The Sony Xperia Z

Discussion in 'Mobile Devices & Gadgets' started by Aristotelian, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. zerogear

    zerogear Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2000
    Messages:
    5,563
    Likes Received:
    1
    This phone is lust worthy, it also has Bravia engine 2 on it.
     
  2. BenSkywalker

    BenSkywalker Elite Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 1999
    Messages:
    8,955
    Likes Received:
    0
    ..
     
    #27 BenSkywalker, Jan 15, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2013
  3. dagamer34

    dagamer34 Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2005
    Messages:
    2,592
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'm kinda speechless. Samsung is meh, but Apple. Really? Anyway, it's not worth arguing with you about.
     
  4. Ravynmagi

    Ravynmagi Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2007
    Messages:
    2,948
    Likes Received:
    0
    I agree, this guy is just trolling. All you can do is laugh. :)
     
  5. BenSkywalker

    BenSkywalker Elite Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 1999
    Messages:
    8,955
    Likes Received:
    0
    ..
     
    #30 BenSkywalker, Jan 16, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2013
  6. deathBOB

    deathBOB Senior member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2007
    Messages:
    240
    Likes Received:
    1
    http://www.squaretrade.com/htm/pdf/SquareTrade_iPhone4_Study_1010.pdf

    . . .

    Anyway, sweet phone. Don't * up the software Sony!
     
  7. lothar

    lothar Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2000
    Messages:
    6,623
    Likes Received:
    0
    Because it's a Sony phone.....
    1.) In Japan, it will likely be released 6+ months later than the rest of the competition...like all other Sony phones.
    2.) It likely won't come to USA...If it did, it won't be in the current form. US carriers would likely strip it naked because unlike Samsung and Apple, Sony doesn't have any clout.
    3.) Sony will take it's sweet time with Android OS updates. They're just as bad as LG in updating Android software. Almost everyone already has JellyBean on their flagship devices....Samsung since September, with HTC and Motorola about a month or two after that. What is Sony's schedule for JellyBean on their numerous phones? February-March 2013, or in the case of some of their other handsets...Never.
     
  8. BenSkywalker

    BenSkywalker Elite Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 1999
    Messages:
    8,955
    Likes Received:
    0
    ..
     
    #33 BenSkywalker, Jan 17, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2013
  9. lothar

    lothar Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2000
    Messages:
    6,623
    Likes Received:
    0
    If you're referring to their Droid X2 or Droid 3, those weren't anywhere near top of the line.

    Sony is far worse. There are lots of Sony "top of the line"(for Sony that is) phones released in 2011 that didn't even get ICS or any updates period.

    I don't care how many unit a phone sells. If it was released in 2011(especially if it was a top of the line model), it should get JellyBean.
    Point to me the phones from Sony released in 2011 that have already received a JellyBean update? I rest my case.
    Galaxy S II(a phone that was released April 2011) should receive it's Jelly Bean update by February.
    With Samsung, you know for a fact which phones are receiving updates for 2 years...Galaxy S series and Galaxy Note series. With Sony or LG, everything else is a hit or miss.

    That is my point...Sony and LG are the worst of Android manufacturers in providing updates, with Motorola closely following behind. All the manufacturers suck to a certain degree compared to a Nexus, but Sony and LG by far suck worse than the others.
    Google owns Motorola now and I expect Motorola to be good with updates going forward...But I still wouldn't hold my breath for them unless it's a Nexus device. Not into their "locked bootloader" crap.
     
  10. Aristotelian

    Aristotelian Golden Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2010
    Messages:
    1,184
    Likes Received:
    1
    Your entire post focuses on slow, or the lack of, updates. I've owned phones previously that with each incremental update the phone became slower and slower until it was almost useless (iphone 3G).

    I'd much rather focus on a phone that has a platform that is viable and doesn't need such hefty updates, and on my Galaxy Nexus I've been using the same iteration of Android OS since I got it (4.2 or whatever has not been pushed over the air).

    I appreciate BenSkywalker's posts in that he's addressing a number of user concerns - a rugged phone that is still sleek, with a high quality display, a good OS with access to a varied marketplace. Regarding Sony and their releases, I don't know many phones that are available in Germany and not the USA, but I'd say that speaks to specific carrier policies in the USA if that is the case and not whether or not this is an interesting phone.

    Engadget gave the Xperia Z 'best in show' at CES, stating:

    What's a modern trade show without at least a couple handset launches? Unfortunately, Mobile World Congress trumps CES for cell launches, but that doesn't mean this show was without some magic. The Sony Xperia Z's 5-inch 1080p display and the new Exmor RS sensor for HDR video capture plus the fact that it is waterproof helped it shine in our opinion. The overall look and feel of the device is head and shoulders above anything else we've seen from Sony; they've stepped from wobbly plastics to a premium feel. Carrier specifics and exact launch date are still being hashed out but look for the Sony Xperia Z this year sometime in Q1.
     
  11. jacktesterson

    jacktesterson Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2001
    Messages:
    5,484
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'm a cell junkie.

    I've owned everyphone under the moon in the last 2 years.

