67 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Phone By Sony!
This is by far the best phone I have ever owned. The display is gorgeous, the processor is very fast, the camera is great, and it is waterproof!
The 5 inch display on this phone has a resolution of 1080p. That is the same resolution as your HD tv on a 5 inch screen. This makes for 443 pixels per inch which results in an incredibly sharp...
Published 6 months ago by Gumpert
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3.0 out of 5 stars A flagship phone with some problems
I've been using the Z for six months now. There are pros and cons to the phone. Make no mistake, it is a expensive flagship phone with a lot of processor power and memory. However, I have to rant about a thing or two.
First of all, the wifi reception is horrible, almost making you want to stop using wifi at all. Of course, wifi is more battery-friendly than...
Published 17 days ago by dreipasou
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Phone By Sony!,
This review is from: Sony Xperia Z C6602 Unlocked Phone with 5 inch HD Display and 1.5GHz Quad-Core Processor--U.S. Warranty (Black) (Wireless Phone Accessory)This is by far the best phone I have ever owned. The display is gorgeous, the processor is very fast, the camera is great, and it is waterproof!
The 5 inch display on this phone has a resolution of 1080p. That is the same resolution as your HD tv on a 5 inch screen. This makes for 443 pixels per inch which results in an incredibly sharp picture. You cannot see pixels at all. The display also has Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine 2 which enhances color contrast while watching videos and viewing pictures. This really makes the pictures and videos pop, it makes them incredibly vivid. When the BE2 is not running the display's contrast is not as high, but you don't always need oversaturated colors. The viewing angles are far from stellar but most people will view the screen straight on anyways. Gaming with this screen really is a treat. The display is one of the best around.
This phone is powered by a quadcore 1.5 ghz Krait S4 chip coupled with 2gbs of ram. This results in incredibly fast performance even when multitaksing. The phone almost never lags. The Krait cores are very quick and are more than adequate, even with a 5 inch full HD display. All the games I have played run well. Browsing the internet is equally as snappy. Pages load quickly and smoothly. Zooming in and out is very quick as well.
The quadcore processor in this really flexes its muscles in benchmark tests. I got around 7900 in the quadrant standard, over 2060 on the Geekbench 2, over 20,000 on Antutu, and over 2800 on Passmark Performance. All of these scores are higly impressive and show you what kind of power the device has. The performace does carry over to real world usage.
The rear camera is 13.1 megapixels and takes incredible pictures. It has the Exmor RS sensor which adjusts numerous things for you. For the most part the results are stunning. Images come out clear and the colors are very vibrant. Occasionlay you will need to change a few setting around to get a better picture though. For example disabling flash. The camera never fails to impress me. With a camera like this there is no need to carry an actual digital camera around.
The front facing camera is 2.2 megapixels and can shoot 1080p video. This is very impressive for a front facing camera because most of the current ones are only capable of 720p.
The Buttons and Interface:
This phone utilizes the on screen android buttons. They are very responsive and don't take up too much space. The side buttons (like the power button and volume rocker) are responsive and easy to press as well. I have no complaints about the buttons.
Sony has there own overlay for the Android OS. It is very light and very pleasing to the eyes. It has many great features such as small apps. With small apps you can open a miniature app while running another at the same time, both on the screen. For example, you can open a calculator while on the browser. This feature can be incredibly useful and convenient. I prefer Sony's overlay over Samsung's TouchWiz. My only real complaint when it comes to Sony's overlay is that it lacks a default task manager.
The on sceen keyboard is very responsive and auto-correct works well. Turning the phone sideways gives you a lot of room, especially if you have larger hands.
The Music Player:
A lot of people use their phones as there music players and some phones have horrible audio quality. This phone is not one of those phones. Audio quality is great and there are many different settings that you can adjust to get the best sound. You have five band equalizers and all kinds of different options such as a dynamic normailizer which adjusts the volume differences between songs. Even though the phone has all these options I find myselfy using the "Clear Audio+" option. This automatically adjusts the equalizers for each song and the result is great. All the songs sound nice and, well clear with this feature.
The music player is very nice to look at, it changes color based on the album artwork which is very neat. You can create playlists on the phone and even edit the music info. If you spelled the name of a song wrong when transfering it, you can fix it right there on the phone. If you are missing album artwork you can get it right on the phone. I am very pleased with the music player on this device.
The "Waterproof featue":
This phone is designed to survive under one meter of water for up to half an hour at a time. While most people will avoid getting their phones wet it is a comforting feature to have. It is also a unique feature for a high end smartphone. It means you won't have to say "bye" to your phone if you drop it in the bathtub.
The Battery Life:
Battery life on the phone is decent. It is nothing great. I get about 1 and a half days of moderate to heavy usage before I have to charge it (with stamina mode enabled). The phone has "Stamina Mode" which turns off things while they are not in use. This does help the battery life quite and bit and is a useful feature.
This phone is a GSM phone and is capable of HSPA+ 4G. This one is NOT LTE Capable. This is not a factor for me because my provider doesn't offer LTE.
