Sony Xperia Z Ultra
One of the largest smartphones in India, it has an amazing display
When I first heard of the Xperia Z Ultra’s specifications, I felt that a 6.4-inch screen would be too big to carry, but everything else was interesting: its water resistant capabilities, a Snapdragon 800 Quad Core processor running at 2.2 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB storage, support for LTE/4G networks, a full high definition screen at 1080x1920 pixels with a Bravia engine, NFC capability, just 212 gm in weight, and latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system.
After about two weeks of using the Xperia Z Ultra, I found that this phone is not for the average shirt or trousers pocket, but it was great fun watching a movie from YouTube on its sharp, bright and amazing display, good fun going through photos, and pretty nice and sharp reading both web browser texts and emails.
With about 10,000 contacts in my address book, about a 1,000 odd emails I go through daily and about 10 to 15 photos and videos that I shoot each day and share on various social networks, not many Android phones are able to survive me, but the Ultra kept up with my pace... till Android issues of memory cleanup and optimisation came up, which one has to tackle with a reboot of the phone every now and then.
The Xperia Ultra’s 8 Megapixel camera managed to shoot pretty fast and sharp. The videos I shot with the phone were good quality and the audio recorded was crystal clear. The problem is, holding the big screen gets a bit tiresome after a while.
The Ultra worked wonderfully well in a pool as well as when it took a splash of water from a colleague who intentionally spilt water all over it. The phone is available in three colours—black, white and purple.