Xperia Z4 (Z3 Plus) is less slippery than the Xperia Z3

by XB on 5th June 2015

in Hands On, Videos, Xperia - Japan Models, Xperia Z4 and Z3+ series


Xperia Z4 slipperyPretty much most of the Sony Xperia Z flagship range of phones have been slippery phones to handle, not helped by the use of front and back glass panels. However, Sony appears to have improved handling in the latest flagship, the Xperia Z4 (Z3 Plus).

The frame of the Xperia Z4/Z3+ includes a very small groove/lip on the edges, which apparently markedly improves grip. This includes better grip both in the hand and even on surfaces. The short video demonstrates this, comparing the Xperia Z4/Z3+ sliding on an incline versus the Xperia Z3. Looks like Sony has made a lot of small changes to the Xperia Z4/Z3+ to improve it over its predecessor.

The Xperia Z4/Z3+ edge (top) has a slightly raised edge versus the Xperia Z3 (bottom)

Xperia Z4 edge

Xperia Z3 edge

Via ITMedia.

  • ramuk

    Small but necessary improvement like this make a great overall experience. Details really matter. Good Job, Sony.

  • I’m feeling better about the Z3+ with every article. Its not often you hear about these very little changes. Usually people look for innovative changes. But man Sony has made some really nice subtle changes to significantly improve the product.

  • Brick

    I never had grip problems with my Z3. I don’t want to imagine how greasy your hands must be for you to have poor grip on it. Shaking your hand must be a nightmare of slime and germs.

  • illstplaya .

    Yeah I never have a problem holding my z1s either. But it seems like we are in the minority on this one. Most people seem to have some trouble holding their phones no matter what OEM makes them.

  • shhh

    So, they conclude the Z line with the Z4/Z3+ with these subtle improvements for a fitting end as they go on with the new flagship line. Farewell, Z family.

  • Timel

    Love the Japanese and their attention to detail. My list of often ignored recommendations for the ultimate phone are:
    1) Better in-call volume – It sucks on Z2
    2) More ergonomic phone towards ear placement area. Call is a phone’s basic function (we keep forgetting that) but I cannot talk more than two minutes on my Z2 before the rectangular edges start biting into my ear.
    3) Less overheating: Nothing unusual here but overheating while on call is damaging. Quite often I have been left red eared while on call for even 3-4 minutes. When my mom calls, it becomes a medical emergency.

    I really hate the roughness around the edges of the screen of my Z2 (haven’t tried Z3,4,5….). It should be a buttery smooth feeling all around.

  • bilomar

    Don’t have that problem either but the phone likes to become a skater as soon as is out it somewhere. That can be a real problem when it falls on the ground.

  • RealityCheck2015

    That is the best YouTube Video i have ever seen :D

  • Timel

    Just as I suspected. Timel is actually the mod themselves, keeping their audience engaged. When I post as Timel, my post gets ‘deleted’. Like this one will be…:)

  • Gadget Lover

    “When I post as Timel, my post gets ‘deleted'”
    Here is my question – when you not post as “Timel” which account do you use? And how many account do you use to troll here?

    Ha ha ha. Nobody is lame enough to pretend to be you. Now you are accusing the moderator because he threatens you to ban from the site. You are truly and utterly pathetic. And you are shameless. If you have any shame you would have leave this site already.

  • Timel

    Prediction : Timel will say nice things about Sony and Xperia and post less worthless comment in the future because he is too afraid to get ban from this site.

    Hi I’m the real timel And I have no problem with the Moderators

    And I just wanna say that your Prediction is absolutely bullshit, Sometimes I said bad things about Sony phones , Sometimes I said good things about Sony phones as well, I’ve done like this since the first comment until this comment, since I know this website and I will not change anything

  • TechGuyChris

    Notice how this article was about an improvement that they made to their phones. Timel and I always point out their flaws while you and everyone else here are blind sheep and realize these issues yourselves yet continue not to say anything but instead praise and praise that Xperia phones are the best phones ever and nothing can ever be wrong with them. Once me and Timel point out something that they can do to improve or what they’re doing that is way wrong, we’re yelled at.. Yet, here Sony is, listening to complaints and making an improvement… And guess whos reporting about it. Xperia blog. dun dun dun.

