The idea behind the phone is good but the realization - the build quality isn't the best one. It is relatively small. Very good battery life, the function of stamina and stamine ultra are really good. But the glass behind breaks easily as already told and then it will loose its water resistance. And then there is this strange shutting off the display into black when initiating call which supposedly also is related to front glass problems.
Great phone apart from the weak glass , scratches and breaks far too easy . I'm on my 5th in under a year.
Camera lens gets hazy from tiny scratches which spoils the camera performance.
I couldn't recommend this phone
Very vulnerable phone! Screen cracked form a 6 inch drop on a wooden floor. Had it repaired. However screen kept popping out. Just discovered that the screen cracked again.
Do not buy this phone!
WirelessWonkFL, 19 Jan 2016Sophist, you have to put the camera in Manual mode and then set the resolution to 20.7 MP. If... moreI am a sony fan, so certainly i know that basic thing. The quality is poor though. However i notice great improvement from Z5 camera. Hope the Z6 even does better.
i had my z3 compact bought in dec 2014, in oct 2014 the battery died. since i was working overseas, there's no way i could send it back to the philippines for check up. i went home to the philippines last week of december and it was already past warranty period. sony is charging me 14K for the repair...wtf. no way that i will pay such amount, i'd rather destroy the phone in front of them than spending another thousands for that f--k-ng phone.
AnonD-490169, 18 Jan 2016The phone works fine. However photo quality is very poor, slow capture speed, low detail altho... moreSophist, you have to put the camera in Manual mode and then set the resolution to 20.7 MP. If you don't, it defaults to crappy 8 MP. Hope this helps.
I've had this phone (D5803) for a couple weeks and having no problems so far. Very responsive. Getting reliable, fast LTE signal on T-Mobile thru an MVNO in SE Florida. Battery charge is phenomenal. Also it's lighter and thinner than the Z5 compact. I hate having a brick in my pocket which is why I wanted Galaxy Alpha originally, but could not get unlocked version in the U.S. The Z3 is heavier and thicker but still acceptable.
Be aware that Sony does not warrant these phones bought from 3rd party, so you have to try your luck and hope Amazon has a good return policy if it's defective right out of the box. The vendors on Amazon don't always tell you that there's no warranty. Also as others have said, phone back is extremely slippery. It will slide right off a surface that's so slightly curved, it's not even visible to the naked eye. I put mine on edge of bathtub, next thing I know it's on the floor. Dropped onto hard floor from about 16" high and no damage, luckily.
If you can live with the caveats, this is a great phone. It upgraded automatically to Lollipop. The app for transferring data from old phone via NFC worked great, even though other phone is a Samsung running KitKat (!) If it doesn't work the first time, try turning on EVERYTHING -- NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, even the proprietary stuff like S-beam and WiFi direct.
Raj, 15 Jan 2016Which phone is better Samsung A5 Sony z3 LG Nexus 5Z3 since it has many features that other phones don't have.
Raj, 15 Jan 2016Which phone is better Samsung A5 Sony z3 LG Nexus 5Definitely the A5 2016 with stylish glass metal design !
The phone works fine. However photo quality is very poor, slow capture speed, low detail although it says 21 mpx. Display quality is ok to sub par. Waiting for Z6 powerd by 820 with more breakthroughs over z3 and z5.
Dag, 13 Dec 2015Sony will say that you are idiot... Why people think that "water ressistant" means literally f... moreActually, This phone is reported to do exactly that, go underwater, not just get splashed on. I was recently in Argentina where they sold this phone and they had it in a bucket of water. YouTube is also full of videos demonstrating this.
I got this phone for xmas and i absolutely love it! i had an iphone 4 before and i wasn't impress by it at all (i am not a big fan of Apple) and the transition to the Sony has been really easy. The phone pretty much work in the same way except that it is easier to use than the iphone. For example to put music on the Sony Z3 you just copy the folder from your computer to the music folder on the phone and that's it you can listen to it. With the iphone you had to install itune on your computer, then upload all your music on your itune then download itune on your phone then get the music from itune, so simple apparently! Same story for pictures, with the Sony Z3 you just copy the file onto the picture folder on the phone and you can see the picture, with the iphone 4s you can't copy a file onto the phone so to get a picture onto the phone you had to get it by the internet or send it by email then open the file then save the picture onto the phone. There are other things like the camera pixels that is much better on the sony Z3 or the option to get a wireless charger for the Sony Z3. What else? the front screen is also nicer as you can customize what icons you have on your main page at the opposite of the iphone where you have to have all the icon no matter if you use them or not! i also love the tracker in case you loose your phone and the fact you can block apps from your computer in case you loose your phone, and on top of all of that the phone is waterproof up to 1.5m! Everything about this phone is so much better than the Iphone. The bottom line is iphone is extremely complicated to use, Sony Z3 is extremely easy to use, go for the Sony Z3, don't hesitate a second!
Raj, 15 Jan 2016Which phone is better Samsung A5 Sony z3 LG Nexus 5Z3...:)
This is awesome phone with a great defect,:glass of front and rear are not tenacious noway.and after a while your camera lens will be useless cause of scratches