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Sony xperia z3 compact vs xperia z1 compact

Sony xperia z3 compact vs xperia z1 compact





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Does the bigger Xperia Z3 have a big advantage over the Z3 Compact? Head on through for all the differences. Top ⭐ reasons for Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: 1. Battery power: vs 2. Total clock speed: vs 10 3. Pixel density: vs Top ⭐ Powodów dla Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: 1. Pojemność baterii: vs 2. Taktowanie zegara: vs.
However with the Sony apps, there is duplication. I did notice some blurring, especially when pressing the physical shutter button. Half way down with the two little bumps. One site it happens for me is the mobile login screen for the 28degreescard website. That size isn’t going to appeal to most people, but those who do want a small phone will probably tell you very loudly how much they like the XZ1 Compact. Sounds like and Apple strategy.
Does the bigger Xperia Z3 have a big advantage over the Z3 Compact? Head on through for all the differences. Top ⭐ reasons for Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: 1. Battery power: vs 2. Total clock speed: vs 10 3. Pixel density: vs Top ⭐ Powodów dla Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: 1. Pojemność baterii: vs 2. Taktowanie zegara: vs.

sony xperia z3 compact vs xperia z1 compact

sony xperia z3 compact vs xperia z1 compact

sony xperia z3 compact vs xperia z1 compact

sony xperia z3 compact vs xperia z1 compact

sony xperia z3 compact vs xperia z1 compact

sony xperia z3 compact vs xperia z1 compact

sony xperia z3 compact vs xperia z1 compact

sony xperia z3 compact vs xperia z1 compact

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However, Sony appears to have given up on the clunky custom nav bar icons it was using before. When I went into the Telstra Shop, the manager looked at it and said he’d never seen that before, BUT, mentioned that there was a void ie weak point behind the power button. People who hate large phones obviously. Not worried to much just wondering what others experience is in first weeks. Looks at my Note 4 with full bars and crys I just don’t get Sony. The software experience, camera quality and update speed for the X Compact was good, but I was disappointed with the build quality, speaker loudness and midrange specs.

It will eventually give you a phone number to call some number. Ignore that, it will then forward your call. Just tell the rep your mobile number, she will ask for details to ‘Open the account’ She will ask for the 13 digits on the sim card before the ‘N’.

Then she I keep saying she because the person who assisted me was female will start working on activating the sim card. It will happen instantly when they do it only if the number was Telstra before the new sim.

Any opinions on why Sony hasn’t gone OIS with the camera? I had an extended play with one of these in store and the camera seemed pretty reasonable. Just wondering why no OIS. What sort of screen on time are people getting from the phone?

I’ve read the battery life is awesome and then I see reports in forums of people getting only 3 hours SOT. Does the phone generate much heat doing normal tasks like web browsing on 4G?

I don’t play games on my phone so it’s never overly stressed. How’s everyone call quality through the earpiece — is there static in the background or is there nothing but clarity? I wouldn’t go as far as that, even on HD Voice the sound quality is still sub-par to other devices out in the market.

The guy in a Sony shop told me it was up in blue tick territory with regard to reception. Sounds like he may have been exaggerating a bit. From what I’ve read the charging dock comes with adapters that allow it’s use when the phone is in a case.

Is it a particular case that is being referred to or would I be able to get away with using it with a generic thin hard case attached? The device is certainly no where near blue tick territory.

I’m running now and im getting 1 bar reception in a normal full coverage zone. Looks at my Note 4 with full bars and crys Just a noob thought here, but is it possible that it’s to do with the ‘scale’ of the reception indicator?

Or have you verified the signal levels and it’s still shit? My Z3 seems pretty reasonable on Optus, I expected far worse. And the 4G is generally lightning fast even when only on bars.

With lower signal the phone is working harder to keep that signal thus draining battery. No one on Telstra running 4G the entire day will get 8 hours SOT a day or more if it keeps bouncing between 1 and 4 bars constantly.

I was in the Telstra store today, the big one in the city, and the Z3 that was on display was bouncing between 4g, 3g and, surprisingly, 2g. All this while my N5 was solidly on 4g with 3 bars the whole time.

That store has an in building cell I’ve got the pink spot. Only happens when in lowlight with a white backdrop. I hope Sony release a fix, but I’m not holding my breath and I don’t take too many photos of white walls so I should be ok.

I was really starting to think the phone is a good thing but poor reception is a deal breaker. Is there any Aus information that can be trusted that rates the reception of various phones?

Reviews obviously can’t be trusted because many of them are done overseas with different carriers. It could be an issue with not using the correct APN settings on the phone. Basically its a mix of hardware and software.

But it will never be perfect, even on other carriers, this phone doesn’t perform like the Z2 reception quality wise. Im about to get a Z3 from Vodafone, coming from Virgin which is quite average for coverage is the Reception good in Sydney with Z3 on Vodafone.

Also from anyones experience do you think it will be long before the Z3 is free on vodafone 80 plan as the other flag ships currently are? Whats the connector on the left hand side used for?

Half way down with the two little bumps. I thought sony had been doing this for a while with JB and KK but has never gotten to a mainstream “daily driver” release. I use Gmail as my main email account so I get double alerts from both Gmail and the regular email loaded.

Quick camera question for those more experienced with the Xperia’s. I notice it takes photos using a sequentially numbered filename eg. However, if I move some of these files elsewhere, it picks up numbering again from the first removed file rather than holding the sequence.

If I remove files, the camera will restart again at Bit of a pain, as it means I get filename clashes if I move multiple sets of files into a single place later. Loving the phone though. Was mildly concerned about no blue tick up in NE Vic, but the signal is comfortably stronger than the S4 it’s replacing.

Does anyone know how to customise the lock screen clock? I’ve already enabled widgets under the security settings but none of the KitKat swipe functuons seem to be working.

When I select and hold the clock on the lock screen I have the option to delete but don’t really want to do it as I’m worried I can’t get it back. She wants a clock but does not like the new 4.

That’s interesting because there have been reports in this thread of poor reception with this phone. How are others finding the reception? Yea looks a lot cleaner Is it available to the public to ‘update’?

Also has anybody had any experience with the PS4 Remote Play yet? How is it on Australian internet speeds? Bought my Z3 through the Sony website last week and after a week of being extremely careful with it I picked it up a moment ago to see a big crack going from the magnetic charger area to the bottom of the back screen.

I have no idea how this has happened as I haven’t dropped it even once and the last thing I had done was place it back down on my desk the night before and I am fairly certain it wasn’t cracked then, It’s not like I’ve been throwing this around or anything and I haven’t even been keeping it in my pants pockets because I was worried about it till I got a proper cover.

Guess I’ll have to try to get in contact with Sony support on Monday when they are open again but I’m freaking out pretty bad right now as I never had anything like this happen with my old phones.

Does anyone have any idea about how expensive it is to have the back glass replaced or if this is covered under warranty or whatever? My brother just smashed his brand new Z3.

Fell out of his pocket while he was sitting down about 25cm and destroyed the front screen. To be honest i’m finding mildly better reception than my S3 4G that its replacing Telstra. I bought a Z3 from Telstra and i am extremely happy with it, especially compared to my old Z1.

The battery life is insane, the screen is gorgeous, the dual speakers are nice. Though sadly i am finding 4g reception in my house a little worse then the Z1 but by the same token my Z3 is getting better 4G reception outside my house then my Z1 did.

However i have to say the best thing by far is the touchscreen doesn’t go all wonky like it was doing on my Z1: Anyone know what the best way to get repaired or replaced? Go through Sony or Optus?

You can take it here: Also is there a way to make the recent apps button work as the menu as you could on previous phones. Had this phone for a few weeks now and have just noticed the top speaker is very distorted when the volume of calls is up.

When turned down it goes away but is obviously a lot harder to hear people especially outside. I think it’s a mix of hardware and software, but mostly hardware. Sony have seemed to cheap out on a few of the necessitates like call quality, speaker and reception.

The same thing happened to me, and the phone is with Fonebiz at the moment. I assume it will be covered under warranty because the phone was not dropped, but I’m aware that I might have a fight on my hands — it’s my word against theirs.

I’ll cough up if they want me to pay for it, but I’m disappointed that the phone appears to be really quite fragile. Having said this, I know a few Z2 owners who are less careful than me with their phones, and they haven’t had any problems.

Can people with self cracked screens actually post some feedback about how it was fixed. Alot of people experience issue yet no one updates how it got resolved. Was seriously considering z3 now its way on the backburner and with lack of any warranty feedback, even more hesitant.

It’s been a known issue with the Xperia Z build for the past two years, the phone build needs to be put together to ensure water resistance. Don’t drop your phone. Front and back glass intact, metal frame flattened.

It’s a record for me. Z3, total of 6 days. The iPhone 4 frame is stainless steel, the Z3 frame is anodized aluminium which is the same as the iphone 5 back Im waiting for my loan phone from optus but they said chances are it will be covered under warranty as its not reasonable for a phone to bend even when dropped.

I’ve got a screen protector for the back glass, had a look at it today and it has a crack in it not sure how it happened but lucky I had the screen protector on or it could have been the glass.

How many charge cycles should i expect to start seeing peak performance from my Z3 — im on my 4th charge — and battery is not really that impressive. Worse than my LG G2 so far.

Kind of hard when it doesn’t last the whole day. But hopefully it will get better. Can anyone recommend a good dialer and messaging app can’t stand the Sony ones and not a big fan of hangouts.

Another popular app is Textra SMS. I use it fairly heavyish, movies and web browsing Facebook for 2. But now have auto on. Still phone is new and wearing in. Not worried to much just wondering what others experience is in first weeks.

BTW I’m with Vodafone, I’m sorry of wondering if the Flasky reception is having something to do with it, my reception is quite often at 1 bar. I found that reception really hurt my battery life just changed from Vodafone to boost.

Also google location reporting. Another thing that had an effect was double tap to wake as I keep my phone in my front pocket with the screen facing my leg. I am now very happy with battery life after figuring out what has been draining it.

Boost is Telstra, there are problems with the Z3 on Telstra. Thus your poor reception problems. Actually I have had excellent reception on boost compared to Vodafone.

Maybe the problem is with Telstra 4g as Boost is 3g only. My battery life is better on Boost than Vodafone. Why would double tap to wake causing battery drain?

I thought this should have minimal effect on battery. Yes, you are correct, the phone only has problems on 4G. Seems the IP rating has been shot to poo, which was the other driving force behind my descision to get it.

I’ve struggled with remote play wtih this phone to be honest. Had a vita using the same network setup and it was miles better with that. Pretty sure this phone can’t do wifi direct with the ps4 so that limits the usability of remote play.

Hopefully seeing its only new that they can fix it up. And hopefully they release the phone holder for the dual shock 4 soon as well. The IP rating and remote play had me sold, pretty disappointed that these features advertised are not turning out to be the real deal: Nope none in the box, they have one on their site, but it’s not available yet.

I’m guessing its not going to be cheap either. I’m disappointed with the remote play thing for the moment but i think it can be fixed. Apart from that i really do love this phone. It’s snappy, has great battery life, good screen.

Really happy with it. Hahaha and I take showers with the z3 screen lock ofc and also regularly drown it in a bucket for 5 minutes to wash off. My port covers aren’t perfectly aligned just that the pressure test seems to show that it’s still working.

Sony Z3 for 10 Days. Whilst GUI is crisp and functional the phone itself is more fragile than an egg. It has developed cracks around the camera no longer Waterproof then and it has only been in my pocket or on the desk — not a scratch on it.

Once you look into it you find its claims are untrue — only Waterproof in Freshwater, dies in Salt and indicators are it doesn’t like Chlorine. So basically it wont die in the rain but otherwise don’t get it wet.

Should have stuck to Samsung. This phone honestly sounds like the most rushed piece of hardware to come out in years. Maybe Sony’s push to get a flagship out every 6 months wasn’t such a great idea.

It seems they have skipped a lot of QC tests to get it out there. Not that it really concerns me anymore. I’m now hanging out for the droid turbo after seeing posts in this thread and XDA about the Z3’s issues.

The really annoying part is that most reviews of the phone are glowing. It’s not until real world users post in forums like this that the truth starts to be told.

The exemplary battery life that a lot of reviewers crow on about doesn’t get talked about a lot by users either. I’m seeing lots of reports of 3 or 4 hours SOT. My old Note 2 does way better than that plus I can change out the battery if needed.

I was looking at this phone closely but now I don’t think I’d touch it with a barge pole. No Sammy fanboi here but despite being made of “cheap” plastic I’ve never had one fall apart or crack despite fairly heavy use.

The Z3’s glass and metal just doesn’t live up to the hype. I’ve not had the same experience. However, it doesn’t mean you mistreated your phone. So far, I am happy with my Z3 and while it does seem to be more “fragile” than an all plastic phone, I’ve treated it normally and not had any issues so far.

For me, battery life is great and I can easily get over 5 hrs SOT on a regular basis. Of course, if your SOT is spent using data heavily, well.. Maybe I’m too easy to please, but for me the battery life of this phone is amazing I think those reviewers were spot on, amazing battery life, at least for my needs, it is.

And pretty happy as well with the build quality of the phone too, managed to drop it last week, no case, bumped of my foot and slid about 3 meters on the concrete car park floor Apart from scratches on the frame and a couple of scratches on the front glass, which are not that bad anyway, the phone is fine, probably would have been much worse is if hit the concrete full on, but still, before I picked it up from the ground, I was sure the damage will be much worse after seeing it flying on the concrete.

Will definitely get a case now, I was waiting for the official smart case, but now that I’ve seen it Yes, and having been one of the unlucky ones to have experienced the cracking issue, I’d strongly recommend buying tempered glass front and back covers like Nillkn at the very least.

The cracking is probably a by product of the water proofing. Perhaps there’s a fair bit of pressure being applied to the glass back and front. I would imagine that during the manufacturing process the glass would need to be aligned perfectly so that its sealed evenly and pressure is distributed evenly.

Environmental factors probably come into play too. I’ve never used a samsung phone but im sure some samsung users have their own unique complaints about their phone.

It’s been proven the battery life is among the best in its class. Your mileage will obviously vary depending on reception. People who are generally happy with their new Z3 will have no reason to post about their phone working fine, what’s the point?

So you’ll see a disproportionate number of people complaining about problems, the same with any other phone. As for me the Z3 is a refreshing change. I was a Samsung fanboy for the last 3 smartphones until their lagtastic firmware and design made me move on, I will be missing their plastics though.

Dropped my Galaxy S4 multiple times and it survived with no cracked screens, definitely getting at least a bumper case for my Z3. Had a look at one at JB and the clamps around the phone have pushed the frame in Extremely pleased with my Z3 but also extremely disappointed with unfixable blue tint from screen.

I’ll live with that for an otherwise great device for my needs. One of my units had a strong blue tint I’ve used it in the shower a few times and fully submerged it in the spa yesterday, still no issues!

I had my wedding last weekend and was connected to our hotel’s WIFI and was able to make and receive calls perfectly with no voice distortion or clipping. I was connected to 4G as well. One thing i will hand to this phone is sound quality; very happy, Sony delivers in crisp sound even on the non-stock players.

My tint is too strong and cannot be calibrated out enough. I’ve tried the best settings but when I compare it to my Z2 or G3 the blue tint and washed out colours are too obvious. I checked the compatible devices on the optus website and it doesnt say anything about the z3 so I take it this isn’t compatible at the moment.

A common complaint with the Xperia Z series, the waterproof speakers are very low in sound quality. I find it better than the full auto setting. This phone is really good. The battery performance blows my mind coming from my iphone 4s.

I cannot get used to android however. Some of the most basic of functionalities are missing:. There are some positives like easy to use plug-in features of phones plug-in, drag some files and be done, battery life and battery life.

I find android hard to get used after using multiple generations of iphone. I might sell this later and and pay the difference perhaps. Long time iPhone users hate the move to android. Seen from my experience.

Personally I switch between the two platforms seamlessly and whenever I feel like it, however find iOS more pleasurable to use everyday. I persevered with the stock z3 keyboard for a month but it’s lacking.

