The Xperia Z is no doubt Sony's best Android smartphone yet. But Sony faces stiff competition from the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4, both of which are available with contract in the US. But for those in need of a high end smartphone and not due for contract renewal, and for those who simply hate contracts, the unlocked GSM Xperia Z can be mighty tempting. It has a unique and minimalist design with glass back and front, a 5" full HD display and a 1.5GHz quad core Snapdragon CPU.
The Xperia Z is water resistant, has a very good 13 megapixel camera, USB OTG, and a fairly likable and clean rendition of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.