Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Published in Reviews on Dec 17, 2018

I've been using the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact as my phone for about 10 months or so now, and it's serving me well. I'm still using it and most of it's still in one piece.

The device was released in September of 2014 which makes it just over 5 years old, which is quite old now I come to think of it. A lot has changed in that time. Some phones don't have headphone jacks (looking at you iPhone 8), some have USB C and others have notches.

But at the end of the day, what's the core function of a phone? It's to phone, text, and occasionally browse Facebook.

Anyway, to the phone review.


The Z3 Compact has pretty decent specs.

  • SIM Card: Nano Sim
  • Display: 4.6 inches with a 720 x 1280 resolution
  • Operating System: Android 6 Marshmallow
  • CPU: Quad-core 2.5 GHz
  • Internal Storage: 16GB Internal Storage
  • External Storage: SD Card up to 256GB
  • Memory: 2GB

How have I found it?

One issue that I've found with this phone is the screen. The screen seems to peel off quite quickly. One morning I woke up and the screen was falling off. However, I managed to get that fixed by gorilla gluing the screen back on - yeah not the best solution but at least it still works.

Another issue that I have with the phone is that when I'm on the phone with someone, the screen won't turn back on, also meaning I can't end a call with someone. It's quite annoying but I hardly notice it as no one phones me anyway.

For me, the battery can last a day, I can end up being at 40% or 50% by the end of the day. However, that could just be me as I keep my brightness really low.

As with most other phones, the Z3 Compact comes with a few pre-installed apps, most of them can be downgraded then disabled to preserve storage. Even with apps disabled I still find myself fighting for space.

Overall the experience has been fine. You can tell it's not the newest phone out there but it's still decent as you can still get it on Amazon for around £100.

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