The Xperia Z1 inherits the general aesthetic of the Xperia Z, with a minimalist look. The edges and corners, however, have been chamfered very skillfully and terminal seems thinner than its predecessor although in reality it is not.
Physically, the terminal is probably the most heavy in its category, with 170 grams that loaded fairly in your pocket. Even though your display is not greater than those of the Samsung S4 Galaxy or the Xperia Z, the overall size if it is a few millimeters larger, and it doesn’t help see the Z1 as a thin device. The Xperia Z1 feels large and rocky, but after a few days with no longer note the difference.
The positive side of the solid construction of the Xperia Z1 is that it is a hard phone. We’ve used to hair, no sleeves and with little care. The terminal has endured multiple drops on tile and cement, undeterred. Has not suffered a single scratch.
The only point that we have not liked for its construction are the caps that protect the ports MicroSD, SIM, and MicroUSB on the sides. The open seem to be very fragile and, although we have not had problems with them, we recommend that you treat them with affection because, if broken, we can go say goodbye to the water resistance. The solution to not walk continually opening and closing these flaps is the charging base Sony DK31, which uses the two contacts to water testing. To date, this accessory is not yet available.
Wide and bright, the five inch screen of the Sony Xperia Z1 is excellent in terms of visibility, sharpness and color. Its resolution FullHD ebony 1080p makes it a joy to read texts in the browser, or in a book managment (its density is 441 pixels per inch).
In general lines, the screen has a quality comparable to that of the Samsung S4 Galaxy except for one detail. Is the LCD panel, which limits quite the viewing angles of the terminal connection to the OLED Korean. On the positive side, the colored backlight that Sony Triluminos has created for its tvs makes the color fidelity in the Xperia Z1 is greater than, in both photos and video. Blacks are not spectacular, but are correct, and the white does not have this annoying trend of turning to blue-green of some OLED. The tactile feedback is impeccable, with up to ten points of contact. More than we need.
Hardware and connections
The Xperia Z1 has behaved with nobility in the week that we have been of use. The processor, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad Core 2.2GHz, and the 2GB of RAM is pun)perfectly to move twenty applications simultaneously and video files of more than 1GB, both in their 16GB internal as well as the MicroSD. The Bravia Engine has a lot to do with this, and it is likely that the new flagship of Sony is one of the best terminals if what we want is to see video or play games.
The connections we have been pleasantly surprised by a reason. The Xperia Z has apparently improved coverage that is possibly due to the size or position of the antennas, or to the dimensions of the terminal itself. In the testing we’ve done, the phone still clinging to the WiFi connections and 3G in underground areas and buildings where the iPhone 5 toward time that lost the signal. NFC Bluetooth and behave as expected of them. Without unpleasant surprises.
The battery deserves special mention. Sony has integrated a 3,000 mAh (Only the LG G2 has a battery equal in its category). The result is an autonomy that has surprised us by their generosity. We have put it to work with frequent notifications of three email accounts (two in Gmail and a in Outlook), Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare home features hardwood and Google ; WiFi active intermittently, and taking photos. With this pace unhealthy, the Z1 has not only endured the whole day, but after a night without loading the next morning he still had a 13 %.
We arrived at the platter with the Sony Xperia Z1. The Japanese search shine with the integration of a sensor of nothing less than 20.7 megapixels and a very large size for a mobile sensor: 1/2.3 -inch. The camera of the Xperia has an f-number of f2.0
The photos of this type of bursts are stored in a separate folder with a single miniature to not saturate the preview album. Also we’ve found all sorts of more casual modes, including a system of augmented reality that puts until dinosaurs in the photo. Ideal for the kids.
The macro mode is also able to obtain quality photos to distances of only ten centimetres. If there is one thing that stands out the Z1 is in the excellent quality and color fidelity. Sony is pasting very strong in digital photography and the Xperia Z1 inherits technologies such as stabilised lenses G-lens or the Exmor image processor. Both have been developed thinking in the range of cameras without mirror in the NEX and reflex Alpha. Probably just the Lumia Nokia 1020 has a better camera that is. In brief you what we can count because also we are looking at.
Equipped with Android in its version 4.2 Jelly Bean, there is to thank Sony that has not invaded much the operating system with its interface. In reality, the Japanese has just loaded the phone with a handful of functions that depend on separate applications and do not overload the performance.
In the list we find the logical applications of Music (Sony Walkman) and Video Unlimited, a connection to replicate the image in Sony tvs, or the classic Playstation Suite. The terminal is equipped with officesuite as file manager Office, and all the Google applications. Fans of pure Android (including myself) will find the software of the Xperia Z1 clean and content. With only clear a couple of things, set it up a bit and install our usual package of applications, the Xperia Z is ready to use.
Price and Availability
The exact date of release is not yet officially confirmed, but will be at the end of this month. If the price is known, for the moment only in euros, and is not cheap: 699 euro (929 US dollars). On the countries to which you will arrive, there is no official list, but there will be many surprises: Europe, USA and several countries in Latin America.