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Best Mobile Phones 2014: 10 Best Smartphones You Can Buy

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9 of 10

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Originally reviewed by 05 February 2014

Key features:

  • Great 4.3-inch 720p HD screen
  • Water and dust-proof
  • Solid battery life
Soon to be replaced by the Xperia Z3 Compact, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is still the king of the 'mini' smartphones. Despite being older than the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini and the HTC One Mini 2, it make a lot less compromises and a as a result is a fantastic 4.3-inch Android smartphone.

The single aluminium frame gives it a construction similar to the iPhone 4S and despite the drop down in screen resolution, is still a sharp and colourful place to watch high resolution video. In the power department, it uses the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU as the Xperia Z1 so expect a similarly slick performance and it also manages an all-day battery life.

Packing the same 20.7-megapixel camera as the Z1 the Compact produces good but not Nokia Lumia 1020-rivalling photos. If you are looking for a classy mini that comfortably sits in the pocket this is the best out of the three.

Review price
: £430

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