It’s hard to believe Sony’s mighty Xperia Z range has only been around for just over two years. But in that time a whopping three tablets and nine phones have been unveiled. And despite this market saturation, Sony has consistently upped its game, with 2014’s contenders the Xperia Z3 and its little sister the Xperia Z3 Compact being the best yet!
An argument could be made that with so many releases, the improvements are iterative as opposed innovative. However even a quick glance at the Z3 and Z3 Compact reveals how impressive these phones really are…
At A Glance – Sony Xperia Z3 Vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
20.7MP Vs 20.7MP
2.5 GHz Quad Core Processor Vs 2.5 GHz Quad Core Processor
IP68 Vs IP68
5.2 Inch Vs 4.6 Inch
3100mAh Vs 2600 mAh
Taking Handset Gaming to the Next Level
For most of us, this one will make all the difference. The Sony Xperia Z3 and the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact are compatible with PlayStation 4 Remote Play. Now you can play Triple A PS4 games on your smartphone. No other brand offers this!
Simply boot up your PS4, assign the screen to your Z3 or Z3 Compact, snag yourself a PS4 controller and get gaming. Too snug to get out of bed? Kicked out of the living room because Bargain Hunt is on? No longer an issue thanks to PS4 Remote Play for the Xperia Z3 range.
Withstand Anything Life Throws Their Way
When you’re sodden and dripping because you were caught in a downpour, that’s the last moment you want your phone to fail you! Not only can the Z3 and Z3 Compact hail you a cab during a deluge, you can take them for a swim!
The fact is, Sony’s Xperia Z range has been pushing Ingress Protection since its reveal. And with IP68 ratings, the Z3 range offer the best protection yet. These smartphone are entirely dust tight and fully functional in 1.5m of freshwater for thirty minutes. But for the record, best remember freshwater is not seawater.
The 20.7MP Cybershot camera is Sony’s finest yet. And best of all, they didn’t scrimp on the specs for the Z3 Compact at all… On second thoughts, best of all is the fact it works underwater!
An improved G Lens captures more light for detailed, colourful shots, while a wide angle lens accommodates widescreen images. Impressive ISO levels mean low light photography, i.e. taking pics in the dark (or underwater), render vastly superior photos! And with regards to Sony’s Handycam tech, this eliminates your hand’s natural shakiness when filming, producing steady 4K videos.
Slogging it out for days
While Sony’s Stamina Mode returns with its impressive array of power saving options, the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 compact will keep pace with your hectic social life for two whole days on a single charge.
A Smartphone is only as good as its Screen
This is true for the cheapest entry level handset to the most powerful smartphone on the market. As ever, this is one area where Sony steadfastly refuse to compromise. While this is where the Z3 and Z3 Compact primarily differentiate themselves, screen size, the quality on display is uniformly excellent.
IPS technology maintains a vivid colour pallet and sharp imagery no matter the viewing angle. Sony’s Triluminos technology uses purpose build LEDs to emit purer reds and greens for a more substantial colour pallet than its competitors. Finally, Sony’s X-Reality image software analyses each image to optimise sharpness, colour and contrast.
There can be no doubting the change the Z3 range of smartphones bring to the market. With class leading protection, cameras and displays, alongside a revolutionary new take on mobile gaming, other companies will have to work hard to compete with the Sony Xperia Z3 range!
Sony Xperia Z3/Z3 Compact Camera Apps
Face In – Capture your own reaction as you shoot something amusing, Face In snaps with both front and rear facing cameras in unison.
AR fun – Scribble and draw on top of what you see via the viewfinder or capture photos with augmented reality animations.
Movie Creator - Movie Creator analyses your media to cluster events, detect faces and locations, and help you to turn your memories into something that you can share with friends and family.