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Why Sony’s Venom (2024) movie is a huge mistake

The folks at Sony that own the rights to Venom, from the Spider-Man universe, are about to make a huge mistake. Instead of waiting for the next Spider-Man film to be released – by Disney-owned Marvel – they’re releasing Venom in their own separate Sony universe. That means no cross-overs – and no tie-ins with any of the established characters already out in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The next Spider-Man movie is going to have Iron Man in it because Marvel struck a deal with Sony to make a Spider-Man movie. This wouldn’t be a big deal for Marvel if Marvel owned the rights to Spider-Man in his entirety, but that’s not the case – and it’s complicated how it breaks down.

The rights to Spider-Man films were optioned by Cannon Films from Marvel Comics in 1985 for $225,000. In 1989, Mr. Golan went to head 21st Century Film Corporation and extended his license to Spider-Man films (which would last until 1992). At some point around 1990, James Cameron was called upon to write a script for a Spider-Man film.

In 1991, Golan worked with Carolco to extend movie rights to Spider-Man to 1996. In 1996, Marvel, Carolco, and 21st Century all went bankrupt. Movie rights were then optioned by Marvel to Columbia, a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment. The first modern Spider-Man movie made by Sony was the 2002 Spider-Man, then came Spider-Man 2 in 2004, and Spider-Man 3 in 2007.

The first film was a box-office smash, the second did OK, and the third was the beginning of the end of the series. Spider-Man 4 was cancelled, but Sony Pictures Entertainment retained the rights to Spider-Man’s universe for movies. The next round of Spider-Man films began with The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012, then the same film “2” in 2014.

In 2024, Spider-Man appeared in Captain America: Civil War, and blew everbody’s eyeballs out of their sockets. In 2023 the film Spider-Man: Homecoming is coming. Both of these films are in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – which is completely separate from the universes presented in previous Spider-Man movies.

This afternoon, Sony Pictures announced (with the photo above) that Tom Hardy would be playing Eddie Brock in a film called #Venom – or probably just “Venom” without the hashtag. But their Tweet-based announcement had the hashtag, so take that as you will. Here’s hoping they don’t put “3D” in the title and ruin the franchise before it starts, like whoever decided to ruin DREDD by calling it DREDD 3D.

In the Tweet they make very clear that this Eddie Brock will be part of the “Sony Marvel Universe” which isn’t necessarily any universe we’ve seen in films before. They suggested also that Venom would be released on October 5th, 2023, and that production starts this fall.

So instead of making a deal with Marvel, who’ve destroyed the box office every single time they’ve released a Marvel Comics movie over the past decade, starting with Iron Man in 2008, Sony is going to make another movie in their own universe. They’ve decided that two rounds of Spider-Man in their own universe weren’t enough. They need to go for another.

Here’s hoping they take some cues from what Fox did with Deadpool and let the film be a massacre – just like Venom’s supposed to be presented as. Let there be tips of Carnage – and let the second film be TOTAL CARNAGE!

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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Vs Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

Our Verdict

This is a case of horses for courses. The 8in form factor is great for reading, or watching and playing whilst on the move. If you need to stand up on your commute, for instance. Meanwhile Sony’s 10in tablet is a stylish and powerful full-sized slate. If you are in the market for an Android tablet, Sony’s devices are high-quality, fairly priced.

Sony recently gave the whole world of tech the eyes, and launched the Xperia Z4… as a tablet. We’re still waiting to find out what is happening with the Xperia Z4 smartphone, and indeed whether Sony is committed at all to making

Sony’s latest tablet is the Xperia Z4 Tablet – a 10in slate that is, confusingly, an update to the excellent Xperia Z2 Tablet. It means that Sony is currently selling that 10in tablet, as well as a smaller, Kindle-sized 8in slate improbably called the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Snappy, huh?

If you are in the market for a non-iPad, consumption tablet, these are two of the best. So we set out to find out what separates Sony’s little n large. It’s the only Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact vs Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet comparison review you need. (Also see: Best tablets.)

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact vs Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet: UK price & availability

Sony has now revealed that the Xperia Z4 Tablet will cost £499 when it becomes available to buy in the UK in June.

So far, £499 is the price Sony has revealed for the WiFi-only model with 32GB of space and it comes with a keyboard, so it’s possible that you’ll be able to pick up the Xperia Z4 Tablet at a lower price without the keyboard. The 4G version is £579 with the keyboard.

