Sony’s Xperia Z1 Compact is an excellent smartphone, eschewing the “big is better” mentality of most high-end handsets for a “less is more” approach. It’s a bona fide top tier phone that, thanks to its relatively dinky 4.3in screen, isn’t a struggle to squeeze in your jeans pocket.
If you’ve recently bought an Xperia Z1 Compact, you’ll probably want to fit it out with some top notch apps – and to that end, we’ve scoured the Google Play Store to find some of the best around.
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Great for passing the time when you’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. It’s also fully compatible with Google’s Chromecast, so you can beam the videos wirelessly to your TV.
Super Stickman Golf 2 (Free)
A simple but maddeningly addictive casual game in which you play increasingly outlandish holes of 2D golf. It’s a little like Worms, a little like Angry Birds and not very much like actual golf (more fun, if you ask us).
A collection of apps – or “Agents” – that’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’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’t bother you at any times when you’re scheduled for a meeting. Great stuff considering it’s free.
Unquestionably the most tastefully designed smartphone game around, Dots is Candy Crush Saga’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 – 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.
VSCO Cam (Free)
The Xperia Z1 Compact boasts a fantastic 20.7MP camera, and the VSCO Cam app makes a worthy alternative to Sony’s own photography software. Featuring some tastefully understated and adjustable filters (its black and white filters are streets ahead of Instagram’s), it allows for a decent degree of photo editing and offers one of the best sharing platforms around in VSCO Grid.