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The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact borrows the intensely powerful quad-core processor, 20-megapixel camera and sleek, waterproof design of its top-end brother, the Xperia Z1, but wraps it up in a more comfortable 4.3-inch body.

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It has a gorgeous design, with a glass front and back.

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It's surrounded by an aluminium band, that makes it feel sturdy to hold.

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The metal edge curves attractively to meet the screen.

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By covering the ports with rubberised flaps, the Xperia Z1 Compact is able to be completely waterproof to a depth of one metre.

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There's a dedicated camera shutter button to take shots when you're underwater.

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Thankfully, the 3.5mm headphone jack doesn't need to be covered with a flap to remain waterproof. You won't need to undo a cover every time you want to pop your headphones in.

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It's running on the slightly older Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Sony hasn't said when it'll receive the update to 4.4 KitKat.

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Sony has made a bunch of tweaks to the interface, including letting you arrange the app icons in alphabetical order, by most used, or by a custom arrangement.

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The speaker is on the bottom. It's waterproof, although it will sound muffled when wet.

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Isn't it gorgeous?

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That little N means it's NFC compatible. Tap it against other NFC devices to pair them without fuss.

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A Micro SD card slot sits inside the metal band.

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It's much more comfortable to hold -- and easier to slide into your jeans -- than the usual 5-inch top end Android phones.

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It has the same sticking-out power button seen on many of Sony's devices.

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You can snag the Compact in hot pink and lime green, or you can opt for white or black if you don't want to stand out quite so much.

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The aluminium edges of the phone have been tinted to match the bright glass panels.

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