Monday, 17 March 2014

MakeUseOf Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Review and Giveaway

This is, perhaps, the first credible iPhone competitor to emerge on the Android scene in recent memory. Small, waterproof, packing a 20.7 megapixel camera and a beastly Snapdragon 800 chipset, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is a different take on what a small Android phone should look, feel, and cost like.

Now, those numbers: 2 gigabytes of RAM, an Adreno 330 GPU, a 4.3-inch 720p display boasting 342 ppi (higher than the iPhone’s), and a 2300 mAh battery that just keeps going. In Android-land, these are top of the line specs at the moment – a true rarity for a device this pocketable. The Z1 Compact can be had for $558 at the time of writing.

The Xperia Z1 Compact’s closest competitor is, of course, the iPhone. We won’t get into holy platform wars here, so let’s just talk hardware: at $649, the iPhone 5s, just as pocketable as the Z1 Compact, and is king of its own domain. It has a fingerprint sensor, which the Z1 Compact lacks, but it isn’t waterproof. At 640 x 1136 pixels, its display is lower resolution than the Z1. Its only has an 8 megapixel camera compared to the Z1 Compact’s 20.7, and its 1/3-inch sensor is smaller than the Z1 Compact’s roomy 1/2.3-inch sensor, too. Say what you will, though, the iPhone 5s is a decidedly premium device, oozing style and quality – which is more than can be said of the Z1 Compact’s other competitors.

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