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Sony Xperia 1V reviews: What to consider before purchasing

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Between its shocking $1,399 price tag and abundance of impressive features, the Sony Xperia 1V has certainly dazzled (and confounded) the market since its release. What could really make the Sony Xperia 1V worth the hefty price tag, and is the Sony Xperia 1V worth purchasing? Luckily, we can learn a lot by taking a look at the Sony Xperia 1V reviews.

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Key features of the Sony Xperia 1V

If there’s one thing that’s obvious about the Sony Xperia 1V, it’s that Sony didn’t cut any corners when creating this phone. Here’s a look at some of the Sony Xperia 1V’s key features:

  • Clear sound quality. One of the perks of choosing a Sony phone is that Sony has the edge on audio, and the Xperia 1V’s audio quality is no exception. Equipped with support for Dolby Sound and 360 Reality Audio, Xperia 1V users have much more control over their sound settings than the typical smartphone user.
  • Impressive performance. With 12 GB of RAM, 256 GB of expandable storage, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen processor, the Xperia 1V is built to go the distance.
  • Lengthy battery life. Equipped with a 5000 mAh battery life, the Sony Xperia 1V is at the top of the pack when it comes to battery stamina.

Pros of the Sony Xperia 1V

One of the Sony Xperia 1V’s most impressive and beloved features is its battery life. Equipped with a 5000 mAh battery, the daily stamina of the Sony Xperia 1V certainly plays a role in validating its hefty price tag. The battery life easily lasts well beyond a day–even with plenty of video streaming, high brightness settings, and hours of gaming.

Another benefit of the Sony Xperia 1V is its impressive, crisp display. Equipped with a 4K screen and an unusual aspect ratio, watching TV shows, YouTube videos, and movies is all too enjoyable on the Sony Xperia 1V.

Cons of the Sony Xperia 1V

If you’ve spent a lot of time exploring the smartphone market, then one of the first details you’ll probably discover about the Sony Xperia 1V is the price. At $1,399, Sony Xperia 1V is priced at the extreme end of the phone market–and even higher than Apple’s own flagship phone, the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Most reviewers agree that the Xperia 1V’s hefty price tag is a pretty bold move on Sony’s part, and it’s highly debatable whether it’s worth even close to that much. Long story short, if you’re looking for a phone that’s reasonably priced, the Sony Xperia 1V probably isn’t for you.

However, the Xperia 1V’s downfalls don’t end with the price tag–another major complaint among reviewers is the excessive amount of bloatware that comes along with the phone. Although users are fully capable of removing any unwanted apps from their phone, the idea that it’s even necessary is a little obnoxious in the eyes of many consumers.

Another chief complaint among Xperia 1V’s reviewers is the phone’s cheap feel. For a phone priced at the very highest end of the market, most users expect a phone that not only looks, but feels, expensive. However, the Xperia 1V comes with a cheap and flimsy coating wrapped around the entire back of the phone. Although it serves a protective purpose, most users are less than impressed by the elementary and cheap impression the phone gives off.

Should you purchase the Sony Xperia 1V?

There’s a lot to think about before deciding whether or not to purchase Sony’s flagship phone, the Xperia 1V. Between the impressive features and the hefty price tag, deciding whether it’s worth it can be a difficult decision. That said, it's ultimately probably only worth it if you’ve got plenty of cash to spend on your next phone purchase–at $1,399, it’s no small purchase.

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Kim Miller is the Head of Consumer Marketing at Mulberry. She is passionate about building products and brands that make consumers happy, save them money and make their lives easier. Have an innovative idea for Mulberry you'd like to share? Give her a shout! She'd love to chat about anything from fintech and UX to gardening and antiquing.

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