After a few weeks with the new Sony Xperia Z5, we’ve found it to be a very solid phone. The external design hasn’t changed much from its predecessors and it’s still IP68 dust and water resistant, but they’ve certainly packed some punch into this version of the Xperia.
At first glance, the Z5 is rectangular and simple looking but there is a premium feel to it weighing in at 154 grams. There’s just 3 buttons and they are all situated on the right hand side of the phone. The power button is perfectly positioned for picking up the device and turning it on with the thumb. It’s also now a fingerprint scanner, so good thing they got the positioning right with that button. What doesn’t feel right though, is the volume rocker, it’s just in a really awkward position and kind of feels like the proverbial pea under the mattress on the side of my palm when navigating the screen. It’s a strange design decision which I haven’t been able to work out.
It has a glass front and a frosted back, which is a grand relief because the glass back on the previous versions were a nightmare for fingerprints. There are two speakers, one at the top and one at the bottom of the phone giving it stereo sound.
The hero feature of the Sony Xperia Z5 is the 23 mp (mega-pixel) back camera with blazingly fast autofocus. Like, it’s already taken a photo and had a cup of tea before any other phone camera can catch up. The quality of the photos are generally very good, especially taken in good lighting. However in low lighting situations it seems to lose a bit of clarity. The selfie camera is 5 mp and does a pretty good job also.
The display is a 5.2 inch HD screen with 1080 x 1920 resolution. To put this into perspective, it has the same resolution as the iPhone 6s Plus but the pixel goodness is packed into a 5.2 inch screen instead of the 5.5 inch screen of the iPhone. This makes the picture sharp and vibrant, especially when playing back 4k video which can also be recorded by the Z5.
Have no fear, unlike other leading phones on the market, the micro SD card slot is still available on the Xperia Z5 but you better grow some finger nails to get into it. It’s another strange design decision, both the SD card and sim card slots are on the same tray, so trying to get them both into the slot is a bit of a fidgety balancing act.
The phone is very fast and smooth to use and the battery will easily last a full day with moderate to heavy usage.
The Xperia Z5 retails for $999 RRP. The Compact version is $849 RRP and the Premium version is $1,199 RRP. If you are a Sony fan, this is by far one of the best phones in the Xperia range to date. Check out full specs on the Sony Xperia Z5.