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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5258 reviews of Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People really like the battery and performance. The usability and portability also get good feedback. Comments about the social networking functionality and connectivity are mixed.

size, portability, usability, performance, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 405 user reviews of Sony Xperia Z3 Compact from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the size and battery. The usability and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas the connectivity and reliability get mixed views. Some have doubts about the social networking functionality.

performance, portability, usability, battery, size

social network

85% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact UK SIM-Free Smartphone - OrangeSony Xperia Z3 Compact UK SIM-Free Smartphone - Orange

Apr, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 719 user reviews of Sony Xperia Z3 Compact from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the design and size. The usability and performance also get good feedback, whereas there are some negative views about the connectivity and reliability.

portability, performance, usability, size, design

reliability, connectivity

80% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: SONY XPERIA Z3 COMPACT D5803 BLACK 16GB IP65/IP68 FACTORY UNLOCKED LTE GSM CELL PHONE [ 2G GSM AND/OR 3G 850(B5)/900(B8)/1800(B3)/1900(B2) AND/OR 4G LSONY XPERIA Z3 COMPACT D5803 BLACK 16GB IP65/IP68 FACTORY UNLOCKED LTE GSM CELL PHONE [ 2G GSM AND/OR 3G 850(B5)/900(B8)/1800(B3)/1900(B2) AND/OR 4G L

Apr, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 user reviews of Sony Xperia Z3 Compact from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.ca. Reviews about the battery and camera are on the whole positive. The usability and performance also get good comments, whereas the reliability and design get negative opinions.

portability, performance, usability, camera, battery

connectivity, durability, design, reliability

82% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact D5833 16 GB Memory International Version Factory Unlocked, White, Retail PackagingSony Xperia Z3 Compact D5833 16 GB Memory International Version Factory Unlocked, White, Retail Packaging

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Florian Wimmer (notebookcheck.net)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Smartphone Review

 

Generational leap. The successor of the Xperia Z1 Compact is called Xperia Z3 Compact – logical, right? Read our review to find out why the small sibling of the Xperia Z3 is a great smartphone, despite the confusing designation.

High performance, Long battery runtimes, Low power consumption during standby and idling, Good speakers, Bright and high-contrast display, Great user interface, Numerous settings, High-resolution camera, 4K video recording, 802.11ac WLAN, Supports...

Back is slippery and attracts fingerprints, Stability not perfect, Meager camera quality in bad lighting conditions, GPS module is inaccurate, Display with slight blue cast, Comparatively high price

Sony does it again: Introduces a new model after a couple of months and actually managed to integrate significant improvements over the predecessor. Huge innovations are not possible, but a convenient evolution is not bad, either. You can obviously...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by (engadget.com)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review: small size, big deal

 

Smartphones that are small in size, but big on performance are a dying breed. With the Xperia Z3 Compact, you get the all the care and attention Sony gave the bigger Z3, just in a more petite package. That includes an elegant design, a (mostly) good...

Incredible battery life ; Top-tier performance ; Flagship design and build quality ; Reduced in size, but not capability

Poor low-light camera performance ; Sony's Android skin feels antiquated

Having spent a decent amount of time with the new Xperia Z3 Compact, I can easily recommend it as the best small Android smartphone. Low-light camera performance aside, it's got everything you want in a flagship handset, except maybe a fingerprint...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by (theverge.com)

Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact review

 

If there's been any downgrade in the move from the Xperia Z2, it's in the Z3's speakers. They are positioned symmetrically at the top and bottom of the phone's front, however they sound tinny and are not as pleasant to listen to as in the previous...

Incredible battery life ; Unique combination of size and performance ; Cheaper than most flagship phones ; PS4 Remote Play finally capitalizes on Sony's PlayStation advantage

Camera takes some getting used to ; Optical image stabilization would have been nice to have ; Spammy Xperia Lounge notifications ; Loses some of the Z3's premium feel by having a plastic frame

Sony nailed it. Twice.

Oct, 2014

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Sony XPERIA Z3 Compact ( green)

 

One year on and the best compact phone around has a successor, the Xperia Z3 Compact (Sony decided not to launch a Z2 Compact to match its Z2 phone earlier this year). It has a 4.6-inch display, making it larger than its 4.3-inch predecessor, although...

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact packs a larger screen than its predecessor in the same size body, it has tonnes of power, it's completely waterproof allowing for underwater photography and it has a good camera.

The screen size has increased, but not the resolution, resulting in a less sharp image overall than its predecessor and many of its rivals. Although the camera takes good shots, its resolution is throttled in automatic mode and the white balance isn't...

