Xperia Z1 Compact

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  1. dba415 macrumors 6502

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    This really kind of makes me regret purchasing a 5S a few weeks ago. The main reason I didn't go for Android was because I didn't want to compromise power for size. I prefer smaller phones.

    If I had known about the Z1 compact, I very well would have waited around to purchase it.

    Oh well, maybe next time. I'm happy with my 5S btw.
     
  2. appledes7 macrumors 6502a

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    Its great to see some Android phones under 5" that offer high end specs. I am hoping this phone does well.
     
  3. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    Nexus 5, HTC One, Galaxy S4, Moto X, Razr HD Maxx, Nexus 4 are all 5" or under. Of course the Moto G may not be considered top of the line, but I also wouldn't consider it a crap low end junker either.

    I reserve judgement on the Z1, until after we see if it is any good on the user side of the equation.
     
  4. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    I would not consider any of those compact phones.
     
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    Gotta agree. I recently traded in my S4 for a Moto X and I really forgot how big of a difference the last .3 inches makes in terms of comfort. Maybe I have comparably small hands, but 5 inch phones are just too large for me. 4.7 works great, though.
     
  6. JaySoul macrumors 68020

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    It's really interesting though.

    Since going from iPhone 5 to and S4, I've loved the screen but as you say, that extra 0.3 inches def makes a difference in handling.

    BUT I like that.

    I like that I can't just always do everything with one hand. It actually puts me off picking up my phone 1000 times a day. And there is even a notification light which means I don't have to pick it up to check stuff.

    It's actually made me realise how annoyingly addictive smartphones are, and I actually quite like that the 5" phones are subtly putting me off overusing them.

    Strange, I know.
     
  7. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    Sounds like you would really benefit from a smart watch. I got a pebble about a month ago and rarely have to take my phone out. I get about 50 hangout chats a day (from work) that I do not need to respond to and a ton of emails I just archive.

    It is really nice at home too b.c I do not feel like I have to have my phone attached to my hip. I can just leave it on the coffee table and free roam haha.
     
  8. JaySoul macrumors 68020

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    Cool! Well I keep saying my ideal device would be a smart watch that combines with proper Nike FuelBand technology.

    LG just launched something similar.

    I've got to admit to an unhealthy attachment to my phone, and the S4 has helped me break the addiction :)
     
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    Interested in seeing the price. Could very well be my next phone
     
  10. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    "The $499.99 device — sold through Sony’s online portal — will ship with Android 4.3, with an update to KitKat in the weeks following its release."

    That was something I was able to find just googling. I don't think it is official, but I would think it is right on.
     
  11. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I think that it is great to see smaller phones that still have great specs. Look at the mini versions of the S4 and One and you'll see that both Samsung and HTC put in some lower specced components.
     
  12. appledes7 macrumors 6502a

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    Nexus 5 is 4.95", essentially 5". And the Z1 Compact has better specs than all the other ones you listed.
     
  13. bearda macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I had considered them briefly before picking up the Moto X and was pretty put off. The mini devices seem to be last in line when it comes to updates as well. I'm very happy with the Moto X, but if it had been available a couple weeks ago I would have given it a good look. It sounds like exactly what I'd been asking for for the last 6 months.
     
  14. danakin, Jan 13, 2014
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    This will be my next phone...
    ... if Sony Canada doesn't wet the bed by not offering it, unlocked and LTE capable, from their retail channel.
     
  15. SBA macrumors member

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    I could swap the word 'Canada' in your post with 'USA' and I don't think anyone would blame me.

    Sony doesn't have the greatest track record of releasing phones in North America over the last few years, sadly. I hope that changes though.
     
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    Did I see the only way to get this in the us is with a locked bootloader? For shame sony!
     
  17. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    My only concern is that despite its smaller size generally - in photos, it looks thicker than the other xperias.

    That being said this photo gives you a proper scale in comparison to iPhone

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    The Nexus 5 is 4.99 in. Might as well categorise it as a 5 in phone.

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    I'm quite impressed with it! A more compact body but without compromising on hardware.
     
  23. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    After using phones with smaller screens (iPhone 4,5, Lumia 520 and others) and larger phones like the galaxy s4, Droid DNA, etc. I've decided 4.3-4.7 is the best screen for me. I have large gorilla hands and the smaller phones are hard to get a good hold on and type on. Likewise, I still use my phone for phone like things such as phone calls and texting and like things highly pocketable and stay out of the way. For me a phone is a tool and I don't play many games or create much content on it aside from emails. So something in between like the z1 compact would be ideal.
     
  24. gotluck, Jan 26, 2014
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