Swiftkey is far better. Anyone have tips for getting the most out of the camera for closeup macro type shots in low light eg. Even when using the manual mode with the touch focus the shots don’t have the same sharpness as my 2 year old HTC m7, which I find strange.

After having on the LG G2 i cant be without it. A small warning to future owners — This phone is slippery as a fish without a case, it’ll slide off even the slightest incline, i’ve had to rescue it a couple times already.

Either get a case, or watch it like a hawk when you have it out on a table. Yeah I smashed mine after 6 days. Got a replacement from Telstra. No idea how on earth they did it, but I got a Reco phone.

Found out about an hour ago that the screen also has a single dead pixel. I have been an iPhone user for the past 5 years, I’m also now onto my third iPad air 2 and didn’t find the switch that difficult.

Android does have its disadvantages, but nothing that cannot be worked around. I will probably never buy an android tablet, but in terms of a mobile phone you can’t beat it. I just downloaded two episodes on utorrent and watched them straight away.

All on my phone! I wish I could do that with my iPad! I’ve been using iOS for 4 years and I find android has given me the true potential of smart phones. I love my z3. Most of these can be fixed with apps.

Heaps of other keyboard apps as well. Was that through stay connected or did they give you a freebie? I’m surprised there are refurbs already since the phone is so new.

You should definitely take it back though. Under power management, there is location-based Wi-Fi, should I turn it on or off? If turn on, should I choose standard or advanced power policy?

How does this setting works and does it makes any difference to battery? If a phone company gives you a freebie after you smash your expensive new phone you should probably take it and run.

And seriously, this thing is more than a handful. Its a bit heavy and kind of thick as well. But overall, the phone is a great performer. I see that it runs on Android 4. The size is a step up for most people but you get used to it or forget about it pretty quickly, I went from an S3 and I don’t notice it any more.

As for the weight Yeah coming from iPhone you do tend to find a lot of annoying little irks. Some things that were simple before seem a total hassle That said once you start taking advantage of the extra freedom android provides it’s hard to go back.

I’ve got a quick question for all Z3 owners I’m trying to get a customisable live wallpaper on the lock screen but can’t seem to be able to do it You can change the lockscreen wallpaper, but not to a live wallpaper.

There may be an app to do it though, its just not a default. On another note, my screen just died on my phone. I was looking at the internet, when all of a sudden the screen went white and it has lines up and down it.

If I get it replaced, it will be my 3rd Z3 due to faults. My first had a speaker phone issue. With Vodafone, it has been just over 30 days I think since I got the replacement on ELF, will they do that again as its really obvious or will it have to go back?

So glad I got the G3. Far too many Z3 horror stories, especially for a phone that had barely any market share. I had the G3 for a while and it has the worst battery life couldn’t get over 4.

Luckily the Note 4 fixed that Yes, it’s a very nice phone. I thought about it for a long time also. Every phone is a compromise imo and the S5 fitted my needs a bit better. Not sure how this will plug in to the side micro USB port but looks like we are getting battery cases for the z3.

My Z3 black just arrived by Star Track this morning. My first impression is it’s huge, coming from iP5. I do have to note though for future reference: I have been given a Sony Z3 handset by Telstra free of charge to review.

The comments expressed by me reflect my user experience and personal opinion. It’s taking them way too long to release this in Australia. I bought mine here: It’s already available — http: Is there much latency, what’s your internet speeds?

This was pretty much the whole reason I wanted a Z3. The Z3 may make a gr8 hover board: Apparently new firmware is out for the Z3. Any idea how long it will take for carriers to roll it out?

No, just the source code which means people that make ROM’s can work on it. God I miss my phone, I have gone back to the Note 2 and the 10 day’s i’ll have without it are going to be looooong.

Hope someone can help me here I’m looking at getting a Z3 for my son, he wants 32GB internal storage and I’m a bit confused regarding which model to get. They only come with 16GB internal, the one model that comes with 32GB is Not fully compatible in Australia so I would recommend avoiding.

Thinking about buying the Z3 Dual Sim variety for business and private use. My Telstra contract has just finished and I am about to roll in another 24 months contract and going to get Z3 maybe next week.

Were you after specific views on the strengths and weaknesses of the Z3 against the other devices you listed because a “good choice” is subjective depending on your own needs and usage? Yeah I guess you’re right.

One of the main reasons why I didn’t choose iPhone is because I don’t want to use itune to manage my MP3 files. I just want to have a drag and drop system — from my understanding Z3 allows this.

Battery life is important to me. But I gotta say HTC looks very nice though. Hi djmocok, I can confirm battery life on z3 is the best I have ever experienced on a smart phone.

Are there any major differences between the different offerings from carriers and Sony stores here? I’ve read the bloatware level on these phones is pretty low from the local carriers nothing from optus unless you use their sim — boot screen and one or two apps from Telstra?

Will probably just go with whoever offers the cheapest probably buying two phones at this stage unless there is something I should watch out for from a particular carrier. I’ve read the bloatware level on these phones is pretty low from the local carriers The Z3 that Telstra provided me had over 60 apps already installed on it, though aside from Telstra One none of it was Telstra related.

Sony appear to have a whole bunch of apps they throw in. Some useful, some not so much. For example, Xperia Lounge. However with the Sony apps, there is duplication.

So the free videos can only be viewed via the Sony Video Unlimited app. The Sony apps can only be updated through the Xperia Update Centre. Thanks for that info Kalak.

I guess that means there will be bloatware, no matter which one a choose: At least the carriers seem to be keeping theirs minimal. I’m assuming I could flash any of the D firmwares — eg. To be honest this is my first Android phone, but I assume so.

Got my phone Thursday, got bumped into at a club Saturday night which caused me to drop it and smash the screen. You don’t even need to be bumped. This thing floats off seemingly flat surfaces. My reflexes are improving from catching it.

Better than what it looks like now Haha! Have to agree with that. I almost bought the same style case as you, but want to try and get away with a gel cover first for added grip. Anyone finding streaming issues over Bluetooth on apt-X devices?

I seem to have poor streaming on my headphones and receiver. It keeps chopping up or skipping but never drops the connection. Where my iPhone paired and worked perfectly with my Pioneer head unit it took 15 minutes just to get the Z3 to pair.

Since then half the time it doesn’t realise I’m in the car, especially when it comes to playing audio. I often have to ‘throw’ the audio at the head unit for it to pick things up, and even then the track information is ALWAYS incorrect.

Battery lasts for a day at least with constant emails and internet usage. How are you finding reception? Also does it tell you which sim is being dialled when someone rings you? Probably should have purchased it from the Sony store instead I guess.

I am with Vodafone and can make calls and texts but can’t access the internet. I have the Telstra logo on start-up and then on the home screen the Telstra account and internet icon. Is there a way I can remove these and access the net through my Vodafone account?

God, tell me about it. This thing has a mind of its own, my last phone I dropped maybe? It’s succeeded a couple times, only casualties are ‘thankfully’ two dents on the corners prefer this over a cracked screen and a glass screen protector about to be replaced Specific details should be on Vodafone’s website.

I swear if you look away long enough it’ll find its way out of a closed zipper pocket Yes its a slippery not so little bugger Wife put on top of toilet holder and Z3 did not like it, preferred crashing to floor, went to charge at home, it just started gliding towards edge of bench I had to do this with TPG Optus since it didn’t detect and add APN settings automatically Also change the default signature because it will say from the Telstra mobile network on outgoing emails.

I went and got the Z3 yesterday — got the copper one. Coming from Motorola Razor Hd, this thing is impressive, especially the screen and speaker quality. Hey guys I was hoping you guys could do a quick check for me when you shake your Z3 do you hear a slight rattle.

Maybe it’s unrelated maybe it is. My Xperia Z3 headphone port suddenly stopped working. I have a pair of the Xperia Noise cancelling headsets however when I plug them in it opens up a the mic settings option.

Regular headphones register but no sound comes through them. I’ve found putting a plastic screen protector on the back the one that was included with the Nilkin glass front protector makes it much less slippery.

Mine doesn’t slide across surfaces anymore. I’m new to android with this phone and while i’ve managed to figure out most things, I can’t figure out why my phone is taken off silent in the middle of the night.

When I plug in the charger after 10pm, SmartConnect kicks in, triggers the Night event which loads the alarm app and sets my phone to silent. The speaker with the X is on my status bar at the top. Yet, every night I’m woken up around am by my phone vibrating from notifications coming through.

Silent mode is changed to Vibrate mode, and I have to switch it back to silent. I had Profile Scheduler installed to change profiles properly but it was giving me the same problem, so even with it uninstalled I still can’t figure out what’s removing silent in the middle of the night.

I put a wet apply protector UltimateShield on the rear of my Z3C — it now sticks upright handsfree to windows when I want to take a reflection-free photo of the outside of the office: I won’t be doing it often though!

Not sure how to find out what frequencies the phone is actually using. Mine is currently getting really hot. Gets to mid 30s just don’t basic tasks now. And battery is doing quick.

Out of curiosity how did everyone charge their phone out of the box? Don’t really think it had anything to do with it, but you never know. Right, the got in the shop said run it right down then charge.

Mine was at 60 too out of the box. Here is the newly published app on the playstore: This was the same app as the Sony Z3 built in backup and restore app. This can’t be uninstalled or disabled.

Sony need to hear about this.. I have a Z3C, have the original Sony app Backup and Restore — looking at that, it looks like the google play store has been hacked and a malicious version has been uploaded to replace the original Sony app.

It looks like someone at Sony has seen my post: Hey guys is the camera supposed to be this bad? My Z3 Dual arrived from DWI today and everything is good, I really like the phone but the camera is really bugging me.

Every other phone including my iPhone 4 would be in a different league to this camera. Notice my laptop, and my vaporiser on the table. I couldn’t get it to get a clear shot of my laptop logo, or even a clear shot of my vaporiser and the logo on that.

Is it just me? If this is the case I need to get another phone. DWI obviously won’t accept a return so I’ve already lost money on this. The cover for the box, is it supposed to slide right off?

Mine wasn’t taped down with a sticker or anything and the plastic covers on the back and front of the phone were full of air bubbles, as if they had been removed and placed there again.

The box is suppose to be sealed on the top and bottom with Sony circular seals, maybe somebody returned it and they onsold it? I’m thinking that you’ve asked that because their is a difference in their return policy if it’s bought from Ebay.

I returned a phone recently that was bought from their website, within the 14 day return policy period, no problems. I’m going to try to return it. Only thing missing is the plastic wrapping from the phone.

I’ve taken to using the AUX cable the last couple of days because it was annoying me so much. I have Bluetooth in my Nissan patrol. Just the standard 6 stacker and have no issues.

I setup my phone with one of the Sony apps to start playing music when connected. Usually I jump in the car, turn ignition to run to glow the plugs and my phone starts playing music from the phone speakers.

Start the car, about seconds later starts running through the car stereo. It works quite well. With my iPhone i had to keep switching between FM and Bluetooth a couple of times, and 9 times out of ten it wouldn’t auto play.

Would have to unlock the phone and press play. Just grabbed a white z3 for my better half this weekend, after being quite disspointed with reviews of the Nexus 6 and still not being able to get them or a moto X.

Plus looking for something with useful battery life. As a long term Nexus user, I’m pretty happy with the z3, and the relatively stock feel of the OS from Sony. Aside from getting rid of some bloatware Sony apps, I don’t have any problems with the rest of the software.

I’ll be waiting for the Moto X to hit local stores shortly so I can compare with the z3 and decide which handset I personally want, but I’m currently leaning towards the z3.

While the Moto X might have some fancy features and faster updates, what’s the point if your battery dies midway through the day! Great initial impressions so far. You realise they have a 14 day from invoice date return period?

As posted above, I’ve used it and it works. I’m worried they won’t accept the return since I’ve taken the plastic off of the phone and the box is open.. It’s not going to be an issue as long as you have the original packaging and the phone is in new condition and you haven’t damaged it in any way, believe me.

The will try to give you a new exchange phone but if you make it crystal clear you want a refund you will get one. If the phone is in new condition, no marks on it etc, they’ll take it back.

Here’s their return policy: That app also showed up in my “Installed” apps in play store Z3C, but it’s a “phantom” listing — the app is not actually installed on the phone I think you can only really install it if you download the apk manually to install Beautifully made, looks great.

Nice snug fit but without being too tight. Has a pull tab to remove the phone easily. Pull tab has a magnet in the end so it sticks against the case when fully retracted. All 3 places I called charged about the same, but they all had no stock.

Guessing they use the same supplier. I discovered this yesterday and got the word out to Sony and Xperiablog. Didn’t know where to post it here thought it would concern some people.

So apologies if you already mentioned it and kudos for being alert enough to find and advise. Google’s malware bots, are bozos By the way I got the copper version one and it’s not so smudgy at the back.

The copper colour hides the smudge quite well. Aca just had a story on battery life in smart phones to see which one is “the best” Only problem was there was 3 I phones, 2 Samsung, HTC and 2 huwea however is spelt Don’t even give the phone with close to if not the best battery life a go For the record note 4 lasted longest just infront of s5.

Does anyone know how we can switch it off so if using another one from play store you don’t end up with a double up of lock screens. Not sure what you mean? Waking the phone takes me straight to my homescreen.

I saw that, you can see they only put up the big marketers. Where was the lg g2 and z3: If you don’t play games and just have the phone for surfing the net and stuff the battery life is very good actually.

Maybe it’s a bug, maybe it isn’t — my phone is international stock from DWI. Although I see no reason why there wouldn’t be an option to turn it off entirely. Someone else who bought theirs locally will have to chime in.

I don’t have that option. See screen shot, is this a bug with my phone. You can’t switch the lockscreen off if you have certain features enabled such as FDE Full Device Encryption, have an exchange account configured or if it has a device administrator which blocks it.

BUT How do we then use an alternate lockscreen — surely there is a work around for this, I have had alternate lockscreens on my other mobiles with the exchange servers setup. The one spot i did measure at my desk a few days before hand, was worst by a little.

Again many conditions affecting stuff. So many suckers in this country haha. Don’t watch much TV but i was watching news due to Phil Hughes and saw the ad Not sure about anywhere else but TT hasn’t been on in Sydney for quite a while They tried to set everything up the same in regards to screen brightness, wifi etc Want a bad test just didn’t cover many handsets.

It is now like this on my stock D from Sony. I think it has been like this since a What’s New update. This is probably the biggest win though.. Just saw on xda there is a bounty for whoever can come up with root.

The latest update to Whats new has fixed this But on my first discharge — battery is quite a concern so far I know i need a few charge cycles. Phone is getting quite hot from just normal tasks, if anything worse than my last Z3, it quite often gets to 37d just installing apps and viewing web pages etc.

What temps are everyone else experiencing, my last phone rarely got above 32d, unless it was intense gaming etc. Also i can tell the temps going up as the phone gets hotter to touch, to the point where my hands go a bit tingly.

What temps are everyone else experiencing Honestly haven’t measured it, but mine will get noticeably hotter with even simple games like Clash of Clans. No thats correct — thats where the battery points connect to the phone — should be the same on all phones.

Had a play with this phone earlier today am in the market for a replacement for HTC One M8, mostly to find a phone with a better camera and have a few questions I hope someone here can answer.

Are there any 1×1 clock widgets like the ones available on HTC One? I use 4 of these on my homescreen to show times in 4 timezones and would really like to have them on the Z3. These niggles aside, the Xperia skin seems about as unintrusive as the SenseUI, and the camera sure is impressive.

Might even go for the dual SIM version. Looks like the dual shock 4 mount is now available from Sony online. Has been out of stock for a while but looks to be back in stock.

I just purchased one and it’s supposed to be delivered sometime next week. Using the stock keyboard, does anyone know how to access the one handed mode without going to settings?

Coming from a Note 2 the camera is a massive step up, but yes I agree the camera isnt as good as I thought it would be. Just spent a week playing golf in perfect photography conditions big blue skies, perfect green fairways and a lot of shots are still very blocky.

Does the dialer keypad let you search for names by hitting keys on a numeric keypad. As you type it shortlists and highlights the successful ones. Is that what you were after?

I’m still getting familiar with the phone as android is new to me. I’ve mentioned this in another post but still not able to find a good fix for the low playback volume of music.

