Earlier this month, We got our hands on Sony’s latest flagship high end smart phone — The Sony Xperia Z — to ‘test use’ and discover for ourselves what the buzz around this device is all about.
Up on first inspection, there are two notable details that stand out completely. First, is its beautiful, thin, uni-body as well as wafterproof design and secondly, its breathtaking specifications. Let’s take a closer look.
The iphone was the first phone to introduce the concept of unibody design to mobile phones. Sony took it a step further by introducing the water resistant feature. This means that people will no longer have to worry about water damage accidents.
The Xperia Z has a ridiculous 1.5 ghz Qualcomm quad-core processor with 2gb of ram, a 16 GB internal storage with up to 64 gig expandable sd card and a beautiful 5 inch display. Moreover, the xperia z also has a 13 megapixel camera at the back as well as, a 2 MP front facing camera. Most shockingly however, is its weight. It is unbelievably very light than it looks, probably lighter than any of its competitors in the same category.
Furthermore, this device also boasts the most standard features expected to be found in any modern high end smart phone. Things like Near Field Communication (NFC), an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a compass … are all included.
However, one little hiccup I experienced with this device is the positioning of the speaker. For right handed users, this will turn out to be problematic because the speaker will be blocked/covered by the palm when holding the phone vertically. This shouldn’t be an issue for the left handed users.
Sony did a great job to optimize Android 4.1.2 to really run smoothly on the Z; this manifests its self in the improved performance of this device, especially when multitasking and when running applications that require a lot of resources like graphic intense games. The performance remains consistent and there aren’t any issues of crashing or freezing whatsoever.
In Conclusion …
After the long publicised split with Ericsson there was a misconception that Sony had lost its magic touch in the mobile phone market. But this misconception is now totally disproved by the Sony Xperia Z.
The Xperia Z is no doubt, one of the best, if not the best, mobile phones on the market right now. One good reason why you should seriously consider getting it if you are due for an upgrade soon, is the pricing. At R369/pm on MTN contract, it is the cheapest in comparison with the HTC one, the Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5.
It is still very early to speculate, but the Xperia Z is really not that far from emulating the successes of the iphone and the Samsung galaxy brand (GS3 and GS4) – Actually, with the xperia Z, I firmly believe Sony is in a very good position to challenge its closest competitors for market share and (ultimately) dominance.