review: Sony Xperia Z1

The Sony Xperia Z1 was one of the most anticipated smartphones of this season and we have known everything about it since the beginning of the month. Everything about its design, its technical specifications or even its functionalities. Interesting, for sure, but all of these are nothing compared to a real grip. Because hey, forming an opinion of a product based solely on photos and videos while walking on the web is not always very wise. So, when Sony contacted me to invite me to test the Xperia Z1 in real life, my blood only turned and you will be able to find my first impressions a little further down in the article, as well. than a video shot by … professionals.

Before you start, be aware that this article is not a complete test. No, for the latter, you will have to wait a bit longer since it won't go live until the end of next week, in the best case scenario. Well, at the same time, knowing that GTA 5 was released yesterday, you're going to have something to take care of for the next few days.

Preview Sony Xperia Z1

The “premium” button of the Sony Xperia Z1.

Technical characteristics

It all starts there. And on this side, the Sony Xperia Z1 has absolutely nothing to envy the competition since it does as well as the LG G2 and all “superphones” of the moment. Basically and to keep it simple, here is the complete technical sheet of the terminal:

  • 5 inch Full HD 1080p Triluminos display 441 ppi.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 @ 2.2 Ghz processor.
  • GPU Adreno 330.
  • 2 GB RAM.
  • 16 GB of disk space.
  • SDXC port up to 64 GB.
  • 20.7 MP Exmor RS sensor.
  • G Lens f / 2.0 lens.
  • BIONZ processor.
  • 8x digital zoom.
  • 3x optical zoom.
  • 2 MP camera (1080p).
  • 3.5 mm jack socket.
  • Micro USB connector MHL compatible.
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, aGPS, DLNA, NFC.
  • LTE.
  • 3000 mAh battery.

Nice, no? Yes, but it is not over. You should know that the screen of the Z1 incorporates no less than four very distinct technologies: Triluminos , X-Reality , Super Resolution and OptiContrast . Technologies that are not anecdotal since they will greatly improve the color rendering, contrast, brightness and readability of the screen, even in direct sunlight.

Regarding the photo functions, we can also emphasize that the terminal incorporates the same components as those found on CyberShot. We are thus entitled to a 20.7 megapixel Exmor RS backlit sensor , a 27mm f / 2.0 G-Lens , a SteadyShot optical stabilizer and a large BIONZ processor in addition.

As you will have understood, the Sony Xperia Z1 is not just a powerful smartphone, it is also a real small digital compact.

Preview Sony Xperia Z1 1

The Sony Xperia Z1 seen in profile.

Design & Ergonomics

Let's move on to the question of design and ergonomics. A lot of people criticize it for looking like a big brick. I didn't get that feeling at all when I took it in hand. The Xperia Z1 is tall, it's true, and the bezels around its screen are larger than those of the LG G2, but it's also very thin, and very light.

Regarding the materials used in its design, know that Sony has opted for two tempered glass plates on each side, and for an aluminum structure designed in one piece. The whole is robust. Like the latest Xperia produced by the firm, the Z1 also benefits from an IP55 / 58 treatment . In other words, and for those who do not understand the standards, the terminal can be immersed in fresh water up to 1.5 meters deep, for a period that should not exceed half an hour. Better, it is also treated to resist dust.

Interesting detail, if all the ports of the device are protected by plastic tabs, this is not the case of the jack which benefits from the same treatment as the Xperia ZU.

Ergonomics, for its part, is quite traditional. The power button is located on the right edge of the terminal, above the volume control buttons and the shutter release button. on the same slice but at the top, we will find the hatch allowing access to the Nano SIM card. On the other side, we will have a micro USB port (MHL compatible) as well as a port for micro SDXC cards . Further down there will also be a magnetic connector. The jack, finally, is on the upper edge.

I was expecting it a little, but the Xperia Z1 totally blew me away. Big crush for the moment, therefore.

Preview Sony Xperia Z1 2

The jack of the Sony Xperia Z1. No need for a cache, it benefits from the same treatment as on the ZU.

First impressions

They are very positive. The Z1 is beautiful to look at, it is pleasant to take in hand and it deposits something good. We find the same fluidity as on the G2, which is not surprising since the two terminals share more or less the same technical sheet. I haven't had time to go into details yet, but the photo / video functions are well done. The modes are numerous and the integrated applications very promising. I'm thinking in particular of Social Life, which allows you to broadcast a video stream to a Facebook profile in complete peace of mind and without having to go through a third-party service.

No, for sure, I think the next few days are going to be very nice.

We end with a getting started video that has little to do with my usual videos. And that's normal since it was shot by a real cameraman, with a big Nikon D800 and lots of accessories that are very pretty to look at. I would also like to thank all the people who welcomed me on Monday morning, and in particular the cameraman who was very patient and who managed to put me at ease in a few minutes. And take my word for it, it really wasn't won …

Otherwise yes, I can teleport from a table to a sofa without any problem. It's my personal power, actually. But it only works with tables. And the canapes.

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