|Sony Xperia Z1 Pros and Cons: Things You Should Know About Sony Xperia Z1|
|Z1 is also known as Sony Xperia Z1 Honami, Sony Xperia Z1 C6902/L39h, Sony Xperia Z1 C6903, Sony Xperia Z1 C6906 or Sony Xperia Z1 C6943.
Sony Xperia Z1 Pros
1. The Movies app, there are no hiccups when playing 720p and 1080p videos. It loads them abruptly.
2. MP4, DivX, X264 and MOV files played without a hitch.
3. The video player, "Movies," has a nice custom User Interface.
4. With the 'Movies' app, comes the Gracenote, which provides more info about the movies and TV shows that reside on the phone.
5. The 'Movies' app also downloads posters, metadata (genre), synopsis, director and cast for the TV shows and movies.
6. Smart dialing is present.
7. Google+ and Facebook are preinstalled. The Facebook app carries a nice widget which shows you updates on the very homescreen.
8. Dust proof and water resistant (over 1 meter and 30 minutes).
9. 110 hours lengthy continuous music playing.
10. Homescreen panes, can set any of them as the default one.
11. Huge Li-Ion 3,000mAh battery.
12. microSD card slot that can be filled up to 64 GB.
13. 16 GB internal memory.
14. 2 GB RAM.
15. Android OS v4.2.2 Jelly Bean with custom UI.
17. Proximity sensor (proximity and accelerometer sensors are the sensors responsible for automaticallv disabling touch screen when the phone is taken close to the ear during a call.
20. Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS.
21. GPS with A-GPS support.
23. Document viewer.
24. Predictive text input.
25. The Snapdragon 800 chipset, no room for lags.
26. Aluminum and glass, looks pretty good.
27. Premium materials.
28. Sony's proprietary Xperia launcher.
31. 20.7MP (autofocus) main camera.
32. 1080p video recording @ 30fps.
33. 1/2.3" Exmor RS sensor.
34. F/2.0 Sony G Lens.
36. AR effects.
37. Continuous autofocus in video capturing.
38. Stereo sound in video recording.
39. Live video streaming to Facebook.
40. 2 MP front-facing camera, 1080p @30fps video recording.
41. LED flash.
42. 1/2.3'' sensor size.
43. Geo tagging.
44. Touch focus.
45. Image stabilization.
47. Panorama Video in 1080p@30fps.
48. Video stabilization.
49. When a pair of headphones plugged in, there is a distortion which is negligible.
50. Great signal-to-noise ratio in the same scenario.
51. A grand dynamic range when you hook up a pair of headphones.
52. Though Volume levels are average, the overall performance wont disappoint you.
53. A number of features to enhance the speaker sound.
54. xLOUD makes the sound louder.
55. microUSB charging.
56. USB On-the-go (can plug in flash drives to the phone).
57. ANT+ support.
58. TV-out (via MHL A/V link).
59. Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP.
61. microUSB v2.0 (MHL), MHL-enabled microUSB port caters HDMI connections to an external monitor.
62. A 5" 1080p Triluminos display.
63. The screen is boosted by the X-Reality engine.
65. 441ppi pixel density.
66. TFT capacitive touchscreen.
67. 1080x1920 pixels.
68. Multitouch up to 10 fingers.
69. Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass.
70. A built-in secondary microphone, a dedicated mic for active noise cancellation which produces louder and clearer calls in noisy environments.
71. Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP.
72. Quad-band 2G and 3G connectivity and support for a large number of LTE bands.
73. The option to add or remove homescreen panes. Can add or remove homescreen panes to a total of seven panes.
74. Homescreen panes, can set any of them as default.
75. LiveWare manager is preceded by Smart Connect app. It enables you to launch an app or set an alarm when a pre defined accessory is connected or at a preset time, be it a headset or a charger. For an instance, it can launch the music player when a headset is connected, if you pre configure that that way. Only negative point about it is, it doesn't work with NFC.
76. Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac.
77. Wi-Fi Direct.
78. DLNA. DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct let the user share media from the phone on a DLNA TV or music player.
79. Wireless TV out.
80. Wi-Fi hotspot.
81. In combination of DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct, the Smart Connect app performs DLNA functions which enables the user share screen, etc. provided a media app supports the Throw facility like the video player does.
82. On the Vellamo browser benchmark, Z1 is beaten by Xperia Z Ultra and LG G2, but Z1 beats HTC Butterfly S, Samsung Galaxy Note II, HTC One, HTC One mini, Sony Xperia Z, HTC One X (Tegra 3), Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600), Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa), Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, HTC Butterfly, Oppo Find 5, Samsung Galaxy S III, LG Optimus 4X HD, LG Optimus G and Nexus 4.
