Well, I very much doubt that anyone actually cares
but as it's in line with the subject-line of this thread: I've just cancelled my Xperia Z pre-order.
This was with a considerable sense of sadness - I was really
getting into the idea of being able to use a smartphone in the bath! But sadly, as the reviews keep coming in, the number of question marks just keeps increasing.
The screen: I don't give a f*ck about viewing angles, but the unusually bad black-level is annoying, and the poor colour-accuracy even more so. There's no getting away from the fact that the Xperia's screen oversaturates colours appreciably, even with Bravia turned off (and with it turned on its enough to make my eyes bleed); and the wacky colour temperature pushes greys and whites way a long way towards blue as well. Given how much time I spend watching video on my phone, this is important to me.
The speaker: being partially deaf, the volume of the external speaker is unusually important to me - a notification for a text or an email that is too quiet for me to hear when I don't have my hearing aids in is useless.
Call quality: a couple of reviews have mentioned poor audio quality during calls - in both directions, low volume and slightly distorted sound within the earpiece, and odd sound for the person on the other end too. Again, being partially deaf, I have a particularly strong need for loud, clear audio in calls.
Battery life: while Stamina mode makes for very good battery life in stand-by, several reviews indicate average-to-poor battery life when actually in use.
And there are conflicting reports about the quality of the camera too.
It's been a frustrating experience, not least because the reviews have been so wild contradictory. Plus, how many reviewers complaining about "washed out colours" are simply accustomed to the garish, fluorescent-crayon colours on OLED displays? How many who complain about poor contrast just haven't realised that the background of the UI is actually dark grey and not black? Are complaints about the camera based on zooming all the way into the image, and thus biased against high-megapixel sensors? Are complaints about speaker and in-call audio quality the result of people having dunked the phone in water just prior to the test? Would use of the free Bluetooth speaker Asda was going to give me have compensated for that anyway? And when the supposed "display callibration software" that we've seen a screenshot of arrives - if it ever does - how much dfference will that make to the screen? It's hard to tell; but I can say for certain that at least some of the screen issues are genuine - the poor black-level and blue-push are very obvious when trying out the phone in-store, and colours certainly look iffy; and for the rest, I just don't want to take the chance.