? I personally really like the device – megapixels and names are not as important as to feel things in the hand. Here it is. And the thing is not afraid of the water, the thing supports LTE, it is equipped with a powerful camera, processor, do not forget about the memory card slot and a lot of other good things. I want to say there is something missing, but in fact there is nothing.”

PC Pro: “If you’re sick of all phones looking the same, then Sony’s Xperia Z – the first phone from Sony’s design team, as opposed to Sony Ericsson’s – is well worth a look, a feel and the occasional coo of appreciation. The first thing you’ll notice may well be the colour, with Sony opting for a striking purple design to accompany the standard black and white. It’s fair to say my photo, below, doesn’t do the purple justice. In reality, the look is reminiscent of polished marble, largely due to the glass finish all around. Rounded edges add to the marble-like feel, but it’s surprisingly lightweight. If anything, the Xperia Z feels a little too light in the hand.”

Phandroid: “If you are searching for a good-looking, svelte device, you may not need to look any further. Once you start using the device, the 5-inch 1080p display simply blows you away. It is incredibly crisp, but the colors are not as saturated and vibrant as I expected. Sony is also trying to simplify its manufacturer UI. It now more closely resembles Vanilla Android, but it does have some improvements and modifications.”

PhoneArena: “Simply known as the Sony Xperia Z, it’s the Japanese company’s dubbed flagship device – and boy does it have the impressive specs sheet to live up to that recognition! Certainly we’re drooling over its wicked hardware, which consists of many lovable elements that would crush most of the existing line high-end smartphones on the market right now, but interestingly enough, it merely matches some of the stuff we’ve seen already put forth by the HTC DROID DNA most recently.”

Pocketnow: “Despite the 1080p display, we were less than completely blown away, finding the screen’s viewing angles to be just a bit lacking. We’re also a little concerned about the heavy use of glass around the phone’s edges, making us fear for its durability.”

Pocket Gamer: “Whether you think the phone needs a full-HD screen or not, you won’t fail to be impressed with the visual quality of the LCD screen. It’s exceptionally bright and vivid, with a level of colour accuracy that you won’t find on rival devices using OLED technology. This is thanks to Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine V2, which dynamically adjusts settings in real time to improve both still and moving images.”

Pocket-Lint: “Surprisingly it’s not quite as big as we were expecting, with the screen real-estate smaller than the SGN2 and the casing (just 7.9mm thick) keeping the size to a minimum as much as possible. In our play with the new phone it is certainly zippy, happily coping with anything that was asked of it. Video plays beautifully with the big, bright screen really shining.”

Recombu: “In theory the display isn’t the greatest we’re likely to see in 2013 simply because it’s not using AMOLED, but the Full HD resolution, rich colours and contrast on offer here more than suffice. There’s certainly no obvious pixel grid, with both photos and video looking fabulously detailed. However, what really makes the Xperia Z standout is its processing speed. It’s stuffed with a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor that’s so fast it breathes new life into the less-than-exciting, though clean Android 4.1 OS. Page turns are speedy in the extreme and re-orientation immediate when turning the phone.”

Slashgear: “There’s shatterproof glass on the back, too, and glass-like inserts in the subtly curved sides. However, rather than being prone to smashing, the Xperia Z meets IP55 and IP57 dust and water resistance specifications, and can survive being immersed in (clean) water for up to 30 minutes with no issues. Even the power button is special: Sony has milled it precisely from aluminium, after its research found that the average user presses the key 64 times a day.”

Sony Blog: “Stephen from the Sony Mobile Team stopped by SGNL to debut the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL smartphones.”

TechRadar: “There’s no doubt that Sony has stepped up its game with the Xperia Z. We were pretty unimpressed with the screen quality when we first saw the handset sitting nonchalantly on the table, and if you’re not using the phone straight on, then you may not think you’re staring at a top-end smartphone. But that aside, the rest of the device impressed us hugely. From the premium design, the weight and industrial casing and the larger edge-to-edge screen to the high-end Exmor RS sensor and Bravia Engine 2, there’s so much that Sony will be able to tout on its marketing literature. Based on our early look with the device there’s definitely a lot of positivity surrounding it, and the fact that Sony has finally joined the big boys with a powerful smartphone is enough to pique our interest at the very least.”

