Sony Corporation originated with an electronics shop set up in 1946 in Tokyo, and was officially christened Sony in 1958. Sony gained a reputation for innovation with the launch of the Betamax videocassette recording format and the introduction of the Walkman in 1979. Although its market share has been eroded by products from Samsung Electronics and Apple. 

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact. Photo: James Wendlinger

Review: Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact – worthy successor to Z5

With its improved camera, battery life, water resistance and fun apps like 3D scanning, the new Compact is a return to form for Sony after the let-down of the X model. The only real problem: the flimsy memory card slot