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Sony Xperia XZ is good, but not good enoughThe Sony Xperia XZ has a lot going for it, but it still struggles to offer any competition to its rivals.
[MUSIC] It's time for some hard truths. Sony needs to get its act together. This is the XPERIOA XZ, and while it's definitely Sony's best phone to date, it still does not compete with its main rivals. Let's start with the good things It looks pretty nice in its blue metal design. Its water resistant, and while the 5.2-inch display is only full HD it's still nicely bright and bold. Inside the phone is a very potent processor that tackles all of your everyday needs without breaking a sweat, that's when my enthusiasm starts to dwindle. The 23 megapixel camera is, I guess, fine, but doesn't match up to the iPhone 7, or Galaxy S7, when it comes to dynamic range and color. On the side is a fingerprint scanner, unless you're in the US where, for some reason, Sony has decided to disable that function. Perhaps Sony doesn't think Americans have fingerprints. The battery life of the xEd really doesn't impress either, and I'm definitely not happy with all the preloaded garbage Sony has decided to load onto the phone out of the box. It's not that the phone is bad, far from it, it's a decent all around phone and it's the best Sony phone you can buy. But it's far from the best phone out there. [MUSIC] The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a better screen, a better camera. Much better battery life. And you can pick it up for less money than the Sony XZ. It really doesn't take a genius to work out which is the best phone to buy. I'll give you a hint. It's not dystonia.