1. Byrese's Avatar
    I don't own this phone (in any color) but I've seen it as Best Buy and really liked it. Why doesn't Sony get more love as a company? This phone in any color looks amazing!

    https://www.phonearena.com/news/Red-...ice-US_id99706
    11-09-2017 06:42 PM
  2. Eggmundo's Avatar
    I think because of the lack of fingerprint scanner in the US.

    Here in the UK Sony does and is known quite well.
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    11-12-2017 03:59 PM
  3. DARK Vader777's Avatar
    I don't own this phone (in any color) but I've seen it as Best Buy and really liked it. Why doesn't Sony get more love as a company? This phone in any color looks amazing!

    https://www.phonearena.com/news/Red-...ice-US_id99706
    I think its the bezel. People are sinking their bezels and they fail to adjust to the times. They have the screen, the sound, but not the look. That's what I always thought and this was confirmed by a reputable Stores associate.
    I questioned the same thing?
    It's like they're stuck 3 years behind in the design department.
    I like Sony, I just feel they're fun needs a design overhaul. It's coming though, stay tuned.
    11-12-2017 06:29 PM
  4. Byrese's Avatar
    Yeah I hear you. The screens are really nice though
    11-13-2017 05:07 PM
  5. kurtd's Avatar
    I think because of the lack of fingerprint scanner in the US.

    Here in the UK Sony does and is known quite well.
    Exactly, I can't decided if I should buy the US one and then change the firmware or just buy an international one without warranty. Would have bought one long ago if the fingerprint sensor worked.
    11-15-2017 11:36 AM
  6. Byrese's Avatar
    I think because of the lack of fingerprint scanner in the US.

    Here in the UK Sony does and is known quite well.
    Good point
    11-15-2017 11:41 AM
  7. Bigboldbri's Avatar
    Loving my XZ Premium in the UK !
    11-17-2017 07:20 AM
  8. vladi's Avatar
    I think its the bezel. People are sinking their bezels and they fail to adjust to the times. They have the screen, the sound, but not the look. That's what I always thought and this was confirmed by a reputable Stores associate.
    I questioned the same thing?
    It's like they're stuck 3 years behind in the design department.
    I like Sony, I just feel they're fun needs a design overhaul. It's coming though, stay tuned.
    They got the slab factor to perfection no need to change it really. Put it against any LG, Huawei, Pixel, Chinese and it's leagues ahead of them. Small bezels only make the ergonomics worse because Android is really not ready for vertical side to side screen.
    11-17-2017 06:20 PM
  9. rasputin01's Avatar
    Shame they dont work on Verizon.
    11-22-2017 03:03 PM
  10. xplod566's Avatar
    I love the xz premium.its such an underrated phone.and love the bezels
    12-16-2017 05:56 PM
  11. NightOrchid's Avatar
    Agreed.. but i have to admit, i dont mind the bezels because they hold the stereo speakers.. if the XZP had been more like the original Pixel XL... where the huge bezels were just silly and pointless.. then I could understand the arguments. Also, the bezels and side rails give the phone abit of rigidity, strength and weight... making it tougher and IMO, make it feel more worth the money Im paying for it... an S8 /S8+ is far too flimsy and easy to break.

    I love my XZP and the camera is amazing, I think more realistic colours, white balance and true to life than the S8, although, the EIS occasionally makes a mess of the focus and images, which can be irritating, its not that big an issue where I wouldnt buy it.

    No matter where you look these days.. everyone has either a SS or an Apple, which IMO, shows an inability of some people to think for themselves and just let these stores and reviewers tell them what to do and whats right for them, which is just sad ... so to me, its nice to own something a bit different that I choose, plus my XZP always turns a few heads..
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    12-17-2017 11:15 AM
  12. Byrese's Avatar
    Agreed.. but i have to admit, i dont mind the bezels because they hold the stereo speakers.. if the XZP had been more like the original Pixel XL... where the huge bezels were just silly and pointless.. then I could understand the arguments. Also, the bezels and side rails give the phone abit of rigidity, strength and weight... making it tougher and IMO, make it feel more worth the money Im paying for it... an S8 /S8+ is far too flimsy and easy to break.

