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…)

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…)

Report: Sony Xperia Z3 Headed to Verizon as Xperia Z3v

Sony unveiled its newest flagship yesterday at IFA, the Xperia Z3, bound for T-Mobile here in the US. However, according to a report from PC Mag, the device will also hit Verizon’s network as the Xperia Z3v in the near future.

Thanks to leaked documents which were unreleased by PC Mag, the Xperia Z3v is shown with Verizon logos on its backside, as well as a list of apps that will come preloaded on the device, such as the Amazon Appstore, Kindle app, and Amazon Music.  (more…)