There is a Android update 4.3
Seems SONY does there own version of the OS
I just loaded it, and my wall paper image seems a bit more saturated closer to what my S3 looked like.
Some of the apps like Time and Sonys Walkman visually look different.
And it might be my imagination but it "might" feel slightly faster.
* LOVE the Camera Shutter button on the Volume Rocker *
* WIFI Scanning, when WIFI is OFF ... good for GPS Maps *
* Sony Superior Auto on camera
* Sony Sweep Panorama
* DayDream SensMe Slideshow 3D theme
* Did NOT see v4.3 Android Camera feature : Circular Menu System or Photo Sphere
Some Android 4.3 details: http://www.trustedreviews.com/android-4-3-jelly-bean_Software_review
After using the Sony Z for a while now.
I am really amazed that this Smartphone does not get any buzz.
And I am hard press to find it anywhere. Well, now it is at T-Mobile.
It's amazingly Sleek and THIN.
Having both sides tempered glass (gorilla glass like).
Has a textured edge that stops it from sliding off smooth table tops, and also makes it easier to hold (more secure feeling).
When you see it sitting on a table top it looks SUPER Thin.
* AND it's WATER PROOF ! That alone is Crazy!
I now feel it is the Best looking Smartphone, Period.
Have been using white smartphones for years, but this Black version has been growing on me.
*** Also have an idea for SONY ... make the Z1 in the Sony Special Edition RED. keeping the black ruberized edges. I would use it. and it would be something Different, that says SONY Z1. (like the 1020 yellow) ... a great DEMO , to get looks.
Was super skeptical of Sony claims of it's long Battery life. (I was a S3 user with two batteries, and often had to change at aprox 5pm if I was out all day)
But, it's true! This thin smartphone really lasts. I have a lipstick battery charger and flashlight I bought on Amazon but have yet to use it.
This has a new fresh battery no doubt , but still impressive.
The new Sony version v4.3 Android update does seem better.
When you actually look at this SONY Z Smartphone closely it is really well Designed. And makes my plastic back S3 now look like a toy.
And I was a hard core Galaxy S user.
Now, having said all that ... it's the "NEW" SONY "Z1" that is the Game Change Smartphone for Sony.
imho, If the new Sony "Z1" is not one of the HOT smartphones for 2014 with great distribution in the USA. Someone, at Sony USA messed up. Seriously. I am just saying.
SONY "Z1" 2013 BEST Photography Android smartphone of the Year ... DPreview
Next Z1 "Sirius" could have 4K video
p.s. The Killer Photography smartphone would be for SONY to drop in the 1" RX100 II Sensor with a Zeiss lens into the Z1 ... Class leading Game Change. The question would be , would it be FAST enough.
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