Great looking little phone and was my only option upgrading from the moto razr i. Pretty much the only compact flagship there is.
The screen is great and you need to forget its resolution as there are no viewable pixels at all. The colors are also great. Battery life is also pretty good and will last two days of moderate to heavy usage.
The only thing I didn't really like was Sony's launcher, specially since you can only remove bloatware that is uninstallable through the menu (for bloatware that can only be disable you need to do it from the settings menu). The icons were also unnecessarily large.
After installing Nova launcher, however, the experience just becomes a lot better IMO. Plus, you gain all the stock lollipop animations and icons.
its a great phone as it gives good features but the price is very high. it has IP68 rating and almost all features as same as the Z3 but it does have a slightly better battery life than the Z3. The only difference between Z3 and Z3 compact are their screen sizes and their screen resolutions. also Z3 gives 3GB ram and Z3 compact gives 2GB ram.
sax007, 09 Jan 2015It's a vicious cycle man. When z4 comes out, there will be rumors and leaks about z5 and you'... moreSony change their politics and there will no longer be two flagships each year. So Z4 will be the best Sony's phone for next year, not just 6 months.
before buying z3c, i want to know how to tell if the camera has the pink problem in the photos? is it a software or hardware issue?
Dedicated camera button
Useful additions to stock - double tap to wake, a file manager with system permissions,
Good theming engine without root (mine already looks more like Lollipop than Touchwiz will do after it's 5.0 upgrade...)
Remote play will be awesome.
Supports wide variety of casting options - Miracast and Chromecast Mirroring.
In the middle:
Probably the best battery life on the market, but nowhere near as good as the reviews or advertised without enabling functions that impair performance. It lasts me a day. But just a day.
Camera is great in some ways (good detail) and bad in others (auto tends to use too high an ISO leading to grain and the autofocus *sucks*).
Takes SD cards at the expense of not having options to buy more internal storage which it doesn't have enough of.
Ships with quite a lot of bloatware, but 95% of it is easy to remove or disable.
Takes a bit of work to set up to be *good*, disabling bloatware and installing more attractive launchers.
Seriously, the autofocus.
Companion software is completely broken on Yosemite with no announced fix.
Flaps are troublesome when you need to charge.
Magnetic dock is so compulsory it should be in the box.
1- great screen size for a normal hand.
2- super great batterylife.
Metal Lord, 09 Jan 2015Hi there, I am planning to buy Z3 Compact. But the rumors for Z4 (compact might get launched s... moreIt's a vicious cycle man.
When z4 comes out, there will be rumors and leaks about z5 and you'll be in dilemma again...
I say go for it.
Hi there, I am planning to buy Z3 Compact. But the rumors for Z4 (compact might get launched side-by-side) are tempting me to wait.
Would it be wise to wait for Z4 Compact or is it wise to go for Z3 Compact ?
Pluto, 08 Jan 2015This doesn't only happen in South Africa. It happens in many other countries too. Phones that ... moreI agree, same thing happened with me when I bought online from Telenor in Norway, the phone was defected. I sent it back 3 times for repair but the problem was not solved so I bought one more from the shop directly it worked properly.
Ore, 07 Jan 2015It is true that when you buy a device online that when it gets shipped into South Africa you c... moreThis doesn't only happen in South Africa. It happens in many other countries too. Phones that are bought online have hardware and software problems, whether its the phone being a fake model or the phone not being waterproof. I don't trust online sites because you can be easily scammed.
Pluto, 07 Jan 2015DO NOT buy your device online because there are problems with almost every device bought onlin... moreIt is true that when you buy a device online that when it gets shipped into South Africa you complain and blame it on the brand or the courier that ships it.
Chap, 07 Jan 2015Go for htc m8. It was awarded for the best phone in 2014 by many sites and experts.HTC trademark is being king of bezels. Oblong Length to width ratio is abnormally larger than the rest.
DO NOT buy your device online because there are problems with almost every device bought online. Most of you guys buy your devices online and get them shipped into your country then they have problems then you complain and say that Sony sucks.
My mother bought here Samsung S5 online and when I started using it the phone was lagging all the time even when I closed the apps then two days later it did not boot up properly (it freezes when it boots up and doesn't go to the homescreen) and now its been in repairs for 3 weeks and 1 day.
My cousin bought a Samsung S5 from a shop called Vodacom in SA and she isn't having any problems with hers. Her phone is super fast.
*Always buy your cellphones at a proper store and not online*
Very happy with it, Get a good few days out of the battery, way better than the juicy Samsung, does what it says on the tin and does it very well.Overall very pleased and worth while purchase.
Venky, 06 Jan 2015Guys I'm in great dilemma!!! I'm planning to buy a mobile this weekend. I'm in a great confusi... moreGo for htc m8. It was awarded for the best phone in 2014 by many sites and experts.
How can people say there's smartphone glass crack without any impact..;-);-);-) Im using lumia 710 for almost 3 year .. The only display protection is gorilla glass 1 .. & after dropping so many times not a tiny scratch on my screen so how ur gorilla glass 3 protection crack itself ..its funny ..