Xperia Z1 display goes up against the Xperia Z Ultra

by XB on 26/09/2013

in Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1


XZU_XZ1 Display_9The Triluminos display of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is one of the best displays seen in a recent Xperia device. The Sony Xperia Z1 also has a Triluminos display but question marks over the quality of the display have surfaced. Many of the criticisms of the Xperia Z’s display with poor contrast and viewing angles are reappearing from users in forums. To get an idea of the difference, check out some pictures below showing the Xperia Z Ultra against the Xperia Z1 across various angles.

Xperia Z1 display versus the Xperia Z Ultra display

Xperia Z1 display versus the Xperia Z Ultra display

Xperia Z1 display versus the Xperia Z Ultra display

Xperia Z1 display versus the Xperia Z Ultra display

Xperia Z1 display versus the Xperia Z Ultra display

Xperia Z1 display versus the Xperia Z Ultra display

Xperia Z1 display versus the Xperia Z Ultra display

Xperia Z1 display versus the Xperia Z Ultra display

Xperia Z1 display versus the Xperia Z Ultra display

Xperia Z1 display versus the Xperia Z Ultra display

Xperia Z1 display versus the Xperia Z Ultra display

Xperia Z1 display versus the Xperia Z Ultra display

Xperia Z1 display versus the Xperia Z Ultra display

Xperia Z1 display versus the Xperia Z Ultra display

Xperia Z1 display versus the Xperia Z Ultra display

Xperia Z1 display versus the Xperia Z Ultra display

Xperia Z1 display versus the Xperia Z Ultra display

Xperia Z1 display versus the Xperia Z Ultra display

Xperia Z1 display versus the Xperia Z Ultra display

Via Digi-wo.

  • Dicky

    Xperia Z Ultra wins!

  • Mike Gonzalez

    hmmm definitely Z1 still lacks in angle vision
    but i just dont get how ZU has an IPS-like performance while Z1 performs barely better than Z

  • kiikooo

    I have both and when i go back to using the ultra it’s very clear it’s way better.

  • ZZCOOL

    so they used a worse screen in z1?

    i guess if i want the best screen i have to go with htc

    if i want the best design i have to go with sony

    i can’t have both seems to me like sony will never be leading in screen tech which is suprising as they were masters when it came to crts trinitron

  • mikhailovich

    I don’t see what’s so wrong about the Z1 screen. I guess people just love to complain about anything.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    well, i like iPhone 5 display better than HTC cuz of visibility outdoors

  • Makiz

    It’s great, only the viewing angles are terrible once again, as I said a week ago and everybody gone mad in here!

  • sfordesign

    that’s why you can never communicate with sony fanboys. they just don’t wanna accept the truth :)

  • sfordesign

    it’s that obvious and you can’t see it?! really?

  • cyleo

    Both use IPS-panels if i’m not mistaken. The Ultra’s screen is just way better.

  • Makiz

    I also said that I’m a Sony fanboy too, but I’m not insane, I can tell the difference between an IPS panel VS a plain LCD, I put my Z next to a Huawei with a 5″ 1280X720 display and I feel ashamed about it… really, that makes me sad and angry at the same time, why a fckin Chinese manufacturer is able to use a better display on a really cheap phone but Sony doesn’t?? Why?

  • Guest

    c’mon!

  • Makiz

    Unfortunately not, Z1 does not use an IPS display :(
    I will wait for the next flagship I’m sure that Sony won’t let us down :)

  • Mike Gonzalez

    hopefully so, cuz im also waiting for a stunning Z2

  • John

    This must be embarassing for Sony. They’re saying this is the new flagship model yet they couldn’t bother to give it the same screen as the Ultra model? Did they not test the screen? Did they not notice the difference? Do they think we’re idiots? No wonder Sony are in a mess! Even HTC who are doing worse financially than Sony has a better screen on the HTC One than Sony has on the Z1. What an utter shambles! Somebody there needs to be sacked!

  • John

    PS. Only way this can be fixed is if Sony start manufacturing brand new Z1’s with the same screen as the Ultra. Will they? I very much doubt it!

  • http://about.me/preetam_nath Preetam Nath

    Z1 uses a mix of eIPS (cheap) and VA (the best panels, but low viewing angles)

  • Vyas

    Also all of you who have the Ultras, notice how very quickly the Oleophobic coating on them goes and suddenly the large screen becomes sticky and feels laggy. That was one of my issues. It’s been fixed now, by adding on top of the old one a Tampered glass screen protector that I found on eBay for $12. Its better than new now.

  • shumaranaman

    I love knowing I own an Xperia Z ultra. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • Guest

    Lol! I just can’t stop laughing. U know? “…the best of sony” blahhahahahaha …that’s a fucking shame guys!

    Hell yeah sony, u suck more than i thought.

  • shumaranaman

    OKAY I NEED HELP PLEASE!!!!! – So Im wanting to take off the protective screen on my Z ultra, and the bloody thing is glued on!! I can take it off like I would with my Xperia Z, Xperia Play, Xperia S, or my Xperia P. This one seems like Sony didnt want to go skimpy with the glue. ANYWAYS—- I need help, how can I take it off? I tried putting it in boiling water and that didnt work, I want to try a hairdryer but im scared I might ruin the handset, please let me know of any methods please!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo

  • samshit

    same shit

  • reza

    I don’t really understand why people complain so much about viewing angles
    I have an xperia arc S for almost 2 years with its bad viewing angles and it doesn’t ruin my life at all, as long the dead on viewing is good
    Anyways, judging from the picture, Z1 and ZU give the same experience if you look at it dead on, so there’s not enough reason to hate the Z1 just because the viewing angle are worse than ZUs

  • Mokhtar Mouhib

    Absolutly true bro, best screen is for the lg g2 now , but im happy with my z screen and i see no big difference between the z and z1, shame on.sony in this point im dissapointed

  • Than Ramile Dela Cruz

    Its a software update. The contrast is too bad. Jeez, sony liked to rush things. lol

  • Anzilleo Kristello Mozihim

    meh…still an improvement over the Xperia Z.

