Rated 5 out of 5 by techhusband Great phone for those whom size matters
Bought this phone for my wife who's resisted getting a smartphone and has been using the same slider chocolate bar dumbphone for 3 years. Most of her newfound joys are founded simply in the productivity of any smartphone--constant internet, calender, reminders, notes, all in ones place.
The phone is great. Runs the latest Kitkat 4.4.4, using TMobile. LTE works fine.
The screen is enormous, which is exactly what the wife wanted. She asked for the biggest screen possible. The Note series was just too small. The LG Flex was the next best option, but the Sony was a better phone. Very little bloatware (and the apps already installed are nice to use). Factory unlocked. Good specs.
I was hoping the T2 Ultra would come out. But then I noticed the Z Ultra had reduced the price by $200, putting it in the ballpark of the mid-range "phablets." Thus I went with the Z Ultra.
Worst part is trying to find a good case. Since the phone isn't sold by any US carriers (though it works on them) it's hard to find quality cases, especially for the purple one.
Got the phone for $400, which in my opinion is what it was worth. The original MRSP was way too high for the hardware, but now it actually costs what it's worth. Would not have considered this phone at the $700 range where it competes with the Note 3. If you're looking for a large phone, where the size does matter, definitely go with the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.
Complaints that it's too big should be ignored. If you're looking for a large phablet, size is a pro, not a con.
August 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by tany the best phone
the best phone is aweson
August 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Elio Great tablet/phone combo
Yes it's big but, holy smokes, what a great device. The tablet is super fast, incredibly light, with a beautiful display and solid.software. I commute to work every day and it's so nice to have a phone that doubles as a tablet. Watching movies is incredible on the triluminos display. The screen is bright and crisp with excellent contrast. Reading books and magazines is really comfortable due to the large size. I use a headset cause the phone is a little too big to put up against your ear but, in a pinch, I have been know to hold it to my ear and the call quality was excellent. The camera could be a little better but I don't use that function much. Overall I'm thrilled with my ultra. And it's such a relief not to freak out if it starts to rain and I'm using my phone. The waterproofing is awesome. Love it love it.
August 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by okpank Dude! It Is Totally Frickin' Awesome!
Seriously, I do love this phone! I've had HTC Desire, Motorola Electrify, Electrify M, S II, S III, Note II, Xperia Z, S IV, Note 3, iPhone 5S, Moto G and now the Moto X (Because I have U.S. Cellular.) and definitely love this phone! If this thing had a physical dedicated camera button, even better camera, flash, 32GB internal storage, and on Verizon (An actual chance, compared with U.S. Cellular.) I'd believe this could be the ultimate device to mankind! I keep the default Sony Xperia notification jingle enabled I love it so much! The camera UI is by far the best of any android manufacturer is my so humble opinion! FM Radio is a plus! 1080p screen is a delight, could possibly have a better saturation or hue to it. Side bezels are practically perfect! Used and carried it in a raining downpour and the waterproofness shone right through (Other than LCD screen becomes quite erratic, but this is due to the technology.). The larger usable space for more apps on the home screens is super nifty and looking! Love the Accuweather widget that folds open, which I can't seem to find elsewhere! Has the latest 4.4.4 Android update! Neat having the coveted Walkman and PlayStation Certified Sony apps and such! The quick settings on the notification bar I feel could definitely be far more user friendly with the double swipe down from the top like in the new Android L coming soon! Just got the Sony Movie Creater app over the air as an update! Totally super nice and easily usable for the trim of a video I've done so far. The PlaySation Mobile app is pretty kinda neat, sad to have heard it's now been discontinued. By far a beauty of a phone to hold, use, and show off when people go like, "What in the, is that a phone!?"! Talking is slightly awkward, but if you had some sort of bluetooth or wired headset, it definitely would not be a problem. Oh, a second speaker on the opposite side would be nice as well, the one isn't really too bad at all though. Battery life is fairly good, easily a good 10 hours for heavy users like myself, equating out to a days worth. The touchscreen with a pencil also works very well as advertised. FLAC now being supported in Walkman is a super plus too! The 800 Snapdragon from way back more than a year ago that this phone was announced is still truly blazing! Both Epic Citadel and Real Racing 3 were amazingly fluid, compared to my Note 3 it was crazy how smooth the Z Ultra performed! I truly love this device, but wish I could use it on U.S. Cellular. I've had call forwarding and such, but AT&T or T-Mobile GSM really does not where I live. When you are downtown and have full LTE bars, definitely not a thing wrong with this guy! For $449.99, this still a steal that is easily comparable to every flagship device on the market yet as of this review! I'm really not into the not fit in your pocket size of tablets, so pretty much have this as a tablet. And having this as my tablet instead of an actual android tablet also greatly increases the usefulness when looking for apps in the Google Play Store, since a lot of apps actually are blocked from being downloaded on a good deal of tablets. Definitely you really can't go wrong with this! No way, no how! Believe It! I'm Gonna Be King of the Pirates!
August 8, 2014