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Pitting the Xperia Z against the HTC One is a particularly good comparison for me – I haven't been impressed by either brand in recent years but have a historic liking for both at one time or another.
In my role as a reporter covering the mobile beat, on any given day I have a choice from around six to nine phones. That means if I'm going to pick it up and use a handset day after day, it'll need to be good.
HTC hasn't been on that list for a while. I actually hadn't spent that long using any of the Xperia devices released in 2012, but was pleased to get a proper amount of time with the middle-of-the-pack Xperia T, which pleasantly surprised me and earned it a place as one of my back-up handsets.