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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
alaScore 92

3421 reviews

Dec, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3421 reviews of Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the camera and usability. The performance and portability are also mentioned favorably.

size, portability, performance, usability, camera

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 246 user reviews of Sony Xperia Z1 Compact from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the camera and size. The performance and usability also get good opinions.

portability, usability, performance, size, camera

80% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact SIM-Free Android Smartphone - BlackSony Xperia Z1 Compact SIM-Free Android Smartphone - Black

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 346 user reviews of Sony Xperia Z1 Compact from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Comments about the size and camera are on the whole positive. The usability and portability are also appreciated, whereas there are mixed opinions on the GPS navigation and reception.

performance, portability, usability, camera, size

87% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 Android Smartphone (Black) International Version No WarrantySony Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 Android Smartphone (Black) International Version No Warranty

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Sony Xperia Z1 Compact from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.ca. People really like the performance.

performance

75% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Xperia Z1 D5503-BK Compact Unlocked Smartphone (Black)Sony Xperia Z1 D5503-BK Compact Unlocked Smartphone (Black)

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Thomas Thorn and Gareth Beavis (techradar.com)

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review

 

Is the solution to the Z1 conundrum to make it smaller?

Flagship specs ; Waterproof ; Decent battery life

Poor bundled services ; Awful low light photography ; Glass back prone to smudges

Ratings in depth A mini handset has, inexplicably, come to mean a smaller, lower-spec version of a popular big screen device, which does nothing for those that want a slightly smaller display.

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review - Pocket-lint

 

The Sony Xeria Z1 Compact is the Sony phone to own. Many elements come together in a way that far surpasses the huge Z1. We've been waiting for a powerful

Design works at this size, plenty of power, excellent battery performance, great display and viewing angles

Prone to scratching, launches on Android 4.3 and software hasn't moved on very far

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact defies convention by offering power in a compact form and side-stepping the race to offer the largest display. The result is one of the best Android smartphones around.

Feb, 2014

Expert review by: (t3.com)

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review

 

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is a smaller version of its flagship Android phone

Premium waterproof design ; Brilliant 4.3-inch display ; Powerful processor

Lack of Android 4.4 ; Sony’s UI feels slightly dated

Jan, 2014

Expert review by: Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

Hands-on: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review - Pocket-lint

 

Sony has announced the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, a shrunken down version of its flagship Sony Xperia Z1 smartphone, at CES 2014. Pocket-lint was invited

Jan, 2014

Recommended by TR

Expert review by: Evan Kypreos (trustedreviews.com)

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

 

The Sony Xperia Z1 has now been superseded by the Xperia Z3 Compact. If you're wondering where the Z2 Compact is, well Sony seems to have skipped a generation.

Great screen ; Solid battery life ; Premium design and materials ; Waterproof to 1.5m

Disappointing camera ; Back scratches too easily

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Ashleigh Allsopp (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs Xperia Z3 Compact comparison review

 

The Xperia Z3 Compact costs £429, from Sony, though you'll find it cheaper if you shop around. Clove is offering it for just £349, for example.

Overall, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is not all that different from the Xperia Z1 Compact. The design is improved, the screen is a bit bigger, the processor is slightly better and the camera has been tweaked, but we'd suggest that none of those...

Sep, 2014

Expert review by: expertreviews.co.uk (expertreviews.co.uk)

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

 

The Z1 Compact isn't perfect but it's still very good, a top-end smartphone in a smaller package

Feb, 2014

Expert review by: Chris Martin (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact video review: The mid-sized but high-end smartphone

 

Over the last couple of year smartphone have come on leaps and bounds with faster processors, screen resolutions to match your TV and cameras to take the place of your compact.

Feb, 2014

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review

 

Can small phones be built without compromises? Sony thinks so, squeezing top specs into a regular sized hero [updated with video]

Unflappable performance ; A battery life that's anything but mini ; 4.3in size lets you get things done quickly ; Rain and pool-proof ; Great screen

Compact, yes – but not as ergonomic as an iPhone ; Camera isn't the best on a phone this size

This is what we call Android for the masses – the Z1 Compact is a perfect fit no matter your hand span

Jan, 2014

PC Advisor Recommended

Expert review by: Chris Martin (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review

 

Sony calls the new Z1 Compact 'the world's best premium compact smartphone'. We've taken a look at the new handset so read our review to see what we think.

We love what Sony has done with the Xperia Z1 Compact. Finally consumers have the choice to buy a high-end smartphone without being forced to use a large screen. The fact it's cheaper than most flagship devices makes it one of the best smartphones around.

