So I recently decided to make a conscious effort to sell my various mobile phones that I’d picked up along the way, including the iPhone 5S, Nexus 4 and the HTC One M7. That left me with the OnePlus One. Its sooo close to being the perfect device for the money but with one huge caveat - literally - its size. Its massive. While I do have large hands its just that bit too impractical in my opinion. The battery life was the biggest draw for me though - its superb. And the camera is pretty great too.
What I really wanted was something with these two key attributes while being ‘phone sized’ and not a phablet.
I thought about the new iPhone but its just too expensive and the battery life not particularly stellar. I’m blown away with iOS still either. Sony then came along and changed the game by releasing the Xperia Z3 Compact - a flagship spec phone in a small package with no compromises.
Really, it is. I had the Z2 for a very short while and really liked it but it was flawed by buggy software and the overheating issue. That and it was a rather large beast with iffy ergonomics. Sony has been refining the Xperia formula and has really struck a home run with the Z3 Compact.
As per usual I wont bore you with the nerd specifications as there are many sites that’ll give you that. Here are my likes and dislikes:
• Form factor. Its the perfect size for a mobile in my opinion. The small bezels mean that it still houses a large screen without making the device enormous. I also find that typing on this screen in landscape mode for long messages or posts such as this is rather nice (using the Google keyboard that is).
• Price. £350 will bag you a sim-free device. That’s a competitive price point considering the iPhone 6 is double the dollar.
• Battery life. It’s superb, especially for such a small device. I’m currently on 17% battery, its been 1 day 17 hours since the last charge and I’ve had over 4 hours screen on time. Witchcraft.
• The camera. There’s a 20mpx Sony Exmor R sensor in this thing and its capable of taking some nice shots. You do have to work it to your advantage a bit more than you would a regular phone with its plethora of modes and settings but it’s a great shooter. Flickr uploads coming soon.
• Sound quality. This is in two forms - the front facing stereo speakers are really nice to have and work well enough (not M8 levels of awesome, granted). If you shell out for Sony’s noise-cancelling earbuds - which I did after they blew me away with the Z2 - then you get a fantastic device for music playback. Well worth the £25.
• Waterprooing. Its a really nice thing to have. No longer do I need to be concerned about using my phone outdoors when its raining. I’ve tested just how waterproof it is by taking it into the shower and sure enough it works a treat.
• Sony’s Android skin. Its pretty close to stock and they haven’t ‘fisherpriced’ it like Samsung with Touchwiz. I’m a fan.
• Answerphone. Sounds like a daft one but its got an on-device answerphone meaning I don’t have to dial Three to pick up voice mails. A nice touch.
• Its slippery. Because it’s glass both sides of the phone it means that on a table top its a bit of an ice puck.
• 720P display. Very minor gripe this one because the display is actually really good but I can’t help but feel that Sony could have squeezed a 1080p display into this phone.
• 16gb internal storage. Its just not enough - even though you can load a 128gb SD card into the phone you still only get limited internal storage and that’s becoming more of a problem with Android. Saying that it hasn’t become a problem for me just yet.
So there you have it. Those are my initial thoughts on the wonderful Xperia Z3 Compact. I absolutely love the device. I’ll post more thoughts on it as I have them.