PTB’s Top 5 Smartphones for 2013

Dec 26, 13 PTB’s Top 5 Smartphones for 2013

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Every year, we take a look at the top 5 smartphones that made a huge impact in the market. These phones aren’t necessarily the best ones out there or the ones with the latest features, but the ones that generated a lot of buzz (in a positive way), did well in sales, or just plain changed our mobile market. Without further ado, here’s our top 5 smartphones for 2013. 5. Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 Cherry Mobile is well ahead of local phone brands in terms of sales and popularity and for this year, their forerunner is the Omega HD 2.0. Not any of the Cosmos line, not their first Full HD phone, not even their first HD phone which was the original Omega HD. The 5-inch quad-core dual-SIM Omega HD 2.0 didn’t get any major launching and was quietly released to the market last June. Cherry Mobile didn’t knew that it would be their best-selling smartphone for 2013 as people continue to pick them over CM’s newer releases during the holidays. The combination of looks, specs and a reasonable price (P7,999) brought the Omega HD 2.0 on our Top 5 list. 4. Nokia Lumia 1020 Usually, it’s the platform and the ecosystem that dictates how people decide on which smartphone to get. For the Nokia Lumia 1020, it’s all about the hardware especially its 41-megapixel PureView camera on a slim and attractive frame. It’s clearly a big improvement from the first PureView phone and having it on Windows Phone 8 makes it a bit more appealing. It’s clearly the go-to choice for those wanting a phone to double as a really good compact camera. 3. Sony Xperia Z1 Being rugged and beautiful doesn’t always match but somehow, Sony did a good job on it with their Xperia Z1. It’s sleek and premium design doesn’t really scream waterproof and dustproof but it is. It’s just beautiful to look and feel and it’s amazing that Sony was able to put a 20.7-megapixel f/2.0 Sony G...

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Sony Xperia Z1 Review, the best camera on waterproof phone

Dec 17, 13 Sony Xperia Z1 Review, the best camera on waterproof phone

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This year we’ve seen a slew of Sony Xperia flagships being brought in the market. We have the Xperia Z which was released last January, the huge Xperia Z Ultra released last June and we already have a successor to the Xperia Z which is the Xperia Z1 released this September. Seems that Sony means business and their flagships are really gaining attention. We had a chance to get hold of the Xperia Z1 which boasts of a huge 20.7MP camera and a more sturdy construction. Will the Z1’s imaging prowess and sleek looks impress you enough to buy it? Let’s find out. Design The Xperia Z1 takes its design cues from the Xperia Z to which they seem almost alike. However, the Z1 is thicker at 0.33 in rather than the Z’s 0.31 in. The difference is somewhat minimal but it’s in the phone’s construction that makes it count. The Z1’s chassis is made from an aluminum alloy material that is really durable and light at the same time. And yes, it’s also waterproof. I really like how Sony managed to make a durable phone without sacrificing aesthetics and still screams premium! This is by far the most high-end looking phone I’ve ever handled and it’s such a joy to be using.   First thing you’ll notice when you see the Z1 upfront is its large bezels around the 5″ screen. This makes the Z1 larger than other 5″ phones and it may be too big for some to handle. The large bezels compensate for the handling part when holding the Z1 on landscape mode as it gives you room for your thumb to rest. It doesn’t have capacitive touch keys so you won’t be accidentally pressing them. The Z1 isn’t trying to be the thinnest out there but it’s completely flat on both front and back. What’s more impressive is that  the Z1 has a 20.7MP camera inside but it doesn’t even bulge!   At the left side, you’ll find the slot...

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra Review

Nov 19, 13 Sony Xperia Z Ultra Review

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Just when you thought phablets can’t get any bigger, Sony released the humongous Xperia Z Ultra to raise the bar on phone dimensions. We’re talking about a 6.4″ screen which simply overshadows the other phablets and it comes really close to being the size of a 7″ tablet. Now some will really find the Xperia Z Ultra awkward to use but let’s see why Sony opted to make a phablet this big. Design The Xperia Z Ultra borrows the design cues from the Xperia Z with the scratch and shatter proof glass panels as well as the metallic material on the sides. And it’s waterproof as well! Gaze on the front panel and you’ll notice right away that it has some large bezels particularly below the screen. Now if the screen is already big enough, why put all that additional space? Well, Sony has their reasons and we’ll discuss that on the “Handling” portion below. Apart from that, the 2 MP front-facing camera is situated at the left next to the Sony logo with the ear piece at the top and the LED indicator on the top-right. Turn the phone over its back and you’ll see an 8 MP camera at the top with the NFC logo just below. There’s no flash on this one so it may be a deal breaker for some although it uses Sony’s impressive mobile camera tech (more on that later). Its battery is non-removable so there’s not much action going at the back. Looking at the sides, it’s good to know that the Z Ultra is thinner than the Xperia Z at 0.26 inch rather than 0.31 inch. Since it’s quite big, it doesn’t feel too heavy nor too light either at 212g although it slightly leans on the heavy side due to the materials used and the sheer size. At the left, you’ll find the dock connector, and the flap that houses the micro-USB port. At the right, you’ll find the 3.5mm jack (yes, it’s still waterproof),...

