I purchased Z3C outright about 3 months ago. Telstra didn't offer the phone outright so despite being a Telstra pre paid customer I had to go to JB HiFi to get the phone. However Telstra provided the pre paid sim free of charge. I am happy with most features of the phone but the following has annoyed me:
- phone is very "slippery". It slips out of my pocket and off any uneven service. I think I would prefer a non slip backing to the phone.
- the speaker isn't loud enough. I often put the phone speaker on for conference calls and struggle to hear it.
- it is very fragile. Within the first 3 weeks I had cracked the screen by sitting on it while it was in my back pocket while driving. None of the local repairers had replacement screens so I had to post the phone to Sydney from North Queensland to the Sony authorized repairer. It took them just under 1 month to replace the screen and get it back to me. Repairs cost approx $250 by the time postage was included. They also wiped all my installed applications and data on the phone. For the month, I got a cheap $100 Samsung and actually enjoyed using it more.
Overall the Z3C is a good phone but I am disappointed in how fragile it is. I now find myself being very careful handling it; which is not in line with the intent of buying an expensive waterproof phone.
DanGogh78, 04 Feb 2015Oh I see, your 'research' is a few people on a forum claiming self cracking glass while postin... moreI just arrived at this forum after googling this problem because it happened to me last night.
I couldn't believe it, I set my phone down on my glass coffee table and I heard a faint crack and had no idea what it was, I thought maybe it was the sound of water between my phone and the table and quickly checked the table but it was dry.
I forgot about it until later that night until i noticed the back of my phone had this crack underneath the top layer of the back cover.
I'm so annoyed, my phone is a month old and it's already cracked and I did nothing to cause it.
I have never cracked a phone before and am usually so careful so this is really unfair
Petrelli, 12 Feb 2015I've had z3 compact since middle of January, its great, but im very worried of all the 'screen... moreTo be honest I too am nervous with it,specially since I like to have the "tap to wake" function but this requires that I put the screen away from my leg when the phone is in my pocket and I worry that I hit it with something... What truly gives me peace of mind is using a wrist strap as if it was a point&shoot camera... One of the best hardware features that Sony includes and the rest ignore. Also the magnetic charging adapter is a must for me.
unknown, 13 Feb 2015my phone is cracked for no reason Maibe in your dreams...pfff... :(
mavz, 13 Feb 2015what to buy?.. z2 or z3 compact?.. pls share experience about this 2 phones.. :)Z2 imo. just for the display which is 1080p and 1 gb extra ram
The Xperia Z3c is just great. The phone is fast, responsive and it just works. I had this phone for 3 weeks now and had no issues what so ever. The camara is great and it loads super fast every time. I have installed tons of apps to the phone and runs smooth just like when new. I will recommend this phone 100%. I work with mobile phones, and I can say this is at the top of the food chain.
what to buy?.. z2 or z3 compact?.. pls share experience about this 2 phones.. :)
am ugandan ilike sony xpeeria Z3 i happen to touch one for a friend ilike it .please campany keep itup
Petrelli, 12 Feb 2015I've had z3 compact since middle of January, its great, but im very worried of all the 'screen... moreI bought my Z3 Compact at the start of october and i dropped it a few times(i do have a case around it) but it's still in one piece, no screen cracking or anything. I think it's the best Phone i ever had(last Phone i had was samsung galaxy s4)
I dont know why ppl keep complaining abt Sony phones. I have been using Xperia phones for 5 yrs now. Xperia neo, xperia ray, xperia p, xperia z and now xperia z3 compact. I have never had any issues with the phones. Except that in the z3c the flags were a lil loose. I got it replaced. Excellent phone. No cracking issues or any other issue. Been 4 months now.
I bought one and I used it for a week now, and it's true. This smartphone is a beast and the size? Fantastic!.. Not too small n not too big. Dont hesitate to buy one..
Varun4130, 01 Feb 2015I have been looking through the reviews of z3 compact for couple of weeks and got to know that... moreI just bought a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and 3 days later it simply cracked. It seems to be thermal shock case... 20°C inside home and -5°C outside. Bad quality, do not buy it.
PaulG, 11 Feb 2015So many good reviews about this phone. Am thinking to get one but I wonder how well does it pe... moreI'm always playing games and have had no problems with it works brilliantly no over heating battery life is good only need one charge a day for heavy gaming.
DQ, 12 Feb 2015Buddy, you did not get the Z3 Compact, believe me, this thing is fast and I thought it was del... moreI've had z3 compact since middle of January, its great, but im very worried of all the 'screen crack' stories that are circulating. Im not in the habit of dropping my tech, so i should be ok, right?! Never been so nervous owning a phone in my life! :/
Jellybean, 11 Feb 2015Waited for years for a sensibly sized premium phone and finally bought one of these. Nice enou... moreBuddy, you did not get the Z3 Compact, believe me, this thing is fast and I thought it was delicate, but I've seen it survive quite a few drops to hard floor, naked.
Mine is in a case and I haven't dropped it yet, but it is NOT laggy at all... I tested waterproofing, after doing a pressure sensor test, and it also holds pretty good...
The only thing I have against this phone is that the camera is not the best in Auto mode, you have to tweak manual to get the best results, however it has no competitors once you learn to use it.