At launch the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact was priced from £329. Now you can pick up the most basic Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact from just £299. That’s for the 16GB Wi-Fi only version – which right now is the only flavour on offer from Sony’s UK website.

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact vs Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet: Design & build

The Xperia Z4 Tablet has a 10.1in display. It is a square, blocky-looking device even thinner than its direct predecessor, the Xperia Z2 Tablet, at 6.1mm compared with 6.4mm. This is an exceptionally thin tablet.

Light, too. The WiFi model of the Xperia Z4 Tablet is 392g, while the 4G LTE model is 396g. It is a delight to hold, particularly impressive considering its 10in display. And the Xperia Z4 Tablet is waterproof up to the highest rating available: IP68. The headphone port and microUSB ports don’t even need covers to make the device waterproof, so feel free to use the Xperia Z4 Tablet in the bath or by the poolside without a worry.

The Xperia Z3 Compact is one seriously thin and light 8in tablet. At 6.4 mm and 270 g is is thicker, but lighter than its big brother. It’s almost like holding a phone because the device is so slender – holding it one-handed is a breeze. The stainless steel frame looks great and we like the rounded curves of the cover. The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will be available in black or white only.

It’s also dust- and waterproof, with a soft touch plastic rear cover which matches that of the Xperia Z2 Tablet. This may not look quite as impressive but provides much better grip. Waterproofing in this case means slightly fiddly flaps (apart from the headphone jack) but they do hide everything neatly away, too.

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact vs Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet: Display & hardware

Taking a closer look at the screen on the Xperia Z4 Tablet, you’ll find a 10.1in display with a 2560 x 1600 resolution, which equates to an impressive 299 ppi. The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has an 8in screen with a Full HD (1920 x 1200) resolution. This makes for a pixel density of 283 ppi. Not quite as impressive as big brother, but not something you will notice, either.

Inside the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, which is both octa-core and 64-bit. It’s paired with 3GB RAM, 32GB of storage and a microSD card slot for adding up to 128GB more.

Connectivity-wise, you’ll find 11ac WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1 and MHL 3.0, as well as an optional 4G LTE model for the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet.

Sony’s newest tablet has High-Res audio, too, with front-facing stereo speakers, digital noise cancelling support, automatic headphone compensation and a new LDAC codec which supposedly transmits data three times more efficiently than Bluetooth.

We’ve not yet been able to test this claim, but Sony suggests that you can expect a whopping 17 hours of video playback from the Xperia Z4 Tablet’s 6000mAh battery.

Inside the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor which is the same as previous Sony devices such as the Xperia Z2 Tablet but the chip is clocked higher at 2.5GHz. Alongside this is 3GB of RAM and we can report smooth performance during our time with the tablet.

In terms of storage, there are 16- and 32 GB models (11GB available after firmware on the former and 26 GB for the latter) but Sony offers a microSD card slot for adding up to 128GB. Again: right now we can see only the 16GB version on sale direct from Sony, although the other models are in stock elsewhere.

Wireless includes 11ac Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 LE but no IR Blaster for taking control of device like TVs. There’s also no wireless charging but there is a dock connector on the side if you wish to buy a compatible accessory – Sony’s official Magnetic Charging Dock DK39 costs £39.

It’s also great to see front-facing stereo speakers although they do distort fairly badly when the volume is at the upper end.

Despite clocking the processor higher, Sony touts an impressive 15 hours video playback from the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact’s 4500mAh battery. (See also: Best budget tablets UK.)

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact vs Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet: Cameras

On the rear of the Xperia Z4 Tablet is an 8.1 Mp camera, which uses Sony’s Exmor RS sensor. The front-facing camera is a 5.1Mp camera with a wide angle lens, which will allow you to get more people in the frame.

If you’re into tablet photography then the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has a pretty decent 8.1 Mp rear facing camera with an Exmor RS sensor – about on par with the Galaxy Tab S 8.4. However, the high quality 2.2 Mp front camera is arguably more useful for video calls.

With both phones you can play around with plenty of camera apps such as Sound Photo, AR fun, Face in, Multi camera and more. Using the Superior auto mode will automatically mean 6 Mp 16:9 photos and Full HD video so if you want the full 8 Mp (at 4:3), switch to manual mode. (See also: The 29 best Android tablets of 2024 UK.)

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact vs Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet: Software

The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google’s latest version of its operating system. The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact comes with an earlier version of Android OS in the form of 4.4.4 KitKat – an upgrade to Android L will come in due course, we’re told.