  • Timel

    Hi the fake Timel

    Fuck you!

  • Camilo Uribe

    My VAIO Pro !! :3 !

  • Gadget Lover

    I don’t know what your real name is but I’ll tell you what you are the biggest loser I ever see in the internet. You create multiple accounts just to troll and you talk to each other like you are different person. “point out the flaws” my ass. Yeah, we may be blind sheep but atleast we are not the worthless samsung paid trolls anyway. And we have enough brain to post valid criticism here without posting the hate comments and also we have enough brain to figure out who the real fan and who is not. But you, you are totally worthless.

  • Timel

    LOL

    No one cares or even notice this stupid improvement

    People want the big improvement about camera quality which stil stuck with the same old shitty camera until the fifth generation, what a shame!

  • TechGuyChris

    you do know how to click my name to see every post i’ve made right? I’m sure yo’ll see I defend Sony more than I criticize them. Dude dont even go there.my PSN Id is techguychris, my domain on the web is TechguyChris. I have a youtube page named TechGuyChris, I own everything techguychris on the web including my Ustream and Twitch and twitter channels.. So for saying that, i’m going to have to say that you are the biggest loser who doesnt even attempt to research crap before posting. Blind sheep. i actually praise Sony when they do stuff right for once. Again, look at my post history on my disqus profile.

  • Luís Alberto Pérez

    All this “improve features” existed on Z2. So glad for recently buying my Z2 because it’s almost exactly the Z3+ but cheaper and already available.

  • Timel

    Thank you so much my friend ^^

  • Timel

    LOL

    you’re clearly the truly Sony fan man ^^

  • Gadget Lover

    Before I reply to your comment I tried twice to read your past comment by clicking on your name but I couldn’t. I don’t know the reason but whenever I click your profile it lead me to another profile. Anyway, taking about sheep, you are not any better. If you are such a big fan of me then you would have noticed that I posted multiple comments regarding how Sony should improve their camera and lens performance. You seem to read Timel’s comment yet you haven’t tried to rebuke Timel when he post hating comment on each and every articles here. You are a total worthless shit anyway if you think Timel is the real Sony fan. And your attempt to defend Timel makes you even more loser than you already are.

  • Timel

    “Small but necessary improvement like this make a great overall experience.”

    Want a great experience?
    Then Sony must improve the camera quality, no one cares or even notice this small improvement, people want the big improvement about camera quality.

    Until the fifth generation of Xperia Z, Sony flagship phones are still stuck with the same old shitty camera, such a shame!

  • TechGuyChris

    I never said I was or wasnt a fan of you Gadget lover and i’ve seen your posts before.. What ID is it showoing you when you click my ID? And I have rebutted Timel once before regarding a feature That SONY has that not even apple and samsung can match. That was their Video Unlimited service. Start watching a movie on any Sony device, pause that movie and resume it on your Xperia device where you left off. I tested it on my xperia tablet z and sony blu ray player i have. Its in my history..

  • DrazenDodig

    Z3 is really slippery due to glass back, which video demonstrates… Slippery as in slips from the table on its own, like what video shows (not out of hand). Mine dropped dozen of times so far due to this slippery back so this is big improvement. There is no problem to actually hold it.

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  • Svnjay

    Doesn’t the Z2 have a rubber grip?

  • Svnjay

    You sound so desperate…

  • Svnjay

    That’s what I didn’t like about the Z3. Sony removed the rubber grip. I doubt that the Z4’s aluminum grip will be as effective as the Z2’s rubber grip.

  • Svnjay

    You praise Sony, Timel does nothing but bash Sony.

  • Gadget Lover

    Desperate to gain some credibility again. He is using his other accounts to support Timel accounts. LOL. And some lame tactics to attack me and moderator.

  • Timel

    You mad?
    There’re lot Sony fanboys that don’t blind and bias like you

    Again I’m a Sony fan and I just want Sony to improve, just that.

    I never hate Sony but I must confess, I pretty hate Xperia fanboys here.

  • Gadget Lover

    Don’t reply to him. I’m doing some research. I’ll handle him and nail this guy with proper reply.

  • Svnjay

    I spoke to Papsnarf on YouTube. He said that he’s not Timel.

    http://i.imgur.com/yzT65La.png

  • Svnjay

    Yes, he’s now accusing the mods of trolling.

