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    Wink I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

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    I'm reviewing the Xperia Z1 for AC.

    You probably have questions about it.

    Here's the place to ask them.

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    Default Re: I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

    The camera? How is it?

    Also, the screen. Outdoor visibility?

    EDIT: 100th post!
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    Default Re: I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

    Do you feel there will be a google play edition? I love sonys hardware and have for quite some time but their ui irritates me
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    Default Re: I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

    As I've been pondering in a G+ comment thread....
    Are the bezels really that bad?
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    Default Re: I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

    Quote Originally Posted by nipcarlover View Post
    The camera? How is it?

    Also, the screen. Outdoor visibility?

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    Camera's really good in daylight. 20.7MP sensor but takes pics at 8MP oversampled most of the time, which also gives you some leeway for zooming in. Low-light is passable almost HTC One level, but not quite. Outdoor visibility is great.

    Quote Originally Posted by lsimms1983 View Post
    Do you feel there will be a google play edition? I love sonys hardware and have for quite some time but their ui irritates me
    The Sony UI is nicer in a lot of subtle ways. No lag at all. As for GPe, I'd heard from two reliable people that the original Xperia Z was supposed to be Sony's GPe, but that didn't happen. Now supposedly the Z1 is a candidate, but who knows how that'll pan out with Sony's US track record being the way it is.

    Quote Originally Posted by crispybbq View Post
    As I've been pondering in a G+ comment thread....
    Are the bezels really that bad?
    Yes. One of my two main issues with this thing (the other being the damned plastic screen protectors on both sides that you can't remove.)
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    Default Re: I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

    Is it significantly larger than the original Xperia Z? And compared to the One and GS4 size wise, how is it?
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    Default Re: I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

    So what's the point of the 20.7mp sensor if it takes pics at 8mp? Sorry, I haven't had my coffee yet and I'm struggling with that response. Also, how is real world use battery life? Before Android I went through quite a few Sony Ericsson phones and loved the camera. Do you think this competes with the Lumia 1020?
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    Default Re: I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

    Quote Originally Posted by plotsy_aces View Post
    Is it significantly larger than the original Xperia Z? And compared to the One and GS4 size wise, how is it?
    It feels slightly larger than the original Z (I don't have one here to compare.) The One and the GS4 are both significantly easier to palm. In the GS4's case, smaller bezels and a more hand-friendly shape are big factors.
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    Exclamation Re: I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

    I am thinking of ordering the white version through Clove , and i reside in USA. Do you think its a good idea ? The reason i wanted to order through clove was they are giving away a free sony smartwatch2. Please let me know the battery life asap , as long as it lasts a whole day . I will just pre-order it. Let me know
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    Default Re: I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

    Quote Originally Posted by sri745 View Post
    So what's the point of the 20.7mp sensor if it takes pics at 8mp? Sorry, I haven't had my coffee yet and I'm struggling with that response. Also, how is real world use battery life? Before Android I went through quite a few Sony Ericsson phones and loved the camera. Do you think this competes with the Lumia 1020?
    On the first point, oversampling basically you can get more accurate images by combining multiple pixels into one. Battery is humongous (3000mAh) and has held up really well in real-world use so far, though I need to do more testing. I haven't used the Lumia 1020 but it's easily one of the best Android phone cameras around. And Sony seems to be going for the same tactic as Nokia in shipping a large megapixel camera that then outputs at lower resolutions most of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nandeep Devendra View Post
    I am thinking of ordering the white version through Clove , and i reside in USA. Do you think its a good idea ? The reason i wanted to order through clove was they are giving away a free sony smartwatch2. Please let me know the battery life asap , as long as it lasts a whole day . I will just pre-order it. Let me know
    In the U.S. you won't be able to get LTE on a European Z1. Again, battery life seems to be good but I'll need to do more tests.
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    Default Re: I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Dobie View Post
    On the first point, oversampling basically you can get more accurate images by combining multiple pixels into one. Battery is humongous (3000mAh) and has held up really well in real-world use so far, though I need to do more testing. I haven't used the Lumia 1020 but it's easily one of the best Android phone cameras around. And Sony seems to be going for the same tactic as Nokia in shipping a large megapixel camera that then outputs at lower resolutions most of the time.

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    In the U.S. you won't be able to get LTE on a European Z1. Again, battery life seems to be good but I'll need to do more tests.

    Thank you! So is there any use of that humongous sensor where the pictures aren't reduced? Really looking forward to your reviews on this as this might be a first non-Nexus device I'm considering in a long time.
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    Default Re: I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

    Is there an HDR option while using the Panorama? I noticed the purple flare in the Pano that you took. What about the HDR video feature from the Z?
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    Default Re: I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

    Quote Originally Posted by sri745 View Post
    Thank you! So is there any use of that humongous sensor where the pictures aren't reduced? Really looking forward to your reviews on this as this might be a first non-Nexus device I'm considering in a long time.
    You can still shoot 20MP images if you want, in manual mode. All of the scene modes shoot at 8MP though, as does Superior Auto.

