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"If a Full HD 5-inch phone is a must, consider the Nexus 5 for £130 less or the olderGalaxy S4 for around the same price. Both have a less impressive processor and, in the case of the Nexus 5, an inferior camera and no microSD."
Correct me if I'm mistaken, but doesn't the Nexus 5 share the Snapdragon 800 processor with the Z1 Compact?
Hello. i guess he meant N5 had slightly lower clock 2.2 vs 2.3 , which isn't much but it would perform better due to lower 720p resolution . cheers
Pre-ordered this as soon as I you guys had posted it. Had my Z1 Compact since Monday, it is a fantastic thing. Literally exactly what I've wanted from an android phone in years - sleek, rugged, premium, top specced with a small screen. There is literally nothing bad I have to say except that even with great care, the back gathered mysterious scratches only after a few hours of taking it out of the box!
Hi you're right it is the same processor but our benchmarks showed it was a little slower - not enough as you'd notice in real life though so I'll rephrase that.
what's wrong with the camera ?
I have had the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact for over a month now and the screen has numerous indents/scratches which are very very poor considering that this is supposed to be a premium phone. I upgraded from a HTC Desire which I have had for over 3 years and the condition of that screen is better than the the new one. Yes both phones have case (which were the same style design) and my lifestyle hasn't changed at all. I'm going to get back to the manufacturers and see what they will do (probably nothing) but it's not great that they have screens that can get damaged so easily. I'm not sure what it will look like in 12 months time. My advice is to avoid this phone until Sony do something about the screen. Besides the screen issue the rest of the phone is great. S Dyson
What about the screen - any scratches there? I love the phone but mines got a few indent/scratches which I don't know how they happened. I was aware of the scratch potential so I got a suitable case immediately (one of the ones authorised by Sony and) but still the screen has been damaged. Pretty sick about it really because I'm sure all that Sony will do is put it down to me
just a simple tip: during the time of buying, get also the surface protection kit that is sold separately or have it covered with Clear Coat product scratches will be nowhere. Camera; Thanks to those excited users who updated their phones at the time of Kitkat launch, we learned a lot from you and i'm pretty sure that fix will be released shortly, every performance issues will be taken care of. To stephen, don't get disappointed so fast, you must know that the sony phones glass panel is substantially covered with shutter proof film that perfectly built on the glass surface those scratches you found are only on that film so, get a sharp cutter look at carefully in any edge of your screen to find that layer and carefully strip it out and simply replace it. Check Youtube.
Do any of you guys know if this phone supports wireless charging as I have a wireless charhing plate for a lumia 920, willthat work? If not ill just sell it to recoup some of the outlay for the phone....
My month old Xperia Z1 Compact suddenly died due to hardware failure. Sent the phone for repair to their THIRD PARTY repair centre (SBE Ltd. Sony doesn't handle its own repairs) on 20/05/14. According to the last status update I received, TWO weeks ago, the phone needed a new component that SBE did not have in stock and as of today I still have no news about the repair. Each time I contacted Sony I was given a different answer: first I was told that a replacement device had been dispatched, then I was told that the component had still not been delivered, then that the device was in testing, then that the component was still not available. A situation that Sony could have easily handled by issuing a replacement, which would have made me a happy customer, has instead turned me into a Sony hater because of the appalling customer service I received.DO NOT BUY SONY or, if you do, pray that your device will not break
don't use with dock dk32. I have been really carefull with this phone. I havent dropped it. I even pull it out of my pocket when I sit.
after docking it at night and undocking it in the morning for 3-4 months. The dock port on the phone came out.
seems like a design flaw that the dock port can't survive after docking and undocking it several times.
and it's not covered in warranty.
Sony XperiaZ1 Compact – one of the most annoying phones I’ve ever had. First of all thecamera performs very poorly - 20,7 mpx doesn’t mean that it takes goodpictures. They’re just big and that’s it. And it doesn’t really give you much.In the daylight they’re comparable to photos from other phones but when there’sa little less light, everything is always blurred. And I mean always. Onlyputting it on a tripod would help but still not enough for it to take sharppictures when there’s little light. Then there is the flash which is useless –again I mean it. You cannot use it as pictures are becoming blue. So forgetabout pictures after dark. This issue has been reported to Sony ever since thephone appeared on the market and thousands of people bought it and startedcomplaining. No reaction from the manufacturer, no adequate software update toaddress this issue. Check other comments on this phone and you’ll see thatevery Z1 Compact fails here. Video recording is ok though. The quality isdecent but it often cannot focus properly and struggles for several seconds.Also, the view is very narrow (doesn’t apply to photos – it’s much betterthere) which has just ruined my yesterday’s video when I tried to recordsomething from the top with a stretched arm – this has led me to finally writingthis review after a year of using the phone to warn the potential buyers aboutwhat lemon Sony has introduced to the market.
