Great smartphone, runs anything I throw at it including graphically intensive games, the 4GB RAM and Snapdragon 835 combination is excellent. Nice size, clear display with good colours and feels good in the hand. Decently sized battery gets me through a full day to spare. Has the latest software updates with Android 9 Pie and Sony's latest camera app interface. Camera setup is great, the 960fps super slo-motion is a standout, however, the camera software is lacking in terms of low-light performance and zoom capability. Build quality is excellen...t with clicky buttons including a hardware camera shutter button. The IP68 certification, headphone jack, microSD card slot, loud stereo speakers and USB-C port are positives. Just a couple of gripes: the fingerprint scanner can suffer from misreads if the aperture of a phone case is not wide enough to accommodate the reader. The phone can also look a little on the thick side if the case installed is too bulky. The OS it ships with has the built-in screen night light disabled, this can be worked around by using a third party app. Note: A launcher, eg. Rootless Pixel Launcher or Nova Launcher can be downloaded for a fresher, more stock looking home interface over the Sony's Xperia Home that ships with their phones. Overall, very happy with the XZ1 Compact and it should last for many years. It's a rarity to find such a fantastic powerhouse in a very pocketable size that ticks all the boxes. An alternative device is the newer XZ2 Compact, with improved performance from the Snapdragon 845, improved camera image quality, an enabled night light mode, renewed design (a bigger screen, more rounded corners, changed fingerprint scanner placement for example) and the latest USB-C port technology.
Purchased in August 2018 for $590.00.
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