Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact now out across many regions – let’s hear your initial impressions

by XB on 26th September 2014

in Xperia Z3 series

Xperia Z3 SeriesSony has released the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact devices across many regions around the world. This includes Germany, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and the UK amongst others.

So now that a lucky few have already had a chance to play with Sony’s new flagship handsets, we wanted to ask you what are your initial impressions? Did you upgrade from a previous Xperia, if so, how much of an improvement is the Xperia Z3 series? If you have moved from a different manufacturer, what do you like/dislike? We’d love to hear your views below.

  • Phat-t

    Getting my Z3 Compact next week, can’t wait!! I had the Z then switched to the Note 3 and am happy to go back to the Xperias :D

  • Rifqi Al Fariz

    Any information on Indonesia? Can’t wait to get it!

  • Maxx
  • NathanDrake

    Love my Xperia Z3. Gratz from CH

  • Niclas swede

    Double speaker works incall . :-) and 10times better sound from z2 better screen . Better sound over lay:-)

  • nfs2010

    Looking to buy one in the US – got $600 to spend, picked up a Z2 for $850 off ebay in April :(, so I’m broke atm. Show me a good deal for $600, folks :-)

  • NathanDrake

    you can’t use your pen or pencils right now. probably the next update will enable it.

  • nfs2010

    Also tell us about the colors, bored of black phones. This time white one is full white – no more panda phones :P But I want to try the green or copper one.

  • Sanj Raihal

    Gone from Xperia Z to Z3 and I’m pretty impressed. Nice colourful screen, very quick compared to the Z and it fits about right.. not too small and not too large. Only minor issue is that without a case, it’s slippery.

  • John Doe

    Wait until next month or so, when z3’s will (hopefully) appear in Sony’s USA online store. Don’t waste money on some “grey market” crap without proper warranty.

  • DanielGearSolid

    sell the z2 and you should have enough

  • Uchiha Dare Nial

    Welp,time to sell my kidney for Xperia Z3 Compact,and hope it will make up for lost kidney

  • Lucian

    Waiting for my operator to get Z3C and then getting it immediately. It’s time for my Xperia S to retire, it served me well for last 2.5+ years :)

  • Nightmare

    Dude Note 3 to a Z3 compact? that’s a big change. :D

  • Phat-t

    Yea it’s a Ginormous change! lol I liked the size of the Note 3 at first but it’s just to big for my liking now. It’s a really good phone tho :D

  • gtop

    Still waiting for my preordered Z3C to arrive :( One thing I know for sure: I’ll never order direct from Sony again, the process has been bizarrely convoluted, with many emails and phonecalls back and forth between UK (dept that handles the order), Netherlands (dept that handles the sale) and Czech Republic (dept that handles the delivery).

    But stoked to get my hands on it and try the new music features, eps. the Hi-Res audio (DSEE HX tech) and active noise-cancellation, headphone profiles, etc. This is goign to be a great phoen for audiophiles, Sony just haven’t pushed this aspect of it enough yet IMO.

  • Anzilleo Kristello Mozihim

    Still using the Xperia ZL. And the price of the Z3C here in Malaysia is RM1899.

    Time to get one.

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    I have other Android devices, even a 1020, always fine myself turning back to Sony. Big thing between the Xperia line and other android devices are the great Sony apps. Walkman, and Album apps are one of a kind

  • Ambroos

    DSEE HX and similar technologies don’t do much except fix up extremely low quality music. In the end the DAC and internal amplifier are the same on all recent Qualcomm smartphones. That is: okay, but not brilliant. Although nearly nobody will notice the difference.

    Audiophiles will use a Walkman or a Cowon, maybe with a dedicated headphone amplifier.

  • Phat-t

    Yea dude, I been using Walkman on my Note 3 since I got last year. Love that app

  • Guest

    You know you have only two of them, what are you gonna sell next time (for Z4)?
    #justsaying #ILoveXperiaToo

  • Law Jin Hua

    I love z3 but no money to buy. Haiz… Hope sony can offer 4k vidro and timeshift video for z1 also.

  • Phat-t

    And I even got the Xperia launcher running on my phone!

  • Bur

    I had the Z2, after some issues with my Z2 I got my money back after a few months, now I can take the Z3c or Z2 for the same price. I have to say, the screen isn’t better. Weird enough the screen has a blue-ish tint on it. I hope Sony will fix this with updates because I really liked my Z2’s screen, but I love the size and upgrades the Z3c has. :(

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    You can adjust it yourself in the settings can’t you?

