Review of Sony Xperia Z Ultra in Malaysia [Video]

Sometime back we posted an unboxing post of the Xperia Z Ultra. Click here if you wish to see it.

Specs:
Display: 6.4 inches TFT, 16 millions colours, 1920×1080 pixels (Full HD)
OS & Processor: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), 2.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8974 Quad Core
Camera: 8 megapixel camera with Exmor RS, 16x digital zoom with auto focus
Durability: Dust-proof and water-resistant

HARDWARE

The Xperia Z Ultra is definitely one of the most well made smartphones from Sony. Continuing the design philosophy from the Xperia Z, it looks very premium and modern at the same time. Although the device is super big, one can still hold it in one hand (providing you have a big palm). I especially like the thinness of it. The power button, which is now the signature for all Xperia, is placed nicely where the thumb rests.


Whenever people asks me if the device is too big, I usually say ‘yes’. It is indeed too big. To me, the best size for a mobile phone is about 5 to 5.5 inches. If you put the Xperia Z Ultra next to a Butterfly S or even a Note 3, they look super tiny compared to the big phablet from Sony. I’m also not a fan of the sharp edges on the phone. Sony should make them more rounded. It will definitely improve the whole grip and pocket experience.

SCREEN

With 16 millions colours and 1920×1080 pixels resolution, photos, videos and everything else looks super sharp on the screen. Coupled with say, a full HD video, watching it on the 6.4″ screen can actually cut your eyeballs.
Having said that, the brightness on this thing is too low. Even if we set it to maximum, it is still the darkest compared to other phones like the iPhone 5, Note 3 or Butterfly S. It’s also got quite a bad viewing angle. It’s as if there’s a layer of haze between the screen and the glass. It has been like this for all other Xperia devices before this.

INTERFACE

Kudos to Sony for wrapping the interface with a UI which looks very similar to stock Android. I especially like some of the pre-installed widgets and apps like Social Life and the photo gallery. You need to watch the review video below to see the demo of the photo gallery.

CAMERA

Well, one word; BAD. Even with the help of the mobile Exmor-R sensor, it didn’t contribute to the photo quality at all. Low light shots are grainy and desaturated. Daylight photos are oversharpened and contrast is too high. Check out these photos below to find out. Click to enlarge.

Here’s the same photo, taken using a Lumia 1020.

SPECIAL ABILITY

If you are an outdoor person, or a swimmer, or a fisherman or even a person who loves walking in the rain, then you should totally buy the Xperia Z Ultra cos it is waterproof! No other phones in the market has this ability except Xperias.

CONCLUSION & BATTERY LIFE
The Xperia Z Ultra is selling at about 2.2K in Sony Stores in Malaysia and at this price, there are many other options with big screens, if that’s what you are looking for. In my opinion, the Xperia Z is very premium looking, has an awesome screen for video playing and photos, though not as versatile as other screens. If you are only using the photos captured using the phone for Instagrams, then you can definitely buy this. Battery life is ‘ok-ok’, couldnt last me a full day but if you switch on the stamina mode, it could extend the usage for a few more hours.