Xperia Z1 Compact http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/xperia-z1-compact/all en-MY 10 best apps for the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/10-best-apps-sony-xperia-z1-compact/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here are the first apps you should download for Sony’s pocket powerhouse </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Here are the first apps you should download for Sony’s pocket powerhouse" alt="Here are the first apps you should download for Sony’s pocket powerhouse" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony%20xperia%20z1%20compact%20main.JPG?1394244353" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony&rsquo;s Xperia Z1 Compact is an excellent smartphone, eschewing the &ldquo;big is better&rdquo; mentality of most high-end handsets for a &ldquo;less is more&rdquo; approach. It&rsquo;s a bona fide top tier phone that, thanks to its relatively dinky 4.3in screen, isn&rsquo;t a struggle to squeeze in your jeans pocket.</p> <p>If you intend to get an Xperia Z1 Compact, you&rsquo;ll probably want to fit it out with some top notch apps &ndash; and to that end, we&rsquo;ve scoured the Google Play Store to find some of the best around.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5by (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Great for passing the time when you&rsquo;re at a loose end, 5by is a video recommendation and playback app which curates and suggests short clips depending on what you feel like watching: comedy, sport, science and tech news etc.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fiveby.jupiter" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="720" title="5by (Free)" alt="5by (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5by-android-app.jpg?1394244353" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Super Stickman Golf 2 (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A simple but maddeningly addictive casual game in which you play increasingly outlandish holes of 2D golf. It&rsquo;s a little like Worms, a little like Angry Birds and not very much like actual golf (more fun, if you ask us).</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.noodlecake.ssg2" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VkiTNqJSn9Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agent (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A collection of apps &ndash; or &ldquo;Agents&rdquo; &ndash; that&rsquo;ll make you life a little bit easier, Agent features a battery-saver; a setting that automatically silences your phone every night when you go to sleep; a Drive mode that reads SMS messages aloud and auto-responds to calls while you&rsquo;re in the car; a setting that helps you remember where you parked said car; and a meeting mode that syncs with your calendar and ensures your phone won&rsquo;t bother you at any times when you&rsquo;re scheduled for a meeting. Great stuff considering it&rsquo;s free.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tryagent" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="858" title="Agent (Free)" alt="Agent (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/agent-app.jpg?1394244353" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dots (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unquestionably the most tastefully designed smartphone game around, Dots is Candy Crush Saga&rsquo;s cousin who works at an East London creative agency, eats only grass-fed beef and ride a fixed-gear bicycle. Essentially, you join dots into chains &ndash; the longer these are, the more points you rack up. The minimalist looks and simple, clever use of audio mask a compellingly complex game where, if you want to score big, you need to plan several moves ahead.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nerdyoctopus.gamedots" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dots (Free)" alt="Dots (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dots-app.jpg?1394244353" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VSCO Cam (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xperia Z1 Compact boasts a fantastic 20.7MP camera, and the VSCO Cam app makes a worthy alternative to Sony&rsquo;s own photography software. Featuring some tastefully understated and adjustable filters (its black and white filters are streets ahead of Instagram&rsquo;s), it allows for a decent degree of photo editing and offers one of the best sharing platforms around in VSCO Grid.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vsco.cam" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/355YBCwcQAY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WhatsApp (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Want to see why Facebook paid over S$16 billion for WhatsApp? Then download its ubiquitous messenger app, which allows you to communicate with your contacts &ndash; or whole groups of them &ndash; in far more ways than IM: voice messages, photos, video clips, emoji and location data are among the things you can send in an instant.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whatsapp" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="WhatsApp (Free)" alt="WhatsApp (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/whatsapp-messenger_0.jpg?1394244353" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yahoo Weather (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A decent weather app is a must for anyone living the unpredictable UK, and Yahoo! makes one of the best free examples around. Its beauty lies in its simplicity: the main page shows only the current temperature, conditions and daily high and low, but scroll down and you get an hour-by-hour breakdown of the next seven hours, plus a five- or ten-day forecast. If you wish, you can add other locations too.