  • shumaranaman

    OKAY I NEED HELP PLEASE!!!!! – So Im wanting to take off the protective screen on my Z ultra, and the bloody thing is glued on!! I can take it off like I would with my Xperia Z, Xperia Play, Xperia S, or my Xperia P. This one seems like Sony didnt want to go skimpy with the glue. ANYWAYS—- I need help, how can I take it off? I tried putting it in boiling water and that didnt work, I want to try a hairdryer but im scared I might ruin the handset, please let me know of any methods please!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo

  • shumaranaman

    OKAY I NEED HELP PLEASE!!!!! – So Im wanting to take off the protective screen on my Z ultra, and the bloody thing is glued on!! I can take it off like I would with my Xperia Z, Xperia Play, Xperia S, or my Xperia P. This one seems like Sony didnt want to go skimpy with the glue. ANYWAYS—- I need help, how can I take it off? I tried putting it in boiling water and that didnt work, I want to try a hairdryer but im scared I might ruin the handset, please let me know of any methods please!!!! xoxoxoxoxddoxo

  • Micro

    What is that obvious? That the ZU’s screen is better than Z1’s? Or that Z1’s screen is sooooo freaking baaaad that you would never ever ever even look at it and you would rather buy an old oversaturated AMOLED? :| I don’t know either what is WRONG here..

    Come on!!! ZU is much better, but only if compared to Z1! Compare the Z1 display to yours, then complain.
    Geez, @owlwooded:disqus said it straight. Some ppl will never stop hating. Can’t you admit they are both great (or just good!), and the other is better? :/

  • racrepus

    I really don’t understand why people are so hung up on viewing angles? It’s not like your TV in the living room where you might have one of the lounges not facing directly at it. But it’s a phone, 99% of the time, you’re the one holding it, facing it right at you. Frankly, I’d rather less viewing angles so when I’m on public transport or whatever, I don’t have the nosey person sitting next to me reading the text message I’m typing, or watching the game I’m playing. I’m far from a Sony fanboy either, I own one Sony product which is my Acro S. I just fail to see why it’s such a deal breaker for some people.

  • SinaKing

    These are some apple & samsung fans !
    they just want ruined xperia z1 empressive face in the world !

    fu… that shity amoled & super amoled panels !
    go & make a masterpiece like xperia z1 panel from a dead panel colors (tft) & then come here & talk about z1 !

  • P9

    both kings win.

  • SinaKing

    maybe in a year you watch your phone from this angles …
    maybe !
    & they just complaining about viewing angles !

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  • mikhailovich

    I can see that there’s a slight difference, but it’s not the end of the world. I really doubt that it’ll interfere much in the final experience.

  • JOSEPHXPP

    Complaining about a viewing angle problem? Please someone tell them tnot to use the phone sideways.. That’s not how smartphones should be held.

  • SinaKing

    great joke man … :)))
    & excuse me ,
    in this comparison ,
    where is htc one whit that impressive super lcd 3 with 469 pixel per inch ? …
    world’s first 1080p screen on a just 4.7″ display !!!
    you are just dreaming bro !

  • Micro

    As an extremists (an extreme sony fanboy) I would agree completely.

    But I am not, and even If I would, there are other great displays, perhaps better in some ways than the Z1 and the ZU. This new LG G2 is really great for instance, only blind one would deny it. And the AMOLEDs – they are really good too. I hate their oversaturated colors, makes me turn my head off the screen, but when it comes to the black – they have no competitors on this one.

    But this still doesn’t mean, that the Z1 is a piece of crap or Sony have anything to shame about it! Damn! I own a Z1, I can say many things against it, but the last one is the display is BAD!!!!

  • SinaKing

    yes !
    i’m absolutely agree with you !

  • sfordesign

    pffffffffff yea of course you agree with yourself LOL

  • Micro

    next time try to refresh the page before you shout something like this…

  • sfordesign

    it shouldn’t interfere much in the final experience while you are using the phone by yourself, but when you are showing a photo or video to your friends or so, it matters. it shouldn’t matter that much for you but for me.

  • Micro

    Haters gonna hate, that’s all.

  • SinaKing

    you are completely mad !
    i’m not agree with myself !
    all you samsung & apple fans lives in a fantacy world !

  • sfordesign

    neither.

  • Micro

    hey hey… disqss sometimes shows the same person on every post if you don’t refresh the page, no need to fight about it, please.

  • Mokhtar Mouhib

    First nobody says that htc is worst than the others, and i.didnt make any comparaison , maybe you are blind , 2 – sony s display better than.your htc in every comparaison.in youtube , before 2 month ago there was the z and s4 then the htc , but now lg g2, z1 and s4

  • Micro

    Yes dude, I agree with you this time.

    The problem is, we are still talking about all the high-end phones with really high-end displays. Nobody have right to say that S4’s AMOLED is a piece of crap, because it is NOT. It’s best in some aspects. The same goes to G2 and ZU and Z1. They all have their weak points. But when it comes to a matter of taste, it appears all we can do is just fight and hate everything we don’t have and love the one we have.

    And in the meanwhile we don’t even notice when we feed the fucking trolls :/

  • Mokhtar Mouhib

    U r right, for exp my sis has an s4 , i make a lot of comparaisons, when u watching a video nature or something like that like the go pro hero videos my z always wins, and u can see that in youtube too, but when it comes to video clips or human faces s4 wins , i will do a simple test for u guys and u will see

  • Andrie Putra

    Me too… bad viewing angles its not to be concern …

  • Andrie Putra

    here we go again … all troll about bad viewing angle display ..bla bla bla bla …

  • Micro

    There is also a huge difference when the XReality is on or off. The same goes to the old one, the XS. The overall experience slightly differs when BRAVIA was enabled. We cannot compare those technologies with only “better” and “worse”. As you said – this depends on what you actually watch on them. I watched with my friend the Avatar on my Z1, and we tried it on samsung smart TV, my buddies S4 and my other friend’s xperia Z. My sis tried to shine with the Neo V but…. ;) everyone said the best one is Z1 with XReality on. But when we watch photos… well, the S4 wins! So, this freaking depends.

