Xperia Z1 - £430
Why this smartphone is built for you
The Sony Xperia Z1
The Xperia Z1 is a top-end smartphone that runs on Android KitKat. The Z1 is an update to Sony's popular Xperia Z which has a more powerful processor and a better camera.
This phone has a 5 inch HD touchscreen that displays in 441PPI (Pixels Per Inch). The average PPI for a modern smartphone is 255.
The Xperia Z1 has a 21MP camera, can record video in up to 1080p and has a 2.2MP front facing camera for taking selfies and making video calls.
Performance is provided by a 2.3GHz Quad Core processor and 2GB RAM. Based upon its processor speed and memory, this phone receives an unmudlr performance rating of 90 out of 100.
The Xperia Z1 has an estimated battery life of around 14 hours. The average smartphone battery life is around 10 hours. It has a battery capacity of 3050mAh (MilliAmp hours). The average battery capacity is 1950mAh.
1GB (Gigabyte) is equal to roughly 500 pictures or 250 songs. The Xperia Z1 comes with 16GB internal storage and an expandable memory card slot which makes it possible for you to add a further 64GB external storage. It also comes with Google Drive installed which gives you an additional 15GB of free cloud storage.
The Xperia Z1 comes 4G ready so can take advantage of high speed mobile Internet in locations where it is available. It has Bluetooth which enables it to communicate with other Bluetooth devices (such as a Bluetooth handsfree kit). It has Wi-Fi which means that it can connect to your home network or public Wi-Fi hotspots such as those available in many coffee shops, cafes or hotels. The Xperia Z1 is able to connect to HDMI enabled TV's or projectors (this requires a separate microUSB to HDMI adapter). It has NFC which enables you to make contactless payments and share files with your friends. It is able to connect to DLNA and Miracast enabled devices (such as a laptop or Smart TV) meaning that you can stream content both to and from this phone wirelessly. This phone also has an infrared blaster which gives it the ability to control most TV's or home cinema systems.
The Xperia Z1 is IP58 certified meaning that it is water and dust resistant. It has an FM radio and an MP3 player. It is able to integrate with social media via designated Facebook and Twitter Apps and comes preloaded with Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and YouTube. Other apps, such as Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Spotify are available to download from the Google Play Store, along with the latest music, films, TV shows and games.
The Xperia Z1 is a powerful, well-constructed device with a quality camera. It comes loaded with features and is an excellent all-rounder. Although it has now superseded by the Xperia Z2, it is still a very competitive device.