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  1. libra89's Avatar
    (Before I start, I am going to warn you that this will be long. I will space it out appropriately.) I have had this phone for a week and have used it consistently as my phone for that time frame.

    The tl;dr version (too long; didn't read):

    -Size is great and the display is fine for me
    -Battery life is excellent
    -Performance is great
    -Fingerprint sensor is fast
    -Sony's UI is light, even though there's a lot of addons
    -Cameras have improved this year on the software side but in low light situations, the picture can be yellowish
    -The stereo speakers sound so good

    Overall rating is 9 out of 10.

    Alright, on to my more detailed review:

    Design & display

    -I love the size of this phone. It reminds me of the size of the iPhone SE which I do own, but a little bigger. To me, it's great for those of us who desire a small phone that is actually powerful and has a good amount of screen, which I will get to that point shortly.
    -This time around, Sony decided to put the volume rocker above the power button which is a great place. On the X Compact, it was below the power button, which was just a pain for me. The only quirky thing about this is that I find myself pressing it and then realizing that isn't the power button because of my other phones.
    -Almost forgot the concern about the corners that some people have. It's been fine for me, the corners don't feel sharp to me, and I have had no issues holding it and using it with the same hand. (I'm naturally thin so one would think if anyone would feel sharpness, it would be me.) Speaking of one hand usage, this is a perfect one hand use phone. Like the SE, you can reach all corners with one hand.
    -I haven't had any issues with the 720p display. It fits the phone. Also the LCD is pretty good.
    -The brightness has been fine to me. There's actually a setting that stops the screen from dimming once it senses that it is in your hand. For the most part, this has worked well. When it doesn't sense that it is fully there, you see the screen debating if it wants to go dim or stay lit. It doesn't bother me but it is noticeable.
    -Speaking of modes, there are three display modes. The default mode is not very saturated but there is a mode for that. I just hate that look so how it looks is fine for me. It doesn't look cold. Additionally there is a glove mode which is awesome to have when it gets cold.

    Performance & battery life

    -Performance has been great, as expected on a phone with a Snapdragon 835 processor. I have only had one app closure (Instagram), and just one time, so it might be the app itself and/or Oreo. It feels as fast as the Pixel.
    -App reloading is minimal.
    -For the first few days, I had a hard time putting this phone down and I expected the battery life to be shot but somehow it never was. I can use it heavy and get an entire day (like 24 hours). It was great to get the phone the first night, update all of the apps and then not feel the need to top it off the next morning in order to get through the next work day.
    -This is not a phone where you would worry about battery life, just know that.
    -The fingerprint sensor is fast, sometimes too fast for me when I just want to see what time it is.
    -LTE speeds are solid, as expected for a phone with LTE Category 15 connectivity.

    Sony's skin/UI

    -A section for this is necessary, because there are some pros and quirks relating to this.
    -Sony still uses an apps button in the dock to get to your app drawer, which is alright. Not really a con but something to note.
    -They also have this weird thing that if you want to add an app from your app drawer to your home screen, you have to hold the app and drag it to the "add to home screen" at the top. This is kind of annoying. At the same time, I enjoy that you can make folders in the app drawer.
    -Sony now has this great feature in the launcher that enables you to use icon packs from the Play Store with the default launcher, which I am enjoying. There are some other small additions, like adjusting the icon size.
    -There's no ambient display/double tap to wake/always on display, which I miss.
    -In regards to the pre-installed apps, AVG Protection, Spotify, Facebook are there. You can't uninstall them, only disable them. I use Spotify so I disabled the other two.

    Cameras
    -Sony has finally improved the software processing on the camera side. Pictures are pretty good.
    -Sony is finally done with the never ending list of additional modes.
    -The low light performance has improved. Pictures can get noisy in really low light conditions and a bit yellow but you can adjust the temperature before taking the shot.
    -As for the front camera, you have the option of wide angle and also regular shots. I noticed improvement on this side too (over the X Compact). It just looks better, but has a similar situation in low light as the main camera. Also, the soft skin effect is on by default, which isn't as crazy as it can be in some other phones but I prefer to turn it off.
    -The camera button is so nice to have as well but I only use it to take a shot and not to open the camera since I enabled that on the power button (just personal preference).

    Audio
    -Stereo speakers are so nice to have. It's been a while since I have had a phone with speakers like this.
    -Call quality (no one talks about this, but I'm going to talk about it) is fine. Calling people on 3 different carriers has sounded good. I also don't know if it's just me, but it feels like calls connect much quicker than they have before on my Pixel.

