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Sony Z3 compact new battery life champion

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Sony-Xperia-Z3-Compact-battery-life-test-results-the-new-champ-welcomes-us-to-the-era-of-two-day-battery-life_id60955

For all those people who still champion a smaller sized screen on their phone, excellent news that the Z3 compact has become the battery life champion!

Sensible screen size and battery life in one product, seriously tempted....

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 23, 2014 at 17:59

But what about the all-important thing: the camera? If it's as sucky as those on the previous Compacts, might as well buy any other small phone and stick it in a condom.

Tell you: Sony Mobile is doomed. They'll be gone come Christmas '15. They cannot sustain their upgrade (LOL) speed in this cr*ppy market. It's easier to sell a BB second hand than it is to sell a Z.

satchef1  Sep. 23, 2014 at 21:16

The camera is the same one found on the Z2 and Z3, so one of the best smartphone cameras out there. The iPhone 6/6 Plus camera has just knocked it off the top spot over at DxOMark.

You're missing a trick here Jan. The Z3 Compact is an absolute wonder. It's barely bigger than an iPhone 5, packs the best battery life of any phone out there and is the Z3's equal in everything other than screen res (720p instead of 1080p) and RAM (2GB instead of 3GB). The best bit? It's cheap. Clove and Handtec are selling it for £350! Amazon even flogged a batch for £291 yesterday.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 23, 2014 at 23:43

Satchef, do you have a link to any hands-on review? All I have seen re the Z3 Compact and its camera (Techradar's 'hands-on', e.g.) has been theoreticals - i.e. NO hands-on at all.
The First Compact should have been (as per its on-paper specs) outstanding in the image department. It wasn't. It WAS cr*p.
I'm not suggesting the Z3 MUST be bad, too. I just don't buy based on 'specs' and inference...
In most conditions even the old iPhone 5 delivered better than the 1st Compact...

That is all I'm saying.

I'm not interested in its battery performance, if its key feature sucks. That is where my reply was coming from.
Again - I just searched again, and found no real in-depths 'hands-on' with actual comparison images. Sony are masters of hyperidoo... ;)

I'd be grateful for any links, as I like the formfactor - and I find Sony's aesthetics more bearable than most of the garish Android nonsense.

lala99  Sep. 24, 2014 at 03:55

Satchef, do you have a link to any hands-on review? All I have seen re the Z3 Compact and its camera (Techradar's 'hands-on', e.g.) has been theoreticals - i.e. NO hands-on at all.
The First Compact should have been (as per its on-paper specs) outstanding in the image department. It wasn't. It WAS cr*p.
I'm not suggesting the Z3 MUST be bad, too. I just don't buy based on 'specs' and inference...
In most conditions even the old iPhone 5 delivered better than the 1st Compact...

That is all I'm saying.

I'm not interested in its battery performance, if its key feature sucks. That is where my reply was coming from.
Again - I just searched again, and found no real in-depths 'hands-on' with actual comparison images. Sony are masters of hyperidoo... ;)

I'd be grateful for any links, as I like the formfactor - and I find Sony's aesthetics more bearable than most of the garish Android nonsense.


talking about quality and not just spec sheet. here the real proof I give you
sony Z3 camera BEAT all of any smartphone out there even iphone 6
you ask for it :D here the comparison picture camera snapshot outdoor indoor everything http://www.eprice.com.tw/mobile/talk/102/4914355/1/rv/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review/
its is in chinese but you can use translation lol

satchef1  Sep. 24, 2014 at 09:03

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 24, 2014 at 09:05

Dude, meta data says the Sony pics were taken by a D6653 - that is the Z3 unless I'm mistaken? http://www.devicespecifications.com/en/comparison/e291d107

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 24, 2014 at 09:06

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 24, 2014 at 09:09

Ah, the phonearena thing I have already read. It's not exactly gushing with praise. Plenty of caveats and a "on par with other flagships" conclusion... Anyhoo. Will keep reading, and will definitely try before I buy ;)

Thanks :)

Stelph  Sep. 24, 2014 at 10:08

Hell im tempted just to buy a Z3 compact even if I dont use it, if just to send the message to manufacturers that NOT ALL OF YOUR CUSTOMERS WANT A MAHOSSIVE PHABLET!!!

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 24, 2014 at 12:22

Hell im tempted just to buy a Z3 compact even if I dont use it, if just to send the message to manufacturers that NOT ALL OF YOUR CUSTOMERS WANT A MAHOSSIVE PHABLET!!! True that....

satchef1  Oct. 1, 2014 at 12:24

Got my Z3 Compact on Saturday. It's absolutely fantastic. Feels solid, screen is stunning, sound quality is great (though I'd like a bit more volume) and the camera is really good (most of the time...). Great phone, quite possible even a 'Phone of the Year' contender.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 1, 2014 at 12:40

Got my Z3 Compact on Saturday. It's absolutely fantastic. Feels solid, screen is stunning, sound quality is great (though I'd like a bit more volume) and the camera is really good (most of the time...). Great phone, quite possible even a 'Phone of the Year' contender.

Hi,
what's the 'not most of the time' re the camera? I take a lot of pics on dull darkish overcast days that might as well be called perma-dusk.

satchef1  Oct. 1, 2014 at 17:18

Superior Auto bugs out sometimes. I've had one or two terrible (like, Nexus 4 level) pictures in the few days I've been using the handset. One pic I took in a darkened room was full of noise and the colours were way off. Others in similar conditions have been just fine. Other than that inconsistency, I'm happy. Most of the pictures in auto mode are acceptable, even great in many cases. Manual Mode is definitely better though - take the time to set a photo up and you can get some great pics. It's just a shame higher ISO settings aren't selectable in Manual.

Video recording seems decent. It did just fine in a busy nightclub on Saturday. Dark with flashing lights and loud music. Both sound and video were clear. This is the first time I've owned any recording device that hasn't cried in such an environment, though I know it's not actually breaking new ground.

I'll take some samples this evening if you'd like?

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 1, 2014 at 17:58

That'd be cool, but don't go to too much trouble. I might get my hands on a loaner on the weekend.

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