Android Review: Sony Xperia Z3
Android is where my heart is, but sometimes, you have to put down your old model and get an upgrade. For a low price, I managed to get a hold of a Sony Xperia Z3 running Android 6.0, Marshmallow. How good is the software on the Xperia Z3 and how much of an improvement is it over my previous Sony Xperia S? Join Timlah as we look at the Z3 in full detail.
When I bought my Xperia S back in 2012, it was basically exactly when the smart phone was released. At the time, it was simply staggering. I find the quality of Sony phones to be seriously exceptional, as my first ever smartphone was a Xperia as well. They’ve come a long way and when I received the box for my latest device, I felt a little bit overwhelmed by the pure size of it. I’d call it a phablet, but some people seem to say it’s a good size for a phone. Here’s some quick technical comparisons between the two:
As you can see, in just about every way, the Xperia Z3 is far superior to its older 2012 sibling. This is a big phone mind you, so you will need to take this into consideration when you’re purchasing one for yourself. It basically fills my whole pocket, which is basically what I’d expect from it anyway. If you’re thinking of buying one, please compare the size of this beast to your current phone. Perhaps yours is currently a larger phone, but this is by far the largest mobile I’ve ever had the pleasure of owning. Now, I don’t see the size as a detracting feature about it. For me, I really enjoy the size of the phone, especially since it’s not all that heavy either. It’s certainly not discrete however, so if you prefer a small phone, this isn’t the one for you. As a final aside about the size, it’s rather thin for such a big phone.
Apps that come pre-bundled with the phone include an Augmented Reality (AR) app, allowing you to interact with some things on your screen that interact with your environment. It uses the camera to detect a surface which it can put things on. Unfortunately, it’s not the smartest of apps, but it does show you the very basics of AR. It’s nothing that’ll blow you out of the water, especially since technologies such as Face Swap have been around for a while, but it’s certainly fun to see a dinosaur on your head. Also installed on the phone already are apps like Evernote, Amazon Music, Amazon Kindle and Amazon Shopping, eBay, Dropbox, Google Drive and more. It also has a “Live on YouTube” feature, allowing you to use your phone to put you live on YouTube, as you’d expect.
The camera on this is simply stunning. It’s a 20.7 Megapixel camera and the colours are stunning. Couple this with the fact it can record in full 4k definition, it’s capable of quite a bit. The front mounted camera however clocks in at 2.2 Megapixels, which isn’t the best, but it’s certainly crisp enough to take some good selfies. It’s worth noting that the camera also offers a range of dynamic features, such as being able to take a picture from the front camera and impose it on top of a picture taken off the back camera. With burst options and the ability to change details such as the aperture, as well as adding a bit of AR touches into the camera, you can be sure to find something that’s of use to you. One thing I will advise though, the sound quality isn’t beautiful, but it’s certainly not bad.
Inside of the phone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz Quad-core processor. To your average person, this might not mean much, but effectively this means that most apps will run rather smoothly on this device. It’s got a lot of power inside of this little phone and when armed with the Adreno 330 GPU, it’s able to play quite a few games and apps to quite a high standard. It’s certainly not going to replace your computer any time soon, but if you love gaming on the go, this certainly isn’t a bad choice.
I thoroughly love the device which I got for a mere £198 brand new. I am paying for this on a contract at just £8 per month, so it’s certainly worth considering if you’re looking for a cheap, but powerful smartphone. I’m happy with it, but now it’s over to all of you. If you’ve had experience with this phone, or a similar one, let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.