    I really hate when people who never even seen the single device on their own eyes have the most to say about them.

  • Ray

    Well I don’t buy such expensive phone just to get to know that it has bad viewing angles. A premium phone demand a premium display.

  • Mokhtar Mouhib

    Wish i had the z1 now , ur so lucky

  • Selvin

    me too, why bother about viewing angles when the only person looking at the screen is myself, i’m not gonna share what I am messaging to the whole world to see (or to the people beside me).

  • Rizky Maulana

    yeah true, am use xmini over 1 year and still love it <3

  • Micro

    so you don’t even own any of them, and you dare to say their angles are bad? FROM THE PHOTOS? And you know anything about the premium phone?

    Well, then I can assure you – they are not bad. they all are f**ng premium. And the Z1 ones are just a little worse than the 2 of the BEST ones – ZU’s and G2’s.

  • Micro

    prove it

  • JG

    It clearly shows that ZU has better display than the Z1.

  • JG

    go to youtube and search for ZU screen protector removal and you’l definitely find it.

  • Micro

    My bank made me lucky.. I struggled much about it, but if I could only one thing about Z1 – it was worth it. Regardless of all fucking angles, this is a perfect masterpiece premium made insanely fast ridiculously well designed freaking piece of technological art.
    Come on trolls, HATE ME!

  • Putra Munchana Anak Agung

    well i can think of one small advantage you get with better viewing angle : when there’s a group of people watching your phone (e.g. watching video of your newborn baby, all family in the room wants to join)… else, doesn’t really matter!

  • x-periance

    Viewing angel problem can be solve if sony mentioning its one of the display privacy feature… :-).

  • Jmaxim

    Personally, I would prefer a regular LCD display with no issues than a Triluminus, X-Reality, Bravia engine, etc with poor viewing angles. I do not understand how Sony knowing fully well about the complaints with the Z would release another phone with the same issue, especially when they have the technology to do better as in the ZU. Poor viewing angles may not be an issue for some but it’s definitely an issue for others.

  • Micro

    still this is a phone, not a computer or big TV, where actually groups should watch movies on.
    Second, as the phone have some memory, you can hand the phone with the video of your newborn baby once a year (unless you can do it more often) to each person to watch it with the perfect view each one at a time.
    Please, this is just a phone. Not the fucking cinema projector. It’s meant to be personal anyway. And on this one – every freaking phone does the job at least GREAT

  • Micro

    ok, well.. but how come a regular LCD behaves any better in viewing angles than any triluminous or x-reality? X-Reality is a color management engine, as good as Bravia, what impact does it have on any angles…? Now I’m lost..

  • Putra Munchana Anak Agung

    haha exactly.. that’s why is said ‘small advantage’..

  • Geoffxx

    I have owned both the XZ and XZU and now the Z1 – it has a great screen and is equally as good as the XZU – I wish they would reduce viewing angles for a bit of privacy – I’m sick of people trying to look at what I’m doing on my phone

  • Micro

    and THAT is an opinion!

  • Mokhtar Mouhib

    Not a question of money , but cuz he is not in the moroccan market yet, im just waiting when i go to russia next month and i.will buy it, and yes this phone in phenomenal

  • Micro

    I wish you could get it soon enough mate, I really do. I know at this time this will not make you feel better, but it is really worth waiting. I don’t know (and I wouldn’t dare to ask, don’t even wanna know) how this would affect your finances, but this phone hit me badly in that matter. I am not some rich kid who gets everything from their parents. That’s why, on the other hand, I can tell most honestly – I do NOT regret a single cent spent on this phone. You will know what I mean soon dude :) Oh, you will! :)

  • ray

    Hey don’t get me wrong. I’m a sony fan. I’m now using xperia go replacing my old xperia mini. I’m planning to buy new phone next month and this time I want to buy a flagship phone. Having good viewing angles is one of my criteria of buying. Don’t ask whats the matter with viewing angles because it is just me.

  • Mokhtar Mouhib

    Yes you re right, this feeling killing me honestly and i wish i will.not be dissapoiting and i know i will not, ( im telling this cuz i have a speaker issue right now for 3 weeks) but i think the problems in.the z has fixed in.the z1

  • Micro

    OK then, fair enough for me.

    If I could help you with anything, please ask – I have the Z1 so I can do any test you can imagine for you :)

    You know, the public tests are the one side, the real one, independent… it’s the other. Just tell me what should I do, I’ll do my best to bring you the most objective results I can :)

  • Ghareeb Saeed

    I’m gonna get this phone first day drops in the middle east, I’m sending all my love to the haters XO cheers ! x’D

  • Andrew Tan

    Z1 is using back lousy TN/VA panel. No longer as stunning as Z Ultra IPS panel.

  • Andrew Tan

    That is cheat own self.

  • xperiax10.awesome

    Its good to be SONY fan but don’t be a blind fan – always criticize if something is wrong !!
    Xperia Z1 coming after Xperia Z Ultra (Sony’s best screen so far) should have better or atleast similar quality – downgrade NOT acceptable !!
    You are paying premium price – why always compromise !!

  • falesh

    I cant understand y Sony says best but doesnot deliver it…not so gud sony…Z1….i wont buy it…had so much of hopes on u…idont think my next device will be from you….

  • Bambieloy Muroda

    Yow Micro, can you tell me about your Z1’s battery life? :D

  • Fëanáro Nénmacil

    Then privacy should be considered “small advantage” for the other side of argument too :)

    Sharing videos between two people is just fine on my XZ. I always watch movies with my friend on the train when traveling.

    The color doesn’t wash out unless you have like 4 people together and some are on the extreme angles. But practically you don’t share your video with 3-4 + people on a small phone. Better to link the phone to TV.