  • TechGuyChris

    Ok. i’ll be waiting!

  • Gadget Lover

    Despara loser bring friends to defend himself, LOL. Don’t worry I’ll nail that worthless S__t anyway. Leave this to me. Its really easy to nail loser paid trolls anyway.

  • Timel

    Bullshit

  • Svnjay

    Good luck :)

  • Timel

    LOL

    Y u so obsessed with me Svnjay? Hahahaha

  • Svnjay

    I’m not :P

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  • Luís Alberto Pérez

    Yes and it’s very effective. Better grip and protection for the screen.

  • Akand

    I’m using Z series from end of February 2012 (one week after Z got released in Germany). Now I own Z1 and Z2. In this more than 2 years I never drop my phone for being it slippery. I dropped all three models a lot of times accidentally, mostly pushed by passers-by.
    I don’t know how the people complain about slippery. Are my hands extraordinary or glue-y??

  • ZoubIWah

    Sometimes i leave my z3 on the shelve and a bus comes by – vibrations and it falls. Kinda extreme but the change is welcome

  • Matt

    Bashing and supportive critique are different from eachother.

    Constantly saying a phone is shitty and praising absolutely everything else to be perfect it what I categorised as complain.

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  • Stark

    man reading the comments. timel finally exploded and whatever’s left of his brain finally evaporated into space. it will be a good day once his acc is banned.

  • hmmm

    Finally,something good….but android M is a disaster!!! “One of the most immediately noticeable visual changes to Android M is the new app drawer. This now scrolls vertically instead of horizontally, and is held against a white background, rather than a muted shade of your homepage wallpaper.” YOU JUST RUINED THE PHONE!!!

  • azzido

    Hey I saw recently an article about new Sony Vaio tjin notebook, is Sony still manufacturing it??? I want to buy a new gaming notebook and would be intrested in it (including gtx980m graphics, core i7 4GHz and ssd for the system). I know this thin this was not for gaming / not what I am looking for (intel hd…) but still for sure it was new Sony Vaio. Can anyone confirm Sony is still producing it?

  • Timel

    You can’t disguise what’s the real timel and the fake Timel

    Such a stupid person ever

  • Geese Howard

    Now THAT is a good one… mods trolling XD lol

  • Timel

    “He is using his other accounts to support Timel accounts”

    So speechless man hahahaha

    If Im not mistaken, last time you said “Timel is papasmurf” right?
    Yeah dumb as always, you think you’re smart or something? Hahaha
    you are nothing but just a worthless dumper. You’re imagining things again and again… keep do it man, make me laugh at you again and again.

    “LOL. And some lame tactics to attack me and moderator”

    LOL I’m so pity you indeed , you’re such disgusting person, it’s so funny that you think I want to attract you, hahaha that’s absolutely bullshit, don’t flatter yourself please!

    oh and Sorry, me and moderators, we’re fine.

    “I’ll handle Timel and his beloved friend TechGuyChris”

    Up to you man, you sick!

  • Timel

    It is such a sad story LOL

    Want to handle me?
    You even can not distinguish what is real timel and what is the fake timel and you said you want to handle me Really? Hahahahahaha

    Please don’t make me pity you more than this. LOL

  • Anselmo

    Sony xperia z was released in 2013, february!!!

  • Battal Aljadei

    If you’d call that an improvement you’re a cheap, and to Sony i know it’s a very cheap company in improvement and upgrades .

  • mibas66

    First you have to learn English, second : flag you and ignore

  • mibas66

    Flag and ignore

  • mibas66

    Flag you and ignore, flag and ignore, ignore and flag

  • mibas66

    Flag and ignore, ignore and flag!

  • mibas66

    Ignore and flag

  • mibas66

    Ignore you flag you, flag you ingore

  • Akand

    Ohh yeah!! It’s my mistake. Corrected. Thanks.

  • Lunkz

    To bad the Battery Cap is lower then the old one…

  • HAWX

    Some other companies don’t even think those details like in the iPhone 6. So that’s an important detail and details make the difference.

