Sony Xperia Z Hardware Review

Sony Xperia Z Hardware Review

Jan 24, 2014

Sony got a lot of kudos for its foray into Android, and the Xperia Z has worn the hat of flagship device well. With new Sony devices on the horizon, we got a belated look at this device.

First, a few stats… not shabby for a 2013 flagship: 5″ screen fit into a 139 x 71 x 7.9mm body, front-facing 2.2 MP camera paired with a 13.1 one in the rear. The screen has a resolution of 1920×1080, with Dragontrail glass upfront and Gorilla in the back.

Internally, the Z packs a Snapdragon S4 chip, 16 GB of flash memory and 2 GB RAM, and can use up to 64 GB of expandable memory.

The hardware is is gorgeous to look at. It’s a stately slab, with deliberate edges and corners that lend themselves to its appearance. It feels great in hand, and just looks as though it’s comfortable in with its non-diminutive size. The weight is spread well, and the all-black lends to its allure.SX1

The software suite offers the usual suite of Android staples: Maps, Gmail, Chrome and Music are sandwiched by T-Mobile stockware and some Sony standard apps like Playstation and memory stroking Walkman. The most pleasant revelation for me was the realization how thin Sony’s user interface is; the phone’s UI is relatively clean, and perhaps a bit more reminiscent of stock Android than, say HTC Sense or Samsung TouchWiz. Of course, the T-Mobile stuff cannot be deleted on a stock device, but disabling is possible. Most the system processes are laid out in standard Android OS fashion.

Of special interest to me were the Sony apps; how will Sony set itself apart from the sizable Android OEM crowd? The Walkman app is the first stock Android music app I’d use on a daily basis, and it’s not just because of nostalgia. It’s nicely done, with a look that fits the device. The Playstation App is similarly regal with bluish undertones and has a nice selection of unique games.

Call me crazy, but I expected the device to be a bit zippier. It didn’t gasp, but there was a stutter now and then. I wasn’t able to to test call quality, but the audio quality without earbuds was not as pure to me as some of its contemporaries.

In smartphones time, the Z is pretty mature, but still manages to represent Sony particularly well. With new devices from Sony due out at any second, the Z reminds us why we like Sony, and why choice is ALWAYS a good thing.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies now available on Android

Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies now available on Android

Aug 6, 2012

Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies, the fan-favorite iOS app based on the popular Zombies mode from Treyarch’s first-person shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops, is now available exclusively for 30 days on Sony’s Xperia smartphones including controls optimized the Xperia Play’s hardware controls.

Adapted by Ideaworks Game Studio and distributed by Glu Mobile, Inc. in partnership with Activision, the app includes the Kino Der Toten, Ascension, and Call of the Dead: Director’s Cut maps. It also comes with Dead Ops Arcade, a 50-level twin stick top-down shooter that challenges players to survive as many rounds as they can against wave after wave of the undead.

Zombies features both solo play and 4-player co-op over Wi-Fi. There are six tiers of content to unlock, including new areas and better weapons, through the in-game CoD Point System (single-player only).

Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies costs $6.99 and is available from Google Play.

GAMEVIL Committing their Top-Sellers and Future Titles to Xperia Play

GAMEVIL Committing their Top-Sellers and Future Titles to Xperia Play

Apr 5, 2011

Looks like more and more developers and studios are jumping on the Xperia Play bandwagon and pledging their support for the device

Most recently, GAMEVIL Inc., a mobile game publisher based in Seoul, Korea and Los Angeles, CA, USA, announced that their current top-sellers and future titles will be available on the Xperia Play.

Zenonia, Zenonia 2, Baseball Superstars 2011 and Soccer Superstars will all be available on the new platform with future titles, including Illusia and Zenonia 3, their latest role-playing games, also coming to the device.

Halfbrick Studios Announce Age of Zombies Now on Android

Halfbrick Studios Announce Age of Zombies Now on Android

Mar 31, 2011

We received some cool news from Halfbrick Studios that Age of Zombies is now available on the Android Market. There’s just one catch: It’s currently an exclusive launch title for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.

Age of Zombies is a dual-stick shooter featuring Barry Steakfries as he battles his way through time, defeating the hoard of zombies that have been released throughout history by the evil Professor Brains.