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Sony Xperia Z1 to hit stores this Oct. 18, Friday for P34,990

Excited about Sony’s latest flagship phone? According to Sony Philippines, the Sony Xperia Z1 will hit stores this October 18, Friday with a cash SRP of Php34,990. The Sony Xperia Z1’s claim to fame is its impressive 20.7-megapixel 1/2.3” Sony Exmor RS sensor along with the first mobile phone to use the Sony G Lens, and the first Xperia phone to use Sony’s BIONZ image processor typically found on their high-end Cyber-shots and DSLRs. One of its camera’s amazing features is the Timeshift Burst mode which takes 61 images in just 2 seconds. Not only is this just a phone with an amazing camera but it comes with top-of-the-line specs as well. It has a 5-inch Full HD display with Sony’s TRILUMINOS technology and X-Reality engine. It also uses the latest and powerful quad-core chip from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 800, along with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage plus a slot for microSD, support for LTE, NFC, and MHL. Like most Xperia Z line of devices, the Xperia Z1 is also waterproof and dustproof. It comes in three colors: Purple, Black, and White, and fortunately, Sony PH will be bringing all three colors in our market. Read: First Impressions and Hands-on: Sony Xperia Z1 Sony Xperia Z1 Specs: 5-inch Full HD 1080 x 1920 resolution (441 ppi) TRILUMINOS display with X-Reality for mobile and OptiContrast Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass Dust-resistant, waterproof up to 1.5 meter (IP55/IP58-certified) Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 2.2 GHz quad-core processor Adreno 330 GPU 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage (11.72GB usable), microSD up to 64GB 20.7-megapixel rear camera with 1/2.3” Sony Exmor RS sensor F/2.0 aperture 27mm wide angle Sony G Lens 2-megapixel front camera Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean HDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, MHL Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery 144 x 74 x 8.5 mm 170 g Colors: Black, White, Purple SRP: Php34,990 (cash SRP) Related posts: Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Review 10 things about the Sony...

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Sony Xperia Z1, 5-inch Full HD quad-core phone with 20mp camera and 3000mAh battery

Sep 05, 13 Sony Xperia Z1, 5-inch Full HD quad-core phone with 20mp camera and 3000mAh battery

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Sony just unveiled their latest flagship smartphone, the 5-inch Xperia Z1 which is what happens when you marry their two previous flagship devices, the  Xperia Z Ultra and the Xperia Z. Basically it’s the Xperia Z Ultra but in a smaller pocket-friendly body. The Sony Xperia Z1 has the same IP58-certified waterproof rating as that of the Xperia Z Ultra, which means it can go deep up to 1.5m for 30 minutes. The  chassis is made of a single block of aluminum protected by a scratch-resistant tempered glass at the front and back, just like their previous premium Xperia devices. It feels good and pretty solid in the hand which is how a premium device should feel. There are covered flaps for the microSD, microSIM, and microUSB ports. The only exposed areas would be the 3.5mm audio port and the magnetic contact points for the charging dock. At 8.5mm thin, the Xperia Z1 is a little thicker than the Xperia Z and the curved sides makes it chunkier but easier to handle. Comparing to the Xperia Z, the Xperia Z1 feels more solid although a tad heavier. It’s still pretty slim for a phone which has the same 1/2.3” camera sensor (bigger than before) as that of the Samsung Galaxy Zoom but without any protruding part on the lens module, and still able to cram a 3000mAh battery at that. For comparison, the bigger Xperia Z Ultra has a 3050mAh battery. The 5-inch display on the Xperia Z1 has a 1080p resolution backed by their Triluminous technology for a wider range of color reproduction. The viewing angles is actually quite good here. The screen is also enhanced by Sony’s X-Reality Engine for sharper images with better contrast plus the OptiContrast design for better readability under direct sunlight. Inside, the Xperia Z almost has the same specs as that of the Z Ultra. It is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip with 2.2GHz powering each core. It gets 2GB RAM and 16GB...

