Reviewing the Sony Xperia Z3

Reviewing the Sony Xperia Z3

By Priyanka Rele

Sony with its quick turnaround, launched the Xperia Z3 just 6 months after the Xperia Z2. The changes and improvements though not overwhelming, do offer a greater value than its predecessor. It’s also at par with Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, LG G3 and the iPhone 6. Though Sony Xperia Z3 has already been succeeded by the Z3+ and Z5, it is worth considering in its price range.

Its best qualities are its

  • Vibrant display
  • Battery life
  • Hi-res Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Camera

Whereas the not-so-good ones include

  • Overheating issues
  • Sony bloatware
  • Absence of PS4 remote play
  • Annoying side flaps

Design: Xperia Z3 has the aluminum-glass combination but is slimmer at 7.3 mm. Its narrower frame makes it better suited for single handed use.

Screen: The 5.2-inch IPS LCD screen has a 424 ppi offering sharper images and more brightness. The adaptive display mode makes it perfect for outdoor use. Though not a 2K display, it still stands out due to the screen technology borrowed from the Bravia TV range.

Software: Running on the latest Android OS with the Sony UI on top, Xperia Z3 does have a lot to offer. The UI features are the same with the difference that the dropdown notification bar now contains the power management and audio settings.

Sound: Along with clear and crisp sound, Xperia Z3 also offers active noise cancellation, the ability to enhance the speaker’s voice, suppress microphone noise and Slow Talk which slows down the other caller’s speech. Though not impressive, they are decent speakers with good clarity. With Sony headphones however, audiophiles have a whole new world to discover with the audio settings.

Battery Life: The 3100mAh battery is considerably bigger than its peers in the market. Without opting for the power management settings, this battery will easily last you a couple of days.

Camera: The primary camera is a 20.7 megapixel with a single LED flash and 25 mm lens that’s faster and wider than the one on Z2. For low-light shooting, the ISO sensitivity maxes at 12800. Though the detailing is amazing in both the 8-megapixel and 20.7-megapixel resolution, the images look better in the former. It also shoots 4K videos @30FPS.

Performance: The Snapdragon 801 processor clocking at 2.5GHz makes the Xperia Z3 a quick phone. Speed tests using games have concluded that the CPU can perform beautifully even under pressure.

The IP65 and IP68 certifications make Xperia Z3 water and dustproof which means that pressurized jets of water and dust will do no harm to the handset. It can also withstand being in fresh water up to 1.5m for 30 minutes.

Compared to its competitors, the Xperia Z3 might not be as innovative or as stylish but it does offer good power and battery life. So if you have been looking to shift to Sony and have the budget, then the Xperia Z3 is the best flagship phone that Sony has to offer in that price range.