Although it's a disappointment Sony hasn't increased the screen resolution along with its size, and the camera's quirks are rather odd, the Xperia Z3 Compact's improved design, vast amounts of power, decent battery life and waterproof body help it...

Sep, 2014

Expert review by : Andrew Hoyle (cnet.com)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review

 

Although most smartphone manufacturers have made compact versions of their flagship handsets, most have been extremely watered down, and the only similarity is in the name. Not so with Sony. Its Xperia Z1 Compact packed the same slick design,...

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact packs a larger screen than its predecessor in the same size body, it has tonnes of power, it's completely waterproof allowing for underwater photography and it has a good camera.

The screen size has increased, but not the resolution, resulting in a less sharp image overall than its predecessor and many of its rivals. Although the camera takes good shots, its resolution is throttled in automatic mode and the white balance isn't...

Although it's a disappointment Sony hasn't increased the screen resolution along with its size, and the camera's quirks are rather odd, the Xperia Z3 Compact's improved design, vast amounts of power, decent battery life and waterproof body help it...

Sep, 2014

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review: Not your usual suspect

 

Of all the features that set smartphones apart, screen size is as close to a decider as they get. Counter to the trend of the last decade that saw cell phones become as small as technology allowed, the emergence of touchscreen and the resolution race...

4.6" IPS LCD, 720 x 1280px, 319ppi, ambient light sensor ; LTE connectivity ; Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Xperia UI on top ; IP68 certified - dust and water proof up to 1.5 meter and 30 minutes ; Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with quad-core 2.5GHz...

Non user-replaceable battery ; Lacks the metal frame of the Xperia Z3

Sony was the first to redefine the compact flagships concept with its Xperia Z1 Compact, setting a pretty high bar for both the competition and the potential successor. The company's short release cycle, on the other hand, is doing the Z3 Compact no...

Sep, 2014

Expert review by : Victor H. (phonearena.com)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Review

 

Compact in size, but not in performance: welcome to the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Nearly a year after Sony released its first Xperia Z1 Compact following a simple recipe for a non-compromise flagship-grade device in a compact size…

Stylish design: tempered glass, captivating translucent sides, lively colors ; Fast, smooth performance ; Good camera ; Water-proof with IP68 rating ; Very good call quality ; Excellent digital video stabilization ; Fantastic battery life

Display is not accurate and is noticeably bluish ; Camera interface is cluttered ; Speakers sound a bit muffled

The Xperia Z3 Compact takes the successful formula of the Z1 Compact and makes it better in practically every way: the glass panel contributes to a more premium feel, colors are livelier, and the handset is thinner, lighter and water-proof; it keeps...

Sep, 2014

Expert review by : Andy Walker (gearburn.com)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact long-term review: sexy, submersible, sensational

 

We review the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and pit it against its likely and closest future rival, the Sony Xperia Z4 Compact.

: Is the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact the best phone of 2014? I can’t slap that “best” label on it, but it’s definitely of the best, and one of the most complete phones I’ve ever reviewed. It’s solid and small without being annoyingly so, it’s seductive and...

Feb, 2015

Expert review by : Tim Schiesser (techspot)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Review

 

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact packs all the same goodness of its larger sibling in a more manageable body. That includes a powerful Snapdragon 801 SoC, a 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS camera, Category 4 LTE, NFC, and IP68 waterproofing. Paired with a 4.6-inch...

Awesome battery life complements high-end performance. The compact, waterproof design makes the device easy to operate. Top-notch 4.6-inch display is awesome from all angles. Familiar camera hardware is still pretty decent.

Software needs a bit of work, especially the restrictive camera app. Sony didn’t use the sexy aluminium design of the Xperia Z3.

There’s a lot to like about a smaller form factor smartphone with all the power, features and hardware of the larger flagships, especially when that smartphone is the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. While the device isn’t significantly upgraded over the Z1...

Dec, 2014

Expert review by : pallabhazarika (nothingwired.com)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Review : In-Depth Hands-On

 

The Sony Xperia Z3 comes in a pretty compact box that has a picture of the device on front and quick specs on the back. Once you open the box you have the device right on top. Further inside you have the USB 2.0 cable, 1.5 Ampere wall adapter,...

The Z3 Compact features almost the same set of specs that the Flagship Z3 carries and for those who didn’t buy the Z3 only because of the larger screen size than buying the Z3 Compact would make perfect sense. In our opinion the only con with this...