  • Jabin Santos

    z3 and z3 compact prices here in online stores are pretty cheap z3 cost around $652 and z3 compact for $ in the phillipines btw.

  • Rifqi Al Fariz

    Rooted doesn’t count :-P

  • Rifqi Al Fariz

    What issues?

  • killuha

    From which store?

  • Danny

    I didn’t know Z3 and Z3 Compact was release in that many region, I thought it was only India. Now I want it more than ever. USA sure is slow with those. not even pre-order yet. As I’m already with T-Mobile USA, I’m planning on buying the D6616, which I think might be the T-Mobile variant, or the International D6603 and D6643. my problem is, there is no news on whether T-Mobile will have a different design and build like the Z1s and Z1, or same design and build, like the Xperia Z C6606 compare to the C6602 or C6603.

  • ZoubIWah

    yes you can. many reviewers reported that, and that you could just change the settings and the blue tint is gone.

  • Steven Khoo Skkl

    Am from Malaysia too..Could you help me do a personal test in a brightly lit store?Pros and thinking of getting a Z3 after my SPM..Please tell me the price..Ps..too lazy to check price on website and not allow to go out atm

  • SC

    Canada is still waiting

  • ZoubIWah

    very few ppl already received it. no regular customer got it even yesterday.


    but once u use big screen phone even for 2-3 months u will feel uncomfortable to use smaller one

  • Keepin it a 100

    I switched from the crappy Samsung Note 3 to the Xperia Z2, and have not one complaint. My main issue/s with the Note 3 weren’t really with the device itself besides for Samsung’s infamous plastic, but I actually got completely tired of being locked down without root access, having to put up with the shitty bloatware of not only Samsung’s, but a carrier’s as well (At&t).

    Sony’s Xperia Z2 has been easy to root, and damn near close to stock android with apps that actually improve upon Google’s provided apps, ie Walkman

  • User2080

    but will an edo tensei’s kidney be compatible with a living person’s body? i supposed you’re just a reincarnation since all uchihas other than sasuke are already dead.

    good for you you can grow your body parts eternally.

  • Guest

    Not to mention buying unbranded from Sony’s online store ensures the bootloader is unlocked for future tinkering.

  • mountain

    Got my Z3 compact, Z3 dual due to arrive early next week. First, the dimensions of Z3 compact and port positions are exactly the same as Z1 compact, meaning I can use the same case. Screen is bit brighter and bigger, but not much difference. Battery life is not as good as I expected. More or less the same. High ISO is really nice. Finishing on the side is also excellent despite losing its metal frame. Overall, I do not think it justify a full upgrade from Z1 compact.

  • NathanDrake

    Media Markt in Zürich

  • Niclas swede

    Okej but I talk about z3 not compact
    I think u wait for big z3 it’s better
    I must say I hate my z2 only problem they have change 35 parts already . :-P

  • Wes

    The T-Mobile variant is 32GB

  • Van Helsing

    Dude atleast change those fugly touchwiz icons lol, doesn’t match with rest of UI.

  • Jungler

    Smells like another fanboy spy using the Xperia device as a cover up only to mock them. Retard!

  • Sumo

    Good! This is what I wanted to know, the sound aspect of the phone is important to me and aside from having 2 speakers, the incall (this time) works with both of them too! Looks like time for my Z to retire and Z3 to come into my hands!

  • J?nis

    Yesterday i get my Xperia Z3 Compact, upgrade from Xperia Ray. Didn’t get a lot of time to play with it but looks promising. Only a lot of preinstalled apps that can’t be deleted, of course unless you root your phone.

  • speace

    Upgrading sp to z3c ;)

  • fishisnot

    Too bad sony changed the App Drawer button.

  • Hey, be realistic…

    What are you going to have more fun with, a kidney or a Z3 Compact? ;)

  • theskig

    Where are you from? I need a Z3 Dual but is not available in Italy.

    I’m looking for another country to order it online.

  • Drimesimen

    Hey ya!

    Im in Hong Kong, and I picked up my Z3 Copper yesterday. I had a HTC One (m7), but I broke that 3-4 months ago, so I have used an old Iphone 4, which has been hell.