Someone else put me onto the ‘poweramp’ app which has totally fixed up my issue with gaps between trance tracks on split albums it has gapless playback and has also improved the base and treble.

I have found some apps that you can use to increase the volume of individual tracks, but what i’m really after is to increase the overall volume of all music playback. Has anyone else found a fix for this?

Picked up a new Z3 from Telstra 36hrs ago. Last night I set the phone up, this morning I checked my mail then placed the phone in my loose shorts pocket by itself and walked up six flights of stairs.

At the top I pulled my phone out and it wouldn’t unlock. It too me about 10 minutes to work out why as it still had the delivery plastic sheets front and back on the phone. The screen was cracked from the right hand corner of the lower speaker across the face making the touch screen unusable.

This phone has never been dropped or mistreated or even used for a phone call. I have had several smartphones in the past and never had a broken screen. Telstra will not exchange it, I believe this phone has a latent defect and there was a stress raiser in the speaker cutout that cracked the first time it was placed in my pocket.

I am furious, how do I make contact with Sony customer complaints, as per above I believe this particular handset had a manufacturing fault that created a stress raiser in the glass. As long as no evident damage on phone from a drop etc Find similar stories on net and print off to back up.

Its Turkey day in USA probably why cant contact At least had sense to have insurance: I think the Z3 is a nice phone but reading several reports of random unexplained screen cracking made me decide not to touch it.

One of my friends has a Z1, my boyfriend has the Z1 Compact, so I feel like they are good phones. Although, what worries me is the front camera. The iPhone’s have really good front camera’s, but I’ve noticed it is utter crap on my boyfriends and friends phones Is the camera any better on the Z3, and any threads or really good articles on swapping from iOS to Android?

Wont be able to swap until March I think, but I would really like some information on it all. Is the camera any better on the Z3 Selfies aren’t as good as on my iPhone 5 but overall the camera is better if you learn how to use it and you are able to take your time when taking photos, something I can’t do since I use my camera as a ‘point and shoot capture the moment’ camera, its just not as fast as the iPhone, image quality is usually better though.

Now my digital life pretty much revolve around Google services which integrates really well with Android devices. I can’t even see a crack in mine. If people care, you can get the lollipop theme easily from XDA forums here — http: But very dissapointed to report that my two week old Xperia Z3 has now got a bend in it, apexing at around the power button.

The bend is not uniformed and appears to have a twist raising the button side up higher at the top of the phone. I don’t put the phone in my back pocket, or is it in contact with heavy items.

There are no signs of damage either. Let us know how it goes, not sure why Telstra didn’t ELF it as it is within the 30 day period and give you a new one on the spot.

They are applying for an ELF, but the tech centre or something want it first to assess if I’ve damaged it myself, as they have never seen one bend. This is what happened to mine. After saying it was covered by warranty optus are now making me pay to repair it.

I was just about to buy a XperiaZ3 and then I found this thread and others later It seems that the screen cracking issue is real and so before I buy I wanted to find out the official policy of both Telstra and SONY.

I contacted Telstra first. The business sales man did say that he knew of the reports but still Telstra would not be able to help. I then contacted SONY by website chat and was horrified that the sales person was in absolute denial.

Hi Mark, thank you for contacting Sony Xperia Care. For customer support purposes, may we please have a contact number or email address for yourself before we continue? Thanks Mark, as outlined within our Warranty Physical damage and water ingression are not covered under the warranty, a cracked screen would fall in this category Mark: You must understand Mark, that information posted online is not a wholly reliable source.

There are enough reports that mean i am scared. If there is no offical policy then i can not buy one Jacob Harvey: The handsets are all covered by standard manufacturer’s warranty, which covers manufacturing defects and the like.

I can assure you there is no design issue that would cause glass to crack on its own. The screen is made of heat tempered mineral glass, stronger than your average window pane. Concern surrounding it would be about as founded as worrying the windows in your house might sporadically break.

It seems so far, they just deny as you are doing Jacob Harvey: I can advise that there is no known issues that would cause glass to break on any Xperia devices. Then you should search online for sony xperia z3 cracked screen and read some forums.

To me that’s the appeal. I like a design that’s can stand the test of time rather than one that need a radical change every 6 months. XZ1 Compact with Snapdragon, small p display, and 2.

Curious just how good. Something like this would prefer a slightly larger screen – like 4. Maybe the upcoming Snap also 10nm, and fast storage. For anecdotal reference, the Z3 Compact had a mAh battery and a S Later on that changed because they had to remove Stamina mode, and on Marshmallow I managed to get 6 hours of the screen at most, and that was over a single day.

With the right tweaks you could probably push these phones through two or even three days of usage, but I’ve learned to live with it like I do so I don’t bother. You need to take into account that the phones, while physically narrow, feel wide in the hand because of the straight slab design so much so that the HTC M7, for example, with a 0.

Also a 5 Ah battery is pretty absurd at this size, do you want all these reviewers to go insane? A phone over 1 centimeter? Woe is us, somebody is listening to the consumers! Quick, give it bad reviews!

Yeah I’m pretty familiar with that generation, my wife has a Z2 3. Originally it got over 8 hours screen on time, but three years on now as the battery has aged, along with updates as you say, and that has dropped quite a bit.

It’s still not bad, but probably no more than 5. Mostly I’m curious just how much a 10nm higher performance chip like the will improve efficiency. We can make some educated guesses based on S8, OP5, etc.

But Sony’s software has always been pretty good with battery life. The was built on a 28nm process, so the is nearly 3x as efficient, everything else being equal.

My Zenfone 3 Zoom has a 5Ah battery, along with the efficient 14nm Snap, and I can get 15 hours screen on time give or take depending on usage all gaming is more like 10 or And by the way, the body is still only 8mm thick.

Well under a cm. And it feels pretty good in hand with its Sony like flat back slight camera bump but I use a thin case. I guess the Sony’s have more squared edges vs the rounded edges of the Asus and others.

I’ll give Sony credit, when the biggest gripe is that the design hasn’t changed dramatically you know they have a solid phone. They are virtually the only company make high end “compact” phones regularly as well.

They don’t really pander to much. It may end up being their downfall but I like it none the less. You often see the top manufacturers release a last gen or very mild updated phone with a shiny new look and people eat that stuff up.

As it should be. There’s absolutely no reason to slim down phones. This thing packs one hell of a punch, both as far as raw processing power and battery capacity go. Don’t bother, it shakes the phone up too much.

Sony Mobile does not understand cameras, and these are despite what the label says not Exmor-level cameras. The pixels are too small to work effectively even in daylight, the stabilization is utter crap etc.

Not to mention all that sweet sweet DRM. You’ll get better images faster if you use watercolors and paint the scene yourself. With regards to software updates, always expect that Sony will only support the phone with full, timely Android upgrades for a year or, at most, two major Android versions up from the one the phone launched with.

Anything that happens past that, treat it as a very fine gift even though you did technically pay for it. Update quality in itself is pretty hit or miss admittedly though it’s more “hit” than “miss”.

The battery lasts a long time, the screens are big enough for everyone, the audio quality is usually, at least top notch. Yeesh, not a lot of enticing stuff going on considering the price.

Consider though that the only other flagship competitor the Xperia Compact phones have are the iPhone SE, and you’ll understand why these phones are not unpopular. I love how people push for phones to be slimmer and then complain about smaller battery.

OIS and a but of better processsing might improve things a lot. IF you have adequete light they perform very well. I suspect software cause of that. The sensors seem top notch.

Sony has had good track record with updates in past. They are pusing regular software patches And week 1 regular monthly patches to all X devices. They dropped the Z5 but they also tried to keep Z3 alive.

The x series on other hand had good sales in asia and europe. So maybe they will have good support for these devices. But on some apps like snapchat, that smaller battery shows.

The audio is great. I just gotta say that both of these lines of devices were dealt with horribly; The Z5 isn’t even getting O despite running the same chip as the 6P, which is already on O.

And while the Z3 launched with perfect software, Sony massacred it completely by Lollipop. As if the AOSP memory leaks weren’t enough, Sony somehow completely destroyed the camera performance and its own theme engine.

By Marshmallow these things were mostly fixed aside from the theme engine, but after dropping the devices from the N upgrade plan which is understandable, and we should blame Google for that, they provided zero software support.

No bugfixes, no security updates, no nothing — I assume the same is going to happen to the Z5 series, and the X and XZ series when the time comes for that. And to think that I’m still prepared to overlook that and accept that they are one of the best OEM out there I actually like the shutter button.

Agree on all other points, though. The cameras are quite bad. The biggest improvement of this phone along with the trade off of worse button placement is that this phone with a Snapdragon and Hexagon may work with the google pixel camera algorithms.

They should really push the limits on bezels, though; like on the XA – no side bezels. I always recommend Sony phones to people; Ive found the long-term quality of the devices to be superior to most manufacturers.

Sony doesn’t chase fads, and I respect them for it. They haven’t started doing painted metal or foil under glass or curved screens or whatever. The side bazels are OK on current devices comparible to all other non samsung phones its just the top and bottom bazels people complain about which i actually like btw.

They could tone it down a little maybe If this was the design would be acceptable, since it’s not they are ugly. This is one of the many reasons Sony doesn’t sell a lot of phones these days.

Finally looks like a decent upgrade to my Z5 compact. The X1 compact just didn’t seem like an upgrade before especially with its lack of ip68 rating so I held off. I’ve been waiting for something like this, was even considering an iPhone Can’t wait to see actual hands on real life reviews of this.

As a sony fan, i’d say i’m kinda disappointed in the XZ1. The XZ1 Compact is an fine phone though. Not bad for a phone with flagship specs. For the design, i kinda liked the bottom volume buttons.

I like some bazels to hold phone at. The back doesnt look that grwat though. The XZ has an amazing back design. And what do you mean by colors are bad and it isnt bright? The colors are very accurate and good if its anything like perevious phones.

I dont see sony messing up displays. And if its close to XZ, it gets adiquately bright. I can use my phone in sunlight no problems. You dont need brighter screens.

Comparing to my s8, I see no difference barely noticable difference in direct comparison. So you are saying that s8 too doesnt get bright? Which phone does then? I like AP but I hate how you cover sony.

It seems like you guys have something against them. Battery optimisation and software optimisation has been great. I still have my front firing speakers. I just don’t get Sony.

They can nail one or more elements of what makes a good phone and then completely screw up others. Getting Sony phone covers is a mission. Had to go online to get a case. But I love Sony premium.

Is it just me or am I the only one that likes Sony’s square bezel look on their phones? I don’t own a Sony phone, I think they’re too overpriced for what you get, but I like the shape of their phones – just my 2 cents.

Thank you, Sony, for making SMALL phones with high-end specs, I personally prefer these designs over thinner phones with stupid curved screens and shorter battery life.

I wish all phones were a centimeter thick. Maybe then manufacturers would finally pack twice as much battery as they do nowadays. Latest news Oreo 8. Hottest Hottest Latest Comments.

It’s back] Free alert: Android P initial impressions: The XZ1 is a 5. I think Ryan confused it with the XA1 Plus which has a 5. With Sony’s crazy convoluted model numbers, can you blame him? They’re probably complaining about the lack of punchiness, though.

From what little I’ve seen, I’m liking subtle changes they made to their software for Oreo. Despite the tired design, I’m very interested in upcoming reviews for the compact. Same people who’ve bought them in the past 3 years.

Can’t beat the Xperia king, the Z3 line. I’m about to buy XZ1 Compact. The sides with buttons are nice, but Plenty of people are buying it in if Sony is making profit.

But for now, I don’t need a new phone. If wifi calling works on tmobile I would consider one of these for sure. Hmm, are Pixel navbar buttons supposed to be there?

Google doesn’t own the buttons. Yeah besides, LG g6 also has those, not complete white but yeah. Google acquires vector-drawn shapes overnight. That black XZ1 Compact is sexy.

But, as everyone knows. It’s been almost the same since the Xperia Z in You mean the design language, not the hardware.

Vs sony compact xperia z1 z3 compact xperia bit windows free

I’ve been rocking a Nexus 4 for the last few years and I’m having trouble deciding between getting a Nexus 6 or a Z3. I don’t do a lot on my phone but frequent regular firmware updates are a necessities as I use the device for testing Android applications I’ve written which is why I’ve always stuck to stock Android phones.

Please use the Buying thread for all discussion of pricing, ordering, deliveries etc. Use the Accessories thread for discussion of cases, screen protectors etc.

God these things are slippery: Really hoping my case arrives tonight. Mine does this too It’ll be innocently sitting on my desk, next minute I hear a crash and it’s on the floor.

Rescued mine the other night when getting a haircut. Put sunnies and phone on the bench in front of me and it started to slide slowly. Just caught it before it went all the way off. I haven’t checked on the thread in a few days, and I seem to be one of the few who have issues when use anything other than GSM only for calls.

Wife has the same issue too with her Z3. Does anyone get bad static through the earpiece when on a phone call — it’s a lot more noticeable than my old nexus 5 and there a fix?

On another note what’s the go with image enhancement — does it cause severe battery drain and is there an advantage in turning it on? Finally managed to place an order with Telstra! Absolutely can’t wait for this phone!

The battery life on my N5 is abismal and Remote Play will keep the girlfriend happy ;. For those who pre-ordered through Telstra, how long did it take for the online activation to kick in?

It’s been almost 24 hours and nothing yet, pretty ordinary since it’s a simple SIM card re-burn. We do these every day at work and they generally take 5 minutes after a simple phone call.

I had the same problem. If it is just a handset upgrade number was already Telstra it should take less than 4 hours. It will then say it worked, ignore that. It will eventually give you a phone number to call some number.

Ignore that, it will then forward your call. Just tell the rep your mobile number, she will ask for details to ‘Open the account’ She will ask for the 13 digits on the sim card before the ‘N’.

Then she I keep saying she because the person who assisted me was female will start working on activating the sim card. It will happen instantly when they do it only if the number was Telstra before the new sim.

Any opinions on why Sony hasn’t gone OIS with the camera? I had an extended play with one of these in store and the camera seemed pretty reasonable. Just wondering why no OIS.

What sort of screen on time are people getting from the phone? I’ve read the battery life is awesome and then I see reports in forums of people getting only 3 hours SOT. Does the phone generate much heat doing normal tasks like web browsing on 4G?

I don’t play games on my phone so it’s never overly stressed. How’s everyone call quality through the earpiece — is there static in the background or is there nothing but clarity?

I wouldn’t go as far as that, even on HD Voice the sound quality is still sub-par to other devices out in the market. The guy in a Sony shop told me it was up in blue tick territory with regard to reception.

Sounds like he may have been exaggerating a bit. From what I’ve read the charging dock comes with adapters that allow it’s use when the phone is in a case.

Is it a particular case that is being referred to or would I be able to get away with using it with a generic thin hard case attached? The device is certainly no where near blue tick territory.

I’m running now and im getting 1 bar reception in a normal full coverage zone. Looks at my Note 4 with full bars and crys Just a noob thought here, but is it possible that it’s to do with the ‘scale’ of the reception indicator?

Or have you verified the signal levels and it’s still shit? My Z3 seems pretty reasonable on Optus, I expected far worse. And the 4G is generally lightning fast even when only on bars. With lower signal the phone is working harder to keep that signal thus draining battery.

No one on Telstra running 4G the entire day will get 8 hours SOT a day or more if it keeps bouncing between 1 and 4 bars constantly. I was in the Telstra store today, the big one in the city, and the Z3 that was on display was bouncing between 4g, 3g and, surprisingly, 2g.

All this while my N5 was solidly on 4g with 3 bars the whole time. That store has an in building cell I’ve got the pink spot. Only happens when in lowlight with a white backdrop.

I hope Sony release a fix, but I’m not holding my breath and I don’t take too many photos of white walls so I should be ok. I was really starting to think the phone is a good thing but poor reception is a deal breaker.

Is there any Aus information that can be trusted that rates the reception of various phones? Reviews obviously can’t be trusted because many of them are done overseas with different carriers.

It could be an issue with not using the correct APN settings on the phone. Basically its a mix of hardware and software. But it will never be perfect, even on other carriers, this phone doesn’t perform like the Z2 reception quality wise.

