Xperia Z5by Sony

  • Xperia Z5
  • Xperia Z5
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VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
78%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Sony is known for making excellent camera sensors, and with its Z5 lineup, it delivers on that promise.
  • Battery life is hard to come by with some Android devices; this isn't the case with the Z5 lineup.
  • Who doesn't love a waterproof phone?

CONS

  • The U.S. version ships without the fingerprint sensor, which is a major bummer for those who like the ease of use a biometric scanner affords.
  • As with iPhones of yesteryear, you'll need to take extra care of the Z5's glass back. It breaks easily.
  • Starting at $599 in a market that seems to be gravitating toward the lower end of the price scale, the Z5 is more expensive than its competition.
Sony is finally bringing the Xperia Z5 and its smaller sibling the Z5 Compact to the U.S. Both devices come unlocked for use on either T-Mobile or AT&T networks. Both models come with a respectable 23-megapixel camera and offer impressive performance thanks to the powerful Snapdragon processor, although the Z5 lineup in the U.S. lacks a fingerprint sensor. The Z5 and Z5 Compact offer a 2,900 mAh and 2,700 mAh battery respectively.
NameXperia Z5Galaxy S6Galaxy Note 5Nexus 6PMoto X Pure Edition
ManufacturerSonySamsungSamsungGoogleMotorola
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List Price$599$650$696$500$399
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If you're going to buy a Sony phone, make it this one. The Xperia Z5 is the best phone Sony has ever produced and it's up there as one of th…

If you're going to buy a Sony phone, make it this one. The Xperia Z5 is the best phone Sony has ever produced and it's up there as one of the best Android phones on the market right now.

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There are many good reasons to take the Sony Xperia Z5 into close consideration when upgrading to a new smartphone. It is well made, feels g…

There are many good reasons to take the Sony Xperia Z5 into close consideration when upgrading to a new smartphone. It is well made, feels good in the hand when used as a camera and the environmental protection is an added bonus for those mobile photographers who like to shoot in wet or dusty conditions.

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80%

The Xperia Z5 is a great smartphone with great features. It has an excellent display, above-average battery life, competitive performance an…

The Xperia Z5 is a great smartphone with great features. It has an excellent display, above-average battery life, competitive performance and the best camera on Android. It also looks great, even if it is slippery and it has a tendency to catch your hair in its corners.

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Do a higher-megapixel camera and fingerprint scanner revitalise the Sony Xperia Z series, and see it rise up to the top of the Android broth…

Do a higher-megapixel camera and fingerprint scanner revitalise the Sony Xperia Z series, and see it rise up to the top of the Android broth? Not quite. This is a very good phone, but it’s launching at a significantly higher price than any of its direct rivals are now available for.

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There's no doubt that the Xperia Z5 is a solid flagship smartphone from Sony and an improvement on the Z3+.

There's no doubt that the Xperia Z5 is a solid flagship smartphone from Sony and an improvement on the Z3+.

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The issue for the Z5 is that, while it’s very good, it slips slightly behind its rivals in most departments. Its camera, screen and battery …

The issue for the Z5 is that, while it’s very good, it slips slightly behind its rivals in most departments. Its camera, screen and battery life are all excellent, but the Samsung Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6s are superior across the board, while the LG G4 offers more flexibility and an equally strong package for less money.

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A major step-forward from the Z3+, Sony’s latest Xperia has an excellent camera and a fast fingerprint scanner, yet it struggles to stand ou…

A major step-forward from the Z3+, Sony’s latest Xperia has an excellent camera and a fast fingerprint scanner, yet it struggles to stand out from the crowd.

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The fingerprint reader and camera represent big enough improvements to warrant an upgrade from any previous Z-series smartphone, so it’s not…

The fingerprint reader and camera represent big enough improvements to warrant an upgrade from any previous Z-series smartphone, so it’s not a particular surprise to discover that the rest of the Z5’s specifications and features represent a much milder improvement.

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I guess it boils down to the fact that Sony is an engineering firm, and that engineering-led approach means that the Xperia Z5 is a beautifu…

I guess it boils down to the fact that Sony is an engineering firm, and that engineering-led approach means that the Xperia Z5 is a beautifully constructed piece of hardware. The downside to that is that the device lacks any sense of personality, ...

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These new phones have excellent cameras, long battery life, and the added reassurance of being waterproof. But they also carry on many of th…

These new phones have excellent cameras, long battery life, and the added reassurance of being waterproof. But they also carry on many of the less positive, more recent habits developed by Sony, such as slow software development and a suboptimal user experience

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The Sony Xperia Z5 isn't a bad phone by any means, it just doesn't do much to stand out anymore. Its blocky design remains too similar to pa…

The Sony Xperia Z5 isn't a bad phone by any means, it just doesn't do much to stand out anymore. Its blocky design remains too similar to past generations to really generate much excitement, and its display and processor are pretty much unchanged from its predecessor.

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Outdoor visibility is excellent with the Sony Xperia Z5. The handset achieves maximum brightness of about 670 nits, which is enough to outsh…

Outdoor visibility is excellent with the Sony Xperia Z5. The handset achieves maximum brightness of about 670 nits, which is enough to outshine almost any other phone of that caliber. Meanwhile, the lowest brightness point is at 4 nits, which makes the screen comfortable for bedtime reading

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The Xperia Z5 can easily last a full 24 hours or more on light usage. When tasks like 4K recording, PS4 gaming, and other intense processes …

The Xperia Z5 can easily last a full 24 hours or more on light usage. When tasks like 4K recording, PS4 gaming, and other intense processes push the Z5, the phone can chug the battery, whittling it down faster. During testing, I didn’t have much to complain about, and even without wireless charging support, I could still charge it quickly using a Quick Charge adapter.

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The Xperia Z5 is a perfect example. It is a superbly designed and built device, with quite impressive specs, definitely worthy of competing …

The Xperia Z5 is a perfect example. It is a superbly designed and built device, with quite impressive specs, definitely worthy of competing in the big leagues. The very same goes for the Z5 Compact, which even holds somewhat of a monopoly by offering flagship power in the sub 5.0 inch market.

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