    So far, I am really satisfied. Its superfast, the screen and the design is gorgeous, it is really thin. I was worried that it would be to big, but I dont think so. I compared my Z3 with a mates Iphone 6, and there wasnt really much separating them (size), even though the Z3 has a bigger screen.


  • Vincentius Phang

    i cant believe they’ve launched in singapore and malaysia but not indonesia

  • Md Olyullah Akand

    Just wait for a few months untill Z4 realises. Then the price will drop down…. ;-)

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  • Stanley08

    I own a Z2, My Initial Impression is ‘NOPE’

  • Raj Singh

    I have the Z Ultra and am considering the Z3 but might wait for the Z4. Can’t decide…

  • Rahul Kate

    Got my Z3 yesterday… Awesome phone with great great great battery… Stereo speakers are delite…

  • zip

    Love my new Xperia Z3 Compact. Though I miss the metal frame of my Z1 Compact a bit. And curse you Apple for inventing nano-sim.

  • Lucas Dlugapolski

    so much expensive in Argentina.. Not for now xD

  • Jeffrey Byron

    I can’t wait for my carrier to get a Z3 Compact, Finally get rid of my ‘3yr contract’ Lumia 800.
    Phone selection in Canada sucks, only upgrade I’ve been offered other then samsong & isame are like HTC One V most still running old OS’s.
    Any tips or vids I should see before jumping from WP to Android. ??
    Also before Lumia 800 I had a Red Sony Ericsson W580i, loved that thing until it froze up.

  • Jeffrey Byron


  • Niels d. G.

    A new Lithium ion battery needs to go through several charge cycles before it’s optimal.

  • Steven Khoo Skkl

    Thanks very much..Now I just need a hands on review by someone more trustworthy than normal reviewers online..

  • Niclas swede

    do so :)

  • Bur

    Dude im the biggest xperia fan. I just want to know if I canget the blue hue away. Now im sure that ill be getting that Z3c monday. Only question is black or orange hmmmmmm

  • Bur

    Tnx guys! Defo gonna get the z3c. Hmmm orange red or black

  • Bur

    As you may know, Sony is using new technology to get a brighter looking screen by fusing the power of red and green fosfor in the leds. This makes the screen on a default white balance more blue than normal. But it seems that if you configure the white balance of the phone, it will be normal. I bet Sony will push an update that will fix it on default. Like they did on the Z

  • Stanley08

    At the time of this comment, this post had only 68 comments. Let me just make it ’69’ :p

  • Panji Aditya

    Lol that’s too true!

  • XV user

    tggu 3-5 bulan konpem turun harga lagi..haha

  • Stanley08

    DO NOT USE BATTERY SAVING APPS. All you need is Stamina mode and the other Battery saving features on ur phone. Simple!

  • Stanley08

    Xperia Z3 Users, you can head to my thread on xda here – for battery saving tips. They work on Z3 perfectly also.
    I get up to 11hrs screen time on my Z2. I’m sure you all can get ALOT more.

    Cheers! :D

  • AlastairMUK

    Got my Z3c yesterday and I’ve start the long process of swapping over to a new phone. My HTC Desire S needs to retire, but I don’t want to carry over a lot of the apps and data.

    All OK so far. Wading through all the Sony apps and freebie’s while I wait for my number to be switched over.

    A disappointment was there was no magnetic charger in the box! Just a USB and a mains plug. Seems a little mean not to include the USB to magnetic charger with the new phone.

    Also the appear to be no accessories available yet through the major UK retailers so I can’t buy a magnetic charger or a cover yet.

  • discbrake

    D6616 will have 32gb (all other versions will have 16gb) internal memory and will have different LTE band radios that are specific for T-Mobile USA (LTE bands 2,4,12). Design, materials, and dimensions are identical to other versions. T-Mobile USA will have just one color – black, no variants. I’m waiting for the release also here in the US.

  • Soemone

    Haha me too. Does your battery suck and you camera takes ages to save a photo?

  • Lucian

    Well battery is the only downfall for me. I’m scared to go somewhere sometimes because I’m not sure if it will hold up. Some days ago on a trip I had to use GPS and after 20-30 minutes of navigation battery was half gone.. I’m not leaving without charger. And after seeing what amazing battery life Z3C has it was an instant buy for me :) And same size as XS but with bigger display <3
    I don't have problems with camera on XS but I had them before. Always when I got some problems with my phone I either did factory reset or flashed custom or sony stock rom. Then it feels like a new phone with the exception of battery life.