    I’ve been reading review about bad viewing angle before buying the Z at the time. I don’t find anything annoying and bad using it on my everyday life. Actually I never speak or think about viewing angle at all (because normally I see any washed out color since I always use it head-on). Only the internet reminds me of it bad-viewing angle. Most people are using bashing based on reviews (where some Samsung and iPhone fans are also the reviewers). Only if you own the phone then you’ll know I think. :)

  • roeshak

    The size of the phone with it’s ridiculously huge bezels, the sub par display, and an over hyped camera. All these things make the Z1 certainly not the best of Sony. This phone is nothing more than the Z refresh.
    Let’s hope for better next year, something with at least the same display standard as the ultra and hopefully a camera that truly impresses. Not just something that’s a little better than what was before.

  • Yehaa Afandy

    What about the color black? is it like S4 , or tend to gray?

  • Jurippe

    I don’t get it either, I hate it when people look at my phone when I’m doing shit. My screen, not yours, get the hell away from me.

  • Cristi13

    If you don’t care, you can move on…

  • Cristi13

    On thing, look at the photos, you can still se what’s on the screen, but it looks bad. There is no privacy here.

  • Cristi13

    First of all, people have the right to complaim when they are paying 700$ for it. Also, look and the zu display, it’s even better head , but i guess you don’t want it. Also, it will not give you privacy, the person next to you will be able to see, but probably he will not like it how it looks lol

  • Cristi13

    For the last time it will not give you privacy, it will just look bad

  • Cristi13

    First of all, these bad viewing angles, will not give you privacy, you still can see what’s on the screen, it will look just bad. Second of all,people, stop being so defensive, you told us to shut up when we complained about updates. If we didn’t complained, sony whould have never acknowledged and we would be still waiting for jb. And you don’t care, others do and it would benefit everybody.

  • Tushar

    hey there..can you provide some good low light shots with your z1.

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    My Z had very poor viewing angles but update had resolved it…. Hope same happens with Z1. One can clearly see the color balance issue in 1st picture which was the same as Z’s initial software(greyish hue)….

  • Feanor

    This is an argument I don’t get; when you own a phone with bad viewing angles, content is perfectly legible even from an angle. There is no enhanced privacy, just a feeling that the screen is cheap. I was supposed to buy the Z1 but I played with both the Z1 and the Z Ultra and I can also confirm that the Z1 has very poor viewing angles and visible shift of blue to green even at slightest tilt, as this article demonstrates. I can only presum that Sony has a stock of poor 5 inch screens or they are contractualy bound to a bad supplier. In any case, I won’t be buying the Z1. I’ll be hoping for a Z Ultra type of screen on the Z1 Mini, or I’ll just wait for the Z2.

  • arcu de triumf

    That triluminos feature is just another mumbo jumbo to get ahead of the competition. Sony has many features that aren’t above the other brands or even useless like camera, screen, sound, battery, view angles, many settings etc. Just marketing and high prices. I’m not a Samsung or Nokia or iPhone :D fan I even have an Xperia U but the truth can’t be hidden. Of course, a fan is a fan, they buy whatever Sony sells (like Apple) but that’s another thing.

  • Hjopp

    “If we didn’t complained, sony whould have never acknowledged and we would be still waiting for jb.”

    Sure, and I have this rock that keeps the tigers away. It must be working great since there are no tigers around.

  • Guest

    Fanboys gonna lick sony’s balls, that’s all.

  • tjj

    I don’t mean to spark the debate of viewing angles but I feel my experience on Xperia S is compromised with a poor viewing angle. I put my phone randomly on my table and often the time when I tried to check out the popup of my Whatsapp message (which turn on the screen briefly), I must lean my head over to get a clear view on it. I wouldn’t complain if HTC, LG and Samsung don’t have a superior panel, but they do, and in term of LCD, LG and HTC have great panels! Sony could do better – but they chose not to.

  • fuckedyourmom

    i bought the z1 and used it for a week, held it beside z ultra and i’ve seen the difference. Sold my z1 to a friend and i got myself the z ultra. No regrets here! Sony, fuck you for doing this to your customers

  • krabappel2548

    I don’t get it, I’ve compared my Z1 at full brightness to a Z Ultra in local store, also full brightness. Viewing angles I don’t know, but:
    – Sharpness was better on my Z1 playing the exact same video
    – Colors were also better on my Z1 in my opinion

    But all test say ZU has better screen and Z1 screen is bad..

  • knightpt

    How can this app improve color saturation and viewing angles if the only thing it does is to dimm even more the screen below the minimum of the phone?

    I’m realy confused by your post…

  • Amir

    DEAR SONY. it’s NOT acceptable that the Z1 has an inferior screen to the Z ULTRA. NOT acceptable. the Z1 is even more flagship and premium then the z ultra. please, STOP with these CHEAP panels just to save a bit of money. STOP IT. -sony consumer.

  • cgaer

    Fuck yooouuuu sonyyy i fucking hate youuuuuuuu!!! Wtf i need to buy now? a fucking samsung or ishit?????? wake up sonyyyy !!!

  • Feanor

    Because when with the slightest tilt, you get blues turning into greens, then this is a problem. We are not talking about extreme angles. I tried the Z1 in a store and with the slightest tilt, you get very visible colour shift. The screen of my 1.5 year old Xperia P looks of a higher quality. It’s very disappointing when the Z Ultra really has a great screen. Honestly this time I have to agree, Sony, wake up!

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  • Battal Aljadei

    People believe on SONY and Sony believe in stupidity !

    nice to see you guys criticizing this assholes company whom jop’s to ruin every good invention !

    sony’s the company who sells a softwares with their products as a hardware invention ! i.e “Triluminos”, “Bravia”, “X-Reality”, “walkman”, “X-LOUD”, etc

    i almost forgot: the only hardware piece that sony sell’s the camera button !

    that`s why they’v invented XPERIA-ZR two months after XPERIA-Z (because they’v found that they’r stupid enough to forgot to put a “camera-shutter” on a water-resistance flagship “the xperia-z”)

    and now they`r selling you the same xperia z display with a new name “Triluminos” :)

    and you guys believes those money suckers ?

