Sony Xperia Z1 mobile phone

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Sony Xperia Z1

Xperia Z1
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DOB:

09/09/2013

Key Features:

Quad Core Global Roaming NFC 4G LTE Bluetooth 3G WIFI Internet GPS aGPS Water Resistant Radiation rate Integrated Social Networking Camera Front camera Best Camera MP4 Player HD Video

Dimensions:

74 x 144 x 8.5 mm17th

Screen resolution:

1080 x 1920 px2nd

Screen size:

5"11th

Weight:

170 g81st

Main Camera:

20.7 MP2nd

Battery Life:

850 hrs11th

Music Playback:

110 hrs3rd

Available on these networks:

Virgin MobileThree

Mobilyse say:

The headline for the Sony Xperia Z1 is it’s megatastic 20.7 MP camera combined with being a waterproof and dust proof smartphone. It looks similar to it’s older brother the Xperia Z but it…

The headline for the Sony Xperia Z1 is it’s megatastic 20.7 MP camera combined with being a waterproof and dust proof smartphone. It looks similar to it’s older brother the Xperia Z but it’s a far superior smartphone in terms of power and features. A premium quality look and feel, just be prepared to flex those muscles lifting it! It’s heavy weight is due to it’s new camera sensor and the fact that the chassis is packing more metal in it than a military unit. Saying that, that’s probably the only downside to this incredible “push the boat out” smartphone

A powerhouse speedster, you won’t be twiddling your thumbs. This baby has Phhhhhhwoar power and speeds through tasks like a high speed jet with 4G capabilities. The battery is really promising here too which is a major bonus when you’ve got so much high end tech available. Running on Android 4.2 with a 4.3 upgrade available , you’ll be able to widget to your hearts content and can see all your home screens at once simply by pinching the screen with your fingers.

Screen wise, this is one to watch TV on! It’s way better than the Xperia Z screen and brings things to life so your movies, videos and gaming literally pop out! Saying that it doesn’t beat the screen quality of the Galaxy S4, LG G2, or HTC One but it’s really not far off. Made all the better by video playback and the awesome Movies app that displays your last watched movie in the background while your selecting the next thing to watch.

Now for the blow your pants off part! The 20.7MP camera really takes the whole “camera in a smartphone” to a whole other level. Apart from the enormous pixel number, it takes incredible shots in low light, and comes feature packed with options to improve the quality of your snaps. For the shaky hands the superior auto mode makes it impossible to take a blurred shot, in fact it makes it impossible to take a bad shot at all and every snap we took came out clear, crisp and excellent. There are other awe inspiring camera smartphones such as the Nokia 1020 with it’s jaw dropping 41MP camera and the HTC One with it’s 4.1 Ultra Pixel snapper and the Z1 fits in nicely with these two but the Xperia Z1 gives you the most traditional camera experience that just takes brilliant shots. Have to mention you can also take picture and videos under water!! Something its predecessor the Z sorely lacked and looks like Sony listened to the complaints as the Xperia Z1 takes excellent underwater shots and videos.

It also comes jam packed with interesting features. We loved the Timeshift Burst feature that takes trillions of shots at the same time at a speed of light so that you know you’ve got at least one cool shot in there and finding and selecting it couldn’t be easier. Another interesting feature is Social live which lets you stream video from it on to Facebook. Great for sharing live video with all your friends at the same time like a massive group webcam. Just don’t accidentally live stream yourself on the toilet or farting around your bedroom in your birthday suit which we can see happening easily. The kids will love the Augmented reality option that lets you insert crazy things in your photos such as a snap of you swimming with a giant (augmented) shark right behind you!

Quick point to make for those who hate faffing about with flaps on phones. Sony has really made it’s name for itself with waterproof models in the last year but they’ve all had fiddly bits to open and shut in order to keep the water out but we noticed straight away that the Xperia Z1 headphone slot is open making it much easier to use. Urgggh, just don’t give it a drink!

