Kindly sent in by Vodafone for an honest and un-biased review we have the Xperia Z3.

As you may have heard recently Sony Mobile have announced the next member of their Z line family of Android powered smart phones, the Xperia Z5. So now is a good time as ever to review last years Xperia Z3 that was released in September. Sony is one of the few mobile companies that tend to release two flagship phones within a year. I won’t be going to in depth however as this phone is almost at its EOL.

Technical Specifications:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8974AC Quad Core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 3 GB Ram
  • Available in 16 GB and 32 GB models
  • Support for MicroSD cards up to 128 GB
  • 3000 mAh Li-ion built-in battery
  • Connectivity: 4G,3G,2G,NFC,Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi
  • 20.7 Mega-Pixel rear facing camera
  • 2.2 Mega-Pixel front facing camera
  • 5.2” IPS LCD display (1080 X 1290 with 424 PPI)
  • Android 5.1.1 at time of review (Android Lollipop)


One thing the Xperia line has often been praised for is its design and by holding this device for the first time, it’s no surprise. The outer shell is a mixture of glass for the front and back and a metal band that runs around the side edges of the phone. In hand it really is nice to hold.

At the front of the phone is the 5.2” IPS LCD screen (Obviously). On the bezel above the screen is the usual stuff you would expect to find there, a notification light in the top left corner, a light sensor towards the middle from the left, an earpiece/loudspeaker with the Sony logo above it and the front facing camera towards the right hand side.

On the bottom bezel is the second front facing loud-speaker.

Around the back of the phone is an all glass non user removable cover. To the top left hand side is the 20.7 Mega-Pixel camera with flash below it. Sony branding is in the middle of the rear, while the Xperia branding is at the bottom.

Down the right hand edge of the phone is a flap that covers both the sim and MicroSD slots of the phone, next is a circular power button which Sony have located towards the middle of the phone, the volume rocker and slightly further down towards the bottom is a dedicated camera button.

Down the left hand edge of the phone is a flap that protects the Micro USB port, a two pinned dock connector and down at the bottom is a lanyard loop-hole.

At the top of the phone is a 3.5 mm audio jack with a microphone next to it. This is located to the left hand side. The bottom of the phone is bare.

Another thing to mention is that the Xperia Z family of phone are waterproof and dust proof and this device is no exception.

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Thanks to the full HD display along with some of Sony’s screen enhancement software, the screen of the Xperia Z3 is truly amazing (Even for a 12 month old phone). It’s bright, colourful, is smooth and is great at displaying videos and playing even the most intense games.


Being a previous flagship phone, the performance of this phone at launch was amongst the top. Now a year on, it may not have the latest specifications, but it still going to be as powerful as it was at launch.

If I could sum this phones performance in one word right now, it would be ‘Excellent’. Thanks to that Snapdragon 810 and 3 GB Ram, this phone is not only able to run apps and games smoothly, it is able to multi-task with ease as-well. I was able to use Sony’s Small App function over other apps with no issues at all.

Gaming on the phone is great, I have tried and tested many games on the phone from the smallest such as Angry birds to the biggest such as GTA: San Andreas. All games played smoothly and without any issues. Frame rate was smooth and I noticed no lag at all.

User Interface:

The Xperia Z3 makes use of Sony’s own custom interface on top of Android. Having owned several Xperia devices in my life, I can safely say that Sony’s custom user interface is the best interfaces to be laid on top of Android. It’s not stock Android, but it might as well be one of the closest non stock android experiences to stock android with the exception of companies like Motorola, who use practically stock with a few little extras. Unlike Motorola however Sony do have a custom skin on top of Android, but as I said it is a light skinning, although the differences are very noticeable. Sony make use of their own icons and colourings. There’s one major thing that I really love. Android is renowned for its abillity to be customised to a users choice, however most of the time a user would have to download a launcher from the Google Play and then skins that could be used with the launcer. Doing this took up resources and memory, however Sony have been implementing themes into their Xperia phones for a while now and the Z3 is one of the Xperia line that allows the user to install custom themes out of the box by using the baked in theme software which takes you to the Play Store to download a wide range of themes all made specifically for Xperia phones.


When Sony announced this phone last year, they were rather happy to tell us about this phone having a battery life of up to two days (as opposed to one day, offered by other oem’s). Just take a look at reviews of it around its release and you will see that when new this phone managed to get almost two days on some tests. Well in our test of a review unit that probably been passed around a few times, I am proud to report that I managed to get just over one and a half days worth of use from this amazing phone. During my test I used the phone for light gaming, casual texting and some YouTube viewing.


Another thing that Sony has often been praised on in its Xperia line of smart phones is the camera performance and using the Z3’s 20.7 mega-pixel camera it’s very easy to see why. Photos are clear and crisp in both low light and day time situations.

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I would say that if you are after an Xperia phone but don’t have the cash needed for the Xperia Z5, then this is just as good of an option at a slightly lower price. Great specifications and an awesome design have earned this phone 5 out of 5 and a Gold Reviews Insider Star.

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Dominic ChapmanMobile phones4G,Vodafone,Xperia,z FAMILY,Z3Kindly sent in by Vodafone for an honest and un-biased review we have the Xperia Z3. As you may have heard recently Sony Mobile have announced the next member of their Z line family of Android powered smart phones, the Xperia Z5. So now is a good time as ever...