Im about to get a Z3 from Vodafone, coming from Virgin which is quite average for coverage is the Reception good in Sydney with Z3 on Vodafone. Also from anyones experience do you think it will be long before the Z3 is free on vodafone 80 plan as the other flag ships currently are?

Whats the connector on the left hand side used for? Half way down with the two little bumps. I thought sony had been doing this for a while with JB and KK but has never gotten to a mainstream “daily driver” release.

I use Gmail as my main email account so I get double alerts from both Gmail and the regular email loaded. Quick camera question for those more experienced with the Xperia’s. I notice it takes photos using a sequentially numbered filename eg.

However, if I move some of these files elsewhere, it picks up numbering again from the first removed file rather than holding the sequence. If I remove files, the camera will restart again at Bit of a pain, as it means I get filename clashes if I move multiple sets of files into a single place later.

Loving the phone though. Was mildly concerned about no blue tick up in NE Vic, but the signal is comfortably stronger than the S4 it’s replacing. Does anyone know how to customise the lock screen clock?

I’ve already enabled widgets under the security settings but none of the KitKat swipe functuons seem to be working. When I select and hold the clock on the lock screen I have the option to delete but don’t really want to do it as I’m worried I can’t get it back.

She wants a clock but does not like the new 4. That’s interesting because there have been reports in this thread of poor reception with this phone. How are others finding the reception? Yea looks a lot cleaner Is it available to the public to ‘update’?

Also has anybody had any experience with the PS4 Remote Play yet? How is it on Australian internet speeds? Bought my Z3 through the Sony website last week and after a week of being extremely careful with it I picked it up a moment ago to see a big crack going from the magnetic charger area to the bottom of the back screen.

I have no idea how this has happened as I haven’t dropped it even once and the last thing I had done was place it back down on my desk the night before and I am fairly certain it wasn’t cracked then, It’s not like I’ve been throwing this around or anything and I haven’t even been keeping it in my pants pockets because I was worried about it till I got a proper cover.

Guess I’ll have to try to get in contact with Sony support on Monday when they are open again but I’m freaking out pretty bad right now as I never had anything like this happen with my old phones.

Does anyone have any idea about how expensive it is to have the back glass replaced or if this is covered under warranty or whatever? My brother just smashed his brand new Z3. Fell out of his pocket while he was sitting down about 25cm and destroyed the front screen.

To be honest i’m finding mildly better reception than my S3 4G that its replacing Telstra. I bought a Z3 from Telstra and i am extremely happy with it, especially compared to my old Z1. The battery life is insane, the screen is gorgeous, the dual speakers are nice.

Though sadly i am finding 4g reception in my house a little worse then the Z1 but by the same token my Z3 is getting better 4G reception outside my house then my Z1 did.

However i have to say the best thing by far is the touchscreen doesn’t go all wonky like it was doing on my Z1: Anyone know what the best way to get repaired or replaced? Go through Sony or Optus?

You can take it here: Also is there a way to make the recent apps button work as the menu as you could on previous phones. Had this phone for a few weeks now and have just noticed the top speaker is very distorted when the volume of calls is up.

When turned down it goes away but is obviously a lot harder to hear people especially outside. I think it’s a mix of hardware and software, but mostly hardware.

Sony have seemed to cheap out on a few of the necessitates like call quality, speaker and reception. The same thing happened to me, and the phone is with Fonebiz at the moment. I assume it will be covered under warranty because the phone was not dropped, but I’m aware that I might have a fight on my hands — it’s my word against theirs.

I’ll cough up if they want me to pay for it, but I’m disappointed that the phone appears to be really quite fragile. Having said this, I know a few Z2 owners who are less careful than me with their phones, and they haven’t had any problems.

Can people with self cracked screens actually post some feedback about how it was fixed. Alot of people experience issue yet no one updates how it got resolved. Was seriously considering z3 now its way on the backburner and with lack of any warranty feedback, even more hesitant.

It’s been a known issue with the Xperia Z build for the past two years, the phone build needs to be put together to ensure water resistance. Don’t drop your phone.

Front and back glass intact, metal frame flattened. It’s a record for me. Z3, total of 6 days. The iPhone 4 frame is stainless steel, the Z3 frame is anodized aluminium which is the same as the iphone 5 back Im waiting for my loan phone from optus but they said chances are it will be covered under warranty as its not reasonable for a phone to bend even when dropped.

I’ve got a screen protector for the back glass, had a look at it today and it has a crack in it not sure how it happened but lucky I had the screen protector on or it could have been the glass.

How many charge cycles should i expect to start seeing peak performance from my Z3 — im on my 4th charge — and battery is not really that impressive. Worse than my LG G2 so far. Kind of hard when it doesn’t last the whole day.

But hopefully it will get better. Can anyone recommend a good dialer and messaging app can’t stand the Sony ones and not a big fan of hangouts. Another popular app is Textra SMS.

I use it fairly heavyish, movies and web browsing Facebook for 2. But now have auto on. Still phone is new and wearing in. Not worried to much just wondering what others experience is in first weeks.

BTW I’m with Vodafone, I’m sorry of wondering if the Flasky reception is having something to do with it, my reception is quite often at 1 bar. I found that reception really hurt my battery life just changed from Vodafone to boost.

Also google location reporting. Another thing that had an effect was double tap to wake as I keep my phone in my front pocket with the screen facing my leg. I am now very happy with battery life after figuring out what has been draining it.

Boost is Telstra, there are problems with the Z3 on Telstra. Thus your poor reception problems. Actually I have had excellent reception on boost compared to Vodafone.

Maybe the problem is with Telstra 4g as Boost is 3g only. My battery life is better on Boost than Vodafone. Why would double tap to wake causing battery drain?

I thought this should have minimal effect on battery. Yes, you are correct, the phone only has problems on 4G. Seems the IP rating has been shot to poo, which was the other driving force behind my descision to get it.

I’ve struggled with remote play wtih this phone to be honest. Had a vita using the same network setup and it was miles better with that. Pretty sure this phone can’t do wifi direct with the ps4 so that limits the usability of remote play.

Hopefully seeing its only new that they can fix it up. And hopefully they release the phone holder for the dual shock 4 soon as well. The IP rating and remote play had me sold, pretty disappointed that these features advertised are not turning out to be the real deal: Nope none in the box, they have one on their site, but it’s not available yet.

I’m guessing its not going to be cheap either. I’m disappointed with the remote play thing for the moment but i think it can be fixed. Apart from that i really do love this phone.

It’s snappy, has great battery life, good screen. Really happy with it. Hahaha and I take showers with the z3 screen lock ofc and also regularly drown it in a bucket for 5 minutes to wash off.

My port covers aren’t perfectly aligned just that the pressure test seems to show that it’s still working. Sony Z3 for 10 Days. Whilst GUI is crisp and functional the phone itself is more fragile than an egg.

It has developed cracks around the camera no longer Waterproof then and it has only been in my pocket or on the desk — not a scratch on it. Once you look into it you find its claims are untrue — only Waterproof in Freshwater, dies in Salt and indicators are it doesn’t like Chlorine.

So basically it wont die in the rain but otherwise don’t get it wet. Should have stuck to Samsung. This phone honestly sounds like the most rushed piece of hardware to come out in years.

Maybe Sony’s push to get a flagship out every 6 months wasn’t such a great idea. It seems they have skipped a lot of QC tests to get it out there. Not that it really concerns me anymore.

I’m now hanging out for the droid turbo after seeing posts in this thread and XDA about the Z3’s issues. The really annoying part is that most reviews of the phone are glowing. It’s not until real world users post in forums like this that the truth starts to be told.

The exemplary battery life that a lot of reviewers crow on about doesn’t get talked about a lot by users either. I’m seeing lots of reports of 3 or 4 hours SOT.

My old Note 2 does way better than that plus I can change out the battery if needed. I was looking at this phone closely but now I don’t think I’d touch it with a barge pole. No Sammy fanboi here but despite being made of “cheap” plastic I’ve never had one fall apart or crack despite fairly heavy use.

The Z3’s glass and metal just doesn’t live up to the hype. I’ve not had the same experience. However, it doesn’t mean you mistreated your phone. So far, I am happy with my Z3 and while it does seem to be more “fragile” than an all plastic phone, I’ve treated it normally and not had any issues so far.

For me, battery life is great and I can easily get over 5 hrs SOT on a regular basis. Of course, if your SOT is spent using data heavily, well.. Maybe I’m too easy to please, but for me the battery life of this phone is amazing I think those reviewers were spot on, amazing battery life, at least for my needs, it is.

And pretty happy as well with the build quality of the phone too, managed to drop it last week, no case, bumped of my foot and slid about 3 meters on the concrete car park floor Apart from scratches on the frame and a couple of scratches on the front glass, which are not that bad anyway, the phone is fine, probably would have been much worse is if hit the concrete full on, but still, before I picked it up from the ground, I was sure the damage will be much worse after seeing it flying on the concrete.

Will definitely get a case now, I was waiting for the official smart case, but now that I’ve seen it Yes, and having been one of the unlucky ones to have experienced the cracking issue, I’d strongly recommend buying tempered glass front and back covers like Nillkn at the very least.

The cracking is probably a by product of the water proofing. Perhaps there’s a fair bit of pressure being applied to the glass back and front. I would imagine that during the manufacturing process the glass would need to be aligned perfectly so that its sealed evenly and pressure is distributed evenly.

Environmental factors probably come into play too. I’ve never used a samsung phone but im sure some samsung users have their own unique complaints about their phone. It’s been proven the battery life is among the best in its class.

Your mileage will obviously vary depending on reception. People who are generally happy with their new Z3 will have no reason to post about their phone working fine, what’s the point? So you’ll see a disproportionate number of people complaining about problems, the same with any other phone.

As for me the Z3 is a refreshing change. I was a Samsung fanboy for the last 3 smartphones until their lagtastic firmware and design made me move on, I will be missing their plastics though.

Dropped my Galaxy S4 multiple times and it survived with no cracked screens, definitely getting at least a bumper case for my Z3. Had a look at one at JB and the clamps around the phone have pushed the frame in Extremely pleased with my Z3 but also extremely disappointed with unfixable blue tint from screen.

I’ll live with that for an otherwise great device for my needs. One of my units had a strong blue tint I’ve used it in the shower a few times and fully submerged it in the spa yesterday, still no issues!

I had my wedding last weekend and was connected to our hotel’s WIFI and was able to make and receive calls perfectly with no voice distortion or clipping. I was connected to 4G as well.

One thing i will hand to this phone is sound quality; very happy, Sony delivers in crisp sound even on the non-stock players. My tint is too strong and cannot be calibrated out enough. I’ve tried the best settings but when I compare it to my Z2 or G3 the blue tint and washed out colours are too obvious.

I checked the compatible devices on the optus website and it doesnt say anything about the z3 so I take it this isn’t compatible at the moment. A common complaint with the Xperia Z series, the waterproof speakers are very low in sound quality.

I find it better than the full auto setting. This phone is really good. The battery performance blows my mind coming from my iphone 4s. I cannot get used to android however.

Some of the most basic of functionalities are missing:. There are some positives like easy to use plug-in features of phones plug-in, drag some files and be done, battery life and battery life.

I find android hard to get used after using multiple generations of iphone. I might sell this later and and pay the difference perhaps. Long time iPhone users hate the move to android. Seen from my experience.

Personally I switch between the two platforms seamlessly and whenever I feel like it, however find iOS more pleasurable to use everyday. I persevered with the stock z3 keyboard for a month but it’s lacking.

Swiftkey is far better. Anyone have tips for getting the most out of the camera for closeup macro type shots in low light eg. Even when using the manual mode with the touch focus the shots don’t have the same sharpness as my 2 year old HTC m7, which I find strange.

After having on the LG G2 i cant be without it. A small warning to future owners — This phone is slippery as a fish without a case, it’ll slide off even the slightest incline, i’ve had to rescue it a couple times already.

Either get a case, or watch it like a hawk when you have it out on a table. Yeah I smashed mine after 6 days. Got a replacement from Telstra. No idea how on earth they did it, but I got a Reco phone.

Found out about an hour ago that the screen also has a single dead pixel. I have been an iPhone user for the past 5 years, I’m also now onto my third iPad air 2 and didn’t find the switch that difficult.

Android does have its disadvantages, but nothing that cannot be worked around. I will probably never buy an android tablet, but in terms of a mobile phone you can’t beat it. I just downloaded two episodes on utorrent and watched them straight away.

All on my phone! I wish I could do that with my iPad! I’ve been using iOS for 4 years and I find android has given me the true potential of smart phones. I love my z3. Most of these can be fixed with apps.

Heaps of other keyboard apps as well. Was that through stay connected or did they give you a freebie? I’m surprised there are refurbs already since the phone is so new. You should definitely take it back though.

Under power management, there is location-based Wi-Fi, should I turn it on or off? If turn on, should I choose standard or advanced power policy? How does this setting works and does it makes any difference to battery?

If a phone company gives you a freebie after you smash your expensive new phone you should probably take it and run. And seriously, this thing is more than a handful. Its a bit heavy and kind of thick as well.

But overall, the phone is a great performer. I see that it runs on Android 4. The size is a step up for most people but you get used to it or forget about it pretty quickly, I went from an S3 and I don’t notice it any more.

As for the weight Yeah coming from iPhone you do tend to find a lot of annoying little irks. Some things that were simple before seem a total hassle That said once you start taking advantage of the extra freedom android provides it’s hard to go back.

I’ve got a quick question for all Z3 owners I’m trying to get a customisable live wallpaper on the lock screen but can’t seem to be able to do it You can change the lockscreen wallpaper, but not to a live wallpaper.

There may be an app to do it though, its just not a default. On another note, my screen just died on my phone. I was looking at the internet, when all of a sudden the screen went white and it has lines up and down it.

If I get it replaced, it will be my 3rd Z3 due to faults. My first had a speaker phone issue. With Vodafone, it has been just over 30 days I think since I got the replacement on ELF, will they do that again as its really obvious or will it have to go back?

So glad I got the G3. Far too many Z3 horror stories, especially for a phone that had barely any market share. I had the G3 for a while and it has the worst battery life couldn’t get over 4.

Luckily the Note 4 fixed that Yes, it’s a very nice phone. I thought about it for a long time also. Every phone is a compromise imo and the S5 fitted my needs a bit better.

Not sure how this will plug in to the side micro USB port but looks like we are getting battery cases for the z3. My Z3 black just arrived by Star Track this morning. My first impression is it’s huge, coming from iP5.

I do have to note though for future reference: I have been given a Sony Z3 handset by Telstra free of charge to review. The comments expressed by me reflect my user experience and personal opinion.

It’s taking them way too long to release this in Australia. I bought mine here: It’s already available — http: Is there much latency, what’s your internet speeds?

This was pretty much the whole reason I wanted a Z3. The Z3 may make a gr8 hover board: Apparently new firmware is out for the Z3. Any idea how long it will take for carriers to roll it out?

No, just the source code which means people that make ROM’s can work on it. God I miss my phone, I have gone back to the Note 2 and the 10 day’s i’ll have without it are going to be looooong.

Hope someone can help me here I’m looking at getting a Z3 for my son, he wants 32GB internal storage and I’m a bit confused regarding which model to get. They only come with 16GB internal, the one model that comes with 32GB is Not fully compatible in Australia so I would recommend avoiding.

Thinking about buying the Z3 Dual Sim variety for business and private use. My Telstra contract has just finished and I am about to roll in another 24 months contract and going to get Z3 maybe next week.

Were you after specific views on the strengths and weaknesses of the Z3 against the other devices you listed because a “good choice” is subjective depending on your own needs and usage?

Yeah I guess you’re right. One of the main reasons why I didn’t choose iPhone is because I don’t want to use itune to manage my MP3 files. I just want to have a drag and drop system — from my understanding Z3 allows this.

Battery life is important to me. But I gotta say HTC looks very nice though. Hi djmocok, I can confirm battery life on z3 is the best I have ever experienced on a smart phone.

Are there any major differences between the different offerings from carriers and Sony stores here? I’ve read the bloatware level on these phones is pretty low from the local carriers nothing from optus unless you use their sim — boot screen and one or two apps from Telstra?