In shortski, we’re really excited about the Sony Xperia Z1. It’s up there with the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone wise and the Nokia 1020 camera wise but is a few roubles cheaper. If you can get over the weight of it, you’ll love it!

 

 

HotsKy.....

  • 20.7 MP camera!!
  • Waterproof & Dust Proof
  • Take Pictures & Video under water!!!
  • Top tech specs & features
  • Superbski reality screen

KrapSky.....

  • Chunky weight
  • No removable battery

Rating:

Rating: 9.8

Features: 10.0

Ease of use: 9.9

Battery Life: 9.1

Reliability: 9.9

Sex appeal: 10.0

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Misha thinks:

Monster of a phone both in size and power. I used to love the Xperia Z but the Z1 has really pushed out all the stops in both features and power. It's super fast, takes great photo…

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Specifications

Key Features

Internet Yes

Surf the web on your mobile!

4G LTE Yes

4G or also known as LTE means faster downloads. Check your mobile is 4G LTE capable as this is the future baby!

NFC Yes

NFC - If your phone has an NFC chip in it , it can transmit data to another by touching or being in close proximity. It can also make payments similar to credit cards which will soon be the future of payments!

WIFI Yes

Get access to the internet via wireless networks wherever you are! Usually means faster browsing. Some wifi networks require key codes and signal strength vary depending on areas.

Quad Core 2.2 GHz

Quad core is the most powerful processor enabling your mobile to sprint through apps!

Best Camera Yes

Mobiles with the best quality cameras to replace your compact cameras so you can take the perfect shots while out and about. 

Camera 20.7MP

Mobiles that feature digital cameras. The higher the mega pixel, the crisper and clearer the photos are.

HD Video 1080p HD

Enjoy your photos and videos in outstanding high definition format (even Misha's Uncle Oleg looks good in these). The higher the p, the higher the definition!

Front camera 2.0 MP

Webcam / Video call your friends via mobile or tablet using Skype, MSN Messenger and the likeski!

GPS Yes

The sat nav system that helps you find your way while you're out and about. Depending on your mobile it will work jointly with a navigation service such as Google Maps.

aGPS Yes

aGPS is a super powered GPS which finds your location quicker than gps. Great if there's an emergency!

Water Resistant Yes

Drop it in the toilet or go swimming with it and it will still work!

3G Yes

This means connecting to the internet and downloading is super speedski!

Dual Sim No

2 sim cards in one handset!  Great if you want the same phone for both work and play and if you travel to another country regularly and want to avoid huge roaming charges.

Integrated Social Networking Yes

Some mobiles have social network shortcuts or apps with super fast access to Facebook or twitter so you can let everyone know when you're out eating a banana!

Beats Audio No

Yo yoski! Dr Dre has had a hand in the audio system of this phone which enhances any music you are listening to via your mobile.

MP4 Player Yes

An integrated MP4 player for movies and audio in your phone! Depending on your handset it can playback via Speakers, Bluetooth headsets, and standard headphones.

Bluetooth 4.0

Transfer data between devices using wireless technology! If your car supports Bluetooth you can make calls using your car radio as a speaker!

Global Roaming Yes

You can browse the internet/email when in other countries. Watch outski for roaming charges! Better to switch roaming off while abroad or get a dual sim mobile! 

Eco rating No

Find out the enviromental impact of your chosen mobile!

Radiation rate 0.77W/kg

SAR ratings (Specific absorption rate) is the term they use to measure the radiation levels of your device! Don't worry nothing on the market exceeds over the 200W/kg level considered unsafe!

Look & Feel

Touchscreen Yes

Intuitive and sensitive to touch ( a bit like our Tatyana!) type and swipe by touching the screen to interact with your mobile.

Connect

Internet Yes

Surf the web on your mobile!

WIFI Yes

Get access to the internet via wireless networks wherever you are! Usually means faster browsing. Some wifi networks require key codes and signal strength vary depending on areas.

3G Yes

This means connecting to the internet and downloading is super speedski!