  • hahaaha

    “The best of Sony is about to get even better” haha good joke… just like the biiigg “honami” xperia z1.

  • evolutionx1

    Lmao!

  • Guest

    whatever wins, samsung Super Amoled is still the best. LoL!!!

    sony is just an unmitigated fool, they were stuck with shitty LCD, while the innovative company like samsung moves forward with an OLED technology.
    sony is over now! so sad, so pitiful.

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  • rexperia

    Shut up! you have no idea about screen tech, go home and get some lesson! i preferred xperia screen with more natural color than over saturated crapmoled. besides, my eyes couldn’t stand with crapmoled…

  • rexperia

    don’t you satisfied to bash and flame here? what’s matter with you? are you drunk? or nuts?

  • rexperia

    GTFO, you’re uninvited and rejected here… shame on you, pathetic!!!

  • x-periance

    Lol… I know….

  • xnay

    So another Sony flagship and another low quality, non-IPS display. This is sad. I’m not talking Z1 display is very bad but I’d like to understand why do they put worse displays from their competition.

  • Micro

    This I call normal usage per my day:
    20 SMSes, 1h talking, 4-6h of constant music via BT, 10 photos, 30min of Skype, ~1h on SSH terminal, everything turned on (NFC, Wi-Fi, BT, 3G/4G, Sync, GPS), SBH20 connected via BT all the time, BT keyboard connected for at least 8h (work), 2-3 runs on “Infectonator Hot Chase” :D, connected to PC via Wi-Fi most of the time (Xperia Connectivity), some Gmail/youtube of course etc.

    never less than 2 full days without charging. I made it without much effort to 4 days once (Stamina took care about it).

    Unless you don’t keep the display ON non-stop, nothing to worry about. It lasts 2 times longer than my Xperia S, exactly the same usage.

  • Micro

    I already did (you can find them easily here on the blog)

  • Diazene

    Is the screen protector as horrible as people try to imply? or is it something you can live with?

  • roeshak

    What you don’t understand is that it really isn’t a question of whether viewing angles on a phone are important or not.
    The problem is it’s an issue no other flagship phone suffers from. It gives the impression of cheap components being used. The viewing angle issue was addressed in 2010 and since then only Sony has continued to put out phones with this problem. A lot of folks don’t want to buy a premium flagship device that’s very expensive to find cheap components in play.
    It’s not about hating on Sony, I’d still have bought the Z1 with its poor viewing angles if I didn’t find the design and size so repelling.
    Poor viewing angles is just something most people believe should be historical. Sony still believe they can use their advanced display technology on cheap panels but it certainly leaves a very sour taste in the mouth.

  • Micro

    It’s slippy, extremely well polished, caused me to drop the phone 2 times already (slipped out of my hands). But on the other hand it does the job – protects from everything I can normally do to it, I can’t complain about it. Unfortunately it resists all but fingers, so I need to have some cloth around. But horrible? no, definitely not.

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    Try it yourself… Adjust level between 30-40 percent and see the difference !!!!

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    Try it yourself… Adjust level between 30-40 percent and see the difference !!!!

  • Diazene

    well, so I guess the phone is durable enough to fall from like, 1.5 meters on a hard surface? that would be amazing

  • Diazene

    well, so I guess the phone is durable enough to fall from like, 1.5 meters on a hard surface? that would be amazing

  • Ayad Anes

    Samsung? u mean the green hue screen ?? hhhh bitch please

  • Ayad Anes

    Samsung? u mean the green hue screen ?? hhhh bitch please

  • Anzilleo Kristello Mozihim

    loooooool best of sony more like worst of sony lolol sony should quit samsung is king apple is king trololollol lelelelelel le ugly phone sucky camera screwed up display lololol #samsung #apple4lyfe #iOS7isthebest #hashtag #yolo swag swaggity swag swag swagfags swaggots swagotry

    This is what I see when I read negative comments below.
    On to the topic, I’m not disappointed with the display of the Z1 mainly because it is an improvement over the Z and the ZL. I don’t look at my phone at an angle anyway.

  • Ayad Anes

    and u gonna suck Samsung and apple balls LOL

  • Micro

    on wooden floor, sure, won’t leave a scratch. On the stone..? If hit with the screen directly… I wouldn’t try that, but no phone can survive that I think.

  • Rob

    Speaking of the ZL, wheres the Z1L? :)

  • Diazene

    well, I’ve seen phonebuff do that to the lumia 920, and it survived

    but is it at least as durable as the galaxy S4?

  • Ayad Anes

    hi Micro please tell me is it heating up when u call or play games?? and what about the cover of charging? cause my Z don’t close perfectly :(

  • Micro

    No phone can survive 1.5m fall on a rock directly with the screen ;) (at least it’s hard to believe, but who knows, if you are lucky enough..)

    S4 have Gorilla Glass, I don’t think Z1 can beat it on this. Especially that Z1 is kinda heavy (metal+glass on both sides, not just glass+plastic), and large dimensions – those make a difference IMO.

  • Micro

    Flips are a WAY better than those in Z. It’s a pleasure now to use them – they close very easily and perfectly.

    I can talk, play and even charge in the same time (charging while playing/watching Dexter/ etc), it only gets a little worm, not hot, no. Z overheats and I couldn’t play on it actually any game and hold it for long, or my hands would melt. Z1 is much better. Of course it gets warmer when it have to do some heavy work, but there is no overheating now.

  • leono

    with the xperia z1, Sony has a good chances to win the show at galaxy s4, it does not matter samsung, you will catch up with the galaxy s5 :)

  • josesl16

    No, well, the S just has plain bad screen.

