Usually, when I hit Publish on a review, I’ve had enough time to mull over the words and reread everything enough to be completely certain of everything I wrote. And if I question anything, I can just grab the phone, double-check my thoughts, and reassure myself that I got it right – right then and there, firsthand proof.

In all the phones I’ve reviewed, there was only one time I can recall that I hit publish and immediately wanted to take it back. It wasn’t that I was unsure of what I had said. It was that, no matter how certain I was, I didn’t want to believe what I wrote. I remember having to ship the phone back to Negri Electronics several hours before I finalized the review. And while I was double-checking everything I had written, all I had to go on were memories and the video footage I had shot.


z-ultra-review-8That moment has stuck with me since I published the Sony Xperia Z Ultra review, and the 100 or so berating comments from Sony fans didn’t help matters.

I never second-guessed what I had written or said about the Z Ultra. Even today, I stand by everything I wrote or mentioned in my review. The phone just wasn’t as good as I was expecting – at least not the international model I received – and it had several usability problems.

But when the Google Play edition arrived, I wanted to try it out more than just about any other phone I’ve ever tried – not because I thought it’d be mind-blowing or magically a million times better, but because I wanted a second chance with the Z Ultra, especially with stock Android onboard.

Well, it may have taken a full year and a $300 price cut for me to pull the trigger, but I finally did it. In the video below, you’ll find why, after all this time, I actually really like the Z Ultra.

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