Jan 08 AT 1:09 PM Nick Gray 42 Comments

Hands-on with the Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL

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Last night, we had the opportunity to spend some quality time with Sony’s two new flagship Android phones. Year after year, Sony has been trying its hardest to muscle its way into the Android world, but has managed to come up short every time. Fortunately, the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL may be the perfect combination of specs and design which will resonate with consumers and hopefully translate into sales for Sony.

As we mentioned in our original post about the two devices, Sony has chosen to use the same basic components inside each device even though the physical attributes are different. The specs inside the two phones make them very competitive with the HTC Droid DNA, though the 5-inch 1080p screens don’t seem quite as impressive as HTC’s offering.

The main difference between the two phones comes down to physical appearance and construction materials. The Xperia Z looks and feels high-class with tempered glass on the back, but the Xperia ZL feels a lot smaller since Sony has managed to dramatically reduce the overall footprint of the phone. Motorola’s probably going to have a bit of competition in the edge-to-edge display marketing jargon. The Xperia ZL also has a nice glowing LED light below the screen which simply look amazing.

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It’s hard to say which phone we like best. Honestly, we wish Sony would have just made only one phone and combined the best design features of each. If Sony would just use the Xperia Z with its glass back, water and dust resistance, and the reduced footprint of the Xperia ZL, it could be the best Android smartphone to launch in the first quarter of 2013. What are your thoughts on the two phones?

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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