Best Sony Android phones (2015 edition)


In the past few days, we've been hearing about the end of an era as all indications are that Sony will quit its smartphone efforts as it is preparing to spin-off its losing phone and TV divisions, but while that’s still in the not so near future we can take a look at the best of Sony Android phones so far in 2015.

Sony was the most aggressive phone maker in 2014 as it introduced two flagship phones rather than just one, but we don’t expect it to unveil a new top-level handset at the Mobile World Congress in early March. What this means is that you can stick to the options listed below for more than just a couple of months.

We have summarized the best Sony Android phones in every category, starting with premium and going down in price all the way to the most affordable devices. Take a look at our selection right below.

Premium

Sony Xperia Z3

Price: $569.99 | Xperia Z3 Review

The Xperia Z3 is Sony’s flagship smartphone: a thing of beauty, it consists of a metal frame sandwiched between two piece of glass. The Z3 is extremely well crafted, and it’s also fairly thin at just 0.29” (7.3mm). The phone features a 5.2” 1080p screen, a 20-megapixel camera, and it runs on Snapdragon 801 with 3 gigs of RAM.


Mid-range

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Price: $449.99 | Xperia Z3 Compact Review

The Xperia Z3 Compact is a well-designed phone boasting a 4.6” display in one of the most compact bodies for this size of a device. With minimal side bezel and a captivating translucent finish on the sides, the Z3 Compact is a looker, but visual style is not its only advantage. It is also a powerful device running on Android 4.4 KitKat powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 and featuring a healthy 2GB of RAM.


Sony Xperia T3

Price: $299.99 | Xperia T3 Review

If you’re looking for a more affordable device by Sony, the Xperia T3 arrives at a more alluring price point and it also offers a large 5.3” 720 x 1280-pixel LCD display, a Snapdragon 400 system chip with 1 gig of RAM, as well as an 8-megapixel main camera with a 1.1-megapixel selfie cam on the front.



Affordable

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua

Price: $265.99

Jumping to Sony’s more affordable phones, the Xperia M2 Aqua stands out with its protection from the elements. It’s got IP68 certification, meaning that it is dust and water-proof up to 1.5 meter and for exposures as long as 30 minutes. For all else, though, the M2 Aqua is a compromise: the biggest one is the screen which is a 4.8-inch one with just 540 x 960-pixel resolution (230ppi). The phone runs on Android 4.4 KitKat, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 system chip with 1GB of RAM, and it’s got an 8-megapixel camera.


Sony Xperia E4

Price: Not announced yet

The Xperia E4 is already up for pre-order in many markets, and it is expected to arrive as the new affordable Sony phone. With a 5” qHD display, a quad-core MediaTek chip with 1GB of RAM, and a 5-megapixel camera, the E4 is a true entry-level gadget where price will be essential to its success.

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74 Comments

1. Rydsmith unregistered

Did you really put the Z3 Compact as "mid range?"

2. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Exactly my thoughts.. Besides the 720p.. There's nothing mid range about it. (And less One GB of RAM.. but c'mon)

10. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

It's midrange in just price. The performance is absolutely a flagship one..

20. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

This. /thread.

61. toplintag

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

finally someone with brain!

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

They all look the same.

25. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

It's a good thing because they still look good. All Samsungs look the same but they're are ugly. Same goes for LG, HTC, Apple. Though they look good as well.

28. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Galaxy Alpha, Note 4, A and E series look ugly? Right.

30. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yup. Sooo right ;)

64. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

sure they look better when compared to most Samsung devices, but when compared to the designs of other companies, Samsung still lags

68. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

Even at Sony Show room Sony Xperia Z2 camera doesn't work

71. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

when i say lag, i dont mean software lag. I have the Tab S 8.4 and it runs smoothly. what i meant was that the design lags behind other companies, in other words, samsung designs just arent on par with the competition

60. Remmy

Posts: 189; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

And Samsung phones don't? I can't even tell the difference between the A and E series, and these are from the latest lineup if I'm not mistaken. Honestly, I really don't get why you hate Sony THAT much. And I'm pretty sure you're happy with what's going on in the company right now. I mean, I'm not really a fan of Samsung either, but I don't go in every article bashing over the brands I don't like.

5. PootisMan

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Where did you find the z3 for $569 and the z3 compact for $449?

31. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

amazon. though the $449 is for the z3 compact asian version with LTE not compatible for many US networks, you might want to spend a little more on the american version.

8. Jeangb07

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Sony is back

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

In the weeds. Read about the article that was published yesterday on how bad it may be in the future.

17. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

The power button is only good for 2 years use, it will be broken.

23. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

The Z3 compact is just amazing, but you have to hold it and try it to realize how good it is in every aspect.

32. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

So VICTOR H, how come the Z3 Compact is listed as Mid-Range device? Performance, battery, camera, display, connectivity, design wise it is all flaship material... Would you say the Galaxy Alpha / iPhone 6 / Moto X / Nexus 5 are all mid-range devices? Why because the lack of a QHD USELESS screen? 3GB of RAM instead of 2GB?

37. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Actually, all that you've mentioned are indeed mid range device except for the iPhone 6 and Moto X.

51. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

The Alpha is definitely not a midrange device, neither is the Nexus 5. What's your logic? Screen ppi? A midrange is actually the Moto G, Xperia T2, S5 mini, G2 mini, One mini. I would call midrange on specs similar to: Qualcomm SD ~600

54. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

... I would call midrange on specs similar to: Qualcomm SD ~600-800 Screen ppi less than 300 Storage less than 16GB Ram ~1-2GB Camera 8MP medium quality or lower Limited connectivity (no NFC, no WiFi ac, etc)

72. romeo1

Posts: 824; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

No its not a high end device. Only because of its price. Its actually the opposite of an iphone. Low price high specs. But the iphone is high end because it is expensive.

62. toplintag

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

May-be it's the price he meant which is mid range. really...

35. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

What no Z Ultra? It is still the best large screen phablet at 6.44 inches that is truly part tablet including a landscape dock. The rest are just big phones.

38. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Note 4 is just a large screen phone?

40. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Yes. No landscape doc. Also it is not optimized to lay flat on a table. The screen is too small for a tablet. It is a good device if you like the UI just not really a small tablet.

41. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The Z Ultra can't even match the productivity of the Note 2/3, yet alone 4. All the ZU is a blown up Xperia Z.

42. mixedfish

Posts: 1570; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Productivity like cheating on benchmark scores?

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