Oversized and absurd: why I’m enjoying the Z Ultra one year later (Video)


Usually, when I hit Publish on a review, I’ve had enough time to mull over the words and reread everything enough to be completely certain of everything I wrote. And if I question anything, I can just grab the phone, double-check my thoughts, and reassure myself that I got it right – right then and there, firsthand proof.

In all the phones I’ve reviewed, there was only one time I can recall that I hit publish and immediately wanted to take it back. It wasn’t that I was unsure of what I had said. It was that, no matter how certain I was, I didn’t want to believe what I wrote. I remember having to ship the phone back to Negri Electronics several hours before I finalized the review. And while I was double-checking everything I had written, all I had to go on were memories and the video footage I had shot.


z-ultra-review-8That moment has stuck with me since I published the Sony Xperia Z Ultra review, and the 100 or so berating comments from Sony fans didn’t help matters.

I never second-guessed what I had written or said about the Z Ultra. Even today, I stand by everything I wrote or mentioned in my review. The phone just wasn’t as good as I was expecting – at least not the international model I received – and it had several usability problems.

But when the Google Play edition arrived, I wanted to try it out more than just about any other phone I’ve ever tried – not because I thought it’d be mind-blowing or magically a million times better, but because I wanted a second chance with the Z Ultra, especially with stock Android onboard.

Well, it may have taken a full year and a $300 price cut for me to pull the trigger, but I finally did it. In the video below, you’ll find why, after all this time, I actually really like the Z Ultra.

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Taylor Martin
Based out of Charlotte, NC, Taylor Martin started writing about technology in 2009 while working in wireless retail. He has used BlackBerry off and on for over seven years, Android for nearly four years, iOS for three years, and has experimented with both webOS and Windows Phone. Taylor has reviewed countless smartphones and tablets, and doesn't go anywhere without a couple gadgets in his pockets or "nerd bag." In his free time, Taylor enjoys playing disc golf with friends, rock climbing, and playing video games. He also enjoys the occasional hockey game, and would do unspeakable things for some salmon nigiri. For more on Taylor Martin, checkout his Pocketnow Insider edition. | Google+