Reviewing the Sony Xperia 1 V after using it as my full time phone, including a real life camera test, gaming performance, battery life and beyond. The Sony Xperia 1 V is a big improvement vs the Mark IV, offering a proper point and shoot photo experience, cooler running and general upgrades. But is it the best phone for you in 2023, over the Samsung S23 Ultra, iPhone 14 Pro etc?
If you want a smartphone camera that can boost your pics to make them look stunning with zero effort, the Sony Xperia 1 V isn’t your best choice. I found that Galaxy S23 family was easier to use for good looking photos, but this phone offers an impressive DSLR style experience. And the auto mode is much improved, dealing with trickier conditions quite happily.
The Sony Xperia 1 V is also much improved vs the Mark IV when it comes to performance. No overheating issues, unless you try using it non-stop in scorching sunshine, plus a fantastic gaming mode to give you the edge. Battery life is also good, as long as you aren’t constantly whipping out the Xperia 1 V to use that camera.
So are you tempted by this Sony smartphone? It’ll hit the UK in June for £1299.
Sony Xperia 1 V Review Chapters:
0:00 – Banging on a bit
0:42 – Design
2:09 – Software & features
5:21 – Display & audio
7:31 – Performance & gaming
9:13 – Battery life
9:55 – Cameras
15:49 – Verdict