Sony Xperia Z Ultra Reviewed

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

“Is that a phone in your pocket or are you just happy to see me” springs to mind as you walk around with this behemoth of a device. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a 6.4” Phablet and most definitely the largest in its class.

It’s 0.6” smaller than the Nexus 7 and 0.4” larger than the Galaxy Note 3. Nonetheless, I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to grab a review unit and write a little about it.

Specifications

Dimensions179 x 92 x 6.5 mm
Weight212 grams
Display6.4" TFT (1920 x 1080)
BatteryTalktime - up to 16hrs; Standby - up to 820hrs
OSGoogle Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Processor2.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8974 Quad Core
Camera8 MP with Exmor RS, 16x digital zoom, auto focus
DurabilityDust and water resistent - IP55/IP58

Size

Let’s not beat around the bush, if the Xperia Z and a dinner plate hooked up, this would be the offspring. Sony acknowledge that this is a large phone and even promote the fact – “6.4” TRILUMINOS™ Display with X-Reality for mobile” with a pixel density of 342ppi offering up to 60% more display than a standard smartphone.

Lumia 925 vs Xperia Z vs Xperia Z Ultra

Lumia 925 vs Xperia Z vs Xperia Z Ultra

Phablet in hand

Phablet in hand

 

Camera

Unlike the Xperia Z1 with a 20.7 megapixel camera, Sony opted to use a 8 megapixel sensor with no flash on the Xperia Z Ultra. The phone took great photo’s in daylight but suffered at night due to the lack of a flash.

Some daylight photo’s:

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Some low light photo’s:

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Speed

Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor the phone simply flies. Navigation between screens are fluid, apps and webpages load in no time and the phone has no issues decoding most 1080p videos even when the source files were on the network. The Snapdragon 800 can also manage power to each core independently enabling you to maximise on battery time.

3D Mark Benchmark Score

3D Mark Benchmark Score

Final Thoughts

When modern day tablets first came into the market, the line between phone and tablet was very clear. In recent times the line got a little blurred as phones got a little larger and tablets a little smaller. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra totally obliterates that line. For me, a good sized phone should be able to be operated using one hand, the Xperia Z Ultra is definitely a dual hand phone.

That said, Sony is on a winner here IF you like large phones. To be honest, if you are like me and spend more time doing other things on your phone than making or receiving calls then size doesn’t really matter. But if you do make a lot of calls and don’t like using a phone that’s probably larger than the side of your face, this isn’t the phone for you.

Overall, I found it to be a great handset but a little too large to be practical in most situations. The phablet market is a niche and for those on the hunt for a phablet, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra would be a great choice.

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