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yahoo.mobile.client.android.weather" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Yahoo Weather (Free)" alt="Yahoo Weather (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/yahoo-weather-app.jpg?1394244353" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AntennaPod (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might not be the most elegant-looking of podcast feed wranglers, but the open-source AntennaPod works well and won&rsquo;t cost you a penny. You can add podcasts to your feed via OPML import from another podcatcher, browse the gpodder.net or Miro Guide directories or enter feed URLs manually. Then, every time you refresh the latest episodes of your favourite podcasts will appear for easy download and playback.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.danoeh.antennapod" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="840" title="AntennaPod (Free)" alt="AntennaPod (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/antennapod-app.jpg?1394244353" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Table Top Racing (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A mash-up of Super Mario Kart and old-school favourite Micro Machines, Table Top Racing offers a triple whammy of great visuals, decent driving mechanics (for a touchscreen) and addictive gameplay (as with Angry Birds, you&rsquo;ll want to three-star every level). Fantastic freebie fun.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.playrisedigital.ttr" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YkRknpaYm2o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kindle (Free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&rsquo;ll doubtless be familiar with the Kindle app already, but we&rsquo;ve picked it because it&rsquo;s ideally suited to the Z1 Compact: thanks to the phone&rsquo;s waterproof build, you can bring it into the bath with you and get stuck into your current novel.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.kindle" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kindle (Free)" alt="Kindle (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kindle-app-android.jpg?1394244353" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/10-best-apps-sony-xperia-z1-compact/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/10-best-apps-sony-xperia-z1-compact/feature#comments Android apps Android games Smartphones Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:40:28 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1433447 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPhone 5s vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-5s-vs-sony-xperia-z1-compact/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Who will win this clash of the 4in titans? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="819" height="614" title="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" alt="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xperia-z1-compact-vs-iphone-5s.jpg?1392971722" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>iPhones have always been the smartphone of choice for people who want a smaller easy-to-manage screen size without compromising on specs and power. But now there&#39;s mini, mighty competition in the form of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z1 Compact</a>.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quality all around </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple normally walks away from the build quality round with an easy victory, but the Xperia Z1 Compact has inherited the premium DNA of its larger <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/honami/sony-xperia-honami-z1/review" target="_blank">Xperia Z1</a> brother, so it&#39;s definitely no walkover.</p> <p>Slathered in glass on both sides with metal edges, the Z1 Compact feels every bit as premium as the iPhone 5s, and it&#39;s available in everything from black to eye-searing yellow.</p> <p>The plastic port covers might let the Z1 Compact down a little bit, but they bless it with waterproof superpowers. Try dropping your iPhone 5s in the toilet and see how it fares. Or don&#39;t.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a> feels every bit as premium as any Apple product we&#39;ve held before it and it&#39;s noticeably thinner and lighter than the Z1 Compact. It&#39;s beautiful to look at, and a pleasure to hold, and you&#39;ll want to caress it every time you slip it out of your pocket.</p> <p>So then. In one corner we have the solid, stockier well-built Z1 Compact. In the other, the sleek and graceful iPhone 5s.&nbsp;</p> <p>Both are well-crafted premium devices that will appeal to different tastes, but the Xperia Z1 Compact just edges out ahead, thanks to its waterproof powers.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong>Sony Xperia Z1 Compact</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" alt="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-5s-back.JPG?1392971722" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="604" height="461" title="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" alt="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z1-compact-yellow.jpg?1392971722" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mini screens </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone 5s&#39; 4in screen with its count of 326ppi is sharp, bright, has excellent viewing angles and serves up crisp whites.