Sony Xperia Z: Design and build quality
Sony Xperia Z: Hardware and performanceThe Xperia Z has powerful core specifications: a quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM yielded a good result in the Geekbench 2 test of 1986, only just short of the Nexus 4's record of 2009.
The Xperia Z also managed a very impressive 30fps in the GLBenchmark graphics test, too.
The 5in Reality display with its Full HD 1920 by 1080 resolution really makes the Xperia Z stand out. The screen is stunning and easily the best we've ever seen on a smartphone.
Content looks incredibly sharp thanks to its whopping 441ppi pixel density. Colours look particularly rich and vibrant. It really is like holding a TV in your hand.
The Xperia Z is a bit limited on the storage front, with only a 16GB model. There is a microSD card slot for adding more storage, though.
There's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, NFC, aGPS and DLNA. Beyond the usual microUSB and headphone ports, there are two metal contacts on the left hand side of the handset for use with a docking station, and you get support for wireless charging and 4G.
Sony Xperia Z: CamerasThe Xperia Z has a 13 Megapixel rear facing camera with Sony's Exmor RS sensor. We're very impressed with the camera software and the resulting photos and video.
The Z is the first smartphone to enable HDR in video mode. There's also a decent 2 megapixel front-facing camera.