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Sony Xperia Z3v Review

Sony Xperia Z3v

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Sony Xperia Z3v Review

Sony Xperia Z3v Review
Sony Xperia Z3v Review
Sony Xperia Z3v Review
Sony Xperia Z3v Review
Sony Xperia Z3v Review

Sony makes some awesome Android phones, that’s certainly obvious looking at its portfolio of devices over the course of the last year. Starting with the Xperia Z1, they’ve been able to subsequently become even more relevant in the space with the eventual announcements and releases of the Z2 and Z3 respectively.

Here in the US, however, it’s a strange development with Sony – where they continue to have very little presence. Heck, the only notable Android powered smartphone from the company to come in recent memory was last year’s Sony Xperia Z1S for T-Mobile. Passing up on bringing the Xperia Z2 stateside, Sony has opted instead to deliver the Sony Xperia Z3v as a Verizon exclusive. One can assume it’s a variant of the newer Z3, seeing that it bears its name and whatnot, but is this Verizon bound smartphone capable enough to keep it in contention over other recently notable entrants?

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Getting to know your phone guide
  • Product safety and warranty information user manual


Unfortunately, the Xperia Z3v uses the older body style of the Z2, instead of the refined look of the Z3.

Well, this is certainly an odd revelation! You’d think that the Z3v would bear the newer and more refined body style of the Xperia Z3, but instead, it opts to employ the Z2’s design. Even more concerning is that the Z3v is thicker, longer, and heavier than both the Z2 and Z3 before it. In all fairness, we admit that it’s a premium made smartphone and solidly constructed, especially considering that it boasts an IP65/IP68 rating for protection against dust and water, but its design could’ve been more compelling if Sony favored to follow the newer design style of the Z3.

In differentiating the design, there are some minor changes that don’t technically make it identical to the design of the Z2. For starts, Verizon’s presence is absolutely made known, as logos are found below the earpiece and in the back of the phone. Just like its siblings, many of its ports are covered by flaps to protect them from being damaged when submerged under water – although, newer phones offer nano coating finishes that don’t require ports to be covered. Nevertheless, we do appreciate that the Z3v has a dedicated shutter button that allows us to snap photos under water a lot easier.

Sony Xperia Z3v
5.85 x 2.89 x 0.35 inches
148.6 x 73.4 x 8.9 mm
6.02 oz (171 g)

Sony Xperia Z3v

Sony Xperia Z3
5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches
146 x 72 x 7.3 mm
5.36 oz (152 g)

Sony Xperia Z3

Samsung Galaxy S5
5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches
142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
5.11 oz (145 g)

Samsung Galaxy S5

HTC One (M8)
5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches
146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm
5.64 oz (160 g)

HTC One (M8)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


The specs put it in line to the Z3, but the display exhibit qualities that are more in line to the Z2.

In comparison to what’s been established, the 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 Triluminos IPS LCD display with Sony’s own X-Reality for mobile technology is a decent looker for a contemporary thing. Strangely, though, the screen here has a lot more qualities in common with the Z2’s display – as opposed to the Z3.

First and foremost, the Z3v’s panel achieves a maximum brightness output of 407 nits, which is a far cry from the 713 nits produced by the Z3’s panel. Indeed, it’s still a potent tally to make it visible outdoors, but it’s nowhere in the same scope and range we see with the Z3. In addition, its color temperature of 6886 K, and color reproduction, put it into the same category as the Z2’s display, which on the other hand, is better than the one of the Z3. Overall, what we’re looking at here is the Z2’s display once again – so at the very least, it’s still appealing to the eye.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Sony Xperia Z3v 403
Sony Xperia Z3 713
Samsung Galaxy S5 442
HTC One (M8) 490
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posted on 23 Oct 2014, 08:07

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

165 score on SunSpider seems really sketchy.

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 08:16 3

4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

This is by far the BIGGEST disappointment of 2014. This SHOULD have been the true Sony Xperia Z3 not this busted Z3v in Z2 body. Verizon & Sony should BOTH be ashamed at themselves for bringing this atrocity to the US.

Anyone that has a T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z3 please make fun of whoever buys this bull$hit device called the Sony Xperia Z3v.

Way to drop the ball Verizon & Sony... I hope you guys NEVER pull this $hit again! Do you guys really think we are all stupid!

Gezz! This is probably the most negative post I have ever posted on PhoneArena.com. I just don't understand how anyone high up on Verizon's or Sony's ladder thought that this would be a good idea?

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 08:20

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Imo it's a bigger disappointment than the Z3 was. Leave it to Sony to screw up once again.

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 08:28 6

11. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

I have a feeling Verizon has more to do with this than Sony does. Why make this phone look like the Z2 & call it the Z3v? I am sure Sony would want to have the newer Z3 design representing the Z3v, not the Z2 design.

