Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Now Available in the US Via Sony’s Store for $529

Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact, a flagship type phone in a much smaller than normal body, is now available for purchase in the US as an unlocked device for $529. Sudden availability is a little surprising, if I’m being honest, as Sony tends to take their sweet time bringing newly announced phones to our shores. While we weren’t expecting the Z3 Compact to arrive at a carrier near us, the phone as an unlocked model seemed like something that wouldn’t be arriving for months. Thankfully, our gut feeling was wrong there, because this is an awesome little phone, for the most part, especially if you are into smaller phones.  (more…)

Sony Xperia Z3 Arrives at T-Mobile on October 29

Can you believe it? A Sony flagship phone is coming to two different US carriers around the same time and well before that phone is too old for anyone to care about it. The Sony Xperia Z3 is officially coming to T-Mobile on October 29 for as little as $0 down and $26.25 monthly payments. If you know that the Xperia Z3 is the phone for you, feel free to pre-order on October 15.  (more…)

Xperia Z3V Gallery and Hands-on

Today at a NYC press event, Sony revealed their next partnership with Verizon Wireless with the announcement of the Xperia Z3v. This new device comes with a bevy of impressive features including a 3200mAh battery with wireless charging and Remote Play capability. The press event to unveil the device was filled with motivational videos and talk about empowering the next generation of users to be able to connect, create and share moments. There were live demos on stage and they even gave us a release date (which Android manufacturers usually have trouble with). But is the device worth all the fanfare?  (more…)

Verizon to Carry Sony Xperia Z3v on October 23 for $199

It’s official – Verizon is going to carry the Sony Xperia Z3v on October 23 for $199 on contract. This is the Xperia Z3 that was announced at IFA, but with a couple of new features, like wireless charging and a slightly bigger 3,200mAh battery.

Overall, you are looking at a 5.2-inch FHD display, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, micro SD slot expandable to 128GB, 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 20.7MP camera, and amazing battery life. Of course, this will run on Verizon’s LTE network and is also still waterproof.   (more…)

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…)

Unlocking Xperia Z3 Compact Bootloader Worsens Low-Light Camera Performance, May Affect Other Apps

The message from most smartphone manufacturers seems abundantly clear – bootloaders are better locked. Even OEMs which ship so-called developer devices seem to do all that they can to dissuade the average user from flashing unauthorized firmware, whether by posting scary disclaimers or disavowing all responsibility for damage. Sony, it seems, has adopted a far harsher tactic for those who bravely unlock the Xperia Z3 Compact’s bootloader, which is to degrade the user experience. (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…)