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Sony Xperia Z1S Review

Sony Xperia Z1S Review
Sony's Xperia Z1S is just that. A s model meaning a speed increase. See why in our review.

Xperia Z1S Review

The Sony Xperia Z1S represents a familiar trend in the mobile industry. Just like the titan company Apple, Sony has decided to give the previous year’s model, the Sony Xperia Z1, a bump in speed with the added “s” title. Aesthetically, it is the same device all around. Coming with a IPv5 certified water-resistant and dust proof feature to enhance the durability of the mostly glass hardware, Sony still provides a premium feel in this year’s model.

Coming packed with a 20.7 megapixel G lens camera, 3,000mah battery (non-removal), and a 5-inch 1080p HD display, the device still holds up to other flagship devices on the market today. The newly included Snapdragon 800 processor doesn’t hurt either. From the spec sheet, this would be a no brainer purchase for the average consumer, but knowing the only difference is speed with the Z1s model, it’s also good to be conscious of the fact that the same faults plaguing the predecessor are clear here as well.


The 5 inch 1080p HD display is troubled with washed out colors and terrible viewing angles for a phone made in 2014. Battery life is somewhat sporadic giving me a full days’ worth of power some days, yet only 8-10 hours on others. Stand by times are pretty amazing, but that’s standard in today’s top tier smartphones. In terms of software, the device is running on Android 4.3 which is a glaring disadvantage for the device. Coupled with a Snapdragon 800 processor, shipping the device with the latest version of Android, KitKat, should have been no problem at all. This leads me to believe that even though the device is powerful, it may be forgotten in the variety of devices Sony launches this year.

The most disappointing aspect about the device has to be the camera. Software in terms of the UI option’s for effects and switching between camera and video are spot on; it’s the quality of the pictures themselves that do it all a disservice. Details get washed out in the 20 megapixel output, video doesn’t have OIS so keeping a steady hand is a must when recording, and the special features the software comes with can only be used when shooting in the 20 megapixel output.

Overall, the device is not meant for mass adoption. With the release of the Sony Xperia Z2, I don’t see why a consumer would favor this over better offerings in the Sony lineup. If Sony just changed and refined a few aspects about the device, it could have a great second offering to compliment the Z2, instead, they made a device that will undoubtedly get lost in the ever-growing smart phone market.


About the author

Alexander Omoniyi

I'm a 21 year old college student whose obsession with tech began only a few years ago. From iOS, Android, and currently being a Windows Phone user, I’ve come to be well-informed on whats truly happening in the mobile ecosystem of these amazing pieces of technology. When you get down to the basics, all innovation begins with pushing the boundaries of whats already known and extending it to another frontier. I get excited just realizing how far the smart phone has come from its re-birth with the iPhone. We haven’t even begun to reach the climactic point of what these devices can do, and I for one plan to be there every step of the way.


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