</p> <p>The Xperia Z1 Compact&#39;s display is a little larger at 4.3 inches but has a slightly higher 342ppi, thanks to its 720p resolution.&nbsp;</p> <p>While you won&#39;t notice any difference in sharpness unless you ram your eyeballs against the screens (we wouldn&#39;t recommend this), the iPhone 5s&#39; screen is a little brighter with purer whites and text when browsing seems a little sharper.</p> <p>The Z1 Compact makes up for this with slightly more vivid colours and darker blacks. It&#39;s also got far better viewing angles than that of its larger Z1 brother, and matches the excellent viewing angles of the iPhone 5s.</p> <p>Both devices have excellent screens but the iPhone 5s pips the Z1 Compact to the post thanks to its slightly sharper, brighter screen, and dazzling whites.</p> <p><em>Winner: </em><strong>Apple iPhone 5s</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" alt="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-5s-review-main_0.JPG?1392971722" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1189" height="894" title="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" alt="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xperia-z1-compact-screen.jpg?1392971722" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oh snap </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone 5s&#39; camera might be an 8MP offering in a sea of high megapixel cameras, but it still produces some of the best, most accurate smartphone snaps around.</p> <p>It&#39;s got some formidable competition in the Z1 Compact though, thanks to its huge 20.7MP sensor - the same one found in the full-size Xperia Z1.</p> <p>Those extra megapixels mean that you an crop into photos without losing as much detail - something the iPhone 5s and its 8MP snaps suffer with.</p> <p>The Z1 Compact also offers tonnes of extra features from Superior Auto Mode to manual mode which lets you tweak the exposure yourself. It&#39;s also got a dedicated shutter button to start up the camera app in an instant and take photos, though it&#39;s a little too small and stiff for our tastes.</p> <p>There&#39;s also a fun AR mode and Timeshift which takes snaps both before and after you press the shutter button, letting you choose the perfect shot. The Z1 Compact even lets you live stream to Facebook, though why you&#39;d want to is beyond us.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s keeps things much simpler, which is actually no bad thing. The Z1 Compact can be a little overwhelming with its array of settings and options while the iPhone 5s will be much easier to pick up and start shooting.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s also has a genuinely cool slow motion video mode which will come in more handy than live streaming your hangover fry up on Facebook.</p> <p>In practice, the iPhone 5s still produces clearer, more detailed shots than the Z1 Compact, and you&#39;ll get better photos from it unless you want to crop into a lot of snaps post-shot - something the average upload-to-Facebook crowd will rarely do.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s&#39; dual white/amber LED flash also prduces more natural skin tones and colours.</p> <p>For most people, the iPhone 5s will be the better choice for a quick point-and-shoot snappers, thanks to its detailed, accurate shots and quick, easy-to-use controls.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em><strong>&nbsp;iPhone 5s</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" alt="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z1-compact-build_2.JPG?1392971722" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" alt="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/11111.JPG?1392971722" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power and endurance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Neither the iPhone 5s with its 64-bit A7 processor, nor the Z1 Compact with its quad-core Snapdragon 800 innards, will leave you wanting for power.</p> <p>Games, multitasking, apps - you name in, they can handle it with ease.</p> <p>While Apple fans are used to all this power on a smaller device, the Xperia Z1 Compact is refreshing, as it&#39;s the first truly no-compromise Android phone with a smaller display. No other Android phone its size even comes close.</p> <p>The Xperia Z1 does come out ahead of the iPhone 5s on battery life though, thanks to its larger 2300mAh offering, compared to the iPhone 5s&#39; smaller 1560mAh battery.</p> <p>Unlike the iPhone 5s, the Z1 Compact will happily last a day before needing a top up.&nbsp;</p> <p>While it&#39;s a draw on the power front then, the Z1 Compact easily wins on battery life.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong>Sony Xperia Z1 Compact</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" alt="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z1-compact-battery-life_0_2.JPG?1392971722" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&#39;re a fan of Apple&#39;s gorgeous <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS 7</a>, then there&#39;s clearly one winner.