All the phones I've had in the past 6-7 years have been the Sony Xperia line. Starting with Xperia S, Xperia Z, Xperia Z2 now Z3.
Very good quality phones. Especially if your well into Android OS. These phones are quick and are quite developer friendly. Once you unlock your bootloader, the world is your oyster. I've even had Kindle OS running on my Z2.
If your are the type that does not like to tinker, as long as your read the manual and don't do silly things like submerging your phone in a pool of water without being 100% sure all flaps are closed, you would be alright.
To be honest, I have experienced a fogged up camera lens on my z2 before, and this was when I accidentally dropped the phone in a pot of stew (don't ask how!) and washed it under cold water in the kitchen sink. Phone worked fine, just had a condensation patch on the rear camera lens. It was gone in about 2 hours of normal use.
Condensation, can easily happen to "water-proof" items. Especially if the liquid the phone is immersed in is much colder that the phone itself. e.g Keeping the phone in your jeans pocket for hours then suddenly taking it out and putting under a really cold tap.
All in all the Z3 is a good phone, and it can still hold its own against the S6 and iphone 6.
I believe its an even better deal than the newer Z5.
ps: there are minor difference between the Z2 and Z3 (just looks really, internals are virtually the same). If your unlock the z2 bootloader, you can overclock it to 2.7Ghz which is even faster than stock Z3. My z2 has been permanently on 2.7Ghz for the past year plus (not tried it on z3 yet. could reach 3.0ghz).Obviously your have to know what your doing....
Would I recommend this phone? I would in a heartbeat. Without a doubt!
Sam, 29 Dec 2015NOT WATERPROOF, its a lie. died after washing it in the sink. other friends reported the same... moreI have a sony xperia z and i put it under the sink and phone is working like it is used to be so.... I don't know what did u do
I want to find out how to update my z3 software. As of now I can not download an application or even update the existing applications. The phone was attacked by virus. In an attempt to solve the problem, I think I deleted the DRM license certificate.
Please help me
eena, 27 Dec 2015I HAVE ONE OF THIS. IT'S GOOD BUT JUST DON'T TRUST ITS WATERPROOF FEATURE.
I really like sony... moreplease go to phone and use this code *#*#7378423#*#* and follow this solution:
service test==> pressure sensor
then, please heavy press touchscreen with finger, if changed number on display means your phone is waterproof
note: connector's door should be closed
NOT WATERPROOF, its a lie. died after washing it in the sink. other friends reported the same. DO NOT IMMERSE......
I'm stuck between xperia Z3 and Galaxy Note,which one should I buy?
Please give ur opinion..Pros and Cons
Syaz, 29 Dec 2015My phone was absolutely great until suddenly after couple of months the battery drain soo badl... moreIf you are heavy user than it is normal. If not, factory reset your phone. Hope it helps.
I have a problem....z3 or s6 edge??I know everything but I don't know what I want and what its better :/ can u please help me....camera on z3 is???on edge is beautiful ^^ but z3 is better with battery...omg -.-' help me :D
My phone was absolutely great until suddenly after couple of months the battery drain soo badly. In the power management before the problems start it says 2 days in stamina mode now only 17 hours. Omg can someone help why this things happened?
Ynos 2014, 25 Dec 2015I have had my Sony for a year now and I still LOVE IT!! Everyone around me has new IPhone 6 or... moreHOW ABOUT HEATING UP of this phone... as it is water proof and glass made.... does it heat up quikly like XPERIA Z2 while using camera.... kindly anyone explain me about heating up... I am not Mobile Gamer ... but watch videos and use camera alot for 1080p rec and photos.....I just refuse to buy Z2 because of its heating up issue as it heats up quikly and one can't use camera for long time..... and can't rec 1080p for long time so guys HELP me..... I am also considering to buy LG G3....
Nickname , 28 Dec 2015Z3 vs 5s....which one better camera?.... Sory 4 my bad EnglishZ3 of course.
eena, 27 Dec 2015I HAVE ONE OF THIS. IT'S GOOD BUT JUST DON'T TRUST ITS WATERPROOF FEATURE. I really like sony... moreI don't care about the waterproof thing, all I know is I can easily use this in rain that's more than enough for me, neither I take it to swimming pool nor in shower.
eena, 27 Dec 2015I HAVE ONE OF THIS. IT'S GOOD BUT JUST DON'T TRUST ITS WATERPROOF FEATURE. I really like sony... moreI bought this phone not for waterproof feature but for excellent performance, powerful hardware, premium design and useful features. Amazing phone, better than laggy Samsungs and basic iPhones, I am extremely satisfied. Also inserted 128GB micro SD card.
I HAVE ONE OF THIS. IT'S GOOD BUT JUST DON'T TRUST ITS WATERPROOF FEATURE.
I really like sony xperia especially the quality of their images. I love sony than all other phones in the market now because it's waterproof! I just bought sony xperia z3 which cost me around 41,200php (this amount includes 2,000php insurance from the store where a bought it from so the phone alone is roughly around 39,200php) . Everything worked so well. I tried to read some reviews about it and most of them complained about its waterproof capability and that sony is not held liable for any damage due to water damage. I was thinking, maybe they didn't make use of their xperia with so much care. Upon buying, I ask if is it really waterproof and they said yes. Moreover they said that the water won't even get inside the ports if it is properly closed (they are referring to the charger and memory card/sim card slots). So to make sure, I bought a dock charger so that I won't be opening the charger slot from time to time that will cause its cover to loose which makes it easier for the water to get inside the phone. Unfortunately, just this December, my z3 is not working anymore. I tried to use it in a pool for a while and took a photo submerged around half meter deep and when I got home, the lense of the camera has fog and water already and I totally cannot use it anymore. I already tried it before into the water and the only thing that goes wrong with it is that the screen is not functioning well for a few minutes and the speaker too but later on, it will come back to its normal state. I tried to call the store to assist me and they told me that I might failed to close the ports well before using it into the water. It's like hello? I paid so much for this, of course, I really made sure and see to it that the ports were tightly closed before I used it to the water. And for the record, it's the only phone in my life that only reaches 8 months (since all my previous phones were with me for 2 to 3 years before I replaced them and I gave them to my relatives still in good condition). It was then that I realized that all the reviews I have read about its questionable waterproof ability was true. This phone is indeed good but for your assurance, just don't gamble to use this phone into the water if you want it to last long. Right now, my phone is totally not working. I cannot use it anymore.
AnonD-480777, 26 Dec 2015Hi, i'm planning for sony z3 & i'm new to sony mobile .i seen lot of negative opinions... ... moreYes, it is worth for money. Dont believe negative opinions, buy it right now and you will not regret. It is superb phone, just use carefully, protect it with case. My Z3 works perfectly. Also inserted 128GB micro SD card. Sony phones are better than boring iPhones and laggy Samsung phones...