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Call Quality

Phone calls are problematic for this smartphone.Phone calls are still problematic for this smartphone.

The Z3v exhibits awkward and unrealistic voices through its earpiece. Essentially, voices have a suppressed tone, and despite jamming it very closely to our ear, voices come off somewhat weak in tone. And the same can be said about the speakerphone’s overall volume output.

Battery

It still pulls in better-than-average battery life, but fails to achieve the same long lasting marks of the Z2 and Z3.

In our battery benchmark test, the Xperia Z3v pulls out a time of 7 hours, 36 minutes from its fully charged 3200 mAh battery. Honestly, the mark is pretty darn good, but it fails to reach the same levels achieved by the Z2 and Z3 before it. Nevertheless, it’s able to power us through a solid one-day of normal usage. Exclusive to this, Verizon’s variant benefits from having built-in wireless charging, which uses the Qi wireless charging standard. Naturally, this amenity causes the phone to sport a slightly larger profile than its siblings.

Conclusion


The idea of recycling phones isn’t a new concept in the business, as many companies have seemingly come out with newer phones that look, feel, and even have similar specs to previous phones. The Sony Xperia Z3v is absolutely one of those phones, since its name implies that it’s a variant of the Z3. However, after checking out the phone in great detail, we can certainly agree that it also has a lot in common with the Xperia Z2. It sports the same design as the Z2, but that's not a bad thing, as it is still a premium glass phone with a waterproof body, although it definitely isn't the most compact one out there. Its screen is also similar to the one of the Z2 instead of the Z3, but that's not necessary a bad thing, as it is more accurate, although not as bright. The processor and the camera are the updated ones that the Z3 offers, so it really is a mix between the Z2 and the Z3. Needless to say, Verizon customers should be pleased to know that a high-end Sony phone is going to be a part of the carrier's lineup – where it’ll sport a 2-year on-contract price of $199.99.

Software version of the review unit:
Android Version: 4.4.4
Baseband Version: 8974-AAAAANAZQ-00074-00
Kernel Version: 3.4.0-perf-g285fd61




Pros

  • Premium made smartphone that’s water resistant
  • Wireless charging is included
  • Support for Sony’s PS4 Remote Play feature
  • Versatile camera that offers a ton of fun modes

Cons

  • Earpiece is a nightmare to use with phone calls
  • It’s slightly thicker, longer, and heavier than the Z3 and Z2
  • Mediocre maximum brightness of approximately 400 nits

PhoneArena Rating:

8.5

User Rating:

9.2
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