The screen is so nice. Out of the 5x3 inches of the phone the screen is 4.5x.2.5 inches. It looks right and when using it you really feel there is a really nice amount of screen real estate available to you. I am also glad they did not include and physical home button on the screen.
I haven't even got to the best part. The phone is waterproof and dustproof receiving certificate of military resistance IP58. How great is that? The phone has 16 GB of internal storage. Most people will never go over 10GB of data their phone. I don't understand why people try to point out it has low internal storage space in comparison to the Note 3 which has 32GB or 64GB and can take external microSD. Great for the Note 3! But, who really needs that much internal data on a phone? Try going on the cloud. If you need the extra space the phone can take up to 64GB microSD for the people who need to horde data. If you need to go that route I suggest getting a Class 10 64GB such as this SanDisk SDSDQUA-064G-U46A Ultra 64 GB microSDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card 30MB/s with Adapter
The phones response time is so quick and smooth. I'm not going to give you the specifics on the internals but there is some seriously good hardware in the phone. I ran AnTuTu Benchmark and got a rating of 34789. If you do not know what that means, the Z1 is amazing. To give you a comparison the Note 3 got a 33814, HTC One 25651 SGS S4 25161 Nexus 7 20438. As you can see the Z1 is beating the rest in the benchmark scores which basically means it has the superior internal components.
My only bad thing I have to say, is i'm afraid this lovely glass finish is going to get scratched so I had to get a very nice case for it and a screen protector. VSTN®Sony Xperia Z1 Honami L39H ultra-thin PC Case Cover (For Sony Xperia Z1 Honami L39H, Black)
The camera is 20.7MP. It takes good pictures during day time and has good flash for indoors, but the focus seems to "stutter". Nothing that can't be fixed, they just need to release a better software update to it. It is just an annoyance at most. The pictures I have taken so far have been really good. I haven't used it to take night time pictures yet, so I can't comment on that. There is a nice little added feature of a physical camera button on the bottom right. It makes it feel again as if you where taken pictures with a camera. It is a welcomed feature.
If you are worried about breaking the small watertight flaps for the phone when charging it, you can get the Sony charging station for it. Sony DK31 Cradle or Patuoxun Magnetic Charger Charging Dock Station Cradle For Sony Xperia Z1 L39h /Xperia Z Ultra XL39h Black.
Sony Xperia z1 Specifications :
|OS||Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800|
|CPU||Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Colors||Black, White, Purple|
|- ANT+ support|
- SNS integration
- TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- MP4/H.263/H.264 player
- MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player
- Document viewer
- Photo viewer/editor
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input
|Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery|
|Stand-by||Up to 880 h (2G) / Up to 850 h (3G)|
|Talk time||Up to 13 h 50 min (2G) / Up to 15 h (3G)|
|Music play||Up to 110 h|
|Primary||20.7 MP, autofocus, LED flash, check quality|
|Features||1/2.3'' sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama|
|Video||Yes, 1080p@30fps, video stabilization, HDR,|
|2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all versions|
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - all versions|
|4G Network||LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 - C6903|
|LTE 700 / 850 / 900/ 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 - C6906
LTE 800 / 850 / 900/ 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 - C6943
|Status||Available. Released 2013, September|
|Dimensions||144 x 74 x 8.5 mm (5.67 x 2.91 x 0.33 in)|
|Weight||170 g (6.00 oz)|
|- IP58 certified - dust proof and water resistant over 1 meter and 30 minutes|
|Type||TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density)|
|Multitouch||Yes, up to 10 fingers|
|Protection||Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass|
|- Triluminos display|
- X-Reality Engine
|Alert types||Vibration; MP3 ringtones|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 64 GB|
|Internal||16 GB, 2 GB RAM|
|GPRS||Up to 107 kbps|
|EDGE||Up to 296 kbps|
|Speed||HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v4.0 with A2DP|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go|
Sony Xperia Z1 Camera Samples :
The Xperia Z1 is another all-round great phone from Sony, just like the barely-out-of-short-trousers Xperia Z it replaces.
It has a superb display at times, a large battery that easily sails through a day of hardcore use, and one of the best cameras we've seen on a mobile phone for both stills, 1080p capture and clever AR and live streaming toys.
Problem is, so was Sony's Xperia Z which launched just seven months ago and is now available on much cheaper contracts than the Z1.
For a premium price of £599 it's hard to recommend buying the Xperia Z1 outright if you're already a Z owner, when it's basically a spec bump in a slightly more premium case.
However, if you're due an upgrade or are made of money, there's a lot in this package in terms of performance. The Xperia Z1 feels sturdy, is powerful enough that it won't be outdated at the end of a two-year contract, plus it's sleek and big enough to turn heads - although some of those heads might be turning to laugh as you try to manhandle such an enormous slab of extravagant phone hardware.
The Xperia Z1 is a powerful, luxury executive toy for those who have to have the biggest and best, regardless of whether they actually need it or not.
It's a Range Rover for the school run. A gold toilet seat. Having all the sport and film channels on a telly in the shed. You'll feel awesome with one in your pocket, but for an all-round device, it feels like Sony has dropped the ball on design and screen technology and gambled too hard on camera and screen tech - a move that didn't pay off fully.