    I think Motorola is behind Sony with updates. I've had a handful of less than 1 year old Motorola phones still on Gingerbread. (Very capable phones, dual cores, etc)

    I agree about LG and Motorola lagging behind, but I think Sony edges them out. Sony has updated most of there phones to ICS now, where Motorola still has a ton of capable phones on GB. (Sony has single core phones on 4.0.4 running smooth like the Xperia Ray for example)

    HTC and Samsung are the best at updating right now. None are great.

    I've got a Razr V XT885 and One S right now, but the XT885 is for sale for my next toy to mess with. By the way, its a phone that's was released in July and is still on ICS with no JB update announced yet for it from Motorola, even though its there 2nd best handset right now with Dual Core / 1GB ram.
     
    #36 jacktesterson, Jan 17, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2013
  12. lothar

    lothar Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2000
    Messages:
    6,623
    Likes Received:
    0
    How many Sony phones have received JellyBean?

    http://forums.anandtech.com/showpost.php?p=34123204&postcount=31
    So Sony upgrades their PoS devices to JellyBean while leaving their high-end signature devices to piss in the wind.
    I would like you to respond to the last few paragraphs of my linked post...In case you miss it or decide not to click the link, I will quote it.
     
  13. lothar

    lothar Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2000
    Messages:
    6,623
    Likes Received:
    0
    In most cases, the hardware are one and the same from the manufacturers.
    It's the software that makes the difference. "Software" for me is both Android updates, the skins/UI from the various manufacturers, and the ability to root.
    You may not care about Android updates, but I do.
    Android updates is not just about fixing bugs...It's also about introducing new features.
    At least the 2.3, 4.0, 4.1, and 4.2 updates are. If you're talking about going only from 4.0.3 to 4.0.4 or 4.2.0 to 4.2.1, that's fixing bugs in most cases.

    You're still running your Galaxy Nexus on ICS 4.0?
    Well then...That means you're missing out on both "Google Now" and "Project Butter" since you haven't upgraded to Jelly Bean.
    If you don't care about either of those features, then good luck to you...That's your own prerogative.
    I care about those features, and I'm sure many people here do as well.
     
  14. BenSkywalker

    BenSkywalker Elite Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 1999
    Messages:
    8,955
    Likes Received:
    0
    ..
     
    #39 BenSkywalker, Jan 18, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2013
  15. Aristotelian

    Aristotelian Golden Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2010
    Messages:
    1,184
    Likes Received:
    1
    You're equivocating. The ability to root is independent from the updates, in the sense that when I look at xda I see device dependent custom roms, not roms that depend on what the current android on a phone x is. I care about updates, however you're focusing only on the ability to update, and I gave a real world example of a phone that was rendered a brick (painstakingly slow) with each incremental update (my old trusty iPhone 3G). And if you root, you can add the ROM you wish (with the updates you wish), and aren't bound by the manufacturer/carrier to push those updates to you, so either way I'm not sure what your issue truly is.

    It is Jelly Bean, and that was an update. There has been one update to my phone in almost 1.5 years of ownership (I'm beginning to forget when I got it - it was sometime late 2011 I think).

    I'm sure they do care, but you're not seeing my point. I would rather have a device that is stable for a number of years, rather than updates (as Apple did) that turned my advice from 'snappy enough' to '5 seconds of lag before a call can begin due to how slow the device has become', if I had to choose.

    Furthermore, you're trying to extrapolate from Sony's past practices with handsets to this new one, which is a foray into the premium handset category, also speculating that there will be delays (it is up for preorder on Amazon.de already), and so on. I get it - you don't like sony, but I'm sure that a number of people here can recognize a premium handset when they see one, myself included. My iPhone 5 is delayed (it was a gift, being shipped from another country) but I would be up for trading my iPhone 5 (or reselling it) and buying this phone instead.
     
  16. dagamer34

    dagamer34 Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2005
    Messages:
    2,592
    Likes Received:
    0
    Manufacturers will never solve the update problem until they stop releasing 50 different phone variants a year. They need 4 phones at 4 different price points released at a regular schedule with a predictable naming scheme and a guarantee of 2 year updates. Example:

    Highest-end: Sony Xperia Z3 ($650+ unsubsidized)
    n-1: Sony Xperia W3 ($550)
    n-2: Sony Xperia T3 ($450)
    Lowest-end: Sony Xperia S3 ($350)

    And in 2014: new flagship, Sony Xperia Z4, then the W4, T4, and S4 below it.

    Such that implicitly you get 2 things: phones with letters later in the alphabet are better and phones with higher numbers are newer. Marketing done. Is that so hard?
     
  17. Ravynmagi

    Ravynmagi Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2007
    Messages:
    2,948
    Likes Received:
    0
  18. lothar

    lothar Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2000
    Messages:
    6,623
    Likes Received:
    0
    I don't consider "the ability to root" and "updates" to be independent at all. They go hand in hand IMO.
    Some of those devices being updated with custom ROMs also have a lot of broken features like broken camera, broken video, broken bluetooth, etc...
    If the manufacturer released their updated drivers, those features wouldn't be broken.
    Now, someone could walk in here parroting that they don't care about Moto's Android updates because they're already running ICS or JB on their Atrix 4G custom ROMs with a whole list of broken features. If Moto releases their own updates for it, those broken features wouldn't exist.

