1. surfaday's Avatar
    I always wonder why reviewers have a problem with the viewing angle of the Z1s and its predecessors. I never look at my phone unless I'm spot on centered over it so I never notice. If my Samsung Galaxy S4 had a better viewing angle, it was lost on me, because once again, I only view the phone straight on.

    Not only that, but with our privacy obsessed culture, you'd think narrow viewing angles would be an advantage.

    What am I missing?
    02-01-2014 12:48 AM
  2. JHBThree's Avatar
    The problem is that any other angle except straight on makes it difficult to view the screen. A lot of people don't hold their phone that way 100% of the time, and in the cases where they aren't, the Z1S screen is a weakness. A use case for me was if I wanted to check something while my phone was on a desk without picking it up, which I couldn't do because I couldn't actually read anything on the screen. Or, let's say I put the z1 to the right of me at the desk, and a notification came in. Just that difference in angle meant I couldn't actually see what the notification was.

    The severity of the problem is also why the Z1 and Z were called out. If the screen just washed out a little, it wouldn't be a big deal. But we're talking full on, cannot see anything at all on the screen, washing out.


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    02-01-2014 12:53 AM
  3. 05GT's Avatar
    Another overly exaggerated issue. Yes, it fades a bit at certain angles, but still remains totally useable.
    02-01-2014 02:42 AM
  4. JHBThree's Avatar
    Another overly exaggerated issue. Yes, it fades a bit at certain angles, but still remains totally useable.
    'A bit' is an understatement. Unless its a mostly dark screen, it washes completely out and is not usable in the slightest.

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    02-01-2014 01:35 PM
  5. tcrosby86's Avatar
    Funny how I could read this entire thread with the z1s laying on my stomach, and my head barely propped up at all.

    Yes it the screen gets washed.out, but it's still totally usable.

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    02-02-2014 02:49 PM
  6. woolster22's Avatar
    Funny how I could read this entire thread with the z1s laying on my stomach, and my head barely propped up at all.

    Yes it the screen gets washed.out, but it's still totally usable.

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    Must be some gut you have going there...

    I kid...

    To me it isn't so bad, I tend to keep things dark (on screen) and haven't noticed much issue. Although the weather up here has been gloomy and in full light I could see this potentially being a problem.

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    02-03-2014 07:04 PM
  7. Okris27's Avatar
    The viewing angle is being over exaggerated but it does wash out a little bit. I can still read what's on the screen at a bad viewing angle but I mostly am looking at the phone straight on when I use it so it doesn't bother me.

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    02-07-2014 12:37 PM
  8. JHBThree's Avatar
    The viewing angle is being over exaggerated but it does wash out a little bit. I can still read what's on the screen at a bad viewing angle but I mostly am looking at the phone straight on when I use it so it doesn't bother me.

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    It's when you're not head on that it's a problem, and you don't always use your phone straight on. It wouldn't be as bad if sony's skin used a lot more dark colors.


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    02-10-2014 09:31 PM

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