Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review
- Premium waterproof design
- Brilliant 4.3-inch display
- Powerful processor
- Lack of Android 4.4
- Sony’s UI feels slightly dated
The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is a phone that looks to disprove a theory, smartphones don’t need to be bigger to be better.
With rivals like the LG G2, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and even the Sony Xperia Z1 showing that there is a desire for big screen phones they’ve often suffered from the sheer logistical issues of having an everyday device that can no longer be held and used with one hand.
By being smaller then surely it must be a mid-range smartphone? Well at nearly £450 there’s nothing mid-range about the price and as any Apple iPhone 5s owner will tell you, those 4 inches of screen real-estate don’t come cheap either.
This then is a flagship phone, repackaged into a more compact form factor and aimed at those who want the portability of the iPhone but prefer Google Android.
So here’s the question, can the Z1 Compact really take on both the big-screen flagships and fend off the likes of the HTC One Mini and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini?
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact: Size and build
Taking your first glance at the Z1 Compact and you’ll realise that this is still a Z1, the design is almost identical to its larger brother introducing the premium metal build and glass back.
Measuring in at 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm and weighing just 137g the Z1 compact is slightly larger than an iPhone 5c and weighs slightly more.
Overall it feels great to hold although that glass back is going to become a magnet for scratches so if you’re image conscious we’d recommend a case.
The build quality is as high as you’d expect from Sony’s new Xperia Z range and we reckon it trumps the One mini and the iPhone 5c.
However, the display tends to attract dust and fluff - you’ll rue the day you left a tissue in your trouser pocket then washed them.
The phone is available in black, white and two new, surprisingly inoffensive shades - pink and lime.