7 reasons to buy the Sony Xperia Z5

7 reasons to buy the Sony Xperia Z5

Following the US launch of the Xperia Z5, Sony fans on both sides of the Atlantic can now get their hands on the latest Xperia experience. But should they? We think they should. Here are seven reasons to buy the Sony Xperia Z5, wherever in the world you happen to be.

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The Z5 is a pretty quick phone, even though the processor is slightly underclocked.  / © ANDROIDPIT

1. It’s pretty quick, and probably won’t catch fire

In our benchmarks the Xperia Z5 scored an AnTuTu score of 65,094, which is towards the top of Android phone performance. That’s down to the Snapdragon 810 processor that’s inside it. If you’re thinking “hang on, isn’t that the processor in the Z3+ that has all the overheating issues?” you’d be right, but Sony has solved the overheating problems with the Z5 so you needn’t fear it going on fire.

That’s why the Z5 isn’t quite as fast as a Galaxy S6: the processor has been underclocked because of those heat issues. It hasn’t been underclocked dramatically – the Z5 will still leave most of the competition in the dust – but it’s worth knowing nevertheless.

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No, you don't need to dunk it to cool it down: Sony has fixed the heating issues that plagued the Z3+. / © Sony

2. It plays nice with your PlayStation 4

As we noted in our review, Sony's Music, Album and Video apps are great for multimedia consumption, but the most exciting thing is the Z5's PlayStation connectivity.

You can remotely play games on your PS4 from your Z5, as well as purchase games on your phone to play immediately on your PS4. The PlayStation Network also offers music and video of its own and everything is synced automatically.

3. It sounds good and the headphones are good too

The speakers aren’t brilliant, but only a masochist listens to music on smartphone speakers. What counts is how it sounds with headphones, and as you might expect from the company that INVENTED THE BLOOMIN’ WALKMAN the Sony sounds very good indeed.

The supplied headphones are excellent quality – the range appears to be a rather low 8 Hz to a high of 16 KHz, so there’s plenty of bass – and there are plenty of tuning options to get the sound just-so. If you’re a big music fan that’s important.

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Sony's camera app is very good, and the sensor is amazing. / © ANDROIDPIT

4. Its camera is brilliant

The Z5 topped our Best Android Camera list, with good reason: the new Exmor RS sensor has a super fast auto-focus speed of just 0.03 seconds. Still images have a resolution of 5,520 x 4,140 pixels and you can record 2,160-pixel video at 30 frames per second (fps).

Slow motion video capture is 720p at 120 fps. The camera software is great, and while the default resolution is just 8 MP so you can use lossless zoom to crop without losing quality the sensor maxes out at a whopping 23 MP.

There’s image stabilization too, and that combined with the fast auto-focus means you’re almost guaranteed in-focus images no matter what you’re pointing your Z5 at.

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The camera's default is 8 MP, but it can shoot 23 MP images all day long. / © ANDROIDPIT

5. It’s got great battery life

The battery might just be 2,900 mAh, which is small compared with some of the power packs in recent Android phones (and smaller than the 3,100 mAh battery in the Z3+), but Sony has optimized the Z5 until it squeaks and you won’t need to worry about the battery running out before the day is up unless you work it really, really hard.

6. It has a microSD card

That matters if you’re going to be shooting 23 MP photos: you’ll fill up the 32 GB of on-board storage in no time. Thank Sony, then, for including a microSD card so you can expand the storage further. Isn’t that a good idea, Samsung? Eh? Eh? EH?

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MicroSD means cheap extra storage. You'll need it if you're shooting 23 MP photos. / © ANDROIDPIT

7 It’s about to get cheaper

Android smartphones don’t stay full price for long, for example, in the US T-Mobile is currently swiping US$100-200 off the prices of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge+, so don’t expect the Xperia Z5’s SRP of US$600 to stay undiscounted for long.

At full price the Xperia Z5 is a pretty good phone, but once the discounting kicks in it’s going to start to look even more attractive.

What do you think? Are you salivating over the Sony or would you rather stick with a Samsung or move to a Moto? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Peter Harwood Jan 25, 2016 Link to comment

    I've had the Z5 for three months now and for me it's the best phone I've ever had, why Sony get bad reviews and press baffles me as this phone is as good if not better than any phone out there at the moment

  • Mude Murali Naik Jan 25, 2016 Link to comment

    at present am using samsung mobile by seeing this review may be i buy this in future

  • Aires Ferreira Jan 24, 2016 Link to comment

    After a long analyse Beteween the top Phones, including iPhone, Samsung, and Microsoft, I chose one week ago the Z5. Excelent Phone from Sony.

  • 愛情 愛情 Jan 23, 2016 Link to comment

    Water resist, Vanilla feel of Android, micro SD, dual front firing speakers (not the best by any mean, and we are moving towards bluetooth speakers) and what I like the most - Battery~ yup.

  • Michael Walter Jan 23, 2016 Link to comment

    There is no Reason to buy Samsung crap, Xperia z5 will make you happy.

  • hassan bouchta Jan 23, 2016 Link to comment

    Il rather stick whit samsung for now and i have a question its gonna have marshmallow from factory or its coming whit lollipop?

    • Frans Gerber Jan 23, 2016 Link to comment

      Lollipop, Marshmallow only mid Feb

  • Frans Gerber Jan 23, 2016 Link to comment

    Love my Z5, performance is outstanding, fast charging time, best pics ever... And you can phone peeps

  • Zach Jan 23, 2016 Link to comment

    xperia is bullshit

    • Dujon Linton Jan 24, 2016 Link to comment

      Why and what other device do you suggest.

  • Parvind Chahal Jan 23, 2016 Link to comment

    there is no reason to buy z5 except its good looks n little bit good sound

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