Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is one of the best compact Android phones around
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is one of the best compact Android phones around
2:38

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is one of the best compact Android phones around

Phones
The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is everything a small flagship phone should be one year on and it's replacement is finally upon us in the form of the Xperia Z3 Compact. Like its predecessor the Z3 Compact is a shrunken version of the flagship Xperia Z3 is still cramped in much of the same elite tech as a top end model. It's a 4.6 inch phone and that small size immediately makes it more comfortable to use in one then the giant 5.2 inch Zed 3. It's glass design feels great to hold and do prefer its stark look to the LG G3 S and over the rubberized Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini as well. Like the previous Zed series phone, it's completely waterproof, which will keep it safe from accidentally spilled drinks in the pub. The display is one of my biggest disappointments, though. It's physically bigger than before, but it does keep the same resolution, meaning the same amount of pixels have had to be spread further, reducing the overall quality. It's more than fine for everyday apps and games, but up against its full edged [UNKNOWN] big brother, the difference is noticeable. It's at least bright, though, with great colors, so you're sufficiently catered for if you just want some casual Netflix on the go. It's running the latest Android Kitcat software, but Sony has given it a quite extensive lick of paint. You'll find the usual multiple home screens, and there are extra tweaks like a menu off to the side of the app tray that lets you quickly re-organize your downloaded apps. The settings menu was easy to navigate as well; something I definitely can't say of Samsung's recent phone. Although, like Samsung Sony has added quite a lot of extra software. You'll find loads of additions by another standard, which can make it a bit overwhelming, particularly if you're quite new to Android. I recommend clearing out everything that can be uninstalled, before you really get going. I guarantee you really won't miss any of it. At leased very screen to navigate thanks to the extremely powerful processor stuffed inside. The camera on the back has 20.7 megapixel resolution and is capable of taking some truly fantastic shots. annoyingly though, shooting in awesome mode throttles the resolution. If you want to use all 20 megapixels, you'll need to go into manual mode and change the settings yourself. While I certainly think that Sony should have given the screen a resolution as well as a size increase, the Z3 Compact is still a great all round phone, ideal for those of you who want top end performance only in a more comfortable to use size. I'm Andrew Hoyles of CNet and this is a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. [MUSIC]

Up Next

Android 15: See New Features in Action
yt-android-15-clean-1

Up Next

Android 15: See New Features in Action

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra: Ultimate Good Lock Tips and Tricks
240509-yt-galaxy-s24-ultra-good-lock-app-v04

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra: Ultimate Good Lock Tips and Tricks

Google's Pixel 8A Is Here: What's New and Different
240506-yt-pixel-8a-first-look-v10

Google's Pixel 8A Is Here: What's New and Different

Living With Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra: 3 Months Later
240424-yt-living-wiht-s24-ultra-v03

Living With Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra: 3 Months Later

How Google Tests the Cameras in Its Pixel Phones
240417-site-google-pixel-lab-exclusive-1

How Google Tests the Cameras in Its Pixel Phones

The Missing Piece to Apple's Eco-Friendly Mission
240418-site-omt-the-core-problem-of-apples-green-goals-v1.jpg

The Missing Piece to Apple's Eco-Friendly Mission

What's the Future of Phones? Expert vs. AI
240412-site-what-is-the-future-of-phones-expert-vs-ai-v1

What's the Future of Phones? Expert vs. AI

We Revisit the iPhone 15 Pro Max, 7 Months After Its Launch
iphone-15-pro-max-7-months-later

We Revisit the iPhone 15 Pro Max, 7 Months After Its Launch

Xiaomi 14 Ultra Review: The Best Camera Phone I've Ever Used
240404-yt-xiaomi-14-ultra-camera-for-pro-v08

Xiaomi 14 Ultra Review: The Best Camera Phone I've Ever Used

Apple to Talk AI in June: This WWDC Is a Big Deal
240328-yt-omt-wwdc24-v07

Apple to Talk AI in June: This WWDC Is a Big Deal

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core.png

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city.png

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
top-5.png

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
the-daily-charge.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future.png

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today.png

Tech Today

Cooley On Cars
on-cars.png

Cooley On Cars

Carfection
carfection.png

Carfection

Latest News

Everything Announced at Microsoft Build 2024
240521-site-microsoft-build-supercut-thumbnail

Everything Announced at Microsoft Build 2024

Sonos Ace Headphones Get Set to Take on the AirPods Max (First Look)
240520-site-sonos-headphones-4

Sonos Ace Headphones Get Set to Take on the AirPods Max (First Look)

Microsoft Announces First Surface Copilot Plus PCs Powered by Qualcomm
240520-site-microsoft-reax-2

Microsoft Announces First Surface Copilot Plus PCs Powered by Qualcomm

Everything Announced at Microsoft's Surface Copilot Plus PC Event
microsoft-event-5-20-24-20-may-2024-02-00-39-pm-00-08-21-09-still001

Everything Announced at Microsoft's Surface Copilot Plus PC Event

Android 15: See New Features in Action
yt-android-15-clean-1

Android 15: See New Features in Action

If Apple Makes Siri Like ChatGPT or Gemini, I'm Done
240516-site-hey-siri-lets-talk

If Apple Makes Siri Like ChatGPT or Gemini, I'm Done

Bose SoundLink Max Review: How Does It Compare to the Cheaper SoundLink Flex?
240514-site-bose-soundlink-max-2

Bose SoundLink Max Review: How Does It Compare to the Cheaper SoundLink Flex?

Hands-On With Huawei's Pura 70 Ultra
240515-winged-pura-70-ultra-00-01-30-05-still001.jpg

Hands-On With Huawei's Pura 70 Ultra

I Tried Three Fitness Apps to Help My Postpartum Recovery
cs-ai-coaching-seq-00-07-22-19-still001

I Tried Three Fitness Apps to Help My Postpartum Recovery

How Many Times Did Google Say AI at I/O 2024?
Every AI Thumbnail

How Many Times Did Google Say AI at I/O 2024?