Sony Xperia Z in the long-term test – four weeks with the “Japanese”

May

7

2013

Sony Xperia Z in the long-term test – four weeks with the “Japanese”

A few weeks ago I got myself the Sony Xperia Z. First I wanted to treat myself to the HTC one, but after I had the HTC one looked more precisely, my choice fell on the Xperia Z. If I have not regretted it?
Sony Xperia Z in the long-term test – four weeks with the “Japanese”

I have a lot about the specifications of the Xperia Z actually not tell, since this should be widely known. Therefore, once again the most important information in a quick run. The Xperia Z has 2 GB of RAM, an HD display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Adreno 320 GPU, a 13 megapixel camera with HDR function back, a 2.2 megapixel front camera and is compatible with Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) equipped.

The design

Granted, I’m not a fan of glass designs. The glass did not bother me already with the iPhone 4 and I said then that I would never buy myself a smart phone made of glass. Taken a look in the hand, the Xperia Z does not feel like a glass block, but the front and back feel more like something like plastic on. The reason is that Sony has stuck by the same house both glass surfaces with a protective film. The two films are so good stuck on the Xperia Z on it, that this is almost not noticeable. Except for the two contacts for the charger Sony has hidden connections among all the so-called flaps. These flaps are designed to protect your phone against water and dust.

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More specifically, the Xperia Z IPX7 a certificate and should therefore be good for 30 minutes at a maximum depth of one meter water resistant. I have not tested it and I would not want to test it. But the fact is that you can walk around just fine in the rain with the Xperia Z, because I have tested. Whether in the Xperia Z now water has entered, can be seen at the indicators under each of the flaps. And as I come to a small negative point of actually good Xperia Z. Once the rain on a normal headphones music is a plug and you can easily color the water indicator on headset connection purple. Is this happening to me when I wanted to go to select another album. The question remains what the Sony support say when you may need the phone with such a purple indicator on headset connection Submitting times.

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The haptic

For a 5-inch smartphone, the Xperia Z is still quite good in the hand, but it takes two hands to operate. I had imagined the Xperia Z slightly heavier and was very pleasantly surprised of its actual weight. When I consider the Xperia Z in the left hand, my middle finger and the ring finger sit exactly on the Laustärkewippe. This is not so sensitive that equal the volume is changed while keeping to happiness. For a better grip I’ve only bought the “mumbi TPU Skin” and later a “DONZO Wallet Folio case”. With the “mumbi TPU Skin” I am very happy because the Xperia Z is noticeably grippy in the hand. With the “DONZO Wallet Folio” I’m not completely satisfied, because it lacked the punch of the second microphone on the back of smatphones.

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The Android

Neither the HTC’s Sense, nor the Samsung TouchWiz like me really. I wanted the stock Android, but it’s really only on the Nexus devices. The Nexus 4 turn like me less because I can not upgrade with more memory (SD card). Sony makes it just right in my eyes. The Android 4.1.2 has been adjusted a little while, but not as dramatically as one would not recognize it again. There are also some features that you are looking for other manufacturers. So I can without my phone only to have rooten simply connect a USB stick on the Xperia Z and this is recognized by the Android asap, as well as into the system.

The display

Here the Xperia Z points through the great colors of the sharp full HD displays, but the whole thing has a downside. I watch the user is not directly on the screen, but some of the side, he sees an increasing light gray on the display. Does not bother me personally because I actually watch to 99.5% accurate at the display. After three weeks in Beitrieb I had a corrupted sub-pixel, which makes luckily only at extremely bright display and black, and dark blue felt. During normal operation, the sub is hardly noticeable as not. Only at the start of the Xperia Z and shooting at night with the camera app falls on the sub-pixel.

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The camera

With its 13 megapixels, the Xperia will trump Z, because photos and videos can be taken in HDR and of course the user can move between settings and select formats. See the photos accordingly for such a small lens good. Very nice results are obtained with the “Superior Auto”, the Xperia Z tries automatically make the optimal settings. One should not expect SLR quality content that needs to be clear in a such a small camera lens. Too bad, I find that the camera app takes a long time until it is started and ready to use.

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The video feature of the Xperia Z is really great and can easily keep up with the iPhone fifth The smartphone provides even at night through stable 30 frames per second in HD resolution and MP4 movies stored bucking almost not at all. However, you can switch as an option for HDR video to ruckelen the recordings sometimes noticeably. Also the sound quality of the videos is impressive, so a good quality stereo I’ve heard in any other smartphone. Here you realize that Sony has invested a lot of time in the video function.

The Xperia Walkman Z as

Very nice is also the “Walkman” by Sony app. With good headphones will go through the Clear Audio + settings mood. If the listener did not like the Clear Audio + Score, you can still make its own adjustments with the equalizer. Unlike the HTC one I find the sound from the Xperia Z much better, apart from the internal Laustprecher, of course.
Disturbing, but I find that hardly a manufacturer comes to the idea of ​​abolishing this one second pause between songs, or at least an option allowing seamless playback of the song.

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The software

The following apps are preinstalled on the Xperia Z

File Commander, movies, McAfee Mobile Security (trial version), Music Unlimited, NeoReader, Office Suite 6, PlayMemories Online, PlayNow, PSM, Smart Connect, Socialife, Sony car, Sony Select, TrackID, viceo Unlimited, Walkman, Xperia link

Very nice I find the “File Commander” because that is a useful file browser. I was most disappointed by “McAfee Mobile Security,” for is nothing more than a demo, but what one learns only after activating the software. The “Office Suite 6” is now part of some smartphones installed by default. The majority of the other apps are Sony specific apps. Honestly I only use the “Walkman” app regularly and the rest of the apps I let the left.

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The battery life

To my surprise, the powerful 2300mAh battery keeps my Xperia Z good a day on the run, even if I often use the Xperia Z. Here I call emails from, make a photo here and there, surfing the web and listening to music. I use the Xperia Z more, for example to document the visit to a museum with many films and photos, the battery lasts only 3 to 4 hours. If I go the Google game “Ingress” games does the battery just under 3 hours. In my eyes, this is a pretty good result for depending on the type of use and the battery is at the level of exploitation of other top smartphones.

To charge the battery from 20% to 100% the Xperia Z needs with the supplied charger about two hours. To save battery power, Sony has equipped the Xperia Z called STAMINA mode. The user activates this mode, the data transfer, the WiFi and app are disabled in standby.

My Conclusion

Currently, there are in my eyes top four smartphones. The iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy S 4, the HTC one and the Sony Xperia Z. Each of the four has its advantages and disadvantages, but in my opinion all occupy the number 1 on the leaderboard.

I have not regretted my purchase. The Xperia Z was and is my first choice because you can only slightly altered Android appear here, and can also expand the memory with an SD card. The photos of the camera could be a little better, but are acceptable for such a tiny lens. Really well are taken with the Xperia Z videos while I particularly like their sound.

Who the Sony Xperia Z zulegt to get a solid smartphone Sony the upper class with great features.

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