Video: iPhone 6 vs. Galaxy Alpha vs. Xperia Z3 Compact

We are in the process of wrapping up final thoughts on the iPhone 6, but while it’s still in hand and on our minds, we wanted to compare it to a couple of interesting Android devices that are doing the opposite of today’s smartphone trend – going smaller. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact carry flagship-level specs, but weigh in with smaller bodies and slightly lower-resolution displays, which just so happen to match up nicely to the new iPhone. Funny how Apple went bigger by using a 4.7-inch display, yet these Android phones are technically “small” with their 4.7-inch and 4.6-inch displays.  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Unboxing (AT&T)

When Samsung first introduced the Galaxy Alpha back in August, we weren’t exactly sure what to make of it. Was Samsung trying to take on the iPhone by using premium materials like metal? Was Samsung trying to set a new standard for their design going forward? Were they trying to enter Sony’s “Compact” arena, where you have a smaller device that still packs mostly high-end specs? They may have been trying to do a little of all that.  (more…)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Unboxing

Sony may not have a presence at all in the US mobile market anymore, but within the last year, they really grabbed my attention thanks to their introduction of the Compact series. While other manufacturers continue to release flagship phones followed by mini, low-spec, just-because-it’s-small-it-has-to-be-cheap, variations of those flagships, Sony is taking the opposite approach.

They first introduced the Xperia Z1 Compact as the still-powerful-but-not-oversized version of the flagship, Xperia Z1, earlier in 2014. It was a solid little phone with high-end specs that I tested for a good month or so before moving onto the heavy-hitters released by Samsung and HTC for the year. But then just over a month ago, Sony came back with the Xperia Z3 Compact, the compact, yet equally as powerful and impressive version of their newest flagship, the Xperia Z3. Don’t call it a “mini.” This is by all means a flagship phone packed into the body of a much smaller device than we are used to seeing. As a fan of the original Compact, I couldn’t help myself and picked up the new one too.  (more…)

Sony Posts Two Marketing Videos for Xperia Z3, Highlights Photography

Two promotional videos were published by Sony this morning, showcasing the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. The videos speak highly of the phones’ rear-facing camera, claiming each is a smartphone that is serious about photography.

The commercials are quite cool, too. In the night, they lit up a few snowboarders and had them cruise down the hill, while a man snapped photos with the phone. It probably won’t be the type of scenery you photograph when the Xperia Z3 lands in the States, but again, it does look very nice.

Both videos are watchable below.  (more…)

The Droid Life Show: Episode 69

The Droid Life Show episode 69 is live tonight at 6PM Pacific!

On tonight’s episode, the crew will talk about our review and final thoughts on the Moto X (2nd gen), Moto 360 review, the jank that lives inside Android Wear, Hangouts and Google Voice merging, gauge interest in the HTC Nexus 9, share the latest on the DROID TURBO, and the fact that we have an iPhone 6 in house. The Galaxy Note 4 is also doing its pre-order thing, plus the Galaxy Alpha is coming to the US. We have a lot to discuss, so be sure to join us.

We are live tonight at 6:00PM Pacific (9:00PM Eastern).

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