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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

from  $229.95+
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88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
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

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.

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

Scores

Engadget

88
 

User Reviews

70
vr304
When working this is an awesome phone.Battery life that eats most other phones....read more
80
Pannakon
I've used galaxy s5, xperia z1, lg g2, lg g4, htc one m7. Therefore, I got many...read more
100
alexandervchan
Without a doubt the best phone I have owned (since my indestructible Moto C350...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
89
Average Critic Score
 
80
CNET
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.
 
80
Forbes
The Sony Xperia Z3 provides an alternative to the monster smartphones, with very few compromises in performance or presentation.
 
100
Pocket-Lint
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.
 
90
phoneArena
The Xperia Z3 Compact takes the successful formula of the Z1 Compact and makes it better in practically every way.
 
80
GSM Arena
Ultimately, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact brings a very capable and stylish package in a comfortable footprint, at precisely the right time.
 
90
TechRadar
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.
 
100
The Guardian
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.
 
90
The Verge
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.
 
90
Engadget
The Z3 Compact is simply the best small Android smartphone on the market at the moment.

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