Boring phone, good camera

Like the first Xperia, the latest Xperia Z series has many innovations like a waterproof body.
twitter-logoNidhi Singal | Print Edition: November 2013
Sony Xperia Z1
Sony Xperia Z1

Sony Xperia Z1
Price: Rs 40,500
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Sony, once the top cameraphone company in India, has started reviving its design philosophy to gain a strong foothold in the highly competitive smartphone market. Its latest phones are a testament to the fact that the company is thinking out of the box. Its latest flagship, the Xperia Z1, is no different.

Like the first Xperia, the latest Xperia Z series has many innovations like a waterproof body. But the entire range looks alike except for the different screen sizes. With a glossy front and glass back, the Xperia Z1 is a fingerprint magnet. Nonetheless, the Z1 too has a unibody design that makes it both dust and water proof. And that is a huge thumps up.

The Sony Xperia Z1 offers snappy performance without any lag. From launching the camera to playing heavy graphic game like Asphalt Racing, everything was smooth. This Android did not slow down with multiple apps. We ran multiple synthetic benchmark tests on the Xperia Z1 and it definitely scored better than the LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy S4.

Boasting AN Exmor RS sensor, the Xperia Z1's 20.7 MP camera has the highest count for any Android. It has a large 1.2/3" imaging sensor and a wide F/2.0 aperture. The images are good with low noise levels. Certain images lacked focus and had noise. This issue has been rectified to an extent with a software update.

The Xperia Z1 houses an embedded 3000mAh battery in its 8.5mm thin frame, which lasted just over 12 hours on a single charge, with around three hours of talktime and other use. The company has recently announced a software upgrade which economises power consumption. We tried this out and the phone did last a couple of hours more.

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