Sony Xperia Z, The Test

Although the CES has not left us many Android devices in quantity, if that has left us a few quite curious. Especially on smartphones is repeated where the script of last year: Sony starts handing out to position itself against future releases of competition. The Xperia Z.

Mr Txaumes had the opportunity to try it in Las Vegas and now we bring you our impressions After stuff with a little more calm, which we don’t have at fairs. Made this introduction, let’s talk about the new Sony titan.

Possibly the most elegant smartphone from Sony to date

If we take a look back, more specifically to 2011, and we remember terminals such as HTC Desire HD or Samsung Galaxy SII had a feeling that was repeated for many: What major are. If you have more than enough with 3.7 inches of the Nexus One.

In just two years the trend of screens has completely changed and now the four with anything seem normal. This year it seems that slat will be more close to the five. They look great, they do, but the secret is in that when we take it that feeling is gone.

Sony Xperia Z, despite having five-inch screen makes to forget fast making seem to any smartphone 2011 in a tadpole. The first contact is perfect. It falls well and get well to all points of the screen.

The Japanese have put great care in the design of the phone. It is sober, discreet but very elegant. Of course that here comes into play many subjective assessments but Sony has achieved a very high level compared with previous models and, of course, competition.

Back and forward the same Crystal, has been used what Sony has dubbed OmniBalance. Create a device that seems more a monument than a smartphone where can be distinguished at a glance the front and the back. Issues of design, but very well carried out.

Crystal. What is the problem of this material? It slides. To fix it Sony rests on the frame, the Skeleton Frame chassis. A similar solution to the rubber that covers the sides give Nexus 4 but more subtle. A good grip with a very careful detail.

During the contact, responsible for Sony spoke us importance Xperia active in the manufacture of its flagship. Aside from the ghost of programmed obsolescence caused by hardware, want the smartphone lasts us and hold everything.

After seeing how beat it saw that to the throw up sand or water, by immersing it, Xperia Z remained as if such. Perfect for those who are a bit broad or simply want to clean the phone differently. Finally, another positive point.

To make all this possible, entries are sealed. I.e.: Jack audio, and of course the battery connectors. At the level of quality doors are well designed, when compared with other manufacturers that are committed by them. That Yes, we will see how much enduring of audio open when using headphones.

Design level I have to say that Sony has done a great job. The only downside I see is the fact that it has been decided without a dedicated camera button. I don’t understand how having one of the best cameras for smartphones decide to take prominence in this way. Yes, it is the touch screen but the comfort of a physical button thanks.

The five-inch display, introduces a new evolution of technology, Bravia and shows a range of colors balanced and without, a simple view, deviations as it does for instance AMOLED. An angle of vision almost complete, enough brightness but we will have to test it thoroughly to see what is capable.

Full HD resolution is something that is especially noticeable in the texts but if you see the image just above these lines you will see that fence just the pixels of the screen are appreciated. Subtle but willing to make a difference, another aspect that remains to be seen calmly in the analysis.

Sony will keep Exmor RS exclusive on camera… for now

With a little delay, Sony finally bet on quad-core processors. At the moment about the performance little we can say since the appliance’s software was not final. We will have to wait a bit but we like what we have seen.

The camera is another aspect which has not been able to shine in this first touchdown. The conditions were not the best for testing thoroughly, but what little we have seen we liked enough. Very fast, with auto-focus and a kind of scene mode, it promises to give much play.

It also has nine photographic filters in real time. Some are quite curious as which allows us to select a color from the finger and mark it as key to make the rest of the image in black and white.

In any case, at the moment opinions with camera and processor are reserves: they look good, but until we can not test all their potential in the analysis it is early to draw conclusions. We liked, but We want to see more.

At the level of software have Android Jelly Bean and above the capable of personalization that bears the signs of identity that have been creating the Xperia brand. Although I understand the need of the makers to differentiate themselves, it is a layer of software that fails to convince me.

It has very good details in the menus, funds that come by default show the best of the screen but there are other aspects such as icons that do not convince me. In any case, removing the interface has two aspects which I liked quite.

On the one hand Gallery. The way in which organizes the photographs that we have is outstanding, everything nicely displayed and with small details like the fact of bringing together several images made in blast within the same image so once we enter to see entire collection. Instead of having several pull within the same group.

Another aspect that caught my attention has been The Stamina mode. The idea is to optimize the consumption of battery so it lasts up to two and a half days. How is this done? Turning off the connections when the phone is in standby.

Obviously the figure is hypothetical and everything will depend on the use you make. That Yes, the interesting thing about this feature is in the fact that we may configure exceptions to keep you connected at second level: push email and whatsapp, to those of twitter for example not jump…

Sony Xperia Z, conclusions after testing it

Last year Sony tried to gain a foothold in the high-end but despite differentiate is with the camera was not enough to fight against other grandullones. This year they have armed well both on the outside and inside to give war.

What we saw at CES was not a mirage, the Sony Xperia Z want to be one of the greats. It is true that competition has not yet shown their weapons. Yes, Huawei and ZTE have submitted high range. Also last year at Mobile World Congress, but failed to reach the shops.

There is still much to do, but Sony has done the homework and put the batteries very well taking care of all the details. Now we only analyze it thoroughly to see if truth is one of the smartphones of reference for 2013. If follow you the track mark this date: February 25 offers for sale.