Anotherthing it the additional camera button (which not always works properly by theway) which if you hold opens automatically a camera app. Nice thing to have butit sets the camera only to 8 mpx mode/720p video. No way to switch so that youcan take a full res picture or a video. I’ve search for that with no success.If you want to use 20,7 mpx and full HD, you need to unlock the screen and choosethe camera app or after holding the button and starting the 8 mpx/720p mode youneed to go to camera settings and switch to 20,7/full HD. Putting it simply –there’s no way of quickly taking a full resolution photo/video. Great!
Generallythe phone doesn’t freeze at all. After having it for a full year, it has neverfrozen during all kind of actions. Never – and that’s a nice thing. Some appshappened to die several times but I think it’s no the phone’s fault but some issuewith the apps themselves. The phone runs on 4.4 Android KitKat software whichis the latest available so far.
And here Ihave to get back to the camera app which sometimes (5% of the time you run it)says that the camera is unavailable. Of course it usually happens when you wantto take a picture quickly. No, you have to restart the phone and hope for thecamera app to work this time.
Thissoftware has made the quick settings menu to split to two parts (tabs). If youopen it (drag from the top) it only shows you notifications which I always readwhen they appear. I don’t store them so I’m not interested in seeing that 150times a day. To get to the quick settings you need to click once more in thesecond tab. So you need to drag and click to get where you want. This has comewith the 4.4 KitKat. Great improvement again! And now imagine that you do thatevery single time for almost a whole year (update was released later). This isjust about the most annoying thing about this phone. If you want to openInternet connection, GPS, adjust brightness or anything other to work from thatmenu, you do not necessarily want to get through all kinds of different menus.
Speakingabout speed, the reaction times are not bad. They’re not really impressiveeither. Switching through home screen’s pages is slower than in iPhone 1. Yesit is. It’s not a huge disadvantage but surprises me that a phone that is 6-7 (iPhonefrom 2007 or 2008) years younger does some simple things not as good as the “grandpa”iPhone (it’s battery still holds enough to use it as an music player :)).
Then thereis the auto dimming screen that often doesn’t switch off. It just stays lit upall the time if you don’t turn it off manually using the side button. It willstay on until the battery dies, I checked. It’s like that since I bought thephone. Doesn’t always behave this way but it happened several times a week andthe only solution to that is to reset it or completely turn off the phone. Ithought it may be caused by some app running in the background and forcing thedisplay to stay on but after turning all of them off, the problem didn’tdisappear… So annoying. I’m now just waiting to swap it for a 2x as expensiveiPhone which I do not need but the useless camera and the annoying way of theway the Sony works is too much for me and leaves me no choice. I had a SamsungGalaxy S before and it wasn’t perfect either. It was ok but was freezing a lotand that was its biggest problem. Some problems with reading the SD card alsoappeared (unfortunately Samsungs like to do that).
On theother hand the battery life is superb. Wi-Fi and data transmission work veryfast. The screen quality is also good even though the factory brightnessadjustment may not be enough for some of us and you’ll need to download an appthat expands its range of adjustment.
The mainspeaker is rather quiet comparing to any Samsung which may not be a big dealbit it surprised me. The quality of sound (and music) is noticeably worsethough (comparing to the SGS3 and a very old Galaxy S1).
Thenotification LED is barely seen so it’s basically useless unless you look at itdirectly. You may miss some messages because of that and it really, reallybothers me in everyday life as I have to constantly look and check the phonebeing worried that I miss something important. Also, when you get a textmessage, the display doesn’t light up and all you get it that LED flashing fromtime to time. You also may not get any visual preview on the center of screenof what the message contains. Only after pushing the side button you may see anicon in the upper left corner and a part of a message at the time. Then thetext disappears and all you’re left with is that tiny icon. Very frustrating,especially if your screen background is rather bright and it’s hard to see thelittle text message icon. These are the everyday problems living with theXperia Z1 Compact.
If you usethe alarm clock, you need to know that when it rings there’s only one way toturn it off – you have to slide your finger on the screen from a certain pointto the side of the screen. It’s impossible to do that without looking at thephone because there’s no tolerance and you need to touch the screen in anexactly indicated spot. It usually takes several times to manage thatespecially if you’ve just opened your eyes. Better have something else for analarm clock...
One lastthing that is almost funny and ridiculous. When I grab the phone with one handand hold it, I put my little finger underneath it to prevent it from slippingand falling on the ground. Now the bottom end has very sharp edges around thespeaker and the microphone. You can feel them every single time. I just cannotcomment on that…
This phoneis just not well-thought and it makes using it very, very annoying. I really donot recommend this phone to anyone. I bought it because the camera was supposedto be so good. I’m never going to buy anything from Sony again, ever. It wasreleased in 2014 and they still cannot get simple things to work. I spent sometime to write all of that hoping that some of the ones that read it, avoidmaking a really bad decision.
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