Sony Xperia XZ review: X to the Z
X to the Z
The Sony Xperia XZ we have for review is the single-SIM version (F8331). A dual-SIM version will also be available on some markets with a model designation F8332. That one uses a hybrid slot for the second SIM card, shared with the microSD card.
The call log is separated from the contacts, but there's a shortcut to those in the upper right corner. It can be filtered by missed, incoming and outgoing calls. Smart dial is supported too.
The Sony Xperia XZ has front-firing stereo speakers, just like every Sony flagship since the Xperia Z2 (and some recent midrangers too). In principle, we'll take this setup over any other in a heartbeat, but Sony's speakers are fairly modest in terms of loudness, falling in the Below average category in our test. None of the major competitors truly excels here, yet they are all ahead of the Xperia.
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The Sony Xperia XZ has a customized messaging app with all the possible bells and whistles to satisfy all your texting needs. If you haven't transferred all of it to other platforms, of course.
The messaging app on our unit came with panda stickers pre-installed, but you can download more (free and paid sticker packs are available). You can also send your own creations drawn in the Sketch (obviously, this changes the message type to MMS).
For text entry, Sony picked the SwiftKey keyboard. It's touted as having one of the best prediction algorithms, which is fine for those who use it, but it means you can't remove the suggestions bar at all. Other than that limitation, the keyboard offers multiple layouts and themes, 5 different sizes, undocking, secondary symbols upon long press, swipe input - pretty much everything.
Lifelog tracks a host of daily activities, including walking, running and sleeping, but also the music you listen and the photos you take or the apps you use. It then presents the info in a split-screen view with a timeline on top and detailed numbers on the bottom.
The News app is a news aggregator, pulling stories from sources on topics of your choice. It can also issue two daily bulletins for you at a time you specify, so you don't miss out on current events.
Xperia lounge is Sony's own entertainment app, feeding you exclusive content and competitions related to music, movies and games.
Oddly, there is no file manager pre-installed, you'll need to provide your own. All you get is a shortcut to a downloads folder.
It's a really exciting phone to have especially when you're outdoorsy. It can easily perform under heavy rain, waterfall, underwater and even inside an aquarium tank. Sadly, the XZ has some over heating issues especially during the fi...
- 04 Mar 2021
I've been using this phone for the last two months (bought as new old stock), working alongside an Xperia Z5 Compact. Compared to the z5c, the xz feels better in every way (though to be expected), but the Wi-Fi is a bit weaker, the Z5C have a st...
- 03 Dec 2020
The best Xperia model I have used so far. Been using it for the last 3 years. No problem what so ever. Have no plans to change it.
- 15 Oct 2020