  • Diazene

    well, thanks a lot, hope I didn’t bother you much

    BTW, here’e the video

    http://allaboutwindowsphone.com/flow/item/16245_PhoneBuff_tests_Nokia_Lumia_92.php

  • hansip87

    Well sony doesnt say anything about viewing angle with the Triluminos. All I’ve heard is the greater color palette and it proves. So i think it’s still on their promise. Beside, anybody’s a fool if they buy phone just by a viewing angle.

  • Anzilleo Kristello Mozihim

    I’m actually waiting for such device. Hoping SONY would make it. If not then I guess it’s either the Z1 or the LG G2 but my gut telling me to go for the Z1.

  • Cristi13

    I think you missed the post where they acknowledged that they’ve received our complains and they are slow, so the will improve. Now about that rock….

  • http://www.facebook.com/josej.tharayil Jose J Tharayil

    Xperia Z ultra wins only in angle view… that to only gamma loss… this has high impact in perceived quality…but if you use xperia Z1 head on display is unbeatable… in 45% angle gamma loss is 50%.. which is huge..

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  • jdclegendre

    are you somewhat retarded!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/taltigolt Jonathan Gustafsson

    i asked sony about this and linked them this article this was their response

    Hi Sir. On this issue one device is made for your personal use, the other being larger can be used to share a view with multiple people. The debate of the view angle must be taken with a grain of salt as it references viewing the screen in impossible or unrealistic angles that would never occur in normal life/use.

  • Ton

    At this moment, I have a SONY Xperia Z Ultra and its screen mesmerizes me all day and night long. In my opinion, it’s the best natural colored smartphone’s screen thus far. Although I’m a Sony fanboy since I were young, I denied buying Sony Xperia Z just because of the screen. When I first have a hand on the Sony Xperia Z, I thought there was something wrong with the screen. Finally, I found out that it has been like this at the first place. Some may say that no one will use a smartphone from that angle. But I really do. For example, when I uses it as a GPS in the car, when I turned on the walkman during taking a bath, when I shared my screen with my colleagues, I see it from that blind spot. It is quite annoying why the premium flagship of SONY fell short of a very common smartphone expectation. Still, that standard is repeated again in the Sony Xperia Z1. It’s quite hard to understand the engineering and managing mind of SONY.

  • Jmaxim

    BS, their LED TV’s have the same issue, poor viewing angles.

  • Vincent

    Another fuc..p with HUGE BEZELS from SONY.

  • Vincent

    Sony, unlike other companies set a new trend, the display must be completely unreadable. And fanboys like it!

  • Vincent

    an Iphone 4 to 5s or HTC ONE has regular IPS LCD without “spectacular” technology like BRAVIAs TRILUMINOS XREALITY etc. ..and their screens are simply stunnig. Sony sells p.o.shit with marketing babble

  • Ik

    My Z Ultra wins!!!!!

  • azzido

    I heard that first Z1 has leftover panels from Z (magazines) and this is why there is no difference! Is that true?

  • Brad Williams

    The problem with these comparisons is two identical phones can have marked difference in the screen. My Gf and I both have Z’s and her screen is completely different to mine. So comparing apples with apples just doesn’t always work.

  • GEEKnorway

    I wouldn’t say that the Z1 is more premium. But the Z1 is the flagship device, and I agree that it should at LEAST be on par with the Ultra…

  • GEEKnorway

    I have Xperia Z and I am more than satisfied with it.

    The only downfall with it, is its viewing angles. I thought it wouldn’t be a big deal to me, but it is. Whenever I want to show people a photo or a video, or anything in general (maps, apps, etc.) It really is washed out and sometimes it is impossible to see what is on the screen. For people more concerned about privacy than sharing, this is a good thing. But I like to share stuff.

    Lucky me, won a Z1 on my local Sony Mobile facebook-page. I am really excited, but I hope the viewing angles is better than what they were on the Z…

  • Micro

    that’s the nature of all trolls ;)
    Retards, big time. Too stupid to be angry at them, and still too similar to humans to just exterminate them ;P

  • bitch Plss

    ridiculous!!!! it’s not bout view angles and don’t act like your smartphone is just 3.5″ size nowadays smartphone screens get bigger and big enough to let anyone saw what you’re doin.

  • Selvin

    you are commenting in an article showing the difference in viewing angles between the Z1 and the Z Ultra and you can say it is not about the viewing angles. What are you talking about man.
    Yes, smartphone screens are getting bigger, but that doesn’t mean that I need good viewing angles to let everyone see what I am doing.
    Don’t know who is being ridiculous here.

  • Yehaa Afandy

    How are the black levels?

  • xperiafan324

    The problem imho, isn’t a practical one per-se. It’s just that after the Z Ultra, we were all expecting Sony to use the same or even better display tech, yet Sony took a step back by fitting the Z1 with the e-IPS panels again. It’s very unfortunate because until I found out about the e-IPS, the Z1 was going to be my next phone, now I’m split between getting a budget chinese phone or to wait for the Z2 or whatever the spring 2014 xperia flagship is called.
    There’s no other brand like Sony in the smartphone arena, so it’s definitely hard to resist the temptation of getting a Z1, but still, as a Sony fan, I expect Sony to truly deliver the BEST OF SONY. And until they do, I’m going to have my disappointment heard with my wallet.

  • The Rock

    OLED is expensive, not to mention how they ‘die’ out faster than LCD. That is why a majority of companies prefer using LCD, or variants of LCD’s. Samsung does move forward, but they move too fast and get out of track. Sony was moving slow at first, but look at how fast they caught up or perhaps exceeded Ssmsung already in the mobile phone market? So sad, so pitiful especially when the Korean giant was moving forward to begin with!

  • Guest

    “majority of companies prefer using LCD”

    reall? hahahaha+

    bull fucking shit!

    whats this? http://www.displaysearch.com/cps/rde/xchg/displaysearch/hs.xsl/130822_samsung_galaxy_and_apple_iphone_driving_5_increase_in_mobile_phone_display_revenues.asp

    cmon frog! u gotta jump out of the coconut shell.

