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By Lionel Quinny in Tekk That! - On

We all have known the Sony Xperia to be a rather sexy device as compared to the rest of the Android smartphone releases every year. Sony first dazzled us with the release of the Xperia Z and since then they never failed at it. Honestly I can go on and on about the Xperia series, but let’s just start with the Xperia Z3 review.

Hardware

The Xperia Z 3  is a sheer beauty, elegant in looks and a tough nut to crack for day - to - day use.
The physical form factor or footprint of the phone is just slightly lesser than its predecessor, check out the slick difference of the dimensions of the new entrant and its predecessor:

Xperia Z 3 --------> 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm
Xperia Z 2 -------->  146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm

But the screen size however has not been altered in anyway, the screen still remains the same at 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.2 inches (~424 ppi pixel density) which is identical to its predecessor. The trick sony did here is that it managed to reduce the bezels around the phone, this made the phone appear smaller and also did not reduce the it’s screen size. The display of the phone is as beautiful as the Z2 and has the same great viewing angles.

The Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z2 have the same sandwich glass design which is so desirable and elegant. However the Xperia Z3 has this sort of curve design to it’s sides.

The curved sides of the phones gives it a comfortable feeling while in hand and doesn’t at all feel that the phone is cutting through your palm.

Under the hood the Xperia Z3 has the same 3 GB ram (same as the Xperia Z2) but comes in with a 32GB inbuilt option (this includes the expandable storage like in the Xperia Z2). It also has the same chipset which is the Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801, along with slightly pumped up cpu with a Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 as compared to the cpu on the Xperia Z2 which was clocked at 2.3 GHz. The Xperia Z3 is no slouch when it comes to gaming, with a GPU of Adreno 330, the Xperia Z3 can more than comfortably handle any games you throw at it. After reading about such high end specs, the next thing that comes to your mind is the battery life. This is where it gets a little tricky, sony has packed a Non-removable Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery in the rear which is less as compared to the one of in the Xperia Z2 (3100 mAh) but not to worry Sony has you covered here with some smart software optimisation and makes sure the user gets more out done from his phone of a single charge.

 

This may not seem much almost the same as the Xperia Z2 but sony has also increased the IP ratings from IP 58 on the Xperia Z2 to IP 68 on the Xperia Z3. Do not hold your breathe to get the same active noise cancelling earphones like you did on the Xperia Z2.

Let’s not forget the beautiful camera that captures such breathtaking images. The Xperia Z3 has the same megapixel count as the Xperia Z2, however Sony has made some changes in it’s lens and ensures better calibrated pictures and a wide angle view.

 

Software

The Sony Xperia Z2 brought kitkat 4.4.2 out of the box whereas the Xperia Z3 comes with kitkat 4.4.4 out of the box. The first thing you notice in the Xperia Z3 is the gallery and music app which have beautiful pinch to zoom and all in all a very clean and fluent UI experience. Also if I may add here that sony Xperria Z3 has done a fabulous job at optimizing the battery consumption with phones these days packing top of the line specs under the hood they also need to make sure that the phone has a well optimized battery consumption technology, I mean the phone after all cannot be attached to the cord or on the charging pad all day right?

Notification tray

The good old quick toggles in the notification area is lost, this used to be hosted on a separate tab. Quick access to the Quick Settings tab can be easily accessed easily with a two-finger swipe from the top. These toggles are completely customizable giving the user the privilege of  choosing from 20+ different toggles and have up to 12 toggles visible.

What’s new

Since the phone has a kitkat OS you would assume that you can access Google Now by swiping from the bottom of the screen but on the Xperia Z3 when you swipe you will see an additional option called ‘What’s new’. This is a uber cool and slick app which showcases the most popular apps and media content for that day. However this is not just limited to google play, it also collaborates data from the Sony’s PlayStation store.

All this being said about the new additions to the Xperia Z3, the question comes down to if you need to get this as a new phone or not?

Let us make this easy for you, If you are a xperia Z2 owner then you would be better off waiting for the Xperia Z4 which will be launched next time around and If you are an owner of another android device, then this is a beautiful and amazing device for you. I can guarantee that this phone is worth every penny that you pay for it.

Lionel Quinny

Die hard Yamaha fan. Tech junky/ soulful biker love exploring the road as well as the tech community. Bugged by android for life. Phone addict, happy go lucky beach lover..

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