- Alex Todd , Recombu
Based on specs this is a repackaged Xperia Z2 by another design, but in truth it’s much, much more and we can't get enough.
- Water resistant
- Bright HD screen
- Blazing performance
- PS4 Remote Play
- Long battery life
- Camera Auto mode is hit or miss
- Limited US Availability
- Sony bloatware and interface tweaks
- Speaker distortion at high levels
Hot on the heels of the Z2, Sony is taking another shot at the top of the flagship Android charts with the tweaked and optimized Z3. Reviews are starting to roll in and things are looking good for this one. How good? Let’s get into the details.
The design of the Z3 sticks to the Xperia aesthetic in most ways. Sharp lines, flat sides and flush buttons with little else. The Z3 adds the addition of nylon corners to help add a little resilience to the glass and aluminum design. Stuff magazine said the changes makes the Z3 “feel less like a big, heavy block of a tech and more like a standard premium flagship.”
Most reviews noted that the Z3 was more comfortable to hold than previous Xperia devices but edges were still very much noticeable in the hand. Forbes says, “expect the Z3 to be a touch more robust than the Z2.”
The phone is both IP65 and 68 certified for dustproofing and waterproofing to make sure its ready to go with you on your next adventure or survive the torture of little hands if you have children. Reviews that tested it said everything worked fine, just be sure to have the covers for the various ports firmly closed.
With a quad-core 2.5GHz processor, 3GB of RAM and a 5.2-inch 1080p display, the specs on the phone are certainly impressive. Forbes notes that this is “the very top end of the current specs for an Android smartphone.”
Stuff put the phone through its paces, including gaming and heavy multitasking and found that “As for performance, it's flawless.”
The powerful specs of the phone are paired with a 3,100-mAh battery which Sony claims will allow up to two days of use on a single charge. While reviews didn’t quite hit the two-day mark, most agreed that you should have no problem getting through the day. Stuff commented that phone features “the best battery life of any smartphone we've seen in a long time.”
For those constantly on the go, Sony has beefed up the screen brightness compared to other models. TechRadar points out, “the 5.2 display is brighter than ever before, perhaps more than anything on the market, with 600 nits of brightness.”
If you’re looking for a phone that will rival many point and shoot cameras, the 25mm lens and 20.7MP camera on the phone received rave reviews from most sources. However, to get the most from the camera, prepare to get comfortable with menus and settings as many reviews pointed out that the auto function, while effective, didn’t work well in fast action or low light conditions.
Other features include DCEE HX Audio--a feature that claims to breathe life into low-quality audio--and PS4 Remote Play functionality. Remote Play will allow PS4 owners to stream games to their phone via Wi-Fi and play using DualShock 4 controllers. While this sounds like heaven to gamers, the feature doesn’t officially roll out until late-2014 so reviews couldn’t assess how well it really works.
Overall, reviews are extremely positive despite the device being released so soon after the Z2. Forbes says there is “little to complain about in the package.” TechRadar applauds the device say its “the best phone that Sony's ever made... and it's better than I expected.”
Reviews (8.6/10 Avg. rating)
The Sony Xperia Z3 is beautifully designed, with a fantastic high-resolution camera and great battery life; it's a really difficult device to find fault with. You might not be a fan of Sony's Xperia user-interface, or the fiddly SD-Card/charge port flaps, but the minor flaws pale in comparison to the myriad positives.
For US$400 the Xperia Z3 presents outstanding value and its stellar battery life is going to get even better once the device gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the near future. It might be lacking some of the more current Android features such as wireless charging and... Full review
A well-rounded flagship that's definitely worth your time and money.
Sony might not have high hopes for its mobile future, but the company has made a winner in the Xperia Z3. The design is sophisticated, the camera is great, and battery life is excellent. Is it worth an upgrade from the Z2? Probably not—you should wait and see what Sony has next. But the Z3 has earned its place among today’s most popular flagships. You’d be missing out to skip the Z3 outright.
Of course, the fact that it’s only available through T-Mobile in the U.S. isn’t helping its fortunes all that much. Sony has found the American market a tough n... Full review
Stunning display, incredibly capable camera and the ability to play PS4 games
The Sony Xperia Z3v is an impressive Android smartphone and it is about time Verizon offers a flagship smartphone from Sony. It is hard to find things not to like on this very capable smartphone. Before you walk in and upgrade from your old iPhone to the iPhone 6, or jump from one Samsung smartphone to another, you need to go hands on with the Sony Xperia Z3v.
With a stellar camera, great software features, the ability to play the PS4 games and the option to buy for as low as a penny on Amazon this is a smartphone you need to try before you buy any other device on Verizon. <... Full review
A flagship device with a good camera and great battery life
The Z3v is the first Sony flagship to hit Verizon. If you’ve been waiting for such a day, we’re happy to say it was worth the wait. It’s a decent looking phone that has industry leading dust and waterproof abilities. It also happens to take great photos and has crazy long battery life. The only cons we can really think of (**see below for more) are more subjective and minor and revolve around stock vs skinned Android and some hardware design choices (such as the all-glass back and ridiculous microUSB port placement). All in all, the Z3v would be a great phone by itself. In... Full review
An amazing phone that measures up with the best Android has to offer
The future, wrapped up in the past
When you get down to it, there are four things that most people want in a phone: a relatively fast processor, a good-looking display that you can see while outdoors, a great camera, and excellent battery life. In some form or another, most people's ideal phone will nail all four of those. While it might be slicker than a can of grease, the Sony Xperia Z3 is as close to an ideal phone as you can find on the market today.
Ever have something hanging over your head for a couple of days? Something you were worried about that just wouldn't leave the back of your mind? That's how I fel... Full review
A tempting, premium Android handset
There's no doubt in my mind that the Xperia Z3 is Sony's best chance to win over American consumers. It's a solid device through-and-through. It's well designed, well made, and has a great mix of features that should appeal to media-minded users.
The screen is great, the battery life is very good, but I thought signal and voice performance could be stronger. The hardware is, otherwise, top notch. Not every phone can claim to be waterproof and that definitely helps the Z3 sit apart from the crowd. Some potential buyers may not like the sealed-in battery, but I don't mind it.
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Waterproof, very good battery life, and can link to PS4 gaming console via home Wi-Fi
The Sony Xperia Z3v is the best Sony Android smartphone that Verizon sells…. Actually it’s the only Sony Smartphone that Verizon carries right now. This phone has some good things going for it like Qi wireless charging capability, 21MP camera, dedicated camera shutter button, PS4 Remote Play gaming, micro SD card slot and waterproof design. It does everything all the other current Android smartphones can do, but where it falls a little short is in the physical design. It just looks and feels too chunky to me and it also feels every so slightly less snappy compared to the Motoro... Full review
Wonderfully bright screen, epic battery life and even PS4 integration for avid gamers
The Z3 is Sony's best smartphone yet, and it stacks up well against other Android flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S5. For my money, it's the one I'd buy. The 1920 x 1080p display is sharp and bright, and photo fanatics will love the superdetailed 20.7-MP camera and dedicated shutter button. T-Mobile adds a cherry on top, with battery life that lasts longer than the Energizer Bunny. While it doesn't have the massive screen of a Galaxy Note 4, or the fingerprint reader in an iPhone 6 Plus, Sony's sleek smartphone is worth some serious consideration, doubly so for PS4 owners looking to li... Full review
Almost as good as the original
I hate it.
Fragile and clumsy to hold - Screen crack resulted
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