Posts tagged with: Xperia Z

The Sony Xperia Z, along with the ZL, form Sony's Android flagships for early 2013. The phone has a five-inch 1080p screen, Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, and a thirteen-megapixel main camera. One of its most stand-out features is its waterproofing, allowing the phone to function while fully-submerged, even recording underwater video. The Xperial ZL, though similar to the Z in many respects, lacks this key ability.

  • by | March 22, 2013 7:01 AM

    The Pocketnow Weekly podcast is a labor of love for those of us who routinely grace its silvery sound waves. It takes a lot of effort and time to put the Weekly on the feeds every seven days, and we're pretty proud of the listenership we've accrued since re-launching our podcast presence lo those many months ago. Since that reboot, the podcast has grown in scope and in refinement: we've added such luxuries as topic lists, time codes with jump points, and a rotating cast of co-hosts - but we've never tweaked the YouTube presence of the Weekly. For eight months, listeners taking in our ...

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  • by | March 20, 2013 8:25 AM

    There's something for everyone in the Android world today. We've got the Sony Xperia Z, the HTC One, and the Samsung Galaxy S 4. These are pretty much the flagships of 2013, though they'll soon be joined by the next Google Nexus and probably offerings from other OEMs, like Motorola for instance. About the biggest question an Android user is being faced with is: which one to go for? We've received lots of e-mails, comments, tweets and alike from our readers, asking for advice. Even if you decide not to sign on the dotted line at the bottom of a carrier contract and you opt for an unlocked ...

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  • by | March 18, 2013 9:00 PM

    I was 13 years old when I bought my first Sony Walkman. Those were the days weren't they? It was portable, affordable, and everything that it did, it did so well it never found true competition. I then followed with my first Sony Diskman, my first Sony WEGA Flat TV, my first Genezi Stereo system, and even if my first PDA wasn't a Sony Clie (remember those?), it was a Clie that a friend owned what inspired me to buy my first Pocket PC. Sony owned my wallet for at least the first half of my life. They had the design, the quality, the durability, and the reputation. It wasn't cheap to own a ...

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  • by | March 13, 2013 5:51 PM

    At CES in January, Sony announced two new flagships, the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL. So close in nature, a comparison between the two – their closely related specifications, yet contrasting appearance and standout features – was inevitable. On the outside, the two devices look very similar … at least on the front. Their backsides are completely different, as if two designers at Sony had an argument and decided to incorporate both designs, separately. On the inside, however, the devices are virtually identical, only differing in battery capacity. The Xperia Z comes with dust- and ...

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  • by | March 13, 2013 3:05 PM

    Sony is on what would appear to be an upswing. After numerous attempts to break into the smartphone market and bring unique – albeit some quite strange – devices to the market, the Japanese manufacturer saw a glimmer of success in the wake of plummeting HTC profits and the slow decline of the company formerly known as Research In Motion, BlackBerry. The waning of its larger counterparts landed Sony a spot in the top three smartphone manufacturers for Q3 2012. With 8.8 million smartphones shipped in the quarter, Sony found itself in the top five for the first time since 2006, though the ...

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  • by | March 11, 2013 7:00 AM

    Unlike a fine wine, iOS is aging rather poorly. Nonetheless, the iPhone 5 is still one of the top smartphones today, both in terms of user experience, popularity, ecosystem and even performance. Apple has a recipe for success, and it's keeping the company afloat and in good standing … for now. It's incredibly difficult not to compare any new flagships with the iPhone 5. And since I got my hands on the Xperia Z last week, I did just that. One thing is certain: Android flagships have and edge on Apple's bread and butter device at almost every turn when it comes to specifications. And ...

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  • by | March 8, 2013 4:34 PM

    Sony's Xperia Z and its debut at CES made it one of the earlier 1080p Androids to go official, though stiff competition is right around the corner from models like the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S IV. Still, Sony's off to a head start, and is trying to turn that advantage into sales, with the help of attention-getting promotions like the one we just learned about in the Czech Republic. One of the Xperia Z's big selling points, and also what helps distinguish it from the Xperia ZL, is the Z's water resistance. There are a lot of ways you could demonstrate that capability, but Sony and ...

