Sam, 24 Aug 2016niv's right. Since 6.0.1 update battery drain is a constant problem thus I had to buy a portab... moreon my phone battery drains fast only while watching videoes. Screen is only thing that eats battery fast & it is a MarshMallow issue not Sony's fault.
I'll try my best not to buy any phones from sony anymore. Not functioning notif bars and bottom buttons are extremely frustrating. Im happy for just 1 and a half year
Too all Sony Xperia Z3 compact owners do not be fooled by Sony's waterproof advertisements as all of it is a farce. Sony's legendary durability has sadly faded away, and my deceased Xperia Z3 Compact is a sign of the decline in quality of Sony's mobile devices. If you want your Xperia to last then don't use it in the rain. I regret buying this phone.
Dipsy, 26 Aug 20161- It costs Rs. 33600/
2- Within 2 months it became dead
3- Sony took 3 weeks to change moth... moreSounds familiar.
After 3 months - changed motherboard, but on warranty.
After another 6 months - screen (digitalizer) not functioning - phone replaced on warranty.
Repair and replacement free, however I had to buy a 'replacement' phone while in repair at almost the same cost as the Z3 due to long repair time! This in Malaysia.
1- It costs Rs. 33600/
2- Within 2 months it became dead
3- Sony took 3 weeks to change motherboard in Jaipur
4- Within one year of changing motherboard touch screen gone kapoot
5- Sony asks Rs. 10000/ to repair
6- So within two years it costed Rs. 43600/
7- It also proves that mobile brand like Sony can't work continues smoothly even for a year
8- At any given moment of working hours one can spot at least 50 Sony mobile consumers to sort out their handset problems at Sony's service center in Jaipur, that also proves that there is some quality problem with Sony.
Always always always do a "FACTORY RESET/RESTORE" every Major Firmware Update!!!!
I'm having problems after updating my Z3 Compact to Marshmallow and of course I always Factory Reset.
niv's right. Since 6.0.1 update battery drain is a constant problem thus I had to buy a portable charger. Even if I only listen to music, it drains rather fast.
I'm a huge Sony fan, and I love this phone, but I don't understand how you all can say that camera is great and battery last 2 days...
Even being a 20Mp, compare to some other 15mp cameras by other famous brands, I expected way more than that (there's always a light grain/disturb in the pic).
About the battery, I don't know you guys but aftet the last update it barely last a day...if I used for a few hours for navigate or write emails it drain extremely fast!!
I would love if any of you could share with me their settings to reach best quality picture with the camera and longest battery life.
Thanks a lot, enjoy!
tina, 21 Aug 2016Probably the best compact android phone out there. Phone battery excellent. 1 full charge last... moreHi, I have the same but after the last update, battery last less than a day. How is it possible that yours last that much? Could you please share your settings for that battery life? Thanks a lot
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.