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Pure, sweet KitKat

A smudge-prone surface

Impressively thin and trim

Speaker on the bottom

These ports are protected

This phone fears no spills

Tailormade Google insights

A basic Android camera

Chat at your own risk

The Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition's main draw is its stock version of Android 4.4 KitKat. Its lovely 6.4-inch full HD LCD screen ain't bad either.
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The glass backing of the Z Ultra makes for a smudge and fingerprint magnet.
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Despite its massive screen size, the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition is breathtakingly thin.
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On the bottom edge of the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition is a lone speaker.
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Like other phones, the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition's ports have protective flaps to guard against dust and water damage.
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Don't try this with any ordinary smartphone. For water-resistant handsets like the Z Ultra, though, a proper dunking is all in a day's work.
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The Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition offers access to the pantheon of Google apps and services, including Google Now personalized suggestions and advanced search tools.
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Sadly the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition has a very simple camera app.
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Be warned, talking on the oversize Z Ultra GPE will likely elicit laughs and certainly a few odd looks.
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