Nov, 2014

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:2600
Battery performance:2600
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Continuous audio playback time:110
Continuous video playback time:10
Standby time (2G):880 / 920
Standby time (3G):800 / 920
Standby time (4G):800
Talk time (2G):12 / 14 / 16
Talk time (3G):14 / 16

Call Management

Call blocking: Yes
Call divert: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating alert: Yes
Voice commands: Yes

Camera

Auto focus: Yes
Built-in flash: Yes
Digital Zoom:8
Face detection: Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):2.2
Geotagging: Yes
Image Stabilizer: Yes
ISO sensitivity:12800 / 12800, 2000, 3200 / 2000, 12800, 3200 / 2000, 3200, 12800
Main camera resolution (numeric):20.7
Maximum frame rate:120
Multi-shot: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Optical sensor size:1 / 2.3 / 1 / 2.5 / 1/2.3
Rear camera resolution (numeric):20.7
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1920x1080@30fps
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:2.2
Self-timer: Yes
Sensor Type:Exmor RS
Smile detection: Yes
Video capture resolution (max):3480 x 2160 / 3840 x 2160
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:1080p
White Balance:Auto
Zoom capability: Yes

Certificates

Body SAR:0.897 / 0.945 / 1.12
Body SAR (Canada):1.098
Body SAR (EU):0.897 / 0.945 / 1.12
Body SAR (USA):1.098
Certification:IPX5, IPX8
Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:Y
DLNA Certified: Yes
Head SAR:0.687 / 0.862 / 0.979
Head SAR (Canada):0.947
Head SAR (EU):0.687 / 0.862 / 0.979
Head SAR (USA):0.947
SAR value:0.826 / 2
SAR головы (Канада):0.947
Specific absorption rate (SAR) value (EU):0.826 / 2

Design

Color of product:Black / Green / Orange / Red / White
Form Factor:Bar
International Protection (IP) code:IP65 / IP68
Protection features:Dust resistant, Vandal-proof, Water resistant / Dust resistant, Water resistant / Water resistant, Dust resistant

Display

Aspect Ratio:9:16
Display Diagonal:2.6 / 4.6
Display number of colors:16.77 / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 720
Display Type:TFT
Orientation sensor: Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch sensitive screen: Yes
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:2

Messaging

Chat: Yes
E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3GPP, AAC, AMR, ASF, FLAC, MIDI, MKA, MP2, MP4, OGA, OTA, RealAudio, RTX, WAV, WVE, XMF / 3GPP, AAC, AMR, ASF, FLAC, MKA, MP3, MP4, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, XMF / 3GPP, AAC, ASF, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGA, OTA, WMA / 3GPP, AAC, ASF, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, PCM, WMA / 3GPP, AMR, ASF, FLAC, MKA, MP3, MP4, OGG, OTA, RTX, WAV, XMF / AAC, AMR-NB, MP3 / AAC, ASF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, PCM, WAV, WMA / MP4, RTX, 3GPP, ASF, WAV, OGG, OTA, XMF, ADTS, AMR, FLAC, MP3 / OGG, AMR, WAV, ASF, XMF, OTA, FLAC, ADTS, IMY, MP3, 3GPP, MP4, RTX
Equalizer: Yes
FM radio: Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG / BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, WEBP / JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, WEBP / WEBP, BMP, JPG, PNG, GIF
Radio Data System (RDS): Yes
Speakers:Stereo
Video compression format:3GP, AVI, H.263, H.264, MKV, MP4, MPEG4, XVID / 3GP, AVI, MKV, MP4, XVID / 3GP, AVI, XVID, MKV, MP4 / 3GPP, AVI, MKV, MP4, WEBM, XVID / 3GPP, H.263, H.264, MKV, MP4, MPEG4, VOB, VP6, VP8, WEBM, WMV7 / 3GPP, H.263, H.264, MKV, MP4, MPEG4, VP8, WEBM, XVID / H.263, H.264, MPEG4 / MP4, AVI, MKV, 3GP, XVID / VP9, 3GPP, AVI, H.263, H.264, H.265, MKV, MP4, MPEG4, VP8, WEBM, XVID / VP9, 3GPP, AVI, H.263, H.264, H.265, MPEG4, VP8, WEBM, XVID
Video compression formats:H.262, H.263, MP4, MPEG4 / H.263, H.264, MP4, MPEG4 / H.263, H.264, MPEG4
Video formats supported:3GP,AVI,H.263,H.264,MKV,MP4,MPEG4,XVID / 3GP,AVI,MKV,MP4,XVID / 3GP,AVI,XVID,MKV,MP4 / 3GPP,AVI,MKV,MP4,WEBM,XVID / 3GPP,H.263,H.264,MKV,MP4,MPEG4,VOB,VP6,VP8,WEBM,WMV7 / 3GPP,H.263,H.264,MKV,MP4,MPEG4,VP8,WEBM,XVID / H.263,H.264,MPEG4 / MP4,AVI,MKV,3GP,XVID / VP9,3GPP,AVI,H.263,H.264,H.265,MKV,MP4,MPEG4,VP8,WEBM,XVID / VP9,3GPP,AVI,H.263,H.264,H.265,MPEG4,VP8,WEBM,XVID
Voice codecs:AMR-NB, AMR-WB / AMR-WB, AMR-NB

