Everything You Need To Know About The Xperia Z1 Handset

If Sony's claims for the Xperia Z1 are to be taken seriously, then it is quite possible that patrons in the UK may have entered or are about to enter the Super Nova of the mobile phone world. Certainly, the competition has reached those lofty heights, what with Apple and Samsung duking it out and, until recently, Sony lagging behind in the pacesetter department. However, according to Sony, all that is on the threshold of astonishing change as its latest soaring star is tagged as leaving all competitors behind in the fiery rush for top of the mobile phone heap.

Features Abound

In appearance, the Xperia Z1 looks much like its predecessors, the Z and Z Ultra. It has the curved edges that are distinctive on the Z mobile phone but with a sleeker overall appearance. The Z1 comes in three colors: white, purple, and black. There are claims that the black has a tendency to smudge, so the white is recommended if smudginess is a problem.

This mobile phone, however, is slightly larger than its rivals and a bit bulkier to pocket. Some reviews claim it is simply bigger than it should be without necessary use of the added space, which measures overall 144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5mm. Another perhaps unnecessary design is the cap, which the user has to pop out for connecting to the USB charger. It has been described by some as "fiddly." The Z1, however, is noted to be resistant to dust and water, in case those features are important to the new users.

Mobile phones operate by using chipsets, which are designed to perform one or many functions. These chipsets grow more advanced with each new mobile phone on the market. The Xperia Z1 has an impressive chipset, with a 2.2GH2 quadcore Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset and 2GB of RAM. The basic commands are performed at an easy and rapid pace.

The Xperia Z's big feature is the camera with a 20.7 megapixel sensor, which is larger than on most mobile phones. It also has a wide 27mm f/2l.0 G lens. Reports on the camera claim it performs well even when used in low light, and it is able to capture considerable detail. The Xperia Z1 also has a physical camera button allowing for a natural handgrip when shooting.

The built-in speaker has been described as only average in quality. Since most users will probably be wearing headphones, this feature will not generally be a drawback.

What About Performance?

The Z1 is equipped with a 3,000Ah battery, which is reported to last about one full day with medium-type usage. That includes usage with Twitter and Facebook turned on as well. The overall quality of the phone is reported as good, although the volume is said to be slightly soft.

Sony touts one of the best features of the Xperia Z1 to be its handset for media consumption. The five-inch 1080x1920 display screen is a good size for watching movies at their best. The colors appear to be sharp and vibrant. There is a default movies app with user interface that allows the user to search the library while the last film hangs on in the background.

Super Nova?

Sony's new entry in the galaxy race has been called by many superlatives, including most stunning, noting the design, chipset, and exceptional camera hardware. The Z1 may not have outdistanced all competition, but it seems to have refined and improved its product to a great extent. Who will get the most glory? Perhaps it is too early to tell, but the Xperia Z1 looks like it can stand camera to camera and sensor to sensor in the never-ending mobile phone competition.