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Sony Xperia Z3 and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact video review

Sony Xperia Z3 and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact video review

The Sony Xperia Z3 and camera-focused Xperia Z3 are the result of Sony's policy of updating its flagship Xperia phones twice a year.

So what's changed from six months ago when the Xperia Z2 and Z2 Compact hoovered up plaudits from punters and pundits alike at the Mobile World Congress tech expo?

Watch the clip and Rob Kerr will reveal all...


Natasha Guyon: So, Rob, what have we got today?

Rob Kerr: We’ve got the flagship phone from Sony, the Sony Xperia Z3, and the smaller version, the Z3 Compact.

The Z3 Compact has a 4.6 inch 720p HD screen. It’s not full HD, but the Z3 is a 5.2 inch, full HD (full 1080p) screen.

And, unlike other smaller versions of flagship phones, everything inside the Z3 is inside the Z3 Compact.

So it’s the same, very fast, Quad Core 2.5 GHz processor, with the same 16 GB of storage, and more importantly, the same 20 megapixel camera.

So what are the main differences between these two and the older model?

The Z2 has the same 5.2 inch screen as the Z3, only the Z3 is now lighter and thinner. And, if you look at the corners, they’re nylon capped.

When you drop a phone, normally it lands on the corner. So, with the nylon caps, it’s more impact resistant than aluminium which gets bent out of shape.

And there seems to be a new green colour here. What colours do these two models come in?

Both phones come in black and white, and the Z3 also comes in a silvery green and a copper gold. The Z3 Compact comes in orange and green besides the black and white.

How does the camera compare to the old model?

Both have 20.7 megapixel cameras, but on the Z3 and the Z3 Compact there’s a new lens. It allows more light in, and a wider shot as well.

So, you can capture more people inside any pictures you take. And, there are some new features brought in as well.

The Z3 is capable of 4K video recording, as is the Compact.

That’s four times the quality of 1080p, it’s a really sharp, crisp image – the kind of quality you have on 4K TV’s at home.

And, then there’s the AR effect where you can add objects to pictures you are taking or videos you’re recording.

Tell me more about the apps. I noticed there’s the PlayStation app here?

Setting itself apart from the Z2, is its ability to actually play PlayStation 4 games. It streams it to the phone, almost using the phone as the TV screen.

It works in conjunction with a dual shock controller, and the update is coming for this in November.

With apps like that, I imagine it really drains the battery life. What’s the battery life like on these two models?

Both have a new two day battery life. It’s longer than the Z1 Compact, and longer than the Z2.

So, the Z3 has 30 days on standby and 16 hours talk time, and the Z3 Compact has 38 days on standby and 14 hours talk time. But there’s also a way of extending the battery: the battery stamina mode.

Just to show you, it’s under power management. As it stands, the battery life will be exhausted within one day and fourteen hours, and that’s on 62% battery life.

When you activate the Ultra Stamina Mode it gives you eight days under the same kind of usage.

I’ve heard these phones are waterproof, is that true?

That’s true. They have a higher waterproof and Dust Tight rating than the Z1 Compact and the Z2. On the beach, no dust will get in and ruin the phone, and taking the phone underwater is fine as well.

So you can actually use the phone underwater?

You can take pictures and record video underwater.

The Z3 is around for under £30 with 1 GB of data, and the Z3 Compact is around for under £25 a month with 1 GB of data.

That’s brilliant, thanks Rob. See you next time.

See you next time.

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