Will probably just go with whoever offers the cheapest probably buying two phones at this stage unless there is something I should watch out for from a particular carrier.

I’ve read the bloatware level on these phones is pretty low from the local carriers The Z3 that Telstra provided me had over 60 apps already installed on it, though aside from Telstra One none of it was Telstra related.

Sony appear to have a whole bunch of apps they throw in. Some useful, some not so much. For example, Xperia Lounge. However with the Sony apps, there is duplication.

So the free videos can only be viewed via the Sony Video Unlimited app. The Sony apps can only be updated through the Xperia Update Centre. Thanks for that info Kalak. I guess that means there will be bloatware, no matter which one a choose: At least the carriers seem to be keeping theirs minimal.

I’m assuming I could flash any of the D firmwares — eg. To be honest this is my first Android phone, but I assume so. Got my phone Thursday, got bumped into at a club Saturday night which caused me to drop it and smash the screen.

You don’t even need to be bumped. This thing floats off seemingly flat surfaces. My reflexes are improving from catching it. Better than what it looks like now Haha! Have to agree with that.

I almost bought the same style case as you, but want to try and get away with a gel cover first for added grip. Anyone finding streaming issues over Bluetooth on apt-X devices?

I seem to have poor streaming on my headphones and receiver. It keeps chopping up or skipping but never drops the connection. Where my iPhone paired and worked perfectly with my Pioneer head unit it took 15 minutes just to get the Z3 to pair.

Since then half the time it doesn’t realise I’m in the car, especially when it comes to playing audio. I often have to ‘throw’ the audio at the head unit for it to pick things up, and even then the track information is ALWAYS incorrect.

Battery lasts for a day at least with constant emails and internet usage. How are you finding reception? Also does it tell you which sim is being dialled when someone rings you? Probably should have purchased it from the Sony store instead I guess.

I am with Vodafone and can make calls and texts but can’t access the internet. I have the Telstra logo on start-up and then on the home screen the Telstra account and internet icon.

Is there a way I can remove these and access the net through my Vodafone account? God, tell me about it. This thing has a mind of its own, my last phone I dropped maybe? It’s succeeded a couple times, only casualties are ‘thankfully’ two dents on the corners prefer this over a cracked screen and a glass screen protector about to be replaced Specific details should be on Vodafone’s website.

I swear if you look away long enough it’ll find its way out of a closed zipper pocket Yes its a slippery not so little bugger Wife put on top of toilet holder and Z3 did not like it, preferred crashing to floor, went to charge at home, it just started gliding towards edge of bench I had to do this with TPG Optus since it didn’t detect and add APN settings automatically Also change the default signature because it will say from the Telstra mobile network on outgoing emails.

I went and got the Z3 yesterday — got the copper one. Coming from Motorola Razor Hd, this thing is impressive, especially the screen and speaker quality. Hey guys I was hoping you guys could do a quick check for me when you shake your Z3 do you hear a slight rattle.

Maybe it’s unrelated maybe it is. My Xperia Z3 headphone port suddenly stopped working. I have a pair of the Xperia Noise cancelling headsets however when I plug them in it opens up a the mic settings option.

Regular headphones register but no sound comes through them. I’ve found putting a plastic screen protector on the back the one that was included with the Nilkin glass front protector makes it much less slippery.

Mine doesn’t slide across surfaces anymore. I’m new to android with this phone and while i’ve managed to figure out most things, I can’t figure out why my phone is taken off silent in the middle of the night.

When I plug in the charger after 10pm, SmartConnect kicks in, triggers the Night event which loads the alarm app and sets my phone to silent. The speaker with the X is on my status bar at the top.

Yet, every night I’m woken up around am by my phone vibrating from notifications coming through. Silent mode is changed to Vibrate mode, and I have to switch it back to silent. I had Profile Scheduler installed to change profiles properly but it was giving me the same problem, so even with it uninstalled I still can’t figure out what’s removing silent in the middle of the night.

I put a wet apply protector UltimateShield on the rear of my Z3C — it now sticks upright handsfree to windows when I want to take a reflection-free photo of the outside of the office: I won’t be doing it often though!

Not sure how to find out what frequencies the phone is actually using. Mine is currently getting really hot. Gets to mid 30s just don’t basic tasks now. And battery is doing quick.

Out of curiosity how did everyone charge their phone out of the box? Don’t really think it had anything to do with it, but you never know. Right, the got in the shop said run it right down then charge.

Mine was at 60 too out of the box. Here is the newly published app on the playstore: This was the same app as the Sony Z3 built in backup and restore app. This can’t be uninstalled or disabled.

Sony need to hear about this.. I have a Z3C, have the original Sony app Backup and Restore — looking at that, it looks like the google play store has been hacked and a malicious version has been uploaded to replace the original Sony app.

It looks like someone at Sony has seen my post: Hey guys is the camera supposed to be this bad? My Z3 Dual arrived from DWI today and everything is good, I really like the phone but the camera is really bugging me.

Every other phone including my iPhone 4 would be in a different league to this camera. Notice my laptop, and my vaporiser on the table. I couldn’t get it to get a clear shot of my laptop logo, or even a clear shot of my vaporiser and the logo on that.

Is it just me? If this is the case I need to get another phone. DWI obviously won’t accept a return so I’ve already lost money on this. The cover for the box, is it supposed to slide right off?

Mine wasn’t taped down with a sticker or anything and the plastic covers on the back and front of the phone were full of air bubbles, as if they had been removed and placed there again.

The box is suppose to be sealed on the top and bottom with Sony circular seals, maybe somebody returned it and they onsold it? I’m thinking that you’ve asked that because their is a difference in their return policy if it’s bought from Ebay.

I returned a phone recently that was bought from their website, within the 14 day return policy period, no problems. I’m going to try to return it. Only thing missing is the plastic wrapping from the phone.

I’ve taken to using the AUX cable the last couple of days because it was annoying me so much. I have Bluetooth in my Nissan patrol. Just the standard 6 stacker and have no issues.

I setup my phone with one of the Sony apps to start playing music when connected. Usually I jump in the car, turn ignition to run to glow the plugs and my phone starts playing music from the phone speakers.

Start the car, about seconds later starts running through the car stereo. It works quite well. With my iPhone i had to keep switching between FM and Bluetooth a couple of times, and 9 times out of ten it wouldn’t auto play.

Would have to unlock the phone and press play. Just grabbed a white z3 for my better half this weekend, after being quite disspointed with reviews of the Nexus 6 and still not being able to get them or a moto X.

Plus looking for something with useful battery life. As a long term Nexus user, I’m pretty happy with the z3, and the relatively stock feel of the OS from Sony. Aside from getting rid of some bloatware Sony apps, I don’t have any problems with the rest of the software.

I’ll be waiting for the Moto X to hit local stores shortly so I can compare with the z3 and decide which handset I personally want, but I’m currently leaning towards the z3. While the Moto X might have some fancy features and faster updates, what’s the point if your battery dies midway through the day!

Great initial impressions so far. You realise they have a 14 day from invoice date return period? As posted above, I’ve used it and it works. I’m worried they won’t accept the return since I’ve taken the plastic off of the phone and the box is open..

It’s not going to be an issue as long as you have the original packaging and the phone is in new condition and you haven’t damaged it in any way, believe me. The will try to give you a new exchange phone but if you make it crystal clear you want a refund you will get one.

If the phone is in new condition, no marks on it etc, they’ll take it back. Here’s their return policy: That app also showed up in my “Installed” apps in play store Z3C, but it’s a “phantom” listing — the app is not actually installed on the phone I think you can only really install it if you download the apk manually to install Beautifully made, looks great.

Nice snug fit but without being too tight. Has a pull tab to remove the phone easily. Pull tab has a magnet in the end so it sticks against the case when fully retracted. All 3 places I called charged about the same, but they all had no stock.

Guessing they use the same supplier. I discovered this yesterday and got the word out to Sony and Xperiablog. Didn’t know where to post it here thought it would concern some people. So apologies if you already mentioned it and kudos for being alert enough to find and advise.

Google’s malware bots, are bozos By the way I got the copper version one and it’s not so smudgy at the back. The copper colour hides the smudge quite well. Aca just had a story on battery life in smart phones to see which one is “the best” Only problem was there was 3 I phones, 2 Samsung, HTC and 2 huwea however is spelt Don’t even give the phone with close to if not the best battery life a go For the record note 4 lasted longest just infront of s5.

Does anyone know how we can switch it off so if using another one from play store you don’t end up with a double up of lock screens. Not sure what you mean?

Waking the phone takes me straight to my homescreen. I saw that, you can see they only put up the big marketers. Where was the lg g2 and z3: If you don’t play games and just have the phone for surfing the net and stuff the battery life is very good actually.

Maybe it’s a bug, maybe it isn’t — my phone is international stock from DWI. Although I see no reason why there wouldn’t be an option to turn it off entirely. Someone else who bought theirs locally will have to chime in.

I don’t have that option. See screen shot, is this a bug with my phone. You can’t switch the lockscreen off if you have certain features enabled such as FDE Full Device Encryption, have an exchange account configured or if it has a device administrator which blocks it.

BUT How do we then use an alternate lockscreen — surely there is a work around for this, I have had alternate lockscreens on my other mobiles with the exchange servers setup.

The one spot i did measure at my desk a few days before hand, was worst by a little. Again many conditions affecting stuff. So many suckers in this country haha.

Don’t watch much TV but i was watching news due to Phil Hughes and saw the ad Not sure about anywhere else but TT hasn’t been on in Sydney for quite a while They tried to set everything up the same in regards to screen brightness, wifi etc Want a bad test just didn’t cover many handsets.

It is now like this on my stock D from Sony. I think it has been like this since a What’s New update. This is probably the biggest win though.. Just saw on xda there is a bounty for whoever can come up with root.

The latest update to Whats new has fixed this But on my first discharge — battery is quite a concern so far I know i need a few charge cycles. Phone is getting quite hot from just normal tasks, if anything worse than my last Z3, it quite often gets to 37d just installing apps and viewing web pages etc.

What temps are everyone else experiencing, my last phone rarely got above 32d, unless it was intense gaming etc. Also i can tell the temps going up as the phone gets hotter to touch, to the point where my hands go a bit tingly.

What temps are everyone else experiencing Honestly haven’t measured it, but mine will get noticeably hotter with even simple games like Clash of Clans. No thats correct — thats where the battery points connect to the phone — should be the same on all phones.

Had a play with this phone earlier today am in the market for a replacement for HTC One M8, mostly to find a phone with a better camera and have a few questions I hope someone here can answer.

Are there any 1×1 clock widgets like the ones available on HTC One? I use 4 of these on my homescreen to show times in 4 timezones and would really like to have them on the Z3.

These niggles aside, the Xperia skin seems about as unintrusive as the SenseUI, and the camera sure is impressive. Might even go for the dual SIM version. Looks like the dual shock 4 mount is now available from Sony online.

Has been out of stock for a while but looks to be back in stock. I just purchased one and it’s supposed to be delivered sometime next week. Using the stock keyboard, does anyone know how to access the one handed mode without going to settings?

Coming from a Note 2 the camera is a massive step up, but yes I agree the camera isnt as good as I thought it would be. Just spent a week playing golf in perfect photography conditions big blue skies, perfect green fairways and a lot of shots are still very blocky.

Does the dialer keypad let you search for names by hitting keys on a numeric keypad. As you type it shortlists and highlights the successful ones. Is that what you were after?

I’m still getting familiar with the phone as android is new to me. I’ve mentioned this in another post but still not able to find a good fix for the low playback volume of music. Someone else put me onto the ‘poweramp’ app which has totally fixed up my issue with gaps between trance tracks on split albums it has gapless playback and has also improved the base and treble.

I have found some apps that you can use to increase the volume of individual tracks, but what i’m really after is to increase the overall volume of all music playback. Has anyone else found a fix for this?

Picked up a new Z3 from Telstra 36hrs ago. Last night I set the phone up, this morning I checked my mail then placed the phone in my loose shorts pocket by itself and walked up six flights of stairs.

At the top I pulled my phone out and it wouldn’t unlock. It too me about 10 minutes to work out why as it still had the delivery plastic sheets front and back on the phone. The screen was cracked from the right hand corner of the lower speaker across the face making the touch screen unusable.

This phone has never been dropped or mistreated or even used for a phone call. I have had several smartphones in the past and never had a broken screen. Telstra will not exchange it, I believe this phone has a latent defect and there was a stress raiser in the speaker cutout that cracked the first time it was placed in my pocket.

I am furious, how do I make contact with Sony customer complaints, as per above I believe this particular handset had a manufacturing fault that created a stress raiser in the glass. As long as no evident damage on phone from a drop etc Find similar stories on net and print off to back up.

Its Turkey day in USA probably why cant contact At least had sense to have insurance: I think the Z3 is a nice phone but reading several reports of random unexplained screen cracking made me decide not to touch it.

One of my friends has a Z1, my boyfriend has the Z1 Compact, so I feel like they are good phones. Although, what worries me is the front camera. The iPhone’s have really good front camera’s, but I’ve noticed it is utter crap on my boyfriends and friends phones Is the camera any better on the Z3, and any threads or really good articles on swapping from iOS to Android?

Wont be able to swap until March I think, but I would really like some information on it all. Is the camera any better on the Z3 Selfies aren’t as good as on my iPhone 5 but overall the camera is better if you learn how to use it and you are able to take your time when taking photos, something I can’t do since I use my camera as a ‘point and shoot capture the moment’ camera, its just not as fast as the iPhone, image quality is usually better though.

Now my digital life pretty much revolve around Google services which integrates really well with Android devices. I can’t even see a crack in mine. If people care, you can get the lollipop theme easily from XDA forums here — http: But very dissapointed to report that my two week old Xperia Z3 has now got a bend in it, apexing at around the power button.

With the right tweaks you could probably push these phones through two or even three days of usage, but I’ve learned to live with it like I do so I don’t bother.

You need to take into account that the phones, while physically narrow, feel wide in the hand because of the straight slab design so much so that the HTC M7, for example, with a 0. Also a 5 Ah battery is pretty absurd at this size, do you want all these reviewers to go insane?

A phone over 1 centimeter? Woe is us, somebody is listening to the consumers! Quick, give it bad reviews! Yeah I’m pretty familiar with that generation, my wife has a Z2 3. Originally it got over 8 hours screen on time, but three years on now as the battery has aged, along with updates as you say, and that has dropped quite a bit.

It’s still not bad, but probably no more than 5. Mostly I’m curious just how much a 10nm higher performance chip like the will improve efficiency. We can make some educated guesses based on S8, OP5, etc.

But Sony’s software has always been pretty good with battery life. The was built on a 28nm process, so the is nearly 3x as efficient, everything else being equal.

My Zenfone 3 Zoom has a 5Ah battery, along with the efficient 14nm Snap, and I can get 15 hours screen on time give or take depending on usage all gaming is more like 10 or And by the way, the body is still only 8mm thick.

Well under a cm. And it feels pretty good in hand with its Sony like flat back slight camera bump but I use a thin case. I guess the Sony’s have more squared edges vs the rounded edges of the Asus and others.

I’ll give Sony credit, when the biggest gripe is that the design hasn’t changed dramatically you know they have a solid phone. They are virtually the only company make high end “compact” phones regularly as well.

They don’t really pander to much. It may end up being their downfall but I like it none the less. You often see the top manufacturers release a last gen or very mild updated phone with a shiny new look and people eat that stuff up.

As it should be. There’s absolutely no reason to slim down phones. This thing packs one hell of a punch, both as far as raw processing power and battery capacity go.

Don’t bother, it shakes the phone up too much. Sony Mobile does not understand cameras, and these are despite what the label says not Exmor-level cameras. The pixels are too small to work effectively even in daylight, the stabilization is utter crap etc.

Not to mention all that sweet sweet DRM. You’ll get better images faster if you use watercolors and paint the scene yourself. With regards to software updates, always expect that Sony will only support the phone with full, timely Android upgrades for a year or, at most, two major Android versions up from the one the phone launched with.