Tethering Yes

Means you can use your mobile as a modem for your computer or notebook. Connect via USB or wirelessly via Bluetooth . Great for when you're somewhere with no wifi hotspots and need to get online on your laptop.

EDGE Yes

Edge networks were made to deliver multi media apps such as streaming audio and video and are 3 times faster than GSM, all 3G mobiles use Edge (enhanced data) technology.

GSM Yes

The world's most widely used mobile phone technology and the one that offers the widest international roaming capabilities.

Quad Band Yes

Use your mobile abroad on most continents including the Americas.

GPRS Yes

One of the very first mobile data services, GPRS is a type of technology for connecting to mobile internet services.

WAP Yes

Bollocks this one's boring. In a nutshell, this is a special type of internet language for your mobile. WAP browsers display internet info designed to fit your mobile's screenski.

USB 2.0

If your mobile is USB enabled, you can charge your phone from your computer and, with Wi-Fi, use as a modem.

Dual Sim No

2 sim cards in one handset!  Great if you want the same phone for both work and play and if you travel to another country regularly and want to avoid huge roaming charges.

Bluetooth 4.0

Transfer data between devices using wireless technology! If your car supports Bluetooth you can make calls using your car radio as a speaker!

4G LTE Yes

4G or also known as LTE means faster downloads. Check your mobile is 4G LTE capable as this is the future baby!

Works in USA Yes

That's right, your mobile will work in that crazy land of mass consumerism, hot dogs, shorts n sneaks and where everyone has strangesky names like Jim Bob, Earl Jnr, Chuck or Charles III..... 

NFC Yes

NFC - If your phone has an NFC chip in it , it can transmit data to another by touching or being in close proximity. It can also make payments similar to credit cards which will soon be the future of payments!

SIM type Micro-SIM

Sim cards store numbers and messages and basically identify your phone. Different devices take different size SIM cards and if you are getting a pay as you go phone, you will need to check what size SIM card your mobile takes in order to use it!

Global Roaming Yes

You can browse the internet/email when in other countries. Watch outski for roaming charges! Better to switch roaming off while abroad or get a dual sim mobile! 

Messaging & Media

Integrated Social Networking Yes

Some mobiles have social network shortcuts or apps with super fast access to Facebook or twitter so you can let everyone know when you're out eating a banana!

Emails Yes

Send and receive emails! On all smartphones you can sync multiple email accounts.

Push Emails Yes

New emails are bumped up into your inbox as soon as they arrive.

Active synchronisation Yes

Transfer everything on your desktop like emails, calendar, contact list and documents straight to your mobile. Coolski!

Apps Yes

There's 1000s of different Apps out there depending on which smartphone you buy. From games, to useful tools to the downright bizarreski! 

SMS Yes

Sending and receiving messages also known as texting. In some this can be a disease and cause texting elbow or worse.

MMS Yes

Multi media messaging service is exactly that, allowing you to send pics, videos and sound clips via sms or email.

Multitasking Yes

Run mulitple apps on your mobile switching between them without any lag or freezing up on you or worse dying an early death from battery failure!

Instant Messaging Yes

Chat with your friends over the internet. Quicker than texting and you may even be able to add video to your chats! For example Skype

Proximity-Sensing Technology Yes

Activate features without even touching it - MAGIC! Proximity Sensor can turn off the screen to avoid accidental touch of the screen by ear.

Fingerprint sensor No

Use your fingerprint to activate your device instead of a pin code - very James Bondski!

Eye Movement Recognition Yes

This deviceski can read your mind or at least your eyes! The screen will stay on as long as you are reading it and turn off as soon as you do something else. Coolski!

Accelerometer Yes

Pretty coolski function that changes the screen layout from landscape to portrait if you turn your phone sideways. Make emails and eBooks easier to read in a landscape position.

Games Yes

No longer the usual minesweeper and solitaire Krapski mobile games, now many phones come with cool games pre- installed. Of course if you have a smartphone, you can download 1000's of cool games to waste away the hours on your mobile.