With both tablets Sony has added its own interface, though it’s not much different from stock Android aside from the pre-loaded Sony apps such as Walkman, Album, PlayStation and Lifelog.

There’s also PS4 Remote Play, which lets you play PlayStation 4 games on the device from the console over the same WiFi network.

Specs Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet: Specs

Android 5.0 Lollipop

10.1in IPS Triluminos screen, 2560×1600, 300ppi, 500cd/m2

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 64-bit

3GB RAM

32GB internal storage, microSD card slot (up to 128GB)

8.1Mp rear camera with Exmor RS

5.1Mp wide angle front camera

MHL 3.0

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n/ac

NFC

Bluetooth 4.1

Nano-SIM (LTE model)

6000 mAh battery

254x167x6.1mm

392g (Wi-Fi), 396g (LTE)

Black, white

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Review

Our Verdict

The mid-range smartphone market is always tricky, especially with budget devices getting so good. If you are looking for something around this price, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is a solid choice although the Honor 6 is worth a look for extra features. It offers flagship-like design, a great camera and a user-friendly Android Lollipop.

It’s a shame that we haven’t got the new  Xperia Z4 flagship smartphone (we now know that’s the Xperia Z3+ in the UK) but what Sony has provided at MWC 2024 is a premium mid-range handset with premium-like design and decent specs for an affordable price. Here’s our full in-depth Sony Xperia M4 Aqua review. Updated on 30/7/15 with our video review. Also see: Best smartphones 2024.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua review: Price and competition

The Xperia M4 Aqua is a follow-up to the M2 Aqua which also had a non-waterproof version. There was no Xperia M3 in any shape or form which is a little confusing but let’s move on regardless.

Although we initially thought the M4 Aqua would be cheaper than the HTC One mini 2 but more expensive than the impressive Honor 6,it’s actually cheaper than both. Sony doesn’t have a price on its website at the time of writing but Clove has the smartphone for £227. It has similar specs to the more expensive Samsung Galaxy A5.

This price puts it in that slightly strange mid-range bracket where cheaper phones often have comparable specs and older flagships are only a little bit more expensive but have more to offer.

Also see Sony Xperia M4 Aqua UK release date, price and specs.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua review: Design and build

One of the best things about the M4 Aqua is that it doesn’t look or feel like a mid-range smartphone. You could easily confuse this with the flagship Xperia Z3 since it has all the same style and design traits. You do notice the plastic edging (rather than metal) when holding it and the glass rear cover doesn’t sit entirely flush with the edge at the top and bottom. Neither are big issues and the phone pulls off the premium look at half the price extremely well.

With the M2 Aqua, Sony brought the dust- and waterproofing which was previously reserved for the high-end Z range to a cheaper smartphone. It’s got an IP68 rating which is the highest available and along with the Xperia Z4 Tablet, now the microUSB no longer requires a fiddly flap. There are separate flaps for the SIM slot (Nano SIM) and SD card slot.

We like the size of the M4 Aqua since it’s not too small and not overly large and therefore a handful. It will feel comfortable to most users and the Xperia M4 Aqua is very thin and light for a mid-range phone at 7.3 mm and 136 g. It will be available in black, white, silver and coral.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua review: Hardware and performance

This is Sony’s first smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core (quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1GHz Cortex-A53) 64-bit processor and there’s also 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot (up to 128GB). Not bad for the asking price but it’s worth noting that you’ll need a memory card as there is only just over 1GB of available storage out-of-the-box.

Performance is perfectly good for a phone of the this price. It’s smooth most of the time with only really the camera which takes a bit of time to load and that’s mostly the first time you load it. As you can see below the Xperia M4 Aqua outpaces the pricier Galaxy A5 in three out of four benchmark tests and beats the Honor 6 in the graphics departments with its lower resolution display. None of the results are particularly impressive but as we’ve said, there’s no issue with performance here.

The screen has jumped from 4.8in with a qHD resolution to a larger 5in IPS display with a 720p HD resolution. You’re getting a decent screen for a mid-range smartphone with a pixel density of 294 ppi. There’s good colour reproduction, brightness and viewing angles on offer here. We’d like Full HD in terms of resolution so look elsewhere (namely the Honor 6) if this is a must.

There aren’t really any other features to mention such as wireless charging, an IR blaster, fingerprint scanner or things of this nature. Sony really focuses on the photography, battery life and waterproof design. There is NFC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 on-board, though.

