Sony Xperia Z1: A Noble Companion

Apple and Samsung while dominating the Smartphone market with their devices. But with the Xperia Z1, Sony wants to prove that the race for the Crown for the best device is not long yet. The test shows whether it succeeds.

I am faithful, also with regard to technology: although I try to evaluate professionally every gadget as objectively as possible, I change private hardly anything my equipment Park. So, I use iPhones for almost six years, because hardware and operating system have convinced me. And for another reason, I kept the rod the Apple Smartphone: I have in the app store now much money spend on software that I can use only with iOS devices. But when I tried the Xperia Z1, I thought seriously for the first time about a fling.

Although the device with 169 grams is not just among the lightweights, the weight doesn’t bother the opposite. Due to the excellent workmanship and the hardened glass on front and back, the noble piece feels extremely elegant. Sitting on the right side of the housing, or better: perched the flashy chrome start button and directly below the camera button and the volume rocker sits quite discreetly. While quite nice looks, is but rather unspectacular. In contrast to a while superfluous in the face gimmick on closer but great feature that I no longer want to forgo: Sony Xperia Z1 is waterproof for a period of up to 30 minutes and up to a depth of 1.5 meters. Well, in any case in fresh water. Thus, you can shoot nice pictures of diving in the swimming pool and, what is more important to me, you can use the device in the rain, snowfall or in the bathtub.

In the Smartphone ingress, small cap were attached via the SIM card, the slot for the memory card and the power supply which can express themselves seamlessly into the edge of the housing. However, this has the disadvantage you have to open one of the CAP to recharge again. The lid, which is held only by a tiny rubber rod, has already once dropped me. It is only a matter of time before I lose it – and it’s over with the water protection.

Caution, Shut Up!

When charging, the small cover next to the cable, a miracle, I have so far not been completely demolished him wriggling also all the time. Supposedly the talk time is 14 hours, even when up to 880 hours of standby time. In practice, I can only dream of these values. Unfortunately, the current of battery does just long enough that I must recharge the device with heavy use once per day. That verily no peak, is unfortunately common but in this device class. After all, the so-called stamina mode helps to save electricity by some features are disabled in stand-by mode.

Is also the internal memory rather low dimensioned with 16 gigabytes, which by the Android operating system and a few preinstalled programs even less available are. This is however bearable because you expand the memory via micro SD cards relatively inexpensive to up to 64 gigabytes.

However, a highlight is the camera: Sony has bought the Z1 20 megapixels. And the various camera features make it a fully-fledged replacement for any compact camera from the Smartphone. The video footage in full HD quality see not only on the mobile phone display with its 1920 x 1080 pixels brilliantly from, but also on a 42-inch TV. To look at the highlight: Photos and videos on the smart TV, I don’t even need a cable, because the throw function can I the image on a TV in the same Wi-Fi network “throw”. For this, the device must not come also Sony.

Buyers of the Z1 may be also on a few extras happy, only a group can offer, even a movie studio called his own: each user must himself five blockbuster from the Sony store on the device load, including blockbusters such as “Django Unchained” and “Elysium”.

Waiting for Kit Kat

It is a pity, however, that Sony needs always a little time to get the latest version of Android on the devices. Now version number was delivered to 4.3 (jelly bean) while, but although Google already published the updated version 4.4 (Kit Kat) has, can they still to wait. Yet Sony with the Z1 meets many of my desires: the noble device is a real woman. And with a diagonal of five inches, it has a sufficiently large display to watch movies on it, and eye-friendly texts to read.