  • HAWX

    Me too man. I think some people’s hands have more moisture and others have dryer hand. And Dryer hands are more slippery against glass back of Z series.
    But that lip is well thought detail and very important improvement If you put your phone on desk and try to do some tasks (e.g. especially in class) that’s an improvement that will make most people from being sick to being happy :)

  • vzangel

    Not the most scientific test, but it seems to work. Looks like Sony did a lot of refinement that they aren’t advertising, typical Sony.

  • TechGuyChris

    great! then im not complaining

  • TechGuyChris

    why are you flagging a debate i am having with @fanofxperiadevice:disqus just cause im in disagreement with him? now he probably will never be able to give me a good reply like he said would yesterday. @mibas66:disqus you are a loser

  • TechGuyChris

    hey im still waiting on your good reply to me gadget lover after doing your research… you never gave a good answer…

  • h2oflyer

    Small improvements are great! Just what’s needed to make the Z3 even better. Too bad Samsung can’t learn how to do this.

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  • Timel

    Yup loser.

    That’s all the loser like you can do

  • Timel

    Samsung made the big improvement with their S6 series.

  • Timel

    This stupid improvement is not good enough to make anyone interested in Z3 plus

    Overall, Z3 is still Boring and has nothing special and its camera is also worse than other flagship phones. It must be so stupid if you buy this phone, Don’t waste your money with Xperia Z3 plus, you must wait the the Xperia Z5

  • Matt

    No,don’t stop complaining.

    It is ok to complain! Just like you said, company grow from dissatisfied customer.

    But for the love of God instead of this: ” xperia camera sux ass even a potato cam is better, the processing is shitty. Samsung is better , HTC is better, f*ck you Sony”

    Try this

    ” the camera could be improved, the image processing still quite awful, especially the sweep panorama feature is really hard to use”

    Bothbpost are complaining, but only the first one are written by a prick.

    Sony might or might not read this comment but complaining on article in more civilised way makes xperia blog easier to read

  • arcu de triumf

    Yeah, small improvements. They were the ones who put the glass on the back. Now they found out that the glass slips. Ok. That’s why they don’t make the car wheels out of glass but rubber. A mobile should give a good grip I don’t know what principles they have there.

  • Timel

    Yeah loser
    That’s all you could do

    Don’t wanna hear the truth right Loser?

  • mibas66

    Ignore and flag, flag and ignore

  • Timel

    And You should learn how to accept the truth because it’s just the only way that can help you from being a Loser like this

  • mibas66

    Flag and ignore – flag and ignore him

  • mibas66

    Ignore and flag, flag and ignore the troll

  • mibas66

    Ignore and flag, sent from my Galaxy Note 4. Ignore and flag Timel

  • Timel

    Ignore?
    It’s impossible
    Just look at yourself mibas66
    You only can flag me but it’s clear that you will never be able to ignore me hehe

    And You should learn how to accept the truth because it’s just the only way that can help you stop from being a narrow minded Loser like this

  • Timel

    “He is using his other accounts to support Timel accounts”

    So speechless man hahahaha

    If Im not mistaken, last time you said “Timel is papasmurf” right?
    Yeah bullshit as always, you think you’re smart or something?
    you should know that you are nothing but a worthless dumper. You’re imagining things again and again… Lol

    Whatever keep do it man, make me laugh at you again and again.

    “LOL. And some lame tactics to attack me and moderator”

    LOL I’m so pity you indeed because you’re so disgusted

    And It’s so funny that you said I want to attract you, because that’s absolutely bullshit hahaha
    Don’t flatter yourself please! people like you are too worthless to me.

    oh! and you should know that me and moderators, we’re fine.

    “I’ll handle Timel and his beloved friend TechGuyChris”

    Up to you man, you sick!

  • Timel

    Such a sad story that You can’t even distinguish who is the real timel and who is the fake timel Hahahahahaha

    So I don’t think you can handle me or anyone, because you’re too dump hahaha

    Oh goshhh I can’t stop laughing
    Please don’t make me pity you more than this. LOL

  • mibas66

    Your truth has to be everybody’s truth!!?? Ignore you and flag you forever, ignore and flag

  • Timel

    LOL you look so pity hehe

  • Timel

    The truth is the truth
    But your biased isn’t the truth

  • h2oflyer

    It’s the small usable improvements that make each version better, rather than WOW marketable features propped up with advertising

  • h2oflyer

    I switched from Z2 to Z3 and didn’t notice any change in grip, actually, the Z3 is easier to hold because it’s thinner and edges are rounder.