As per usual on Sony phones, the battery is hidden away under the shiny exterior and you can’t access it. Although there’s no wireless charging, keeping the Xperia M4 Aqua topped up is much easier now thanks to that waterproof USB port. Sony touts a two day battery life, like it does with premium Z range devices and we’ve found this to be true. The combination of a Snapdragon 615 processor and a 720p display works out well for energy efficiency. There’s also Sony’s excellent Stamina and Ultra Stamina modes if you want to push things even further.

In our battery benchmark, via Geekbench 3, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua lasted four hours and 49 minutes with a score of 1932. That’s similar to the LG G4 which lasted four hours and 44 minutes with a score of 2841.

Mid-range smartphones tend to scrimp on photography but the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua has a 13Mp rear facing camera with Sony’s Exmor RS sensor and a 5Mp wide angle lens snapper at the front for selfies. Sony is one of the only smartphone makers still offering a dedicated physical button for the camera and long may it continue. You can launch the camera at any time, half press for focus and fully press to activate the shutter. Like many smartphone cameras, you don’t get all 13Mp as standard because it’s set to shoot in 16:9 to match the screen. You’ll get 9Mp unless you switch to 4:3. The camera shoots at up to Full HD so if you want 4K video, you’ll need an Xperia Z for this.

We’ve found the cameras able to provide decent quality results with the Superior Auto Mode handling most situations really well but there is a Manual mode if you fancy switching it up. There’s HDR as well as various camera apps like Sweep Panorama, Sound Photo and AR fun. Although the Xperia M4 Aqua will take decent snaps to show off online, it can take a little while to focus on a subject properly which isn’t ideal when shooting moving objects such as children or pets.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua review: Software

Like the Xperia Z4 Tablet, the smartphone runs Android 5.0 Lollipop which is the latest version with Sony’s own user interface which this time around uses many stock Android elements like the recent apps menu and dropdown notification bar. For the better, Sony has kept it’s little floating widgets including a calculator which are accessible via recent apps. You can also select which Quick Settings you want which is not a part of stock Lollipop.

We found the software to be smooth during our time and we like the fact Sony hasn’t gone mad with customisations. This means there’s little to talk about beyond the usual selection of nice wallpapers and widgets – although you can download Themes which change the look and feel of the interface if you want.

Specs Sony Xperia M4 Aqua: Specs

Android 5.0 Lollipop

5in IPS screen, 720 x 1280, 294 ppi

Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, 64-bit

2 GB RAM

8 GB internal storage, microSD card slot (up to 128 GB)

13 Mp rear camera with Exmor RS

5 Mp wide angle front camera

Bluetooth 4.1

NFC

IP65/68 waterproof

7.3 mm

136 g

Black, white, silver, coral

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Review

Our Verdict

The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is a seriously impressive device and easily one of the best tablets we’ve ever tested. The design is astonishingly thin and light and the waterproofing with only the need for one cover is a bonus. This topped with excellent hardware, performance and software means we can barely fault it. However, the fact Sony bundles it with the Bluetooth keyboard with no option to buy it alone means that it’s more expensive than rivals. We feel it’s a 9/10 products but we’ve no choice but to mark the value score lower.

This year Sony has updated is flagship Android tablet so we have a new  iPad Air 2 rival. Sony claims it’s the world’s lightest 10in tablet with a 2K screen so here’s our Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet review. Updated on 28/7/15 with our video review. Also see: Best tablets 2024.

Last’s years Z3 range included one tablet which was Sony’s first smaller size, the 8in Z3 Tablet Compact. Instead of replacing that range – which also has the Z3 and Z3 Compact phones – Sony has added to it with the Xperia Z4 Tablet. It’s a new 10in device which succeeds the Xperia Z2 Tablet so there is no Xperia Z3 Tablet in a 10in size. Also see: Best new tablets coming in 2024.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet review: Price and competition

We expected the Xperia Z4 Tablet to come in at £399 matching the iPad Air 2 but it costs £100 more than that. Before you panic and run to the Apple store, this is because it comes with the Bluetooth keyboard dock so there is a reason for it.

Sony’s main Android rival for the high-end 10in tablet is Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S which was £399 but can now be purchased for under £300. It’s a long way from being old and decrepit too, so represents quite a saving in comparison to Sony’s new tablet.

The more expensive model with additional  4G LTE connectivity will set you back £579 placing it only £60 short of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 which it is competing against considering the laptop style keyboard dock.