Trusted Reviews: “It’s a pretty practical phone in most respects, although the glossy front and rear are highly susceptible to fingerprints – only too obvious in the harsh lighting of Sony’s demo area. There are no other significant hardware compromises, though. In a time when some manufacturers are starting to leave out microSD memory card slots in their phones, it’s good to see Sony include one in the Sony Xperia Z. It’s even more impressive that you can barely see this slot, as it’s so well hidden among the phone’s sleek lines.”

The Verge: “It’s too soon to say whether or not Sony’s latest effort will be the smartphone to get this year — next month we expect to see major phone announcements from Sony’s competitors at MWC in Barcelona, plus whatever Samsung and Apple decide to do later this year — but the Xperia Z is one of the strongest efforts we’ve seen from Sony since it separated its mobile division from Sony Ericsson a year ago.”

  • Hallon

    “the dust has settled” I see what you did there :)

  • mabz23

    if any dust settles on this phone you could just simply wash it off

  • Raiden

    Dream phone !

    So sexy smartphone

  • Mozole

    expensive, now bring on the midrange phone with these designs with screensizes between 4-5 inch :D

  • http://twitter.com/jonathanmoerman Jonathan Moerman

    I hope it gets its updates in time, not lagging multiple versions behind as the 2012 series does.

  • unknown13x

    Or if it gets too hot from playing all day :D

  • saif

    strange no one pointed out for dedicated camera button.seems the were overwhelmed by the beauty

  • AsadMulla

    The best review for me would be………………………
    My own review. wWen Sony sell me the phone. Huury up sony

  • Hannad Ahmed

    What do we want:

    Xperia Z / ZL

    When do we want it:

    NOW !!

    Also im going to buy the Z but im not a guy who can sit patiently and watch every review…..So it would help me out by saying which review you liked the most

  • roeshak

    I agree with repeated comments on the poor viewing angles. Sony really needs to leave TFT alone. No matter how amazing the display looks head on, the washed images you get at the slightest tilt just give the impression of cheap and not something you’d expect from a premium smartphone. Comparing my S to even an iPhone 4 which has a first gen ips panel, the difference is so clear. The display on that just looks more premium and up to date.
    No matter how good Sony are with LCD technology, a fact always reiterated once you view their displays head on, they really should ditch their use of good old TFT, that stuff has had it’s day. It certainly shouldn’t be used in any premium device.
    Having said all that, apart from their TFT panels, both phones are from a hardware perspective, top notch. Something clear from the general tone of the reviews so far.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sami.morabet Sami Mrabet

    I don´t even know why some guys get so angry about the viewing angles :S are you going to look at the phone from the side or what? that´s just unnormal, people are looking from straight angle so there is no need for good viewing angles

  • eisuke

    yeah exactly. in Japan people are so cautious of privacy most people would slap on a special sticker over the screen to reduce viewing angles. as long as that trend continues you wont see a wide viewing angled xperia from sony.

  • https://twitter.com/rgxVOiD naathaanS

    Shut up and take my money!

  • http://twitter.com/Gitaroo236 Gitarooman

    quite bizzarely HTC droid DNA is using the exact same screen and it doesn’t have this issue. My guess might be due to the glass and some any glaze tech or something.

  • shanefalco

    Display is cheap and horrible infact use a TN tecnology…htc the best with ips tecnology. When xperia Z receive android 4.2 ? in 2014 ?

  • John-Mark Christmas

    Will you stop with this viewing angles NONSENSE. It’s MY phone, I look at it straight on (which obviously is the best way to look at it), not from some obscure side angle. Does the word privacy mean anything to you ppl mentioning about poor viewing angles…. SMH

  • unknown13x

    Technically Sony needs to ditch their White Magic screen. They’re too worried about the power the screen pull that this new tech is now working well. Yes, it makes BE2 looks phenomenal, but White Magic screen just doesn’t cut it.

  • unknown13x

    is not* working well

  • JG

    Stupid. 4.2 have lots of problem. Read comments on google’s 4.2release will you!

  • lovebmw

    I actually love the fact that at night I can just tilt the phone at a certain Angel and the screen becomes dimmer… it won’t hurt my eyes

  • wtf

    lol making the best of it :D

  • wtf

    couldnt said it better :) its a big screen and i dont want ppl to read my sms etc,etc,we all look directly to phone..or is there ppl who want to show of lol

  • AA

    I mostly agree with you. It’s ideal to have an IPS panel, but not a must for me. I have an Xperia S, and I have encountered a scenario where my friends needed to watch a short film being played on my phone with me. That’s one example of needing an IPS panel. While privacy is important, having poor viewing angles is not the solution to privacy on phone usage. Having said this, it’s still not a deal-breaker to me.

