Posts tagged with: Xperia Z1 Compact
  • by | April 9, 2014 11:11 AM

    Yesterday we spent a little time looking at reports of some hardware issues with the Xperia Z2, the latest Sony Android to hit the scene, but far from the first to run into a few problems. In addition to other Xperia models experiencing their own share of hardware faults, we've also heard about a few software bugs in our time. Luckily for users, those tend to be a lot easier for a manufacturer to resolve, and Sony is committed to getting such fixes out to us, kicking-off distribution of its latest for the Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, and Z1 Compact. The issue at hand is audio output, and how these ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 1:03 PM

    So far this year, Sony's introduced us to plenty of new hardware, including the Xperia Z2, the Z1 Compact, and the Xperia Z2 Tablet; that's all well and good, but what's cooking over on the software side of things? Sony's been working at updates for a number of its Android models, and today announces the start to distribution of KitKat updates for the Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra. Android 4.4 is on its way to all three of those handsets beginning today, but expect the usual regional delays as carriers get involved. You can look forward to a UI refresh, tweaks to Quick Settings and the ...

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  • by | February 25, 2014 3:59 PM

    There are plenty of miniature things in this world that are great. Love or hate it, the Mini Cooper S is an incredibly fun car to drive. The iPad mini is a smaller, more affordable version of the iPad Air with just as much power and prowess. Even mini golf is one of my favorite time wasters to partake in when I'm on vacation. If my opinion on "mini" were instead based on the mobile industry's meaning of the word, I would hate practically everything with the mini tag. We all would. Samsung has been doing it for a few years now – throwing the mini tag on the end of its popular Galaxy S ...

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  • by | February 19, 2014 6:53 PM

    While Pocketnow's North American roots come in handy quite often, the arrangement isn't without its snags. We do miss out on the occasional smartphone release by virtue of our location, and the brand most often affected by this is the somewhat Euro-centric Sony. As listeners of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast are aware, this causes us some heartburn; it's frustrating to miss the chance to go hands-on with the latest and greatest. But we almost always manage to snag Sony demo units somehow. Over the past few years, the fine people at Clove Technology and Negri Electronics have loaned us ...

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  • by | February 19, 2014 4:09 PM

    Confession time: I've destroyed a review unit or two in my day. I lost a brand-new LG flagship in the back of a cab once. During a durability test late last year, I did enough damage to an LG G Flex that we ended up having to buy the thing from Negri Electronics. And just a couple weeks back, you all saw me accidentally drown an Xperia Z1S at the tail end of a feature video. But while most of the incidents above were excusable (the Z1S wasn't my fault, and we were expecting to eat the cost of the G Flex anyway), my time spent with Samsung's Galaxy S 4 Active was a different story. Because ...

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  • by | February 19, 2014 1:44 PM

    With the Moto X, Motorola succeeded in (briefly) shifting the Android smartphone conversation from "how to bump specs even higher" to "how to make smarter use of the horsepower we already have." With the Z1 Compact, Sony finally heeded our long-unanswered call for a premium smartphone in a palm-sized package. Both devices were well received by the Pocketnow team. The Moto X earned high praise for finally fulfilling some of Android's long-squandered potential, while the Z1 Compact got top marks for bringing the best of the Z1 to a smaller form factor - and leaving some of the bugs behind, ...

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  • by | February 13, 2014 8:51 PM

    "Where have all the small phones gone?" "Remember when mini smartphones were actually small?" "Why do small smartphones have to suck on the spec sheet?" Those blurbs, taken from two years' worth of Pocketnow editorial headlines, succinctly illustrate our historic frustration with the smartphone sizing problem. For the past few generations, average device size has skyrocketed: HTC's HD2 was considered massive when it launched four years ago, with HTC selling it under the slogan "take the big screen with you." Today, though, its 4.3-inch display seems almost quaint alongside flagships like ...

