Am I the only one who isn't impressed by Sony's new phones???

jfaris7

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This isn't a hate or fanboy article, just my honest observations of the Sony Xperia X and X Performance.
Let me know what you think or if I'm being unreasonable.

PROS

Incredible 2 day battery
Premium materials
Very good camera
Dedicated camera button
Improved software

CONS
Same old design used in the last few xperia phones
"Omni balance" huge top and bottom bezels- HTC got criticized for the black bar, but the huge space at top and bottom of phone is iPhone-esque, and very unattractive in my opinion
No fingerprint scanner in 2016
"performance edition" is the exact same with improved processor, no sharper screen or other improved specs
1080p screen in 2016- even though it is fine, and improves battery life, it seems a bit underwhelming
Odd button placement, though I guess that's just my preference

Bottom Line- It seems like Sony played it safe again with the same design they have used for the past two years. If a company like Samsung or HTC launched this phone, they would be killed for it, like when the M9 was "too similar" to the M8. (I never heard tech reviewers say the iPhone 6s was too similar to the 6, but that's the power of Apple's brand.) Anyways, let me know what you think. I would still love to see these phones in US though, and I'd like to see Sony bounce back. For some reason though, I think they missed a critical opportunity with these phones.
 

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But Samsung DID essentially launch the same phone as they did last year, and everyone is losing their (insert dirty word) about the S7 nevertheless. Samsung and Apple have pretty much the exact same sales strategy, and it's working. Android will probably be a monopoly in a couple of years too.

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Not impressed with Sony's 2015 phones. This year is no exception. Their phones are not bad. It's just for the price it is. It feels more mid-ranged than high-end. It cost too much for what it is. I do think the Xperia line has the best-looking phones.

Google Nexus 6P
 

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I've not been impressed with Sony's phones for a long time, they've released 5 phones (from Xperia Z to Xperia Z5) with almost the same design and it desperately needs an overhaul. Their phones are boxy and their software looks old fashioned in my opinion.
 

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But Samsung DID essentially launch the same phone as they did last year, and everyone is losing their (insert dirty word) about the S7 nevertheless. Samsung and Apple have pretty much the exact same sales strategy, and it's working. Android will probably be a monopoly in a couple of years too.

Posted via the Android Central App

I think the waterproofing, refined design, improved camera, better processor and battery life, slimmed down marshmallow software, and SD card make it enough of a difference from the s6. It looks the same, but they made a ton of improvements. There isn't much more they could have done honestly.
 

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