ClearAudio+ is another great addition we're happy to see in the software ClearAudio+ also makes a noticeable difference for the better. These flaps have rubbery innards to keep the whole of the phone sealed off from dust and water. It's a breath of fresh air compared with carrier versions, though I actually like the aesthetics Sony has going for it on the Xperia version. And since it's only available unlocked to begin with, there wasn't much bloat to deal with on that particular model anyway. Does the Z Ultra fulfill the dreams and wants of everyone looking for a big Nexus phone? The Sony stock firmware is quite good and the only thing that lags in 4.
Everything here is stock, from the launcher to the camera. Glaring bugs like the device security settings crashing, or not being able to uninstall applications made us wonder how the Z Ultra ever made it out the door and available for sale. It's a polarizing spec, and those that appreciate it will never convince those that don't that a 6-inch plus screen on a phone is a good thing. On the specs side, nothing has changed. Quote: Originally Posted by ssnova As far as I can tell both are the same as far as bands go. But Sony has committed to updating its devices pretty regularly it just started shipping Android 4. The placement of the power and volume works well, and because the Z Ultra is a bit tricky to hold sometimes, we reckon more than a few people will take advantage of those lanyard holes.
Other apps include Google Earth and Google Currents. So if you would prefer to avoid G+, you can. Unlocking , rooting and recovery was easy enough. You will be blown away by the look and design That design and all that glass also means it's going to be more prone to accidental damage than other phones, and that is especially worrisome on the Z Ultra because it's awkward to get a good handle on this thing. For a lot of people, the size makes the Z Ultra a non-starter. You also get a mighty Snapdragon 800 processor pairing four Krait 400 cores running at 2. These identical twins, separated at birth and raised by different parents at opposite ends of the world, look similar on the outside and have essentially the same makeup on the inside.
Update: KitKat actually has, most apps just don't use them yet. Conversely, the Google Edition of the Z Ultra has no such branding and runs Android 4. The camera app can start up, focus, and fire off a shot at a moment's notice. If I would be in Sweden, I would take the C6833. If this sounds like you, know that you're missing a great display and great audio on a Google Android-powered device — and nothing else. Fitting it into a pocket is a ridiculous prospect.
It lagged behind on the Vellamo Web benchmark, but outpaced the Xperia version on Sunspider and Browsermark. The Z Ultra is almost inconceivably thin — at 0. Battery and Phone Lifespans counted by battery time on the Sony X Ultra are extremely similar to those on the Sony Xperia Z Ultra surprise! The cutout is bigger than it needs to be, again, for symmetry with the bottom edge, which houses the cutout for the speaker. Every port, button and control you find on every other phone is present, though the layout is slightly different. Between them, you've got a very nice display. But should you get the Google Play Edition or the Xperia? Lovers of fine design will appreciate the minimalist lines of the slate-like Z Ultra. Sony's display is bright and the colors are accurate, you'll hear no complaints from us.
Sony's X Reality display and ClearAudio+ Great display hardware deserves great display driver software, and the Z Ultra delivers You'll need to get past what feel like enormous top and bottom bezels on the front of the Z Ultra. When it comes to the Sony Z Ultra though, we think everyone can agree: this is way too big. In this device is the vision we had back at the dawn of small, transportable computers. It's a fantastic software package, which we've already fully , so we won't bother repeating ourselves. It is the same Ultra Z we have seen before, a gorgeous screen, the dust and water resistant feature, but this time, with a bit of the Google Experience added to the mix. Like the Nexus 7 — with equally giant bezels — they're likely there by design so you have somewhere to hold the device in landscape.
The Z Ultra's ultra-thin design doesn't make it any easier to handle The Xperia version comes in either white, black, or a very Prince-like purple, while the Google Play Edition stays with a conservative black. The handset is then powered by a quad-core 2. These two included a tablet and phablet — the and the. In this case the handset clocked in with a score of 8850. Noise cancellation blocked out a wide range of street sounds, but the mic seemed to pick up wind noises too easily, and even just a hearty laugh could produce crunchy static. This device is just begging for it.
As the same amount of pixels are packed into the 4. We have already shared some first impressions of the G Pad, so next up is the Sony Z Ultra which sports a massive display. On that note, how is the Z Ultra stock? So purists will love the stock look and feel, but it's missing some features I'm actually starting to like in custom skins. Sony is a perfect fit for the Google Play Edition program. Before , the Z Ultra was a mess that I couldn't have recommended to anyone. Google updated their own Google Play Music app with the latest version to do this, but since it's not an open-source app this doesn't help developers very much or serve as an example.
Google is offering free ground shipping for the device for a limited time, with shipments set your way within 1-2 days. More importantly, though, a pure version of Android means the Z Ultra Google Play Edition will receive future updates, like the future Android 4. One of our biggest complains about KitKat was that there were two very-similar photo apps: the Gallery and Google Photos a section of the Google+ app. For other folks, this will be an instant deal-breaker. I really wish Sony had included a stylus and optimized software for it on the Ultra, however. And yet another surprising move from Google.
The device is a phone, with a cell modem, microphone, and earpiece, yet the screen size clocks in at a massive 6. Apps that work with the Snapdragon 800 and 1080p display of the Nexus 5 show as not compatible with the Snapdragon 800 and 1080p display of the Z Ultra. If you don't sign in to Google+, the photos app is completely usable as a local photo viewer. Both phones have large 3,000mAh batteries, but that big display takes its toll — I only saw battery life of about 14—15 hours from either device. Another great addition we're happy to see in the software.