I have had this phone for over 2 years and it has served me very very well, still holding up today even with the massive amounts of damage I have done to it. The back glass has completely shattered and I have tape holding it on though a case can easily cover it, the front has a few scratches and cracks and the cover protecting the camera has completely fallen off, leaving my pictures quite foggy and with dots but all considered, it is one of the best phones available. The battery is able to last two days with moderate use, it runs as smooth as when I first got it, the camera (when it was new and I didn't ruin it) was amazing and the screen looks just as good as a top tier new 2017 phone. The size is also very good as it is not too small but also not too large, being comfortable in any hand. There are some minor annoyances though, being that the power button is placed in an awkward spot and also the little flaps rubber grommet thing has fallen off. Some Sony apps on the phone are also not useful at all though most can be deleted. in summary, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is a very good phone with some minor flaws but for the price, it is one of the best phones you can get. I would recommend it heavily over the iPhone to kids who don't mind using Android and getting a few looks at their moderately unique phone.
This phone was my favourite for the last 2 years or so. Its performance, size and the weight were perfect. But after breaking my second z3 compact, I'll never buy another one again. The first one never came back to life after getting a crack on the front glass, the second one's usb cover came off cos the rubber sealing wore off very quickly and was no longer waterproof after a year. I accidentallydropped it in the water for just a couple of seconds and the phone was dead. I was so devastated that I couldn't salvage it. Now I've decided to go for Samsung galaxy s5 cos it's affordable and apart from the size, the real performance sounds slightly better, more hard wearing, and the battery is removable. In the end, I had to accept that I can't have everything.
Strong phone same specs AS the normal xperia z3 but with smaller screen.
We have, in my family, 3 - z3c phones in the last 2 1/2 year.
1) one phone after 1/2 year problem with Sound Jack 3.5 - needed a special app to activate that the cable were in the phone, but after a while that didn't work.
2) after 1 year magnetic panel for power, failed
3) after 2 years problem with battery time, couldnt hold a days work.
4) after 2 years problem with phone conversation speaker and mike.
Strong fast phone but, lots a problems.
I've had this phone for over a year. Was very happy at first, it is very compact and practical, and has a camera with great resolution; but picture button is not ideally placed for selfies (only normal camera use, and only with two hands)
Major problem is the silicon linings got off real fast (as you have to open everyday to charge batteries), and now vibration triggers some kind of annoying metallic noise
I have used this mobile phone for three years and ı really have regreted after buy it. Because software of this brand is really troubled, it always get closed when i speak to anyone and vibration mechanism of this phone is problematical, as well.
AnonD-672239, 26 May 2017As in last 3 years of mobile generation:- Samsung galaxy S4, Sony xperia z3 compact and other... moreMy z3c has black camera screen after updating to 6.0 and screen keeps coming loose,I've bought new screen sticker but still comes loose :-(
As in last 3 years of mobile generation:-
Samsung galaxy S4, Sony xperia z3 compact and other phones like alcatel, Lg stylus series, Samsung note series. They have been tremendous experiencing phone goodness. Still they are counting like Bollywood - Hollywood film grossing (Lagaan, Titanic, Dangal, Baahubali, Fast & Furious etc.,). And are being sold in market even in second hand.
Sony is the only handset phone, that does not hangs or wobble. I had purchased Sony xperia z3 compact for 30,000/- Brand New Packed Phone from ebay on special discount offer in Nov. 2014. It's almost been 2.5 years using this phone. It's been awesome time with it. I will never sell this phone. The phone update has been last only till Marshmallow 6.0.1 version OS. OS security, other updates are still being given by Sony Company every month for continue enhancing of phone lovers.
It never lags in gaming, video capturing mode (4K, HD Resi), HD photos, panorama, etc.,
Only thing is it does not support 4G sim, but it has a feature of LTE (Long Term Evolution). I have played games like (NFS unlimited, NFS black edition, NOVA, Battlefield, Cricket World Cup, FIFA 2015, PES Soccer, NBA Basketball Live, Aerofly). Yes playing such HD games will obviously heat the backside of phone (Any phone brand).
But with this phone use, i am looking for Stylus phone, because i am busy writing research notes, articles, storylines etc., (They may be LG Stylus 3 LG400KD or Samsung Note 8).
If ever i want to replace z3 compact, i will buy iphone 7 / 8.
Lixandros, 11 Feb 2017Sony XPERIA Z3 compact... best compact phone after 2 years...good camera, good build, good bat... moredefinitely agree to you..i also have z3c more than 2 years and still same from the begining..worth my money.
Jerico DCS88, 07 May 2017I have purchase my Sony Xperia Z3 Compact last 2015.
My problem now (May 2017) is, I can not ... moreI don't own the device, but from your description it seems like an issue in the touch on the display .. might need replacement ..
I have purchase my Sony Xperia Z3 Compact last 2015.
My problem now (May 2017) is, I can not pull down or use the top buttons on the screen.
For example I received some notifications, I can not slide it down for me to read.
During using camera, the top buttons on the screen is not working like flash control or
reversing the from front to back camera button.
Appreciate your advise...
you already told what'll happen. just present proofs. i see nothing will bar you from getting a refund or some sort of compensation.
Guys I had the unglued screen twice and now I have dead pixels. In my region if you have the same problem 3 times they have to give you back your money or give you a new device. This will be the 3rd screen replacement. My question is that can I get my money back?
Rexton270 , 01 Apr 2017Well, reading all these comments makes me put them in the two groups 1;- reviewer never had th... moreI agree I've come from s6 and it's very fast phone screen come loose ordered new lcd sticker lol
Camera not bad but nothing compared to lumina 930
Well worth buying though
Does the phone still receive security patches updates ..? or is the last update received was marshmallow last year .. ?
AnonD-3570, 04 Mar 2017Z3C or Z5C .. ? I know that z5c is faster, android 7.0, and better camera .. but z3c has bett... moreyes from my opinion, absolutely agree with your point. i used Z5C for 1 year, and still pretty poor battery life depending on z3c battery life. and yes, the overheat problem. 810 SoC Snapdragon is well damn good, but its too hot when i used to play high graphic games such as asphalt or NFS
I bought the Z3 used and was able to send it back after a month. When it was charged, it worked well but if suffered from the sudden death phenomenon. I couldn't charge it or start in dozens of trials over a few days. Many times it would plug it in but then it stopped charging after a few seconds. Seems like the charging electronics had a loose contact. Without this glitch, a great phone, small, fast and long battery life.
Well, reading all these comments makes me put them in the two groups 1;- reviewer never had this phone 2;- owner of the phone.
Now,I won't bother with the negative 1 group. The phone is still very snappy despite its age. I loaded it with my stuff from S7 and to my surprise it flying without any issues. I keep my phone in case so no issues with the screen, back and the flap covers.Now after 3-4 months of usage it still rocking without any issues I had before - lag,overheating,restarts etc. Now I was due to upgrade and from my experience with this phone I decided to switch to Sony. Now testing the brand new Sony XZ, and so far very satisfied. No regrets switching from Samsung.
I've been using Sony for 4 years (Z1 & Z3) - it's a hassle free phone but only one down part of it is the sound quality is very poor - from the ringtone to the voice call - low sound - unfortunately - this time I'm going for Samsung S7...