  • Quark Gluon

    That’s phone cruelty! I wouldn’t do that.

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  • Quark Gluon

    It’s not about owner’s privacy. The screen, to some people, considered as a part of the design. Well, we choose good looking or even classy phone for some reason. And it’s not good looking, let alone classy, when some white tint wash the entire screen. It’s even worse because the screen dominates the surface area and in some dark condition only the screen is visible. Some people can live with that, and some others cannot. While dim angle is a different case where tinting and color shifting are not present, just some brightness loss and most people can live with that.

  • Quark Gluon

    Damn! I want a water resistant 4.x incher as my next phone. But the design of Xperia Z is hypnotizing me into changing my perspective!

  • http://twitter.com/mode893 Syed Mohammad

    I am a Sony fanboy, so I guess that’s why I never nag about the viewing angle even though it’s a distinct Xperia ‘feature’. But that said, as a normal consumer, I appreciate the PRIVACY it allows to its user. I don’t get why they need the next person beside you in the subway to be able to see what you’re texting. That’s lame nitpicking if you ask me. I do NOT want it to be viewable to everyone else. There’s no real reason for the screen to be clearly visible on weird angles. I mean, seriously..

  • crazychef

    For you having bthe nickname of an underdog, you think poorly of sony. wich in this case is the underdog andvis coming up litle by little trying not to make the mistakesbit made last year.

  • raf

    @xperiablog is the timescape app is not avaialble anymore in xperia z and zl? all video review or hands on rather has no timescape app

  • http://profiles.google.com/johnylim Johny Lim

    I think, because competitor high-end phone did not has dedicated button too, if they have it, all result of this review will different

  • saif

    maybe but it was strange because some of them always try to say negative about SONY(especially cnet)

  • Ameer Zul

    Yeah, most reviewer are dumb. they only care about viewing angle. lol.

  • Loken

    i thought glass breaks with sudden temperature change!

  • saif

    seriously,and I think SONY know their technology best.they know where to put lcd and where led.They know what will work best for their product

    Mobile must remain mobile not a TV

  • DragonClaw

    But a big screen means that you might enjoy some movies on it. And movies are meant to be watched with people. In such cases you will prefer a good viewing angle. Also, reflection off display is a problem, specially when you are keeping the phone in a dimmed brightness state.
    For privacy, there are privacy guards. They are too effective.

    But I do not care. I will get this one, if it ever comes in India. Shit, Sony, hurry up with bring phones to the market. We are bored of watching them on videos only.

  • saif

    u got a tv watch with friends

  • http://twitter.com/3lwee Mr.Alawi

    well i agree with you about privacy but having a low view angles isn’t good .. let’s say you got a video from a friend and you wanna watch it with a friend beside you …from his angle the colors and screen will look washed out so it will look like a low end phone screen and you won’t have that feeling that when you see the screen it feels like it’s painted on the glass…i really wish Sony would leave TFT and start using IPS for their devices -__-“

  • Rene

    It is a phone that is 5” screen. What is your friend standing across the street? Your friend should be close enough so you can hold the phone between the two of you and see the screen perfectly. I have the XPS and watch movies all the time on it, never has someone viewing with me mentioned the angles. In most cases my content is thrown onto my 65” Sony Bravia TV which has excellent angles to view my content

  • pixlas

    99% excellent reviews! It’s a killer!
    I love SONY

  • APai

    easily the best device on the market.

  • DragonClaw

    You have a computer to check E-Mails. You have a 3310 to make calls. You have a consoles for gaming. You have a Walk-Man to listen to songs. Then why do we need a Z?

  • DragonClaw

    Happened with N4. Hope not with this one

  • http://twitter.com/3lwee Mr.Alawi

    in most cases people don’t have 65″ TV in their houses and yah i know it’s 5″ screen and it shouldn’t be a problem .. but with Xperia Z screen if you tilted a little bit there will be color shifting right away and the black will become grey .. that what pocketnow.com said about the screen on their broadcast .. it’s undeniable that the screen is gorgeous when you looking at it straight but the case with viewing angle still worrying me..we will have wait till we see a review about Z and ZL i wish these problem are only because of screen protector that Sony added on conference devices

  • saif

    Your Z will be used by u to check “your” emails(not an internet cafe)

    Your Z will be used by u to call “your” contacts(not a telephone booth)

    Your Z will be used by u to play “your” games(not a game parlor)

    Your Z will be used by u to listen “your” playlist (not a bar)

    Dude Mobile is more personal not a TV which is a commonly accessed gadget

    And one thing more no one is saying “bad/worst” viewing angle they all saying it could have been better.