    Small usable improvements, such as a brighter screen that you can actually see in sunlight are what counts.

    Everyone wants to brag that their older cheaper model is as good as the new one. Total BS when comparing Z2 and Z3.

  • Timel

    This small improvement is useless
    This small improvement is not enough to make anyone interested in Xperia Z3 Plus
    People don’t even notice or cares this small improvement, people want the big improvement about the camera which is the worst thing of Xperia flagship phones, Sony must seriously improve their camera quality on Xperia devices.

  • Timel

    Hey bro
    Thank you that ununderstanding me my friend

    I’m sorry for that brainless fascal

  • Luís Alberto Pérez

    It’s not BS. In my country Z2 price: 300 euros. Z3: 500 euros. All those so called improvements doesn’t justify the extra money. They are practically the same device. Same processor, same ram, almost same screen, same graphics, same internal memory. I have to work hard to earn my money. For someone like me Z2 is by far the better option.

  • Timel

    Galaxy Note 4 is fugly like your behaviour

  • h2oflyer

    If you hold Z2 and Z3 side by side they are not almost the same. The Z3 is almost twice as bright and that is one of the major improvements .

    Each to his own on feature value. The Z3 is thinner,lighter, easier to hold, better waterproof flaps, better speakers, and better resale value. Worth the extra money to me.

  • Luís Alberto Pérez

    Still doesn’t justified for me the 200 euros difference between then. I rather buy two Z2 instead of one Z3.

  • mibas66

    Ignore & flag

  • mibas66

    Ignore and flag, flag and ignore

  • mibas66

    Ignore and flag, flag and ignore him

  • mibas66

    Flag and ignore, ignore and flag him

  • mibas66

    Ignore and flag, flag and ignore…by the way, I love being a looser. Ignore and flag

  • mibas66

    Ignore & flag

  • mibas66

    Ignore and flag

  • h2oflyer

    You obviously have never used a Z3.
    Two Z2 does not make a Z3. I do know as I had both.

  • Luís Alberto Pérez

    One friend of mine owns a Z3. I had held both devices in my hand. Even had the opportunity to compare using the same applications on both devices.
    Z3 still is over priced. All those “extra fixtures” doesn’t justified almost double the price of Z2.

  • h2oflyer

    OK, I understand, the Z3 “extra features ” not worth the money.

    Would your friend trade his Z3 for a Z2 plus 200 Europe…probably not.

  • Timel

    Yup, your mother must be proud

  • Timel

    Gosh You don’t even have a brain
    So pity you and so sad for your parents.

  • Luís Alberto Pérez

    He doesn’t because he have more money than me. ;)
    I don’t have the possibility to expend 200 euros more for almost the same device even being better (not by far but only slightly better)
    All the things you do with your Z3 I can do with my Z2 for half the price.
    This isn’t only my opinion but also from 90% of the reviews I watched before buying my Z2. Erica, PhoneDog, Android Authority, PocketNow concludes the same.
    I didn’t upgrade from a Z2 to Z3… I upgrade from Z to Z2.

  • Timel

    Hey bro

    Thank you for understanding me my friend
    You’re a true Sony fan and me too

    Just don’t give a fuck those brainless rascals, I’m sorry to see they’ve gotten you wrong but they’re too worthless for you, these people are too blind and biased and also cant distinguish anything.

    And I’m sorry maybe because of me that make you get involved in this stupid situation.

  • h2oflyer

    There are those of us that buy the latest technology when in need of a phone.

    And there are those that are always waiting on something special to come along and stick with yesterday’s phone.

    Maybe the Z6 will be awesome!

  • Bashar

    One of the things that really bothered me about the S6 is that slippery as hell, even more slippery than the Z3.

    I’m glad the Z3+ fixed this! It really makes a difference

  • Bashar

    If you think the z3 is slippery you seriously should try the S6 :)

  • Timel

    You are one brilliant chap aren’t you? I posted as another user with the same account and nothing ever happened. I am a Sony fan btw. Then I changed my name to Timel, posted something genuinely nice about Sony and my comment got deleted. Get the picture now?

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