  • Guest

    what makes u think i’m samsung or apple fan? Are u sure? really? hahahaha what a dumbass fanboy but … fuck it! I don’t care!

  • shayan gozarabadi

    as i said before xperia z1 is a total fail…at least for me it is

  • Zenshi

    guys there are different screens for the Z1, one of those is a mva panel and thats why the viewing angles are bad and the contrast is low like 660:1 but there is the ips one (tps?) which has good viewing angles like Z ultra and a contrast of
    1513:1 is which very good for a lcd and better than the Zultra. the pics clearly shows the mva one but if it was the ips one people wouldn’t say the same.

  • Guest

    How do you know this?

  • TheBrick™

    Sony sucks!! ROFL

  • TheBrick™

    Very true! LOL

  • TheBrick™

    What do you expect from a shit? ROFL :P

  • TheBrick™

    Tell me, what it taste of Sony balls? salty? or too bitter? ROFL!!

  • TheBrick™

    Kings? You meant the SGN3 and SGS4 right? . . . of course you are .

  • Micro

    you seem to know pretty much about taste of balls… oh well.. you probably feel lucky.. we can only feel sorry for you… did you choose your favorite taste already? lol..

  • shanefalco

    z ultra have retroillumination triluminos and front panel lcd ips (good
    view angle), z1 retroillumination triluminos and front panel lcd tn (low
    view angle). Ips tecnology is the best in the smartphone area. sony
    lost in a glass of water! I prefer lcd ah-ips develop by lg. :)

  • Marques
  • TheBrick™

    I know that you’re sad, but that’s natural…poor you :(

  • Mint

    Triluminos my ass.

  • TheBrick™

    Ignored him, he just upset with this news…..well, you know, the truth is hurt isn’t it? :(

  • TheBrick™

    What do expect from fanboys? :/

  • TheBrick™

    Bla bla bla…..

  • TheBrick™

    Take my advice, do not trust some random guys on internet, for example the person you asked, he used to lick Sony balls, everything he says could be a lie…the end.

  • Dexter Moregan

    It’s not a big deal for me after I try to compare it by myself. I still insist to buy Z1

  • Siberian Messenger

    But the truth is, everybody is just listening to him, and you’re totally igonored, isn’t it?

  • Siberian Messenger

    The Best of Sony… Sony never guaranteed that the best screen would be IPS-TFT, and the viewing angle isn’t the main issue of a premium screen. Saying that a screen with a poor viewing angle is a bad screen, that is just users’ prejudices. The basic aspects of a good screen should be vivid color performance, high brightness and high contrast. In fact, those IPS-TFT screens used in phones from Chinese manufactures have a poorer performance in those basic aspects.

  • roeshak

    I know this is totally unrelated but I just wanted to mention it.
    Last Friday, I got my hands on another Xperia Z at work to find on it a display that seemed totally different to mine.
    Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always known of the whole sharp vs jdi panel business but I just didn’t expect the difference between them to be so glaring. My phone’s display was far more vivid and alive than that of the other Z. It’s ridiculous!!
    Not only in vibrancy of colours but also in brightness and contrast.
    Like I said, I never expected such a difference so never bothered to investigate more. I don’t know which panel mine is using but I’m certainly relieved of it.
    Now, I understand why there was such criticism of the Z’s display. Maybe it was people with that other panel. The one I’ve got is miles better expect for viewing angles. That other one was just so washed out and lifeless. It’s just insane that Sony would use such glaringly different panels in the same model. It’s mad some of the judgments this company makes sometimes.

  • TheBrick™

    Take my advice, never again Sony.

  • TheBrick™

    I know that you sad with this news, i’m upset too…never again Sony :(

  • Louis Trujillo

    dont see samsung with 50+ years of patents. nor the first to make an oled tv. nor their tvs to perform better than sony’s. samsung is the GE of korea.

  • UrDad

    majority of companies prefer using LCD, simply coz amoled gives fake colors and fails epically on sunny days, u sad sammy sheep?

  • Zyo

    Now I had owned multiple Samsung devices (Galaxy S, Galaxy Nexus) and PS Vita (Samsung OLED screen) I’d say AMOLED color is vibrant but not accurate at all. Z1 seems to have better color accuracy hands down.
    And don’t forget about screen burn in for AMOLED.

  • Adrian Remus

    Regarding your comment on Sony vs Nokia. Here, from GSMA article:

    Sadly, we are still in the process of obtaining both of them for an extensive camera shootout, but luckily our colleagues at TBreak.se have managed to do that already and had some quick shots to share with it.

    TBreak.se is the source, NOT Gsmarena tests.

  • TheBrick™

    Never again Sony ;)

  • TheBrick™

    True story :D

  • TheBrick™

    Not just you mate, it does to anybody else too, just some people is too shy to admit that ;)

  • P9

    no! I mean Z1 & ZU ftw!

  • shayan gozarabadi

    exactly my friend :)

  • Karri

    What I want to know if it still has that absolutely horrendous over-exposure brightness problem with light colors. The XPERIA Tablet Z has this issue, and so does my Walkman.

  • Vitali
  • Babylonbwoy

    Sony plans to release high end uhd/4k oled tv for the end of the year.

    http://www.lesnumeriques.com/tv-televiseur/sony-livrera-tous-premiers-tv-oled-uhd-4k-fin-2013-n29257.html

  • Zenshi

    Because i saw different tests of the screen in different tech sites like gsm arena which claims it has a contrast of 1513:1 and one of digital versus who says it is a mva panel and the viewing angles and contrast are poor.i also saw a video of the Z1 and Zultra comparison and they BOTH had good viewing angles.

  • Battal Aljadei

    first: i criticize SONY here (MOST OF THE TIME) because i like sony and i want it to be better,
    second: regarding that comparison there`s about 5 website already did that and if you don’t trust any of them that’s your problem not mine or SONY !

  • Adrian Remus

    Wait for some “official” comparisons, okay?

