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Sony Xperia Z5

Sony Xperia Z5

The Sony Xperia Z5 sports a sleek, attractive design, and is packed with impressive features like the excellent fingerprint scanner, whilst boasting great battery life too. Read more

         

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Last updated on the 14th of June at 12:09am with 231,911 deals.

Our Sony Xperia Z5 Review

With the Z3+ generally going down as a misstep for Sony, hopes were higher for its latest flagship, the Xperia Z5.  There’s plenty in the way of smart of features, and it looks great, but is it value for money? We take an intrusive peek into what this phone has to offer.

Pay monthly or PAYG?

As a flagship, the Sony Xperia Z5 is certainly a phone you’ll want on contract, and it makes it a lot more affordable.  Buying the phone outright could set you back £400-500+, and then a pay as you go plan simply isn’t worth it.  If you do buy outright then you should take a SIM Only plan packed with data, so you can make the most out of the phone.

In terms of contract, you are looking at around £30 a month for a limited data plan, with the phone free of charge, so it’s a great way to get something genuinely high-end without forking out three figures.

You won’t be short of plans, so compare Xperia Z5 deals to find the best on the market right now, and you can get unlimited data with some networks, but expect a price above £40 a month.

Display

The Z5 sports a crisp, vivid 5.2-inch Full HD Triluminos display, so that’s 1920x1080, and it looks stunning.  Granted, the Z5 Premium offers 4K (2160 x 3840), but it’s hard to make the argument for 4K being anything other than indulgent when the Full HD offering here strokes the eyeballs so lovingly.

The glass is scratch-resistant, with an oleophobic coating protecting it from the dangers of greasy filth and general damage.

Overall it’s an excellent screen, with strong viewing angles, impressive brightness and a size that’s spot-on for the phone.

Camera

After sticking with the same snapper for an unfeasibly long time, Sony has finally moved on and delivered something new for the Z5.

The 23-megapixel camera tracks moving objects, and works superbly in different lighting.  The autofocus is a particular highlight, working within 0.03 seconds, which is basically ridiculous and will serve you well when you’re trying to take photos whilst cartwheeling down a mountain.

In truth it still, understandably, struggles if you were jerking the phone around like crazy, but with the odd flinch and flail it copes extraordinarily well.

The rear camera also records in 4K, although the screen doesn’t support this so make of that what you will.  Other frame rate options are available, with some nice features like face detection.

It’s an excellent camera and a serious step forward for the Xperia range.

Design

There can be little arguing that, upon release, it is Sony’s best-looking smartphone; the sleek design combines metal and glass, with nicely curved edges and a comfortable feel in the palm.  The matt finish gives it a distinctive quality, separating it from predecessors, and it’s delightfully smudge-resistant.

The volume rocker has moved below the power button, which makes it easier for single-handed usage, and the Z5 maintains the water-resistant feature of the Z3+ and M4 Aqua, but the charging port no longer hides under a flap.

Everything is tidy, slick and easy on the eye, with both the practical and the visual taken into account to great effect.

Performance

The Sony Xperia Z5 is powered by a Snapdragon 810 processor, and whilst the occasional pause is noticeable, it maintains the fluid feel you expect from a top-end smartphone.

Sony has said that the Z5 is more efficient, so the smaller 2900mAh battery does not result in a change in battery performance.  Our rigorous testing gave us a day and a half between charging, and you can get hours of constant streaming before it’s lights out.  

What’s it like for social media?

Social media integrates with the phone very well, and you can easily upload photos or web pages.  It moves between tasks easily, so you’ll find navigating between social media apps and files on your phone to be both smooth and fast.

What’s it like for games and apps?

After trying a few games we found that performance was excellent, with only the most minor traces of lag.  Games also look great on the Full HD screen, with plenty of rich colours without it being overbearing.

There is a massive range of apps available on Google Play, and plenty of free ones.  The Z5 impressed as it handled different apps at the same time with no trouble, and adapted well to different levels of usage.

What we think

There’s little to gripe about here, with Sony delivering an excellent smartphone that has a beautifully crisp screen, slick performance and great features.  You can get some very competitive prices against other top-end smartphones, with most networks offering the phone free or at a greatly reduced upfront cost.  It would be worth considering the Z5 Premium, however, should you prefer the indulgent quality of a 4K screen.

         

Sony Xperia Z5 Specification

  • Display Size: 5.2"
  • Display Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Display Type: IPS
  • Primary Camera Flash: LED
  • Primary Camera Resolution: 5520 x 4140
  • Primary Camera Megapixels: 23
  • Secondary Camera Megapixels: 51
  • Memory Card Slot: MicroSD up to 200GB
  • 2G Connectivity: GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • 3G Connectivity: HSDPA
  • 4G Connectivity: LTE
  • 5G Connectivity:
  • Bluetooth: 4.1 with apt-X
  • GPS: A-GPS, GLONASS and Beidou
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz Quad-core
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
  • Talk Time: Up to 17 hours
  • Weight (grams): 154
  • Dimensions: 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm
  • Battery Type: Non-removable
  • IP Rating: IP68 - Dust and water resistant over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
  • Sim Type: Nano SIM
  • Operating System: Android
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Last updated on the 14th of June at 12:09am with 231,911 deals.