It’s a real shame Sony has decided to only sell the tablet this way as many consumers will no doubt want just the tablet and it’s not like you can sell the keyboard because other users will have one as standard. Retailers are saying the keyboard is free but it’s clearly factored into the price and we hope Sony changes its mind in the future.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet review: Design and build

Its predecessor was and still is an impressive tablet and we didn’t think Sony could do much to the 6.4 mm, 426 g chassis. However, it has managed to slim it down further to 6.1 mm which isn’t much but the weight has dropped to just 392 g.

In comparison with the market leading iPad Air 2, it’s the same thickness and a decent 45 g lighter so tops marks to Sony. The Xperia Z4 Tablet feels great in the hand with the weight particularly making it easy to handle. The firm calls it the ‘World’s lightest 10in tablet with brightest 2K display’.

Sony continues to offer dust- and waterproofing, this time to an IP68 rating which is the highest available. We’ve got used to the headphone port not needing a cover or flap to keep the moisture out but now the microUSB port doesn’t either which is a great addition. Only having one flap for cards is ideal as you rarely need to open it.

Also see: Best 10in tablets 2024.

Aside from the above changes, the design remains essentially the same. A reasonable bezel runs around the display which doesn’t look great but means you can hold any side without needing to touch the screen, leaving your fingers in the way.

The Xperia Z4 Tablet will be available in black and white options but we’ve only seen black listed at retailers so far.

What we thought was an optional Bluetooth keyboard dock (BKB50) is now bundled with the tablet in the UK. It supports tilt and a trackpad for what Sony calls a ‘premium laptop experience’. The Xperia Z4 Tablet slots in easily and then you can adjust the angle or close it like you would a regular laptop.

It all works pretty smoothly and there’s a limit to how far back you can tilt the tablet so it doesn’t topple over (unlike the Acer Aspire Switch 10). The keyboard is a little flimsy and the keys are small so it’s not the optimum experience but you can certainly get a reasonable amount of typing done without pulling your hair out. The trackpad is surprisingly good and using Android with a mouse cursor actually makes a lot of sense.

Some things are awkward but there are many keys dedicated which alleviates this such as navigation, the drop down notification bar and even power. After a while you’ll probably find yourself not using the touchscreen but our main issue is that not everyone will benefit from the accessory yet you have to pay for it.

Since there’s no physical connection to the tablet, there’s no hard drive, extra battery or ports such as USB in the way of features. It simply connects over Bluetooth and charges via micro USB.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet review: Hardware and performance

The screen size remains at 10.1 in but Sony has improved the resolution to 2560 x 1600 and boosted the brightness to 500cd/m2. That’s plenty of brightness on offer and the pixel density of 299 ppi is impressive outpacing the iPad Air 2 which is 264 ppi. The ‘Triluminos’ screen looks great and the IPS panel means great viewing angles. We really can’t fault it and it’s up there with the Galaxy Tab S 10.5.

On the audio side is added support for High-Res audio like the Z3 range with front facing stereo speakers, digital noise cancelling support, automatic headphone compensation and a new LDAC codec which supposedly transmits data three times more efficiently than Bluetooth.

An impressive claim and is that the Xperia Z4 Tablet can last a whopping 17 hours of video playback from the 6000 mAh battery – for comparison Apple only touts 10 hours from the iPad Air 2. In our battery test in Geekbench 3, the tablet lasted an impressive nine hours and 53 minutes with a score of 5933.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet review: Software and apps

For software, the Xperia Z4 Tablet runs  Android 5.0 Lollipop and Sony adds its own user interface which doesn’t really have a name.

Sony has kept things quite vanilla meaning the experience is close to that of a

We particularly like the addition of app icons on the nav bar at the bottom so you can launch apps without returning to the homescreen and a sort of start menu – when the Bluetooth keyboard is in use.

Xperia Lounge which has been around for a while now offers silver and gold tiers with the top level reserved for Z devices. Sony promises content including music, video, cloud storage, stickers, themes and software upgrades for the life of the tablet.

As well as the High-Res audio support mentioned earlier, the Xperia Z4 Tablet includes PS4 Remote Play enabling you to play PlayStation 4 games on the device from the console over the same Wi-Fi network.

Read next: Best new tablets coming in 2024.