The wifi connector on this phone is good. It has a good range and is allows for a quick and strong connection. Of all the devices in my house it is able to get the fastest upload speeds on the exact same connection.
The phone comes with 16gbs of storage but allows expansion via a micro sd card slot. Only about 11.7gbs of the internal storage are available for usage but if you have a micro sd card you can have more than a sufficient amount of storage for your pictures, music, videos, and applications.
This is an incredible phone and is a great deal. It offers incredible performance and an amazing display. Sony has a great overlay that is innovative and light on the processor. The camera is of stellar quality and the overall build of the phone is as well. It is not a cheap plastic phone. In addition it can survive being submerged in water which is something that no other phone in its class can boast. This is an outstanding phone and I am very satisfied with it!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome,
This review is from: Sony Xperia Z C6602 Unlocked Phone with 5 inch HD Display and 1.5GHz Quad-Core Processor--U.S. Warranty (Purple) (Wireless Phone Accessory)Very sharp device. Responsive even with the Sony Skinned software. Clear audio when talking. Used on T-Mobile and Indonesian Networks. Fast downloads WiFi 4g/3g. I thought it would be uncomfortable to hold due to shape. Bit the device fits very nice in hand. Listened to music while in the shower. Awesomely clear dispite the reviews stating the sound was muffled. What do you expect from a sealed device. All in all very impressed with the screen the responsiveness and the overall functioning of the phone. Kudos Sony.
19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWSAME PHONE!!!,
This review is from: Sony Xperia Z C6602 Unlocked Phone with 5 inch HD Display and 1.5GHz Quad-Core Processor--U.S. Warranty (Black) (Wireless Phone Accessory)I have had the phone for 2 weeks now, and it is just GREAT!!! it is fast, the camera is great, even in low contidion, in fact, it is like having a camera, that you can talk through! videos are just incredible, the screen look just perfect. Don't believe all you read! I saw a lot of reviews that criticized the quality of the screen, it looks great! it's perfect image! true colors. As far as games, you can play whatever you want, NO glitches.
I am more than pleased, with this phone, money well spent!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Android Phone...Ever!,
This review is from: Sony Xperia Z C6602 Unlocked Phone with 5 inch HD Display and 1.5GHz Quad-Core Processor--U.S. Warranty (Purple) (Wireless Phone Accessory)...and I've had quite a few. After learning it's lesson with the heavy-handed (and painfully slow) Timescape, Sony's Android skin is smooth and silky, never more so than on the Xperia Z. I am honestly surprised how much I fell for this phone, as am huge tech junkie and go through 'em quick either through contract or importing 'em outright. But the Z is solid, the weight is great, and is sexy as all get-out. The update Walkman app is a fine and fluid hub for all your music, and with the SD card slot, you can really pack 'em in. Camera is fantastic, tho can't touch Nokia's Lumia 1020 (who can?). Forget the nitpicking you've heard over the viewing angles of the screen-with clarity and color like this, you're gonna spend all your time staring at it head on. Waterproofing is lagniappe but very cool. While Samsung is busy copying and churning out the same old stuff and cheap design, Sony is going through the stratosphere on sleekness, speed and style. My sim card has been stuck in this phone ever since I got it, and if you knew me, you'd know what a big deal that is. Can't wait to pair it with the Smartwatch 2, on it's way. Touche, Sony and keep it up!
17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic phone,
This review is from: Sony Xperia Z C6602 Unlocked Phone with 5 inch HD Display and 1.5GHz Quad-Core Processor--U.S. Warranty (Black) (Wireless Phone Accessory)I was looking for a new cellphone and was innundated with choices: The Samsung Galaxy, HTC, Blackberry Z10, and Nokia 920 were all full of features and every one of them would have made a fine phone. As a long-time Sony-Ericsson customer, the new Sony phones were interesting but the biggest drawback was Android and Google's lack of respect for my privacy.
This last point, Android, was in mind the single most important reason to switch to something else, and the Nokia and Blackberry were intriguing choices. After reading all the reviews and analyzing the phones, I was all set to select the Nokia 920...but for the arrogance of Microsoft.
Microsoft announced that they were discontinuing support for Windows Phone 8, an OS they introduced only last year. That, along with their refusal to listen to customer feedback on the desktop version of Windows 8 completely turned me off, and now there was no way I was going to buy anything with Windows. So, now I was back to Android despite my privacy concerns about Google.
I tried really really hard to like the Samsung, but for a $600+ phone, i wanted something that looked it and couldn't get over the plasticy feeling and cheapness of Samsung's build quality. Additionally, because of my prior business experience in dealing with Korean companies, I was already deeply suspicious of the Koreans cutting corners in quality.
Now all my other candidates were eliminated and I went back to Sony to see what they had. One look at the Xperia Z, and I was sold. Others may have better hardware specs, or better software, or better hype (I'm looking at you iPhone), but the Z topped them all in a nice balance between hardware, software, and looks. Best of all, it felt well built and sturdy, yet sophisticated, with blazing fast responsiveness.
