A Trip with the World’s Best Smartphone
I am an Apple person. Not the fruit variety, but the smartphone. When I got my first Apple iphone years ago, I thought that I could never stray from its simplicity and looks. But, recently I was pleasantly surprised at the huge advancements made in the world of smartphones while I have been dedicated to Apple – most notably, the recent award-winning contribution from Sony.
The Sony brand has certainly come a long way since its inception in the 1940s in Tokyo. After many years of creating appliances the world loved, in 2001 the Sony Mobile Communications Inc. came into being, more commonly known as Sony Ericsson.
With the goal of producing cellphones (now smartphones) that can take digital photos as well as download and view videos, the company brought out the K750i with a two megapixel camera. From this first introduction into the cellular industry, the current flagship phone from Sony is the Xperia XZ Premium – not only is it lightyears away from the K750i, this smartphone has also beaten many opponents in the today’s tech-extreme world.
Last year at the annual Global Mobile Awards (or Glomo Awards), the Xperia XZ Premium was named as the Best New Smartphone or Connected Mobile Device at the World Mobile Congress (WMC). This accolade is not the only one on Sony’s shelf thanks to its new flagship smartphone. The device has also been recognised as GSM Arena’s Best New Mobile Handset, UK Blog Awards Best Innovation, Tech Radar’s Reader’s Choice and Best Smartphone, as well as Wired’s Coolest of WMC.
With such impressive honours, I was keen to see whether I would either love it, using it during a trip to London, or miss my oldfaithful. Spoiler: the Xperia XZ Premium was the ultimate travel companion.
After arriving in London and getting a local sim card, setting up the Xperia XZ Premium was simple – I just had to follow the prompts for all my Google account information to be loaded to the device. In terms of password security, the options covered many bases, including the choice of a number password, finger print scanner, or a pattern. The finger print scanner is on the side of the Xperia, which did take some time getting used to.
Visiting the Android store, all my needto-have apps for my travels were extremely easy to download, such as Instagram, Facebook, Airbnb, and Tripadvisor. All in all, setting up the Xperia to my liking took all of 20 minutes, at most.
One morning, the simplicity and ease of use of the Xperia was discovered when it began snowing. When in the centre of London, snow is not that much of a frequent occurrence, and coming from South Africa, I was eager to capture the moment. Grabbing the Xperia, the video setting was found in a matter of seconds, despite this being the first time I was searching for it, and I was able to record the snow falling in perfect clarity, thanks to the 4K HDR display – the first smart phone ever to have this – and Motion Eye camera.
What is more common in London than snow is rain. I had to have the Xperia out a lot while out and about, in order to follow directions on Google Maps, and take photos of all the sights I was visiting – and rain did not stop me. Luckily, the Xperia is water resistant, so I did not have to submerge it in rice after a day in the rain.
The fact that the Xperia is reinforced with durable Corning Gorilla Glass 5 made me a lot less nervous running around London with my phone in my hand.
All things considered, the Xperia XZ Premium was a fantastic travel companion, and my time with it made it very easy to see why it has been named as the best smartphone of 2017 – even making me rethink where my smartphone loyalties lie.