• I thought the Xperia Z1 Compact was the device for me

    By Jon , January 21, 2014 - Leave a comment

    Sony Xperia Z1 CompactFor some time now I have been wanting a device that does it all but is smaller than the feature rich handsets that currently exist on the market.

    Most of the feature rich handsets that I want have a screen size of 4.7” and above. However I am demanding something smaller, something with a 4.3” to 4.5” display.

    The reason being is I just find the bigger handsets a little bit cumbersome to use sometimes. I wrote about my plight back in August last year here.

    As I mentioned last year the Sony Xperia Arc was an epic device, I loved it and I think part of me is hanging out to rekindle that love.

    When Sony announced the Xperia Z1F for the Japanese market I let out a little yelp of joy and sadness. Joy at the fact that what I thought would be perfect had been announced, but sadness that it was launched only in Japan only.

    Motorola Moto G

    Then the Motorola Moto G comes along and gets considerably close to what I want but it does not have it all, it does not have the higher end features such as video out and ideally I would like a higher resolution camera.

    Slightly depressed I put it to the back of my mind and then Sony announced the Z1F as the Z1 Compact at CES. They caught my attention again!

    Twitching with excitement like many smartphone lovers do (sad and geeky I know) I began looking through the tech specs. The smaller battery is a shame but the device is smaller than the Z1. The lower screen resolution is not an issue for me either and it will drain less power so together they are not that much of an issue.

    IP rating over and above my Samsung Galaxy S4 is a bonus, but then the high came crashing down. I looked at the dimensions and compared it to the S4.

    The S4 measures 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm whilst the Z1 Compact 127 x 64.9 x 9.5mm.

    Of course the Z1 Compact is smaller but there isn’t that much variance in my opinion considering there is 0.7” difference between the two screen sizes.

    Now I have yet to actually hold the Z1 Compact in hand, so it may feel smaller than the S4 when I actually use it, however I am concerned that there will not actually be enough physical size difference between the two to make the Compact the device I desire. I am concerned I will be thinking for the marginal extra size, I might as well continue with a device with a much bigger screen and higher resolution.

    The extra size has to be down to Sony’s styling and IP rating, so maybe in 12 months time there will be a different device that suits me perfectly, or maybe when I get my hands on it in very soon I will change my mind.

    This is most definitely a first world problem but I am sure I am not alone when I say that it would be great to find the perfect device for me.

    If you find yourself in similar situations, let me know.


    Constantly challenging opinions and looking for new opportunities, Jon develops the product ranges and business activities and very much strives to maintaining growth and taking Clove in to the future. Never knowing when to stop, he spends a lot of time coming up with ideas. When he does relax, however, he can be found out in the forest walking his Dog, down the pub or enjoying food at local restaurants.


  • I am moving from a HTC One X to a new phone and have now settled on the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. Haven’t bought it yet but I had the chance to play around with it at the local shop. I will say that whilst on paper, it may not be THAT much smaller than the 4.7″ to 5″ phones (it’s even a little thicker than some), in the hand it feels much more comfortable to use one handed. The fact that I no longer need to shift my hand to press the back/home/settings keys as well as the notification shade is a real pleasure because I no longer feel like I’m going to drop the thing every 5 seconds.

    It’s true that the bezel is a little large making the screen smaller than a Moto X even though both are similar physical dimensions. But then again, the Moto X has much weaker specs under the hood (although it reportedly punches above its weight).
    For me, the Xperia Z1 Compact is almost the perfect device, and much closer than anything else.

    • Thanks for your thoughts Marco, I think this is the point Jon was trying to make with his post here.
      On paper it doesn’t appear as if it will be much smaller but once it’s ‘in the hand’ it suddenly has the Goldilocks ‘just right’ factor about it.

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