I bought the Z, and whereas before I'd use the phone strictly for communications (phone/messaging), now, for the first time, I am really enjoying using my phone as a complete computing device. My laptop use has dropped to less than 50%.
Well done Sony!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this phone.,
This review is from: Sony Xperia Z C6602 Unlocked Phone with 5 inch HD Display and 1.5GHz Quad-Core Processor--U.S. Warranty (Purple) (Wireless Phone Accessory)This phone is awesome. It's really slim with a large screen and so nice looking. Everyone compliments me on this phone. It takes gorgeous photos too! The only thing though, I have a problem with is the battery life. I have to charge it every day!
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slick, functional, waterproof, android phone- no regrets.,
So with that as a backdrop, I'll now tell you about the Xperia Z- I have had it for just short of two months. At the start, it took some adjustment to how it gets things done versus iOs- subtle differences that were unfamiliar at first. After working thru that break in and learning how stuff works, I can say that I am very happy with this phone. It works without hiccups and has been very smooth. Every function I've tried has worked- "throwing" media to a dlna compatible device is still a bit jerry and hit or miss. Integration with other Sony products is solid to the extent that the other Sony products are modern enough to be integrated. The phone is well made, thoughtfully laid out, and sized to be functional in the hand. The screen is responsive to touch, gorgeous to behold. Sony's tweaks on stock Android are unobtrusive and often very functional additions (my wife wishes her Samy phone could run some of the Sony "small apps" and a few of the other proprietary Sony stuff). Android 4.2.2 came a few weeks ago and offers some enhancements over the previous edition. Sony also introduced a "find my Xperia" function which seems to work well in the testing I've done with it. It's nice to be able to wash this phone off too. I purposely avoid wristwatches, and footware that are not waterproof- to not have these items waterproof just doesn't make sense in my life. And I would add a phone to the list of things that will have to be waterproof in my life going forward. It's hard to think of another item that you use daily while you are out and about, that you handle in public places and then put up to your face without washing it off. It seems to be catching on as a concept too- I saw a new version of the Samy galaxy phone is available in a waterproof edition. It only makes sense...
I would also recommend you consider purchase of a phone thru amazon where possible (without a contract) the "bloatware" that at&t, t-mobile, Verizon and others put on phones you get from them is just about useless, and only serves you adds from the carrier- no thank you. Alot of it cannot be removed from your phone either.
In summary, I would gladly order this phone again, and I would recommend it to others.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A flagship phone with some problems,
This review is from: Sony Xperia Z C6602 Unlocked Phone with 5 inch HD Display and 1.5GHz Quad-Core Processor--U.S. Warranty (White) (Wireless Phone Accessory)I've been using the Z for six months now. There are pros and cons to the phone. Make no mistake, it is a expensive flagship phone with a lot of processor power and memory. However, I have to rant about a thing or two.
First of all, the wifi reception is horrible, almost making you want to stop using wifi at all. Of course, wifi is more battery-friendly than mobile data, so you really can't.
Also the gps works bad. It takes many seconds for it to find you. It often also loses the satellite connection. This is especially annoying if you, like me, travel a lot and depend on offline maps.
What's more, the camera could be better.
Bottom line: would I buy this phone now that I know better? Probably not, since there were and are better phones around for this price range.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars works very well in Venezuela,
17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Repair Issues,
This review is from: Sony Xperia Z C6602 Unlocked Phone with 5 inch HD Display and 1.5GHz Quad-Core Processor--U.S. Warranty (White) (Wireless Phone Accessory)I got new Sony Xperia Z phone.After 3 months,my phone dropped and causes the touchscreen not to work.I contacted Sony technical support to fix my phone.As I was told it is not a warranty issue, I was advised to pay $185 flat rate for the repair.They created an RMA on 07/12/2013.I sent my phone to Sony repair center.After delivery on 7/18/13, I got an email from Sony that they will repair my device within 14 Business days starting from the date of delivery. They will contact me within that period to pay $185 for the repair in case the damage is not warrantied.I called Sony on 8/6/13 and I was told that my phone will be shipped back the following day and they will email me the tracking#.I called them again the next day and they confirmed the same information.I called them on 8/8/13 requesting any updates.To my surprise, they escalated my case to a manager called Eddie.He affirmed they will contact me within 48 business hours.Unfortunately I never got a call back.On 08/12 I called them again.I spoke with another manager who did not bother wasting his time with me informing me that Eddie has left for the day and I have to call back the following day.Tuesday, I called and spoke with Eddie.He said that there is no part for my phone that is why it is on hold.He promised me to check if they can replace the phone.Eddie called me the following day stating that Sony will replace my phone and if I do mind if the color is black.This is the only color they have in stock.I did not mind.So Eddie confirmed that they will ship the new phone out that day and I will be receiving my phone the following day.AS I did not receive anything on 8/15, I called Eddie back to ask for a tracking number. He told me that he will get back to me by the end of the day with a tracking#.I was so surprised when I received a call from Sony, speaking with a supervisor Carlos who told me that my phone was evaluated and it is not a warranty issue.They won't repair it and they will send it back
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