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Living with the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact: Damn, Sony's phones are getting good

JR Raphael | Nov. 25, 2014
Sony's latest flagship phones are like no other devices out there -- and there's a decent chance one of them might be just what you've been looking for.

The Z3 Compact is a compact device that doesn't compromise

All things considered, the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact provide some of the best all-around experiences you can get with Android right now. They offer unusual features like distinctive glass-centric designs and fully waterproof constructions that allow for underwater photography. And whether underwater or on dry ground, their cameras are truly top-notch and capable of capturing some of the finest photos you can get from a smartphone today.

The regular Z3 has tough competition in its class, particularly considering its limited availability in America, but it's absolutely up there with the best of 'em. If you like its style and appreciate its underwater abilities -- and are okay with the software-related asterisks that accompany those traits -- it's a standout phone I'd eagerly recommend.

The Z3 Compact, meanwhile, is going to be even more of a niche product because of itsextremely limited U.S. availability; you really have to go out of your way to look for it and then also be willing to pay the full unsubsidized cost, which is something most American consumers still aren't accustomed to doing. If you're willing to jump through those hoops, though, the phone fills a huge void in the Android ecosystem -- that of a small-sized flagship that's every bit as impressive as its larger sibling.

The Z3 Compact absolutely nails that -- and if you want a compact device that doesn't compromise, I wouldn't hesitate to pick one up. There's no other current phone that comes close to matching the quality it provides in such a manageable size.

Source: Computerworld


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