Specs Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet: Specs

Android 5.0 Lollipop

10.1in IPS Triluminos screen, 2560×1600, 300ppi, 500cd/m2

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 64-bit

3GB RAM

32GB internal storage, microSD card slot (up to 128GB)

8.1Mp rear camera with Exmor RS

5.1Mp wide angle front camera

MHL 3.0

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n/ac

NFC

Bluetooth 4.1

Nano-SIM (LTE model)

6000 mAh battery

254x167x6.1mm

392g (Wi-Fi), 396g (LTE)

Black, white

Unlock Bootloader Of Sony Xperia Z

Bought a shiny new Xperia Z and now looking to root it or try custom ROMs and modifications on it? If the answer is yes, then sooner or later you’ll run into the word bootloader, which needs to be unlocked before one can make any modification to the device’s software. But what exactly is a bootloader and why must it be unlocked?

When you turn on your phone, the operating system (also called firmware) is loaded into memory from storage and then booted up, and the bootloader is the piece of code that starts this sequence of loading the OS up. By default, the bootloader is locked and allows only the official OS/firmware to be booted up on a device, which prevents one from running a custom ROM (or kernel).

That is where bootloader unlocking comes in, as by unlocking the bootloader the phone is then free to boot up into unofficial software, a custom ROM (or kernel) in this case. Most Android devices come with a locked bootloader, and while some manufacturers choose not to let users unlock the bootloader so as to not ruin the experience, most devices can be unlocked if a user chooses to.

We’ve made a step-by-step guide to help you unlock the bootloader on your Sony Xperia Z, so that you can get down to rooting or install custom ROMs on it. It’s quite a simple procedure if you read the guide carefully, and you’ll be able to get the bootloader unlocked in less than an hour.

However, a few words of caution before you proceed:

Unlocking the bootloader will void the warranty of your phone, so you’ll be unable to send it in to Sony for repairs.

All the data on your phone will be wiped, including personal content on the internal storage such photos, music, videos and other files. You can take a backup of everything though and restore it later on.

Accepting official over-the-air software upgrades from Sony might cause issues, so you’ll have to refrain from installing any official updates after unlocking the bootloader.

Now, make sure you read the three points given above, then continue reading below for instructions on how you can unlock the bootloader on your Xperia Z.

Compatibility

The procedure described below is only for the Sony Xperia Z. Do not try it on any other device.

Warning!

The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky, so try them out at your own risk, and make sure to read each step carefully before attempting anything. We will not be held responsible if anything goes wrong.

Requirements

First, we have to make sure that your device’s bootloader can be unlocked, as some units may come without an unlockable bootloader. To do that, open the phone app and dialto open the service menu. Then, go intoHere, if it says Yes in front of, then your phone’s bootloader can be unlocked. If it says No or if you don’t see the status, then you’ll unfortunately be unable to unlock the bootloader.

You’ll need to install the Android SDK and make a few other changes to install the drivers for the phone on your computer. To do that, perform the following steps:

Install the Android SDK using the guide → here.

Download and unzip this file (use a program like WinZip or WinRAR for extraction) to obtain a file named android_winusb.inf.

Copy this android_winusb.inf file to the extras » google » usb_driver folder where you installed the Android SDK. Replace the existing file when asked to do so.

Check the IMEI number of your device by entering *#06# on the phone’s dialer, or from the Settings » About phone » Status menu. Note down this number somewhere as it is needed during the procedure. You can also find this number on the box your phone came in.

How to Unlock Bootloader on Sony Xperia Z

here. Read everything there if you want to, then press the “Start unlocking the boot loader button” at the bottom of the page. Remember to keep this page open till the end of the procedure.

Go to the official Sony Unlock Bootloader website →. Read everything there if you want to, then press the “Start unlocking the boot loader button” at the bottom of the page. Remember to keep this page open till the end of the procedure.

Check your email for a mail from Sony, which has your “unlock boot loader key.” Keep your email open so you can check this key when needed in further steps.

Now, turn off your Xperia Z. Then, while holding down the “Volume UP” button, plug in the USB cable to your phone (make sure it is connected to the computer before connecting to phone). This will start the device in FASTBOOT mode and a device installation screen will pop up on your computer.

Now, to unlock the bootloader, enter the following commands in the command prompt window.

Type in fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce getvar version and press Enter. If a value is returned as a response, such as 0.3 or 0.5, then the device is properly connected and you can go to the next step.

Then, type in fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce oem unlock 0xKEY in the command prompt and press Enter, replacing KEY with the unlock key you received in your email. For example: fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce oem unlock 0x5C11517BFD2E7197.

After a few seconds, you will get a “FINISHED” message in the command prompt once the bootloader has been unlocked. You can type fastboot -i 0x0fce reboot to reboot the phone back into Android and disconnect it from the computer. Since the phone’s data was wiped during unlocking, you’ll have to set everything up again.

