Anybody else waiting for Sony Xperia Z Google Edition?

Mavericks

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Can't freakin wait for this phone to be announced... Should be available in July
 

mattopotamus

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This is the exact google edition I want the most. The main reason is the capacitive buttons match the nexus line. It needs a more competitive price though. I cannot justify $600 on a nexus type phone. I really am interested in the HTC and s4 versions, but in the end I mostly use my phone for calls and enjoy the software. That will all be the same as the n4 that I already own. If they can keep the price ~$400 I would be all over it.
 
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adder7712

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It'll be the only other "Nexus" phone with a microSD card slot.

So consider it if you need expandable storage.
 

danakin

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Count me in as someone who will strongly consider this phone; if it's offered in Canada.

The Sony Honami or i1 rumors, however, give me pause for any new phone.
 

sentinelsx

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Hopefully the rumors are true. The plus point for me is that it comes with a micro sd and LCD screen instead of amoled on s4.
 

Dontazemebro

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I dunno, somewhere in West Texas
Micro sd is good but that phone is fugly as all hell. Also hate the on screen capacitive buttons, takes up valuable screen real estate. Don't know why they just can't use off screen capacitive buttons, it's not like they're saving the bezel for something else. #stupid
 

mattopotamus

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Micro sd is good but that phone is fugly as all hell. Also hate the on screen capacitive buttons, takes up valuable screen real estate. Don't know why they just can't use off screen capacitive buttons, it's not like they're saving the bezel for something else. #stupid
I think it is a nice phone, and I actually like the on screen buttons. 4.7" view-able screen is plenty IMO and they go away when watching a video.
 

Dontazemebro

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I dunno, somewhere in West Texas
I think it is a nice phone, and I actually like the on screen buttons. 4.7" view-able screen is plenty IMO and they go away when watching a video.
Yeah but it makes the home screen look disjointed. Now I could get with on screen capacitive buttons if the screen was bezel to bezel but why settle for 4.7" usable with buttons, when you could probably have 5" without em?
 

mattopotamus

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Yeah but it makes the home screen look disjointed. Now I could get with on screen capacitive buttons if the screen was bezel to bezel but why settle for 4.7" usable with buttons, when you could probably have 5" without em?
For me personally, the loss of .3" is worth the no physical button look. I think nothing looks sleeker than a n4 with the screen totally off. I know a lot of people do not care, but I use my phones naked and the way it looks is a major deciding factor when buying. I mentioned I may be interested the the HTC one and s4 google editions, but if they only come in white (s4) and silver (ONE) then there will be zero interest on my part :)
 

Mavericks

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Sony Xperia Z looks waaaaaaaay better than the plasticky Galaxy S4 and ugly-looking HTC One :D
 

AutoUnion39

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Sony Xperia Z looks waaaaaaaay better than the plasticky Galaxy S4 and ugly-looking HTC One :D
Have you actually owned any of the 3 devices? I've had them all and the XPERIA Z was, by far, the worst.

Washed out display (even after the software update), poor RF performance, terrible battery life (I didn't have LTE either!), etc.

The fact that the S4 Active is coming out this weekend, makes the Z irrelevant.
 

fredaroony

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Have you actually owned any of the 3 devices? I've had them all and the XPERIA Z was, by far, the worst.

Washed out display (even after the software update), poor RF performance, terrible battery life (I didn't have LTE either!), etc.

The fact that the S4 Active is coming out this weekend, makes the Z irrelevant.
Weird, I get good battery life on mine and the RF performance is also fine.
 

tjl3

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Ugh, the LTE version is still not available in the US... :mad:

Yeah but it makes the home screen look disjointed. Now I could get with on screen capacitive buttons if the screen was bezel to bezel but why settle for 4.7" usable with buttons, when you could probably have 5" without em?
Off screen capacitive buttons are ok, but I don't like the One's implementation. To adjust for the bottom speaker/mic grill they increased the bezel by the amount of space for the buttons. Also, something about the way HTC's buttons are drawn makes them unappealing.
 

Ffosse

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It's not a very good phone for a number of reasons but mainly because the screen is crap with poor viewing angles.





Waterproofing is perhaps its best feature. It may have been competitive spec-wise at the start of the year, but is nothing special now, and you really have to put a custom rom on there to fix broken stuff (Google Now not working, for example). I use it as a beater, but will be getting the new iPhone.
 

Ffosse

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I've had mine since February but it feels much longer.

Going to bin it for the new iPhone whenever that comes out.
 

AutoUnion39

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I actually finally got the chance to test drive a Xperia Z.

Fast phone but the screen looks washed out.
Yup, screen is not good at all.

http://gizmodo.com/the-best-smartphone-display-its-not-who-you-think-514057702

The performance of the Sony Xperia Z flagship top-of-the-line smartphone can only be described as extremely disappointing – even shocking, given that Sony was once the best display manufacturer in the world, famous for their beautiful and accurate picture quality – something they brag about on their Xperia Z web page – but is very far from reality for the Xperia Z. First of all, the Xperia Z has awful viewing angle performance, which is common for low-end low-technology displays, but is inexcusable in an expensive flagship top-of-the-line product. Second, the “Bravia Engine” that they brag enhances picture quality instead significantly degrades it, introducing extremely gaudy, oversaturated and distorted colors – similar to what you’ll see if you turn the Color Control on your HDTV all the way up to maximum. At least they provide an option to turn the Bravia Engine Off, which improves things a lot, but not enough. My suggestion to Sony, retrain your display engineering and marketing teams in the tradition of the former grand Sony Style.
The performance of the Sony Xperia Z flagship top-of-the-line smartphone can only be described as extremely disappointing. First of all, the Xperia Z has awful viewing angle performance, which is common for low-end low-technology displays, but is inexcusable in an expensive flagship top-of-the-line product. Second, the “Bravia Engine” that they brag enhances picture quality instead significantly degrades it, introducing extremely gaudy, oversaturated and distorted colors – similar to what you’ll see if you turn the Color Control on your HDTV all the way up to maximum. At least they provide an option to turn the Bravia Engine Off, which improves things a lot, but not enough.