Sony Xperia Z
The Sony Xperia Z is a handset that impressed us last January during CES 2013. Sleek and sophisticated, the Xperia Z shows us that you don't have to be a clunky handset to be waterproof (though they do exist and you'll see some on this list that we like). It also packs a zippy 1.5GHz quad-core S4 Pro processor, a 13-megapixel camera, and a vivid 5-inch screen.
- Overall score: 7.7 (3.5 stars)
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Starting at: $519.99
The good: The Sony Xperia Z boasts a thin, attractive design that’s also dust- and water-resistant. It’s equipped with a big, bright screen and 4G LTE, takes great pictures, and has sharp call quality.
The bad: The Sony Xperia Z’s battery life is short, its camera is slow, and its processor is not as peppy as those found in other flagship phones. Its glossy chassis attracts fingerprints easily.
The bottom line: The Sony Xperia Z makes sense if a water-resistant design and excellent photos are a priority, but skip it if you demand blazingly fast performance and long battery life.
April 3, 2013 3:21 PM PDT
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