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Sony Xperia X Compact -- a small phone with a great cameraSony's smallest phone gets good battery-life, and has a great camera. But warning: there are a few catches.
For centuries man kind has made big heavy things lighter and smaller. For example, this car. [MUSIC] The downside of making something smaller is you give up a lot like this car, you give up space and dignity Or this candy. You get a lot less candy. But there are some things that are smaller that you're not giving a lot of things up for. Like this. The Sony Xperia X Compact. It's a small phone with a lot of features. The X Compact is a 4.6 inch display which is undoubtably small. But the chunky body and big bezels make it only a little shorter than an iPhone 7, so it's smallish. As far as the design, you either love or hate it's blocky plastic good looks. The X Compact's 720 pixel display is bright Sharp and does well in sunlight. It also has a solid battery life. In our test it lasted 11 hours and 28 minutes. The Xcom pad runs android 6.0.1. It has a Playstation app which works with your PS4. The most standout feature is the 23 megapixel camera. With a 24 millimeter lens, this camera can shoot landscapes, street scenes and tight spots, like this car. There's a lot of tech inside the camera, five axis stabilization, predictive autofocus. And an infrared sensor for white balance. Images taken with the X Compact have a lot of detail, and nice, natural color. Getting all these features into a small blocky body comes with a couple tradeoffs. [MUSIC] The processor is serviceable. For light gaming, the phone handled well. But when editing a photo or taking a picture in low light, I noticed some lag. The US version lacked a fingerprint sensor. Don't know why. And with all of the amazing things the camera does, it does not shoot 4k video. Also the x compact is not water or dust resistant [MUSIC] So. If you're jonesing for a small phone with an excellent camera, the Sony Experia X Compact is worth a look. But, if you value things like a fingerprint sensor, 4K video, or waterproofing? You should look elsewhere. Ciao! [MUSIC]