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Sony Xperia ZL C6502 HSPA+ 16 GB, 2 GB RAM Black 16GB Unlocked Cell Phone 5
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4 out of 5 eggs 1st week, from SGNote1 to ZL. 04/24/2013

This review is from: Sony Xperia ZL C6502 HSPA+ 16 GB, 2 GB RAM Black 16GB Unlocked Cell Phone 5"

Pros: -12MP EXMOR camera
-Sony's panorama sweep is best for auto single row stills
-Dedicated 2 stage camera button
-Call quality
-External sound
-Very high res. 5" screen with minimal bezel
-"Cool" status light
-Micro SD card expansion
-Textured back plate with rounded edges feels great
-UI is smooth

Cons: -Relatively short battery life
-Battery is non-removable
-Virtual Home, Back, and Task Manager buttons eat up screen real estate (does not always auto-hide)
-Screen viewing angle is very poor compared to SGNote1
-EXMOR camera superior auto mode is unpredictable
-Image noise reduction is too heavy: even in bright sun it looks like water colors
-HDR/backlight mode almost always creates ghosting in images
-Front facing camera's bottom-right corner position is always looking up your nose, even at arms length (turn phone upside down for better results; *fail*)

Other Thoughts: I was very hopeful coming from a Samsung Galaxy Note 1. The idea of a 5" screen, almost as big as SGN, with smaller bezel sounded great. In actual application however the ZL's screen is much narrower than the SGN. Because the SGN's screen has a more square aspect ratio, you get way more real estate than one would assume from just the spec. numbers. The ZL's screen is noticeably more crisp, contrasty, and the colors seem more "correct" out of the box (more tweakable too). The way i see it now, the ZL seems to be targeting Apple's iPhone 5 (the most popular smartphone in Japan now-a-days). I have a new appreciation for just how good the original Samsung Galaxy Note is. I may part with the ZL and wait for the "Galaxy Note 3".

HP 12.1
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Pros: Computing performance is pretty darn good considering the price paid. Photoshop CS3 Extended runs quite well. A good laptop all around. ExpressCard 34 is an awesome follow-up to PCMCIA card bus! HP mini remote control is very nice for presentations and watching other media sources.

Cons: Touch screen is poor compared to "real" Tablet PC's with electromagnetic feedback screens. Editing in Photoshop is not so good. WACOM tablet or true Tablet PC's are much much better. The writing surface on this HP is very reflective, forget about using it outside. HP proprietary hardware, bloat ware, and Vista make this a frustrating laptop to optimize. Forget about loading XP Pro Tablet, I already tried. The nVidia chipset drivers cannot be "re-installed" without INF file modding--too much drama! All the little hot buttons and the remote do not work without HP's proprietary software.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a true Tablet PC, make sure the screen is an electromagnetic feedback type--NOT a Touch Screen. If you like HP the TC4400 series is far superior in terms of tablet functionality.


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Display Name: Scott K.

Date Joined: 10/20/03

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  • First Review: 11/15/07
  • Last Review: 04/24/13
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