SONY XPERIA Z: Head Turner

Mar 14 2013, 14:31 IST
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Sony’s best phone yet, packed with high-performing hardware and plenty of apps. (Reuters) Sony’s best phone yet, packed with high-performing hardware and plenty of apps. (Reuters)
SummarySony’s best phone yet, packed with high-performing hardware and plenty of apps.

There’s a lot to like about the Sony Xperia Z Android phone. It looks and feels great in the hand, and has a host of eye-grabbing features, including the full high definition screen for watching movies, a great camera, long battery life, and the unique water and dust resistance feature.

The Japanese technology firm’s latest device—priced at R38,990 and easily the best Android phone Sony has ever produced—is jostling for consumer attention in the high-end smartphone segment, alongside Apple’s iPhone series, Samsung’s Galaxy smartphone range and the BlackBerry Z10. I spent almost 15 days with this beautifully designed device and take my word, the Xperia Z is a phone that will make your friends jealous. Read on to find out.

It is true that Sony is one of the most recognised consumer electronics brands in the country, with a reputation for new age technology and fairly good after sales service. I have personally been a user and fan of Sony products since many years; Sony Bravia 42-inch LED TV is the latest gadget in the living room, joining the ranks of a Sony music system, DVD player and a Sony Walkman (all still running smoothly). Therefore, it was a natural extension for me to associate with the Xperia Z. This is the first smartphone to be entirely developed by the Japanese firm since its separation from mobile phone partner Ericsson last year.

By any yardstick, this is easily Sony’s best phone yet, and one of the best Android offerings ever released. It offers a pleasant design and an interesting interface. The device comes in white, black and purple colour. Gone are the curved edges and rounder corners. Instead, Sony designers have gifted us with a slab of technology which looks imposing and beautiful at the same time.

There’s a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 13.1-megapixel camera, 4G cellular connectivity and 16 GB of built-in storage, which can be augmented using microSD cards. Xperia’s Z powerful Quadcore processor allows its users to play four videos simultaneously. Despite its slim 7.9 mm body, the phone is highly durable with tempered glass and anti-shatter film on the front and back. Water and dust resistance is another unique and interesting feature that the Sony Xperia Z offers, which are very relevant to customers in the country.

Switch on the device and its 5-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel Reality Display pops with colour and vibrancy and packs

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