Totally unhappy and the worst Sony mobile I ever had. I purchased it in January 2016 in Brazil, on the average price of USD 700 (our local market price). After 8 months the headphone jack started to get bad contact, getting just mono indeed of stereo. This may be overcome by positioning my Philips SHQ4200 (for running/workout purpose) plug against my arm when carrying it in the arm strap, since I use it weekly to run outside. That said, after 14 months the top/upper touchscreen start to get problems of sensitiveness. So after warranty and a lot of research and formating, using Xperia Companion, nothing worked. I had to add an application to get shortcut to the notification and use Glove Mode ON to use the phone touchscreen. And after 18 months suddenly, my GPS stop working, so I could not use Google Maps and Sport Tracking. Shame... And the touchscreen get worst and worst... the bottom faded in one month later. Add another application to solve it (a shortcut). The touchscreen starts to fade in the middle too... Watching Youtube, searching on Google and answering Facebook/WhatsApp was so terrible since the keypad gets totally "lost"! You type one button and the other one is typed. Also the corner buttons (forward, down, were useless).I researched on eBay the following OEM spare parts: touchscreen, battery, back panel, front and rear glue stick, side enclosure and GPS aerial. All for around USD 150 plus 2 to 3 hours of mine time to replace everything... Sudden I found new units of this smartphone on eBay for just USD 100 to USD 180!!! (ok, have to pay 60% for local Customs). I know why: even it is a reasonable/good phone (small, fast processing, acceptable camera, waterproof), IT HAS ONLY ONE YEAR OF LIFE. Problems start after that time... That´s why nobody wants this phone. Check Sony Support for "Sony z3 compact xperia back and home button not working". more than 46 pages of questions and complainings and no solution, support. Check the words up/down, notification, pull down, menu, back... and you will get other 32, 6, etcetera pages of complainings with no solution... Sony, never more!!! (note: I used Sony/SonyEricsson cellphones since 2002, they was: SonyEricsson T220, Sony Ericsson T637, Sony Xperia X10 mini, Sony Xperia L or C2105, Sony Xperia SP (died after I was caught running over a strong raining day) or C5302, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact or D8303... )
I have it from launch in Europe, first as company phone, then as private. Works very well, minor issues (proximity sensor). Stil quick, being quite heavy user, more accounts, banking, 3 navigations, 70+ apps. Heavy use: one day battery life. Camera could be better (=less JPEG compression). Hoping that it will last few more months/years.
jonno1, 23 Mar 2018Looking to move back to Android and this Sony Xperia Z3 looked a good phone as would be buyin... moreHi Jonno,
I still recommend this phone as it is super durable and a good quality piece of kit. I regretted in selling mine on ebay about 2 years ago and just purchased another one from eBay last week.
Currently I am using the Sony Xperia X standard version with the Snapdragon 650 chip. But I can't wait to get the Xperia z3 compact again, mine was £123.99 and is brand new and unlocked.
danifaro, 27 Mar 2018aslamwalikum tell me i want to buy a phone Sony Xperia Z3 Compact docomo is this any user who ... moreyes u r right dude batery problem becouse batry heatup but set is good only batry issue
Have had mine for 2 years, headphone jack has broken twice. Bought bluetooth headphones because the jack is just that bad lol. Otherwise amazing phone.
Saw it's 140 euros in ebay, very worth that price.
aslamwalikum tell me i want to buy a phone Sony Xperia Z3 Compact docomo is this any user who using or used this phone tell me is this good phone ? & also heatup issue & battery & hanging issue or in this phone or not tell me fast & urgently plz
I will never buy a Sony again. I used the Sony xperia Z3 compact for 1 year only and it started to have loads of issues. The touch screen started having bad response till it got to a point that I could't do almost anything on it. I had to turn the phone all way around to be able to open what I needed. I could not even turn the phone off as you have to touch the screen for that. I was travelling when it happened and I had to buy another phone on the go as I needed that for maps and other information. The camera is pretty awful too. And the battery got bad after a few months of use. I will never buy sony again.
I've been using it for almost 4 years now, didn't have any problem.. but I'm not a heavy user, just surfing internet, music, photo, sms.. battery is pretty week, have to charge it every day, but u can turn on battery saving modes. what I like the most is the design, back side of glass looks really luxurious.. sa I said no problems for 4 years with connectivity, apps, nothing! but I always had a protective glass on the screen, and silicon case.
Looking to move back to Android and this Sony Xperia Z3 looked a good phone as would be buying second hand. I had for the past year the Nokia Lumia 930 for its camera and been happy with the camera but limited apps. Previously had the Sony Arc (13mp) camera which had a good camera.
So hoping pay just under £100 this will be the correct mobile.
Any other suggestions guys?
I'm going to buy this phone. It's a second hand but still good as new. Is this still a good phone to have? might want to have some of your opinions so I can be sure
Hi, I want to buy this phone but I can't choose between black and orange color. Can someone tell me from their personal experience which color, black or orange is the most appealing.
Review summary: don't buy! A poor quality phone and Sony does not stand behind its product.
I purchased the Z3 compact as my first foray into the Sony mobile world. At first I was satisfied, the phone is fast, a perfect size and had the illusion of being robustly built. Fast forward a year and a half and the display begins to develop yellowish blemishes at the right edge by the power button. These quickly spread to the entire right side of the screen and the display itself began to lift from the body. Since the phone (also having already been replaced once due to defects) was just over 2 years old Sony refused to make any concessions and now I am stuck with a defective phone which I was only offered to have "repaired at my own cost". Never again Sony!
Anonymous, 28 Feb 2018hi.. can this phone choose only 5ghz band on wifi hotspot?yes
I have Xperia Z3 Compact from day 1 as it appears on the EU market, still works fine, no issues, just once broke display (my fault), repaired with original one for 85 Â€.
Heavy user, many apps, accounts, banking, 3 navigations, Nova Launcher, Opera + Chrome, Snapseed, Kindle, ...
Can work whole day (first battery!).
Camera could really be better compared to other similar phones, but I anyhow use Fujifilm X-T10 camera (mirrorless) as I want to have good photos, so not important for me.
Really satisfied with responsiveness and speed of this "old" phone.
Anonymous, 21 Jan 2018Lol, thats what you get from buying a 2ndhand 2014 phone!!! Keep up with the times and buy eit... moreI don't get where he said it was 2nd hand. Although I have never heard of an Xperia phone having that many issues in one phone, although it's possible to be unlucky enough to get a faulty problematic one, but not to write off the all Sony phones. But if it was 2nd hand the question does beg to be answered, (why did that person get rid of phone?). I've been using Xperia phones for years from z1 onwards. And there have been bugs like notification pull down issues experienced in z3 along with WiFi issues. Rather disappointed with that as z3 is awesome.