September 3rd 2014 10:57 am

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Small size, big deal

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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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$380.00

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Critic reviews

8.9
9 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    7.8
  • Display
    8.2
  • Battery life
    9.3
  • Camera
    7.6
  • Ease of use
    6.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.5
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.1
  • Media support
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    7.1

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User reviews

7.8
17 reviews
8.0
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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10
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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10
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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9.0
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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9.0
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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8.0
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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8.0
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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5.0
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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1.0
lopcharm lopcharm

To recommend anything , I have two weeks with the phone, not dropped or hit me , but crashed back , validating vendor warranty in my case Telcel, washed his hands saying it is not a detail factory (it only display the month warranty say you have them ) , they have to send it to evaluate the Sony...

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5.0
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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8.0
adityan adityan

Not bad at all for an android. Sony is delivering top class hardware. Only limitation is the Android software, but running on fantastic hardware. The voice recorder feature is superb. we can set a time within which the voice call is taken over by the answering machine. retrieval of voice is as...

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10
buccob buccob

I have had this device officially for a month, and so far it has been a great experience. In the past I had a Motorola Atrix (it was good the first year, then it was very faulty, hardware wise), then I got a Samsung Galaxy S3 and I had it for a month until it was stolen from me (a great device,...

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10
buccob buccob

I have had this device officially for a month, and so far it has been a great experience. In the past I had a Motorola Atrix (it was good the first year, then it was very faulty, hardware wise), then I got a Samsung Galaxy S3 and I had it for a month until it was stolen from me (a great device,...

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10
alexandervchan alexandervchan

Without a doubt the best phone I have owned (since my indestructible Moto C350 that is!). The best 3 features are things that other phones seem to have totally overlooked in the last few years. It's the only phone out there with flagship specs that is still capable of fitting comfortably in a...

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9.0
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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10
akbarivan akbarivan

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is a beast and also a beauty, or you can say beautiful beast (if you know what i mean) I own it for 2 months, have a smartband talk, have the smartwatch3, love all the Sony product's compatibility This phone is truly ideal for me with the georgeous design and perfect size,...

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9.0
JacquesLeisegan JacquesLeisegan

Awesome phone. I really enjoy the size, its not so big as smartphones are getting these days. Battery lasts for a solid day with moderate use from early in the morning until late at night. Really pleased and money well spent!

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