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Marketed with “Demand Great” by Sony, the XPERIA Z3 is a high-end phone that has a lot of attributes that are attractive: a thin metal and glass design, an IP65/68 ruggedness rating (water and dustproof), along with Sony’s best camera sensor available for mobiles (Sony has more than 50% worldwide sensor market share). In addition to these core characteristics, Sony claims to have a two day battery life, and of course, it is the only phone that supports the PlayStation 4 with a Remote Play (game streaming) capability. All of this -and more- seems pretty tempting, but how is it to actually use the XPERIA Z3 in the real world? I’ve used it for nearly a couple of months, and here are my findings.

Context

Before we dive into the review, let me tell you quickly how I use my phones, so that you can have a good sense for similarities, but also differences. I typically use large-displays phones (5” to 6”), and Email along with Facebook and the Camera app are probably the bulk of my regular usage.

I use specialty apps every once in a while, but I normally don’t play games or watch movies, unless I am *really* bored with no other alternative. To be honest, I don’t even do that in a plane unless there’s a USB plug to charge the phone. I spend a good chunk of my time at the office, which means that the phone is connected to WiFi most of the time. However, I sometime travel internationally or go to trade shows, and that’s when the phone’s battery is really put to the test.

Filed in Cellphones >Reviews. Read more about Android, Sony, Xperia Z3.

ProductXperia Z3Xperia Z3v
Display Diagonal (inches)5.2" (13.2cm)5.2" (13.2cm)
Megapixel Count20.7 Megapixel20.7 Megapixel
Battery Capacity (mAh)3100 mAh3200 mAh
Processor/Soc NameSnapdragon 801Snapdragon 801
RAM Options3 GB,3 GB,
Street Price$400 Xperia Z3 on Amazon
Link to full specsXperia Z3 Full specs and details
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