Sony Xperia XZ Long Term Review: Still great in 2017



We re-review Sony’s Xperia XZ smartphone for 2017, comparing against rivals like the Galaxy S8 and LG G6, as well as Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium.

I’ve been using the Xperia XZ on and off for the past six months, since the phone first launched in the UK. However, for the purpose of this long term review, I returned to Sony’s phone full-time for a full week. Here’s my 2017 Xperia XZ review, covering how the design, performance, camera tech, battery life and media chops have fared over time.

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  • I love my Xperia XZ, it's been absolutely perfect for me over the last couple of years, but now thinking about an upgrade as I would like a bit more screen….. But what to go for? The Xperia 1 is BIG…. 🤔🤔

    rustandoil July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • I'm use Xperia xz it's running with android oreo bettry life and performance very good but camera issue when it's heating camera notice temperature rising some fonction are dissebled please cool down phone and it's working how can I solve this problem

    Hemang Tilavat July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • Just bought it in 2018. Amazing device, great looks and awesome performance. It's nearing 150k on Antutu.

    DahakePL July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • mine is on its deathbed.. ill update to the xz1 compact in 1 month

    Swedish_Steel July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • eXactly the same screen as 2014s Z3.

    E K July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • It's really Still in 2018!!!

    Mino Vulpio July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • this might be late but does anyone have problem with battery on their xz? i mean i have almost charged 2 times full today and still gotten only 4.5h screen on time and the phone is laggy as fuck

    Lauri July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • Best phone I ever had since the z3 with front facing speaker's , fast long battery life , great camera,

    Mike L July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • When the XZ gets dropped I bet you the price of the phone on release it wont break like the Samsung S8 or Iphone

    Dr23rippa July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • great review!

    Felix New July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • i have my xperia xz dual sim 3 months and im very satisfied with the phone…very good performances phone not laggy or something else and the battery life its more than acceptable.The camera its ok,even if it has the problem in low light its still ok because it has the manual mode and the heating its not so disturbing like the z5 even if i play games like mortal kombat X or asphalt 8 … the design its very elegant and beautiful i dont agree also with the no bevel phone … i had before samsung s7 edge but im happy that i change to XZ it isnt too much different between them about performance … im a fan of sony phones i had z2 , z5 and now xz all they are working good i still have home the z2 working.

    Marian Teleanu July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • Rip fingerprint sensor (US)

    Individual SOULS July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • Had the XZ dual sim, but it kept hanging and was very laggy which apparently is quite common. Changed to a g6, which was a breathe of fresh air. Now I'm waiting for the xz1 or whatever it'll be.

    Peter Low July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • Background music?

    Paranova July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • I currently have the Sony Xperia m4 Aqua which is a terrible phone i have had to replace it two times in only one year of use so I would like the Xz premium but I don't want to spend over $1000 for it plus I'm not overly fussed when it comes to camera and 4K so the Xperia Xz is in my price range and does sound very nice to use will be buying one in next couple of days thanks for the review boosted my confidence in my purchase 😌

    GR33NY PLAYZ July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • you a northerner? where you from dude

    youngando13 July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • The worst mobile i have ever used getting hot so fast lagging so much bad battery i hated it i regretted buy it

    farfour foof July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • Is this phone worth it now??

    James Young July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • Unless you need to play crysis 3 on your phone, 3GB of ram is PLENTY. Or are some people hoping to multitask 50 apps?

    Cool story bruh July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • 3:23 game name? Please and thank you 🙂

    Terrorblade July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • Do not buy this, please do yourself a favor. In my Opinion this is Sony's worst phone so far. Belive me! I have had it for about 5.5 months now and after first 2 weeks, ever since i upgraded to nougat i have regretted this purchase every single day. Battery drain on this one is insane, and there is no support from sony. I have tried every possible solution on this phone found on internet that i could have done without changing rom / rooting / unlocking bootloader, but no luck.

