Sony Xperia Z1S

Andrew Kim:

Although Sony’s created something more appealing than most Android phones, the Z1S is simply not progressive enough. I love the fact that the phone is completely waterproof but there are too many other faults like the faux-metal frame, factory-installed screen protector, and the terrible 5″ display. It’s also worth commenting that the design of the phone is okay but there’s no dodging the fact that it’s essentially a poorly executed iPhone 4.

I’ve read other reviews that point out washed out colors and not so great viewing angles. Sony has been able to manufacture pretty decent smartphones with universally sub-par displays, which is surprising to me because the company has mastered almost every skill necessary to put beautiful pixels on a screen. Sony does quite well on big screens; why the company doesn’t do just as well on little ones is a mystery to me.