    I love my XZP and the camera is amazing, I think more realistic colours, white balance and true to life than the S8, although, the EIS occasionally makes a mess of the focus and images, which can be irritating, its not that big an issue where I wouldnt buy it.

    No matter where you look these days.. everyone has either a SS or an Apple, which IMO, shows an inability of some people to think for themselves and just let these stores and reviewers tell them what to do and whats right for them, which is just sad ... so to me, its nice to own something a bit different that I choose, plus my XZP always turns a few heads..
    I've never owned the phone but have been tempted. Right now I go between a BlackBerry KEYone and a Nexus 6P, though the latter might be broken beyond repair. So like you, I like to think for myself and have something a bit different generally. Thats what makes Android so fun IMO, customization and a variety of phones.
    12-17-2017 12:04 PM
  13. Ry's Avatar
    I don't think that Sony puts much effort into the US market.
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    12-17-2017 07:40 PM
  14. NightOrchid's Avatar
    I don't think that Sony puts much effort into the US market.

    Agreed.... in fact, its next to non-existent here in the UK, but I dont think SONY puts alot of effort into any of their phones anywhere here in the west TBH... SONY just seem to focus mainly on the PlayStation.. which is a shame
    12-18-2017 05:10 AM
  15. kurtd's Avatar
    Exactly, I can't decided if I should buy the US one and then change the firmware or just buy an international one without warranty. Would have bought one long ago if the fingerprint sensor worked.
    Update:

    I ended up ordering the Xperia XZ Premium from eglobalcentral.com which is a site based out of Hong Kong. The phone is the dual sim version with finger printer reader and the price was unbeatable. I'm real happy with that website because they will handle the 1 year warranty for you should you need it. You'd have to send the device to them in Hong Kong but it's still better than no warranty at all like the international ones for sale on amazon. The item came a bit after it's estimated delivery time according to DHL but it came in good shape.

    I'm really glad I purchased from them as the finger print reader is absolutely amazing on this device, couldn't live without it. I'm real happy with the 4k LCD screen as well, it's the best I've seen and definitely the best for videos.

    I normally don't use phone cases but this is the first phone I've had with glass on the back so I went with a really thin case and I'm really happy with it's quality. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...cUvbUpU6110845
    12-18-2017 11:58 AM
  16. Ry's Avatar
    Agreed.... in fact, its next to non-existent here in the UK, but I dont think SONY puts alot of effort into any of their phones anywhere here in the west TBH... SONY just seem to focus mainly on the PlayStation.. which is a shame
    To be fair, smartphones are a tough market and if you're not Apple or Samsung, you probably aren't making a ton.
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    12-18-2017 05:14 PM
  17. Byrese's Avatar
    Update:

    I ended up ordering the Xperia XZ Premium from eglobalcentral.com which is a site based out of Hong Kong. The phone is the dual sim version with finger printer reader and the price was unbeatable. I'm real happy with that website because they will handle the 1 year warranty for you should you need it. You'd have to send the device to them in Hong Kong but it's still better than no warranty at all like the international ones for sale on amazon. The item came a bit after it's estimated delivery time according to DHL but it came in good shape.

    I'm really glad I purchased from them as the finger print reader is absolutely amazing on this device, couldn't live without it. I'm real happy with the 4k LCD screen as well, it's the best I've seen and definitely the best for videos.

