Look for the best pay as you go deals on the new Sony Xperia Z3 Compact with TigerMobiles.com. With a smaller screen you might think that this is a compromise phone, but not at all, the Z3 Compact offers nearly all of the power and features of the regular Z3, making it pretty special on the compact market. If you fancy getting your hands on one, then check out our offers on the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact below.
It’s become standard for manufacturer’s to release compact or mini models of their flagship phones, and Sony is no exception. The big difference with Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact though is that you sacrifice nothing when it comes to power and little in terms of features, which is highly unusual in a mini phone model. With great design and full power, you’ve got to love this portable little device.
Why should you be excited? Because you get full top end processing power, an awesome camera and even the ability to support PS4 games. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is a flagship phone in a smaller body, and if you’re veering away from big screen monster phones then this is going to be the perfect hand set for you.
With rounded corners, curved edges and a smooth translucent finish, the Xperia Z3 Compact is a stylish little device. In fact, that finish makes it feel even more premium than the regular Z3 model. The Compact is even waterproof and dustproof, as are most of Sony’s models these days. This feels like a high quality and sturdy phone, and with that smaller screen it fits neatly into the hand, a big change from the unwieldy phablet devices we’re used to testing.
On the inside, you’re getting no complaints from us. A full on processor and plenty of RAM, alongside a great camera and some beautiful extra features means that the Z3 Compact is, for all intents and purposes, simply a smaller version of the regular Z3.
And that’s how it should be. You don’t need to make compromises to get a smaller and more portable phone, and the Z3 Compact proves that. You can have a top of the line mobile without having to carry around a huge screen. This is simply an awesome device, and one that any demanding customer is going to love.
The Z3 Compact is almost identical to the regular Z3 internally. It’s got the same powerful quad core 2.5 GHz processor on board, though it gets just 2 GB of RAM compared to the regular Z3’s 3 GB. As a user you’re going to find that you’re getting a hand set that’s not only fast, but that’s also very responsive to input, and that’s great at multi tasking.
For operating system, we’re running the newest Android 4.4 Kit Kat version out of the box. You’re getting more stability and speed, but using less working memory, always good. You also get some new features there, including much better voice recognition software and a full immersion mode that lets you view pictures full screen without icons or status bars interfering.
Performance wise, the Z3 Compact blows any other mini phone model out of the water. In fact, it competes with top end phone like the Galaxy S5 or the normal Xperia Z3. Smaller screen does not mean less power.
This is a Compact model, so obviously the one area where you are going to sacrifice is in screen space. The Z3 Compact rocks up with a 4.6 inch display, which actually isn’t that small at all. You’re getting great portability due to small size, but there’s still more than enough room to type on screen comfortably.
The display is 720 x 1280 pixels, working out to around 319 PPI. That’s not super high resolution, and is less than the regular Z3, but on a screen this size it doesn’t end up making much of a difference at all. Plus, though it’s an LCD display, it does have IPS which gives you better colour reproduction.
It must be said that whilst the screen isn’t the Z3 Compact’s real selling point, it is a nice display. You get clear, sharp pictures, and that’s really the important thing to remember.
Sony cameras have always been pretty good, and the Z3 Compact is no exception to this rule. For video chat (and the odd selfie) there’s a 2.2 MP camera on board. But it’s with the rear camera that the Z3 Compact really comes into its own.
The rear cam is a 20.7 MP device, so plenty of detail there. You’re getting a solid G lens for wide angle pictures, always nice to have, and an LED flash too. But the big difference here is that Sony have ramped up the ISO so you’re able to capture much better pictures in low light, and this is really noticeable when compared to earlier Xperia models.
Then there’s HD recording, HDR, facial recognition, optical image stabilisation, really all the things that you’d expect to see on a decent camera. On the whole, you’re getting excellent pictures, and the Z3 Compact is sure to please even those most demanding of photographers.
We’re the first to admit that charging your mobile sucks. Having to plug your phone in half way through the day is a pain, and one that can be avoided with a decent battery. And here’s the deal: according to Sony, the Xperia Z3 Compact can go for more than two days between charges. Awesome, right?
The theory is that the new intelligent screen and CPU on the Compact can remember display images and use these to cut back on the amount of power the screen drains from the battery by loading an image partly from memory, rather than from a fresh start. Whatever the reason, we’re just happy to have a decent battery on the Z3 Compact.
Finally, we’ve got to talk about the Z3 Compact’s PS4 support. You will (obviously) need a PS4 console and a PS4 controller, but the idea is that as long as your console and phone are sharing the same WiFi, then you can access your games through your phone.
There are two ways to do this. You can mount your controller to the phone, letting you use your phone’s display to play. Alternatively, you can plug your phone into the TV, playing that way. That means if your PS4 is plugged in downstairs and you fancy a game upstairs on the TV then you can use your phone. Neat.
|2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - D5803|
|HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - D5833|
|4G Network||LTE 700/800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600 - D5803|
|LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 - D5833|
|LTE 2300 TDD - D5833|
|Dimensions||127.3 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm (5.01 x 2.56 x 0.34 in)|
|Weight||129 g (4.55 oz)|
|- IP68 certified - dust proof and water resistant over 1 meter and 30 minutes|
|Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||720 x 1280 pixels, 4.6 inches (~319 ppi pixel density)|
|Multitouch||Yes, up to 10 fingers|
|Protection||Shatter proof glass|
|- Triluminos display|
|- X-Reality Engine|
|Alert types||Vibration; MP3 ringtones|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 64 GB|
|Internal||16 GB, 2 GB RAM|
|GPRS||Up to 107 kbps|
|EDGE||Up to 296 kbps|
|Speed||HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.0, A2DP, LE, apt-X|
|USB||microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go, USB Host|
|Primary Camera||20.7 MP, 5248 х 3936 pixels, autofocus, LED flash|
|Features||1/2.3'' sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama|
|Video||2160p@30fps,1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps, HDR|
|Secondary Camera||2.2 MP, 1080p@30fps|
|OS||Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801|
|CPU||Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Colors||Black, White, Green, Orange|
|- ANT+ support|
|- SNS integration|
|- TV-out (via MHL A/V link)|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|- Xvid/MP4/H.263/H.264 player|
|- MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player|
|- Document viewer|
|- Photo viewer/editor|
|- Voice memo/dial|
|- Predictive text input|
|Non-removable Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery|
|Stand-by||Up to 880 h (2G) / Up to 920 h (3G)|
|Talk time||Up to 12 h (2G) / Up to 14 h (3G)|
|Music play||Up to 110 h|
A compact phone can be a tough sell, since many people assume it’s just a watered down version of the original. With the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact that’s just not the case, you get all the power and many of the features of the original in a body that’s that much more portable.
Yes, you get the obvious to. Excellent sound quality, 3G, WiFi, 4G and Bluetooth support as well. This is simply a smaller top end phone.
Complaints? Just one really. Because the Z3 Compact is waterproof it has little stoppers that fix over the ports of the phone to keep them dry. Due to the small size of the Compact those stoppers are very fiddly to get on and off. That aside, we love the Xperia Z3 Compact, it’s a small but toop class phone and makes a nice alternative to a big screened giant.
by Dan Forster, Mobile Phone Expert
Dan is our mobile phone review expert helping customers make better buying decisions. With a passion for technology and taking things apart Dan single-handedly reviews all the phones listed on the TigerMobiles.com website.