Phone is great but do not update it to 6.0.1 as it's causing battery drain issue.
I have this phone from September 2014 it's almost 2 years and I have to say that is a brilliant phone. Actually I have a iPhone 6s and a iPhone 5s as a company phone and couse the Sony z3 compact was such a solid phone I've just keep it.
I've seen a lot of critics about this phone and I will share my experience with it.
I've updated it to Android 6.0.1 and the battery still rocks, 2 days of hard use until I need to recharge it. As a fact I don't use 4G network, I stayed with 3G settings, and mobile data allways on.
From the first days of use i've buyed pempted glass for the screen and also for the back pannel. I also use Ringke Fusion cover for protection. I've droped the phone accidentally 2-3 times from my pocket and nothing happened.
The camera 20.7 MP is really good, the only backstab is the selfie camera wich is a shame :) blurry photos, low quality.
I bought the phone from Romania, Orange network and was blocked in the network, one year aho I've buyed an unlock code from the internet and I've used it also on Vodafone network and Digi Mobil network, all is working with no errors.
I've also tried the water resistant and if you drop it in water for 2-3 minutes or If you are talking on the rain all is ok. I've also changed the accesory from the charger port couse after 1,5 years of use it didn't fit well and water could enter from there...
I really recommend this phone for any small smartphone...
Phones malfunction (unable to on the phone) within first year. another malfunction few months later. and 2 more consecutive malfunction within 1 and a half year. Total 4 times of repair one month plus for each repair. Worst ever compact sony phone. Never gonna buy sony again.
Probably the best compact android phone out there. Phone battery excellent. 1 full charge lasts me for days. Camera/Video is superb. Resolution is awesome. Haven't tried taking pics/videos underwater because the flap covering to charge the phone came off.. and that's really the only down side about this phone.
I am hardcore sony user i have changed 4 mobiles till now all were sony last one was sony xperia p which lasted for around 4 and half year ! than i bought sony z3 compact as i love small monster . The camera is excellent everything is great about this phone no breakage or anything even though using without any tempered glass ( fell few times even) never got heated up never got stuck no issues at all
But now comes actual party recently i upgraded my phone and guess what i cud not pull down Notification bar i ran like that for 20 days and thought to upgrade more to latest software now i cant go back to home or even go back !!!!!! this is most ridiculous thing ever happened to cell so i checked on google and saw lots of them complaining about same thing !! i went to service station in Rajkot ( gujarat ) and they told me to completely change the screen and cast witthout even trying anything told me spend 15000rs (223$) which is almost half of what i bought never expected anything like this from Sony ! i guess this is last time i bought sony cell previous .
I own a Sony Z3 compact which is 1 year and 6 months old. When it was launched, I instantly took a liking to it. Being a smaller version of flag-ship, the Xperia Z3, Sony did not compromise on the specs on its smaller cousin. The best part was the battery life on the device. I could easily survive 3-4 days with one charge. A year later problem standing cropping up left and right. After every Android build upgrade, core functionalities would stop working. First serious problem came after Android Lollipop was released. The virtual navigation buttons became non-responsive especially the RECENT TASK KEY. The behavior became too erratic. 90% of the time it would not work. Contacted Sony, tried to repair using Sony PC Companion, Factory reset etc etc. Nothing worked. This went on for time, until Sony released a next build not Marshmallow. It seemed to fix the issue. Things were stable for few months. Then Marshmallow comes along and wrecks havoc on the phone. Try navigating to any screen, the phone will automatically switch over to previous screen and/or redo the previous action. So for e.g. I phone someone and disconnect, the phone would go automatically go back to "Contacts" screen and dial the first person on the contact list. I made sure there are no viruses, In fact i have a licensed Norton anti-virus software already running in the background. Again did a factory reset as well as repair Sony PC Companion. about 5 times. That didn't work either. All 3 navigation soft key buttons now freeze in portrait mode. Open an application and I am simply stuck. Cant navigate to the Home or back or view the the recent history. Have to flip the phone to landscape mode to carry out any action. But the most frustrating and embarrassing behavior of the phone is when it starts automatically taking you to the previous screen and starts as dialing a contact on its own. Has anybody noticed such agonizing fits with the device. Did a diagnostic tests several times but all hardware seems to be working fine. I am out of warranty and Sony don't even have solution of this. The hardware and software are not harmony anymore. I have never dropped my phone. I even discarded the screen protector. But the problem remains. Never thought It would come to this after spending a fortune on it. The phone should have technically lasted at least 5 yrs. So disappointed with Sony. Never going to recommend a Sony phone to anyone.
Dead at a door nail, after vibrating for days even turned off. Happened two weeks into a two month trip, thanks Sony. It won't even boot. This phone was already replaced for a camera that only showed black on the screen for forward and back camera.
Try flashing your phone with Flashtool, You need to download firmware in .ftf form.
D.C , 18 Aug 2016My Z3c notification bar can't pull down and back / home / recent buttons not repsonse when usi... moreHad the same issue, they told me it was because the screen was ungluing from the phone itself, my advice would be to repair it before it's too late, I didn't repair it and now I have to purchase a new screen and other parts from the phone, and it would take more than $150 and 30 days for getting the parts into my country. No more Sony phones for me, it's a really good phone but I can't stand the low working quality it had.
My Z3c notification bar can't pull down and back / home / recent buttons not repsonse when using atfer 17 months. Why a lot of user in the world suffered the screen fault?
sudheerkaruturi, 16 Aug 2016after updating to latest software my home button and back button is not working ! any on facin... moreYes, I am facing the same issue, even the touch does not work properly on the screen.Thinking to take it to service center.
The problem is than from android 5.0 on Z3 You can not use only GPS to navigate!!! - You are constrain to turn on wifi scanning - all nets around - what wiping out the battery in incredible speed - in opposite to annoying and misleading information. What is worse - this camouflaged impossibility to use phone only with GPS without all time scanning the wifi make navigation app going to be "mad" and all the time turning of gps and stopping to proper navigation. It is crazy - and most annoying function in Android phones on present... It is effect of some kind agreement among corporation to scanning wifi net all around the World... using US and Our money and time - why - You can imagine...
My phone Sony z3 compact, last time i used 4 months before, it was in working condition, now after a 4 months i charged it shows red light but its not switching on. i tried power and volume key trick as well, it was vibrating but still not working.
sudheerkaruturi, 16 Aug 2016i am also facing same problem after update back button and home button is not working!A 'standard' error, only one solution: phone in for repair and change front glass(digitalizer). I managed to get phone replaced (under warranty), but probably only since less than 6 months since last major repair. Bought me a Samsung A3(2016)(as it uses a Nano SIM as the Sony) as 'back-up' as the SONY Z3 Compact seems to be the most unreliable phone ever made! Next time it breaks down : garbage bin!
after updating to latest software my home button and back button is not working ! any on facing the same problem
Shorty , 25 Jul 2016The touch screen panel at the bottom has crashed. This is what has happened to my phone recent... morei am also facing same problem after update back button and home button is not working!