The Shape is Certainly Different
While I've stated time and time again that the specifications look fabulous on paper, sporting a brilliant camera, fast processor and GPU, a stunning screen and massive internal battery, the main issue for me isn't the price tag, but the shape and feel of the phone in our hand.
While the shiny back panel gives it an allure of class and supreme style, it smudges and is quickly filled up with fingerprints from the moment you pick it up. The sleek black volume and camera side controls feel quite cheap and tacky, missing a robust yet softened click that I would come to expect for such a price tag.
All of this aside, it the blocky curvature of this phone that sets of off the most. Due to the square (yet slightly rounded) edges, it becomes hard to hold at times and this coupled with a smooth back leaves me worried that it may slip out of my hands if I'm a little sweaty, wet, or just not paying attention - keeping in mind that this phone is water resistant.
Usability issues aside, coming back to the capabilities of this phone, you'll once again find something that's top notch.
Fast-charge: Packed with QC 2.0, the large 3430 mAh battery will boost to full in no time at all.
Fingerprint scanner: The fingerprint scanner requires you to painstakingly scan your thumb on the side numerous times to ensure smooth later use. Once this is finished, I find that it works at least 90% of the time, with the 10% failure being quickly fixed by moving my thumb no more than 2mm each way for it to notice it. This feature is handy for those who don't want to type in a passcode each time they unlock their device.
PlayStation 4 remote play: Included because it's a Sony product, this cross promotion means that you're able to connect this device to your PS4 and play certain titles by using a DualShock controller and your Z5 as a screen. Quite cool!
Various electronic audio enhancements: As touched on briefly before, Sony is quite well known for introducing audio enhancements to their portable products. The Z5 is no different, housing technologies that include S-Force Front Surround, a standard auto-headset compensation tool, stereo recording, FM Radio, high-resolution audio support for LPCM, FLAC, ALAC and DSD, DSEE HX, LDAC, digital noise cancellation, and finally Clear Audio+ technology. Do they make a massive difference in real-world use? Not really.
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