Xperia Z - £350
Why this smartphone is built for you
The Sony Xperia Z
The Sony Xperia Z is a top-end smartphone that runs on Android Jelly Bean. It has a good camera, an attractive design and is both dust and water resistant. It was Sony's premier handset upon its release in 2013 and has the premium construction and feel expected of such a device.
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 Z has a 13MP 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 1.5GHz quad core processor and 2GB RAM. Based upon its processor speed and memory, this phone receives an unmudlr performance rating of 82 out of 100.
The Xperia Z has an estimated battery life of around 11 hours. The average smartphone battery life is around 10 hours. It has a battery capacity of 2330mAh (MilliAmp hours). The average battery capacity is 1950mAh.
1GB (Gigabyte) is equal to roughly 500 pictures or 250 songs. The Xperia Z 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 Z 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 Z is also able to connect to HDMI enabled TV's or projectors (this requires a separate microUSB to HDMI adapter). It has NFC meaning that you can make contactless payments and wirelessly share files with your friends. It is also able to connect to DLNA and Miracast enabled devices (such as a smart TV or laptop) allowing you to stream content both to and from this phone wirelessly.
The Xperia Z is IP57 certified meaning that it is both water and dust resistant. It has an FM radio and a Walkman MP3 player. It is able to integrate with social media via designated Facebook and Twitter Apps and it 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 Z is an attractive and well-built device from a 'big name' manufacturer that comes loaded with features. Although it has now been superseded by the Xperia Z2, it is still a desirable option and it becomes ever more attractive as its price continues to fall.