    You state that you've been using the same OS on your Galaxy Nexus since you got it in 2011.
    JellyBean was a Summer 2012 Android update.
    So which one is it? If you're still "...using the same iteration of Android OS" since you got your Galaxy Nexus in late 2011 then you should still be on ICS.
    If you updated to JellyBean, then you clearly do care about OS updates otherwise you'll still remain on ICS and wouldn't have updated it.
    Your story keeps changing by the moment so I'm not quite sure whether you're still on ICS, JellyBean, or never updated, or got one update. I'll leave that one up to you.

    Stability and Android updates are not mutually exclusive.
    If so, then that means all Nexus devices are unstable to you then?
    1.) A phone can be stable and never receive new updates or features...This is what you mention that you prefer.
    2.) A phone can be stable and receive new updates that don't do much to add new features to the phone(through "selective fragmentation") and makes the system laggy(this is what you experienced with the iPhone 3G, and many people complain about it on the iPhone 4 as well...No new features, lacks Siri, Turn by turn navigation, update gets rid of Jailbreak, makes system/OS more laggy, etc...)
    3.) A phone can be both stable and receive new updates/features. Again, neither are mutually exclusive. This is what I personally want and it clearly separates our opinion in that regard.

    Because we only have past experiences to go by. Everything else is just assumptions and speculations. If they fix this issue, I will gladly adjust my views of them in the future...But until then, I only have the past to go by.
    If one claims that because I want a phone that gets regular updates, not one update 8 months later that will probably be it's only update, then I suppose I'm a Sony/LG/Motorola hater then. :rolleyes:
    The funny thing about all of this is that if Sony/LG/Motorola makes a Nexus, I would by it because Google would fix those manufacturer's "updates" problem. So much for me being an anti-Sony fanboy then.
     
    #43 lothar, Jan 18, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2013
  19. lothar

    lothar Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2000
    Messages:
    6,623
    Likes Received:
    0
    You can release 50 different phone variants and still "partially" solve the update problems.
    Galaxy S series: Will be updated as quick as possible, likely get at least 2 Android updates
    Galaxy Note series: Will be updated as quick as possible, likely get at least 2 Android updates
    All other Samsung Galaxy "PoS" phones, including the Galaxy S3 Mini, and many other Samsung phones milking the "Galaxy" brand name: Don't know, don't care whether they get any updates at all or only get 1 because I know what their premium brand is. For me, it's not ambiguous.

    The problem with most of the other manufacturers is I have no idea what their premium brands are.
    They release a high-end phone and call it their premium brand. They release another phone 3-6 months later and call that new one their premium brand(see: HTC One X, One X+, and numerous Sony and LG phones from 2011)

    What I want from all the manufacturers is this: Tell me what your flagship brands are that will be top dogs for a year in their respective categories(whether phone, phablet, or tablet) for a year.
    LG looks like they will keep "Optimus G" as their premium brand. Previously it was Optimus, Optimus 2x, Optimus 4x, or some Optimus crap all released in the same year and I couldn't figure out which was which.
     
  20. BenSkywalker

    BenSkywalker Elite Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 1999
    Messages:
    8,955
    Likes Received:
    0
    ..
     
    #45 BenSkywalker, Jan 18, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2013
  21. blairharrington

    blairharrington Senior member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2009
    Messages:
    767
    Likes Received:
    0
    The Z will not operate on American LTE networks. That reason alone makes me believe it won't be officially available on any of the major 4 carriers. The only one potentially is T-Mobile and that's a long shot.

    The ZL however is compatible with AT&T's LTE band and I expect that they will offer it officially in the spring sometime.

    In terms or durability I'd argue that the textured plastic of the ZL is superior compared to the glass backing of the Z. The Z of course is water resistent and who wouldn't want that.

    It's a shame the Z won't be offered officially in America. The Z looks sleeker but I prefer the backing of the ZL.
     
  22. thecapsaicinkid

    thecapsaicinkid Senior member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2012
    Messages:
    380
    Likes Received:
    0
    The only thing budget about the Nexus is the price.
     
  23. dagamer34

    dagamer34 Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2005
    Messages:
    2,592
    Likes Received:
    0
    The problem with that method is you end up burning future potential customers if you only actually care about your high-end customers and forget about everyone else. If someone has a bad experience with an HTC phone, why on earth would they buy another one?
     
  24. BenSkywalker

    BenSkywalker Elite Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 1999
    Messages:
    8,955
    Likes Received:
    0
    ..
     
    #49 BenSkywalker, Jan 18, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2013
  25. blairharrington

    blairharrington Senior member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2009
    Messages:
    767
    Likes Received:
    0
    It will not.

    There are two variants of the Z.

    – model number C6603 will support LTE (bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20), HSPA+ & GSM
    – model number C6602 will support HSPA+ & GSM bands only

    No carrier in the US operates on the bands quoted above.

    The ZL will work on AT&T's LTE network.