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Sony Xperia Z Ultra First Impressions

by Brandon Russell | August 11, 2013August 11, 2013 8:01 am PST

Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra is, quite simply, huge. A concoction of glass, plastic and electronics formed into an almost-tablet bigger than any other smartphone out there—all designed to cater to the fervent phablet crowd. Never has it been more awkward to hold a phone in public. What is that thing, people probably think as they stare. Well, it’s an enormous phone—that’s all there is to it. It’s an enormous phone when using something like the Galaxy S4 or HTC One is just fine. But it exists anyway.

The Xperia Z Ultra exists because the Galaxy Mega 6.3 exists. As Sony continually gets overshadowed by more competent smartphone competition, the company took a step back and rethought its strategy. Enough of trying to keep up; Sony instead decided to disguise its latest smartphone to look like a tablet, except not. So far, the experience hasn’t so bad as far as usability goes—at least for something with a 6.4-inch Full HD screen.

You obviously can’t extend your thumb to the notification drawer without using two hands; pretty much nothing can be accomplished one-handed unless you’re bigfoot. Maybe you are, in which case this phone is perfect for you. It has a beautiful screen, thin frame and great build quality. All very typical qualities in flagship smartphones today. It’s also really fast.

Phablets aren’t for everyone, but if you do enjoy the thrill of gigantic devices, Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra is currently the biggest you can find. That is until something bigger comes along.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.