No Compromises

The Compact has a 20 megapixel camera. It does not compromise on the camera or the processor.
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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Price:
Rs 34,990
Specs: 4.3-inch display; 20.7 MP camera; 2.2GHz quad-core processor; 2 GB RAM; 16GB internal storage, expandable memory; 2300 mAh battery; WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G

First come the flagship smartpones and then the smaller counterparts. Sony Xperia Z1 Compact follows the same script. It has slightly trimmed dimensions and a 4.3-inch display, but everything else is the same. The Compact follows the Xperia design. Glass panels at the front and back in an aluminium shell look impressive. There is Sony branding on the front and a camera module at the back. Controls and ports are neatly placed on the sides. While Sony claims it to be water- and dust-resistant, the front and back panels attracted scratches that call for a screen guard for both. The Compact has a 20 megapixel camera. It does not compromise on the camera or the processor. It is bundled with Sony's own imaging software that acts as a bit of a spoiler. The superior auto mode that automatically changes the settings according to the surroundings does not always work. The details are captured but there is noise when used indoors. Instead, the images seem to be over-processed. I preferred using the camera in the manual mode. The device has a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM, which make it easy to play heavy graphics games and multitasking. I tried multitab browsing and it did not show any signs of slowing. Its superb battery lasted me over a day and a half on excessive usage.

Bag it or junk it: A good device but is slightly overpriced.

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