For those of you that still sport a Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR or Tablet Z, we’re sure you’ve been quite pleased with your ability to update these legacy devices to Android 4.4 KitKat. Sony has done a great job in keeping its phones up-to-date lately, though not everything has been fun and games. Users have flooded Sony Support forums claiming that there are serious battery draining issues, and apparently there is a fix coming.
Sony has confirmed that it has detected the battery drain issues of the mentioned devices, and this problem has to do with Google [...]
Sony may not be doing the best job in getting the US market full of Xperia smartphones, but they are definitely doing a great job in giving Xperia customers a taste of the latest and greatest of Android. It used to be that Sony was the worse company in updating its smartphones to newer versions of Android, but ever since the launch of the Xperia Z early last year, this has been a different story, and it continues today.
The company has just announced Android 4.4 KitKat to devices like the Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z. The update details [...]
Most new-device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review.
Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity.
For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, [...]
It’s always interesting to review a new Sony smartphone. As opposed to many of its competitors, Sony doesn’t only build phones to pay the bills. This is the icon that pushed consumer electronics into the mainstream in the last couple of decades by showing the world that being the first or the most innovative wasn’t as important as being the best in the design and thoughtfulness of the product. This mentality has served them well in almost every market they currently lead, even if they weren’t the first to take the punch.
Sadly, as of 2013, this mentality [...]
With so many questions day by day about viewers still considering a Galaxy S 4 or an HTC One, we know the ropes are complicated this spring if you’re close to being eligible for a phone-swap. 2013 has shown just how great technology can evolve in mobile, and there’s a lot to chose from.
Watch today’s Top 5 as we talk about our top picks for your next smartphone during Spring 2013. It’s been a very innovative year for some companies, but a very slow one for others. This list was crafted as a consensus between all of our Pocketnow Staff, so hopefully [...]
The idea of comparing Sony’s new Xperia ZL against Samsung’s phablet is crazy in its own way. The Xperia ZL on one side is the perfect incarnation of a device that gives you big features on a footprint you can actually manipulate with one hand. The Note II by contrast is focused on showing the world that bigger is better. One of these products is designed to cater to every customer out there, and the other is clearly out to continue pushing the niche they created with the first Galaxy Note.
Who will win in this battle of the large displays? Watch our comparison and [...]
Even though we recently saw HTC’s take on HDR video on Anton’s recent test, Sony was arrived first to the game with their Xperia Z and Xperia ZL. A lot of people have asked us if HDR video is just as good as HDR photographs on smartphones.
High Dynamic Range photos are really three photos snapped into one. What devices do is select the better lit areas of each of the three photos in different exposures and provide you with a better result at the end. When it comes to video, the concept and solution are a little different, but the purpose of providing you with better [...]
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 [...]