Xperia Z Ultra Review: 6.4-in Phablet for Android Newbies or Switchers in 2014?

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By Arlene Paredes | January 2, 2014 3:31 AM EST

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra phablet gets a new battery boost from Mugen. Heavy users typically look for sufficient juice and slow drain feature in a device, but a helpful accessory is good, too. Will this device work well for Android phablet newbies and switchers in 2014?

As one of Sony's top of the line 2013 products, the Sony Xperia Ultra Z was designed to look neat and classy. It can impress those who value a phone's "look and feel." This gadget, however, is a bit heavier than other top phablets. It weighs 7.48 oz (212 g) compared to Samsung Galaxy Note 3's 5.93 oz (168 g).

The Ultra Z may look enormous, but this means a more delightful browsing for big-screen enthusiasts. The 6.4-in screen size can convince some users to drop any plan to get a tablet. The Note 3's 5.7 inches make it lighter.

A heavy gadget user won't have much issue with the Ultra Z's Quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and 3GB RAM. Built-in storage is 32 GB, but users can expand media file space via microSD, microSDHC up to 64 GB.

The Sony Ultra Z uses a non-removable 3200 mAh battery. Those who want more juice may buy Mugen's custom fit Sony Xperia Z Ultra battery case. The case comes with 4000 mAh battery juice, which is great for professionals always on the go.

Enjoying the Ultra Z's phone-and-tablet aka phablet build makes more sense to some than carrying two or more devices all the time. Those shopping for a new phone in 2014 might want to check this out.

Every day there are always some gadget newbies looking into old and new Android devices. In 2014, this is not likely to change. The Sony Xperia Ultra Z is a product made for users who want the best specs in a phone or mini tablet. It won't hurt the newbies to check out this biggie's features.

Windows and iOS device users curious about the Android environment may want to start with Sony, too. Samsung is another obvious alternative. But if the reason for the switch is bigger screen size, then the Ultra Z is among the recommended choices. has earlier featured a Sony Xperia Ultra Z review, in which it praised the phablet for its generally excellent specs and features. The site, however, thumbs down its price and "awful camera." The Ultra Z features front and primary cameras, yielding 2 megapixel and 8 megapixels, respectively.

In Australia's, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra 4G LTE C6833 unlocked costs AU$589.95. offers the same model for $495.15. Both published prices exclude shipping cost. 

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