In this day and age where smartphones with less than 5″ screens are being shunned many people, there are some sections of users who still prefer a phone which can be operated using a single hand and fits in the shirt pocket. I think 4.5 – 4.7″ as the ideal screen size with enough real estate for working on a smartphone and being pocket-able enough. So when I got a chance to the just released Sony xPeria Z3 Compact I was excited to take it for a test run.
- Measuring 127.3 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm and weighing 129 grams its just about the right size and weight to be used with a single hand. The fit and finish is typical Sony xPeria Z series with impressive build and good looks.
- The 4.6″ screen with 1290 x 720 pixels (319 ppi) is great to look at with vivid colors and excellent brightness. But at nearly a price of 40K (INR) a full HD screen would have been nice.
- The internals is close to current gen flagship phones with Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5 Ghz and 2 GB RAM. The UI is neat and fast. I generally prefer the xPeria Launcher to other 3rd party launchers out there.
- The internal memory is 16 GB with a option to add microSD card. And connectivity options like LTE / 3G / Bluetooth / USB / NFC is all there.
- It runs on the Android KitKat version 4.4.4 and according to news the Lollipop version of Android should be available by January 2014.
- The main selling point of Sony xPeria Z series is the camera and it does well with a 20 MP back camera with flash and a 2 MP camera at the front. The camera is further enhanced with a slew of dedicated apps to improve your photography as well as making it fun with Augmented reality apps.
- Another improvement is the front firing speakers making the sound more audible and clear.
- The other good thing is the 200 mAh battery with Fast charge option and from a moderate usage terms it gives 2 days of battery life which is a impressive feat for today’s smartphones.
Finally at 40 K (INR) is a tad costly but with premium build and internals and a compact build it’s definitely worth a go … And you can get it here …