The Xperia Z is the best received Sony phone for years. But that should come as no surprise. With Bravia TV technology and the kind of camera capabilities that you normally only find on a Sony SLR, this standout smartphone is the best of Sony full stop.
If you've ever owned a Bravia TV, you'll know that Sony has got the knowhow when it comes to television. The great thing about the Xperia Z is that it packs all the amazing Bravia tech into its five-inch Reality display for a mobile media experience that's nigh-on peerless.
Nowhere is that more evident than in this amazing display's 1080 x 1920 resolution and stunning 441 pixels per inch density and superior brightness that combine to really bring movies to life. Better still, enjoying movies is easy even in bright conditions, thanks to the OptiContrast panel that cuts reflection for unimpaired viewing.
And it's just as jaw-dropping as a cameraphone. With the same Exmor RS lens that’s on board Sony’s dedicated digital cameras and a BSI light sensor, the Xperia Z takes snaps so vivid and lifelike they ought to be up for prizes.
Video is a strong suit too. Because the Xperia Z records in lush HD at 1080p, even home movies look as stunning as Hollywood productions. And the front-facing camera is HD too, so you'll look just as good in video calls.
Unlike so much modern technology, the Xperia Z is rugged too.. Made from glass fibre polyamide material ordinarily reserved for car parts, it's robust enough to survive multiple drops from height. And it’s got Ingress Protection ratings of IP55 and IP57 too, so you can submerge it in one metre of water for up to 30 minutes and it’ll be as right as rain.
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, a host of pre-installed Google apps, such as Gmail and Google Voice Search, and 4G support (use of which depends on whether your network offers 4G).