Rated 5 out of 5 by Kaiping Best phone for me
Love sony , because the quality, most sony products are higher price, but smart phone....z ultra is cheaper, I buy on line even cheaper.
Big screen perfect for me, I used s4 for a year, it was ok. Z ultra much better and easy for me , special writing Chinese.
I see some buyer leaving one star, complaints . Some complaint screen too big....funny. Some said no flash light...funny. Some said not compatible with sprint, Verizon....funny....before I buy a phone , special unlock phone, I doing some homework.....phone speed, memory,quality, camera pixels, Internet speed lte, compatible with att ,tmobil ,sprint,or Verizon...last price. And go to youtube watching videos..
If you didn't do anything,and buy it ....God bless you. Good luck.
July 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by TJT0321 At $449 this is the best phone money can buy!
I've had this beast for about a week now and I'm completely in love with it. It comes unlocked, and I happen to be running it on AT&T's LTE network using their Mobile Share Value Plan. It's a great cost saver over subsidized 2 year contract plans, so keep that in mind if you're thinking of upgrading.
First thing's first, if you buy this phone, you will want the SBH52BK Smart Bluetooth Headset. This thing is a must-have accessory for such a large phone. The Ultra is comparable in size to a Nexus 7 and a little smaller than an iPad Mini. It perfectly fits in my front pocket with almost zero room to spare. With the SBH52BK I can take calls (it has CallerID) without the Ultra leaving my pocket, which is nice, and I can also rock out to music all day if I please. Very handy accessory. The DK30 magnetic charging dock might also be nice to save from having to remove the USB port cover all the time, though it's a little overpriced IMO. The $14 Magnector X (Amazon) charger should be a good cheap alternative.
So let's talk about construction. This phone is SOLID and all business. It just feels sturdy in the hand even though it's very thin and light. The phone is also waterproof, which is nice for the accident prone. It's got a lot of nice detailing and all of the ports are covered to keep water out which gives it a nice streamlined appearance. That being said, you'll have to be gentle with it simply because it is so large, thin, and light. I can easily imagine cracking the screen by letting it bend a little overmuch. It's got glass on the front and back (which attract smudges like crazy) so you'll probably want to consider a stylish cover like the StilGut UltraSlim Genuine Leather Case on Amazon. Options are limited so choose carefully. Incipio has a few options, but most seemed to be reviewed poorly, so I went with the Stilgut.
Now for the software. Sony has been kind enough to release their version of Android 4.4.4 which is the latest and greatest available from Google at the moment. It's been given the Sony treatment with a flashy Playstation-like skin and about a dozen apps from Sony, of which, about half are truly useful and appear to be specifically aimed at trying to get you to buy Sony content. SmartConnect, and File Commander are probably the only apps that are indispensable as far as I can tell, though Sony included it's own options for Calendar, Clock, Calculator, and Contacts which are decent. I did swap their messaging app for Hangouts though and use Gmail instead of their Mail app.
I'm transitioning to this phone from the Nexus 5, so I know what stock Android looks like, and I consider the Sony skin an improvement in several ways. It manages accessories much better and will let you know when things are misbehaving. It also manages the external SD card storage pretty well. It also lets you use more of the screen than you would normally enjoy. This is a BIG screen and it's nice to take advantage.
So now for the cons. The camera is meh. Nothing terrible, but not impressive at all. There is also no flash, though I've never seen a smartphone that had a good flash anyway. I'm pretty sure Sony dumbed the camera down to keep the costs in check because this phone is top notch everywhere else, and Sony also makes those neat wireless lens cameras that would go nicely with the Ultra. Battery life is about a day with regular use so you'll need a backup battery on standby just in case. I use Stamina mode which helps a lot. Honestly, it's the screen that eats up the battery so keeping it as dim as possible will help a lot. Finally, the speakers on the phone itself aren't that great. I've never really relied on phone speakers for much so it's not an issue with me, but it might bother some. Lastly, you'll want to buy a MicroSD card (which I already had) because storage on this thing is pretty limited. I really can't think of anything else that bothers me.
Overall, this thing is a steal at $449. It's just large enough to replace your tablet and just small enough to replace your phone. It has no real competition at that price point, so if you're thinking about buying it, just do it.
July 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Steveno1know Awesome Phone
Xperia Z Ultra is a perfect phone for me. It replaced my Nokia Lumia 1520 because my son spilled water on it. Love the screen size and the amazing screen quality. It is everything I need in a phone.
July 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tssvas Good buy
Good phone good screen size but Screen touch not responding some times
July 15, 2014