Posts tagged with: Xperia Z1
  • by | October 31, 2013 7:56 PM

    The Nexus 5 has arrived, and this isn't just another flagship. As the Nexus handset of the year, this is the phone that best reflects Google's vision for Android, both where it is now, and where it's going form here. And as you've no doubt seen from our heavy coverage of rumors and leaks leading up to today's launch, that means the Nexus 5 is finding itself simply getting a boatload of attention. There's a lot to like about the Nexus 5, and while a solid chunk of that is thanks to the latest Android 4.4 code the phone will arrive running, we can't just ignore the underlying hardware ...

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  • by | October 26, 2013 12:55 AM

    Sony claims the Xperia Z1 has “the world’s leading camera in a smartphone”. We were not that impressed with the imaging capabilities of the phone with the occasion of our review but we expressed our hope that the manufacturer can further improve it. Sony posted about a refresh for the Z1 recently and, alongside "performance and stability tweaks", there's also a new "camera algorithm for even better all round performance". Those who received the Sony Xperia Z1 software update are reporting an overall improvement in the imaging department. The pictures below are "before and after" ...

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  • by | October 21, 2013 5:01 AM

    We'll admit that even though the Xperia Z1f was a Japanese exclusive, we did like the concept we though we'd never get. What made this phone special, is that this would be one of the few phones in the market to sport all the same flagship specs of the Xperia Z1, but in a smaller chassis. Usually this never happens, as in the past if you wanted a phone with flagship specs, you simply had to accept this phone to be big. As it turns out we've landed some leaks of the new Xperia Z1S, which seems to retain the same concept of the Xperia Z1f, only that for a broader market than just Japan. If ...

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  • by | October 16, 2013 5:54 AM

    The Sony Xperia Z1 is the current Sony flagship and it is a rather impressive device, as we've recently seen in our full review of the global/international unlocked flavor. At that time, US availability was not certain, despite some reports and leaks mentioning an upcoming version on T-Mobile's line-up. However, as of today, if you head over to the source link, you can grab one directly from Sony for $649.99, unlocked. The Xperia Z Ultra is also available online if a larger form-factor is your cup of tea. If you wish to go for the current flagship, you'll get a five-inch 1080p display ...

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  • by | October 12, 2013 4:54 AM

    We've recently learned that Sony's smartphone strategy involves deliberately avoiding the US, but as we read that now, in the context of this recent leak, it makes less sense. What we have above is apparently the upcoming T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z1, allegedly coming soon to the US. Not much else is new, judging by the press render above. We're most likely seeing the same Sony Xperia Z1 which we've recently reviewed, in its international/unlocked incarnation. If the leak is legit, we're only left with a couple of questions, like when exactly will it reach T-Mobile, and what will be the ...

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  • by | October 9, 2013 8:55 AM

    The Sony Xperia Z1, out of the box, and, as of today, and our review, is powered by Android 4.2.2. However, that's about to change, and, a recent report claims knowledge of the phone maker's plans to push the latest and greatest version of Android, not even official yet, 4.4 KitKat, to the king of waterproof phones. November 7 is the date rumored for such a release. Furthermore, it is being claimed that other Sony devices will follow, like to original Xperia Z, as well as the oversized Z Ultra. Apparently, the changes within the OS itself are not the only ones Z1 owners will see: Sony is ...

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  • by | October 4, 2013 1:58 PM

    Can we all agree on one thing? Sony makes some beautiful devices. Hat tip to everyone in Sony's design department. The Xperia Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, and even earlier devices, like the Xperia S and Xperia ion, are gorgeous. All of these devices are genuinely beautiful smartphones, and the Tablet Z is just as beautiful in its larger form. Their expansive glass surfaces, ruggedized plastic (or metal, depending on the model) trim, and distinguished hard corners, all make these smartphones, aesthetically, stick out from the swarm of other smartphones. Most of them are known to perform ...