    Final Thoughts
    -I can see myself keeping this phone. I enjoyed my iPhone SE but the front camera has been hard to me to be pleased with. I have been trying to find an Android replacement for a while now, and I feel that I can finally replace my SE with this phone. I give it a 9 out of 10 because it hits the spot for my most important things in a phone. It's worth the money, but if you want to wait for a price drop, do it.

    That's all I got. If you have made it this far, you're a champ and thanks for reading
    10-16-2017 10:41 AM
  2. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Nice review. Thanks.

    Curious that DTtW isn't in the Display settings. That would solve the fast fingerprint problem if you wanted to just check the time or notifications. I agree that the Sony fingerprint speed and placement in the power key destroys the lock screen utility. Another alternate is train yourself to tap power with a finger not saved.
    10-16-2017 11:13 AM
  3. libra89's Avatar
    Nice review. Thanks.

    Curious that DTtW isn't in the Display settings. That would solve the fast fingerprint problem if you wanted to just check the time or notifications. I agree that the Sony fingerprint speed and placement in the power key destroys the lock screen utility. Another alternate is train yourself to tap power with a finger not saved.
    Thank you for reading! I tried to make it shorter but I felt like it would be a disservice to not note some things that no one is talking about.

    Yeah, it's not there. I tried to look and look but I don't see it anywhere. I thought that was a weird omission because I remember it on the X Compact. The only settings there is to open the camera by pressing the power button twice and glove mode.
    That's a good idea, I'll try that.
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    10-16-2017 12:01 PM
  4. krazyatom's Avatar
    Is battery life better than IPhone SE?
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    10-16-2017 12:04 PM
  5. libra89's Avatar
    Is battery life better than IPhone SE?
    For my usage, yes, especially with iOS 10. Using the same apps and using the same carrier, it's better. Not so much better but noticeably better for sure.
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    10-16-2017 12:11 PM
  6. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Nice review!☺️

    How is the audio quality when using headphones?
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    10-16-2017 12:13 PM
  7. libra89's Avatar
    Nice review!☺️

    How is the audio quality when using headphones?
    Thank you!

    Ah, I haven't tried this yet but I plan to try it soon. I have heard that it is good though but I will find out.
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    10-16-2017 12:17 PM
  8. krazyatom's Avatar
    For my usage, yes, especially with iOS 10. Using the same apps and
    .using the same carrier, it's better. Not so much better but noticeably better for sure.
    Awesome. If it’s better than iPhone SE. That sounds very promising. Mine is expected to be here on Thursday.
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    10-16-2017 12:21 PM
  9. libra89's Avatar
    Awesome. If it’s better than iPhone SE. That sounds very promising. Mine is expected to be here on Thursday.
    Yay! Congrats! I'll be looking forward to your thoughts and impressions.

    It's been better than the SE for me, even the day I tried to run it down, I was on my way to a day and 8 hours, which is nuts. I gave up though because I had things to do that I needed more of a charge for.
    10-16-2017 12:21 PM
  10. Eggmundo's Avatar
    Thanks, great review. What colour did you get?

    Can any icon pack be used with Xperia UI?
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    10-16-2017 05:05 PM
  11. krazyatom's Avatar
    I was torn between blue and black but decided go with my all time favorite black.
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    10-16-2017 05:36 PM
  12. libra89's Avatar
    Thanks, great review. What colour did you get?

    Can any icon pack be used with Xperia UI?
    Thank you!
    The blue one. It kinda looks green in some lights so that was my choice.

    As for the icon packs, any recently updated one should work. I have only had 2 old ones not appear.
    10-16-2017 05:41 PM
  13. krazyatom's Avatar
    What case did you order? I haven’t found anything that I like. I always go for minimal slim case.
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    10-16-2017 05:48 PM
  14. fatclue_98's Avatar
    You did a swell job with the review. Being that it's a Snapdragon and not a Helio, how is it as far as heat? Do graphic intensive apps (YouTube) cause it to get uncomfortably warm or does it mind its Ps and Qs?
    10-16-2017 05:55 PM
  15. libra89's Avatar
    What case did you order? I haven’t found anything that I like. I always go for minimal slim case.
    I am hating all of the cases right now so I settled for a wallet/flip case which I hate. Cases I considered have had bad reviews. The terrpain case was nice but mine came warped so I sent it back. I'm waiting for the Ringke case to become available on October 27.

