The Sony Xperia Z3 is Sony’s brand new flagship phone.
The Z3 is mostly glass, with a glass front and back – providing a smooth surface to hold in your hand. The sides of the device are made from aluminium which is smooth and flush to the glass on the device. On the top of the device you have a headphone jack and a small hole for the microphone. On the left hand side you have your charging ports. One is a magsafe-style charger and the other is a Micro USB port behind a cover (since this device is waterproof, although I have not tested this). On the right hand side you have your microSD/SIM Card Slot. The power button, volume rockers and dedicated camera button.
For dimensions the device is 14.6cm tall and 7.2cm wide and 7.3mm thin, which makes it a fairly large device, but even at this size the device is still comfortable in the hands.
A few things I would have to fault with this design is that the power button is a bit small, luckily there is an option which will allow you to double tap the screen to turn it on – but I do wish the power button was a bit larger. The second thing would be that the glass is very prone to fingerprints and smudges, and the final thing is that the covers over the USB charging port and microSD card slot can be an annoyance to remove – but that isn’t a deal breaker.
The Z3 comes with Sony Xperia: UI out of the box, which is Sony’s Android Skin. I’m not an enormous fan of this skin because Sony’s icons don’t really match the feel of Android. I had to replace the Xperia keyboard with the Google Keyboard because I was finding it difficult to type on the device, but apart from the icons and the keyboard the skin is fine. Sony Xperia: UI runs very well on the device and doesn’t lag at all which helps provide a good and consistent user experience.
The Z3 has a 5.2 inch 1080p LCD display, which provides bright and vivid colours to the user making pictures and videos great to look at. Viewing angles are also very good on the display. I did have disable the automatic brightness option because the screen looked a bit too dim though.
The camera is the main selling point of the Z3, on the back it has a 20.7 megapixel sensor which lets you take in-depth, high quality photos. The camera also supports 4K video recording at 30fps, 1080p video recording at 60fps and 720p video recording at 120fps. The camera app also includes a lot of extra features that utilize the camera. On the front of the device there is a 2.2 megapixel camera which can record 1080p video at 30fps.
The file sizes of photos are around 3.5 megabytes, but the videos are a lot larger – with the 4K sample coming in at 115mb for 17 seconds, which could fill up the devices storage quickly, but you can upgrade the devices storage from either 16 or 32 gigabytes by up to another 128gb using a microSD card.
Performance is not an issue on the Z3, the device rocks a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor running at 2.46 GHz, with 3GB of RAM to keep the device running. Apps take around a second to open and I was able to play games on the device without an issue. The only thing you would notice is that the very top of the device would get a little warm when playing games. I did some benchmarks on the Z3 and it came just below the Samsung Galaxy S5
Battery life on the Z3 is very impressive, battery inside the Z3 is 3100mAh in which you’ll easily get a full day of use on the device without having to plug it in.
The Z3 is a very premium device and that comes at a cost (£549 November 2014). But if you want a high quality build phone with a great camera and screen I would highly suggest it to you.