You can now close the Sony bootloader unlock page and the command prompt as well.

The bootloader on your Xperia Z is now unlocked and you’ll be able to root it, install custom ROMs and kernels and make other modifications whenever needed. Do let us know if you run into any issues during the procedure, we’ll be sure to help you out.

Beats Studio 3 Vs Sony Wh

Wireless headphones are popular accessories, and new ones come out every year. While it’s always fun to turn your attention to the next thing in audio tech, the fact is that you don’t need to buy the latest and greatest. Today, we’ll look at the Beats Studio 3 vs Sony WH-1000XM4. Both are years-old active noise-canceling (ANC) headphones with some neat software features. Time to find out which headphones are worth your dollar.

The Beats Studio 3 and Sony WH-1000XM4 are both years-old premium headphones. Here’s an overview of their main differences:

The Studio 3 Wireless have Apple-exclusive features, and the WH-1000XM4 work identically across operating systems.

Both headphones use spatial audio, but only the Sony WH-1000XM4 offer personalization.

The ANC on the WH-1000XM4 is better for commuting than the Beats Studio 3 Wireless.

The WH-1000XM4 have a 30-hour battery life, while the Studio 3 have a 22-hour battery life.

The WH-1000XM4 charge via USB-C, and the Studio 3 Wireless use the outdated micro-USB port.

The Beats Studio 3 Wireless come in far more color options than the WH-1000XM4.

Beats Studio 3 vs Sony WH-1000XM4: Specs

Sony’s user experience contrasts with the Beats Studio 3, which have some Apple-exclusive features. This makes sense: Apple owns Beats. With the integrated W1 chip, the Studio 3 have hands-free “Hey, Siri” for asking questions. You can also use automatic device switching across Apple hardware. Listeners can also hear Apple Spatial Audio through the Studio 3. Of course, like Sony’s take on reality audio, this requires compatible audio content. Beats provides Android users with a spartan app that lets you toggle ANC on or off and access firmware updates. Android and iPhone owners can all enjoy one-step pairing for the Beats Studio 3.

The Sony WH-1000XM4 use Bluetooth 5.0, a whole generation newer than the Studio 3 Wireless’ Bluetooth 4.0. Sony’s headphones also support more Bluetooth audio codecs for better audio quality on Android devices. With the WH-1000XM4, you get your pick of SBC, AAC, and LDAC. Meanwhile, the Studio 3 support just SBC and AAC.

Beats Studio 3 vs Sony WH-1000XM4: Sound quality

Beats Studio 3 Wireless microphone demo (Ideal conditions):

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Beats Studio 3 vs Sony WH-1000XM4: Price

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Beats Studio 3 Wireless: $349

Sony WH-1000XM4: $349

Beats Studio 3 vs Sony WH-1000XM4: Which headphones should you buy?

Both pairs of headphones are good, even by today’s standards, but Sony’s have more modern hardware and a more expansive feature set. With Sony, you get USB-C charging, a custom EQ, and personalized spatial audio. These headphones have less clamping force than Beats, making them a bit more comfortable too.

There are still a few good reasons to consider the Studio 3 Wireless. If you have an iPhone, these headphones support many Apple-integrated features like auto device switching and “Hey, Siri.” Moreover, the Studio 3 default sound profile is more pleasing than the WH-1000XM4. Granted, you’re stuck with that default sound, unless you download a third-party app.

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Ultimately, if you want a more future-proofed purchase, get the Sony WH-1000XM4. You have fewer color options with Sony’s headphones but a much better user experience if you hop between operating systems.

Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones

Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones

Good battery life • Solid connection

MSRP: $349.95

Solid battery life and great sounding wireless headphones

The Beats Studio 3 Wireless over-ear headphones deliver premium sound while blocking external noise with active noise cancelation.

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Sony WH-1000XM4

Sony WH-1000XM4

Great ANC • Sound quality • Connectivity options • Auto-wear detection

MSRP: $348.00

An exceptional pair of noise canceling headphones.

High-quality Bluetooth codecs, great sound, improved noise-canceling, good battery life, and smart features like auto-pause and Bluetooth multipoint make the Sony WH-1000XM4 a great all-round pair of headphones.

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Neither set of headphones is waterproof, nor do they carry any kind of water-resistant IP rating.

Yes, both the Studio 3 and WH-1000XM4 have embedded microphones for phone calls, video chats, and voice recordings.

The Beats Studio 3 have active noise canceling that, while good, lags behind today’s flagship headphones.