    I normally don't use phone cases but this is the first phone I've had with glass on the back so I went with a really thin case and I'm really happy with it's quality. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...cUvbUpU6111398
    That looks so sweet. I love million cases. What color did u get? This was a phone I was eying but decided to get an Honor 8 at the time instead. I really liked this phone though.
    12-18-2017 10:26 PM
  18. kurtd's Avatar
    I went with the black case and black phone. I don't care to stand out lol. It does look nice though. I'm probably going to stick with Sony flagships going forward as I like this device so much. The default launcher, settings app, notifications area, alarms, etc. are much better than what I've seen on LG and Samsung in my opinion. Camera button is great as well. It's missing the glance screen, wireless charging, and double tap to wake but those are very minor features that I haven't missed at all.
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    12-19-2017 12:44 PM
  19. Byrese's Avatar
    I went with the black case and black phone. I don't care to stand out lol. It does look nice though. I'm probably going to stick with Sony flagships going forward as I like this device so much. The default launcher, settings app, notifications area, alarms, etc. are much better than what I've seen on LG and Samsung in my opinion. Camera button is great as well. It's missing the glance screen, wireless charging, and double tap to wake but those are very minor features that I haven't missed at all.
    It looks like I may need to replace my device (I may need a replacement device, which if true I'll just sell it and move on). I'll have to consider getting a Sony, as I think they are really nice. Even as I say that though...those pixels just look killer.
    12-19-2017 12:47 PM
  20. kurtd's Avatar
    It looks like I may need to replace my device (I may need a replacement device, which if true I'll just sell it and move on). I'll have to consider getting a Sony, as I think they are really nice. Even as I say that though...those pixels just look killer.
    The Pixel 2 XL was my second choice because I refuse to get a phone without front facing stereo speakers but the cost is much higher for almost the same specs. Now that I have the Sony, I think I made the right choice, the finger print reader on the side is great because it still is usable while in a car mount. The screen on the Pixel 2 XL is so-so as well as many reviews noted. 4k screen on the Sony is amazing for video, no black bars. You can also change it to super vivid mode which I prefer.
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    12-19-2017 12:52 PM
  21. Byrese's Avatar
    The Pixel 2 XL was my second choice because I refuse to get a phone without front facing stereo speakers but the cost is much higher for almost the same specs. Now that I have the Sony, I think I made the right choice, the finger print reader on the side is great because it still is usable while in a car mount. The screen on the Pixel 2 XL is so-so as well as many reviews noted. 4k screen on the Sony is amazing for video, no black bars. You can also change it to super vivid mode which I prefer.
    Ya...i saw that 4K screen in the store (best buy use to carry it). I'd be interested to see when and where the red version comes out. But if I did I'd have to find a way to get the European version or whatever it's called as I'd have to have the finger ID.
    12-19-2017 12:55 PM
  22. Byrese's Avatar
    How is the software experience on the XZ Premium?
    12-22-2017 01:07 PM
  23. jlczl's Avatar
    Exactly, I can't decided if I should buy the US one and then change the firmware or just buy an international one without warranty. Would have bought one long ago if the fingerprint sensor worked.
    I bought the international version at a great price so I added a Square Trade warranty. Love the phone and it's bezels even though I also have a bezel-less iPhone X.
    12-24-2017 12:15 AM
  24. Byrese's Avatar
    I bought the international version at a great price so I added a Square Trade warranty. Love the phone and it's bezels even though I also have a bezel-less iPhone X.
    Ya...its a shame I probably won't own one. But you can't own everything ever made. One would be broke
    12-25-2017 12:52 AM
  25. NightOrchid's Avatar
    How is the software experience on the XZ Premium?

    Its really great actually.. We get about 1 or 2 updates every 2 months which includes the security patch and fixes / updates.. Most recent was "8.49 / Dec 17", SONY leads the way and is equal to Google for Android updates.. faster and more regular than even SS, LG and HTC.

    Although I have just "Unbranded" my XZP from O2UK to Open UK, but for me, the latest "8.49" build did a nice fix for some camera distortion / watercolour effect when cropping in.. so both Manual and Auto mode are back on point now, so whether it was something with the the O2 software, which de-branding fixed or the "49" update, im not sure.. but Im happy its sorted..

    Also, which youve probably read anyway,,, SONY have massively increased the volume output of the speakers, so you can actually hear the Ring / Notify now. .. and the fact that since the abysmal Z5 issues, theyve really done some work, which tells me that SONY actually read and listen to forums so for me, Im more than happy to give SONY my money.

    IMO, Software is great and SONY are doing great with Updates.
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    12-29-2017 06:15 PM

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