    You did a swell job with the review. Being that it's a Snapdragon and not a Helio, how is it as far as heat? Do graphic intensive apps (YouTube) cause it to get uncomfortably warm or does it mind its Ps and Qs?
    Thank you!
    It hasn't really run hot for me at all so it's been good. The most heat I have experienced was with trying multiple camera apps for a while (like 20 minutes) and the first time it had to install all of these updates. Still not hot enough to burn but a little warm. Weirdly enough, I haven't had the chance to try a YouTube video on it yet. That's another thing I have to try.
    10-16-2017 06:32 PM
  16. Andrew_404's Avatar
    Wow, such a detailed review. Thank you. 😋. I'm currently using the Compact X and will be receiving my Xz1 in blue color within the next few days. I know I've made a smart decision buying this phone. Again, awesome job
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    10-16-2017 08:27 PM
  17. libra89's Avatar
    Wow, such a detailed review. Thank you. . I'm currently using the Compact X and will be receiving my Xz1 in blue color within the next few days. I know I've made a smart decision buying this phone. Again, awesome job
    Thank you and you are welcome! Nice color choice, I hope that you will enjoy it and I'm looking forward to your impressions.
    10-16-2017 09:19 PM
  18. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Great review!

    There's no ambient display/double tap to wake/always on display, which I miss.
    That's strange. I have the Sony XZ. It has double tap to awake in the Display settings. Strange that they would remove this.

    As Sony uses LCD it's likely that's why ambient and always on are not available, they're made for amoled screens. Though you can find ways to make that happen.

    To get always on, turn on developer options. You'll find an option there to have the screen on all the time (at least I have this option)

    To get ambient I think there are apps available. Though you'll have to watch your battery.
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    10-17-2017 03:20 AM
  19. DominionRoofs's Avatar
    There is no double tap to wake unfortunately. I found an app that works very well though. It's called "gravity screen". Turns the screen on with motion or waving your hand over the proximity sensor. Works great when putting in and out of your pocket. It has never failed on me.
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    10-17-2017 07:38 AM
  20. libra89's Avatar
    Great review!



    That's strange. I have the Sony XZ. It has double tap to awake in the Display settings. Strange that they would remove this.

    As Sony uses LCD it's likely that's why ambient and always on are not available, they're made for amoled screens. Though you can find ways to make that happen.

    To get always on, turn on developer options. You'll find an option there to have the screen on all the time (at least I have this option)

    To get ambient I think there are apps available. Though you'll have to watch your battery.
    Thank you!

    Hmm that's interesting that you have it in your XZ but it's not here. I guess they decided to trade it for glove mode. I can look into the always on but I value my battery life too much. This phone has had great battery life for me and I wouldn't want to change that.

    There is no double tap to wake unfortunately. I found an app that works very well though. It's called "gravity screen". Turns the screen on with motion or waving your hand over the proximity sensor. Works great when putting in and out of your pocket. It has never failed on me.
    That sounds like a very useful app, I'll look into it. Thank you for sharing the app with me.
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    10-17-2017 09:08 AM
  21. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Thank you!

    Hmm that's interesting that you have it in your XZ but it's not here. I guess they decided to trade it for glove mode. I can look into the always on but I value my battery life too much. This phone has had great battery life for me and I wouldn't want to change that.



    That sounds like a very useful app, I'll look into it. Thank you for sharing the app with me.
    I have glove mode as well. It's possible the compact version doesn't have double tap to wake?
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    10-17-2017 09:30 AM
  22. libra89's Avatar
    I have glove mode as well. It's possible the compact version doesn't have double tap to wake?
    Wow, I didn't know that you had glove mode too. Maybe that is possible but @DominionRoofs has the XZ1 and they say that it isn't there too. I guess Sony decided to change their mind.
    10-17-2017 10:05 AM
  23. Ten Four's Avatar
    Is battery life better than IPhone SE?
    My wife's iPhone SE goes days between charges, and she sometimes uses Spotify for hours. Not sure if any phone could do much better on the battery. She literally often goes all weekend without a charge.
    10-17-2017 04:52 PM
  24. krazyatom's Avatar
    My wife's iPhone SE goes days between charges, and she sometimes uses Spotify for hours. Not sure if any phone could do much better on the battery. She literally often goes all weekend without a charge.
    I know how good iPhone SE battery life is. It’s not better than IPhone 6s/7 plus but very good. I had oneplus 5 (1080p) and i got crazy good battery life as well so I can’t imagine how good it will be with 720p screen with snapdragon 835.
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    10-17-2017 05:04 PM
  25. codeda's Avatar
    My wife's iPhone SE goes days between charges, and she sometimes uses Spotify for hours. Not sure if any phone could do much better on the battery. She literally often goes all weekend without a charge.
    I have a new se and mine is def not like this. Great battery on stand by but while in use and on LTE it drains. Looking froward to the compact. My last one had great battery while the screen was on as well as off.
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    10-17-2017 05:20 PM
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