    Quote Originally Posted by obi5683 View Post
    Is there an HDR option while using the Panorama? I noticed the purple flare in the Pano that you took. What about the HDR video feature from the Z?
    Not in panorama mode, but there's a backlight-corrected HDR scene mode in the regular camera. (I think that was on the original Z too.)
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    Default Re: I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

    I've been waiting for this device for a while now because of the camera.
    1. Just to be clear you think the low light shots are not as good as the HTC One?
    2. Any insight into which US carriers will support this phone?
    3. Any of the preinstalled Sony apps pertain to the Smartwatch 2?
    Thanks
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    Default Re: I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

    i spoke to Tmobile USA, they said it should support the 4g LTE, since it has the bands 700/2100? Could you let me know why it won't work ?
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    Default Re: I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Dobie View Post
    On the first point, oversampling basically you can get more accurate images by combining multiple pixels into one. Battery is humongous (3000mAh) and has held up really well in real-world use so far, though I need to do more testing. I haven't used the Lumia 1020 but it's easily one of the best Android phone cameras around. And Sony seems to be going for the same tactic as Nokia in shipping a large megapixel camera that then outputs at lower resolutions most of the time.

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    In the U.S. you won't be able to get LTE on a European Z1. Again, battery life seems to be good but I'll need to do more tests.
    I spoke to Tmobile USA, they said as there are the required bands 1700/2100 the C6603 would work ? Could you please tell me why you think otherwise
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    Default Re: I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

    Curious to know why youre not a fan of the screen protector? (that can be removed with a little work but as the SONY logo is baked on to the screen protector you will lose that if removed). Having seen a few videos where the screen has been tested with knives, blades etc, the screen protector did an amazing job at protecting the screen.

    What disadvantage is there to having it on the phone?
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    Default Re: I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

    Any release date for the USA yet...every other phone that has been announced recently has at least started taking preorders...I hope they don't wait as long as they did with the z and the technology in it gets outdated
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    Default Re: I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

    tell us about screen plz.some pics would be nice
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    Default Re: I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

    How much ram is left after the OS and how much ram is left after the bloatware loads after boot?

    (Reason I ask is the Ion only had about 600MB left of 1GB and then bloatware would take about 200 of that.)
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    Default Re: I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

    What is the us availability ? I am on Sprint, Sony has 0 Xperia phones currently is there any chance it will come to Sprint?
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    Default Re: I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

    Also have you experienced any crashes or other bugs yet with any apps like the browser, keyboard, or home screen? If so, how fast does it become responsive again?
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    Default Re: I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

    Have you tested it under water yet?
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    Default Re: I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

    Quote Originally Posted by GarDeady View Post
    Curious to know why youre not a fan of the screen protector? (that can be removed with a little work but as the SONY logo is baked on to the screen protector you will lose that if removed). Having seen a few videos where the screen has been tested with knives, blades etc, the screen protector did an amazing job at protecting the screen.

    What disadvantage is there to having it on the phone?
    The main reason is you have a glass phone that feels like plastic. And removing it is a bad idea, as the oleophobic layer is applied to the screen protector, not the screen. I've also seen pics of people who've had adhesive and other stuff left behind after removing the protector. Sony clearly doesn't want you removing it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Allocca View Post
    Any release date for the USA yet...every other phone that has been announced recently has at least started taking preorders...I hope they don't wait as long as they did with the z and the technology in it gets outdated
    Who knows. No US availability has been announced yet. The original Z took long enough coming to Tmo US.

    Quote Originally Posted by josephnero View Post
    tell us about screen plz.some pics would be nice
    I'll have more pics in the review. It's very nice from straight on, but it still has some viewing angle issues not as bad as the Z or T/TL though.

    Quote Originally Posted by same_game_name View Post
    How much ram is left after the OS and how much ram is left after the bloatware loads after boot?

    (Reason I ask is the Ion only had about 600MB left of 1GB and then bloatware would take about 200 of that.)
    1600MB of so is visible to the phone. Around 900MB is free at boot. Remember free RAM is wasted RAM, though.
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    Default Re: I've got the Xperia Z1. You've got questions. Let's do this.

    How does the screen compare to other phones like the HTC One, Optimus G, LG G2? (color acuracy, saturation, viewing angles, outdoor visibility)

    I can't understand how the camera is not simply "the best" in all android phones...

    And i am puzzled about the screen and back having a plastic screen protector that's hard to remove... does it have gorilla glass or something like that behind the plastic ? :/

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    EDIT: Free RAM = wasted ram only if you launch new stuff and the old stuff remains in ram :P (i know how things work, but i had a terrible experience on my galaxy nexus :P)
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