• Our Sony Xperia Z3 review


    The Z3 runs Sony’s custom Android launcher plus it comes with a bunch of Sony apps. I used to think that Sony’s Android phones were pretty light in bloatware department but over time, I've found that Sony has started to pile on the extras.

    Sony has a lot of heritage as a audio and visual company so it’s cool that they want to include their own music, and video players, but they also include way too many other programs. Here’s a list:

    • Walkman
    • Album
    • Movies
    • PlayStation
    • What’s New
    • Sony Select
    • Lifelog
    • News from Social Life
    • Video Unlimited
    • TrackID
    • Smart Connect
    • Xperia care support
    • Backup & restore
    • TrackID TV
    • Xperia Center
    • AVG AntiVirus
    • Navigon by Garmin Xperia Edition (comes with 60 day trial)
    • Xperia Lounge
    • Sktech

    While a couple of these can be uninstalled, the others, are stuck there.

    A couple of extras is usually a good thing but out of the box, the Z3 has so much extra ‘stuff’, it can be hard to find the programs you actually want to use.

    I mean I don’t have a problem with Sony’s movie rental service Video unlimited but why couldn’t they just make it part of the movies apps? Ditto for the TrackID apps, they should just be built into other apps rather than being separate ones.

    Worse yet, Google has their own versions of some of Sony’s apps so you end up having 2 sets or programs fighting over your phone.

    I’m not a big gamer but apparently you can use the Z3 to play games from your PS4 remotely. I don’t own a PS4 and didn’t give this a try.

    Anyways, Sony has done a reasonably good job of keeping their phones updated so hopefully all these extra apps won’t keep them from being able to update the Z3 in a timely manner and hopefully they’ll keep it supported for a while.


    Powering the show is a 2.5Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801. The Z2 runs and Samsung Galaxy S5 Active have the same processor clocked at 2.3Ghz. Not surprisingly, all phones have very similar benchmark scores.

    As a Phone:

    Maximum earpiece volume is average. Sound quality is good.

    Maximum speakerphone volume is good but it comes at the expense of sound quality which is a bit rough.

    RF performance is excellent.

    The large 3100mAh battery is one of the biggest out there and should last pretty much anyone including power users the day. It can even make it through half the next day for most.

    Media Capabilities:

    Sony has been marketing their phones as having xLoud speakers for a while now but the Z3 is first one that actually comes with really great speakers. They’re powerful, have decent range and you get two so they’re stereo

    The headphone jack is sounds great and is very powerful.

    You only get 16GB of storage of which around 10GB is available. Did I mention that recording 14 minutes of 4K video takes up around 6GB of space?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Our Sony Xperia Z3 review started by howard View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      Nice review, Howard
      While I like reading about the flagships phones out now, it just seems to me like they are all pretty much the same with one thing or another to set them apart from each other. The same processors, nearly the same size, great screens, good batteries(they all need to be better here for the price, though some are getting it like this here Sony). Even the prices are pretty similar. It really comes down to brand loyalty, really, and for the prices you have to pay for these phones, it really isn't enough for me anymore. The days of one really innovating and standing apart are all but over unfortunately. Just my 2 cent's on this one
    1. acurrie's Avatar
      acurrie -
      Wondering if the Z3 has that factory-applied screen protector... According to Android Central Sony ditched it mid-production in the Z2.
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      Quote Originally Posted by acurrie View Post
      Wondering if the Z3 has that factory-applied screen protector... According to Android Central Sony ditched it mid-production in the Z2.
      It doesn't have it.
    1. kwasnr's Avatar
      kwasnr -
      Bell website shows the Z3 as $79.95 on a two year contract...