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Sony Xperia Z was released in 2013 as a response to the high resolution devices made by its rivals, but also to keep the interest on the market on the Xperia series, which is one of the most successful series of the producer.
Design and Features
Xperia is a performing smartphone, but this is not novelty, as Xperia is the brand that is mostly cherished by Sony, especially because its success. With this series, Sony imposed itself as a competitive smartphone manufacturer, especially since the gaming and electronic devices branches of the Japanese producer started to suffer. In the area of smartphones, it seems like Sony still has many things to say.
Xperia supports 2G and 3G networks, but not dual sim. The Qualcomm APQ8064 Quad processor with 1500 MHz makes the difference, and the design that is unique. You can only get it in the black version, but this is not a disadvantage, as the phone would not look better with any other color.
Compared with the previous Xperia versions, the navigation system has been improved, and now it works on the new A-GPS technology. It weights about 150 grams, and it has an internal memory of 16 GB, which is enough to store a few high quality movies and other media files, but you can also increase its capacity with a MicroSD card of 32 GB maximum. The TFT display makes those movies enjoyable.
It does not have an external screen, but the maximum resolution of 1080 x 1920 compensates this disadvantage. The 5.0 inches screen is large enough for business application, but it might be considered big by some. On the other hand, it is in the general tendency of today to increase the size of smartphone screens as much as possible. The Bluetooth technology V4.0 makes it possible for the owner to use high performance accessories.
The video capacities are also pretty good, with a sensor resolution of 13.1, and with a maximum photo resolution of 4128x3096. Even the secondary camera is of high performance, with its 2.2 MPixels. The phone is waterproof, being one of the first phones that offer this protection; the screen is visible from any angle, even in conditions of strong sun, because of the anti-reflection feature.
The price of Sony Xperia Z 500 is good considering the capacities of the phone, being an average one. It is a lot smaller compared with some Samsung models that have about the same performances, but you can also find cheaper models in the same class. The declared battery duration in waiting mode is 550 hours, but according to users, it is a lot less.
Pros and Cons
- Good resolution
- Good price considering its capacities
- Impressive photo and video capacities
- Good connectivity
- Lack of options for colors
- A small battery duration, which can be solved after formatting
- Small headphones and a distorted sound sometimes
- Slow charging