  • surethom

    I love the dimesions of my Xperia S, the Galaxy S3 is just Way too wide & this is slightly wider so Personally I will wait to see the specs of the 4.7″ HTC M7 before I decide on my replacement for the Xperia S.

    Unless Sony does a Good thing & releases a Proper Android Camera phone, Cybershot with Xenon flash??

  • DragonClaw

    Exactly. It could have been better. Had it been better, no one would mind, I suppose. No one would say, “I am not buying the Z because it has got excellent viewing angles”.
    Just like a good processor, a sleek design, a good software, etc, etc are parameters that are used to judge a phone, viewing angle is also one of the aspects. Even though you do not have games that require a quad core to run a game in HD, people want the best. They want the perfect device.

  • Cp2020

    Yep they are extremely bisased sometimes, always tend to compare to apple [ which they seem to be in love with for some unknown reason to me…oh wait…cuz it’s simple to use i guess ] , their favorite device of all times. They really don’t like Sony and there is absolutely loads of critisism from ppl because of that. Wanks. Avoid their opinions

  • hans

    When i compare my razr maxx screen (amoled) with my previous ray, id pick the ray anyday. Amoled, while good at viewing angle is greenish when in dark, not even about blackspot around caused by manufacturing defect make the amoled any better.

    Sony’s strategy is always about blending its products to be cross compatible, so if you want to watch movie, watch it from (their) tv, no matter what source it comes from. So their use of tft for phone makes sense for their part, to value the user’s privacy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/acer.rus Mohammad Asiful Hoque

    I don’t think the display is good enough. More ppi doesn’t make a display best. Look at its brightness against amoled. Sony should think on their mobile display quality twice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/acer.rus Mohammad Asiful Hoque

    Ha ha

  • pinadski

    drop test???

  • Patrik Lovrin

    I prefer ZL because of camera button and its size. Damn, it’s a 5inch phone just slightly bigger than my XS.

    But the back of Z is beautiful..And also, water resistant. Just don’t know which one I would choose :)

  • http://twitter.com/suwaidi سالم

    my only worry is the release date… which Sony would never be on time, unlike Samsung phone releases.

  • Vishnu Sankar
  • jorosy

    For privacy concern, It’s not the screen gets fully washed like old lcd panel if viewing from side way, but only generate a less pleasant color reproduction which is less acceptable in 2013 flagship mobile device. Whatever visible will remain visible weather its an IPS or this non IPS panel. I guess, turning the phone more or less against people around you or reposition yourself somehow will be more effective for privacy. However, turning the phone in a crowed environment might not permit you to look at the display straight on will also make you suffer from the color reproduction issue.

  • SomeBody

    What about a compact mediaplayer, camera, TV, gaming console etc… in one package? That is what smartphones are for. They are not “your” version of their big brothers (TVs, consoles etc), they are not more personal. Smartphones are the “mobile” and not “your/personal” version of the big devices.

    Your Z will be used to check emails “on the go” (like in an internet cafe)

    Your Z will be used to call contacts “on the go” (like in a telephone booth)

    Your Z will be used to play games “on the go” (like you would on a console)

    Your Z will be used to listen to a playlist “on the go” (like you would at home)

    Dude Mobile is called “Mobile” because they are the same as a TV/Console/Camera, the only difference is that they are portable, so you can show your favorite music, movies and play games with your friends when you meet them.

