Sony Xperia Z3 Review

The Xperia Z3 upgrades only slightly on the Z2, but where it counts – it sports a faster processor, much brighter display, and an improved camera, in addition to being thinner and lighter than its predecessor, still keeping the high waterproof rating.
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152 Comments

2. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Its good but kinds makes me feel like same old honestly. Come on sony. A new design is what i wish to see.

45. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

oh samsung does for 3 years and still gets 9 or above . this gets 8.5 ? not fair

70. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Samsung's reboots are hardcore as hell. For example, the Galaxy S5 LTE A has QHD, SD805, LTE A etc.Plus its Korea only. This uses the SD801 and that's about it and is being released worldwide. No one could get two shots at their flagship for the year. That's cheating, hence the 8.5.

126. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Ok... Where is the video review? STILL, STILL waiting on it... PhoneArena.com you guys are really dropping the ball here!!!

139. MySchizoBuddy

Posts: 159; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

totally. 0.5 points less. rubbish. lets burn phonearena. they are sony haters /s

48. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

This design is way better dude.....this design is just for their flagship. And for compact but little tweaks. They will give some changes in Z4 for sure.... But any way Z3 is freaking gorgeous ....cant move my eyes from Z3.

53. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

In my opinion , the last most stunning looking phone to me was Lenovo K900. I like this too...just wish that there were more vibrant colors and a NEW design.

54. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Love the design of that sharp edged phone.

134. Outdoorluvr

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 26, 2014

If the Z3 looks just like the Z2, I bet the waterproofing is just as bad. My Z2 died after less than a month following a 1/2 hr swim in a pool. IP58 my ***. And beware... Sony doesn't warranty ANYTHING!

153. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

The Z2 and Z3 are certified only for submersion in freshwater to 1.5 meters for 30 mins. not 1-2 hours.

4. lee480 unregistered

iPhone 6 have a better camera? when u have not reviewed him? what a fair statement. Clear Daniel have a (false) impression of iPhone that affected the integrity. of the score. anyways, Daniel P is know for watering down Sony scores. Look how pathetic his list the nay factors. 'Hollow-sounding earpiece'? lol

7. GuitarPlayer

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

iPhone 6 now comes with a much larger display, thinner body, better camera THAN IPHONE 5S, correct this PA!!!

10. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I've read many reviews on the 6 and all are praising the camera so far. We shall wait and see but apple has always done good if not great in this area.

9. TimePass

Posts: 43; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I feel its edges should me more curved then flat. my score 9 / 10.

11. RuiBacelar

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Just...How did the Z2 got 9.2 and Z3 8.5?

14. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Read the review rules my friend. The z2 came out 6 months ago and many phones since then so the rating will change. It's still a great score and shouldn't change anyone's opinion of this phone.

15. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

I think it's because of the screen of the Z3,

23. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

yeah you know how they are picky with the display. i don't understand what happened to sony. they suddenly want a display that behaves like amoled. if that's their goal they should have just shifted to amoled.

77. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

display is not sony's strength... display of Z was behind the competition... then display of Z1 was behind the competition.... finally they fixed it in Z2... but now again they are screwing it... when its LCD, let it be LCD... why try to make it punchy like SAmoled?

87. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Just wring calibration. Their is a setting where u can adjust that. White balance

98. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I know that, I have the same calibration in my huawei phone... but still this calibration is not enough to make the display accurate... when you make the color temperature warm then the colors become greenish and when you make the color temperature cold then the colors become bluesh... white is not a perfect white with any adjustment

147. mohsen1231

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

thats right why z2 got 9.2 and z3 8.5 ? why phonearena ?????

12. AppleJuice

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

That display is a mess except the brightness.

13. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Agreed. However, there is a dedicated setting to change the white balance.

16. RuiBacelar

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Upon carefull reading of the review I get it. The display colours and the somewhat lack of real big differences from the Z2 earned the Z3 the 8.5? That...makes sense actually. Some penalization for not being a worthy investment over the Z2. Btw, Z2 is my daily driver.

67. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

no, there are differences the close to accurate z2 display is now made to behave like a defective amoled in the z3 the inconscpicuous speaker slits near the sides are now made more prominent the marketing is now as childish as others could get (trolling apple whenever there's the chance)

17. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

And soon when they review the iphone 6 it will get almost 10/10. No logic at all. I have to admit though that the colour temperature is wayyy off. What were they thinking?

24. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

sony: look samsung's amoled display is being widely praised. let's make ours act like one and even brigther.

28. AppleJuice

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

They wanted to make an Amoled but failed.

18. Classique

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Wow I love this phone is compelling I've been using WP for the past 2 years and it's my favorite OS (I've owned and used phones with the most recent phones for the Android and iOS) and unless something really compelling comes out from Microsoft by November this is my next phone

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