This is almost my perfect phone, but is let down by one very crucial defect.
The usability, battery life, camera, speed, size, screen clarity..and everything else are all spot on for me.
BUT, I have broken the screen 3 times in 5 months, and the it costs an absolute fortune to have the screen repaired. Some shops refuse to repair Sony screens, and of the ones that do I can't find anywhere that will repair it for much less than £100 a time, (I'm no expert but I think this is because the screen comes as part of an LCD unit), this obviously makes it unsustainable to keep the phone at it's current breakage rate.
I could understand if I was being rough and careless with the phone - but actually the opposite is true! The glass they use for the screen is simply too thin, and it's a real let down. Despite using a leather flip case and thick screen protector I have cracked the screen once by dropping it onto the ground from about 4 feet, once just from having it in my pocket whilst bending down, and once from dropping onto a desk from about a foot off the surface. This really is appalling! And unlike previous phones that I've owned, as soon as you crack this screen it immediately means that you cannot use the part nearest the crack, and within 1-2 days the crack will spread and the whole phone will become unusable. This is a major design floor and it's incredibly frustrating that Sony have cut corners here.
I will be very sad to stop using this phone, as I love it, but I simply cannot afford to the running cost of a new screen every couple of months. (This is despite me trying really hard to be careful with it). I hope other people have more luck, but from others I have spoken to and read comments from, this appears to be a common problem. I hope Sony learn from this.
hi just bought the z3 compact... i have a question for other user..the volume on the device is great and loud..however when ever i put the volume up and it sounds great ,the front glasss.that is the screen almost starts to vibirate..is this normal... as if i am play a high voulme deck speaker ..please help
if you are dentist or if you have to use your two hands while working, you will be upset if you buy this phone, because theres no way for auto-answering in bluetooth mode. if you are using bluetooth headset, you have to push button for answering. it ruins your life. thank you sony.
jjjo, 17 Feb 2016I am using Sony experia z3 compact. After lollipop update phone starts to heat within normal u... moreFor me it solved the problem with factory resetting the Z3 and doing a fresh install.
jjjo, 17 Feb 2016I am using Sony experia z3 compact. After lollipop update phone starts to heat within normal u... moreDownload Cooler Master from Play Store and set it up using the advance setup menu. That really helps, it works for me.
I am using Sony experia z3 compact. After lollipop update phone starts to heat within normal use. Is this a software problem? Build number is 23.4.A.1.232. Any other facing this issue in this build? Is there is any solution for heating issue? plz help.
I'm not a 'super-user' or had that many smartphones. I am an average guy who uses my phone to make calls, texts, browse the web, using some apps, taking photos etc. Okay, my 2 cents here...
The Z3 compact is a great phone - but with some flaws. I got big hands and it handles well. I'm not a fan of the five inch-monsters out there even if I understand the purpose of them. Sony treats Android well, I think. Looking at other brands, the UI is not clustred but rather minimalistic and nice. The software is to 95% fluid and does not lag. I've had mine for six months, satisfied so far.
Build quality is okay, but not fantastic. Coming from Nokia Lumia 800, and must say the Finnish phone was more impressive in this regard. I payed a discount 350Â€, and it feels a bit steep considering hardware quality of this Z3 compact. I have treated it well, but still the screen sqeueks once a day. Though it feels sturdy enough to last some time.
Camera jpeg output is okay in auto-mode (doesn't shoot in M mode with phones). I had hoped for more consistent shots and with a bit more oumph in the pictures. I have a 2011 Sony compact camera that wipes this one over-board. Too bad actually! One of the headlines for the Sonys are the image quality - right? This is part of why I bought this phone in the first place.
Battery time is outstanding and so is recharging it. This is really impressive I must say! Happy with this!
The design of the Sonys rock! Hands down no contest, in my opinion. Minimalistic and gorgeous.
Overall its a great phone. It's fast and responsive. Android UI is not cluttered and looks nice. It is good size and with great looks. But it is not that premium as the price tag shows. There is stil room for improvement. Maybe Z6/Z7 Compact will make this happen?
The in call sound on my Z3compact is terrible - is this a software or hardware problem. I've tried changing the sound settings but nothing seem to work. I can hardly hear the person on the other end of the call.
I like Apple iPhone. I like Android Phones. But my first need was phone size . I needed a perfect size phone which i can handle with my one hand easily and it should be high level phone. So between iPhone and Sony z3 compact, I choose Z3 compact. Why? Because its one of top 5 phones around and Iphone is too small in size for me. 4 inch is way smaller than 4.6 inch.
Its upto you which you want to buy. I have ordered just today after revieving Z3 compact amazing battery life, sharp camera and build quality and specially the looks :)
The hardware is somehow fragile. I never drop the phone, nor theres no crack in ny screen but somehow my screen is fell off from its place in right side. What the?? I never have things like this vefore in my phones. Usually screen issue is either crack or not responsive. Allso the paint in the border is easilly peeled off. This is not $50 phone!!!
And1 , 12 Feb 2016Should I buy the xperia z3 compact or IPhone 5s? Ip5 better
My experience with z3 compact was extremely bad.. i had it last summer,i had to choose between it and the Z3 so i thought i should get the Z3 compact coz i don't like big phones! and when i bought it actually it was fast and everything was great until one day i decided to go for a walk -for you who don't know Dubai is extremely hot in summer comparing to Egypt- i opened the camera took one pic, just one! and i couldn't touch the phone anymore it was burning hot! and i thought may be coz the weather is too hot so when i came back to Egypt and used it, i had the same problem even in winter then the screen began to come out! started from an edge and got bigger every day and when i asked other people about it they said they had the same problems, so i decided to sell it.. i'm a Sony user but i'm not happy with that phone at all, though my mom has Z1 my sis has Z5 my friend has Z3 and they all are happy with their phones.. so i guess the problem is with the Z3 compact .. Don't get it!!!
My experience with my z3 compact was bad from the beginning to the end. Since day one, the sim and microSD plastic flaps where a problem. Closing properly was not possible. Then I had a touchscreen malfunction. Sent it to assistance and they replaced the screen (warranty). When I decided to sell it (last week), I realized the sim plastic tray was broken, so had to replace it before selling. My z3 compact never fell down or had any accident, so it was very hard to accept eveything. Going to nexus 5x and, probably, never going back to sony. Unfortunately, it was a big disappointment.
AnonD-497637, 06 Feb 2016Is it good?? or Z3 is good?? plz reply...Both are amazing. But Z3 feels so premium compared by Z3 compact...
Is it worth to buy this phone now compared to Z5C ? Any really significant issues faced for this phone in general & not just by a single user ?
My z3 compact one year and one month has a defective screen. Started at small and now got bigger. Seem that its dying slowly. Been monitoring this using the diagnostics > test > touchscreen and the dead pixel started at the upper side has now going down. Im very disappointed. Thought that i will have this for more than 2 years up :-(