  • roeshak

    Well from the number of comments in the reviews about viewing angles, I’d say it’s an issue to many.
    The privacy argument is a rather defunct one if you ask me.
    It’s not about lcd vs amoled, but their insistence on very old tech tft lcd.
    In this day and age, having a display that washes out at the slightest tilt is not really acceptable. Using my S with the phone on my desk at work isn’t a very pleasant experience. In fact it’s actually quite horrible.
    Fanboys can say what they want. If it was up to them, Sony would still be pushing out single cored devices with gingerbread. The Z is a direct result of Sony responding to criticism.
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  • SomeBody

    You sammy fanboys are funny.
    in 2012: Galaxy S3 has more CPU core than Xperia S -> “Galaxy is better because it has two times more cores, thus it is faster”
    in 2013: Xperia Z has higher resolution display than Galaxy S3 -> “it doesn’t matter if it has two times higher-res display, its not the numbers that matter”

  • Nabil

    Amoled sucks, am I the only one to notice this ? It is far too contrasted and do not represent realistic colors at all, viewing angles are poor too (mainly when it gets old) and the screen quality degrades with the time. For exemple I have a Galaxy S2 and an Xperia Arc S, but even if the GS2 is more supported and more powerful than the Arc S, I prefer to use the arc because of the screen. The GS2’s screen is becoming TOO greenish, and the front glass gets humid when it’s cold, so when you touch it it leaves RGB-like marks on it (if you know what I mean, and not in a pervert way :p).

    And it doesn’t bother me at all that the Arc S has bad viewing angles. The black pixels on it are not black at all, but it’s not that much of a big deal because whenever I get out the blacks get really black which is the total opposite on an AMOLED (I think the screen itself reflects more sunlight than the glass on the front, so black becomes a little purple). If the screen of the Z has OptiContrast + Mobile Bravia Engine 2 (deeper blacks), I think it’s good enough.

  • http://unlimitedskye.tumblr.com/ Micael

    Xperia Z should have been the Google Nexus 4..

  • wtf

    dont wanna watch movies with ppl on mobile phone :) when i saisd privacy i was thinking ppl not to read my sms as i replay them etc,etc.

  • ProWeirdo

    When comming to Poland?

  • Lewis Chiverton

    Actually they have the same screen size but the screen tech is different, Xperia has TFT & the DNA has the SLCD3.

  • lovebmw

    sooner or later you will find someone that would say “Eeeeh, its water proof, but not Lava proof”….

  • saif

    Well sony works on optimization.they know what would work best with their technologies(Like BE2,OptiContrast).LCD produces more vivid and sharp colors.Viewing angle to me and many others especially on this blog is “illusive parameter”.

    P.S: Sony didn’t compromised with better rendering of images/video over viewing angle(for some handful people who just cry on names)

  • saif

    Mobile is blend of all for personal use.I don’t know if u share ur phone with someone else.If you are talking about sharing content then there are a lot of platforms like fb,instagram etc.Even sony is concerned about one touch connectivity among devices for showcasing your content.As far as playing games is concerned you play on multiple devices.Music is heard and can be transferred easily.I hope you don’t want your phone’s screen to be a cinema screen.

    That’s my opinion I respect yours too.But have faith on THE SONY

  • saif

    True but watch out u all SONY is back with a bang

  • crazychef

    ok we get it! modern day sony phones have poor viewing angles. lets get over it and be honest and fair. this is a good phone from what everyone is saying and I bet that most of the people doing the reviews do not or have never owned a sony phone.because all you see them pull out of their pockets are sg3 iphones and the note 2. and since thatis what’s in style know trhey will not let an underdog come and show them that their are better phones out their.

  • saif

    u need to check the number of likes too

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  • harbinger2020

    cant decide between the purple or the white

  • http://www.facebook.com/williamrsalazar William Salazar

    I agree with you. Majority of my colleagues use SIII but they envy my Xperia for its display.

  • SomeBody

    I agree, that wide viewing angles are not so important, but it’s a plus. Like the water resistance, it’s not a deciding factor for me, but sometimes it can be useful (making a call in heavy rain or do underwater videos). I think 5″ is huge and big enough to watch even a whole movie on it. One touch connectivity is awesome when you are indoor, but when walking on the street all you have with you is your phone. Let’s say I’m going into the cinema with friends and I wanna show them the new music video from my favorite artist. The best way to do this is simply playing the video on my phone and show the display to my friends, but the problem is that only one of them can have a proper watching experience, because of the decontrast and colorshifting effect caused by the bad viewing angles. My sis has an Xperia S and watching movies with Bravia Engine is stunning, I can only wonder how good the Xperia Z’s 5″ 1080p display can be combined with Bravia Engine 2. Sometimes I feel it would be great to show that beautiful display to others, but it’s a pity that I can show it to one person only at a time. I’ll still upgrade to the Z from my W890i (and yes it’s better than Samsung’s cheap GS3), but it could have been a nice feature, a feature I can live without of course but it would be still a nice little feature :)

  • von

    Wasn’t sony a part of this tech group that would produce a new kind of screens? So they didn’t use it with the Z and ZL right? Hmmmm

  • saif

    I guess using oled/amoled might have reduced the effect of technologies like BE2,OptiContrast etc.SONY has expertise in LCD.

