Can I start by saying, “NOICE”!
This versatile smartphone came in a subtle box with the phone being the first thing you see upon opening. Under the phone you’ll find three further boxes consisting of a Start-up Guide (and disclaimer), a charger and an OTG cable and headphones. I think supplying a factory OTG cable is a great way to start so you can start interacting with your new hardware straight away.
Things I love about the phone:
- Two stage shutter button
- Clear and crisp LCD screen
- A good raised edge around the LCD for a decent amount of protection
- Great screen size for browsing and reading email
- Ability to set how wifi data will be used
- Great sounding, easy fitting headphones
- Single tray for both SIM and SD card
The dramatic screen size and design details are a good balance for what I would call a “phablet”. I'm very excited to work my way around most of the functions.
Single Tray for SIM & SDcards
I like the idea of the single tray for both SIM and SDcards as it will make life easier for future removal/insertions. Also having a device that supports up to 200GB in additional memory is certainly a step in the right direction.
One of the functions of the phone I also particularly like is the quick access to the camera as it's very much like a traditional point and shoot. The phone quickly changes from standby to the main lock screen then to the active camera and then you’re ready. For further convenience with a change in the settings it can take either a pic or video straight up. Here are a couple of photos I took with this beast:
As for the 4K video capability, there isn’t much I can talk because I have nothing that can play them besides the phone itself. I will say a 20 second video will take up around 130MB of storage so I’m really glad you can purchase 200GB micro SD cards! My only gripe with the Z5 Premium is the lens/image wash out mainly towards the LHS top/bottom of the image. However, the positives far outweigh any negatives and I think the forum would break if I started listing all the things I loved about the phone.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in the below review are my own and do not represent those of Optus or its staff, however this post has been edited for readability purposes by the Yes Crowd team.