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First Impressions: Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Aug 31, 13 First Impressions: Sony Xperia Z Ultra

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Sony Philippines just launched their beast of a phablet, the Xperia Z Ultra, last week and we got the chance to play with it for a short while. This should be a direct taunt to Samsung and its upcoming Galaxy Note III and Sony becomes the first company to market a device that sports Qualcomm’s latest and fastest Snapdragon 800 chip. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is for those looking for a tablet and phone in one. Its size is a cross between the Galaxy Note II and the 7-inch tablets out there. Fairly big but the 6.5mm thickness and the 212g weight makes this device comfortable to hold even with one hand, that is if you don’t mind having your prints on the screen and on the back which are protected by scratch-resistant tempered glass. Despite its thin and light frame, the Xperia Z Ultra feels pretty solid unlike the Galaxy Mega 6.3 which has the same weight but has a plastic chassis. Knowing Sony’s penchant for water-proofing their high-end devices, the Xperia Z ultra was not spared. In fact, it has a higher rating than their previous devices. Its IP58 rating is the highest level you can get against liquids and this is achieved even if the 3.5mm audio port is left exposed (rest of the ports have flaps). The 6.4-inch screen has a Full HD resolution giving it a 344ppi pixel density which is still impressive for a screen its size. Sony also put all their TV display technology on this phablet. The Triluminos display gives it a wider gamut of colors compared to regular LCDs which you can easily notice. It also has their X-Reality image processor that automatically and smartly enhances saturation, contrast, and reduces noise so that your video will look good on the Full HD resolution. There’s also the OptiContrast design which makes the display more readable in direct sunlight by reducing optical flare. Powering the Xperia Z Ultra is the best Qualcomm has to offer, its...

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Sony Xperia M, 4-inch smartphone with NFC for P10,490

Sony Philippines recently announced the availability of their latest mid-range phone, the NFC-powered Xperia M which retails for just Php10,490. The Xperia M follows the beautiful Sony OmniBalance design but of course with less-expensive materials. It does have that premium glass screen and the aluminum power button which will make you think the other buttons and strips on the side are also made of aluminum. Perhaps the selling part of this phone is the inclusion of NFC on a sub-11k device which allows you to easily communicate with various NFC accessories Sony is also marketing such as headsets, speakers, and a companion handset, and also with other NFC phones. With the Xperia M, you’ll get a 4-inch display along with a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage. There’s a 5-megapixel camera at the back capable of HD video recording and a measly VGA camera up front. The battery is rated at 1,750mAh. The Sony Xperia M will be avialable in the market for Php10,490 starting next month. If you want a dual-SIM version of this phone, the Xperia M dual will be coming out this October for Php10,990. Sony Xperia M Specs: 4.0″ FWVGA (854 x 480) TFT display, 245ppi 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227 chip Adreno 305 GPU 1GB RAM, 4GB inernal storage, microSD up to 64GB Android 4.1 Jellybean 5 megapixel AF Exmor RS rear camera w/ LED flash 0.3 megapixel front-facing HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps Bluetooth 4.0 w/ A2DP, ANT+ NFC 1,750mAh battery 124 x 62 x 9.3 mm 115 g Colors: Black, Purple, White, Yellow SRP: Php10,490 Related posts: First Impressions: Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Sony Ericsson Xperia arc and neo coming this summer Sony Xperia S soon to hit the gray market, priced at P28,500 Unboxing the Sony Xperia P Sony Xperia neo L, 4-inch Android phone for just P12,490 Sony Xperia L, the 4.3-inch mid-range camera smartphone from...

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra, 6.4-inch Full HD ultra-slim LTE smartphone

