Sony xperia z1 compact review

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Gadgets & Reviews

Published on March 21, 2014

Author: 91mobiles



Did you know that the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the smallest smartphone to be powered by powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC? Join us as we take a visual tour of the shrunken sibling of the Sony Xperia Z1 and see whether it can carve a niche for itself in the crowded market.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Review in pictures

Handy proportions and Sony’s signature design • Features Sony’s OmniBalance design with unibody construction • Glass back attracts fingerprints and smudges • The left side is home to a micro-USB port, microSD card and micro-SIM slots, whereas the right has all the buttons • Akin to its brethren, the Z1 Compact is dust and water resistant, thanks to IP55/58 compliance

Mini display with excellent output • Staying true to its name, the handset sports a 4.3-inch display with 720p resolution • The images and text come out really well on the screen • Navigation buttons are present on the screen itself • Glove mode is extremely useful for using it while wearing gloves

Snapper has a ton of features… • The device has a 20.7-megapixel camera with Sony G Lens and Exmor RS optics backed by BIONZ processing engine • The preset modes include Superior auto and Manual • Info-eye throws up info about the location you’re at and scans QR codes • Timeshift burst shoots 60 images at once, allowing you to pick the best • AR effect adds fun elements to your images with augmented reality

… but fails to deliver the goods • Almost zero shutter lag • Capable of shooting full HD videos at 30fps • However, the images lack detail and don’t really impress, despite the shooter’s powerful specs and features

Sony’s software additions make Jelly Bean more tasteful • The device ships with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean • Promised upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat • Custom UI offers a lot of useful features such as quick toggles and Small Apps • Small Apps open mini version of commonly- used apps without exiting your main task

There’s a lot packed in there • my Xperia can help in tracking the device, and in case it’s lost, will allow you to wipe the data • Smart Connect lets you initiate an action when headphones or charger are connected to the phone • Preinstalled apps from Sony like Walkman and Album replace default apps • Third-party apps such as Bigflix, Facebook and LINE come preloaded

Blazingly fast performance • The Xperia Z1 Compact boasts top-of-the-line internals • It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core chipset clocked at 2.26GHz • For graphics, it has an Adreno 320 GPU • The processor is complemented by 2GB of RAM • 16GB onboard storage expandable via microSD

Battery that lasts really long • Fuelled by a 2,300mAh battery • Can last a day and a half between charges • Sony has added a couple of battery optimisation techniques to enhance the battery life by turning off battery- draining features

At a glance • 4.3-inch, 1,280 x 720 pixels (342 ppi) • 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor • 2GB RAM • 16GB in-built storage with microSD slot • 20.7MP primary camera with flash, 2MP front camera • Android 4.3 • 2,300mAh battery • 2G/3G (micro-SIM), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC

- • Average camera • Steep pricing Pros and cons + • Ideal for one- handed usage • Powerful hardware • Good battery life • Dust- and water- resistant

Price: Rs 32,999 Pricing and verdict “At a time when the world is going for devices with large displays, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is a refreshing change. It offers top notch specs in a compact size, though the pricing is on the higher side and camera doesn’t justify the hype. Still, worth a look if you covet great performance in a handy package.”

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