Review by Andrew Kameka on Monday September 16, 2013.
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The Sony Xperia Z Ultra brought Sony into the realm of large-screen phones unlike any before it. Sony was no stranger to above average displays in its Xperia line, but most of the devices were still soundly in the phone category. When it came to the genre-blurring devices of the phone-meets-tablet category, Sony did not have much experience. That all changed with the introduction of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The 6.4-inch display was unheard of not only for Sony, but for all smartphone makers. Sony took everything that it learned with the 2012 and 2013 Xperia line of phones and supercharged all of that design language and software to fit a larger presence.
Considering that larger screens are becoming commonplace in today's smartphone landscape, it's less of a shock to see devices like the Xperia Z Ultra. Though the size increase is the defining characteristic, it's not the only. The Snapdragon 800 processor that is just now turning heads in the United States already attracts attention in Europe and Asia thanks to the powerhouse capabilities offered in the Xperia Z Ultra. It's incredibly powerful at 2.2 GHz, and the Adreno 330 GPU improvements in graphic quality make this a strong contender for gaming.
Display, design, and power are all categories in which Sony aims to score high marks, and the company does thanks to high-end specifications and smart choices in those categories. But what of it's overall experience? There are some areas in which the phone comes up short - yes, despite it's large size it can be short of what one might expect in some regard - but the Xperia Z is overall a very appealing device. Here's a Sony Xperia Z Ultra video review by Robert Olejinik detailing the highs and lows of the device. The video highlights the Xperia Z Ultra's top-market specifications, impressions of its build quality, and how the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Sony's software tweaks affect the impression that someone can expect.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.