Japanese titan Sony is living the dream - and fighting for it. Sony is no Samsung neither Apple for that matter. However, the makers behind Walkman are thinking beyond the ordinary. With the Xperia Z Ultra, Sony is trying to educate consumers about a device that could be so important in your daily life, if adopted in a special way. Yes, Sony needs to put an extra effort to convince its target audience to get used to the Xperia Z Ultra
The 6.4-inch monster display ducked phone would take at least a minute to fit into your Levi's jeans pocket. In fact, it will fit into your pocket, but at the same time you need to be conscious all the time. Sony Xperia Z Ultra might appeal to ladies rather than gents. It is impossible to imagine a woman without a purse. If given a chance to a lady, she would like to pick one for herself.
While reviewing the device, GizBot found that educated urban men aren't impressed with a 6.4-inch Full HD 1080p display smartphone due to size and uneasiness to carry in a pocket. However, ladies accepted the phone in a positive way!
The Xperia Z Ultra has all the right ingredients to become quite popular among ladies. This device is more of an upmarket consumable. Apart from its size, the device come stuffed with beefy internal specifications.
Stitched with a 2.2GHz quad-core processor powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM. The 8-megapixel camera delivered average performance. The missing LED Flash is a real bummer. We spent couple of days with the device. We even tried to submerge the phone under water. What happened next? Let's find out.
Design, Aesthetics and Display
Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a lustful handset. It's pretty big and sometime looks equivalent to a 7-inch tablet. Giving tough competition to the Xperia Z Ultra is Samsung's Galaxy Mega 6.3. The latter device is a centimeter shorter than the former device. Apart from display size, there is no reason to compare these devices, as the difference between them is huge.
Being a Sony made device you should expect contemporary look and sleek edges. The design of Xperia Z Ultra is no different from last year's hit - the Xperia Z. In fact, the Xperia Z Ultra is one of the slimmest devices we have seen in a while. The phone measures 6.5mm in terms of thickness and weighs 212g.
For a device having a 6.4-inch display and a weight of 212grams, is an achievement. Once you get used to the device, it is even more comfortable to imbibe Sony Xperia Z Ultra. Sony has made the device completely waterproof, so you can take the phone anywhere, practically anywhere.
The phone is made from the best quality material Sony has access to. For a change, the device looks entirely opposite to most of the current bestsellers. Just like Nokia has popularize the unibody design, in the same manner Sony is trying to propagate geometrical design.
Again in terms of design and majestic looks, rectangular-shaped Xperia Z Ultra can stand next to a work of art. The device has a strong flavor of black coffee. What we don't like about the device is that the display is prone to fingerprint magnet. But the process of cleaning is not tedious, as many may find.
Sony has been quoted end number of times that both the front and back are made of tempered glass. But we like to clear that what Sony is claiming may not be true. One can clearly see scratches all around the rear back.
Talking about the controlling schemes, Sony Xperia Z Ultra has minimalistic buttons to figure out. A closer look the right-hand side of the phone, and you will notice aluminum clad power button placed in the centre.
Alongside the signature power button, the volume-adjustment key comfortably placed and a 3.5mm headphone jack. You will also be greeted by the microSIM and microSD card slots. Disappointedly, Sony has forgotten to place a dedicated camera key. Looks like Sony has already figured that the owner of Xperia Z Ultra might not be interested in taking pictures.
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra does look sophisticated, but it is way easy to handle in a real life. The microUSB port sits underneath a plastic lid. Moreover, the docking pins seemed of no use on an immediate basis. On the front side a front facing camera given The speaker has been placed at the bottom of phone. And the top of the phone a microphone is given.
At the back of phone you have to take notice of 8MP camera. What's missing then? Although it is hard to swallow but the Xperia Z Ultra does not have built-in LED Flash light. Under the hood a 3050mAh Li Ion non-removable battery is placed. Whether the battery life managed to give enough juice we will find out as we keep progressing with our review.
While Sony claimed that the 6.4-inch Full HD 1080p Triluminos display, powered by X-Reality engine is hard to beat. In our tests we figured out that the display actually managed to woo our instincts. The color saturation and viewing angles are far better than the original Xperia Z.
You can spot the difference between the two devices. The real test for any smartphone display is when tested in direct sunlight. The device is unusable in direct sunlight. You need to adjust brightness level to maximum in order to get decent visibility. Watching movies on Xperia Z Ultra's 6.4-inch Full HD 1080p display is a breeze. It appears that we are watching movies on a portable Bravia T.V.