Case-Mate Stand Folio for Xperia Z3 Review

by XB on 27th October 2014

in Accessories, Featured Content, Reviews, Xperia Z3 series


Case-Mate Stand Folio for Xperia Z3_9There has been a dearth of good quality cases for the Xperia Z3 (and Z3 Compact) since the handsets launched. Even Sony’s official SCR24 Style Cover Window is scarcely available. We have recently started to see cases from some of the big manufacturers trickle through and today we are hands on with the Case-Mate Stand Folio for the Sony Xperia Z3 thanks to Mobile Fun, who stock a wide selection of Xperia Z3 cases.

This Xperia Z3 Case-Mate Stand Folio case offers some good protection for the handset in a sleek design, adding little bulk. The case also doubles as a stand when viewing media or browsing. However, we did find a few niggles with the case. Click through to read our full thoughts.

Case-Mate Stand Folio for Xperia Z3 Review

The Case-Mate Stand Folio for the Xperia Z3 has a design similar to most folio-type cases, including a cover for the screen. This cases doubles as a stand and also has a slot for up to two credit cards.

Case-Mate Stand Folio for Xperia Z3 Review

The case includes cutouts for both front-facing stereo speakers as well as the notification light on the top left of the front face.

Case-Mate Stand Folio for Xperia Z3 Review

There is a discrete Case-Mate logo towards the bottom of the case. The material used appears to be some kind of soft plastic rather than fabric/leather. It is slightly textured (not as much as Case-Mate’s ‘Tough’ cases) to give the case some grip.

Case-Mate Stand Folio for Xperia Z3 Review

The camera cutout on the rear of the case leaves enough room around the lens and LED flash. We didn’t notice any issues when taking pictures or with any light bleed when using the flash.

Case-Mate Stand Folio for Xperia Z3 Review

The case includes a protective plastic shell, which you fit the Xperia Z3 into. This provides protection for all four corners of the device.

Case-Mate Stand Folio for Xperia Z3 Review

A slot is also included which Case-Mate says will fit up to two credit cards.

Case-Mate Stand Folio for Xperia Z3 Review

The interior is made from a soft microfibre interior so there should be no worries about scratching your display.

Case-Mate Stand Folio for Xperia Z3 Review

The Case-Mate Stand Folio fits the Xperia Z3 perfectly. However, two issues we found with the case were that 1) it does not have any kind of latch, so the top cover can flip open on its own and 2) there is no sleep/wake function when flipping the cover open/closed.

Case-Mate Stand Folio for Xperia Z3 Review

Very little bulk is added to the thickness of the handset, whilst providing protection on all four corners. There are cutouts to easily access the power button and volume rocker. However, you will need to remove the case to access the port flap that houses the nano SIM and micro SD memory card.

Case-Mate Stand Folio for Xperia Z3 Review

The top allows enough room to access the exposed 3.5mm headphone socket.

Case-Mate Stand Folio for Xperia Z3 Review

The lanyard hole is also exposed so you don’t need to forgo a lanyard if you buy the case.

Case-Mate Stand Folio for Xperia Z3 Review

The left side of the phone is exposed, which means you can access the micro USB port flap and magnetic charging pins.

Case-Mate Stand Folio for Xperia Z3 Review

Whilst we had no problems in using the magnetic pins to charge the phone using an appropriate cable, it would not fit into the magnetic charging dock as the back side of the shell doesn’t allow the pins to connect.

Case-Mate Stand Folio for Xperia Z3 Review

One of the features of this case is the integrated case, allowing you to place your phone in landscape mode to watch video content or browse. This worked as advertised without the phone slipping.

Case-Mate Stand Folio for Xperia Z3 Review

Overall thoughts

There is a lot to like about the Case-Mate Stand Folio for the Xperia Z3. It provides decent enough protection against light bumps and knocks, whilst protecting the screen and adding little bulk to the handset. The stand functionality is another nice addition, as is the ability to hold credit cards (although we’re not sure how many would use this feature).

The only negatives surrounded the lack of any kind of sleep/wake function when the cover is flipped open or closed. There is also no latch to keep the case closed which may annoy some. If you are interested, then Mobile Fun stocks the case for £24.99 and delivers to selected countries worldwide.

Positives

– Access to all buttons (volume & camera) and ports (apart from micro SD, Nano SIM)
– Cutouts for speakers and notification light on front of case
– Protective shell covers all four corners
– Use phone as stand to view media
– Case holds up to two credit cards
– Textured material gives grip
– Slim profile and lightweight, hardly adds any bulk
– Front cover ensures glass screen doesn’t get scratched
– Soft microfibre interior

Negatives

– No latch to keep case closed
– No automatic screen on (sleep/wake)
– Magnetic port is free – but cannot use with dock

Thanks to MobileFun for providing the Xperia Z3 Case-Mate Stand Folio case for review!

  • nofun

    Jut a shame Mobile Fun are a really bad company to do business with.

  • bulky

  • kj marway

    Imitation Saffiano Leather à la Michael Kors (amongst others such as Kurt Geiger).

  • Marco Sobrevilla

    Is there an article on cases for the Z3 Compact?
    Any recommendations on it?

  • olafd72

    Just ordered the offficial Sony SCR24 via Sony. Finally available!

  • Amir

    If the case not made of real leather and cannot be used with dock = no buy. i don’t care if the case costs 1$.

  • ShaunTheSheep

    I just got a similar case off eBay for £2.99 with free postage and I don’t see what I’m missing in not buying this one. Mine has a magnetic clasp thing to hold it closed too. Who pays this much for something which very clearly is made for 50p in China and shipped over in bulk?

  • Tjaldid

    Just to let you know the PlayStation App will be Updated today with a redesign and the option to Remote Play games from your PS4 to your Xperia Z3 device

  • dreamgs1

    for self cracking devices how this going to support? read the latest news.

  • thoughts

    No case is the best case or it must have a keyboard in it

  • Ho Borg

    Do you use any special foil for your screen or is it just the one you get out of the box and you still didn’t rip it off. Anyway it gives the phone nice matte efect – I would like to find such screen protector.

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