For a time the HTC One and Galaxy S4 were the only smartphones available on the Google Play editions section, but Mountain View has become more open to new devices in the past month, recently adding the LG G Pad 8.3 and now the Sony Xperia Z Ultra to the small lineup.
The LG G Pad 8.3 is the first tablet outside of Google’s Nexus devices to get the all stock treatment and is also the first LG device to get the stock Android experience, with the South Korean company saying they will not make the LG G2 a stock device any time soon.
It is surprising Google decided to pick up the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, instead of the flagship Xperia Z or Xperia Z1. Sony probably had a big say in what phone becomes a Google Play edition and the Xperia Z Ultra has been rather popular all over the world, mostly off contract.
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is still the biggest “smartphone” in the world, if you can even call the 6.4-inch behemoth a phone. It really edges the idea of a smartphone and makes the idea of actually answering a call and putting the device to an ear a mad concept.
Other features are rather impressive, the Xperia Z Ultra comes with a gorgeous 1080p display, quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and the well designed classic Sony plastic/glass.
To those that have used a Galaxy Note or a similar sized device, the Xperia Z Ultra is still a big step up at almost an inch larger. The HTC One Max, a 6-inch device, also look quite a bit smaller than the Xperia Z Ultra, it really is that massive.
In our view, the Xperia Z Ultra is for those that cannot justify buying a tablet or just want a huge smartphone they will never actually use in public for calling anyone.