Jan, 2014

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:2300 / 3000
Continuous audio playback time:110 / 94
Continuous video playback time:12 / 6.6
Standby time (2G):670 / 6701 / 880
Standby time (3G):600 / 850
Standby time (4G):550
Talk time (2G):10 / 14
Talk time (3G):15 / 18

Call management

Call divert: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Image stabilizer: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating Alert: Yes
Voice dialing: Yes

Camera

Auto Focus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Digital Zoom:8
Face detection: Yes
Flash type:LED
Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):2
Geotagging: Yes
Image stabilizer: Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, Auto / 3200 / 3200, Auto
Main camera resolution (numeric):20.7
Multi-shot: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.3
Rear camera resolution (numeric):20.7
Rear camera type:Single camera
Second Camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:2
Self-timer: Yes
Smile detection: Yes
Video capture resolution (max):1920 x 1080
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:1080p
Video stabilizer: Yes
White Balance:Auto

Certificates

Body SAR (EU):0.73
Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified: Yes
DLNA certified: Yes
Head SAR (EU):0.74

Design

Colour of product:Black / Green / Pink / White / Yellow
Form factor:Bar
International Protection (IP) code:IP55 / IP65
Protection features:Dust resistant, Water resistant

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:10.9 / 12.7
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 720 / 1920 x 1080 / 720 x 1280
Display Type:IPS / TFT
Orientation sensor: Yes
Screen shape:Flat
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen: Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Keyboard

Keyboard layout:QWERTY

Memory

Internal RAM:2

Messaging

Chat: Yes
E-mail: Yes
Instant messaging (IM):No / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3GPP, AAC, AAC+, AAC++, AMR, eAAC+, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, OTA, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GPP, AAC, AAC+, AMR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, ASF, eAAC+, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, PCM, WAV, WMA / 3GPP, AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, EAC3, FLAC, LPCM, MIDI, MP4, OGG, OTA, PCM, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GPP, AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, FLAC, LPCM, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, OTA, PCM, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GPP, AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, OTA, PCM, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GPP, AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, OTA, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GPP, AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, OTA, WAV, XMF / 3GPP, AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, OGG, OTA, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GPP, AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, FLAC, MIDI, OGG, OTA, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GPP, AAC, AAC+, AMR, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, OTA, WAV, WMA, XMF, eAAC+ / 3GPP, AAC, AAC+, AMR, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, OGG, OTA, WAV, WMA, XMF, eAAC+ / 3GPP, AMR, FLAC, MP3, MP4, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, XMF / 3GPP, AMR, FLAC, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV, XMF / 3GPP2, AMR, FLAC, MP3, MP4, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, XMF / AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, ASF, eAAC+, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WMA / AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, ASF, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WMA / SMF, 3GPP, AMR, FLAC, MP3, MP4, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, XMF
FM radio: Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, WBMP / BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, WEBP / BMP, GIF, JPG, WEBP / BMP, GIF, PNG, WEBP
Radio Data System (RDS):No / Yes
Supported video modes:1080p
Video compression formats:H.263, H.264, MPEG4 / H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VP8 / H.263, MPEG4, VP8
Video formats supported:3GP, 3GPP, H.263, H.264, MP4, MPEG4 / 3GP, AVI, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, XVID / 3GP, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, XVID / H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VP8
Voice codecs:AMR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB / AMR-NB, AMR-WB

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GLONASS: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):No / Yes
GPS antenna: Yes
Position location: Yes
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1700,1900,2100 / 850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:HSPA+ / HSPA+, UMTS
4G: Yes
4G standards:LTE
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP / A2DP, AVRCP, DID, GAP, HID, MAP, OPP, PAN, SPP / A2DP, AVRCP, DID, GAP, MAP, OPP, PAN, SPP / A2DP, AVRCP, GAP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, SPP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN / A2DP, AVRCP, MAP, OPP, SPP
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 LE
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
Security algorithms:128-bit AES, 128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, DES, EAP, EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS, PEAP / 128-bit AES, 128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, EAP, EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS, PEAP / 128-bit AES, 64-bit WEP, EAP, EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS, PEAP / 128-bit WEP, 152-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, EAP, EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS, PEAP / 128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, EAP, EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS, PEAP / 128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, EAP, EAP-TLS, PEAP, SSL/TLS, WPA, WPA2 / 128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS, PEAP, TKIP / 64-bit WEP, 128-bit AES, 128-bit WEP, EAP, EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS, PEAP
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:MicroSIM
Tethering (modem-mode): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Other features

Java technology: Yes
Ringer type:MP3
Voice Recording: Yes

Packaging Content

Cables included:USB
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Exchange support: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Graphics adapter:Adreno 330
Microphone mute: Yes
On-board graphics adapter model:Adreno 330
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.2 / 4.3 / 4.3 Jelly Bean / 4.4 / 4.4 KitKat
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Countdown timer, Notes, Stopwatch / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Games, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, Stopwatch
Personalization:Icons / Icons, Menu / Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Menu, Shortcuts
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
Support for contact groups: Yes
SyncML: Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
vCard: Yes
Video call: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL): Yes
USB connector type:MICRO-USB / Micro-USB B
USB port: Yes
USB version:2.0

Processor

Processor Cores:4
Processor family:QUALCOMM / Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:2.2
Processor Model:MSM 8974

Software

Exchange support: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.2 / 4.3 / 4.3 Jelly Bean / 4.4 / 4.4 KitKat
SyncML: Yes
vCard: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Storage

Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS) / MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash), SDHC
Internal RAM:2 / 2048
Internal storage capacity:16
Maximum memory card size:64
USB mass storage: Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Dust-resistant: Yes
Google applications:Google Maps, Google Play, Google Voice Search / Google Maps, Google Play, Google Voice Search, YouTube
Waterproof: Yes

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.5 / 9.5
Height :12.7 / 127 / 14.4
Weight:137 / 169
Width:6.49 / 64.9 / 7.39