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  • by | February 12, 2014 6:01 AM

    Neither is what you’d call a “budget phone” - in fact each goes out of its way to avoid being painted with that particular brush. But they’re both devices that cater to a customer looking for something just shy of full flagship status. If you think you might be that customer, strap yourself in because we’re about to compare them. These smartphones aren't necessarily new to us. We reviewed Apple's iPhone 5c shortly after its release, and we spent some hands-on time with Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact at CES 2014. As you know, though, nothing beats having them side-by-side in the testing ...

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  • by | February 10, 2014 4:35 PM

    T-Mobile is the most interesting carrier in the United States. Since John Legere came aboard as CEO in September 2012, the company has transformed from a staid, conflicted brand trying too hard to be "hip" to something legitimately compelling. T-Mobile's "Uncarrier" push has seen the company nab the iPhone, wipe out international roaming charges, offer earlier device upgrades, eliminate early termination fees, and even pay the termination fees of those switching to its network. Combined with Legere's unconventional antics and a bold new approach to marketing its services, these changes ...

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  • by | February 7, 2014 5:33 PM

    When we first went hands-on with the Z1 Compact at Sony's CES 2014 press event, our heads were still ringing with Sony's proclamation that despite its small size, it was a "no-compromise" flagship phone. Sony's website makes the claim a bit plainer: The Xperia Z1 Compact is everything you expect in a premium smartphone, beautifully crafted to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand. The timing couldn't be better for us to test this claim: we've just spent a few days with the Xperia Z1S for T-Mobile USA, whose user experience was by and large wonderful - especially in terms of camera ...

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  • by | February 4, 2014 7:41 PM

    A smartphone camera's flash seems almost deceptively simple: it needs to illuminate a scene while a picture's being taken. With a xenon flash, timing can be a little tricky, but the LEDs so common on phones make the process a snap. As a result, we can begin to take a properly working flash a little bit for granted; it's only when problems arise that we really take notice. Unfortunately for new owners of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, things have taken such an unwanted turn, and it seems that a design flaw may be interfering with the phone's flash. The issue is manifesting as light from the ...

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  • by | January 30, 2014 8:03 PM

    Sony's current flagship, the Xperia Z1 (or the Z1S here in the States) may only be a few months old, but that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from already pouring out word of its successor. The Xperia Z2 is said to be a lot of things – bigger, better, more powerful, and the rest of the typical hype-mongering buzzwords – and we're hearing rumors that is just might show its face as early as next month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. So what do we want from Sony's next flagship? Where did the last go wrong? Take a gander below to find out!   Fine tune the display If Sony ...

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  • by | January 30, 2014 8:08 AM

    Whether you like black, lime, pink, or white, you can have any, if you're in the UK, and consider O2's offer for the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. Announced at the beginning of the year in Las Vegas with the occasion of CES 2014, the Z1 Compact brings flagship specs to the smaller form factor. £479.99 is what you'll have to pay if you choose the pay-as-you-go option (around $790), but things can get somewhat cheaper if you choose one of the tariffs. You won't have a charger inside the box as O2 removed it. Why? Trying to reduce waste, and O2 assumes you already have one lying around. Luckily, ...

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  • by | January 23, 2014 7:01 AM

     "Our revels now are ended, Kirk." That's a quote from Star Trek VI, paraphrasing a line from Shakespeare's The Tempest. In the latter instance (minus the "Kirk" bit) it's a conceit of sorts, an admission that the play is a falsehood - and an observation that so, perhaps, is life. In the former example it's a wisecrack from a Klingon bent on shooting our favorite captain's ship out from under him. In both cases, it's a kind of farewell. And in today's example, it's also a goodbye - to the old times. That's a pretty dramatic way of saying that we're finally, officially past the post-CES ...

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  • by | January 23, 2014 2:40 AM

    The Sony Xperia Z1S, T-Mobile's Xperia Z1, was one of the phones announced at this year's CES in Las Vegas. It is basically your typical Xperia Z1, with some added carrier-specific bits, and an aluminum frame that has now been removed and replaced by a plastic one, while still maintaining the sandwiched glass build. It is now available on T-Mobile for a full retail price of $528, which translates to 24 installments of $22, plus your service fee on top of it, with $0 upfront. The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact was the other Las Vegas phone, basically the flagship Z1 -- with some changes -- packed ...

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