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">Apple iOS 7 review</a></strong></p> <p>But unlike more bloated Android handsets like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S4</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a> which have heavily modified versions of Android, Sony&#39;s Android tweaks are thankfully minimal and won&#39;t bash you in the face with cartoony icons or crowded features.</p> <p>While the Z1 Compact is still running Android 4.3, we expect to see an update from Sony to Android 4.4 KitKat in the (hopefully) near future.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong>Draw</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" alt="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2222.JPG?1392971722" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As long as you&#39;re not set on Android, the iPhone 5s edges out as the slightly better choice, thanks to its combination of&nbsp;good looks, premium build, sharp screen, fantastic camera and all the beautiful thrills that iOS 7 has to offer.</p> <p>Having said that, the Xperia Z1 Compact offers a waterproof build, plenty of power, a decent camera and a formidable battery life for&nbsp;less than the iPhone 5s.&nbsp;</p> <p>You can&#39;t go wrong either way, so enjoy whichever one ends up gracing your pockets.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10 best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" alt="Which is better? Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z1-compact-verdict_2.JPG?1392971722" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPhone 5s vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Who will this clash of the 4in titans? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xperia-z1-compact-vs-iphone-5s_0.jpg?1392773006" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-5s-vs-sony-xperia-z1-compact/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-5s-vs-sony-xperia-z1-compact/feature#comments Apple iPhone 5S Smartphones Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:58:03 +0000 Elissa Loi 1432510 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z1 Compact http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can small phones be built without compromises? Sony thinks so, squeezing top specs into a regular sized hero [updated with video] </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review" alt="Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-z1-compact-review-main_1.JPG?1397265830" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Big screens are great and all, but not everyone can wrap their hands around a phablet.</p> <p>If that&#39;s you, fear not - you&#39;re simply a normal sized person with normal sized hands who needs a normal sized phone. Assuming you want one that doesn&#39;t compromise on components to squeeze into a slinky, compact chassis, you need to pay attention to the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Unflappable performance </div> <div class="field-item even"> A battery life that&#039;s anything but mini </div> <div class="field-item odd"> 4.3in size lets you get things done quickly </div> <div class="field-item even"> Rain and pool-proof </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Great screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Compact, yes – but not as ergonomic as an iPhone </div> <div class="field-item even"> Camera isn&#039;t the best on a phone this size </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s not tiny – but it&#039;s tiny enough </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Z1 Compact feels like a different beast entirely to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S4s</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/google-nexus-5/review" target="_blank">Nexus 5s</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/htc-one/review" target="_blank">HTC Ones</a>&nbsp;that small-handed Android fans have been juggling with for the past 12 months.</p> <p>A scaled down model of Sony&#39;s 5in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/honami/sony-xperia-honami-z1/review" target="_blank">Xperia Z1</a>, it&#39;s a little fatter at 9.5mm but otherwise it&#39;s a faithful imitation. Solidly built with a glass rear panel and subtle Sony styling, it&#39;s far from attention-seeking or shouty and not a million miles away from a Nexus.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/gallery?viewid=110873" target="_blank">CHECK OUT OUR FULL SONY XPERIA Z1 COMPACT GALLERY</a></strong></p> <p>The power button is halfway up the right-hand side, saving seconds spent hunting, and the Compact has the same waterproof rating &ndash; IP55 and IP58 - as the Z1, meaning it&#39;s good to go for a rain run or plonking in up to 1m of water for up to half an hour.</p> <p>And unlike the Z1 the Compact feels right in the hand &ndash; any hand. True, both the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a>&nbsp;and the toy-like &ldquo;Mini&rdquo; phones such as the Galaxy S4 Mini are slightly easier to hold thanks to curvier designs. But the Z1 Compact is more than manageable one-handed and at 137g it&#39;s lighter than nearly all of the smartphones it&#39;s competing with on specs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3155315341001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3155315341001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1189" height="894" title="Sony Xperia Z1 Compact " alt="Sony Xperia Z1 Compact " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xperia-z1-compact-size.jpg?1397265830" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review" alt="Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z1-compact-hands_1.JPG?1397265830" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review" alt="Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z1-compact-build-2_1.JPG?1397265830" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is this a phone for girls? