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This beast has awesome power! If you are looking for a genuine phablet experience this is a really great device and this is a fantastic price.

Xperia™ Z Ultra - Big screen. Big entertainment

The new Xperia™ Z Ultra from Sony has a 6.4" Full HD TRILUMINOS™ Display with X-Reality for mobile, made for thrilling entertainment. It is waterproof and has an ultra-slim, lightweight design so you can enjoy it anywhere. The Snapdragon™ 800 quad-core processor means powerful performance while LTE offers amazing speed. Paired with its fantastic entertainment and business capabilities, Xperia™ Z Ultra has everything you need - whenever you need it.

Features you'll love:

6.4" Full HD TRILUMINOS™ Display with X-Reality for mobile

Ultra slim, waterproof and dust resistant IP55/IP58

LTE & Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 quad-core 2.2 GHz processor

Multi-task, write and sketch with any pencil or metal pen

Full accessory ecosystem for premium entertainment
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#1
Can't believe the price drops from 314.00 to 274.00 in a month time!
Totally worth it.
Way better than note 2, even note3.
Everyone should get it.
1 Like #2
its an amazing phone just miles too big or if the bezels were smaller be great mind u I've had 3 so can talk LMAo
#3
chenzz
Can't believe the price drops from 314.00 to 274.00 in a month time!
Totally worth it.
Way better than note 2, even note3.
Everyone should get it.

Ver 2 on the horizon it seems
1 Like #4
No way as good as the note 3.This thing is ugly too big and very laggy.Screen quality is also poor.In all a very bad attempt at a large screen phone.And yes I have used one.
1 Like #5
muckspreader1
No way as good as the note 3.This thing is ugly too big and very laggy.Screen quality is also poor.In all a very bad attempt at a large screen phone.And yes I have used one.

What does laggy mean? I know its difficult to quantify, but I wonder if a custom rom would cure that.

I have seen these in the flesh and they look brilliant. I dont normally run the standard launchers, which are all dross.
3 Likes #6
Not sure which Z Ultra you used has a poor screen and laggy but I chose mine over a Note 3 as I preferred the screen, it lacks the highly saturated colours of the Samsung screens (not necessarily a bad thing depending on what you prefer) but it's a genuine full HD screen (with three subpixels rather the two sub pixel pentile layout on the Note 3) and the colour is more accurate. The camera is rubbish in comparison to the Note 3 and the battery isn't replaceable although in turn you get weather proofing. Sony's skinning is minimal and sticks to a mostly vanilla layout Samsung/HTC and certainly not laggy, at least compared to other stock launchers/roms.

The physical design is personal preference but the sleek black look of the Z Ultra and other Sony devices is usually well received.

John
#7
Think I'll hold out for the Nokia lumia 1520 over this, good price though.
#8
I'd love one of these, as I find myself using the 'phone' bit of my mobile less and less these days. I have an Xperia Z, which I loved until I upgraded to the latest KitKat version (before reading all the comments on here, of course).

Ace specs and a pretty bargainous price, but I'm amazed there seems to be no camera flash ... did I read that right? Hoping not, as that could be a deal-breaker for me.
#9
Its showing as £249.99 now.
#10
CrispEditor
muckspreader1
No way as good as the note 3.This thing is ugly too big and very laggy.Screen quality is also poor.In all a very bad attempt at a large screen phone.And yes I have used one.

What does laggy mean? I know its difficult to quantify, but I wonder if a custom rom would cure that.

I have seen these in the flesh and they look brilliant. I dont normally run the standard launchers, which are all dross.

Lag (effectively delay/stuttering) is an inherent part of Android, and it goes from atrocious on budget phones, to hardly noticeable on high end phones, all Android phones suffer some lag, it's how Android is currently. It will get better with Android L as ART becomes mainstream and more apps are optimised to use it, also Android L will support 64bit SOCs which also means we'll see phones with more than 3GB of ram. I have a Nexus 4, I can't say that lag is a massive problem on my phone, I'm using a heavily customised ROM and Greenify and Lagfix Premium apps. I do still get lag even when I used to use ART instead of Dalvik. The most lag free mobile OS I've used is WP8. If you want slick use that app, in fact if you do get any lag on WP8 it's because the app is poorly written.
#11
Jesus Christ, you'd better off with a phone and a tablet
1 Like #12
muckspreader1
No way as good as the note 3.This thing is ugly too big and very laggy.Screen quality is also poor.In all a very bad attempt at a large screen phone.And yes I have used one.

Really? I prefer mine to my note 3 in every aspect apart from the camera. Everything else, the Z Ultra does better.

polly69
Its showing as £249.99 now.

Epic bargains!

FREEZIN WOLF
Jesus Christ, you'd better off with a phone and a tablet

Erm... unless you want a phone and a tablet in one?
#13
fishmaster

Lag (effectively delay/stuttering) is an inherent part of Android, and it goes from atrocious on budget phones, to hardly noticeable on high end phones, all Android phones suffer some lag, it's how Android is currently. It will get better with Android L as ART becomes mainstream and more apps are optimised to use it, also Android L will support 64bit SOCs which also means we'll see phones with more than 3GB of ram. I have a Nexus 4, I can't say that lag is a massive problem on my phone, I'm using a heavily customised ROM and Greenify and Lagfix Premium apps. I do still get lag even when I used to use ART instead of Dalvik. The most lag free mobile OS I've used is WP8. If you want slick use that app, in fact if you do get any lag on WP8 it's because the app is poorly written.