83. In the combined Browser Mark 2 benchmark test, LG G2, LG Optimus G, Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600), Sony Xperia Z Ultra beat Sony Xperia Z1 in the pants. But Z1 beats HTC Butterfly S, Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, HTC One, Sony Xperia Tablet Z, HTC One mini, Sony Xperia ZL, Sony Xperia Z, LG Optimus G Pro, Oppo Find 5, Nexus 4, Nokia Lumia 920, Google Nexus 10, HTC Butterfly and Samsung Galaxy S III.
84. The Update center checks for updates and keeps your phone's software up to date. It does automatically download packages only with Wi-Fi if the option is enabled.
85. NFC is not supported directly by any built in app, but there are many NFC supported apps in the Play Store.
86. The Xperia Z1 is bit larger (at least felt so) than LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy S4 but making calls holding it against your ear isnt an uncomfortable experience.
87. What you can do with the mighty "Power Saver?"
With the 'Power Saver,'
A: You can save battery life by toggling Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, auto sync on off.
B: Adjust screen brightness.
C: Turn background data on and off automatically, in the instance when the battery levels go below a user pre configured level.
D: Turn off the Wi-Fi when there is no saved Wi-Fi network in range.
E: Turn off mobile data when the screen is off.
F: Can back up data and restore: the Power saver app also provides a Backup & Restoration facility. It uses the internal storage, a microSD card or an attached USB mass storage device. You can backup the system apps and downloaded apps with app data and any media files.
G: There are much more.
88. The call log is hooked into the dialer and now displays a list of recently dialed, received and missed calls.
89. Call log, keypad is located at the bottom.
90. At the instance you hit keys in the keypad in the Call Log, the smart dial takes the place of the call log and searches for matches in the contact's phones and names.
91. A highly customizable keyboard, keypad, QWERTY, QWERTY with extra symbols, it supports any form of keyboard.
92. Can hide the keypad so that it spares more room for the call log.
93. A customizable on-screen full QWERTY keyboard.
94. The keyboard is very comfortable for typing, on both layouts, the portrait and landscape.
95. The landscape mode sports bigger and easier to press buttons.
96. Can enable bilingual word suggestions.
97. The Swype-like Gesture input in keyboard which is similar to Swype for speedy typing.
98. Even the keyboard lets the user add or remove the coma and period button symbols on long press, the smiley key and voice input buttons by the Google voice typing key.
Processing: CPU and GPU Performance.
Sony Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, LG G2, Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa), Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600), HTC Butterfly S, LG Optimus G Pro, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, Sony Xperia Z, HTC Butterfly, Oppo Find 5, HTC One X+, LG Optimus G, HTC One mini, Samsung Galaxy Note II, HTC One X (Tegra 3), LG Optimus 4X HD, Samsung Galaxy S III and Nexus 4, which is best? Read this and you get the answer.
99. Qualcomm's latest and greatest Snapdragon 800 chipset.
100. Including phablets and smarties, its one of the fastest smartphones you can buy if you can afford. Its powered by a quad-core Krait 400 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, one of the fastest processors on the planet. Its only beaten by the LG G2 (2.26GHz) and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (2.3GHz).
101. Talking about the GPU, its powered by an Adreno 330 graphics unit.
102. There's a considerable lead in performance against the other kind of Snapdragon 600 rivals.
1. Single Core Performance
103. In GeekBench 3 CPU benchmark, the Xperia Z1 looses to its sibling, Xperia Z Ultra, but beats a bunch of other rivals including LG G2, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600), LG Optimus G, Huawei Ascend P6, LG Nexus 4, HTC Butterfly, Oppo R819 and HTC One mini.
104. In Benchmark Pi benchmark test, its defeated by LG G2, but manages to beat the rest including Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa), Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600), HTC Butterfly S, LG Optimus G Pro, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, Sony Xperia Z, HTC Butterfly, Oppo Find 5, HTC One X+, LG Optimus G, HTC One mini, Samsung Galaxy Note II, HTC One X (Tegra 3), LG Optimus 4X HD, Samsung Galaxy S III and Nexus 4.
2. Four Cores Performance.
105. In Linpack benchmark result, LG G2 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra beat Sony Xperia Z1 but it manages to throw Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa), Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600), LG Optimus G Pro, HTC Butterfly S, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, HTC Butterfly, LG Optimus G, Oppo Find 5, Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, HTC One mini, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Nexus 4, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X and LG Optimus 4X HD out of the race.
