by Michael Fisher | 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 ...
by Michael Fisher | 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 ...
by Michael Fisher | 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 ...
by Stephen Schenck | 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 ...
by Taylor Martin | 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 ...
by Anton D. Nagy | 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, ...
Pocketnow Weekly 080: HTC M8 x, Galaxy Note 3 Neo, a $50 Motorola smartphone & a resurgent BlackBerryby Michael Fisher | 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 ...
by Anton D. Nagy | 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 ...
by Taylor Martin | January 16, 2014 7:03 PM
Sony is capable of making compelling smartphones. I have never for a second doubted that. The Xperia Z, my first device review for Pocketnow last year, was a stellar phone. Its design was great (though I'm not partial to the additional slab of glass), the specifications were on par with its counterparts from Samsung and HTC, and performance was not an issue. That said, the unit I received for review from Clove was not compatible with AT&T in my area. It supported UMTA bands 1, 5, and 8, and I was stuck switching between EDGE and GPRS. And the display was … pretty awful. Blacks were ...
by Michael Fisher | January 10, 2014 7:37 PM
Horrible sickness. Missed flights. Broken promises from major airlines. Desert air-induced hacking. A too-late arrival followed by a too-early departure. That's just a partial list of the challenges faced by the four-man three-man Pocketnow team at 2014's International CES in Vegas, easily one of the most difficult trade shows we've ever done. But while the road was rough, the payoff was (mostly) worth it: in exchange for our hardships, we were among the first to spend time with some of the world's newest and hottest mobile gadgetry, and we did the best we could to share it with you in a ...
by Jaime Rivera | January 7, 2014 9:50 PM
Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Sony's recent annoucement of the new SmartBand, along with a new Xperia Z1 Compact and Z1S for the US market. We then talk about Samsung's new family of tablets, which include some interesting enhancements when compared to previous years. We keep talking about Samsung as we cover the company's new tablet UI, aside from the fact that it's also planned for Galaxy smartphones. Motorola is next as we talk about the company's press event in Europe for January 14th. We end today's show talking about the new Pebble Steel, and what's hot about it. All ...
by Stephen Schenck | January 7, 2014 12:27 AM
By now, you probably know that the Sony Xperia Z1S isn't arriving like we expected - as another spin on the Z1F. So if the Z1S is that different, larger hardware, what about the idea of an international Z1F - the one with the 4.3-inch 720p screen and the Snapdragon 800? Enter: the Xperia Z1 Compact. While small, it still looks extremely powerful, and it's waterproof to boot. At CES 2014 in Las Vegas, we were able to swing by Sony's presentation and get a look at the Z1 Compact in the flesh. Let's see if all this waiting is really going to be worth it:
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