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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact reviewed

Sony obviously think that small phones be made without compromising their functions because that’s what they’ve attempted with the new Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. This new device doesn’t have the screen dimensions of some of its rivals but it comes with most of the functionality of most of the established phablets.

Functionality

Big screens are great for browsing the web and for video calling but not everyone can wrap their hands around a phablet like the devices found in the Samsung Galaxy Note series. Finding space in a handbag or trouser pockets is also pretty difficult with one of these phones that attempts to be both a smartphone and tablet, but that’s not the case with the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact.

Display

There is a 4.3 inch screen and a 20.7MP camera. The device comes with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 which is currently the most powerful processor on the market. No other compact phone has this so we’re hopeful that Sony is starting a trend here with this phone that others will copy. It makes the phone incredibly quick so downloading is swift and it can play 1080p HD videos without missing a beat.

Price and performance

You will have to spend £450 to get your hands on one unless you’re willing to lock yourself into a long-term and expensive monthly deal, but you’ll be getting a premium phone that’s powerful. This new device feels totally different to direct rivals like the Nexus 5s and the Galaxy S4s, so this is a small Android phone that’s also better than other compact devices running the Android OS.

Battery life

This is normally the achilles heel of small phones but Sony has added "stamina mode" to the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact that saves power by shutting down data for most apps when the screen is switched off. So with this new device you get power and pixels in a package that lasts all day.

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