Having dabbled in mobile phone sales and marketing for a while I knew it was time to do my research and find a phone that’s going to exceed my expectations. In August when my 24 month EE iPhone contract expired I upgraded to a HTC One M9 which I’ve been getting along with really well. The move to Android was seamless although I was hesitant in going for a HTC after some bad experiences in the past. I really wanted to move to Samsung, they’re easily the most popular Android phones and they look great too. The only issue being that the most recent handset (S6) has been manufactured without a memory card slot which gives it the ex-iPhone user seal of unapproval. The Samsung Galaxy S5 (released early 2014) does have expandable memory and is also waterproof, a feature I would love to have on a handset but the release date being well over a year before, I didn’t want to end up with a phone that feels outdated in 6 months. Spoilt? Psssh bought it myself didn’t I? Also with a 10GB 4G extra data plan it doesn’t matter what range handset I go for, the tariff will make the price in the £40 to £50 region regardless. I was drawn to the look of the M9 as well as the expandable memory and 20 megapixel camera however on reflection it actually lacks a lot of the features I wanted from a new handset. I’m less than 6 months into my contract and I’ve been eyeing up the Sony Xperia Z5’s specs over on GSM Arena.
All the other specs for the compact edition are exactly the same except for one major factor… The battery life. Of the three different size Z5 handsets, the compact variety boasts the best battery life with a whopping 83 hour endurance rating. Compared to the average smartphone that’s almost a whole day of extra battery life. Xperia uses are always quick to boast this feature and why the hell not? The ever changing smartphone industry needs to take a leaf from Sony’s book and kit out all devices with this kind of power!
Another reason I couldn’t say no to the Z5 was that it’s waterproof. I’ve broken approximately 5 phones during my life time thanks to water damage (and another 5 down to stupidity) so when I found out the Z5 had a waterproof feature and also boasted a 23mp (4k) camera, I was beyond sold. There are so many situations in which a waterproof phone will come in handy, not only the obvious ones like using your phone in the sea but some of the less common uses such as using it in the rain or answering a call in the shower.
Xperia phones also come with the capability to video screenshot, which as far as I’m aware isn’t a feature available on any other smartphone. It allows you to screenshot indefinitely in full screen either portrait or landscape. This feature is great for recording Skype calls, sharing partial clips from YouTube or Catch Up or just demonstrating something online.
Finally, the Xperia Z5, compact and premium all come with a Micro SD slot which is compatible with memory cards up to 200gb in capacity. That’s a total of 232gb of memory, enough to store approximately 154 SD movies, 8000 MP3s or 770 apps and games. Ain’t nobody gone run out of storage!