Anything that happens past that, treat it as a very fine gift even though you did technically pay for it. Update quality in itself is pretty hit or miss admittedly though it’s more “hit” than “miss”.

The battery lasts a long time, the screens are big enough for everyone, the audio quality is usually, at least top notch. Yeesh, not a lot of enticing stuff going on considering the price.

Consider though that the only other flagship competitor the Xperia Compact phones have are the iPhone SE, and you’ll understand why these phones are not unpopular. I love how people push for phones to be slimmer and then complain about smaller battery.

OIS and a but of better processsing might improve things a lot. IF you have adequete light they perform very well. I suspect software cause of that. The sensors seem top notch. Sony has had good track record with updates in past.

They are pusing regular software patches And week 1 regular monthly patches to all X devices. They dropped the Z5 but they also tried to keep Z3 alive. The x series on other hand had good sales in asia and europe.

So maybe they will have good support for these devices. But on some apps like snapchat, that smaller battery shows. The audio is great. I just gotta say that both of these lines of devices were dealt with horribly; The Z5 isn’t even getting O despite running the same chip as the 6P, which is already on O.

And while the Z3 launched with perfect software, Sony massacred it completely by Lollipop. As if the AOSP memory leaks weren’t enough, Sony somehow completely destroyed the camera performance and its own theme engine.

By Marshmallow these things were mostly fixed aside from the theme engine, but after dropping the devices from the N upgrade plan which is understandable, and we should blame Google for that, they provided zero software support.

No bugfixes, no security updates, no nothing — I assume the same is going to happen to the Z5 series, and the X and XZ series when the time comes for that. And to think that I’m still prepared to overlook that and accept that they are one of the best OEM out there I actually like the shutter button.

Agree on all other points, though. The cameras are quite bad. The biggest improvement of this phone along with the trade off of worse button placement is that this phone with a Snapdragon and Hexagon may work with the google pixel camera algorithms.

They should really push the limits on bezels, though; like on the XA – no side bezels. I always recommend Sony phones to people; Ive found the long-term quality of the devices to be superior to most manufacturers.

Sony doesn’t chase fads, and I respect them for it. They haven’t started doing painted metal or foil under glass or curved screens or whatever. The side bazels are OK on current devices comparible to all other non samsung phones its just the top and bottom bazels people complain about which i actually like btw.

They could tone it down a little maybe If this was the design would be acceptable, since it’s not they are ugly. This is one of the many reasons Sony doesn’t sell a lot of phones these days.

Finally looks like a decent upgrade to my Z5 compact. The X1 compact just didn’t seem like an upgrade before especially with its lack of ip68 rating so I held off. I’ve been waiting for something like this, was even considering an iPhone Can’t wait to see actual hands on real life reviews of this.

As a sony fan, i’d say i’m kinda disappointed in the XZ1. The XZ1 Compact is an fine phone though. Not bad for a phone with flagship specs. For the design, i kinda liked the bottom volume buttons.

I like some bazels to hold phone at. The back doesnt look that grwat though. The XZ has an amazing back design. And what do you mean by colors are bad and it isnt bright?

The colors are very accurate and good if its anything like perevious phones. I dont see sony messing up displays. And if its close to XZ, it gets adiquately bright. I can use my phone in sunlight no problems.

You dont need brighter screens. Comparing to my s8, I see no difference barely noticable difference in direct comparison. So you are saying that s8 too doesnt get bright? Which phone does then?

I like AP but I hate how you cover sony. It seems like you guys have something against them. Battery optimisation and software optimisation has been great. I still have my front firing speakers.

I just don’t get Sony. They can nail one or more elements of what makes a good phone and then completely screw up others. Getting Sony phone covers is a mission. Had to go online to get a case.

But I love Sony premium. Is it just me or am I the only one that likes Sony’s square bezel look on their phones? I don’t own a Sony phone, I think they’re too overpriced for what you get, but I like the shape of their phones – just my 2 cents.

Thank you, Sony, for making SMALL phones with high-end specs, I personally prefer these designs over thinner phones with stupid curved screens and shorter battery life.

I wish all phones were a centimeter thick. Maybe then manufacturers would finally pack twice as much battery as they do nowadays. Latest news Oreo 8. Hottest Hottest Latest Comments.

It’s back] Free alert: Android P initial impressions: The XZ1 is a 5. I think Ryan confused it with the XA1 Plus which has a 5. With Sony’s crazy convoluted model numbers, can you blame him?

They’re probably complaining about the lack of punchiness, though. From what little I’ve seen, I’m liking subtle changes they made to their software for Oreo. Despite the tired design, I’m very interested in upcoming reviews for the compact.

Same people who’ve bought them in the past 3 years. Can’t beat the Xperia king, the Z3 line. I’m about to buy XZ1 Compact. The sides with buttons are nice, but Plenty of people are buying it in if Sony is making profit.

But for now, I don’t need a new phone. If wifi calling works on tmobile I would consider one of these for sure. Hmm, are Pixel navbar buttons supposed to be there? Google doesn’t own the buttons.

Yeah besides, LG g6 also has those, not complete white but yeah. Google acquires vector-drawn shapes overnight. That black XZ1 Compact is sexy. But, as everyone knows. It’s been almost the same since the Xperia Z in You mean the design language, not the hardware.

The original Z launched in but whatevs. Why is the battery so small is such thick phones? Sony’s optimizations give the devices very good battery life even with smaller capacitites.

I’m really not a fan of that blocky design. Sharp corners, you could hurt yourself with those. To me that looks dumb and wouldn’t be user friendly in landscape mode.

Hey it’s sharp, not smart. Yeah to me too lol It was just a joke btw.

Anyone had this issue during snapchat where the photo gets really distorted after using another app or something, and also the accelrometer is dodgy and doesn’t like turning the text bar around and also the double tap to edit what you’ve written takes a few times unlike my iPhone 5.

FML, lefy z3 on the vanity, slid off and fell on the floor and back has cracked and metal fram dinted. How much does this cost to repair? You will need to send it back to Sony, the phones too new for most repair centers to pick it up so I am assuming most won’t be able to help you.

Looking for a bit of help. Trying to flash the new Telstra firmware, and have created the ftf file. I am trying to install the drivers to connect the Z3 to flashtool, but a few of them such as flashmode throw an error when Windows tries to install it.

Search for ‘Change advanced start-up options’ and open it. Choose option 7 Disable Driver signature Enforcement 9. Extract Xperifirm to the Flashstool folder on your C drive.

Run Xperifirm and download the firmware that you want for your device. Under Telstra there will notice there are two versions whereas all other carriers have only one. If you’re running Windows 8, perform the steps listed above to disable Driver Signature Enforcement.

Select the folder where Xperifirm downloaded your firmware to, and add all the files across and hit Convert. You should then have a FTF file created. Deselect the wipe options unless you do in fact want to wipe your device.

Power down your phone by holding Volume Up and Power. You may have to repeat the power down instructions. Wait for the flash to complete and you should be good to go. Having flashed the new firmware, signal strength does appear to be slightly improved from dbm to dbm at the same location.

Annoyingly though, I now have a Telstra boot logo! It has also installed TelstraOne, but it can disabled not uninstalled unfortunately. No other bloat in site. I know, Im going to go to optus when I get back and see if they can do anything as I dont want to be without a phone.

Luckily I had a tempered glass on the front screen so no damage. Im more worried about the bent frame. How long did it take for you to receive it? I bought two of the adapters because I already have some 3 metre charging cables I want to use with it.

Hey Crazy — do you still have your stock Browser after updating to the Telstra firmware? Mine seems to have disappeared Haven’t got the phone yet though. Which leads me to my next question.

Anyone know if this phone will be available in store on the 5th? Black Dawg Down writes This is probably a real stupid question but it’s been bugging me since I got the phone and I can’t seem to figure it out What’s the ‘n’ or sideways ‘z’ in the taskbar to the left of the alarm clock icon — screenshot linked.

It pisses me off that there’s no preview of text messages. Not even the screen lights up. Tap and Pay is visible in settings only when you have the NFC turned on Doubt you can use the tap and pay in Australia at this time anyway.

Does it show on the screen when you are taking the photo only? Or on the photo itself? The Commonwealth bank sent me a breathless email a month or so ago touting their “new” system. But no, they send you a tag which can be “stuck on the back of your phone”, unless you’ve got a Galaxy S4, which uses the phone’s NFC.

Tad smaller than my MTC One. Does the Z3 use a nano sim or something? Is there an Aussie supplier somewhere? I’ve got the Z3c from Telstra and I have to say this phone is superb. Just the right size and weight.

So ill hang around this thread and see if theres possible problem that might make me change my mind: This is a pic of the top right corner of the phone http: Does anyone else have this with their phone?

If you look closely at the gap between both joints you will see that it protrudes on the right side. Is anyone using the Sony charger dock with the z3 if so how is the fit?

As in does it connect quite easily to the charger pins or do you have to line the phone up perfectly. I have a kidigi dock and it’s an absolute pain to line the phone up with dock pins.

There’s an Aussie seller on ebay and their sending the case faster than from Reaarth themselves. I should have oredered from them rather than ordering straight from Rearth website which takes weeks for your case to arrive.

Mmmm looks like a good mix of people don’t have it, so i’ll get mine exchanged. Would that be considered a defect – the manufactures must have a tolerance for this sort of stuff.

Yeah it’s not exactly a fault, but i seem to have my way know friends in the industry who help me out. Looks like it, Googling “Prestons CLOC” brings up a few results that show items are usually on board for delivery the next day.

Mine is getting delivered to work so hopefully security give me a call so I can sign for it, and if they don’t I hope it gets taken to my local post office the same day. Looks like I’ll have to be pretty careful with it, my screen protector and case don’t arrive till the end of the week: Same boat here — couldnt find any store in Highpoint which sold either.

Managed to get a Z1 screen protector for the rear I didn’t even bother looking, TBH I’ll probably end up just setting it up and playing with it on wifi for a couple of days while the accessories arrive.

I’d hate to think what these things would cost to fix assuming there are even parts readily available, so I’d rather wait for a decent case and screen protector to arrive, than risk smashing it I read a few pages back that some case will cause the phone to crack???

So now that you’ve had the Z3 for a while, which one do you think stands up better to scratches, the anodized Z3 or the aluminium-insert plastic Z2? I’m starting with the Ringke Fusion Hybrid: For those who have the Z3, how are you guys finding the battery life?

My girlfriend has one and doesn’t find the battery life anywhere near as good as the reviews which is a damn shame. Phone is unrooted, but I’m not sure which bells and whistles should be deactivated or whatnot.

I bought this on Thursday night and it arrived already! A huge improvement coming from the original Xperia in my opinion. No stamina mode and just wifi is on and brightness at full, but adaptive so its cut back a bit.

I was streaming music for about 30 mins over 4g on the way to work and thats where half of my screen time comes from as well. Click on screen and the screen on time shows a much more accurate measure of battery.

That’s pretty average, the low reception is really killing your battery. Yeah my office on Bourke Street has always had crap reception, even with my original Z. Only get two bars Signal Strength dBm 34asu.

I haven’t noticed a drastic change after putting on, good in some poor in most. So I started switching my phone to 3G in weak reception areas. Sony have improved on a lot however the basics, radio quality, loudspeaker on calls and poorer WiFi chip nearly send this phone back to the stone age.

Mine has it but only ever so slightly. I have to look super close to notice it. If I run my finger over it, the side join is not as smooth as the top. But this is the case all around on each corner.

Using my phone today on my trip to Hayman Island, I really came to appreciate the Z3. The speed of the interface and boot up time was very good going in and out of the plane. The camera was excellent on the boat — fast, snappy and accurate.

Really liking this phone. I noticed my wifi was getting a lower signal than before thats for sure. But even on one bar I can still max out my speedtest at close to mbps One thing I was happy with was I always hit a dead spot between Essendon and Newmarket train station where my streaming will die but that didnt happen this morning But still ill keep an eye on it I guess.

For those who have a Nillikin screen protector, can you please explain what the story is with the “Replacement Pulling Tag”, I have NFI what it’s talking about and can’t really find any instructions on how I’m meant to use it exactly.

This is the only thing now bothering me about this phone. The occasional drop outs — which is an issue. Seeing “time without a signal” percentage is a real pain!

Longest the battery has lasted is my current charge. A question to those who have bought the nilkin screen protector I see why its hard to put the magnetic charging cable in, I wish I bought a more expensive one There is no support for the cable and of the two cables I bought only one works ‘well’ as in the magnet is in the right position and doesn’t force the top pin off The charging is pretty fragile easy to knock off and I might return these or keep them probably more expensive to return them and buy the DK48 dock Max brightness with adapt.

For those who have a Nillikin screen protector, can you please explain what the story is with the “Replacement Pulling Tag”, I have NFI what it’s talking about. Another question, does anyone know how to reinstall the software on the Z3?

I finally got around to unboxing my device properly after getting my hands on a screen protector and a nanoSIM but I’m having a lot of issues with my phone and I’m not sure if it’s hardware or software: Was standing holding my dog’s lead and my phone in the same hand while I was replying to an email.

Dog lurched excitedly at something, phone went flying across the carpark and bounced several times on the asphalt. My heart sank, expecting the glass to be smashed and dents everywhere.

Escaped with only a very tiny dent on the RHS aluminium, just under the corner. Plastic corner has a minor scuff on it. Seems these phones are tougher than we give them credit for. Haven’t activated it yet just playing on wifi till my screen protector and case arrive but it’s pretty nice so far.

Looks like it’s Tap and Pay enabled through Commbank so I’m curious to see how that goes. Not until CBA enable it. Tap and Pay only works on the S4 for now I think. So it gets denied during the transaction?

It’s the cracks you get when you don’t drop it that you have to worry about — the infamous “phantom cracks”: Mine went in today rear glass cracked. Rep had seen a few like this, and wasn’t the least bit surprised.

She thinks it will be covered under warranty — either way, I just want it fixed. Hmmmmm seeing a few little bugs at the moment, not sure if it’s a phone or app issue.

Once I had some random menu options stuck to the home screen, and another time all the apps in the drawer were replaced with black boxes. Both problems were fixed with a reboot.

I think both occurred while using Apex Launcher Pro. Occasionally when in the camera playing with the different presets a message pops up saying the phone is getting hot and the camera may close.

Does the image enhancement have a negative effect on the battery? Maybe whatsapp and snap chat are degrading the battery. On another note does anyone’s z3 randomly play music, I had mine on the Bench this afternoon when all of a sudden the walkman app started playing music Must say the Z3 feels better in the hand than z Would not bin Z2 as not enough to warrant, will wait for z I’m coming from an iPhone 4s and must say I quite like it.

Quite a bit bigger than I am used too. Was on charge half a dozen times a day. Whoever suggested the ringke case needs to be shot. Do not recommend it at all. Love the Nilkin screen protector though.

I honestly don’t not even notice it is there. I did mine at lunch today and it still has not activated. There seems to be an issue with the online activation. Calling Telstra has a staff member manually activate the sim.

If it was a upgrade it should happen in less than 4 hours. Does the screen protector make it less slippery? I’m looking at buying it but am unsure. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated: Can anyone enlighten me on how Sony are with keeping firmware up to date?

I’ve been rocking a Nexus 4 for the last few years and I’m having trouble deciding between getting a Nexus 6 or a Z3. I don’t do a lot on my phone but frequent regular firmware updates are a necessities as I use the device for testing Android applications I’ve written which is why I’ve always stuck to stock Android phones.

Please use the Buying thread for all discussion of pricing, ordering, deliveries etc. Use the Accessories thread for discussion of cases, screen protectors etc. God these things are slippery: Really hoping my case arrives tonight.

Mine does this too It’ll be innocently sitting on my desk, next minute I hear a crash and it’s on the floor. Rescued mine the other night when getting a haircut. Put sunnies and phone on the bench in front of me and it started to slide slowly.

Just caught it before it went all the way off. I haven’t checked on the thread in a few days, and I seem to be one of the few who have issues when use anything other than GSM only for calls.

Wife has the same issue too with her Z3. Does anyone get bad static through the earpiece when on a phone call — it’s a lot more noticeable than my old nexus 5 and there a fix?

