Farm Boy, 05 Jan 2015phone dropped from the waist. shattered front. :(u mean the glass broken???
The days when 4.6" qualifies as "Compact"… that's ridiculous. I wonder when the next (high-end) phone will come along that I can even consider switching to from my Z1C, which already borders on too large with its 4.3". Get a grip, phone manufacturers. I want a smartphone, not a television.
I've always had Samsung phones, but after comparing the specifications on GSM (As always) between the S5 and Z3 mini's, I dubiously made the switch to Sony!
After 3 weeks I feel ready to review.
In a nutshell, Sony has better Hardware, Samsung has better Software. It's a trade off, and i'm still not convinced I made the right choice.
I need my smartphone for: Taking pictures, Watching videos, Surfing net, texting and phone calls.
Even though the camera spec is higher with Sony, In auto mode, it's preset to 8mp. Compared with 20mp in manual, i find i get better pictures in auto mode. But in auto, i can't change to 4:3 from 16:9. I prefer 4:3 as i like my pictures developed in 6x4.
I can take videos in 4k but not Photos. 4k video is excellent, but watch out for file size! Of course 4k take more memory. Dedicated camera button is a nice touch.
Gladly, Sony have kept their trademark Flash light feature, which uses the camera flash as a torch. (Just like on my old Sony ericsson phone from years ago).
I use MX player to watch videos. It's the best video player app in my opinion, though it does use up battery quickly, I find I still get around 2 days use between charges.
Internet is fast, call connection is fast, opens app's fast.
Sound quality is not as good as i'd hoped. Stereo works well, but turn up the volume, and you'll get distortion. Didn't have this problem with Samsung. (Not an issue with headphones plugged in of course).
Samsung is more intuitive and much more personable. Sony's text messenger service looks very uniform and boring. You cannot change the phones font styling, I had to select which language to load into the dictionary before I could start using text, Sony is full of software i don't need or want, (Calculator, Calender, Alarm are all boring and not intuitive, they feel awkward to use. Their is no organizer, I find i'm having to look for app's to download, to run basic services, that come as standard on the Samsung, and that 'Just work'). Using the phone to make calls and view contacts feels awkward (Though, that could be because i'm used to Samsung).
Samsung feels better in the hand. And one last point, when I want to charge my Sony or transfer files onto it. I got to take the S-Line gel case off every time, so i can open the waterproof flap, to connect the cable. It's annoying! (Phone is smooth like glass and slippery, I need a gel case otherwise i'll be dropping it all the time).
Like I said earlier. In a nutshell, Sony has better Hardware, Samsung has better Software. It's a trade off, and i'm still not sure which phone I prefer.
Hope this helps :)
why the hell you always complain about cracking glass, do you guys know how to use a smartphone? i've had lower end phones, smartphones,any gadget with glass but NONE OF THEM CRACKED BY ITS OWN.. do you sit on your phone?seriously, GLASS DON'T CRACK on ITS OWN UNLESS you DO SOMETHING on IT. Why most people are hard to understand ? have you guys have common sense?
xhegi, 05 Jan 2015it is wonderful phone but 4.6 inch is very small..then buy z3 ,not z3 compact if you think it's small. Obviously, it intended to be smaller , it's compact.. why most people think like a child?
i really dont get it! people always complaining about mystical cracks appearing on z2 z3 z3c. one question though, DO YOU GUYS REALLY OWN ANY OF THESE?. I GUESS NOT. YOU DON'T HAVE ANY IDEA!
Dropped the phone twice when in the car and again no harm to the glass. No screen protector or bumper here.
Hi, I've using Z3C for about 2 months, My units is so-so, yes it is waterproof, but it has pink spot and the magnetic charging port are pulled off in just 1 month of use, so i take it to service center to reglue, YES reglue only. They said that my phone may not waterproof anymore.
So be careful you guys with your magnetic charger, better stick with usb one, if your flap is loose, you could replace it in service center for just IDR 30.000 (3 $) rather than your port pulled off.
Anyway Z3C has the best battery life, yeah it is 2 days battery if you use wi-fi and in sub tropical/ arctic country. mostly sony device drain battery faster in hot climate. Mine usually last foar a 24 hours.
i`ve been using this phone for 3 months, got no problem at all, super fast, superb battery life and great camera.
dropped the phone twice, no sign of scratches and cracks.
for me, this is the best smartphone within its own "mini" category.
This phone is not water proof as Sony claims it to be. on 25 Dec 2014 I was taking some photos in a pool and it fell in at a shallow area about 0.6m deep, all of a sudden, it was vibrating and screen went dark, few minutes it was off. till today. its only about 20 days old.
Bought phone 2 days ago and i love it, its a beast. A good substitute for my old n9.
Z3C user, 31 Dec 2014Lol. Bunch of liers. The phone glass pannels cannot crack on their own. I own a unit myself. d... moremy Z3 just fallen twice to the ground! TWICE!!!
i went nuts!completely ape afraid it got cracked!
it has no scratches nor cracks! this phone is resilient! it can take a few punches in the face!
i guess there is a lot of APPLE fans here bashing Sony!
Sony marketing is weak because RIGHT now the Xperia Z3 Compact is the BEST android IN THE WORLD in the sub 5 inches category! PERIOD!
those around here claiming magical cracks appearing from nowhere are just haters and probably people paid by the competition to bash sony and Sony Products!
Anonymous, 02 Jan 2015The rear glass cracking i heard many is outside of Asia. In Asia were less problem on its. M... moreHello, where did you read that? So is it less prone to break on the 5833 version? Is this somehow confirmed?
i heard dat z1c display & body are superior & cracking issue of z3c
there's not much difference between them and the price is hiked too
is there someone who have used both phones....he can clarify which is the best one
oopz, 02 Jan 2015plzzz help me....im going to buy either z1c or z3c...which wud be better.....kindly reply for ... moreIn my opinion Z3 is more effective(and also more expensive :)). I am planning to buy z3c next week. I think its specifications are excellent and also it is very easy to handle in one hand. My first criteria for a smartphone is that its screen must be smaller than 5 inches. Z3c is both excelent in size and specs.