Sony Xperia XZ1 Review

Sont Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact backs

As soon as you take the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact out of the box, you recognise them instantly as Sony phones. The angular corners, curved edges and sturdy construction that have become the hallmark of Sony phones, are all present and correct on both handsets.

While neither has an all-screen front of the sort that we’ve seen on many of this year’s high-end devices, there’s definitely something reassuringly familiar about Sony’s tried and tested design.

Both phones have a fingerprint scanner built into the power button on the side. Which feels like a stroke of genius, as it allows you to wake the screen and unlock the phone all with one press. It also frees up space at the front of the device for Sony’s dual speakers. More on them in a bit.

As you’d expect, there’s a big difference between the two devices when it comes to size. XZ1 is a hefty 148 x 734mm. So it’s quite a large device. Perhaps even a bit too big for people with small hands. The XZ1 Compact, however, is a much more manageable 129 x 64mm. Making it the perfect size for those of us with Donald Trump-like palms.

The curved edges make the phones easy to grip, while the strong metal construction will help them survive if they do take a tumble.

The XZ1 is built from a single piece of aluminium. So it feels sturdy without being unnecessarily heavy. The XZ1 Compact, meanwhile, is made from a woven plastic material. But despite this, it actually feels surprisingly premium and nice to use.

The subtle sheen on the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact looks lovely and remains mostly fingerprint-free. It’s also very hard to scratch, so you’ll be able to use it without needing to fork out for a case.

Both models are available in black, silver, blue and pink.

Build Metal and glass (XZ1) Plastic and glass (XZ1 Compact)
Weight 155g (Xperia XZ1), 140g (Xperia XZ1 Compact)
Dimensions 148 x 73.4 x 7.4mm (Xperia XZ1), 129 x 64 x 9.3mm (Xperia XZ1 Compact)

Screen and sound

  • Sharp, bright screens, perfect for watching videos
  • HDR support for the XZ1
  • Great dual front-facing speakers

Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact screens

Although smaller than we’re used to nowadays, both the XZ1 and the XZ1 Compact have super-sharp LCD screens that are perfect for watching videos and playing games. While the infinity displays used on many of this year’s flagship phones give you a great viewing experience, there’s something undeniably practical about the XZ1’s chunky bezels. It gives you somewhere to rest your thumbs while you’re watching and means they won’t encroach on the screen.

The larger XZ1 supports HDR, so you can watch brilliantly bright, clear videos on services like Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, the XZ1 Compact doesn’t support HDR. But unless you’re a hardcore gamer or you use your phone to watch all the latest blockbusters in full HD, then the XZ1 Compact screen will be more than sufficiently crisp for you.

In fact, not adding a Full HD screen to the XZ1 seems like a sensible decision. It would likely be a huge drain on the phone’s battery without significantly improving the display. This way, you can watch more for longer without any noticeable loss of image quality.

The XZ1 and XZ1 Compact come with powerful dual speakers around the front. This gives you fantastic audio, whether you’re listening to music, watching videos or chatting on FaceTime with your mum.

And the handy placement of the speakers at the front of the device means that you’re unlikely to accidentally muffle the sound with your hand.

Size 5.2 inches (Xperia XZ1), 4.6 inches (Xperia XZ1 Compact)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (Xperia XZ1), 720 x 1280 pixels (Xperia XZ1 Compact)
Technology LCD screen

Camera

  • Lovely, crisp camera
  • Loads of Instagram-tastic filters
  • Augmented reality camera features are lots of fun to use

Sony Xperia XZ1 camera

Traditionally, one of the main reasons to get a Sony phone is the high-quality camera tech included on its devices. And the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact are no exceptions.

If you’re all about the filters and photo effects to make your images Instagram-perfect, then either of these phones will really do you proud.

Both come with loads of fun filters, from ones that make your photos eye-wateringly bright to ones that give the impression that you’ve sketched the image yourself. There’s a Partial Colour filter that shoots in black and white and one other colour of your choosing. Which will give you some incredibly dramatic results. In short, there’s no end of ways to make your photos look artfully professional with no real know-how.

There’s also an AR Effects option, which lets you superimpose augmented reality animation over the top of your photo. So you can make dinosaurs or fairies run around your image, or send the subject of your photo twenty-thousand leagues under the sea by surrounding them with virtual water, coral and fish.

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