Thanks. I still dont understand. I have a GNote2 - 2GB RAM. Performance is abysmal if I switch apps and have more than 4-5 big ones open (browser, PvZ2, mail, imdb.com and some others). If I kill off the apps, switching is fast. I use Go Launcher - its performance when active is good, but switching back to it can lag as it accesses the SD card to get the app icons. If I am in a browser, I can scroll smoothly.

I understand how Androids video driver layers can cause an impact, but I dont comprehend "lag". Maybe I see it all the time, but I dont recognize that term!

thanks
#14
CrispEditor
fishmaster

Lag (effectively delay/stuttering) is an inherent part of Android, and it goes from atrocious on budget phones, to hardly noticeable on high end phones, all Android phones suffer some lag, it's how Android is currently. It will get better with Android L as ART becomes mainstream and more apps are optimised to use it, also Android L will support 64bit SOCs which also means we'll see phones with more than 3GB of ram. I have a Nexus 4, I can't say that lag is a massive problem on my phone, I'm using a heavily customised ROM and Greenify and Lagfix Premium apps. I do still get lag even when I used to use ART instead of Dalvik. The most lag free mobile OS I've used is WP8. If you want slick use that app, in fact if you do get any lag on WP8 it's because the app is poorly written.

Thanks. I still dont understand. I have a GNote2 - 2GB RAM. Performance is abysmal if I switch apps and have more than 4-5 big ones open (browser, PvZ2, mail, imdb.com and some others). If I kill off the apps, switching is fast. I use Go Launcher - its performance when active is good, but switching back to it can lag as it accesses the SD card to get the app icons. If I am in a browser, I can scroll smoothly.

I understand how Androids video driver layers can cause an impact, but I dont comprehend "lag". Maybe I see it all the time, but I dont recognize that term!

thanks

Lag is the delay time of an input/output operation. So it means the phone doesn't appear to respond to the user input as quickly as the user would desire. Third party launchers can be a cause of lag. I use Action Launcher which I think is the best launcher out there until Nokia release Z launcher out of beta for Android. However if I use Nova launcher and set everything to faster than light, the phone feels more responsive. Android has had GPU acceleration for the operating system for quite some time now. App killing is not recommended and in fact is discouraged, fine if you have Gingerbread but all Android versions since then manage app killing.

A simple guide to why app killing shouldn't be used is in the following article >

http://lifehacker.com/5650894/android-task-killers-explained-what-they-do-and-why-you-shouldnt-use-them
#15
Thanks fishmaster! I know why you shouldnt kill apps, but I know better than the OS about what/why I might want to do that. The lag you portray is interesting - to me, it feels like apps are garbage collecting, or swapping, or doing I/O to be so slow. I do notice operations are slow, possibly based on the amount of garbage in some of the internal dirs or databases it keeps. I run Cool Tool to spot errant apps or OS behavior, and some of the delays are caused by the OS waiting to decide what the "touch" was about.

I like Go Launcher because I can go up to 10x10 icons on the home screen - it will resize. I dont understand why other launchers dont do that. But also Go, tries to do "ads" (which I dont allow due to rooted phone).
#16
CrispEditor
Thanks fishmaster! I know why you shouldnt kill apps, but I know better than the OS about what/why I might want to do that. The lag you portray is interesting - to me, it feels like apps are garbage collecting, or swapping, or doing I/O to be so slow. I do notice operations are slow, possibly based on the amount of garbage in some of the internal dirs or databases it keeps. I run Cool Tool to spot errant apps or OS behavior, and some of the delays are caused by the OS waiting to decide what the "touch" was about.

I like Go Launcher because I can go up to 10x10 icons on the home screen - it will resize. I dont understand why other launchers dont do that. But also Go, tries to do "ads" (which I dont allow due to rooted phone).

Yes it all boils down to functionality, sometimes you have to trade off functionality against performance, remember smartphones as they currently exist have only been around 7 years, which is an age in computing but it still means they're a relatively young product. Google unlike Microsoft and Apple have to support a huge array of differing devices coupled with the patched on, patched on design of Android. ART is one small step to take things closer to ironing out performance glitches, in this respect Android has a much harder task than WP8 or IOS.

Mobile computing is one if not the quickest evolving sector in IT now. In another 7 years the products we have now will look stone age. Look at Google Cardboard, look what can be achieved you have Oculus Rift version 1 as near damn it performance from a device made from cardboard and a couple of cheap lenses.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.samples.apps.cardboarddemo

http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/25/hands-on-with-googles-incredibly-clever-cardboard-virtual-reality-headset/

The simplicity and design of Cardboard is simply genius. Could you use this phone with Cardboard? Er I'm not sure, it might be too big! and what a shame that is hehe :)




Edited By: fishmaster on Jun 27, 2014 18:59
#17
179mm x 92mm ?
give me a break

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