Jul 16, 13 Sony Xperia Z Ultra, 6.4-inch Full HD ultra-slim LTE smartphone

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When I started reading about the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, I thought to myself, this is one feature-packed powerful phone. There’s a lot to say about it that I don’t know where to start. Anyway, let’s try. The Xperia Z Ultra is Sony’s largest phone with its 6.4-inch display. Not any ordinary display but this one has a Full HD resolution and uses Sony’s latest and unique TRILUMINOS display for mobile. You got to hand it to Sony for putting new technology from their TVs and digital cameras into their mobile devices. The Full HD display also features X-Reality for mobile which is Sony’s intelligent display software that analyzes each image and reproduces lacking pixels to optimize quality for the sharpest videos. At 212 grams, it’s not exactly lightweight but it doesn’t look heavy with its 6.5mm-thin body. The front and back are made of tempered glass giving it a seamless surface with the OptiContrast panel housed in a solid metal frame. It has the same OmniBalance design seen on the gorgeous Xperia Z and Tablet Z. With that body, the Xperia Z Ultra is also durable having an IP55 and IP58 rating making it dust-resistant and waterproof up to 1 meter. The display glass is scratch-resistant yet super responsive that Sony lets you use any pencil as a stylus for it. Or you can use any metal pen with a tip diameter of over 1mm as your stylus. These makeshift stylus will work with its handwriting recognition software. Powering this device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and its quad-core processor clocking in at 2.2GHz. The chip supports HD voice which works well with Sony’s ClearAudio+ mode and Xloud sound enhancement. It also has a 2GB RAM with 16GB internal storage plus a microSD slot. There’s an 8-megapixel rear camera that can do HDR photos and videos, and a 2-megapixel front camera that allows for Full HD recording. This phone also supports LTE, NFC, and MHL. It also has a non-removable 3050mAh battery and...

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Sony Xperia L, the 4.3-inch mid-range camera smartphone from Sony

Jun 05, 13 Sony Xperia L, the 4.3-inch mid-range camera smartphone from Sony

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Another Sony Xperia phone is coming to town for 2013. This time it’s the Xperia L, a mid-range model that provides class-leading camera technology that supports HDR for both photos and videos. The Sony Xperia L inherits its good looks from its brothers but with sloped edges and a matte plastic removable back cover. Just like other Xperia phones, it also has a transparent bottom edge that illuminates when there are notifications. It has a 4.3 inch FWVGA screen for an average 228 ppi pixel density. It doesn’t have that Sony Mobila BRAVIA Engine like its pricier brothers so don’t expect the same sharp and vivid display. That doesn’t exactly mean it’s all that bad though considering it’s a 4.3-inch screen. As for power, the Xperia L uses a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage plus microSD support. It runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and has NFC to boot. It’s value proposition would be its 8-megapixel camera with Sony’s unique “Exmor RS for mobile” sensor technology for vivid colours and stunning clarity. HDR (High Dynamic Range) ensures that both your photos and videos are captured clearly, even at night or against a strong backlight. And with the dedicated camera key that goes ‘from sleep to snap’ in just over a second even from a locked screen, this fast-capture camera phone will ensure that you’ll never miss another moment. The Sony Xperia L should be available this month for Php14,990 and comes in black, red, and white. Sony Xperia L Specs: 4.3-inch 480 x 854 FWVGA touchscreen display, 228 ppi 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8230 Snapdragon Adreno 305 GPU Android 4.1 Jelly Bean 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, microSD up to 32GB HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, NFC 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and Exmor RS for mobile VGA front camera Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery 128.7 x 65 x 9.7 mm 137 g Colors:...

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Sony Xperia Z, world’s most compact 5-inch smartphone set to arrive this April

We saw the beautiful Sony Xperia Z late last month and it was a sight to behold design. For those who value design on their handsets, the Xperia Z is set to arrive this April for Php32,490. This precision-engineered Full HD smartphone is the world’s most compact smartphone with a 5-inch display according to Strategy Analytics. It features a unique OmniBalance design on a sleek 7.9mm body with subtly rounded edges and smooth reflective surfaces on all sides making it easy to handle and use. Sony’s superphone is also impressively “lifeproof” having the highest levels of water and dust resistance in a premium smartphone. It utilizes a tempered glass and anti-shatter film on the front and back, as well as the ability to act as an underwater camera up to 1 meter in depth for 30 minutes. Under the hood of the Xperia Z smartphone you’ll find a 1.5Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip along with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. It’s also equipped with a 13-megapixel Exmor R mobile camera at the back and a 2.2-megapixel in front and both capable of Full HD video recording. Is this the perfect ‘it’ phone and lifestyle companion for you? Experience it at Xperia concept stores to find out before getting it next month. It will be available in Black, White, and Purple. Related posts: Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Review Unboxing the Sony Xperia P 10 things about the Sony Xperia P from a non-Android user Sony Xperia neo L, 4-inch Android phone for just P12,490 Sony Xperia V soon to be available on Smart’s LTE plan Sony Xperia Z and ZL launched, 5-inch Full HD...

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