On another note what’s the go with image enhancement — does it cause severe battery drain and is there an advantage in turning it on? Finally managed to place an order with Telstra!

Absolutely can’t wait for this phone! The battery life on my N5 is abismal and Remote Play will keep the girlfriend happy ;. For those who pre-ordered through Telstra, how long did it take for the online activation to kick in?

It’s been almost 24 hours and nothing yet, pretty ordinary since it’s a simple SIM card re-burn. We do these every day at work and they generally take 5 minutes after a simple phone call.

I had the same problem. If it is just a handset upgrade number was already Telstra it should take less than 4 hours. It will then say it worked, ignore that. It will eventually give you a phone number to call some number.

Ignore that, it will then forward your call. Just tell the rep your mobile number, she will ask for details to ‘Open the account’ She will ask for the 13 digits on the sim card before the ‘N’.

Then she I keep saying she because the person who assisted me was female will start working on activating the sim card. It will happen instantly when they do it only if the number was Telstra before the new sim.

Any opinions on why Sony hasn’t gone OIS with the camera? I had an extended play with one of these in store and the camera seemed pretty reasonable. Just wondering why no OIS. What sort of screen on time are people getting from the phone?

I’ve read the battery life is awesome and then I see reports in forums of people getting only 3 hours SOT. Does the phone generate much heat doing normal tasks like web browsing on 4G? I don’t play games on my phone so it’s never overly stressed.

How’s everyone call quality through the earpiece — is there static in the background or is there nothing but clarity? I wouldn’t go as far as that, even on HD Voice the sound quality is still sub-par to other devices out in the market.

The guy in a Sony shop told me it was up in blue tick territory with regard to reception. Sounds like he may have been exaggerating a bit. From what I’ve read the charging dock comes with adapters that allow it’s use when the phone is in a case.

Is it a particular case that is being referred to or would I be able to get away with using it with a generic thin hard case attached? The device is certainly no where near blue tick territory.

I’m running now and im getting 1 bar reception in a normal full coverage zone. Looks at my Note 4 with full bars and crys Just a noob thought here, but is it possible that it’s to do with the ‘scale’ of the reception indicator?

Or have you verified the signal levels and it’s still shit? My Z3 seems pretty reasonable on Optus, I expected far worse. And the 4G is generally lightning fast even when only on bars. With lower signal the phone is working harder to keep that signal thus draining battery.

No one on Telstra running 4G the entire day will get 8 hours SOT a day or more if it keeps bouncing between 1 and 4 bars constantly. I was in the Telstra store today, the big one in the city, and the Z3 that was on display was bouncing between 4g, 3g and, surprisingly, 2g.

All this while my N5 was solidly on 4g with 3 bars the whole time. That store has an in building cell I’ve got the pink spot. Only happens when in lowlight with a white backdrop.

I hope Sony release a fix, but I’m not holding my breath and I don’t take too many photos of white walls so I should be ok. I was really starting to think the phone is a good thing but poor reception is a deal breaker.

Is there any Aus information that can be trusted that rates the reception of various phones? Reviews obviously can’t be trusted because many of them are done overseas with different carriers.

It could be an issue with not using the correct APN settings on the phone. Basically its a mix of hardware and software. But it will never be perfect, even on other carriers, this phone doesn’t perform like the Z2 reception quality wise.

Im about to get a Z3 from Vodafone, coming from Virgin which is quite average for coverage is the Reception good in Sydney with Z3 on Vodafone. Also from anyones experience do you think it will be long before the Z3 is free on vodafone 80 plan as the other flag ships currently are?

Whats the connector on the left hand side used for? Half way down with the two little bumps. I thought sony had been doing this for a while with JB and KK but has never gotten to a mainstream “daily driver” release.

I use Gmail as my main email account so I get double alerts from both Gmail and the regular email loaded. Quick camera question for those more experienced with the Xperia’s. I notice it takes photos using a sequentially numbered filename eg.

However, if I move some of these files elsewhere, it picks up numbering again from the first removed file rather than holding the sequence. If I remove files, the camera will restart again at Bit of a pain, as it means I get filename clashes if I move multiple sets of files into a single place later.

Loving the phone though. Was mildly concerned about no blue tick up in NE Vic, but the signal is comfortably stronger than the S4 it’s replacing. Does anyone know how to customise the lock screen clock?

I’ve already enabled widgets under the security settings but none of the KitKat swipe functuons seem to be working. When I select and hold the clock on the lock screen I have the option to delete but don’t really want to do it as I’m worried I can’t get it back.

She wants a clock but does not like the new 4. That’s interesting because there have been reports in this thread of poor reception with this phone. How are others finding the reception?

Yea looks a lot cleaner Is it available to the public to ‘update’? Also has anybody had any experience with the PS4 Remote Play yet? How is it on Australian internet speeds? Bought my Z3 through the Sony website last week and after a week of being extremely careful with it I picked it up a moment ago to see a big crack going from the magnetic charger area to the bottom of the back screen.

I have no idea how this has happened as I haven’t dropped it even once and the last thing I had done was place it back down on my desk the night before and I am fairly certain it wasn’t cracked then, It’s not like I’ve been throwing this around or anything and I haven’t even been keeping it in my pants pockets because I was worried about it till I got a proper cover.

Guess I’ll have to try to get in contact with Sony support on Monday when they are open again but I’m freaking out pretty bad right now as I never had anything like this happen with my old phones.

Does anyone have any idea about how expensive it is to have the back glass replaced or if this is covered under warranty or whatever? My brother just smashed his brand new Z3. Fell out of his pocket while he was sitting down about 25cm and destroyed the front screen.

To be honest i’m finding mildly better reception than my S3 4G that its replacing Telstra. I bought a Z3 from Telstra and i am extremely happy with it, especially compared to my old Z1.

The battery life is insane, the screen is gorgeous, the dual speakers are nice. Though sadly i am finding 4g reception in my house a little worse then the Z1 but by the same token my Z3 is getting better 4G reception outside my house then my Z1 did.

However i have to say the best thing by far is the touchscreen doesn’t go all wonky like it was doing on my Z1: Anyone know what the best way to get repaired or replaced? Go through Sony or Optus?

You can take it here: Also is there a way to make the recent apps button work as the menu as you could on previous phones. Had this phone for a few weeks now and have just noticed the top speaker is very distorted when the volume of calls is up.

When turned down it goes away but is obviously a lot harder to hear people especially outside. I think it’s a mix of hardware and software, but mostly hardware. Sony have seemed to cheap out on a few of the necessitates like call quality, speaker and reception.

The same thing happened to me, and the phone is with Fonebiz at the moment. I assume it will be covered under warranty because the phone was not dropped, but I’m aware that I might have a fight on my hands — it’s my word against theirs.

I’ll cough up if they want me to pay for it, but I’m disappointed that the phone appears to be really quite fragile. Having said this, I know a few Z2 owners who are less careful than me with their phones, and they haven’t had any problems.

Can people with self cracked screens actually post some feedback about how it was fixed. Alot of people experience issue yet no one updates how it got resolved. Was seriously considering z3 now its way on the backburner and with lack of any warranty feedback, even more hesitant.

It’s been a known issue with the Xperia Z build for the past two years, the phone build needs to be put together to ensure water resistance. Don’t drop your phone. Front and back glass intact, metal frame flattened.

It’s a record for me. Z3, total of 6 days. The iPhone 4 frame is stainless steel, the Z3 frame is anodized aluminium which is the same as the iphone 5 back Im waiting for my loan phone from optus but they said chances are it will be covered under warranty as its not reasonable for a phone to bend even when dropped.

I’ve got a screen protector for the back glass, had a look at it today and it has a crack in it not sure how it happened but lucky I had the screen protector on or it could have been the glass.

How many charge cycles should i expect to start seeing peak performance from my Z3 — im on my 4th charge — and battery is not really that impressive. Worse than my LG G2 so far.

Kind of hard when it doesn’t last the whole day. But hopefully it will get better. Can anyone recommend a good dialer and messaging app can’t stand the Sony ones and not a big fan of hangouts.

Another popular app is Textra SMS. I use it fairly heavyish, movies and web browsing Facebook for 2. But now have auto on. Still phone is new and wearing in. Not worried to much just wondering what others experience is in first weeks.

BTW I’m with Vodafone, I’m sorry of wondering if the Flasky reception is having something to do with it, my reception is quite often at 1 bar. I found that reception really hurt my battery life just changed from Vodafone to boost.

Also google location reporting. Another thing that had an effect was double tap to wake as I keep my phone in my front pocket with the screen facing my leg. I am now very happy with battery life after figuring out what has been draining it.

Boost is Telstra, there are problems with the Z3 on Telstra. Thus your poor reception problems. Actually I have had excellent reception on boost compared to Vodafone. Maybe the problem is with Telstra 4g as Boost is 3g only.

My battery life is better on Boost than Vodafone. Why would double tap to wake causing battery drain? I thought this should have minimal effect on battery. Yes, you are correct, the phone only has problems on 4G.

Seems the IP rating has been shot to poo, which was the other driving force behind my descision to get it. I’ve struggled with remote play wtih this phone to be honest. Had a vita using the same network setup and it was miles better with that.

Pretty sure this phone can’t do wifi direct with the ps4 so that limits the usability of remote play. Hopefully seeing its only new that they can fix it up.

And hopefully they release the phone holder for the dual shock 4 soon as well. The IP rating and remote play had me sold, pretty disappointed that these features advertised are not turning out to be the real deal: Nope none in the box, they have one on their site, but it’s not available yet.

I’m guessing its not going to be cheap either. I’m disappointed with the remote play thing for the moment but i think it can be fixed. Apart from that i really do love this phone.

It’s snappy, has great battery life, good screen. Really happy with it. Hahaha and I take showers with the z3 screen lock ofc and also regularly drown it in a bucket for 5 minutes to wash off.

My port covers aren’t perfectly aligned just that the pressure test seems to show that it’s still working. Sony Z3 for 10 Days. Whilst GUI is crisp and functional the phone itself is more fragile than an egg.

It has developed cracks around the camera no longer Waterproof then and it has only been in my pocket or on the desk — not a scratch on it. Once you look into it you find its claims are untrue — only Waterproof in Freshwater, dies in Salt and indicators are it doesn’t like Chlorine.

So basically it wont die in the rain but otherwise don’t get it wet. Should have stuck to Samsung. This phone honestly sounds like the most rushed piece of hardware to come out in years.

Maybe Sony’s push to get a flagship out every 6 months wasn’t such a great idea. It seems they have skipped a lot of QC tests to get it out there. Not that it really concerns me anymore.

I’m now hanging out for the droid turbo after seeing posts in this thread and XDA about the Z3’s issues. The really annoying part is that most reviews of the phone are glowing. It’s not until real world users post in forums like this that the truth starts to be told.

The exemplary battery life that a lot of reviewers crow on about doesn’t get talked about a lot by users either. I’m seeing lots of reports of 3 or 4 hours SOT.

My old Note 2 does way better than that plus I can change out the battery if needed. I was looking at this phone closely but now I don’t think I’d touch it with a barge pole. No Sammy fanboi here but despite being made of “cheap” plastic I’ve never had one fall apart or crack despite fairly heavy use.

The Z3’s glass and metal just doesn’t live up to the hype. I’ve not had the same experience. However, it doesn’t mean you mistreated your phone. So far, I am happy with my Z3 and while it does seem to be more “fragile” than an all plastic phone, I’ve treated it normally and not had any issues so far.

For me, battery life is great and I can easily get over 5 hrs SOT on a regular basis. Of course, if your SOT is spent using data heavily, well.. Maybe I’m too easy to please, but for me the battery life of this phone is amazing I think those reviewers were spot on, amazing battery life, at least for my needs, it is.

And pretty happy as well with the build quality of the phone too, managed to drop it last week, no case, bumped of my foot and slid about 3 meters on the concrete car park floor Apart from scratches on the frame and a couple of scratches on the front glass, which are not that bad anyway, the phone is fine, probably would have been much worse is if hit the concrete full on, but still, before I picked it up from the ground, I was sure the damage will be much worse after seeing it flying on the concrete.

Will definitely get a case now, I was waiting for the official smart case, but now that I’ve seen it Yes, and having been one of the unlucky ones to have experienced the cracking issue, I’d strongly recommend buying tempered glass front and back covers like Nillkn at the very least.

The cracking is probably a by product of the water proofing. Perhaps there’s a fair bit of pressure being applied to the glass back and front. I would imagine that during the manufacturing process the glass would need to be aligned perfectly so that its sealed evenly and pressure is distributed evenly.

Environmental factors probably come into play too. I’ve never used a samsung phone but im sure some samsung users have their own unique complaints about their phone. It’s been proven the battery life is among the best in its class.

Your mileage will obviously vary depending on reception. People who are generally happy with their new Z3 will have no reason to post about their phone working fine, what’s the point? So you’ll see a disproportionate number of people complaining about problems, the same with any other phone.

As for me the Z3 is a refreshing change. I was a Samsung fanboy for the last 3 smartphones until their lagtastic firmware and design made me move on, I will be missing their plastics though.

Dropped my Galaxy S4 multiple times and it survived with no cracked screens, definitely getting at least a bumper case for my Z3. Had a look at one at JB and the clamps around the phone have pushed the frame in Extremely pleased with my Z3 but also extremely disappointed with unfixable blue tint from screen.

I’ll live with that for an otherwise great device for my needs. One of my units had a strong blue tint I’ve used it in the shower a few times and fully submerged it in the spa yesterday, still no issues!

I had my wedding last weekend and was connected to our hotel’s WIFI and was able to make and receive calls perfectly with no voice distortion or clipping. I was connected to 4G as well. One thing i will hand to this phone is sound quality; very happy, Sony delivers in crisp sound even on the non-stock players.

My tint is too strong and cannot be calibrated out enough. I’ve tried the best settings but when I compare it to my Z2 or G3 the blue tint and washed out colours are too obvious. I checked the compatible devices on the optus website and it doesnt say anything about the z3 so I take it this isn’t compatible at the moment.

A common complaint with the Xperia Z series, the waterproof speakers are very low in sound quality. I find it better than the full auto setting. This phone is really good. The battery performance blows my mind coming from my iphone 4s.

I cannot get used to android however. Some of the most basic of functionalities are missing:. There are some positives like easy to use plug-in features of phones plug-in, drag some files and be done, battery life and battery life.

I find android hard to get used after using multiple generations of iphone. I might sell this later and and pay the difference perhaps. Long time iPhone users hate the move to android. Seen from my experience.

Personally I switch between the two platforms seamlessly and whenever I feel like it, however find iOS more pleasurable to use everyday. I persevered with the stock z3 keyboard for a month but it’s lacking.

Swiftkey is far better. Anyone have tips for getting the most out of the camera for closeup macro type shots in low light eg. Even when using the manual mode with the touch focus the shots don’t have the same sharpness as my 2 year old HTC m7, which I find strange.

After having on the LG G2 i cant be without it. A small warning to future owners — This phone is slippery as a fish without a case, it’ll slide off even the slightest incline, i’ve had to rescue it a couple times already.

Either get a case, or watch it like a hawk when you have it out on a table. Yeah I smashed mine after 6 days. Got a replacement from Telstra. No idea how on earth they did it, but I got a Reco phone.

Found out about an hour ago that the screen also has a single dead pixel. I have been an iPhone user for the past 5 years, I’m also now onto my third iPad air 2 and didn’t find the switch that difficult.

Android does have its disadvantages, but nothing that cannot be worked around. I will probably never buy an android tablet, but in terms of a mobile phone you can’t beat it. I just downloaded two episodes on utorrent and watched them straight away.

All on my phone! I wish I could do that with my iPad! I’ve been using iOS for 4 years and I find android has given me the true potential of smart phones. I love my z3. Most of these can be fixed with apps.

Heaps of other keyboard apps as well. Was that through stay connected or did they give you a freebie? I’m surprised there are refurbs already since the phone is so new.

You should definitely take it back though. Under power management, there is location-based Wi-Fi, should I turn it on or off? If turn on, should I choose standard or advanced power policy?

How does this setting works and does it makes any difference to battery? If a phone company gives you a freebie after you smash your expensive new phone you should probably take it and run.

