September 3rd 2014 10:59 am

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A classy flagship with great battery life

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If you owned the Z2, or even the Z1, there might not quite be enough new here to bother upgrading -- unless, of course, you're just due a new phone anyway, and you like what Sony is putting down with the Z series. But, if you're currently in the market for a top-flight Android handset and are particularly interested in good battery life, this might be your best bet. Even if battery life isn't a priority, the Z3 is still worthy of your attention -- even if it's just because it's the dictionary definition of an all-rounder.

Critic reviews

8.8
8 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    9.2
  • Display
    9.3
  • Battery life
    9.8
  • Camera
    8.8
  • Ease of use
    8.4
  • Design and form factor
    8.6
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.7
  • Media support
    8.7
  • Durability
    8.6
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    8.9

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User reviews

8.2
19 reviews
9.0
Engadget Oct 6, 2014

For a phone that, initially at least, looks a lot like the one it's meant to replace the Z3 has a few tricks up its sleeve. Best of all is the standout battery life. Android photographers will love the camera too. It's easy to recommend the Z3, unless you're upgrading from the Z2, of course.

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9.0
CNET Sep 30, 2014

The Sony Xperia Z3 is Sony's most formidable to date with a formidable display and promising features that easily give Android competition from HTC, LG and Samsung a run for their money.

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9.0
The Guardian Sep 26, 2014

It has a tough job on its hands battling with Samsung and Apple, but the Z3 is comparable in most ways short of a fingerprint sensor. A worthy contender for the next six months with the great battery life making it one of the best smartphones currently available.

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9.0
phoneArena Sep 19, 2014

The Z3 has a thinner chassis, faster processor, brighter display and better photo and audio quality than the Z2, while keeping everything else great intact. These might not seem significant upgrades each on its own, but the cumulative effect is pretty powerful.

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8.0
TechRadar Oct 1, 2014

While not a mind-blowing step forward, the Z3 is a real improvement on the Z2. However, without Remote Play and the slight bugs in the OS, it's not a top phone yet - when PS4 functionality appears, we'll update the review.

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8.0
Digital Versus Sep 18, 2014

The Xperia Z3 is a top-tier smartphone with solid performance, speed and versatility thanks to its software and multimedia services. The camera is also a little bit better, but there are still a couple hicks here and there that make it difficult for us to give the Z3 all five stars.

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10
Stuff Sep 22, 2014

Refinement more than revolution, the Xperia Z3 is the phone the Z2 should have been and every bit as good as that sounds.

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8.0
NDTV Gadgets Sep 25, 2014

Sony really has managed to improve a phone that was already pretty impressive. We enjoyed using the Z3, but we have a feeling that Sony's pricing and pace will make it easier and more sensible for a lot of people to keep themselves one step behind the curve.

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10
chrmahr chrmahr

The best Android on the market. The cam and battery life is just a dream... The only thing I can criticise is the back of the phone due to the glass => very slippery. Watch where you put the phone or it starts sliding all over the place :-)

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3.0
Siaw Siaw

It claims it is water proof and dust proof but inferior glass used to build the phone doesn't allow much outdoor/sport use. Do not recommend this phone unless you are very cautious and never will drop your phone....

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6.0
josephcarasso josephcarasso

Overall nice phone, particularly the one with 2 Sim support. Pros: good built quality, 2 sim cards, speakers truly excellent, as are the playing capabilities of the Walkman app, very capable hardware (processor, ram, screen). Waterproof is a pro and also a con. Materials used too. Cons: absence...

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9.0
Joshiboy Joshiboy

Had this phone for over 3 months now and can safely say I've never been so satisfied with a almost perfect devise. Having tried or had many past and current offerings to the high end smartphone market; various Samsung galaxy series and notes, HTC sensation xe and m8, crApple iclones, Nokia N...

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10
adjfire adjfire

I have had my phone now for two months. My battery lasts two days. The battery life is absolutely amazing. I dont even have to have it in any type of battery saving mode. One time I ran the phone down to 14% and then imposed the battery saving mode it stayed at 14% for the two hours I had left at...

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8.0
rakhinesmn rakhinesmn

I love all the features, water resistant, battery life, speaker, rear camera, almost everythings. But i really hate that is easy to crash and the front camera is not so good if compare with other phones.

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10
Pkuzmin Pkuzmin

I thing this is the best SMARTPHONE even its better than S5 active,but ofc Z3 cant campqre with Note 4 or Nexus 9 they are phablet and tablet :)

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9.0
beefjerky beefjerky

I've had my Z3 since early November and can find very little fault with it. The display is large and beautiful, the ergonomics for a phone this size are very good... I use it one-handed with only a little bit of stretching necessary, and I have pretty average sized hands for a guy. The UI is a...

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9.0
zaki67 zaki67

I have owned almost all the flagships in this category and this one is the most trouble free and has the best battery life of them all.

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6.0
winstondon winstondon

PRO: Battery, looks great, waterproof CONS: Reported mic issues (mic input too low), Loud speaker not loud enough on speakerphone, bend easily, Low GSM signal when compaired to iPhones/Note 4/ASUS PadFone on the same network. Rubber cap broke off after few months of use. Yes...beware of...

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