Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

88
Engadget
Score
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review: small size, big deal

Summary

Smartphones that are small in size, but big on performance are a dying breed. With the Xperia Z3 Compact, you get the all the care and attention Sony gave the bigger Z3, just in a more petite package. That includes an elegant design, a (mostly) good camera, strong computing power and spectacular battery life. The Z3 Compact is simply the best small Android smartphone on the market at the moment.

from $259+
Pros
  • Incredible battery life
  • Top-tier performance
  • Flagship design and build quality
  • Reduced in size, but not capability
Cons
  • Poor low-light camera performance
  • Sony's Android skin feels antiquated
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review: small size, big deal

Smartphones are getting bigger with every generation, every new model. Even Apple, champion of the small screen, has finally caved to the trend. Over the past few years, however, some of the major smartphone players have taken to creating "mini" versions of their top handsets to satisfy those who still crave a smaller device. While these petite imitations benefit from shared design and branding, their hardware specifications are usually no match for the flagships they mimic. Sony does things a little differently, though, shunning the "mini" moniker and preserving as many high-end features as possible in its smaller devices. Case in point: the new Xperia Z3 Compact, which crams the best of the 5.2-inch Z3 into a 4.6-inch body, and is basically everything you could want in a smaller smartphone.

Read Full Review

Scores

Engadget

88
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
8.0
Display
8.2
Battery life
9.3
Camera
7.6
Ease of use
6.0
View All Scores

Specs

Xperia

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16
Screen size
4.6 inches
View Full Specs

Specs

Xperia

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16
Screen size
4.6 inches
View Full Specs
Video

Related Video

Xperia Z5, Z5 Premium, and Z5 Compact Hands-On

Xperia Z5, Z5 Premium, and Z5 Compact Hands-On

Posted   09.01.15
View
Similar Products

How It Stacks Up

90

Moto X Pure Edition

Engadget

90
 

Critic

8.6
 

User

9
 
No price available
87

Nexus 6P

Engadget

87
 

Critic

8.7
 

User

9
 
No price available
88

G Pro 2

Engadget

88
 

Critic

8.2
 

User

9.3
 
No price available
80

Xperia Z5

Engadget

80
 

Critic

7.8
 

User

Not yet scored
 
No price available
84

One (M9)

Engadget

84
 

Critic

8.1
 

User

8
 
Starting at
$431.99
Requires Contract

The Latest

18h
Watch PlayStation's E3 2016 event in a movie theater
18h ago in

Watch PlayStation's E3 2016 event in a movie theater

Sony's PlayStation E3 Experience is back, with over 85 theaters showing the presentation live.

View