Z1s keyboard xdating

Z1s keyboard xdating

As with previous Xperia

Below the display is about a half inch of empty space where you would expect to find the Back, Home and Recent Apps buttons. From here, you can unlock to the home screen and camera app, or swipe from left to right to access widgets for things such as Google Now, Email, Calendar and more. It's a waste of real estate that makes the Xperia's display look oddly small and the phone unnecessarily large.

Overall, the interface is essentially unchanged from the Xperia Z. While text looked sharp and details in videos and photos were easy to see, colors were blown out.

Dragging your finger

The handset's keyboard can also learn your writing style by following how you write to friends via text message, Gmail, Facebook or Twitter. Sony's interface also adds some interactivity to the apps drawer.

Dragging your finger down the lock screen still causes a cascade effect similar to that of a venetian blind. The handset's glass rear panel is accentuated by its deep black paint job. As with previous Xperia handsets, Sony doesn't let you customize app shortcuts for the lock screen, which is a bummer, considering most flagship Android phones offer that option. It was quick and easy to tap out messages and emails.

Even with Sony's included X-Reality mobile image enhancer active, colors were still too hot. Unfortunately, the glass also picks up a ton of dust and fingerprints, which you'll spend a good amount of time wiping off. Even the usually dark-green preview screen had the same neon hue as Mountain Dew. Though loud enough to hear over the din of our newsroom, the phone produced music that sounded like it was recorded in an aluminum shack.

The handset's glass rear