Big screen smartphones undoubtedly look like a million bucks, but their portability remains the biggest question. First of all, a large 6inch glass slab is not at all pocket friendly. Then, a large glass slab veiling half of your face upon answering a call definitely looks stupid and simply, what if your palms are just not that big? But on the other hand, large screens provide magnificent picture and video quality, impeccable gaming experience and hassle free video streaming. So, which phone to pick? Well, Sonyâ€™s Xperia Z1 compact might have the best possible solution for this dilemma, but itâ€™s not all sunny for the over priced handset. Here is a review of the latest Sony Xperia Z1 compact.
The Z1 has a mid sized 4.3 inch screen with a lower resolution when compared to the original Z1. But donâ€™t jump the gun yet, what the Z1 looses out on resolution, it earns that back with its brilliant picture quality and on screen color distribution. The handset sports a TFT 720P resolution touch panel which displays rich deep colors and returns an amazing touch response time. Screenâ€™s brightness though, cannot be compared to that of the G2 andGalaxy S4â€™s. You might find working on the phone a bit tedious in bright sunlight but, all in all, the screen is impressive and does justice to its price tag.
Build, Design And Fit
Z1â€™s design doesnâ€™t digress much from that of the original Z1â€™s and the new rounded edges makes the phone fit perfectly in all palm sizes and sit seamlessly in pockets. The one piece aluminum frame is topped with a protective glass panel on the back while all the jacks except the 3.5mm jack come with cover flaps. On the right hand side, sits the power button, right under which is the volume rocker and further down is the camera button. Well, there are some issues here. The placement of the volume rocker is so low that it becomes difficult to reach it during the calls. Further, the camera button is so small that pressing it without shaking the phone is almost impossible. Just like the original Z1, compactâ€™s body is fully water proof and can be even used while bathing or when in a swimming pool. Over all the outer makes is pretty fantastic and looks just as good as any premium phone double its price in the market.
Guts and Performance
Its Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor is clocked at 2.2GHz and is further propelled by 2GB RAM which guarantees flawless touch response times. The phone runs Android Jelly Bean 4.3 (upgradeable) and does multitasking as seamlessly and quickly as the Nexus 5. The phone manages to play 1080p videos with utter ease, the on call voice clarity is phenomenal and the battery life is pretty impressive as well even with extended usage of 3G. The music output is pretty loud as well.
The Z1 compact packs in a massive 20.7MP primary camera with built in image sensors. The 20.7MP snapper is clicks photos with amazing clarity and bang on accurate colors in day light, while the night time shooting doesnâ€™t at all disappoint. To click a picture in 20MP you have to use manual mode while the Auto mode snaps at 8MP by default. The only problem is that you donâ€™t have access to the â€œsceneâ€ feature when you click at 20MP. Various scene options like â€˜nightâ€™, â€˜sepiaâ€™ and etc can only be used in Superior Auto mode.
Whatever the Z1 compact packs in is top shelf quality and delivers rather impressive performance. The only USP of this phone is its Xperia Z1 like features delivered with a small 4.3inch screen. And thatâ€™s about it. The phone takes a serious beating at the pricing front. At a price tag of approximately Rs 36,990 the Z1 compact feels hugely over priced. And that is because at this price, users can get their hands on LG G2, Samsung Galaxy S4 and even the Nexus 5 all of which are way better than Z1 compact but, have a larger screen. So we recommend that spending that hefty amount on Z1 compact will not be an intelligent choice and only pick it if your sole motive is to have a small screen/body phone.