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2016-09-10 11:50 AM
I played a bit with XC. Camera is indeed improved. Phone itself feels just right as it should be done from the very beginning.
Given the higher initial price and poor service experience I think it is overpriced and stripped down from features.
1. 4K recording - I don't need 4K for resolution itself. It didn't match expectations anyway. I used it for wide format video and downscaled to 1080p
2. SD 820 - I could live without but it was a signature of Compact series. CPU from the top unit.
3. 720p screen is fine. It is more than enough for that screen size but gives additional performance boost
4. Waterproof - this is the biggest lost. I think it was finally done right on bulky Z5C, now lost...
Combining It all together XC lost all of its benefits over manufacturers
For me only great interface experience, dedicated camera button and noise cancelling feature (tell me it is still present) are left...
2016-09-10 12:11 PM
2016-09-10 05:38 PM
2016-09-16 10:30 AM - edited 2016-09-16 11:22 AM
The X Compact really isn't so much of a disappointment if you simply take it as what the name implies:
It's the compact version of the Xperia X, not of the Xperia XZ!
It was only the press that speculated in this wrong direction and made us hope for HD and the SD820.
With that in mind Sony has'nt left its philosophy of the compact version having (almost) the same spec as the big phone.
I admit that at first I had been disappointed as well on September 1st, but now that I own the X Compact (my Z3c died these days so I needed a replacement) I have to say I'm quite impressed. The X Compact reacts noticeably faster than the Z3c and I found at least two things not mentioned even in the white paper:
1. Unlike Z3c and Z5c no FM radio is mentioned - but the X Compact definitely has one!
2. It seems the X Compact is waterproof though! When I do the test with the pressure sensor (pressing the front and back of the phone) the pressure goes up like with the Z3c, so the phone is some kind of air tight which implies it is waterproof as well.
In addition, if you look at amazon (UK) you find a very interesting line here:
[edit: I changed the quote to a link here for possible legal reasons.]
Scroll down a bit, you'll find the interesting line just ahead of the section "Customer Questions ...".
The same line (in German) can be found on the German Amazon website and I guess in other languages as well, so it seems not to be a typing error ...
I guess Sony just did not IP certify the X Compact and refrained from marketing this feature to avoid the related complaints that came up with the previous phones advertised as waterproof.
2016-09-16 10:48 AM
2016-09-16 11:20 AM
2016-09-16 02:01 PM
This link is about the Xperia X only :
But the X Compact is just its little brother ... and my test with the pressure sensor also points in this direction.
Not having an IP65/68 certification does not necessarily mean that there isn't some kind of water resistance. But without certification of course you cannot make Sony liable for any water damage.
2016-09-16 02:22 PM