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Sony Xperia Z review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 500
inc VAT

It's still a classy handset but it's the upcoming Android 5.0 update that makes this a potential second-hand bargain


Android 4.1 (JellyBean), 5.0in 1,920×1,080 display

We have absolutely no complaints about the phone’s performance. It may have scored a relatively slow 1,890ms in the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark, compared to under 1,000ms for the fastest phones, but its 1.5GHz quad-core processor runs Android smoothly without any jerkiness or hiccups. We ran the test again using the Dolphin browser rather than the Xperia Z’s default Chrome, and the score improved to a much more respectable 1,357ms – the current mobile version of Chrome does seem to struggle with the Sunspider benchmark.

Sony’s customisations to the operating system are tasteful; a large chunk of the homescreen is dedicated to a huge Sony Entertainment Network link/advert, but this is easy to remove if you don’t like the look of it.

Depending on how you like to use Android, you may prefer Sony’s light-touch customisations to the rip-it-up-and-start-again of the latest version of HTC Sense, which turns your entire homescreen into a giant news feed from your social networks and various content providers.

Sony Xperia Z homescreen

Apart from the (removable) advert for the Sony Entertainment Network, Sony’s Android customisations are fairly unobtrusive

We were impressed with the Xperia Z’s keyboard; the screen is large enough that it’s easy to type accurately and quickly. At first, having to switch to the second-screen of buttons to access the full stop and comma keys annoyed us, but it’s easy to customise the keyboard layout with the keyboard settings wizard, which gives you the choice of turning on comma and full stop keys, and adding punctuation as a long-press to each key.

Sony Xperia Z keyboard wizard Sony has made sure you can get the keyboard layout you like

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Main display size5.0in
Native resolution1,920×1,080
CCD effective megapixels13-megapixel
Internal memory16384MB
Memory card supportmicroSD
Memory card included0MB
Operating frequenciesGSM 850/900/1800/1900, LTE bands 1, 3, 5, 8
Wireless dataHSDPA+, LTE


Operating systemAndroid 4.1 (JellyBean)
Microsoft Office compatibilityWord, Excel, PowerPoint
FM Radioyes
Accessoriesstereo headset, charger, USB cable
Talk time11 hours
Standby time23 days

Buying Information

SIM-free price£500
Price on contract0

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