  • Sergey Mirona

    The phone is $ 800 – must stand a better display. Best display XTC ONET, Meizu MX 2,….. Sony Z1 – very poor display for $ 800 . Sony – a shame to have such a display in the top products.

  • Battal Aljadei

    okay !

  • shanefalco

    wow xperia z1 have a wonderful display: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awgHv1B0tts stupid sony fanboy!!!

  • Guest

    I guess a picture is worth a thousand words.

  • Shawn Smith

    It shows that Sony is using poor quality parts for its screen. No other flagship in the market has blues turning green whenever the phone isn’t looked at straight out.

  • TheBrick™

    ROFL.. Definitely Z1 & ZU will win against the previous Xperias, but never with others, but you can’t see that because you’re blind. Nuff said.

  • TheBrick™

    Give me 5 buddy XD

  • shayan gozarabadi

    i’m batman by the way :D

  • Louis Trujillo

    i know. it’ll probably be wayyy cheaper than samsungs too

  • Nasar Khan

    Owning more or less every Sony Ericsson/Sony flagship, I have to say I am a bit disspointed with the phone. I got mine today and was hoping for a lot. The phone itself is beautiful. Slightly bigger than the Z but much better designed. The phone has grown on me and my Z is a thing of the past. It could be a tad smaller but they ain’t to much of an issue based on the camera size, battery and the waterproofing. you tend to forget the size of the bezels quickly. Everything on it is really good apart from the screen. The viewing angles are awful. They seem worse than my Z. The default wallpaper don’t do it justice either! For a phone that price and all the criticism with the Z’s display I thought Sony would of learnt their lesson. The tablet Z which I also own is superb. The Z Ultra from reviews is superb! So why have they let the Z1 down by using the same type screen as the Z. Now I know some of you will say who cares about viewing angles. I was the same. But if your going to release a premium device, trying to compete with other OEM’s then this needs to be sorted! For the price of the Z1 it needs be much better especially for those loyal Sony fans like me who have stuck with Sony. I will wait next year for the Z2 if it exists or whatever flagship they bring out, and if the screen is the same then I might give it a miss and move on…

  • Guest

    Sony is relying on all the Sony fanatics who will buy their products regardless of the quality. However, they should remember that they are vulnerable as a company and the mobile market can be very unforgiving.

  • Barış Gülten

    Guys, Is anybody know that pencil is working with Xperia Z1 like Z Ultra ?

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  • Denny

    I think this was all about personal preferences…. good or bad its up to the person eyes and taste… just look carefuly before buy but once u settled and bought dont compare and be sure what u has choosen because all device not 100% perfect ..just my 2 cents

  • martin

    hey,, shutup man. you dont know anything about sony. thats why you are talking like this.sony is the best smartphone manufacture in the world. the XPERIA Z ULTRA use opti-cpntrast DISPLAY PANEL and the XPERIA Z1 use no-airgap DISPLAY PANEL. so that, the z ultra have more contrast and viewing angles.

  • Vikum B. Wijekoon

    actually if you can root it you can get full accurate color and i should say its quite great. still it burns, mine has faded blue.

  • Andrew Tan

    Most at market is that crap VA panel. So many shop I went across Malaysia and Singapore, none having IPS panel for Z1.

    One day Sony will lose all the customer if continue use such lousy low quality screen panel!

  • Andrew Tan

    Simply to save cost.

    Sony never learn from mistake, screen is important!

  • MJ HKR

    NO ZU and Z1 fail to create sensation. its just a fake colors. brightness is more than a color. when u increase brightness only it increases brightness nor the color. color still the same. but coming to Samsung amoled increases brightness along with color. u may say amoled creates fake color and its itchy for ur eyes. u go to display settings and decrease the saturation will ur sony gives increasing saturation. no. they even forgot CLEAR BLACK color. but Samsung doesnot forgot clear black u can see clear black in dark place.
    its not a war between companies its war between Display tech.
    And ur saying large number of companies using LCD than Amoled becoz LCD is Bludy Bittchi Cheaper than Other display tech
    Mind it.

  • Siberian Messenger

    What for? I came here just to watch everyone’s recation to Z1’s screen… I’ll never have to upset about Z1’s screen performance, and there’s nothing gonna prevent me from getting a Z1 :)

  • slickfreak

    you wish…you really like plastic toys don’t you?.

  • Roxas

    Xperia Z1 Wins Brightness Screen

  • hsong

    Oh I see,you are an alien who view ur phone in a different way??
    Tell me,how do u use ur phone everyday??

  • the 666

    I have had Samsung phones since galaxy 1. Z1 is my first sony. And It is better overall, even the display is mutch sharper and natural than those amoled displays.

  • Aaron Torres

    Ur an idiot. Sonys triluminos with xreality shits all over samsung amolef with oversaturated and bluish colors

  • disqus_PX6xsEo9Va

    Hey u admin motherfucker u know I will fuck ur poor mother . Did u hear that motherfucker?

  • disqus_PX6xsEo9Va

    Hey u dicky motherfucker u know I will fuck ur mother . Do u know that fucking motherfucker

  • urmom2000

    in oled displays the colors get way oversagurated and it makes it look unnatural. oh, on an amoled screen you can burn out some subpixels which means the phone will get ugly burns and lines on the screen over time, so ur wrong

  • urmom2000

    yeah… id like to see you use better parts to build a phones screen than sony…

  • urmom2000

    yeah but, the camera on the z1 has 20,7 mp, so they must be doing something right… or at least use some awesome parts that no other device than the lumia hasever beaten…

  • urmom2000

    i got a z1 and i for one reason cant find anything wrong with the angles…

  • urmom2000

    ehem… 20,7mp camera…

  • urmom2000

    camera camera camera camera camera!!!!! 20,7 mfucpingsles!!!!

  • shayan gozarabadi

    so??

  • Raul

    Guys Please take a look a this comparison between the note 3 and z1 and learn something once and for all. Different is not worse or better, is just different.

    http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Samsung-Galaxy-Note-3-vs-Sony-Xperia-Z1_id3468#7-

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