  • RiMee’

    yeah sony makes us so confused, fuck!

  • Ameer Zul

    if you mean by TV is tv and mobile is mobile,then i don’t really like 1080p display on Phone. you can’t tell the difference between 1080p and 720p on a small screen not to mention the higher the resolution on screen. the more battery life it sucks out.
    i do agree about SONY knows the best technology for phone. am i the only one that hated the AMOLED display? AMOLED have to much colours reproduction while TFT screen have normal saturation and contrast :D

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  • Rob C

    There is ONE viewing angle (ONLY) that is important; “rightsideup portrait”.

    You want to be able to put your Phone on your knee or the back of your Desk and be able to see the display easily. It is not particulary bad if the reverse viewing angle also makes the phone viewable by others as they would have to read any text upsidedown (which while not restricting the “viewing angle” it does restrict the “readability, and thus is acceptable); that reduces the burdeon on the manufacturer to provide a fancy Polarizer.

    What we REALLY want is reduced viewing from the sides (so you can sit on a Bus, the Subway or a Restaurant and not have any snooping by people sitting next to you). That is made more difficult by the fact that the Screen is more usable by the Phone’s Owner when the Phone is rotated from portrait to landscape; thus reduced viewing from all directions is best except for the “rightsideup portrait orientation”, the fact the most People (righthanded) hold the Phone in their left hand effectively shield the Phone’s “rightsideup portrait viewability” when the Phone is rotated clockwise to landscape mode (which, oddly, is upsidedown landscape).

    That is the reason that I say that only ONE viewing angle is important, with your phone in the ‘portrait orientation’ 2.5 feet away (at the back of your Desk) you ought to be able to read it clearly so you can make decisions based on what you see.

    Part of the concern is that the “viewing angles” (viewability) are quite wide BUT the COLOR then is crap, a further reason that restricted viewing angles are better; best to see a very darkend view than a bright crappy colored view (because then the snoopers dwell even longer to tell you your Phone is crap and obligate you to adjust the viewing angle for them to prove it is not; thus rewarding their snooping).

    While all that may sound very complicated and phsycoanalytical that is what HMI is all about, getting a all round good experience out of your Phone without unexpected burdeons. (EG: Now you CAN have a wonderful and expensive Phone without worry about being robbed for it due to GPS tracking and remote deactivation; that enhances your “experience” with the Phone, for a reason you did not expect).

    As complicated as all that is (for some) my OLD Nokia N95 (which I seek to replace once the dust settles on what will be the “2013 Phone of the Year”) does in fact have the needed “enhanced rightsideup portrait viewing” with a darkended Screen from all other angles. The Screen is so great on that OLD Phone that it is, to this day, still oggled by People sitting next to me (but that could be in part due to the cool Music Videos that I watch on it while on the Subway).

    There certainly are better things for the Manufacturer to worry about for the Screen like 60FPS (no studder, at all) and as close as perfect color from both the Camera and Screen (at least when viewed from face on).

    So give us narrow (normal 35mm) angle for the rear Camera and Screen(s?) and wide angle for the front Camera (for group Video Chat without snuggling) and when the Screen is off to the side (but NOT the “rightsideup portrait” side) then give us BLACK (not a restricted Gamut) !

  • http://twitter.com/JohnnyBurb Johnny Cash

    although the specs are much lower on iphone5 than top android phones, apple fan boys still love it, saying its got a premium feel, they usually compare the aluminium casing with the cheap feel of plastic on galaxy S3…..Now we have a phone that is unmatched in every aspect from sony except viewing angles….Note 2 or S3 screens may look better from angles, but xperiaz looks much better straight on….for the last 2 years or so, i’ve been sick of hearing how iphone is so well built for personally think its a c**p phone, now we have an android phone that is better in every aspect than an Iphone 5,the iphone 5 looks like a cheap chinese toy next to it, trust me the design is a trend setter, i won’t be surprised if samsung ditches its plasticky design approach on its S4

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002313748146 Dully Abdullah

    As long as the display doesn’t look washed out, I couldn’t care less on viewing angles.

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  • ac

    seriously..people use privacy guards on their phones and they want “viewing angles”

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