Haptics feedback Yes

Where you can "touch or feel" virtual things via mechanical simulation ie during use of apps or games. Ie: mechanical vibration is felt when your car hits a wall in racing game. 

Camera

Camera 20.7MP

Mobiles that feature digital cameras. The higher the mega pixel, the crisper and clearer the photos are.

Front camera 2.0 MP

Webcam / Video call your friends via mobile or tablet using Skype, MSN Messenger and the likeski!

Camera Flash LED

Take night time snaps with your mobile!!  2 types: LED provides a constant light source for Video recording but sometimes not bright enough where as Xenon uses a stronger burst of light but can't be used in video recordings.

Back Illuminated Sensor (BSI) Yes

Improves low light performance by increasing the amount of light captured. Coolski!

Autofocus Yes

You guessed it! Automatic focus so you can just snap awayski

Best Camera Yes

Mobiles with the best quality cameras to replace your compact cameras so you can take the perfect shots while out and about. 

Zoom Digital

in contrast to digital zoom, optical zoom enhances image quality.

Image Stabilisation Digital

No blurry shots!! Digital doesn't do diddly just manipulates the pixels where as Optical image stabilsation really works to stop blurred shots!

Pixel density 441ppi

The more pixels it has the better those websites, movies and photos will look no matter what size the screen is even if it's small!

Video & Music

Video Camera Yes

So you can capture those amazing moments from your mobile.

Video light No

Video light so you can take videos in the dark!!

Photovideo editing Yes

So you can actually edit these amazing moments, like cutting out the not so amazing bits!

MP3 Player Yes

An integrated MP3 player that can stream audio from your phone via Bluetooth. Unlike MP4 it can't stream movies and videos as well.  

MP3 Tones Yes

Select your favorite tunes and drive everyone nuts by making it your ringtone "nananannanaah!"

MP4 Player Yes

An integrated MP4 player for movies and audio in your phone! Depending on your handset it can playback via Speakers, Bluetooth headsets, and standard headphones.

Media Player Yes

Never get bored with a mobile media. Player! Depending on your handset you can playback tracks, videos and even watch movies straight from the internet!

Beats Audio No

Yo yoski! Dr Dre has had a hand in the audio system of this phone which enhances any music you are listening to via your mobile.

Polyphonic tones Yes

Even better, get that annoying tune in record quality ringtones!

FM Radio Yes

Listen to live broadcasts on your mobile phone with an integrated FM Radio,

Memory Card Slot Yes

Expand the built-in memory with an extra memory card. Useful if your phone comes with a memory the size of a gold fishski!

Memory Card (Micro SD) 64 GB

Different devices use different types of memory cards: Check you get the right oneski!

HD Video 1080p HD

Enjoy your photos and videos in outstanding high definition format (even Misha's Uncle Oleg looks good in these). The higher the p, the higher the definition!

Navigation

GPS Yes

The sat nav system that helps you find your way while you're out and about. Depending on your mobile it will work jointly with a navigation service such as Google Maps.

aGPS Yes

aGPS is a super powered GPS which finds your location quicker than gps. Great if there's an emergency!

S-GPS No

 S- GPS doesn't need a network and is the fastest yet in finding your location.

Navigation No

From Google maps to Nokia drive, turn-by-turn & voice navigation means you'll never need a sat nav or tom tom again. Use your mobile to find anywhere you need to go!.

Glonass Yes

Glonass is is our Russian comrades GPS system that both complements and provides an alternative to GPS also sporting global coverage and pin point precision. Very James Bondski!

Maps No

Means your phone has a map and Sat Nav service preinstalled for example Google Maps or Nokia Ovi Maps.

Compass Yes

A sensor on your mobile that acts like a Compass!

Geo Tagging Yes

Geo tagging lets you identify locations of photos and status updates such as "check in" function on facebook so everyone knows where you are! 

