A good looking android phone
The Sony Xperia Z1 is a power-packed smartphone in a waterproof housing. The full HD smartphone has several impressive features. Even though it does resemble its predecessor, the Xperia Z, it's elegant looks maintain Sony's reputation of stylish designs.
The glass-coated casing is stunningly impressive, it is highly prone to fingerprints and smudges. Sony has used a single piece of aluminium for the casing, giving a premium yet sturdy finish.
The microSD slot and micro USB port sit on the top left side. The micro SIM slot, power button and volume rocker occupy the left side of the body. All the ports — except 3.5mm sound out — are hidden under similar coloured rubber caps to ensure that the phone actually stay water proof.
Measuring 144x74x8.5mm, the device is quite compact but the angular design makes it a bit difficult to hold and use single handed. On the plus side, the device is IP58 certified ensuring that the Z1 is dust and water resistant . Though the glass back looks a bit flimsy, it survived quite a few drops during our test.
Undoubtedly, the biggest USP is its full HD screen. Boasting a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, the Z1's screen is great to watch movies or play games. In our display test we found the colours, viewing angle, banding and saturation to be impressively perfect.
Inside, the phone boasts of a powerhouse Quad Core Snapdragon MSM8974 2.2GHz processor along with 2GB of RAM. It also has an Adreno 330 GPU doinf graphic duties.
While testing the phone we opened multiple tabs in chrome, multitasked through several data intensive social networking sites and played a few heavy duty games like Asphalt. And in every test we found the device very responsive, without any noticeable lag.
In the benchmarking session, the Xperia Z1 performed like a monster. It scored 33799 in Antutu and 1148 in Vellamo Metal. The only other phone that bettered its score — that too with just a few points — is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
The 20.7 megapixel camera performed well, irrespective of lighting conditions. The handset also has a 2 megapixel front camera for video calling. Plus, Sony has released a clip on lens for more impressive results. We will review that soon.
The Z1's battery is impressive — 3000mAh, this lasts almost two days on a full charge.
The Sony Xperia Z1 is the best phone till date from the manufacturer. Available for a little less than Rs 43,000, the Z1 is a bit expensive, but the overall performance is super.
VERDICT: Great screen paired with a decent camera and great hardware