    Google these "nougat battery drain" or "phone idle battery drain" or "insane battery drain" or "xperia xz battery drain" or any other sort of battery drain and you will see threads of hundreds of people crying about battery drain all of them who own Xperia XZ (this problem goes out to some other sony phones as well). Even Sony's forums are full of threads of people crying about this, Most active threads with hundreds of posts are on this same problem but no one from Sony responds. The problem is not the hardware, first 2 weeks i was on marshmellow and i would get 7 hours of screen on time. now i have to charge this phone 3 or 2 times a day, 2 times for sure, but some days some small top up during the day as well. maximum screen on time i get is 2 to 3 hours in a charge and screen on times doesn't even matter, phone dies just sitting there anyway. Top battery consuming apps are: 1. "phone idle" 2. Android OS 3. Android system 4. then comes the screen usually.

    There are threads about Xperia XZ owners crying about it on : XDA, Sony Forums, Reddit, most other popular forums but no solution yet. I cant return it as I bought it from abroad, I cant sell it because that will ethically be wrong, I have tweeted about this to sony 10s of times I have done everything else in my power to save my this investment. but not even a single response from sony to this day in 5 months.
    I cant do anything now but try to save others from making the same mistake i did.

    Please flush your money down the toilet you will cry for a day or 2 then you will get over it. but if you buy this piece of crap you will end up flushing your money down the toilet as well ruining months of your life, stress, anxiety because the battery is like electronic lottery it may last a day it may last 2 hours. anyway, Thank you for reading so far, This was about my 12th Sony phone but this for sure is my last Sony product.

    ahmad khan July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • i am having problems understanding the RAM management of this device..can u explain??

    Sirish Manandhar July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • A good and fair review, had my XZ for a month now and I'm really happy, best phone I've owned or used. Camera is first class, particularly good results in manual mode. Great value at current prices.

    HighwayRamos July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • £25 a month on Virgin atm. I'm still rocking my Z3 but it's getting a little worn now. XZ comes with free pair of Sony headphones worth £100

    Si Y July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • I love these Long Term Reviews! Keep it up guys! New subby here! Hopefully another one for Xperia XZ after a year! 😀

    Mario A July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • what should I choose between Sony xperia Xz and Htc 10, and why??? with argumets plis, and also, samsung s8

    andru haritonunicul July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • 6s plus or xperia xz? reply asap plss

    Joshua July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • What is the price of this phone now? Is it still worth buying in 2017?

    Md.Iftekharul Amin July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • I currently have a Sony Xperia Z5 and am due an upgrade in July. I'm thinking of getting the Sony Xperia XZ, but am wondering if it'll be too similar to the device I have now, but the forest blue does look extremely appealing and I like the look of the camera specifications and the general appearance of this phone. Would you suggest I upgrade to this, or choose something less similar? Many thanks

    Benjamin Matthews July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • going to get a sony xperia x in july. was going to get a moto g5 plus but the sony x is much faster for the same price.($400 aud)

    Marcus July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • I use X Compact and after 6 months of accurate use back of the device looks all trash. Very scratch prone, like old phones. For cost saving purposes Sony uses cheapest materials and doesn't care about durability. Premium price for budget class materials and finish…

    Victor R July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • I have the Xperia XZ and its laggy af 🙁 I regret my buy

    Unnati Singla July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • Been a fan for years…you all were 1 of the sources that convinced me with th z3 compact and I LOVED that phone…. Now I got my blue XZ…shhooo sexy!! Keep it up

    Yasiin Simba July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • please can you give the link of the wallpapers you have on your z5 please recombu

    Tech Triangle July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • xperia xz is aethetically better looking than the s8

    s hudson July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply
  • hey my opinion of Sony has declined

    the bezels don't provide much function, and the display is still the same resolution for the same price as last year Sony flagship , also the software needs improved, it looks outdated in my opinion and Sony Ram management seems to be poor on newer devices due to poor optimization, I wish they continued with the small apps feature as that was true multitasking, also I like the settings menu as it looks pleasant but there's a lack of colour in the UI overall , also Sony are really bad at continuing with software updates and they need to be better at labelling which is their high end smartphone as it is very confusing as a consumer although I feel they should focus more on the budget market as an alternative to the Moto g smartphone series

    Ryan Barclay July 6, 2020 5:17 am Reply

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