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  • by | October 2, 2013 11:31 AM

    The Sony Xperia Z from the very beginning of the year tried to close the gap between ruggedized (sort of) and flagship phones. There were a lot of pros, and, of course, cons, but we applaud Sony for taking the project further. At this year's IFA, in Berlin, the Japanese company unveiled the Xperia Z1, the natural evolution to the Xperia Z from CES. It is improved in many categories over its predecessor, bringing improved IP-ratings, better specs, a larger camera, and, to sum it up, basically a better everything. We've had the pleasure of using the Z1 for a period of ten days, exclusively, ...

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  • by | September 30, 2013 11:40 AM

    A little over a month ago, right before IFA, we checked out an image purporting to depict Sony's Honami Mini. We've since seen Honami itself go official as the Xperia Z1, but what of this pint-sized version? Now it's making a reappearance in some leaked carrier docs, which seem to reveal its launch name as the Xperia Z1 f. The best part is that the Z1's great camera appears to be returning, apparently unchanged. Where we do see sacrifices made with the Z1 f, they largely seem to be size-related, and the Z1 f looks to be just as powerful as the full-sized Z1; expect SoC and RAM to stay ...

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  • by | September 25, 2013 3:07 PM

    After comparing the Sony Xperia Z1 with two of the leading Android smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One, we decided not to neglect the Windows Phone fans out there. Whether they want to switch to the Xperia Z1 from the Lumia 925, or some of you want to decide between getting one of these two devices, this is for your, and not only, viewing pleasure. The conclusion is the hardest thing to draw: if you’re a fain of Android, or Windows Phone, there’s little chance anybody can convince you on the contrary. However, if you’re looking for your first phone, you have to first ...

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  • by | September 24, 2013 12:15 PM

    After previously looking at the Sony Xperia Z1 and the Samsung Galaxy S 4, today we're leveling things off a bit, comparing it to another aluminum-and-glass phone, another classic, the HTC One. If, in the case of the S 4, they were each other's complete opposites on the outside, with similarities on the inside, when it comes to the Z1 and the One, it's kind of the other way around. We’re looking at a fresh phone versus a six-seven month old device, even if a flagship. There is a slight difference between the two in terms of performance, but, when it comes to the camera, the Z1 is better. ...

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  • by | September 20, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about our iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C first impressions after our review has begun. Then we talk about Microsoft's idea to build phablets using Windows RT. We later talk more phablets, but this time because of the Nokia Lumia 1520. We then move the spotlight to Sony and the sad news that you can't unlock the bootloader on this device, or you can't yet at least. We end today's show talking about the Oppo N1 possibly becoming the first CynanogenMod phone in the market. All this and more after the break. Stories: - iPhone 5S unboxing (Video) - iPhone 5C ...

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  • by | September 20, 2013 2:20 PM

    It's iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s launch day, and we can't think of a better way to commemorate the event than with a Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Actually, yes we can: it would be great to take a look back at Apple's pre-iPhone days with the spectacular failure that was the Motorola "iTunes phone" of 2005 - fortunately, we already took care of that yesterday. So we'll discuss the MOTOROKR E1 a little bit on today's Weekly, before delving in to the fresh new take on mobile software that Apple's iOS 7 represents. Then we'll revert back to twiddling our thumbs waiting for the UPS guy - but we'll ...

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  • by | September 20, 2013 9:57 AM

    In this Sony Xperia Z1 vs Samsung Galaxy S 4 video we're taking a look at the similarities and differences between the two flagships. One has just been launched, and we already met it in person both in Berlin and in our labs, with the occasion of our unboxing, while the other is a respectable member of the elite Android phones money can buy today. There are a lot more similarities between the two than you'd think; there are also just as many differences between them. The Z1 has the highest megapixel count on an Android phone today, but is it enough to compete with one of the best Android ...

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  • by | September 20, 2013 1:43 AM

    There were various reports earlier that claimed the Sony Xperia Z1 camera breaks upon tinkering with the device's bootloader and now Sony has made an official statement about the issue. "Warning! At the moment, unlocking the Xperia™ Z1 boot loader will stop the camera functionality. Note that Xperia™ Z1 is not listed among the supported devices", says the official wording. There is no workaround, at the moment, but Sony is not really in a position where they could let that happen, so we're assuming there's a fix being cooked up somewhere in the company's labs. We've just recently ...

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