September 3rd 2014 10:57 am


Small size, big deal


The Xperia Z3 Compact is easily the best small Android smartphone. Low-light camera performance aside, it has everything you want in a flagship handset, except maybe a fingerprint sensor or coffee maker, packed into a neat and portable package. Its rectangular design might not appeal to everyone, but it's an extremely well-built device with a certain understated elegance. You've also got yourself a great camera as long as conditions are favorable, and all the power you could possibly need with a quad-core 2.5GHz CPU at its heart.

The Z3C's endless battery life is truly something to behold, and compared with competing handsets of a similar size, it's reasonably priced, to boot. The reality is you don't have much choice if you're after a top-spec device that comes in under five inches, but Sony's shown once again that a smaller flagship doesn't necessarily need to be a lesser flagship.

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CNET Sep 25, 2014

The Xperia Z3 Compact's improved design, vast amounts of power, decent battery life and waterproof body help it maintain its position as one of the best mini flagships around.

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Pocket-Lint Sep 26, 2014

There's so much to like about the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. It's one of few devices as powerful at this size, offers great battery life, is well designed and fully packed with features.

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The Guardian Oct 6, 2014

It is a harder sell against the iPhone 6, which has stronger name recognition, but those looking for a smaller, more compact Android phone that is every bit a flagship phone but not 5in or bigger finally have a phone worth buying.

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TechRadar Oct 4, 2014

If you are looking for a feature-packed phone that looks fantastic and performs brilliantly, then you'll be very pleased with the Xperia Z3 Compact.

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The Verge Oct 3, 2014

The smaller and cheaper Z3 is just about the perfect size for a phone while retaining the excellent battery life and performance specs of the outsized flagship handset.

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Forbes Sep 27, 2014

The Sony Xperia Z3 provides an alternative to the monster smartphones, with very few compromises in performance or presentation.

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GSM Arena Sep 12, 2014

Ultimately, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact brings a very capable and stylish package in a comfortable footprint, at precisely the right time.

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rickgadget rickgadget

Very slippery phone - glass front and back. A case is an absolute must. Mine cracked without being dropped, I think because I had it in my coat pocket on a cold day. Carrier wouldn't do a thing for me. Too bad - otherwise a nice phone. Can't recommend it though.

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boppel boppel

Overall a great smartphone. But the durability is catastrophic - one small (!) drop will completely destroy the front and/or back glass and thus make the phone unusable. Not what I expect from and advertised outdoor capable phone!

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danleeuk74 danleeuk74

The last outing for the Xperia Compact line was pretty much well received by most, including me. I said it then, and say it again now - Sony's Z1 Compact was a fantastic rival to the iPhone 5, while it didn't sell in the bucket loads; partly down to Sony's crappy marketing I'm sure, it did stand...

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matevzB matevzB

After using the Samsung Galaxy S II for three years, I decided to switch to Sony Xperia Z3 Compact mainly due to its dimensions and features. The spotlight is one feature that I was using very often on Samsung and is very disappointing in this Xperia - it really looks like a tiny candle and is...

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