Best smartphone of IFA 2014: PhoneArena Awards

IFA 2014 is still ongoing, but at this point, all of the new devices that might be of interest to us have been introduced. We've seen the fantastic Sony Xperia Z3, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the innovative Galaxy Note Edge, and even one very impressive phablet from Huawei - the Mate 7. However, we have the tradition of honoring one handset that we consider most exciting from each tradeshow, so that's what we'll have to do now.

It's a tough decision, because IFA 2014 has presented us with a number of great gadgets. All of the above-mentioned are superb phones that will eventually find their loving audience. And since every person is different and has a different taste from that of others, you can imagine how hard it is to come up with just one device to give the award to. Still, this isn't a "best" list. For all the glamorous phones and gadgets from IFA 2014, be sure to check out our summary post right here. But the idea right now is to choose the one smartphone from IFA 2014 that we found best all-around.

As you can imagine, almost everyone from our team had a different opinion on this, but in the end, there was a somewhat surprising contestant that managed to get ahead of the others - the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.

Yep, this time, we aren't going for the "biggest and baddest" phone there was at the show. This time, most of us have decided to vote for the phone that they would actually choose to carry in their pockets, and it turns out that the Xperia Z3 Compact is the device that fits this scenario best for most of us.

The Xperia Z3 Compact is the second generation of what may be considered Sony's "do-all-stay-small" line of Compact smartphones, and we think the manufacturer has done a wonderful job designing the handset and stuffing it with truly valuable features. In the more than reasonable size of 5.01 x 2.56 x 0.34 inches (127.3 x 64.9 x 8.64 mm), Sony has packed a sizable 4.6" display, the powerful Snapdragon 801 AC processor, a 20.7 MP G Lens camera, a juicy 2600 mAh battery, and even IP 68 water and dust resistance. Sounds like one powerful little beastie to us!

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Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Display 4.6" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Well it is great. I want to see Sony's new design language.

25. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Real powerful little beast... Finishing on this phone is much better than previous Zs.

2. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Lovely PA! Really lovely:)

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

It looks great, no doubt.

32. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

always as usual.... It's Sony

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Wtf. No iPhone is PA changing or what? Anyway. Great choice :)

6. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

It says IFA on the title, bad trolling.

7. jael206

Posts: 147; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Hey! This is best of IFA 2014, so of course no iPhone!

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Apple is not allowed at IFA.

5. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Give me a Google Play edition of this phone and I will buy it INSTANTLY.

8. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I wan't something with a larger screen. I wish Sony had a Z3 Ultra. Something at 6.5" - 6.7"

22. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Just get the tablet compact. It's only a tinnie bit bigger

31. RandomAshole

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Really? Like you don't have ANY other place to post that?

9. N3Z1droid

Posts: 89; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

Nice choice

11. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Z3 compact is just a minor upgrade over Z1 compact, WTF PA?! anyway GALAXY note 4 ruled the IFA, so yeah.

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Ruining the party aren't ya? This is PA's opinion. Don't get WTF on someone's opinion.

14. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014


19. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

that's a cool name :D

21. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

let's just put that Sony didn't have any serious competition :D

29. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

you are forgeting iphone and izombies, so sony has a very serious competition... ok, if not in PA's openion about IFA but in the real world, iphone and izombies will kill z3

30. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Last sentence is lol...... Haha good one

16. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

and every body knows that! Except PA!

18. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Note 4 is not a smartphone because of the size. Even Z3 is also not a smartphone according to the size. If they give awards titled with best gadget in IFA then, Note 4 should be the best.

20. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

true, I knew that one.

23. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Minor upgrade? Maybe the processor is a minor upgrade, but everything else is a big upgrade. The screen is larger despite the phone not increasing in size (in fact, it's thinner), the battery is bigger, and the stereo front speakers are definitely better than the bottom facing ones of the Z1C (that are easily muffled if held in landscape for gaming). The Note 4 is the one that's a minor upgrade. It's one hell of a phone, to be sure, but so's the Note 3, and the Note 4 doesn't really add/change much from the Note 3. It's better, but it's not "way better", while the Z3C is certainly "way better" than the Z1C. Maybe I'm biased. It's been a while since I've "saved up" for anything, but I've got a $20 bill in a glass Coke bottle already to save up for the Z3 Compact. I just hope by the time I can afford to buy one that there'll be good cases and tempered glass screen protectors available for it.

39. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

I think it's pretty good! It has a .3" bigger screen and a 300 mah larger battery all while being 1 mm thinner and same size front.

12. GeekOB

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 26, 2014

PhoneArena Awards!!!! LOL

15. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Welldone Sony. I think Motorola needs to look into Sony's battery design. Is there a Moto X & Z3C comparison somewhere?

17. DeDex

Posts: 121; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Great choice. I'm happy to see Sony rewarded for not forgetting that some people actually want their mobiles phone to be mobile, and thus compact. All they have to do is get rid of their terrible custom ROM for a more stock Android experience (hardware and design quality are enough to make Sony phones appealing, and I think their poor ROM is actually more a hindrance than a feature for potential customers), and they would become hard to beat.

24. bdgcitizen

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 01, 2014

I wish the after sales will good as the phone

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