  • Graham

    Ah but a kidney can be for life while the Z3 will last 6 months by Sony standards ;)

  • Just because there’s a new kidney model, doesn’t mean your old kidney stops working…

  • Chee Siong Lee

    Notifications volume on Viber, Whatsapp, etc are soft even though vol is full on

  • Tomislav Mati?

    Yes they work. But speaker under the screen is louder then this above the screen when phone is ringing.

  • Hans

    In your hands eh? I don’t believe you. You’re only hyped by that review that told you it had a blue tint. Btw who cares about that on a phone screen??

  • Alain Boudard

    Ha ha ! I just switched from xperiaS to z3 compact, awesome trade ! Both have the ideal size in hand ! My old S can have some earned rest !

  • Bur

    Dude my gf has the z3c, I live in the Netherlands. Its here available since 24 september. Its not hyped, its noticable if you compare it to a z2. Why do you have to be so butthurt about nothing?

    And indeed it isnt bad or something. I noticed that the screen looks much brighter because of this. When looking at pictures or movies the Xreality kicks in so no problems there.

    Btw, a phone with these specs and battery stamina, the screen could be black and white and it would still be better than all competition :3

  • Danny

    is that confirm? are you sure? if so, then I might just start buying things like case and screen protector and then buy the D6616 @ Tmobile. U know T-Mobile overcharge their accessories, cheaper online.

  • discbrake

    I’m 100% positive.

  • jag

    any impressions about the walkman, Hi-Res and DSEE HX?? i want to know if it made the listening experience better before i buy. I really can’t decide if i will upgrade from my Z Ultra.

  • Shubham Mutreja

    they must use s master mx amplifier which can make a audiophile extremely happy!!!!!!

  • thumble

    I just got my z3 and z3 compact today two fantastic devices havent try the camera yet actually the z3 was cheaper compaire to the z2 which i bourgth in lat april but i think its worth to upgrade

  • goldenblls

    My Z3 Compact arrived last Friday and it’s been just great. I got the orange version.

    It’s very fast (lock to camera in under a second for instance), very well made and a breeze to use.

    It looks great too. The battery is phenomenal.

  • crazychef83

    well looks like I’m going to wait for the Xperia Z ultra replacement. I wanta phablet not an Iphone6+

  • hotwildguy29

    May I dare say – The best ever phone out there in the market…..shits all over the Iphone, Apple should change their slogan for their products……..Over Priced, Under Performing Piece of Shit….Yep, that’s us #Apple!!!

  • hotwildguy29

    Oh by the way, I have the Xperia Z3 Compact……Switching from the larger old cousin Xperia Z1 ;)

  • larson91

    Upgrade from a galaxy S2 to the white Z3 (thank to my delicious wife ^^)..And woaawww it’s fast.I had the xperia tablet Z ,but seems even faster…will play with it ^^

  • r351574nc3

    Does Zagg support this yet? I’m waiting on Zagg. Also, has anyone out there actually used it or are we all just waiting around?

  • Ezu

    Just had my Z3 and the 2nd day without dropping the phone , the glass on the back just cracked which is not good. better to get a protector for those who wants to get this phone.

  • hmmm

    The glass spontaneously breaks is what youre saying? Seems hard to believe.

  • Ezu

    Yes, I can’t believe it myself too. Still curious.

  • Chris Jman

    I brought mine two days ago, I have a Xperia Z and a Z Ultra.
    My screen or the glass panel on the front side is tight against the right side but on the left side there is a slight gap should I take it back? dose this effect the water proofing or is it fine I wild love some advice as I have a small window to bring it back

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  • wumps13

    My wife bought the z3 compact. It is a beautiful smartphone but there is 2 problems : there is no apps to SD support and with 16 gb that’s terrible. The other problem is that the micro USB cover come out of his place during the day. Not completely just slightly but it is not nice for a new device and we never use it because we bought the magnetic charger.

  • carol argo

    Z3 or z3 compact is an awsome phone ,but if user will loose epicness if they have an unlocked bootloader (because sony doesnt have drm management),might as as well get a samsung galaxy alpha (at least its usb 3)so the 32 gb in it is likelly gona be a 95mb/sec variant or better

  • Parteek

    still no pre orders or release for unlocked Xperia Z3 Compact in Canada.

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