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>OK, you got me &ndash; I&#39;m a woman.</p> <p>I&#39;m not pretending to speak for all womankind, but the average woman has smaller hands than the average man. And a fair few of us carry around handbags. Many even stick with the iPhone because they can&#39;t get on with the big ol&#39; Android All Stars.</p> <p>The Z1 Compact got a firm thumbs up from the smallest hands I could find &ndash; belonging to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whathifi.com/" target="_blank">What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;dinky Kashfia Kabir. But this isn&#39;t just a phone for girls; it&#39;s for anyone who can&#39;t handle a phablet. Carrying around a smartphone that doesn&#39;t require thumb stretches will simply save you time &ndash; swiping down notifications, messaging, even unlocking your phone will be quicker if you can access the whole screen with less finger gymnastics.</p> <p>That&#39;s what the Z1 Compact manages brilliantly and I reckon it could start an exodus of small-handed women, and men, from the iPhone. And, perhaps surprisingly, that could make this little phone one of the biggest threats to Apple&#39;s enormous profits in quite some time.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You don&#039;t need a 1080p screen at this size </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We said the Z1 Compact is a phone of almost zero compromises to the bigger Z1&rsquo;s design, but there is one big point of difference - it&rsquo;s got a 4.3in 720p screen rather than the 1080p whopper Sony chose for its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/sony-xperia-z/review" target="_blank">Xperia Z</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/honami/sony-xperia-honami-z1/review" target="_blank">Z1</a>&nbsp;models in 2013.</p> <p>Text doesn&#39;t look quite as pin-sharp on the Z1 Compact as on Full HD phones, and if you load it up with hi-res photos to manipulate or 1080p movie rips there is a slight but noticeable lack of detail. Video quality is also just pipped by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a>, which has slightly better contrast and a more accurate colour palette.</p> <p>But this is still a brilliantly crisp screen with pixels to spare &ndash; it&#39;s 342ppi which is higher than the iPhone 5s (sticking at 326ppi) and much higher than rivals such as the qHD Galaxy S4 Mini.</p> <p>The Z1 Compact gives the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/htc-one-mini/review" target="_blank">HTC One Mini</a>&nbsp;a run for its money in the screen department, too &ndash; both offer excellent HD screens that make apps, webpages and smartphone snaps look great. In the case of the Sony, with x-Reality switched on in the settings photos look more vivid on your phone than they will elsewhere, so bear that in mind when tweaking.</p> <p>The Z1 Compact also has one thing the big Sony phones don&#39;t have, and that&#39;s an IPS screen &ndash; viewing angles, which we&#39;ve griped about in the past &ndash; are vastly improved so that the picture doesn&#39;t suffer too much when laid on a desk or caught from the side.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review" alt="Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z1-compact-verdict_1.JPG?1397265830" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bring On Snapdragon-Powered Small Phones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Z1 Compact owners might miss the extra pixels if they&#39;re fussy but this smaller Sony more than delivers on performance. No other company has dared stick the most powerful chip on the planet,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/qualcomms-new-snapdragon-800-chip-brings-4k-video-smartphones/news-0" target="_blank">Qualcomm&#39;s Snapdragon 800</a>, in a petite phone. We&rsquo;re really hoping Sony has started a trend here.</p> <p>The Z1 Compact skips around the web, zips over Google Maps&#39; satellite view and chomps through the likes of&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ea.games.r3_row&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank"><em>Real Racing 3</em></a>&nbsp;(incidentally, mobile gaming&#39;s a dream for small-handed Android fans on a handset this size). With a massive&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.antutu.ABenchMark&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">AnTuTu</a>&nbsp;score of 34909 - higher than the mighty impressive&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a>.</p> <p>But there&#39;s no slowdown around Sony&#39;s grown-up Android skin either. Downloads are swift and it can play 1080p videos smoothly if you really do want to go Full HD for your files. The only bit of lag we noticed during testing was scrolling through apps on Google Play.