Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The Extended Sony Xperia Z3 Review

Sony Xperia Z3 Introduction

Recently, Sony has presented the world with a glimpse of its new flagship smartphone that speaks of both, status and functionality. With minimalist signature looks, as well as prominent built quality and water resistance, the new Sony Xperia Z3 sure packs a punch, from its magnificent screen to powerful graphics processor, great 20 megapixel camera and a number of other extraordinary multimedia capabilities that put other manufacturers at awe. We salute Sony's superb effort and admire their craftsmanship and attention to detail. The value that Sony creates, considering everything it brings to the table with the new Xperia Z3 line-up, is pretty impressive. As such, the Xperia line-up consists not only of the Xperia Z3 itself, but also of its, both, larger, as well as more compact interpretations, the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and Xperia Z3 Compact, respectfully. Let's start with the smaller Xperia Z3 Compact, which you can get familiar with through the video below.

Is Sony Xperia Z3 Compact right for you?

If ergonomics isn't everything in today's modern world, it is pretty darn important. With respect to this, the size of the phone plays a role at least as crucial as the phone's design, contributing to the overall feel of the gadget. There are a multitude of reasons why one could choose a smaller smartphone over its larger counterpart. Some people, for instance, have smaller hands, others love the ability to operate their smartphone with just one hand. A phone with a smaller footprint is always easier to pocket and get around with. Thus, some people definitely prefer their phone more on the compact side, rather than large and for them the Sony delivers all of its flagship specs and features in a smaller frame, graced by a 4.6 inch screen. The growing trend in the world, though, is for smartphones to tread into the small tablet territory, with screens constantly getting bigger. For those of us who love their smartphones big, the Sony Xperia line includes the Z3 Tablet Compact. If you dig Sony's styling and are comfortable with a larger smartphone or happen to be interested in upgrading, have a look at the below hands-on video of the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

What are the advantages of owning a Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact?

The increasing overall footprint of smartphones is a trend to be reckoned with and it is here to stay. With that being said, most, if not all, of the flagship smartphones available on the market today come equipped with a display diagonal of over 5''. Some are 5.5'', while other are approaching the 6'' mark. These interesting offerings have been aptly dubbed as phablets, as in a hybrid between a smartphone and a tablet. According to the experts, there's a perfectly good reason backing this tendency. The reason is basically the usage patterns of the phone, we exhibit. Therefore, in line with the research, a modern smartphone is almost exclusively used for media content consumption, from browsing the interwebs to watching videos and movies. Keeping this premise in mind, it comes as no surprise that smartphones are increasingly resembling of tablets, which are so much more convenient for consuming content, due to shear screen size, as well as extended battery life, which comes as an added bonus. So, if you are accustomed to carrying you phone around in your purse, jacket or bag, a larger smartphone is a no-brainer! These are the type of devices that benefit a lot from a wireless headset and/or a paired smartwatch. You see, since the phone is larger, to answer a call you don't need to take it out. You can still see who is calling on your smartphone. The same goes for reading through notifications, as well as managing playlists, since all of these functions can be conveniently performed from the aforementioned smartwatch. Thus, if you are keen on media and love yourself a larger phone with considerable screen real-estate, then Sony's 8.3'' Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact could be the phone for you.


Is PS 4 Remote Play the most extraordinary Xperia Z3 feature?

As we all know, with a six month release cycle the Xperia line of smartphones from Sony is soon getting an update again. With technical improvements to the platform of the Sony Xperia Z2, the Sony Xperia Z3 delivers the news in the features department. Specifically, if you happen to be a Sony Playstation 4 fan, you will be delighted at the news that from now on, you can play your PS4 straight from your Sony Xperia Z3 via your home's wi-fi network, as well as a special connectivity device and a controller. Thus, if ever you are ever forced to get off of TV, but youf gaming craving hasn't been satisfied yet, you can always just switch to your Xperia Z3 and carry on playing. We find this feature quite interesting and are pretty sure it will appeal to all those taking active interest in PS4 gaming worldwide. All in all, the Sony Xperia Z3 seems to be more than living up to its own promise of taking the spotlight as one of the best Android smartphones on the market. We're waiting for the official release in Australia to receive it in our shop, so stay tuned!

Do multimedia capabilities, storage and battery live up to our expectations?

But the PS4 Remote Play feature is not the only interesting improvement that Sony brings to the table with the Xperia Z3. The new generation of Xperia smartphones is as media-savvy as ever with an improved 20 MP camera, that is basically on par with any other point-and-shoot Sony camera, and an ability to record full-HD 4K videos. This time the length of the videos is not limited to 5 minutes, but will rather be dictated by the available storage capacity. Conveniently, the Sony Xperia Z3 has a micro-SD card slot, supporting up to 128 GB of additional storage. The Sony Xperia Z3 does loose 100 mAh in terms of battery capacity - a sacrifice allegedly attributed to the smartphone getting slimmer by 1 mm, as compared to the Xperia Z2. Prospective buyers with heavy usage patters need not be worried though, as the Sony Xperia Z3 sports a new triluminous display that is not only better at colour reproduction, but is inherently more energy efficient, drawing less power. Check out the video below for a more detailed review of the Sony Xperia Z3 screen, as compared to that of an iPhone 6.

How does the Sony Xperia Z3 screen fare in comparison?

As evidenced above, the Sony Xperia Z3 screen stands its ground very well in a comparison to some of the best smartphone displays on the market today, in this particular case - that of an iPhone 6. The big news here comes with the big improvement to Sony's viewing angles, which with the Z3 are so much wider. A drastic improvement is also seen in the department of brightness, allowing the smartphone to be comfortably viewed outdoors in direct sunlight. The colour reproduction, as mentioned above, is pretty impressive, displaying the desirable traits of Samsung's AMOLED displays, particularly in the department of colour saturation. As mentioned in the review video above, while a tad not as bright as the iPhone 6, the colours of the Sony Xperia Z3 are more livid, providing the phone's display with a sense of presence.

Who should consider Sony's new Xperia Z3 flagship?

With that said, who should consider the new Sony Xperia Z3? Well, for once we think this phone is for people who might have used Apple's products before, but are looking for something different this time around. We believe this group will find Sony Xperia Z3 to be of a familiar design, while the minimalist Sony UI will by no means seem overwhelming, but rather feel unobtrusive, intuitive and easy to follow. We'd also recommend Sony Xperia Z3 to a value-conscious consumer, a person that is looking to spend their money on a product of a high quality, a stylish and reliable smartphone. Well designed as it is, we believe the Sony Xperia Z3 will remain current for quite some time, as evidenced by the full-fledged video review above. While Sony Xperia Z3 is not in stores yet, the smartphone's launch in Australia is expected during the second week of October, 2014, so stay tuned for future updates!

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