It pays never to disregard Sony products and its mobile phones are no exception. The latest, Xperia XZ, has the quality, design and functionality one expects of the brand and provides a supersmooth experience – smoother, possibly, than the top Android de nos jours, Google’s Pixel.
It’s also, in my opinion, the best-looking phone on the market, but it’s the 23-megapixel camera that is the biggest draw. The focusing precision is terrific – not surprising, as it uses three focusing methods simultaneously. The range of easily activated manual settings is a joy. A 1/4000th-of-a-second shutter speed means action pictures taken with it are almost as good as on a DSLR. And at the other end of the scale, you can take the Xperia XZ camera down to a one-second shutter speed for ultra-low-light shooting. Even the phone’s selfie camera packs 13 megapixels, an unusually wide-angle lens and terrific low-light capability.
In short, a lovely and underrated Android phone. In some markets, it can be found in dual-SIM versions too, a feature that is not seen enough.