3. CPU Overall Performance.
Quadrant and AnTuTu 4 benchmarks measure not just what is wrought by the CPU but the performance in overall.
106. In AnTuTu 4 test, Z1 manages to beat LG G2, Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and LG Nexus 4.
107. In Quadrant test, Sony Xperia Z1 overthrones LG G2, Sony Xperia Z Ultra, HTC Butterfly S, Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa), Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600), LG Optimus G Pro, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, Sony Xperia Z, HTC One X+, LG Optimus G, Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, Oppo Find 5, HTC One mini, HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Samsung Galaxy S III and Nexus 4.
GPU Performance (Adreno 330 GPU)
108. Regarding the Adreno 330 graphic processing unit's performance, in GLBenchmark test (GLBenchmark 2.5 Egypt, 1080p off-screen mode), the Xperia Z1 scores the highest and outpaces other major phones including LG G2, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC Butterfly S, Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600), Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, HTC One, Oppo Find 5, Google Nexus 4, Sony Xperia Z, Sony Xperia ZL, Sony Xperia SP, Apple iPhone 5, LG Optimus G Pro, LG Optimus G, Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, Samsung Galaxy Note II, HTC One mini and HTC One X.
109. In GLBenchmark 2.7 T-Rex (1080p off-screen) test (GPU performance), Z1 scores the highest again and outperforms the likes of LG G2, Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600), Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa), Apple iPad 4, HTC Butterfly S, Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, Google Nexus 10, LG Optimus G, Sony Xperia Z, Sony Xperia Tablet Z, Sony Xperia ZL, Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, HTC One mini and Samsung Galaxy Note II.
110. The Epic Citadel benchmark (updated), Sony Xperia Z1 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra tie and they both beat LG G2, Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600), HTC One, and HTC Butterfly.
|Sony Xperia Z1 Cons
1. Non user replaceable battery, battery is non removable.
2. Lack of video playback decoders, no codec support for AVI, MKV, XviD formats and AC3-enabled DivX. The Movies player wont recognise them.
3. Can add or remove homescreen panes to a total of seven panes and set any of them as default, but the order they lie, cannot be changed.
4. Homescreen panes, you can't have more than seven panes at any given time.
5. On the Vellamo browser benchmark, Z1 is beaten by Xperia Z Ultra and LG G2.
6. In the combined Browser Mark 2 benchmark test, LG G2, LG Optimus G, Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600), Sony Xperia Z Ultra beat Sony Xperia Z1 in the pants.
7. Smart Connect app doesn't work with NFC.
8. No app to handle the NFC straight.
9. Sony installed a QR code reader app, but the lack of apps to handle the NFC straight, makes it less used or almost useless.
10. You can use a third party video player to play unrecognized video extensions but then, you lose the Gracenote features.
11. You cannot set any video player as system default, the Movies app always plays videos with its built in video player.
12. Android 4.2.2, most new Xperia phones are already having or will have Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
13. The Xperia Z1 is larger than LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy S4.
14. The Krait 400 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, but according to GeekBench, its 2.15GHz only.
15. The Triluminos display can't match the color production of the Super AMOLED screen of the Note 3.
16. Its rumoured that, all global units are not going to have same nicety in their display.
17. Below average loudspeaker performance, presumably, resultant of the enhanced waterproofing. Its likely that you will miss some calls and notifications if surrounded by noise.
18. Volume levels are average.
19. When a pair of headphones plugged in, there is a considerable rise in the stereo crosstalk.
20. xLOUD and ClearPhase improves audio quality, but there is a loss in loudness.
21. Average volume levels, turn on the vibration and the xLOUD enhancement, so that, you wont miss any incoming calls.
22. Active external amplifier, below average volume levels.
23. There is a considerable rise in stereo crosstalk, when a pair of headphones plugged in.
24. Audio quality drops when a pair of headphones plugged in.
25. The Super AMOLED screen of the Galaxy S4, more vibrant colors and the LG G2's 5.2" screen is notoriously brighter and is reportedly having better viewing angles than Z1.
26. MHL-powered microUSB port hosts HDMI connections to an external monitor but there is a hitch, microUSB port and the docking pins are located on the same side of the phone. While docking the phone to charge, throwing videos over HDMI, there will be a fight between you and your phone, cause finding an easy pose to position will be hard cause micro-USB will cause the dock to move to and fro. Even an L-shaped micro-USB wont help you unless you elevate whole the set.