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Sony Xperia Z3: Pros and Cons

Android OS v4.4.4 (KitKat)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC
Adreno 330
3 GB / 16 GB
5.2 inch (1080 x 1920 px)
20.7 MP, 5248 х 3936 px, autofocus

Sony announced the launch of the Xperia Z3 smartphone in 2014. The manufacturer is offering this smartphone with 5.2 inch IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC SoC, and 3 GB of RAM. The smartphone runs on the Android OS v4.4.4 (KitKat) operating system. This phone uses a high resolution 1080 x 1920 px, 5.2 inch IPS display. This phone has only one rear-camera (20.7 MP, 5248 х 3936 px, autofocus) on its back for photos and videos. Will it prove its worth? I aim to reveal that by the end of my review.

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This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device. The specifications below are from the official manufacturer data, but we also consider user reviews. If you've seen any mistakes or things missing in these specifications, please let us know.

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Sony Xperia Z3 specifications

BrandSony
NameXperia Z3
ModelD6603/D6643/D6653/D6616
Release date2014

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight5.36 oz
Dimensions5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inch
Colorsblack, copper, silver green, white
SIM typeNano SIM

The weight of the Sony Xperia Z3 is still considered to be lightweight and portable. Smartphones use a Nano SIM as a subscriber identity module (SIM), which is a chip card.

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System, chipset, performance

OS versionAndroid OS v4.4.4 (KitKat)
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC
CPUQuad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
GPUAdreno 330

The Sony Xperia Z3 comes with Android OS v4.4.4 (KitKat) out of the box. Android is an open-source operating system. This means the source code is free to the public. The quad-core mobile CPU can provide fast and efficient performance for mobile games. Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices use Adreno GPUs.

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Display type, size, resolution

Display typeIPS
Screen size5.2 inch
Resolution1080 x 1920 px
Multitouch supportyes, up to 10 fingers

People know IPS for its wide viewing angles. It also has accurate color reproduction. The 5.2 inch display make this smartphone pocket-friendly. The display size is the diagonal distance from one corner of the screen to the opposite corner.

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Memory, storage

RAM3 GB
Internal storage16 GB
Memory card slotmicroSD

The smartphone has 3 GB of RAM. It can run many apps at once without much lag or slowness. Having more RAM alone does not guarantee better performance. If you use your smartphone for basic tasks like calling, texting, and browsing the web, 32GB may be sufficient for your needs. You can expand the internal storage of the Xperia Z3 (16 GB) by using a compatible microSD card.

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Cameras, flash

Main camera20.7 MP, 5248 х 3936 px, autofocus
FlashLED
Selfie camera2.2 MP

You may have budget limits. Or, you may prioritize other features over a multi-camera system. If so, this single camera setup can be a good choice. The Xperia Z3 does not have optical image stabilization (OIS).

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Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G / 4G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetoothv4.0, A2DP
GPSA-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
NFCyes
FM radioyes, with RDS
USBmicroUSB 2.0 (MHL TV-out), USB Host
Headphone3.5 mm jack

The Sony Xperia Z3 supports 4G/LTE networks. This Sony phone can connect to Wi-Fi networks at home, at work, or in public places. You can use Bluetooth to connect your Xperia Z3 smartphone to many Bluetooth devices. This phone has a built-in GPS receiver. This phone is NFC (Near Field Communication) capable. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows you to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Ion 3100 mAh, non-removable

The Li-Ion 3100 mAh, non-removable battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The Li-ion is a low maintenance battery. It does not need periodic full discharge. The Xperia Z3 does not have a removable battery, it integrates the battery into the phone's design.

Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, barometer, compass, gyroscope, proximity
SpecialsWaterproof

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The accelerometer provides information about the smartphone's movement in three axes. These are X (horizontal), Y (vertical), and Z (depth).

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this Sony phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • microSD slot

Cons

  • limited-size screen
  • insufficient internal storage
  • single camera setup
  • no OIS function
  • no 5G support
  • no Type-C USB port
  • low-capacity battery
  • no fingerprint reader
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Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
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