Editor's choice Sony Xperia Z5

Sony Xperia Z5 Review

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“A phone designed to capture perfect life moments”

The Xperia Z5 from Sony packs a lot of new features and advanced technology, but it doesn’t jump too far from its predecessor, the Z3 model. It’s almost like Sony decided to make another phone with an improved camera and some better technical specifications and present it to the public as a completely new model. Regardless of their train of thought, Xperia Z5 is a great phone that, even though it doesn’t compare in innovations with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, it still promotes a fantastic camera, great power, and water proof features.

The price situates this device in the gallery of the most wanted fact that can be a disadvantage. The price range starts from around $500 and can go up to $800 which is definitely very close to Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and iPhone 6S. The phone may be beautiful and bold, but the price for an improved version of a previous model that doesn’t really bring innovation is a bit steep.

Display

The Xperia Z5 kept the IPS LCD capacitive Touchscreen display with 5.2 inches and Full HD resolution (1920×1080 pixels) from the Z3.  It also has the same pixel density (428ppi) and supports up to 10 fingers on the screen.

A change in this area would have been nice, especially considering that the LG G4 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 already implemented the ultra HD resolution that supports 4K visualization. Still, the screen does look good as it promotes beautiful and sharp colors and users have the possibility to play with the settings to create a personalized experience.

The brightness levels can be considered a disadvantage for the Xperia Z5 as it doesn’t behave that well in direct sunlight. The screen will be dark when used outside, on a bright day.

Performance

The phone is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa Core processor at 2.0 GHz and an Adreno 430 GPU, backed up by 3GB of RAM memory. In theory the configuration is fast and supports multitasking but in practice, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 is a processor known to have thermal issues. Users will be able to feel the casing getting warmer where the processor is located, but Sony managed to keep the issue under control with this model.

Besides the RAM memory, the Xperia Z5 is also equipped with 32GB of storage space for the OS and other apps. There is also a MicroSD slot so users in need of more space can extend it up to 200GB.

The phone is integrated with dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi direct, Bluetooth 4.1, A-GPS, and DLNA. The device also comes with a MicroUSB port and FM radio with RDS for those times when Spotify or Pandora apps are not available.

Battery life

For increased thinness, the Li-Ion battery is non-removable and packs 2900 mAh of power, very close to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ battery specifications. Still, despite the high power level, the battery doesn’t manage to keep the phone running at full use more than 13 to 17 hours which is significantly less than its rivals.

 Design

The design is minimalist, promoting a beautiful, metal body with straight lines and a glass back cover. It is indeed unique in a world where most smartphones try to be as curve as possible, and this gives the waterproof design a rugged, powerful aspect that impresses the eye.

The power button comes with an integrated fingerprint sensor (the latest hit in the world of high-end mobile devices). This button is placed on the side, so users can securely lock the phone without using complicated passwords and /patterns.

Camera & Features

Sony actually broke the standards by implementing a 23MP primary camera that supports a 5520х4140 pixels resolution and implements autofocus and phase detection. The LED flash is great for those situations when the light is low. The primary camera implements the standard features for a smartphone of this caliber: face detection, geo-tagging, and panorama.

The secondary camera has 5.1MP and supports 1080p and HDR.

Final Thoughts

PROS:
  • Great design with straight, bold lines
  • Metal casing
  • Great camera
  • Powerful and waterproof
CONS:
  • Battery life is quite low for its power
  • Display doesn’t look good in direct sunlight

The Sony Xperia Z5 is a beautiful phone that implements a bold and impressive design. Still, the high price range is not justified for a device that doesn’t really bring innovation and real improvements, especially when compared with competitors’ efforts.

9.8 Total Score
Excellent!

Design
9.2
Performance
9.8
Camera
9.9
Battery life
9.5
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