Sony Xperia Z1 review
- Stylish and well-built
- Superb 20.7MP camera
- It’s waterproof
- Too big for some
- Not cheap
- Speaker is average
Sony Xperia Z1: Performance
The Xperia Z1 has an even more powerful processor than the more-than-decent chip in the Xperia Z. This one is quad-core and is Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 800 processor. It’s a 2.2GHz model and as a result it’s very speedy whether you’re playing games, browsing the web or just, you know, opening emails.
Sony Xperia Z1: Battery
The more a phone does, the quicker the battery burns. So one great advantage of a monster handset is that there’s room for a big battery. This one’s a 3,000mAh cell and is enough to see you through the day.
Of course, Sony is known not least for its Battery Stamina mode where you can set rules which automatically reduce some wireless connections, for instance, when the battery level drops below a set figure. This is a neat feature that helps counteract the power-hungry processor.
Sony Xperia Z1: Verdict
There’s a lot to this phone, and its high-end credentials are not in doubt. It looks good, feels great in your hand and the Sony speciality of waterproofness remains a key, if gimmicky, feature.
The camera is good, though Nokia’s Lumia 1020 will give it a hard run. And though this phone is too big to suit every hand, if the size isn’t a problem this is a very powerful, fast, highly enjoyable handset.
Sony Xperia Z1 release date: Out now
Sony Xperia Z1 price: £550