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Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Tom Paye | Aug. 28, 2013
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is like a big, dumb dog -- it's great to play around with, but you wouldn't necessarily want to live with it every day.

Unfortunately, that's not the end of the story. For whatever reason, the device lost its ability to vibrate during my third day of use, and because the speakers aren't all that good, that meant I was consistently missing calls. My old HTC Desire did this after about two years, but you don't expect it to happen within a week of unboxing the phone. Maybe my test device was a little dodgy, but it hardly speaks of quality, does it?

The verdict
Personally, I'd buy the standard Xperia Z over the Z Ultra in a heartbeat, because I'm not interested in the gigantic screen — indeed I think it's more of a bane than a blessing. But I suppose I'm not the target market, so it'd be unfair for me to simply disregard the device entirely.

If you are, for whatever reason, in the market for gigantic phone, I can't see why you'd choose anything else over this. It's good-looking, it's damage-resistant and the display is beautiful. Compared to similar-sized phones from other vendors mdash; productivity gripes aside mdash; the Z Ultra offers a much more compelling package. You just won't catch me using one.


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