The 8 megapixel camera isn’t helped at all by the lack of a flash, a strange omission on such a big phone, and one we expect should be here.
Combine this missing element with the weak low light camera and you have a phablet that really fails at taking pictures in any place but the most brightly lit, limiting where you can use it considerably.
Almost as if to emphasise that this isn’t a phone you’ll be taking pictures with, Sony has removed the dedicated camera button, something we saw on the Xperia Z1 earlier on which helps to let you avoid touching the screen when you want to fire off a shot.
Sony’s alternative to owning a tablet is certainly one intriguing device, though it’s one that comes with a fair share of niggles that may be enough to turn you off the experience.
People who love big phones will no doubt see this as being a brilliant idea, partly due to it being the biggest phone out there.
That said, regardless of how you feel about having a big phone, you will likely feel self-conscious using this phablet in public, and that’s because when you hold it up to your ear, it’s easy to point out that yes, you’re holding a tablet to the side of your face.
You know differently, though. It’s a phone. It just happens to be sized like a tablet.
If that doesn’t bother you, no worries, because you’ll be fine, but if it does, you need to be aware that the feeling doesn’t go away, and when you pull out a phone this big on the bus or in public, it will get people to look in your general direction.
But if you can handle the size, and the looks, as well as know you’ll still need to carry a proper compact camera to replace the mediocre one found here, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra doesn’t just break the boundary between smartphones and tablets, it literally tears it asunder, and questions whether you’ll ever need a tablet again.