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  # 979007 2-Feb-2014 19:29
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NZTF: I am surprised you are interested in this phone, I thought you were a Phablet fan ? I am thinking perhaps you don't intend for this to be your daily driver?

I can't tell by the specs if this thing has a FM Tuner (Hardware) or just streaming.



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networkn: NZTF: I am surprised you are interested in this phone, I thought you were a Phablet fan ? I am thinking perhaps you don't intend for this to be your daily driver?

I can't tell by the specs if this thing has a FM Tuner (Hardware) or just streaming.


You are most certainly correct about my love of plus-sized phones.

This is an upgrade for the fiances S3, whose USB port she appears to have damaged in a yogurt related incident (she has needed a waterproof phone forever).

I'll just snag it for a week or something first.




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  # 979017 2-Feb-2014 20:00
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networkn: NZTF: I am surprised you are interested in this phone, I thought you were a Phablet fan ? I am thinking perhaps you don't intend for this to be your daily driver?

I can't tell by the specs if this thing has a FM Tuner (Hardware) or just streaming.


You are most certainly correct about my love of plus-sized phones.

This is an upgrade for the fiances S3, whose USB port she appears to have damaged in a yogurt related incident (she has needed a waterproof phone forever).

I'll just snag it for a week or something first.


Hi There!

Ah, I am just trying to convince my wife of an upgrade to an S3 from her S2 (One of the best phones ever made with the near perfect form factor and had killer specs at the time). I was somewhat unhappy with the move to 
bigger form factors, but do find the higher resolution appealing.  I might want to catch a glimpse of it maybe next weekend if it arrives in time :) 


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networkn: NZTF: I am surprised you are interested in this phone, I thought you were a Phablet fan ? I am thinking perhaps you don't intend for this to be your daily driver?

I can't tell by the specs if this thing has a FM Tuner (Hardware) or just streaming.


You are most certainly correct about my love of plus-sized phones.

This is an upgrade for the fiances S3, whose USB port she appears to have damaged in a yogurt related incident (she has needed a waterproof phone forever).

I'll just snag it for a week or something first.


Glad I'm not the only one with this plan :-)

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  # 979024 2-Feb-2014 20:17
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I can't tell by the specs if this thing has a FM Tuner (Hardware) or just streaming.


The Z1 does, so if the chips are the same...

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  # 979027 2-Feb-2014 20:25
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I just checked Pricespy, and the Z1 Compact is $979!



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  # 979043 2-Feb-2014 21:01
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networkn: I just checked Pricespy, and the Z1 Compact is $979!


Pre-release price gouging and such like I expect.




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  # 979073 2-Feb-2014 21:48
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networkn:
Ah, I am just trying to convince my wife of an upgrade to an S3 from her S2 (One of the best phones ever made with the near perfect form factor and had killer specs at the time). I was somewhat unhappy with the move to 
bigger form factors, but do find the higher resolution appealing.  I might want to catch a glimpse of it maybe next weekend if it arrives in time :) 


I have an S2 and I got to say I love the physical dimension of the phone.  Just the right size, not too big, not too small.

Good to see Sony to put top spec hardware on a reasonablly sized phone.  Personally I prefer a slightly bigger screen like 4.5 / 4.7 inch.  Also, I am glad it comes with a microSD slot.

By the way, I just read a review from the Verge.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/31/5363936/sony-xperia-z1-compact-review

Sad to know the Facebook app is "included" and cannot be removed (I have not use Facebook for almost five years now).

I hope other phone makers will make top spec phones in a reasonable form factor just like Sony.  =-)

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  # 979093 2-Feb-2014 22:09
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Sad to know the Facebook app is "included" and cannot be removed (I have not use Facebook for almost five years now).


You might not be able to uninstall it, but it can be disabled in the apps section. Same with the "Walkman" app, and any other Sony apps you dont want.

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AKLWestie: 

Sad to know the Facebook app is "included" and cannot be removed (I have not use Facebook for almost five years now).


You might not be able to uninstall it, but it can be disabled in the apps section. Same with the "Walkman" app, and any other Sony apps you dont want.


Correct, just disable it (I don't use facebook at all). 

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  # 979110 2-Feb-2014 22:52
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I could do with a new phone, I don't even have a smart phone. How much do you reckon it will cost?







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Looks like the only way to get this phone in the foreseeable future is by importing it. 

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  # 980800 5-Feb-2014 16:05
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$799 at mobicity, still a little eye watering in my opinion.

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Hey, look at that! I go looking for local info on the Xperia Z1 Compact and find myself quoted, sort of! (I'm the 'Dion' from that Facebook message regarding an NZ launch).

Still waiting on this phone to hit the standard import stores to bring that $979 price down... I've looked at international importers like Clove but if you get stung with Customs then you end up paying $900+ anyway, so I figure I will wait a bit longer.

Have you received the phone yet? Who did you use to import it, and did you get hit with GST / customs fees?

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About $800 landed from Clove including GST and delivery costs by my calculation.

With the trend of bigger screens it will be interesting to see how this phone is perceived value wise due to its smaller screen size. 

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