BOR­ING PHONE, GOOD CAM­ERA

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. I

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

DE­SIGN

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.

PER­FOR­MANCE

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.

CAM­ERA

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.

BAT­TERY

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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