he Xperia Z is the best of Sony packed into a smartphone. With Sony Bravia TV technology, great PlayStation games and the kind of imaging capabilities that you’d normally have to buy a Sony camera for, this is the smartphone you’ve always dreamt of.
Sony does TVs brilliantly, with Bravia sets offering some of the sharpest images in the industry. Which makes it all the more mind-boggling that Sony has managed to incorporate the same amazing TV technology into the five-inch Reality display that adorns the Xperia Z for a mobile media experience like no other.
Because the screen offers a full HD (1080 x 1920) resolution and a 441 pixel density and superior brightness, it really brings movies to life. And if you want to enjoy a film in sunny conditions, that’s not a problem, thanks to the OptiContrast panel that cuts reflection for unimpaired viewing.
Amazing camera capabilities come as standard too. Fitted with the same Exmor RS lens that’s on board Sony’s dedicated digital cameras and a BSI light sensor, the Xperia Z delivers highly detailed shots and incredibly vivid colours. And there’s a burst mode too, so you can take a salvo of snaps and pick the best one.
As you might expect, it’s no slouch at video either. The Xperia Z records in lush HD at 1080p, so even your humble home movies take on the feel of something you’d expect to see in a cinema. And because the front-facing camera is HD-capable too, video calls look just as great.
Fed up of fragile smartphones? That’s not something that will concern you if you pick up the Xperia Z. Because it’s made from the same glass fibre polyamide material used for car parts, it’s capable of withstanding any number of slips and trips. And it’s got IP55 & IP57 rating too, so you can submerge it in water for up to 30 minutes and it’ll be as good as new.
As an Android phone, running the latest Jelly Bean version of Google's software, you'll also be able to pick from hundreds of thousands of apps and games from the Google Play store. Better still, this is a Sony PlayStation-certified phone, so you can also play mobile versions of some the greatest PSOne games, as well as PSP and PS2 titles.
Other features of the Xperia Z include exclusive Sony services such as TrackID music recognition, the WALKMAN application, as well as 3D, motion-controlled gaming, pre-installed Google apps, such as Gmail and Google Voice Search, and 4G support (use of which depends on whether your network offers 4G).