Yes, the Beats Studio 3 support Apple’s Spatial Audio feature, but they don’t have head tracking or Spatial Audio optimization like the AirPods Max or newer AirPods do.

The Sony WH-1000XM4 are best for gaming when you plug them in. A wired connection means you won’t run into any audio-visual lag, which is important for gaming reaction time.

Sony Reader Daily Edition Up For Pre

Sony Reader Daily Edition up for pre-order at $400

We’ve got to admit, having played with the mirasol ebook prototype earlier today, Sony’s pre-sale of their Reader Daily Edition is looking marginally less appealing.  Priced at $399.99, the Sony Reader Daily Edition has a 7-inch monochrome e-ink display, integrated 3G connectivity, and weighs 12.75oz; wireless access to Sony’s ebook store is included in the sticker price.

As well as content from Sony’s ebook store, the Reader Daily Edition will also play nicely with PDF, Word, BBeB, ePub and other text formats.  You can highlight blocks of text and add notes with the included stylus, or use the on-screen keyboard if your handwriting is illegible, and there’s an onboard dictionary for checking up confusing words.

Battery life is rated at up to 2.5 weeks from a single charge, though you’ll only see that sort of longevity if the wireless is shut off.  Switch it on and you’re looking at more like a week’s worth of use.  Actual deliveries are expected to arrive sometime between December 18th and January 8th, which is a pretty large window if you’re considering giving the Sony Reader Daily Edition as a holiday gift.

Press Release:

SONY READER DAILY EDITION NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-SALE AT SONYSTYLE.COM

SAN DIEGO – November 18, 2009 Delivering on its promise to give consumers a variety of choices, Sony today announced its newest addition to the Sony Reader Family — the Reader Daily Edition™ — is now available for pre-order on chúng tôi The Reader Daily Edition, a highly-anticipated wireless model with 3G connectivity, will ship next month.

The Reader Daily Edition joins the Reader Pocket Edition™ and Reader Touch Edition™ to round out Sony’s complete family of digital readers. The Reader Daily Edition gives consumers wireless access to Sony’s eBookstore from most of the U.S., via a 3G mobile broadband network. Book lovers will be able to browse, purchase and download books as well as select newspapers and magazines on the go. There are no monthly fees or transaction charges for the basic wireless connectivity and users still have the option to side load personal documents or content from other compatible sites via USB. Sony will announce newspaper and magazine content providers within the next month.

The Reader Daily Edition features a responsive, menu-driven, seven-inch touch screen panel that enables quick, intuitive navigation, page turning, highlighting and note taking with the swipe of a finger or by using the included stylus pen. Users can take handwritten notes with the stylus pen or type with the virtual keyboard. All notes can be exported and printed out for easy reference. The Reader Touch Edition includes an onboard Oxford American English Dictionary that allows you to look up a word by simply tapping on it.

For more details on the Reader Daily Edition please visit chúng tôi Sony’s online destination for book lovers – chúng tôi or the Sony Electronics Community, which includes a corporate blog, video, photos, polls and profiles. For a list of all the Sony Electronics community sites please visit:

Key Facts:

o The Reader Daily Edition provides wireless access to Sony’s eBookstore from most of the U.S.

o Wireless access is provided by a 3G mobile broadband network.

o The Reader Daily Edition’s seven-inch wide, full touch screen display provides intuitive navigation and comfortable layout of content, including newspapers and magazines, in portrait or landscape orientation.

o In portrait mode, about 30-35 lines of text are visible, making the experience very similar to that of a printed paperback book.

o A high contrast ratio with 16 levels of grayscale ensures that text and images are crisp and easy to read.

o The Reader Daily Edition features an attractive aluminum body with an integrated protective cover.

o Easy access to the embedded dictionary with a simple double-tap on a word for its meaning.

o The Reader Daily Edition has enough internal memory to hold more than one thousand standard eBooks and expansion slots for memory cards to hold even more.

o It will sell for about $399.

o Newspaper and magazine content providers to be unveiled within the next month.

Quotes:

Steve Haber, president of Sony’s Digital Reading Business Division: “We firmly believe consumers should have choice in every aspect of their digital reading experience. With the availability of the Reader Daily Edition, we are delivering on that promise. We now have the most comprehensive family of devices on the market, the greatest access to free and affordable eBooks through The eBook Store from Sony and our affiliated ecosystem, and now round out our Reader offering with a wireless device that lets consumer purchase and download content on the go.”

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