The World Mobile Congress just happened and so many big phones are coming on to the market… but is that a good thing? It’s great that they have bigger and more beautiful screens and usually come with slightly better performance and battery life but at the same time, they’re just tedious to carry around.
Enter the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. It has a smaller 4.6″ screen to its full sized brother but certainly doesn’t lack the performance or stamina. The build of the phone is minimalistic, smooth and has a glass front and back, although the sides do have a plastic feel. The buttons are all around the sides of the phone, including the dedicated camera button which is very handy for quick snaps. Your quick snaps will be recorded at 20.7 megapixels, which is 12.7 more megapixels than the current iPhone 6 (cough cough).
The display is sharp with a 720p resolution, which is more than enough for a screen of that size. The colours are vibrant with excellent contrast and the touch response is super smooth. I watched a music video on it and the display was great but the sound was pretty standard, despite the stereo speakers.
You can shop online, talk to your mum and navigate on google maps all at the same time without feeling any lag, so even though it’s the Z3 compact, the flagship Xperia Z3 performance is not compromised by its size.
They say that the phone is water and dust resistant but the flap that covers the charging port doesn’t quite give me the confidence to jump into the pool with it.
3 reasons why we love the phone:
Great battery life, with average use it can last up to 2 days.
I found that photos taken in dark places were not too bad with a hi ISO range (up to 12800) on the camera.
I have relatively small hands (don’t judge), so that makes this phone super easy to negotiate with one hand, leaving my other hand to do more important things. Like practicing how to tie a tie with my weaker hand.
3 things that could be improved:
The flappy flaps for the charging port and SD card really need to go.
Not crash hot about the location of the on-off button, I keep accidentally pressing it.
Maybe the stereo sound on such a little device isn’t required and the extra space saved can be used for a bigger screen (without changing the dimensions)
Great phone at a great price that you can come to grips with, RRP $699.