Soon after Samsung announced its Mega series Phablet, Sony entered the section with its Xperia Z Ultra which indeed much better than Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 and now Sony officially holds the crown for having biggest display in smartphone section or maybe I should call it Phablet section.
Z Ultra is huge!
Z Ultra is huge, when I first used Xperia Z and Note i.e. Phablet (5 inch) sized smartphones then that size was really big for me to comfortably hold them but now Xperia Z is looking small to me and that problem has been shifted to Z Ultra.
I don’t know why people will need such gigantic smartphones for their daily smartphone needs but it can be useful for those who are not comfortable with 7 inch tablets or may be who are looking for calling feature in tablet.
It not just carries the name of Xperia Z but also carry the design. Z Ultra looks exactly same in design as of Z unless it’s big in size. Even the elements on the body are located at identical locations except the back part miss out the flash.
It weighs (212 grams) almost double than iPhone 5 but approx 66 grams more than its smaller brother, Z. I think this much weight is fine as the overall device is big. Sony has also included the water resistant and dust proof features in this device and the glass panel used is scratch resistant.
As Xperia Z design was great and industrial standard so the Z Ultra also got the same rating which is really good. TV out port along with microUSB port is there and you can also expand the storage with microSD card of maximum 64GB size.
The device is just 6.5mm thick which is another good thing. Sony is offering three color options, black, white and purple.
Unlike Galaxy Mega 6.3 having 720p display, Z Ultra holds on to 1080p display and this feature will definitely cut off the competition between these two devices. The display supports multi touch up to 10 fingers thus making it useful like a tablet.
Sony says that it’s a Triluminos display (I don’t know what it mean) but I found Bravia engine which can be turned on/off as per your requirement. I did found changes in quality of display after turning on the Bravia feature. In one sentence, the display is great.
Before the launch of LG G2, Z Ultra was having the world’s fastest smartphone crown with having processor clock of 2.2GHz. It runs on Snapdragon 800 which is the fastest smartphone processor developed till now and off course there are four different cores to manage multiple processes at one time. There is also Adreno 330 inside to manage the graphics.
I’ve never experienced performance like this before in any smartphone and I must tell you that the performance of Z Ultra is top notch. I ran over 11 applications and two games all at once and still the device was working like before. This kind of performance is all due to Qualcomm technology inside.
There is also 2GB of RAM to manage the storage requirements by processor and GPU and 16GB of internal storage out of which approx 12GB is available for user. I played full HD movies and HD games and all were working without lags.
The camera of the Z Ultra isn’t too awesome but it’s good if I consider device as tablet. It features 8MP camera at rear and 2MP camera at front. Both the cameras produce noisy pictures and the front camera quality is not even good but you can still manage to do video calls.
The camera software holds the same features which Z had. You’ll find Cybershot style icons and names in the camera features and the best thing in it is that it comes with Superior Auto+ technology which adjusts the mode automatically according to the environment. Image stabilization is also there but still I’m not impressed by the quality of pictures.
Another good feature was the touch focus and you can capture picture by tapping anywhere on the display but you need to turn on this feature. By default, this feature is turned off. Both the cameras are capable of recording full HD videos but I doubt this in case of front camera.
I wasn’t at all impressed with the front camera quality and neither the rear one was great. Picture quality in dark was very noisy, in fact I was able to see noise on the device’s display itself which isn’t a sign of good camera.
Another issue I found with device while using camera was that the device gets heat up quickly. Its due to the device is packed in to make it water resistant and the same problem was there in the Xperia Z as well.
Here comes another good part, Z Ultra runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean which is really good. The OS looks good and feels buttery smooth. This version of Jelly Bean comes with Google Now which is an app with some very useful features.
Sony has managed to put its own skin over the base Jelly Bean and in case of looks, it’s all great but Sony should develop some better and useful apps. Particularly the Sony own apps doesn’t look great while using and users have to look for alternatives.
Chrome was there in the device and it worked perfectly as it should be. Web pages were looking great and I should call this device as perfect for using internet and studying books.
Writing on Z Ultra is fun as it supports gesture typing which was there on Nexus 4 but as this device runs on Jelly Bean 4.2.2 so this feature is boxed in there. You don’t need to pull up your thumb to type any text.
GPS is there to watch your moves and all four (gyro, compass, proximity and accelerometer) sensors are also in there. One thing which I didn’t liked in the OS is that the three buttons are included within the display only which creates problem while playing games.
Think of a situation that you’re shooting an enemy in shooting game and instead of touching the gun control you touched either home or back button. I hope you got into the problem I want to share and Sony should rethink about this in their next device.
Z Ultra is supporting up to LTE 4G cellular network standard thus offering fastest available wireless data connectivity. Dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (4.0) and NFC are also there.
The Stamina mode which first came with Z was amazing and Sony has put it in Z Ultra as well. I must say you can use device for at least 12 hours for internet surfing or movie watching.
Z Ultra packs in with 3050mAh non removable battery. After charging completely once in morning I found 12% battery remaining at the end of the day which simply means battery life is good.
Sony Xperia Z Ultra is the best smartphone available for those who are looking for a giant Phablet and want to get smartphone like feature in a tablet like display. Hope you like the Sony Xperia Z Ultra review and it helps you to know device better before buying it.