Posts tagged with: Xperia Z1S
  • 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 7, 2014 3:35 PM

    Sometimes it's not the promise of saving money, nor the allure of a shiny device that drives you from the warm arms of your current wireless carrier - sometimes it's just a matter of standing up for what you believe in. That's the case with today's podcast guest, friend of the show and longtime Verizon Wireless customer Chris Larson, who's leaving Big Red for the much smaller T-Mobile USA due to Verizon's stance on net neutrality. On this episode of the Weekly, we'll talk to Chris and find out just what he's prepared to sacrifice, and why. Before that, though, there's an avalanche of news ...

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  • by | February 6, 2014 1:41 AM

    We know, we know: unboxings come first, then come the features and reviews. That's how it's supposed to go. Well who says breaking with tradition is such a bad thing? Actually, that's not why we're posting this unboxing out of sequence. The real reason: an absurdly busy week that's only going to get busier as 2014 picks up steam and more devices come tumbling down the chute - including smartphones like the Z1S's close cousin, the Z1 Compact, which should arrive in our labs in mere days! So let's get down to business (we don't got no time to play around, what is this?). This is the Sony ...

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  • by | February 5, 2014 11:47 PM

    Update: T-Mobile has responded to our request for clarification. The press material accompanying this device was incorrect; there is no OIS on this unit. The camera movement we saw is a result of the camera's autofocus system. Pocketnow regrets the error. When we first laid eyes on the Sony Xperia Z1S last month at CES 2014, we weren't exactly blown away. Not because there was anything wrong with the device -its specs were great and its glossy glass construction was just as fetching as it had been on the Xperia Z1 we'd reviewed some months before- but because there wasn't much to set it ...

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  • by | January 23, 2014 11:53 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the official launch of the Sony Xperia Z1S on T-Mobile, along with all the details. Nokia is next as MWC is just around the corner, and the company has already sent out press invitations. We then talk about the Google Nexus 5 and some leaks of color options. We later cover the rumors of Swiftkey reaching iOS in a very interesting form. We end today's show talking about iOS 7.1, and how it will fix the home screen crashes on the iPhone 5s. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Sony Xperia Z1S available on T-Mobile, as Z1 Compact gets ...

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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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  • by | 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 ...

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  • by | 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 ...

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  • by | January 8, 2014 9:21 AM

    Just yesterday we were talking about BlackBerry's commitment to phones with hardware QWERTY keyboards, and how such devices will be the company's main focus going forward. Even with such smartphones dwindling in number lately, there have been recent signs – like that one from BlackBerry – that interest still continues. Last month we saw a render of the keyboard-packing LG F3Q leak, and today we start getting a sense of how that model will arrive, thanks to a new T-Mobile leak. As you can see below, it looks like we're looking at plans to make the F3Q available as of January 22. We ...

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  • by | 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 ...

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  • by | 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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  • by | January 7, 2014 12:05 AM

    Tonight we finally see the launch of the Sony Xperia Z1S in the US - though it isn't quite what we had been expecting. Instead of another Z1F - a miniature version of the Z1 and an impressive phone in its own right - we get a 5-inch 1080p, Snapdragon 800 device with a big 3000mAh battery, 20.7-megapixel camera, and a waterproof body; all that's hugely impressive in a whole different kind of way than the Z1F (but really still kind of sounds like another Xperia Z1 to us). It's going to be a T-Mobile exclusive, and we had a chance to go hands-on with the smartphone at the CES just now - take ...

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  • by | January 3, 2014 3:29 PM

    The last few months of 2013 brought us rumor after rumor about the Sony Xperia Z1s, a supposed international version of Japan's Z1f – and with both phones more plainly described as the Z1 Mini. While we were off to a good start, apparently some of the lines got crossed, and news of the Z1S got mingled with the launch of a new version of the Z1 for Chinese radio bands. We're still not sure just where all the pieces might fall, but today we get new hope that an international Z1 Mini launch is still pending, with word of another development out of China. The invitation you see up above, for ...

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  • by | December 16, 2013 1:13 PM

    Rumors about an international version of Japan's Sony Xperia Z1f – the Z1 “Mini” - have created a fair deal of confusion in recent weeks, as the leaks surrounding this so-called Z1s seemed to branch off into two directions: one towards an international Z1 Mini as we were expecting, and one towards a hardware refresh of the full-sized Z1 itself. While we're still waiting to get the full picture on the Z1 Mini, today we finally see what was happening down that other road, as a new version of the Z1 for China gets revealed. While the original Xperia Z1 is Sony's model L39h, this new one ...

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  • by | December 12, 2013 3:56 PM

    For months now, we've been waiting to get the full story on Sony's plans for introducing a smartphone like the Xperia Z1f – what's essentially an Xperia Z1 Mini – to markets outside of Japan. What might seem straightforward has led us down a rabbit hole of confusion; first we thought that this handset might arrive as the Z1s, and saw a number of leaks to that effect, but more recently the possibility has emerged that the Z1s is more like a variant of the full-sized Z1, and this international Z1f would be named differently. Today we see the model pass through the FCC, and while it may ...

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