Jan 07 AT 1:12 PM Nick Gray 5 Comments

Hands-on with the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

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The new Sony Xperia Z1 Compact may not come with any revolutionary features or specs, but I’m almost tempted to name it the best Android smartphone of CES 2014 and the show is technically just starting today. On the inside, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact features a quad-core 2.2GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB of storage, microSD card slot, a 20.7 MP camera and a 2,300mAh battery. But the main attraction is the phone’s size, highlighted by a 4.3-inch 720p (343ppi) display. Because of the smaller display size, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact measures 127 x 64.9 x 9.5mm, making it the smallest flagship Android handset in years. Due to its smaller overall footprint, the Z1 Compact’s 9.5mm thickness feels thicker than it should, but we’re definitely not going to complain, because it wouldn’t be hard to fit three of the Compacts into my front jeans pocket.

The design of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact follows the same standards set by the Xperia Z1. It sports glass panels on the front and back and a curved aluminum band along its edges. Performance on the Zperia Z1 Compact was phenomenal. The phone quickly and smoothly transitioned between apps, games, HD video and the camera with no noticeable lag.

While it’s exciting that T-Mobile will be getting the Sony Xperia Z1S in the coming week, I’m a bit jealous that the smaller Xperia Z1 Compact is currently not scheduled for release in North America.

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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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  • Vance

    Why isn’t every manufacturer today making a Google play edition, for the US marketer, of every flagship device they release? We should be diving head first into that model, while aggressively weaning ourselves off of carrier-subsidized, bloatware-infested, bastardized handsets. Instead we’re timidly dipping our toes in the water of untainted mobile hardware utopia while we cling to our carrier-subsidized smart phones like maladjusted toddlers to our magic blankies.

  • androidawg

    This is a definite step in the right direction. The screen size race has maxed out and it is time to start bringing handsets back into more usable form factors. Glad someone is putting world class specs into a reasonably sized handset.

  • Jerry F

    I have always gone for the cheapest phone that did the job, but had to get an LTE phone and the Sony ZR was the cheapest available for me (Cherry Mobile had the cheapest but didn’t accept International CCs) (Philippines), absolutely the greatest phone that I have ever used. It seems nothing has been left to chance, everything works, the way it should, no lags, plenty of memory and the sharpest screen I have ever seen. $200. less that the cheapest S-4. Now if I could just block all the spying apps and Google I would be happy.

  • http://www.androidandme.com Brooks Barnard

    The phone seems pretty rad, but so many greasy fingerprints.

  • donger

    Great phone.

  1. Why isn’t every manufacturer today making a Google play edition, for the US marketer, of every flagship device they release? We should be diving head first into that model, while aggressively weaning ourselves off of carrier-subsidized, bloatware-infested, bastardized handsets. Instead we’re timidly dipping our toes in the water of untainted mobile hardware utopia while we cling to our carrier-subsidized smart phones like maladjusted toddlers to our magic blankies.

  2. androidawgGuest 1 year ago

    This is a definite step in the right direction. The screen size race has maxed out and it is time to start bringing handsets back into more usable form factors. Glad someone is putting world class specs into a reasonably sized handset.

  3. Jerry FGuest 1 year ago

    I have always gone for the cheapest phone that did the job, but had to get an LTE phone and the Sony ZR was the cheapest available for me (Cherry Mobile had the cheapest but didn’t accept International CCs) (Philippines), absolutely the greatest phone that I have ever used. It seems nothing has been left to chance, everything works, the way it should, no lags, plenty of memory and the sharpest screen I have ever seen. $200. less that the cheapest S-4. Now if I could just block all the spying apps and Google I would be happy.

  4. The phone seems pretty rad, but so many greasy fingerprints.

  5. Great phone.