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  • by | March 8, 2013 1:06 AM

    Being amongst a handful of other 5-inch 1080p smartphones, the Sony Xperia Z made quite a splash at the Consumer Electronic Show in January. On board, it features a 5-inch 1080p display, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, 13.1-megapixel camera, 2GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage and a 2,330mAh battery. It is also water-proof and dust-proof, and it features some spectacular build quality. However, one of the most iconic smartphones to date, which is approaching 10-months-old, has yet to slip into a state of obsolescence. It would be a disservice if we didn't compare the Xperia Z with ...

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  • by | March 7, 2013 2:19 AM

    Arguably the hottest device to show its face on the show floor in Las Vegas at CES this January, the Sony Xperia Z turned a lot of heads. This was the device I had a guy rip from my hands as I was shooting a hands-on video. This was the device that literally had hundreds of people huddled around the demo units, even over an hour after the press event. In all its glass and metal glory, it goes under the microscope. This time, the 5-inch 1080p display, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, 2GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage, 13.1-megapixel camera and 2,330mAh battery take on Google's on ...

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  • by | March 6, 2013 4:36 PM

    Ever recorded a 90-minute podcast full of Skype-related artifacts and drop-outs, only to find once you wrap it up that you used the wrong mic? If so, you know the pain we've experienced cutting together today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Sorry for the levels on this one, folks; it's unfortunate, and we've done all we can to normalize them, but you're probably going to be twisting your volume knob an awful lot over the course of this here episode. On the bright side, if you manage to endure, you'll be treated to some excellent discussion on everything from Galaxy S IV leaks to ...

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  • by | March 5, 2013 2:02 AM

    Sony unveiled the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL at CES in January. As far as specifications go, the two smartphones rival some of the best phones announced this year so far. The Xperia Z features a 5-inch 1080p display, 1.5Ghz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, 2GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage with a microSD card slot, 13.1-megapixel camera, 2.2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 2,330mAh battery. But that's not all the Xperia Z has up its sleeve. It also has a dustproof and waterproof coating to keep out those dangerous and pesky elements. And the design of the Z is exceptional. Its hard lines, ...

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  • by | February 27, 2013 11:46 AM

    Call it the Battle of the Power Houses, HTC and Sony are lined up toe-to-toe with their latest top-tier smartphones. In the Sony corner we have the Xperia Z. In the HTC corner is the HTC One. We showed you the Sony Zperia Z from CES 2013 and were quite impressed with it. As Brandon said, "it's a darn nice phone". And it should be. Sporting an S4 Pro quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz and backed up by 2GB RAM, it's very snappy. The skin Sony has opted for is fairly light-weight but distinctively different from the stock Android experience that you'll get from a Nexus device. This ...

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  • by | January 26, 2013 1:36 AM

    Sony has been known to pre-apply screen protectors on its phones for quite some time now and it will also be the case with the recently announced Xperia Z flagship. However, according to some recent images, above and below, removing this screen protector will leave your Xperia Z unbranded. It is not quite sure whether we're looking at pre-production/prototype behavior or your retail Xperia Z will be similar; apparently, removing the screen protector will also remove the branding as the Sony logo is imprinted on the protective foil itself, rather than the glass. It's not quite easy to ...

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  • by | January 19, 2013 2:49 AM

    When comparing screens across devices or from one iteration to the follow up we always mention, when it's the case, that there is some slight color temperature difference between the displays; some are warmer, some are cooler, some offer more saturated colors while others are natural or even washed out. White balance, hue, and color saturation is something you might be able to tweak on your own on the Xperia ZL if the info in the image above is to be believed. Of course, the ZL and the Z are pretty much alike so this feature is likely to be available on the Xperia Z as well. Then there's ...

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  • by | January 14, 2013 2:45 PM

    Sony really seems like it's trying to step up its game with the Xperia Z (and ZL), but with hardware like a 1080p display and advanced thirteen-megapixel Exmor RS camera sensor, you'd better believe that this handset isn't going to come cheap. Just what will you end up paying for Sony's flagship? We saw some pre-order pricing from a UK retailer last week, and today we hear some new figures from retailers in other nations, as well as from Sony itself. Straight from the horse's mouth, Sony's Australian outfit reports that the Xperia Z will be available direct from the company for what works ...

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