I've had this phone for about one and a half years now and during this time the headphone jack socket has failed me twice and the back panel accordingly cracked itself due to uneven pressures under the glass :D
Well premium quality they say?
And I've never even dropped my phone,I also have a glass screen protector and a plastic case.
This phone is damn fragile...
In line with previous comments, I wouldn't recommend this phone. The back camera is very poor considering it's 20MP and the front one is totally useless. The glass screen is incredibly fragile and it's cracked for the second time in the space of a month. And once the glass cracks, the whole screen becomes totally unusable. I'm cutting my losses and gonna sell it for spare parts. Disappointed.
Don't buy this phone! BAD CAMERA QUALITY even in high res settings and latest software update (too much exposure, blurred images, can't even capture moving objects). My phone's TOUCHSCREEN FAILS after 12+ months when warranty expires lol. A lot of XZ3C users are complaining online about the touchscreen issue. Useless phone after a year of usage.
I am highly disappointed with your Xperia Z3 Compact phone. Earlier I had an Xperia P phone which was really great and this is the reason why I decided to buy a new phone not only for myself but also for my 12 year old son from the same brand. Unfortunately in mine the vibration did not work from the beginning, the charging port stopped working also relatively fast (now I use the magnetic one which means I had to buy an extra charging cable) and now after over a year of using it the screen cracked (the phone did fall, but so did my P, a couple of times actually, and nothing happened). But that is nothing compared to my sonÂ’s phone Â– it was repaired after the purchase twice Â– after only two days of use the back panel started ungluing and then when the phone was sent back from the repair there were some problems with the internet so it had to be sent back (it was a birthday and Xmas gift, so imagine a kid who got a present like that and was unable to use it at all for the first month or so). The screen got cracked twice Â– in spite of having been replaced with an original spare part which was also not particularly cheap. For the first time it actually fell, but for the second it was carried in a front pocket in a protective case and it had protective glass on it. These are not cheap devices, and they are meant for portable use, so how come they are so faulty and fragile? I expected much more of Sony. The company has just lost itself a customer and a promoter Â– because I did praise you a lot for Xperia P, and I will do just the opposite for Compact Z3. Sony logo has always made me think of something superior, of innovativeness and reliability, but from now on it will only make me think of disappointment and my childÂ’s frustration related to something that breaks so often even though it is not his fault.
Hihi, 23 Jul 2016That's right The touch screen panel at the bottom has crashed. This is what has happened to my phone recently. Does anyone if it's expensive to get fixed or is it not worth it
This is by far the worst phone I have ever owned. I bought this because it was the only phone on the market(in the US) the size I wanted, and with wireless charging, would have gotten the z5c if it had this. Charging ports are always a weakness so I wanted to avoid that on a more expensive device if I could. The big issues with this phone:
1. The build quality and materials are subpar for the job. The back panel was a clear and obvious engineering fail. How they could possibly think the material they used was up to the task is beyond me. The phone also has way way too much flex, which is part of why the glass cracks so easily.
2. The lollipop release for the phone was terrible, and caused significant battery drain. This you can solve by flashing back to kitkat, which is what I did. Marshmallow is not proving to be any different from what I've seen on the web thus far.
3. The microphone firmware has significant issues, it will not function correctly when making/taking a call. I have tried reinstalling firmware and all other suggestions on the web, none of which work to resolve the issue. This essentially makes this phone, unusable as a phone, unless you can always have it on speaker, in which case the mic works fine.
4. The auto mode for the camera is complete garbage, using manual mode resolves most of the issues for the camera, but switching between video and picture is poorly implemented.
5. The back light bleed at the top of screen is super annoying, this isn't an issue if you always keep the phone perpendicular to your face, but if you angle it away from you it is super visible, there's a perfectly white strip and it just makes the phone look cheap and again poorly engineered.
6. The signal indicator is another firmware fail, it often shows very weak signal when in fact you have excellent signal, this isn't a big issue, but is an annoyance.
riramiro, 20 Jul 2016Touch screen fails on some area after 14 months!That's right
Anonymous, 09 Jul 2016This phone is eggshell fragile. If you look at it wrong the touch screen will break.I've heard about people saying this, but my Z3 Compact has been dropped from my bunk bed about 1,70meters up, or 5.5feet (yeah that's right, 5 point 5 feet, you do the fucking math if you want inches to follow your feet up :P) and nothing happened.
This has happened twice; once without any type of cellphone case, but the second time i had a soft plastic case for it.
I've also dropped it several times from around my waistline without suffering any type of broken casing, screen or even touch screen problems.
The first time it dropped on the floor from 1,7m up it went straight fucking screen down on the floor and sounded like it made a perfect high five, and I was sure that must've broken it, but almost 2 years later it's still going strong.
Anonymous, 15 Jul 2016Hi all,
I'm using Sony Xperia Z3 Compact for 18 months alerady. Overall satisfied with phon... moreDude U are not supposed to use the phone in sea & chlorinated pool water; but only in clean water.
Also, which tracking software do U use for treking ?
I'm using Sony Xperia Z3 Compact for 18 months alerady. Overall satisfied with phone and camera quality. Get issues with SD card popping out of slot, faulty headphone jack and charging cover like others. I used phone heavily for pictures (in the sea and pools) and no complaints. Also using phone with tracking apps for hiking&running and battery life is much better than on other phones (iPhone 5S, Samsung S4 etc). Using protective glass from beginning and no problems with broken display despite it dropped me few times. Protective glass was broken but not display. I hope that this info will be useful for someone who wants to buy it.
All the people complaining about fragile glass, use tempered glass protector on front & back of the phones & then Enjoy.
Teefah.k, 21 Jun 2016I have a Z3 for a year now. The camera was brilliant at first. But after 3 months of using it... moreCheck if dust or moisture has gone into camera. It happened to me with my old phone in rains. After I got it removed, it started working fine again.
Anonymous, 09 Jul 2016This phone is eggshell fragile. If you look at it wrong the touch screen will break.Ever heard about Tempered Glass ?
This phone is ridiculously fragile. Had it fixed 3 times and each times within a few weeks (or a few days) a hairline crack would appear no drops, no even being in my pocket. I wouldn't really mind this is it was just a cosmetic issue but the tiniest hairline crack completely disables the use of the screen. Please do yourself a favour and don't buy this phone.
This phone is eggshell fragile. If you look at it wrong the touch screen will break.
okay first of all every one who says this phone is not water proof is beacuse they don't know what they're talking about im having it with me it bath every time i got yo bath im taking alot of 5k pictures with it yes 5k in the mauel option and it works perfect! i love this phone there isn't a game it cant take on highest quality but offcorse if you got 441 apps like i do no wait 413 apps just installed two more games an hour ago it will begin to get a few lag spike but just a few so in my opinion its a fine phone even if there have come alot of new and faster phones this phone will still work the next many years and keep up and for the money its cheap and ive dropped it way to many time it havent got a scrach (offcorse im using a back cover) but still it's not invisible nothing is i just like the phone and im gonna keep it for as long as possible the only problem with it is the apps there are so many pre installed apps like mail and sony apps i like sony so the sony apps dosent matter beacuse i use it alot but mail apps no thank im using google for watching mails offcorse i could root it but that would mean loosiing all my apps wich would be sad i would give this phone 5 stars out of 5