And seriously, this thing is more than a handful. Its a bit heavy and kind of thick as well. But overall, the phone is a great performer. I see that it runs on Android 4.

The size is a step up for most people but you get used to it or forget about it pretty quickly, I went from an S3 and I don’t notice it any more. As for the weight Yeah coming from iPhone you do tend to find a lot of annoying little irks.

Some things that were simple before seem a total hassle That said once you start taking advantage of the extra freedom android provides it’s hard to go back. I’ve got a quick question for all Z3 owners I’m trying to get a customisable live wallpaper on the lock screen but can’t seem to be able to do it You can change the lockscreen wallpaper, but not to a live wallpaper.

There may be an app to do it though, its just not a default. On another note, my screen just died on my phone. I was looking at the internet, when all of a sudden the screen went white and it has lines up and down it.

If I get it replaced, it will be my 3rd Z3 due to faults. My first had a speaker phone issue. With Vodafone, it has been just over 30 days I think since I got the replacement on ELF, will they do that again as its really obvious or will it have to go back?

So glad I got the G3. Far too many Z3 horror stories, especially for a phone that had barely any market share. I had the G3 for a while and it has the worst battery life couldn’t get over 4.

Luckily the Note 4 fixed that Yes, it’s a very nice phone. I thought about it for a long time also. Every phone is a compromise imo and the S5 fitted my needs a bit better.

Not sure how this will plug in to the side micro USB port but looks like we are getting battery cases for the z3. My Z3 black just arrived by Star Track this morning. My first impression is it’s huge, coming from iP5.

I do have to note though for future reference: I have been given a Sony Z3 handset by Telstra free of charge to review. The comments expressed by me reflect my user experience and personal opinion.

It’s taking them way too long to release this in Australia. I bought mine here: It’s already available — http: Is there much latency, what’s your internet speeds? This was pretty much the whole reason I wanted a Z3.

The Z3 may make a gr8 hover board: Apparently new firmware is out for the Z3. Any idea how long it will take for carriers to roll it out? No, just the source code which means people that make ROM’s can work on it.

God I miss my phone, I have gone back to the Note 2 and the 10 day’s i’ll have without it are going to be looooong. Hope someone can help me here I’m looking at getting a Z3 for my son, he wants 32GB internal storage and I’m a bit confused regarding which model to get.

They only come with 16GB internal, the one model that comes with 32GB is Not fully compatible in Australia so I would recommend avoiding. Thinking about buying the Z3 Dual Sim variety for business and private use.

My Telstra contract has just finished and I am about to roll in another 24 months contract and going to get Z3 maybe next week. Were you after specific views on the strengths and weaknesses of the Z3 against the other devices you listed because a “good choice” is subjective depending on your own needs and usage?

Yeah I guess you’re right. One of the main reasons why I didn’t choose iPhone is because I don’t want to use itune to manage my MP3 files. I just want to have a drag and drop system — from my understanding Z3 allows this.

Battery life is important to me. But I gotta say HTC looks very nice though. Hi djmocok, I can confirm battery life on z3 is the best I have ever experienced on a smart phone. Are there any major differences between the different offerings from carriers and Sony stores here?

I’ve read the bloatware level on these phones is pretty low from the local carriers nothing from optus unless you use their sim — boot screen and one or two apps from Telstra?

Will probably just go with whoever offers the cheapest probably buying two phones at this stage unless there is something I should watch out for from a particular carrier. I’ve read the bloatware level on these phones is pretty low from the local carriers The Z3 that Telstra provided me had over 60 apps already installed on it, though aside from Telstra One none of it was Telstra related.

Sony appear to have a whole bunch of apps they throw in. Some useful, some not so much. For example, Xperia Lounge. However with the Sony apps, there is duplication. So the free videos can only be viewed via the Sony Video Unlimited app.

The Sony apps can only be updated through the Xperia Update Centre. Thanks for that info Kalak. I guess that means there will be bloatware, no matter which one a choose: At least the carriers seem to be keeping theirs minimal.

I’m assuming I could flash any of the D firmwares — eg. To be honest this is my first Android phone, but I assume so. Got my phone Thursday, got bumped into at a club Saturday night which caused me to drop it and smash the screen.

You don’t even need to be bumped. This thing floats off seemingly flat surfaces. My reflexes are improving from catching it. Better than what it looks like now Haha!

Have to agree with that. I almost bought the same style case as you, but want to try and get away with a gel cover first for added grip. Anyone finding streaming issues over Bluetooth on apt-X devices?

I seem to have poor streaming on my headphones and receiver. It keeps chopping up or skipping but never drops the connection. Where my iPhone paired and worked perfectly with my Pioneer head unit it took 15 minutes just to get the Z3 to pair.

Since then half the time it doesn’t realise I’m in the car, especially when it comes to playing audio. I often have to ‘throw’ the audio at the head unit for it to pick things up, and even then the track information is ALWAYS incorrect.

Battery lasts for a day at least with constant emails and internet usage. How are you finding reception? Also does it tell you which sim is being dialled when someone rings you? Probably should have purchased it from the Sony store instead I guess.

I am with Vodafone and can make calls and texts but can’t access the internet. I have the Telstra logo on start-up and then on the home screen the Telstra account and internet icon.

Is there a way I can remove these and access the net through my Vodafone account? God, tell me about it. This thing has a mind of its own, my last phone I dropped maybe? It’s succeeded a couple times, only casualties are ‘thankfully’ two dents on the corners prefer this over a cracked screen and a glass screen protector about to be replaced Specific details should be on Vodafone’s website.

I swear if you look away long enough it’ll find its way out of a closed zipper pocket Yes its a slippery not so little bugger Wife put on top of toilet holder and Z3 did not like it, preferred crashing to floor, went to charge at home, it just started gliding towards edge of bench I had to do this with TPG Optus since it didn’t detect and add APN settings automatically Also change the default signature because it will say from the Telstra mobile network on outgoing emails.

I went and got the Z3 yesterday — got the copper one. Coming from Motorola Razor Hd, this thing is impressive, especially the screen and speaker quality.

Hey guys I was hoping you guys could do a quick check for me when you shake your Z3 do you hear a slight rattle. Maybe it’s unrelated maybe it is. When I first did it, my immediate reaction was that everything was washed out, but I got used to it quickly.

If one isn’t, colors closer to accurate may look “bad”. I’m using XZP with the standard mode, and it looks punchy enough without displeasing color distortion. I just bought a new Z3C.

Better than anything else at that price imo. The Z3 improved on top of everything Sony got right with the Z2, which was pretty damn good already. If it has the stamina and the build quality of its predecessors, the compact could be my next.

I’m quite considering the XZ1 compact, but I have to wait for it to go down in price a bit and confirm it can flash European firmware without issue to get the FPS working, or get the international version.

The software experience, camera quality and update speed for the X Compact was good, but I was disappointed with the build quality, speaker loudness and midrange specs.

Seems like they fixed these issues this time. But by the end of when prices have seriously dropped, unless I can get one hell of a good deal. People who hate large phones obviously.

I’ve been using the Compact line since I don’t even like the Compact line but there’s no other choices. Me, i’m more fan of brick phones. But I’m more concerned about the durability, camera processing, stereo speaker quality loudness and overall performance.

It’s obvious that AOSP buttons are free for everyone. But Pixel ones aren’t. You can’t just take it out of Pixel firmware and sell it. Either Google licenses it along with GApps now, or it’s just a custom theme on screenshots, and without Assistant animation.

We’ve got more reports coming in, folks: Turns out Google has even patented the ability for people to recreate vector-drawn shapes. Unless I am mistaken those are the stock oreo buttons as well. I think that’s a Google design feature not Sony.

Of course I’m simply basing that off of Google released pictures of Android 8. I don’t have them on Nexus 5X, and the circle around Home button is there specifically for Google Assistant animation.

They’re software tream is actually pretty good. Not only are they fast with updates but the performance is actually really good. That doesn’t have anything to do with the phone being that thick with tiny batteries.

Their optimizations will give greater life with bigger batteries. It’s actually quite huge considering it’s form factor. You can have mAh but only last a day due to shitty optimization and power hungry SoC.

Funny how in that pic the phone thinks it’s in landscape see back button, though it’s oriented in portrait, as is what’s on the screen. FYI the buttons aren’t stock Android imo. Like you said they’re like the Pixel.

Usually when the phrase “stock Android” is thrown around it is set to mean Google’s Android. That is, Android as it ships on Google phones. This has been the case since the N5 or possibly even prior.

Nexus phone shipped with AOSP. There was an article a long time ago when we thought the pixel phones would be Nexus phones stating that the new Google phones were going to have extra features on top of AOSP that were exclusive to that line of phones.

Pixels have them shaded In. Nexus phones did not ship with AOSP. To many people this only because apparent after the N5 started shipping with a special non-AOSP launched the Google Now Launcher, or whatever they’ve since renamed it to, that’s why I mentioned the N5 in my previous comment.

The Z3 compact had mah only but was one of the longest lasting phones! SD with p display and mah should go a long way. What’s the deal with phones using circular icons for everything but the camera?

Essential and I think either Nokia or Moto do that as well. The camera is the only thing preventing me from buying the XZ1 Compact. I used to have a Z5 Compact and the camera was disappointing.

The dynamic range was poor and everything looked blotchy when zooming into the photo. Loved the form factor. The only modern Android phone that I could use one handed.

I wish Sony would release their apps for all. I love the Remote Play integration and their Album app is one of the nicest gallery apps I’ve seen on any phone. This looks pretty much like my Z3 Compact which was fine when it came out 3 years ago.

With a LCD screen, disabled fingerprint sensor, and stale design what made Sony think we’d want this? Motorola isn’t doing great since Lenovo bought them but at least they’re trying new phone designs.

To me that’s the appeal. I like a design that’s can stand the test of time rather than one that need a radical change every 6 months. XZ1 Compact with Snapdragon, small p display, and 2.

Curious just how good. Something like this would prefer a slightly larger screen – like 4. Maybe the upcoming Snap also 10nm, and fast storage. For anecdotal reference, the Z3 Compact had a mAh battery and a S Later on that changed because they had to remove Stamina mode, and on Marshmallow I managed to get 6 hours of the screen at most, and that was over a single day.

With the right tweaks you could probably push these phones through two or even three days of usage, but I’ve learned to live with it like I do so I don’t bother. You need to take into account that the phones, while physically narrow, feel wide in the hand because of the straight slab design so much so that the HTC M7, for example, with a 0.

Also a 5 Ah battery is pretty absurd at this size, do you want all these reviewers to go insane? A phone over 1 centimeter? Woe is us, somebody is listening to the consumers!

Quick, give it bad reviews! Yeah I’m pretty familiar with that generation, my wife has a Z2 3. Originally it got over 8 hours screen on time, but three years on now as the battery has aged, along with updates as you say, and that has dropped quite a bit.

It’s still not bad, but probably no more than 5. Mostly I’m curious just how much a 10nm higher performance chip like the will improve efficiency. We can make some educated guesses based on S8, OP5, etc.

But Sony’s software has always been pretty good with battery life. The was built on a 28nm process, so the is nearly 3x as efficient, everything else being equal. My Zenfone 3 Zoom has a 5Ah battery, along with the efficient 14nm Snap, and I can get 15 hours screen on time give or take depending on usage all gaming is more like 10 or And by the way, the body is still only 8mm thick.

Well under a cm. And it feels pretty good in hand with its Sony like flat back slight camera bump but I use a thin case. I guess the Sony’s have more squared edges vs the rounded edges of the Asus and others.

I’ll give Sony credit, when the biggest gripe is that the design hasn’t changed dramatically you know they have a solid phone. They are virtually the only company make high end “compact” phones regularly as well.

They don’t really pander to much. It may end up being their downfall but I like it none the less. You often see the top manufacturers release a last gen or very mild updated phone with a shiny new look and people eat that stuff up.

As it should be. There’s absolutely no reason to slim down phones. This thing packs one hell of a punch, both as far as raw processing power and battery capacity go. Don’t bother, it shakes the phone up too much.

Sony Mobile does not understand cameras, and these are despite what the label says not Exmor-level cameras. The pixels are too small to work effectively even in daylight, the stabilization is utter crap etc.

Not to mention all that sweet sweet DRM. You’ll get better images faster if you use watercolors and paint the scene yourself. With regards to software updates, always expect that Sony will only support the phone with full, timely Android upgrades for a year or, at most, two major Android versions up from the one the phone launched with.

Anything that happens past that, treat it as a very fine gift even though you did technically pay for it. Update quality in itself is pretty hit or miss admittedly though it’s more “hit” than “miss”.

The battery lasts a long time, the screens are big enough for everyone, the audio quality is usually, at least top notch. Yeesh, not a lot of enticing stuff going on considering the price. Consider though that the only other flagship competitor the Xperia Compact phones have are the iPhone SE, and you’ll understand why these phones are not unpopular.

I love how people push for phones to be slimmer and then complain about smaller battery. OIS and a but of better processsing might improve things a lot. IF you have adequete light they perform very well.

I suspect software cause of that. The sensors seem top notch. Sony has had good track record with updates in past. They are pusing regular software patches And week 1 regular monthly patches to all X devices.

They dropped the Z5 but they also tried to keep Z3 alive. The x series on other hand had good sales in asia and europe. So maybe they will have good support for these devices. But on some apps like snapchat, that smaller battery shows.

The audio is great. I just gotta say that both of these lines of devices were dealt with horribly; The Z5 isn’t even getting O despite running the same chip as the 6P, which is already on O.

And while the Z3 launched with perfect software, Sony massacred it completely by Lollipop. As if the AOSP memory leaks weren’t enough, Sony somehow completely destroyed the camera performance and its own theme engine.

By Marshmallow these things were mostly fixed aside from the theme engine, but after dropping the devices from the N upgrade plan which is understandable, and we should blame Google for that, they provided zero software support.

No bugfixes, no security updates, no nothing — I assume the same is going to happen to the Z5 series, and the X and XZ series when the time comes for that. And to think that I’m still prepared to overlook that and accept that they are one of the best OEM out there I actually like the shutter button.

Agree on all other points, though. The cameras are quite bad. The biggest improvement of this phone along with the trade off of worse button placement is that this phone with a Snapdragon and Hexagon may work with the google pixel camera algorithms.

They should really push the limits on bezels, though; like on the XA – no side bezels. I always recommend Sony phones to people; Ive found the long-term quality of the devices to be superior to most manufacturers.

Sony doesn’t chase fads, and I respect them for it. They haven’t started doing painted metal or foil under glass or curved screens or whatever. The side bazels are OK on current devices comparible to all other non samsung phones its just the top and bottom bazels people complain about which i actually like btw.

They could tone it down a little maybe If this was the design would be acceptable, since it’s not they are ugly. This is one of the many reasons Sony doesn’t sell a lot of phones these days.

Finally looks like a decent upgrade to my Z5 compact. The X1 compact just didn’t seem like an upgrade before especially with its lack of ip68 rating so I held off.

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I think Telstra know more about this than they are letting on, or it could of been a random comment. I’ve also moved from iOS to Android. Maybe whatsapp and snap chat are degrading the battery. They’re software tream is actually pretty good. I’ve been waiting for something like this, was even considering an iPhone

So far, I am happy with my Z3 and while it does seem to be more “fragile” than an all plastic phone, I’ve treated it normally and not had any issues so far. But, as everyone knows. Motorola isn’t doing great since Lenovo bought them but at least they’re trying new phone designs. Change the launcher, change the keyboard, change the music player, change the icons, change your browser, change your messaging app, add some widgets:

I am furious, how do I make contact with Sony customer complaints, as per above I believe this particular handset had a manufacturing fault that created a stress raiser in the glass. For now, let’s just say they’re divisive. Z5 received 2 major android updates. Though sadly i am finding 4g reception in my house a little worse then the Z1 but by the same token my Z3 is getting better 4G reception outside my house then my Z1 did.

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I’ve read the battery life is awesome and then I see reports in forums of people getting only 3 hours SOT. Although I haven’t found any easy tips on how to smoothly change the ds4 to be paired either between the ps4 and z3. SD with p display and mah should go a long way. See…

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