</p> <p>Not only does the Z1 Compact have exactly the same processor and RAM as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/honami/sony-xperia-honami-z1/review" target="_blank">5in Z1</a>, it also rocks&nbsp;4G&nbsp;and NFC capabilities - connectivity usually reserved for bigger Androids. And it gets better: the Z1 Compact only comes in a 16GB flavour but that&#39;s expandable via microSD by up to 64GB. With that combination of grunt and media storage this is an Android that can stand taller than its diminutive stature might suggest.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review" alt="Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z1-compact-homescreen_1.JPG?1397265830" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony&#039;s Z1 Optics Get An Encore </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>So the Z1 Compact has a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/qualcomms-new-snapdragon-800-chip-brings-4k-video-smartphones/news-0" target="_blank">Snapdragon 800 processor</a>, 4G, NFC &ndash; the list goes on. But just as important is that the dinkier Z1 has exactly the same 20.7MP rear camera as its 5in big brother.</p> <p>It&#39;s great that Sony has stuck its best smartphone cam on the Z1 Compact &ndash; it has an easy to use interface, killer Superior Auto mode and bags of settings and effects to dive into if you have the time.</p> <p>Stills are nicely balanced and detailed, and the Z1 Compact does a fine job of handling tricky light, too, exposing correctly most of the time. Both when zooming at distance and taking macro shots, the Z1 Compact is impressive in use.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="http://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/12192123195/in/set-72157640255928975/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>That said, it&#39;s not our favourite snapper at this size &ndash; the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a>&nbsp;reliably shoots superb snaps and the S4 Mini&#39;s 8MP rear camera can take punchier, crisper images. But compared to the rest of the Mini competition, including Sony&#39;s own smaller, cheaper phones, the Z1 Compact&#39;s camera still shines.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review" alt="Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z1-compact-build_1.JPG?1397265830" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stamina Maximus </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mini phones that have come painfully close to the small-superphone finish line, such as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/htc-one-mini/review" target="_blank">HTC One Mini</a>, often fall down on that final hurdle: battery life. And with a smaller 2300mAh battery in the Z1 Compact than the 3000mAh unit in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/honami/sony-xperia-honami-z1/review" target="_blank">Z1</a>, it looked as though the Sony would go the same way.</p> <p>But it&#39;s a doozy. The Z1 Compact massively outperformed the One Mini in our 720p video rundown test with a time of 8hrs50mins, compared to the HTC, which managed just over six hours. And it&#39;s a fighter day-to-day, too, thanks to a Stamina mode that shuts down data for most apps when the screen is off &ndash; we suggest you keep this setting permanently ticked.</p> <p>So unlike the 4in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone</a>&nbsp;the Z1 Compact makes it to bedtime without the need for a top-up charge in the middle of the day. This is perhaps the most gawp-inducing thing about the Z1 Compact: not only do you get power and pixels in the smaller form factor - it lasts all day, too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review" alt="Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z1-compact-battery-life_0_1.JPG?1397265830" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With clean lines, an impressive screen and a size that belies its pure grunt, the Z1 Compact is the first smaller-sized Android powerhouse that really does tick of all of our boxes. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/htc-one-mini/review" target="_blank">One Mini</a>&nbsp;before it had a lovely screen but was let down by poor battery life. The S4 Mini&#39;s camera is reliable but the screen is low-res, the build toy-like.</p> <p>The Z1 Compact doesn&#39;t have one stand out feature, it has stand out features to spare: waterproofing, that killer battery life, slick performance. This isn&#39;t a mini phone or a compact phone, it&#39;s a regular sized smartphone that hasn&#39;t trashed borrowed branding by disappointing in use the way smaller phones tend to.</p> <p>Is this the end of supersized smarties? No. We love big screens, we love watching HD movies on them and using creative apps on them. But a smaller smartphone screen is much more manageable for a lot of people.</p> <p>Specs or smallness? The Z1 Compact does everyone a favour and gives you both in one phone. That leaves just one last burning question: Why has it taken this long?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Smartphones in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review" alt="Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z1-compact-screen_1.JPG?1397265830" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is what we call Android for the masses &ndash; the Z1 Compact is a perfect fit no matter your hand span</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z1 Compact preview </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review#comments Android Smartphones Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:02:42 +0000 Elissa Loi 1431256 at http://www.stuff.tv