Sony Xperia Z Ultra

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra review, rating and latest UK deals and offers


We're still not quite sure what to make of supersized smartphones like the Xperia Z Ultra. Is it a phone? Is it a tablet? Is there any point to it at all? Let's take a closer look

Our rating
82

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra

  1. 6.4 inch smartphone
  2. From £33 a month on O2
  3. 600 minutes
  4. 1GB data
  5. UNLIMITED texts
  6. On O2 and 3 Network


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That almost all the major players are now producing (very) large screen handsets suggests that there are enough of you out there who want one, and now Sony have joined in with the Xperia Z Ultra.


Main features

  1. Huge 6.4 inch touchscreen
  2. Dust and Waterproof
  3. 4G handset
  4. 8 megapixel camera with HD video
  5. 16 GB memory

Read our full review here >>>
by Mike Leader

So what does this 6.4 inch screened behemoth have to offer? Well it's unashamedly large which means it's brilliant for browsing the internet and playing games or watching video, and ridiculous for using as a telephone, especially if you are out and about.

You don't have a hope in hell of taking a discreet call on this beast! The Health and Safety brigade must be horrified - hold this to your face and you could walk out in front of a bus without even seeing it!

Sublime screen

We are at least pleased to report that the screen is supplied in fabulous full HD with a resolution of 1080 x 1920, offering 344 pixels per inch which is better than the iPhone 5s.

The iPhone is used as a benchmark without having to get too technical because it is pretty much common knowledge that Apple's high resolution Retina screens are superb. Sony's screens are superb too of course and the Z Ultra does not disappoint for the most part, but isn't the brightest we have seen in strong light.

But you can happily watch your movies and play your games on this PlayStation-certified device in full HD, and as a mini-viewer it really is fantastic. The whole of the front of the device is covered with Gorilla Glass 3 as is the back, and some of you will have already realised that it is effectively a giant Xperia Z1.

The glass-smothered casing, remarkably thin at 6.5 mm and scratch and shatter resistant, does attract fingerprints and the size of it means they will come from both hands, because it is difficult to hold and to operate with the same hand.

Brilliant but redundant camera

There is nothing really wrong with the 8 megapixel camera. It includes auto focus, touch to focus, image stabilisation and HDR to enhance subjects where there is bright light behind them. This is particularly useful when, for example, you are taking a picture of friends or family and don't want to finish up with a black silhouette.

You also get advanced features including face detection, geotagging and sweep panoramic modes. But oddly there is no flash of any kind so you won't want to use it as an indoor camera, your shots will simply be underexposed and grainy most of the time.

I guess Sony have realised most people won't buy this for primary use as a camera.

You won't want to use it as an outdoor camera in any event because, well you just won't. Even those Japanese tourists with foot-long lenses on the huge camera slung around their necks you used to laugh at will be laughing at you this time around.

Still, if you insist you can use it to record 1080p full HD video and there is a secondary front facing video camera for those Skype calls which also records in full HD.

Waterproof housing

No, we are not referring to somewhere to live if your town's streets flood again. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is fully waterproof with dust and water resistance up to one meter.

Perfect for watching a video in the bath then, or in the rain if you can't find a pocket large enough to store it in, which is a very strong possibility. There are times when it could be a genuinely useful feature, just don't forget to close the flaps when you are done charging the device.

The battery is quoted by the manufacturers to last as long as 820 hours on standby. That's well over a month which seems a little optimistic to us but that huge screen will still drain the 3050 mAh battery pretty quickly if you're watching video or gaming.

That is probably what this device is likely to be used for the most - but you should get well over a day out of it between charges with average use.

Strong connectivity

Every mode of connection you will ever need is here. It's a decent size for use as an in-car or even a hand held sat nav unit and assisted GPS is on board as well as connection to the GLONASS system, Russia's own satellite system.

Dual band Wi-Fi is here too with Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi hotspot, and DLNA enables you to forward your movies and music to a similarly enabled device such as a Sony TV. NFC for contactless payments and file transfer by touch also features, though you're going to look even sillier waving this at a payment terminal than you are answering the phone.

Our summary

Like all of the Sony Xperia Z range it is a superb piece of kit, but we still don't really see the point of it.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 is perhaps it's nearest competitor but has been marketed as more of a note-taking device with it's included S-Pen stylus and related apps, and it is of the size that a gadget of this size comes into it's own as an elaborate electronic notepad.

The Note 3 is smaller at 5.7 inches but also has a much better 13 megapixel camera with flash and much brighter screen. Sony win hands down and by some distance on build quality and that will be enough to swing Sony fans, but overall we would have to recommend the Note 3 over the Z Ultra as a more practical device, as much as we love Sony's smartphones.


Sony Xperia Z Ultra UK Price Comparison

(Don't worry, you can change price plans and choose options such as colours before you decide to buy. Other plans are available too)


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RECOMMENDED
£28 a month
500 minutes
UNLIMITED texts
500 MB data
£39.99 upfront cost
Popular
£33 a month
UNLIMITED minutes
UNLIMITED texts
1 GB data
NO upfront cost
Premium
£38 a month
UNLIMITED mins
UNLIMITED texts
5 GB data
NO upfront cost
PAY AS YOU GO
£399.99
NO contract
4G HANDSET
£10 top up
£399.99

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Affordable
£30 a month
600 minutes
UNLIMITED texts
1GB data
£19.66 handset
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£33 a month
600 minutes
UNLIMITED texts
2GB data
£19.66 handset
Popular
£33 a month
UNLIMITED minutes
UNLIMITED texts
1 GB data
£19.66 handset
UNLIMITED
£39 a month
UNLIMITED minutes
UNLIMITED texts
UNLIMITED data
£19.66 handset

Looking for sim free Pay As You Go?

Buy now securely with PayPal accepted at 1stMobile.co.uk


  1. FREE insured UK mainland postage
  2. Just £13 worldwide shipping (outside UK)
  3. FREE O2 Prepay sim included
  4. NO monthly contract
  5. Full 1 year warranty

IMPORTANT: Customers outside the UK MAINLAND MUST select the "worldwide" option from the drop-down list.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

£100 OFF!

Now £449.99


Available in Black

Choose colour and shipping
Payments handled securely by Paypal. Credit/debit cards welcome.