Rated 5 out of 5 by Valorus What an AMAZING device and at an AMAZING price!
If ever I've been in love with a device, this would be one I'd openly claim to be in love with!
Okay I'm a Sony fan through and through, but I'm also a very picky consumer when it comes to my electronics. Sony, you did a great job with this Ultra device.
Big, beautiful, vibrant screen. Pictures, apps, videos - they all look absolutely amazing on this screen.
Super fast processor! I'm coming from a Sony Xperia Z1s which I loved as well, but it was the screen and I'll be honest the sale price that got into my wallet. I never expected it to be faster! So far everything I've thrown at it runs like butter and benchmark results are astounding! Highly recommend an app called Epic Citadel if you want to be amazed on this phone!
WATERPROOF!!!! Take that, rain!
I love how I got to keep all my camera apps that are exclusive to the Xperia phones. Background Blur is my favorite and I use it all the time!
This one is big for me - UPDATED to the latest Android OS!!! I've been wanting a Sony Smartband ever since they were announced, but the Xperia Z1s on T-Mobile did not have the right Android version to work. No help from T-Mobile either! When I got this phone home I noticed there were a couple of OS updates and after the last I decided to see if the LifeLog app would finally install - it did indeed! Another great app to check out.
Another big Pro for me is that now I don't have to carry around my 7 inch tablet. There is no need. This is just slightly smaller, but not so big that for me the phone is hard to use. Cannot tell you how many people at work see me on this that gasp at it's size LOL
Unfortunately there are a couple of cons that I need to mention. I'm not really sure Sony can do much about some of them, but if you are thinking about getting the phone they are worth mentioning.
BE CAREFUL IF YOU PUT THIS IN YOUR POCKET! It's big and it's thin - not fragile, but sit down the wrong way and you are done!
Battery life seems a little light, but I must confess I keep the brightness ALL the way up and I'm not using any of the Android battery modes - I may try them and see what happens.
I know Sony is attempting to keep the cost down, but this phone really should not have had a camera downgrade from other version. Still takes great pictures and videos, but at lower megapixels. Also, this should have had the ability to record in 4K video. I know that seems to be a Z2 exclusive feature for now, but those two changes would have taken this phone to a perfect in every way category.
The phone is well worth the price so if you are on the fence, get off! Pay $449 and don't mess around and end up paying $679. It's a joy to use.
If you do get this, I highly suggest you get the external charger so you don't have to mess with the water proof flaps.
July 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sora Sexy, Godly, Brilliant Device
I've owned my Xperia Z Ultra for about a month now.
After all of my preliminary research was done, it was quite obvious that the Xperia Z Ultra was one of the best phones on the market to date. The incredibly sexy build, with high quality materials and the omnibalance design sets the phone aesthetically from any other device. The waterproof IP5 certification not only add to the durability of the phone, but also the 'wow' factor, and saves a headache of potential worry.
The 8MP camera is just fine to me. I own my own Sony 16.2MP camera that I use for real photography, so quick pics with the ZU are more than adequate.
I love how fast and responsive the snapdragon processor is. Lag doesn't exist with the ample RAM, and the phone's battery will last me all day on a full charge, even with heavy use.
The touch screen is so sensitive, that I can run my finger just above it's surface, without touching the screen, and it can still pick up the feeling of my finger! Amazing!! Pencil input is convenient for notes, just be mindful of how sharp the pencil is.
The gorgeous Triluminous display shows every detail of even the biggest photos. The screen size is perfect, and that's why I got it. I was tired of squinting at my baby sized screens, the ZU is satisfying on every level of size.
I appreciate how Sony does not bog down the phone with preinstalled bloatware, keeping the experience concise, and ready for personal expansion.
The phone definitely is a conversation topic, people everywhere I go want to know what it is, and more about it. They are astounded that it's waterproof.
I love the use of NFC with the MBH10 headset-- it is a must with the phone, being highly affordable to top it off. Just a tap and I won't have to take the phone out of my bag for when I bike or drive in order to answer calls.
The SRS-BTV5 speaker is an attractive companion to the ZU, extending it's sound for certain tasks at work, or for when I want to entertain guests. Despite that, the in-built speaker gets quite loud, loud enough to make a statement.
I'm so happy with the phone, I couldn't be happier. I know this phone will last years.
For anyone who gives the phone 1 star, I'm sorry for your lame review, because there's so much more to the phone than 1 star could ever say. Research will only go so far. Test things out in person too.
I had to do it when I wanted T-Mobile service for it. Turns out I couldn't get an LTE signal with T-Mobile (despite the research), so I went with AT&T instead, who had the EXACT same plans, and yet I got the mind-blowing, instantaneous LTE speeds.
#MUST HAVE PHONE, #WORTH THE PRICE.
July 2, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Ghersty Could of been great
Now I understand it lists "Network specifications" but before buying this I figured "Unlocked" meant it would work with any carrier. This phone does not work with Verizon. The phone is beautiful but the fact that their bands are not compatible makes this phone completely useless to me. I would understand if I had an unpopular phone service but Verizon is one of the biggest and the fact that sony has not tried to make it compatible with them is a very disappointing experience.
Again for anyone looking to buy this, double check if it will work with your phone provider, I read reviews of many people speaking to sony representatives who promised them it would work and come to find out it doesn't. I now have to return this and the sony smartwatch 2 because of this mistake. If they actually worked at making it useful by verizon users I'm sure I would rate this 5 stars but until then it's a 1 and would be a 0 if I could.
May 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by souledgeiii Love it
Upgrade from NEXUS 4, just love it. little worried about screen before bought it, but it turn out just great! longer battery life, anything just perfect, strongly recommanded it for just over 400$
May 19, 2014