Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

  • Manufacturer: Sony
  • Price Range: $344.00 to $420.00 at 3 stores
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  • 4.75 / 5
    • The good:
      Big, excellent quality screen; Very fast and powerful processing; Beautiful design
    • The bad:
      Camera is unimpressive compared to the rest of the handheld; Some users will find it simply too big

    In recent years there has been a trend in the smartphone market to offer consumers increasingly large screens. The advent of the tablet has brought about this change, with consumers becoming increasingly accustomed to using larger screens on the go to watch video and surf the internet. Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a smart midway hybrid.


    Makers of smartphones have therefore been trying to find the balance between larger screens for their phones without it becoming too cumbersome for using and carrying around as a phone. Some have dubbed this new range of devices 'phablets' and this is most definitely the right category within which to place Sony's new Xperia Z Ultra. As Sony claims, this smartphone has the largest display in the world's thinnest full HD smartphone. It offers a staggeringly large 6.4 inch screen with a thickness of just 6.5 mm; that's 179 x 92 x 6.5mm. Yes, it's big. In terms of design, this smartphone certainly makes a good impression. The overall look is sleek and classy, using Sony's 'omnibalance' process which involves sandwiching an aluminum frame between two glass panels. The smartphone is also sturdy despite its thinness.


    As with the Sony Xperia Ultra, the screen is scratch resistant and the phone is dust-proof and waterproof. In total it all weighs in at a very reasonable 212g. Specs-wise, this smartphone certainly ticks most of the boxes. It has standard slots for microSD, micro USB and SIM card and is powered by the very fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, which is a quad-core chip; users of the Sony Xperia Z1 will already know how nifty this chip is. With 2 GBs of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU, this smartphone should be able to handle almost everything thrown at it. The camera is reasonable, packing 8 megapixels with a 16 times zoom and the ability to record video in 1080p full HD. There are definitely better camera phones on the market but these camera specs are certainly good enough for the majority of user's needs. The operating system is Android Jelly Bean 4.2, which is in line with the other phones in the Xperia range. In terms of battery life, Sony claims users will enjoy around 8 hours of use from a full charge, which is just about enough to get through a working day.


    Obviously the key to the ultimate success of this smartphone lies in the quality of the screen and, no doubt mindful of this, Sony hasn't disappointed. Using all the know-how they have learnt in the years of developing the Bravia range of TVs, Sony has delivered an impressive 1920 x 1080 pixel density (342 pixels per inch) 'TRILUMINOS' display which is beautiful to behold. The colours are rich and deep and rival anything else on the market, whether in the smartphone, tablet or 'phablets' ranges. The viewing angles are good to, making it great for sharing content on the go. Also importantly, the touch screen is highly responsive and a supports 10-point multitouch gestures and pen input. So, there's no doubt that this is an impressive smartphone. It delivers everything one would want from a smartphone and more, quite literally. Whether it is the phone to buy largely depends on personal choice and the answer to this question – how big is too big?