Xperia ZR- Twin brother of the Nexus 4, but way better
Abhishek Balaji (May 2, 2014)
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The Xperia ZR is certainly not a new entrant to the mobile market. You could certainly look at it as a stripped down model of the Xperia Z. Let?s look at this device in detail.
The one thing surprising about this device is how close its internals resemble the Nexus 4. It is the exact same hardware, with Sony making a few improvements to the camera, display and storage.
When you look at the spec sheet, you?re gonna wonder why people would buy this over a Nexus 4 and this review is gonna do exactly the opposite. I?m gonna tell you why you should buy this device over the Nexus 4.
Everything good about the Nexus 4 is also a shortcoming. It is simply not a consumer device. It may have been the bestselling phone for a while, but it?s still a developer phone. The Xperia ZR, you could say, is a much better, polished Nexus 4.
It has a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor clocked at 1.5GHz coupled with a 2GB RAM and 8GB internal memory, with expandable memory up to 64GB which the Nexus 4 doesn?t have. The display is slightly smaller than the Nexus 4, coming at 4.6? instead of the 4.7? in the Nexus 4. The Nexus 4 itself is a wide device compared to the others. The ZR, is more pocketable and easier on the palms when using one handed. It also has wireless charging which is on par with Nexus 4.
The camera is where the Xperia ZR really stands out. Sony went out of its way to makes sure that it retained the excellent camera as in the Xperia Z. It has a 13MP shooter with Exmor RS?. It has some amazing shooting modes that makes you wish you had it in every phone.
The problem with the Nexus 4 is that for every little thing that makes a lot of difference, you need to install an app. The Xperia ZR solves that problem. Sony added a few nifty apps that replace the google apps. Don?t worry, google apps are still there. The Music player is something that I love. Walkman, is better than poweramp music player and way better than Google Play Music.
The Sony Music app gives you free streaming and download of theoretically millions of songs, but its hard to find many of them. So you?ll be left wondering what to do. The Music Discovery on the app is pretty poor, so don?t expect to discover new songs on it anytime soon.
The device itself runs Android 4.2.2; Sony has started rolling out the 4.3 updates, so I?m waiting for that.
So, here?s something unique about the phone. Its waterproof and dust proof. There are some certifications that assure you of this. One of my friends didn?t believe this when I told her. A dunk in a fountain reassured her. People would love doing this with your phone. So expect more of ?wet? phones. Coming to how this is done, the back cover has a rubber seal around the battery and the slots there which prevents water from getting inside. Unfortunately, the camera is not protected and I found my camera getting fogged often after a dunk. There are port flaps for the charging port and the headphone jack, which have
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Not of a perfect sony quality .. not worth the money
Ram Prakkash (Jul 31, 2014)
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Low camera quality .. high cost processor not as fast a 2 gb ram processor camera of zr (27000rs ) so called 13.1mp and camera of s duos s7562 (9000rs) are both same , to be more particular s duos is better .. quality of those two seemed same . when asked in customer care centre they say 13 mp is just said only for denotation and the results of 13 mp shouldnt be expected . and when shown the both camera pics of zr and s duos they say every brand differs . so why pay three times the money ? for same quality. ? only advantage in it is water proof nothing else other than that.. and never expect sony's quality in it ..
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Sony Xperia ZR C5502 worth every rupee spend!
Shibu John (Feb 4, 2014)
I recommend Sony Xperia ZR C5502 for those who wish to purchase a mobile which is not too expensive but which is equally useful with all useful functions. The audio quality and display are awesome.Worth the price.
Ram (Jul 2, 2015)
I have been using this phone for the last 1.5 yrs. now and it has proved to be very reliable. Some highlights:1. Great photos and videos with the 13 MP rear camera, esp. at short range2. Am planning to extend memory with a SD card in future, however have been able to store 200+ photos in the internal memory itself. Better to clear thumbnails and undesirable videos/photos installed by default on the phone.3. Have upgraded from Jelly Bean to Kitkat to Lollipop - OS updates are very prompt.4. Runs 100+ apps incl. RSS Reader, about a doz. business and news apps., Organizer, Yahoo, Gmail and Windows Live each with multiple accounts, Broking and banking apps, about 6-7 games for the kids, tool-kits, avast comprehensive pack. a few social networking apps - smoothly5. Battery lasts for about 1 day, I charge it for about 2 hrs. late evening to reach full charge.6. Works as a SatNav device on long journeys smoothly on 2G/3G7. Battery performance deteriorates only when the phone is exposed to heated environments, like when left inside a car even if not directly exposed to sunlight. Or if too many simultaneous apps are running with very few actually in use. With Lollipop, it is possible to terminate all unnecessary apps with 1-click.8. Some Apps like CM Security and Battery boost actually end up slowing the phone and giving false updates that 100s of MB space has been cleared every now and then etc. - in reality this App simply markets dozens of other apps, some not even supported on Google play all the time.9. Today as I check prices, this phone which was launched a little earlier than the Z1 has held its value quite well and is available at a max. 10-14% discount, whereas the Xperia Z/Z1 which was launched as a top-of the line phone is available at 45-55% discount, though it features better specs. I am now on the lookout for another good mid-range phone for my spouse, and that is getting to be a challenge :-)
Firdaus Syed (May 6, 2015)
Still the best phone with this price range..
Aravindhan (Nov 18, 2015)
I am using this phone for one year.Great phone no lag in performance comparing features the negative is in front camera with low megapixel other than that phone is good
Vignesh Rajendran (May 7, 2014)
Been using the product for more than three months, Received the item in expected condition, the product works well and I have no complaints. The said delivery time is very conservative but I got the phone in two working days. And to add, I saved money as the seller had a difference of about 2300 when compared to others.Highly recommended
Sai Venkat Reddy (Jun 30, 2019)
Nothing much difference between Z & ZR
Pros of Z over ZR.
1.ZR's Display is smaller than Z's 5inch.
2.But Z had 442ppi but ZR had only 319ppi.
3.Z had 1920 x 1080 but ZR had 720 x 1280 resolution
4.2MP front facing but ZR had 0.3MP.
5.16GB internal memory than ZR's 8GB.
6.Difference of 30 mah in battery which Z claims.
Pros of ZR over Z
1.Ideal display size than mighty 5'..wonder how people are using plastic mega's which look monstrous while taking with someone.
2.IP55/58 than IP55/56 of Z's..so additional protection under water.
3.With the difference in display size, the battery works better with this smaller one ZR than Z.
Again Z deserves those extra bucks for those additional features....
(1.k for ppi+1k for memory(Internal)+1k for size+1K for 2mp camera+1k for battery and the remaining for Katrina Kaif)......
One word--Sony does well in Music because its volume is on moderate level & ideal for ears rather than hTC's or plastics which may be harmful if raised to highest level...Not criticising but a personal experience..
Thanks for reading..
Pulak Bhagawati (Jun 30, 2019)
Except for the low internal memory and the VGA front cam, this is the perfect phone for me. Now I regret, I should've waited for this one, instead of buying SP. Waterproof and 2GB of RAM are the best part of Xperia ZR. And the design is pretty decent too.
good phone similar to xperia z
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