Basics

Qwerty Keyboard No

Just like a physical laptop keyboard! Touchscreen lovers would shout "Fiddly!"

Numeric Keyboard No

The traditional candybar style mobile with numeric keypads for the old schoolski!

Compatibility Windows PC & Mac

Connect your mobile to both Windows PC and/or Mac to charge it and/or sync and transfer data.

OS System specific Android OS

The brain behind all smartphones! In the same way that Windows manages your PC, the operating system of your mobile manages your phone's power and performance.

Vibration Alert Yes

You'll need to switch your vibrate alert on in your settings and then your phone will vibrate every time you receive an email, sms or message. Handy for when in meetings or at the cinema.

Calendar Yes

An electronic diary (come on you knew that one!)

Voice Dialing Yes

No longer need to put finger to button, just shouts your mates name and your phone will automatically dial (just make sure you speak clearly or you could end up with the wrong person!)

Speaker phone Yes

Perfect for those annoying "customer service?" Calls where you've listened to a tinny version of greensleaves for the last 20 mins and you're dying for a cup of tea. Just put them on speakerphone.

Scratch Resistant Glass Yes

Coolski! now your beauitful glass screen mobile won't get scratched by you or the crib midgets! Just beware it's still breakable!

Radiation rate 0.77W/kg

SAR ratings (Specific absorption rate) is the term they use to measure the radiation levels of your device! Don't worry nothing on the market exceeds over the 200W/kg level considered unsafe!

Eco rating No

Find out the enviromental impact of your chosen mobile!

Water Resistant Yes

Drop it in the toilet or go swimming with it and it will still work!

Wireless charging No

If your device has wireless charging built in you can charge it without ever having to plug it in. Simply place it on a wireless charging base or shell. The future of charging smartphones. Coolski!

Operating System

Android OS 4.3 Jelly Bean

A fun and exciting Operating System, Google's Android  gives you access to over 300,000 cool apps and most of them are free! Some of the" baddest", fastest and smartest phones out there are now Android! Great for games, social networks, eBooks and Free Apps! latest version is 4.4.4 KitKat.

Apple iOS No

The smartphone pioneers, Apple operating system is now into it's 7th generation with iOS 7 and boasts the world's largest app store at Apple app store.or iTunes. This is an uber intuitive and seamless operating system that is constantly evolving. Great for having the widest and best choice of Apps and being a total pleasure to use.

Blackberry OS No

Blackberry 10 the latest version (previously known as RIM) is the OS the company hopes will revolutionise it's rather failing image as a brand. The jury's outski!

Fire OS No

Windows OS No

Microsofts latest offering Windows Phone 8.1 is an intuitive cool new platform. The addition of Cortana, your PA for everything kicks Apple's Siri's butt! Seen the film "Her"? This is all about Cortana, then you'll understand. It's the future baby! Place everything you love all in one place with Live Hubs, so there's no switching apps or closing and opening involved! Get Xbox LIVE® , Microsoft Office Hub, allowing you to edit docs while on the movesky! Great for multi tasking and multi media and especially smooth OS for business!

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Reviews

Rating: 9.8 Out of 1 rating
Misha

Misha’s views on the Xperia Z1 Rating: 9.8

1 Oct 2013 (male)

Features 10/10

Ease of use 9.9/10

Battery Life 9.1/10

Reliability 9.9/10

Sex appeal 10/10

HotsKy.....

  • A big upgrade from the awesome Xperia Z!
  • Powerhouse Arnie on Steroids phone!
  • Blow you away camera and screen

KrapSky.....

  • It's big and heavy
  • No removable battery
  • Speakers are poorski

Monster of a phone both in size and power. I used to love the Xperia Z but the Z1 has really pushed out all the stops in both features and power. It's super fast, takes great photos with it's 20.1 MP camera, screen is rocking and even battery is good. You'd be hard pushed to find a more future proof, best featured smartphone. The fact that it's waterproof and dustproof is a great bonus and love it's ruggedness.