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
Barometer: Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GLONASS:Y
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):1900,850,1800 / 850, 900, 1800, 1900 / 850,1800,1900 / 850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM / EDGE,GSM,GPRS
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 / 850, 900, 1900, 2100 / 850,900,1700 / 850,900,1700,1900,2100 / 850,900,1900,2100 / 900,1900,850,1700,2100
3G standards:HSDPA,HSUPA,UMTS / HSDPA,UMTS,HSUPA / HSPA+,UMTS / HSPA,UMTS
4G:Y
4G bands supported:1700,2100,900,1800,800,1900,2600,850 / 800,850,1800,2100,2600 / 900,1900,2600,800,1700,2100,850,1800
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP / A2DP, AVRCP, GAP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, SPP / A2DP, AVRCP, GAP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PBAP, SPP / A2DP, AVRCP, GAP, HSP, MAP, OPP, SPP / A2DP, GAP, HFP, OPP, SPP / A2DP, HSP, SPP, AVRCP, GAP, MAP, OPP / A2DP, MAP, SPP, OPP, AVRCP, GAP, HSP
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 LE
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
Security algorithms:128-bit AES, 128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, AES, EAP-AKA, EAP-SIM, EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS, MSCHAPv2, PEAP, TKIP, WPA, WPA2 / 128-bit AES, DES, EAP, EAP-FAST, EAP-MD5, EAP-PEAP, EAP-SIM, EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS, HTTPS, LEAP, MSCHAPv2, PEAP, WDS, WPA, WPA-EAP, WPA2 / 128-bit AES, DES, EAP, EAP-MD5, EAP-PEAP, EAP-SIM, EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS, LEAP, MD5, MSCHAPv2, PEAP, WEP, WPA, WPA-PSK, WPA2 / 128-bit AES, EAP, EAP-SIM, EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS, MSCHAPv2, PEAP, WPA, WPA2 / Dolby Digital Plus/Dolby TruHD / EAP, EAP-SIM, EAP-TLS, PEAP, WPA, WPA2
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:Micro-USB / USB
Headset included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Barometer: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Graphics:Adreno 330
Graphics adapter:Adreno 330
Gyroscope: Yes
Microphone mute: Yes
On-board graphics adapter model:Adreno 330
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:4.4 / 4.4.4
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, Stopwatch / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Stopwatch / Alarm clock, Calculator, Notes, Calendar, To-do list, Events reminder / Alarm clock, Notes, Events reminder, To-do list, Calculator, Calendar
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, Stopwatch / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Stopwatch / Alarm clock, Calculator, Notes, Calendar, To-do list, Events reminder / Alarm clock, Notes, Events reminder, To-do list, Calculator, Calendar
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Widgets / Icons, Shortcuts, Menu
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription / Prepaid / Sim-lock free
Support for contact groups: Yes
SyncML: Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
vCard: Yes
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Charging connector:Y
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
MHL version:3.0
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):Y
USB connector type:Micro-USB / Micro-USB B
USB port:Y / Yes
USB version:2.0

Processor

Processor:801 / MSM 8974AC
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A15
Processor cores:4
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:2.5
Processor model:801 / MSM 8974AC

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:4.4 / 4.4.4
SyncML: Yes
vCard: Yes

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroDrive, MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash), SDXC / SDXC, MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal RAM:2048
Internal storage capacity:16 / 19
Maximum memory card size:128
RAM capacity:2
USB mass storage: Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription / Prepaid

Technical Details

Dust-resistant: Yes
Dustproof:Y
Google applications:Gmail, Google Maps, Google Play, Google Voice Search, Google+, YouTube / Gmail, Google Play, Google+, YouTube / Google Maps, Google Play, Google Voice Search / Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube / Google Music, Google Play, Google Voice Search / Google Voice Search, Google Maps, Google Play
Waterproof: Yes

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.339
Height:5
Weight:4.55
Width:2.56