Sony Xperia Z3 Revisited: Is it Still Worth it? 6 Months Later

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How does the Sony Xperia Z3 hold up 6 months later? With an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop, a lot of original shortcomings seem to have been fixed. But is it still worth the purchase? Let’s find out.

Sony Xperia Z3 Specs:

Dimensions: 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm & IP68 certified (dust proof and water resistant)
Display: 5.2-inch IPS LCD 1080 x 1920 Resolution
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad-core 2.5Ghz
GPU: Adreno 330
Memory: 16 GB – Storage, 3 GB RAM, MicroSD Card Slot up to 128 GB
Camera: 20.7 MP, autofocus with LED flash

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45 Comments on Sony Xperia Z3 Revisited: Is it Still Worth it? 6 Months Later

  1. i've got the compact version for 1,3 years now. the glass pannel in the back has now cracked on 3 places. But that isn't the thing that really frustrates me. The flaps you have to open and close when you want to charge the phone though are frustrating me more every week.
    The software and audio are the parts i keep loving.
    ain't going to buy another glass back phone next time though.

  2. Has it been updated to 5.1.1 now or is it Marshmallow? Any updates on the camera front as camera boot up still light years slow, processing of photos is extremely slow, photos remain cool and zoom has so much noise.

  3. This may be kind of late but I'm hunting for a second hand Z3 around and so far I've found some deals at around $190-280. I'm not sure why a lot of these second hands are having some "top area touchscreen" issues after the Lollipop update (as they said) but I better just avoid those ones. I'm deciding which color I should get and I know the black is pretty much universal but as you said it attracts a lot of finger prints and for me the white one could get messy after awhile and I've had experiences where the white front becomes yellowish after some time. I'm leaning towards the copper or silver green, what are your thoughts?

  4. hi frndzz I want to buy z3 compact but people's are saying indian quality is bad so u purchase from abroad it is true am confused what should I do from where I have to buy

  5. hey, Im a proud owner of Sony Xperia Z(c6603) and I'm using my Xperia z for more than two years now. I use my phone for Multimedia usage and gaming(MKX and Asphalt) on daily basis. My Xperia Z is still running good with a pretty good battery life and the performance is excellent. I've accidentally dropped my phone lot of times ,more than i could remember and yet there is no shattered screen or broken glass.
    Some of the problems which i face are:
    1.Camera: Lack of camera shutter, Autofocus lag and poor low light performance.
    2.Speaker: average performance and
    3.Lags under heavy usage.
    So I'm planing on upgrading to Xperia Z2 or Z3 and id like to know which xperia product would be satisfactory ? and id also like to know weather the charging dock comes with the box or to be bought separately ?

  6. I am planning to buys this phone however I have received many negative comments from my family members who claim that Sony phone is not great at all and I can get a better phone which offer better performance at a lower price, is this phone worth buying and will it become laggy? I'm not really a heavy user but I got that problem I'm Samsung so that why I decide to switch to Sony but everyone is saying Sony smartphone is bad. I need help

  7. I'm planning to buy this phone. Im just worry about the overheating issues when using the camera and playing hd games, the usb flap (will eventually keeps popping when you often charge via usb cable), and also hearing news about back glass cracking due to overheating.

  8. Got the Z3 black version, and i love it. put google now launcher on it, and it feels like stock android. the battery is great, two days and over 5h screen-on-time, with the powersaving modes, you can get a lot more.

  9. thanks for the video man! ive been using Z series since it first started…. i gotta tell you man, its so bad…. ive always had trouble receiving or sending text or receiving phone calls. the battery? HORRIBLE! doesnt lasts a day according to Sony and i dont have the screen on full bright and its on stamina….

  10. Great review!
    I'm considering buying either the Sony Xperia Z3 or the Samsung Galaxy s6, which one would you have gotten if you could afford both? Why?

  11. What a great review mr. Muniz !
    im watching you from Saudi Arabia and i have a question what do you think about the new Sony Xperia Z3+ ??
    I'm planning to buy an android phone this month and i would definitely appreciate if you review the Xperia Z3+  and compare it to its Predecessor Z3 or at least give us your opinion about the two phones.   
    Thanking you.

  12. i have the phone.. its sooooo awesommmmmee
    yea it's great.. phone works well in every situation…phone call or watching video using speakers or quality through headphones is amazing.. after many samsung phones and a motorola … i am finally satisfied.. even the camera is great.. some comparison videos will not give the camera a high rating..but from a user point of view ..its great…there is a white balance issue..but its kind of resolved with lollipop update.. battery is awesome like you can kind of try to kill it and it still will make it till the end of the day.. loving phone to buy right now if you don't care about any gimmicky features of samsung..heart rate sensor and the lot..

  13. I have a Dual Sim version of the phone. One of the reasons I love it is because it has all the same features of the normal and Sony released the Lollipop update at the same time as they released the normal Lollipop update. I've had it for 5 months now and I get the same battery life as the normal Z3 and it has never lagged or got stuck

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