I don't know, this is super fishy & it smells SUPER rotten! I think Verizon dropped the ball. They were going to release the Z2 but opted not to because the Z3 was right around the corner. So they came up with this bull$hit solution to call it the Z3v...

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 08:09 4

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Japan gets the best shi*, US gets the worst shi*, Europe gets shi*.

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 08:16 3

5. fouadqr (Posts: 326; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)

At least everyone gets SHI*..

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 08:42 1

13. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Well, in Africa most don't even get shi*, which is too bad.

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 11:32

29. SiyabongaMoss (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)

Ehem no sir , I'm in SA ,we'll be getting the regular (intl) Z3 , the Note 4 is already here, our carriers dont add ish to our phones....in fact my last 2 phones(note 2 and S4) were the 32gb variants

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 13:04

30. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Well yeah but if you think of the whole Africa not just South Arica which is probably one of the richest African country, maybe less than 20 percent can afford a smartphone

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 15:10

31. DanteTheGreat (Posts: 57; Member since: 31 Jul 2014)

That's an ignorant statement. I'm a Nigerian, and as far as phones are concerned, we get some of the best s**t as well. Unlocked, with no nonsense bloatware, and relatively cheaper to buy here than say the United Kingdom due to significantly lower prices, there's no popular brand phone you can't get here, be it Samsung, Sony, HTC, Blackberry, Nokia etc. Sony just launched the Z3 here, and the Z3 dual. We even get the Exynos Note 4.

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 22:58

35. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

But as I said, most of the population can't afford them.

posted on 13 Jan 2015, 16:43

41. mqmorasch (Posts: 12; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)

just give up, you are digging yourself into a deeper hole.

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 08:18 1

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

T-Mobile gets the TRUE Z3, so your comment really isn't that valid.

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 08:27

10. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

But it will probably have a T-Mobile logo on it lol. Not a big deal though. But still a tiny tiny super tiny minus :)

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 03:00

37. Odiin (Posts: 352; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)

+1, ha ha ha!

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 08:11 8

3. Noonting (Posts: 133; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)

I hate verizon logo

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 09:06

19. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

It makes anybody to not want the phone because it just ruins the design

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 11:16

28. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

Does anyone remember the abomination that was the logo on Verizon's Note 2? Printed into the Home button, yuck.

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 08:20 1

8. Xenaz (Posts: 144; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)

Both Z2 and Z3 are better than this, the Z3v apperance is simply ruined by Verizon

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 08:23

9. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

It's a Z3 in a Z2 body, so I fail to see how it's worse other than the giant poster board ad placed by Verizon with their logo.

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 08:31

12. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Yes except it doesn't have the Z3 screen though. It has the worse Z2 screen. Not as bright as the true Z3.

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 08:43 2

15. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

This screen is even dimmer than the Z2.

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 09:32 4

22. buccob (Posts: 2732; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

and it is also a bit bigger than both the Z3 and Z2...

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 08:42

14. vintage (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)

The Verizon logo at the top needs to go. Does anyone know why Verizon cant get the actual z3 it would be dumb to buy this one

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 08:49 1

16. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1310; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

i feel sorry for americans, having the stupid company logo stuck on their phones for everyone to see. Makes the phone look ugly.

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 10:51

27. Omarc07 (Posts: 481; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

Actually its only a verizon thing .. Att phones usually have a very small logo that u cant even see it . My att lg g3 has the att logo in the back and its so SMALL that im serious u cant EVEN see it and good thing its on the back the front of the phone is clean it only has thE LG logo in the bttm ..so dont feel bad for all americans u should feel bad for the people that have verizon.. Cuz us americans that have other carriers dont have to put up with stupid company logos all over our phones..

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 08:55

17. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

stupid move from sony or verizon. sony deserves financial failure for allowing something this stupid.

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 09:01

18. Flippyphone (Posts: 67; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)

I don't care what the rationale is, labeling this Z3anything is bogus. When they announced this (and before I realized it was repackaged s**te), I immediately decided I was getting it . And then the hands-on vids came out, and I felt a great big "F' verizon" well up inside me. They have the Moto X, and the Turbo is coming out, and they mix in this weak, recycled crap? In what world does that make sense? I guess they are banking on the non-geeks who don't do any research before they buy who won't know that this really isn't the current version. This really is one of the shadier moves I have seen in awhile.

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 09:08 1

20. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)

Worse than the Z2 and the Z3 imho.

posted on 23 Oct 2014, 09:14

21. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

this deserves a lower score

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Sony Xperia Z3v

Sony Xperia Z3v

OS: Android 4.4.4
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PhoneArena rating:
Display5.2 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (424 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera20.7 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400 processor
Size5.85 x 2.89 x 0.35 inches
(148.6 x 73.4 x 8.9 mm)
6.02 oz  (171 g)
Battery3200 mAh, 21 hours talk time

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