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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5924 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. Comments about the battery and performance are overall positive. The usability and portability are also mentioned favorably, but the social networking functionality and connectivity get mixed views.

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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 90/100 = 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 412 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. Views about the size and battery are overall positive. The usability and portability also get good feedback. There are some less positive views about the social networking functionality. The connectivity and reliability get mixed opinions.

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

Sep, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 742 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 less positive reviews about the connectivity and reliability.

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79% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2019

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. Comments about the battery and camera are on the whole positive. The usability and performance are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the reliability and design.

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

Sep, 2019

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 : 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 : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact (Unlocked)

 

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is the only high-end, smaller Android phone available in the U.S., but it's not without its flaws.

Beautifully built. Waterproof. Extremely powerful for a small phone. Fast.

Very heavy Android skin. Camera has several issues. Annoying charging port door.

America needs the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Smaller doesn't have to mean cheaper. If you want a super-phone that fits easily in one hand, you absolutely must take a look at this device.

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Andrew Hoyle (cnet.com)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact packs top-end kit into a pocket-friendly frame

 

With a 4.6-inch screen and oodles of power, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is one of the best mini flagship phones around.

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...

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 : 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 : 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

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