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Sony, $749 ★★★★ The Xpe­ria Z is Sony’s sex­i­est smart­phone — by far. Shaped like a min­i­mal­ist slice of glass and plas­tic, the 4G Z is a se­vere-look­ing de­vice that ap­pears to have no ex­ter­nal open­ings or nav­i­ga­tion but­tons, ex­cept for a pro­nounced power key and a vol­ume rocker on its side. Ev­ery­thing else is hid­den to keep this phone dust and water-re­sis­tant. It’s not all good looks, ei­ther. Sony’s flag­ship phone uses a 1.5GHz quad­core pro­ces­sor and 2GB RAM to power An­droid Jelly Bean soft­ware (4.1) and light up a 5-inch full high­def­i­ni­tion screen with a sharp 441 pix­els-per-inch res­o­lu­tion. The screen, best viewed from straight on as colours wash out at an an­gle, helps high­light sharp re­sults from its 13-megapixel cam­era.

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