Friday, March 01, 2013

Sony Xperia Z - Feature Overview

Sony introduced a new smartphone called the Xperia Z this month to compete against  high-end smartphones like the HTC One, Blackberry Z10 and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4. It will be the company’s flagship handset for 2013 and comes packed with features from top to bottom, providing a lot of value for those looking to buy a high end Android phone. Having struggled to maintain a strong presence in the Android marketplace when compared with Samsung and LG, Sony is hoping that the Xperia Z will help its models become more competitive and gain some market share from customers wanting a fully featured device.

The Sony Xperia Z is a very thin phone at only 0.3" of thickness. However it is fairly large because of its 5" 1080 HD display, providing a bright and vibrant image. This screen is enhanced by Sony's Mobile Bravia 2 technology, which is a post enhance the  colors and contrast when you are watching high definition videos or images. Any bright colors like red, green or blue will show brighter and more vibrant, which helps distinguish this model even more.
The hardware design is also unique thanks to its plastic and aluminium single case body, where the power button, volume, Micro-SD slot, SIM slot and power connector can be found, on the sides which are squared and waterproof. In fact, the whole device can resist to water immersions. Sony says that the Xperia Z can be plunged into water for up to 30 minutes without suffering any damage. Even in water, the phone will work just fine.

On the back of the device is the 13 MP HD camera which takes full HD videos and photos, along with a frontal 2 MP camera for video conferencing and video calls. The back camera has a flash which helps provide quality pictures both at night and during the day. The phone also has NFC support which allows for near field communication for apps such as the Google Wallet, and all the typical connection options like WiFi and Bluetooth. It supports LTE and 3G, along with all the frequencies in Europe and the US. The internal storage space has 16GB for applications, and an additional memory card can be added. The quad-core 1.5GHz CPU provides more power than most other Android devices out there which helps drive the massive 5" display and allow any modern game to be played.

The software side has a few enhancements that Sony provided such as a new power saving mode. In this mode, individual apps can be shut down so that they cannot run in the background and use extra battery power. The camera app also has extra editing options and sharing features which makes it on par with other offerings, and the Xperia Z comes with things like touch focus, face detection and image stabilization. While it is a more expensive device, it is available from multiple providers such as AT&T in the US and Rogers in Canada at a subsidized price. For more details, please visit your nearest retailer.

Strong points
- 5 inch full HD resolution display with scratch-resistant glass protection.
- Dust and Water resistant design.
- 13.1 mega-pixel rear camera and 2.2 MP front-facing camera.
- Quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon Krait processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB storage.
- Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 with Sony’s custom user interface.

- Battery is non-removable and can’t be accessed by users.
- Display doesn't have great viewing angles and contrast levels for a flagship unit.
- Lacks a dedicated camera key.

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