From the day it was launched, the Android smartphone segment has been looking for the phone that can be termed as the ‘iPhone Killer’. With the Xperia Z3 Compact, it is safe to say that Sony has finally managed to deliver the Android smartphone that deserves this title.
From a pure usability perspective, the features that all Smartphone users, across brands, aspire for are battery life, durability, good camera and comfortable, easy to use form factor that enhance usage. In all these points the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact trumps iPhone and all other phones.
Battery life: One of the biggest factors that make the Xperia Z3 compact stand out from the crowd is its battery life. The phone delivers an unmatched one and a half day battery life with its 2,600mAh battery. The Apple iPhone in comparison hardly manages to last even a day. Moreover, Sony offers various battery optimization modes including an extended usage mode that adds an extra 14% usage time and an Ultra Stamina mode that lets you get the most out of the phone’s battery.
Durability: The Xperia Z3 compact uses shatter proof glass on its body – both front and rear for added protection against damage from bumps and drops. Moreover, it is one of the few flagship smartphones available today that is IP68 certified for dust resistance and world’s highest waterproof rating for a device. What this means is that you can use the phone while swimming to even click underwater photos- the phone will work flawlessly as it can be kept at a depth of 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes. The iPhone 6 on the other hand might have a durable metal body now but it’s vulnerable to water damage.
Camera and Photography: Another highlight of the Z3 compact is that it houses a 20.7MP camera that uses Sony’s G Lens technology in its compact body. The camera also has a large Â½.3″ sensor for enhanced light sensitivity to capture true-to-life details. Plus, it is the world’s first compact smartphone capable of recording video in 4K resolution and camera with highest ISO rating (ISO 12800) to capture great images even in the toughest of low-light condition The built-in Steadyshot feature and an intelligent active mode take care of handshake and movement to deliver a smooth stable video with unmatched quality.
In comparison to the Z3 Compact’s camera, the iPhones stick to an 8MP camera that is limited to full HD video recording. Head to head, the Xperia Z3 compact is a better camera phone that is also future ready.
Sony has also improved the camera’s user interface with a number of new camera apps like Face In (for creative selfies), AR Fun (Augmented reality mode), TimeShift, Multi camera (use multiple Xperia devices together to take a photo from different angles).
The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact comes with a gorgeous 4.6-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Sony has included their proprietary Triluminous display technology along with X-Reality display engine on the Z3 compact’s display. This makes the Z3 compact’s display deliver sharper realistic image quality with wide viewing angles. Keep in mind that the 4.6-inch display uses Sony’s contrast enhancement technology, which makes it easy to view even under direct sunlight.
The Z3 compact delivers unmatched performance with its top of the line 2.5 Ghz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor combined with 2GB of RAM. All apps, hardware intensive games and even 4k resolution videos run without a hitch. The Xperia Z3 compact has 16GB of storage along with a micro SD card slot for storage expansion. You can get microSD card up to 128GB in size to use with the Z3 compact – no need to worry about storage once you get the phone.
In terms of style quotient, Sony has been no slouch either. Its Omnibalance design with use of premium material such as glass and aluminum on its Xperia range of phones has always stood neck to neck with the iPhone. On the Xperia Z3 compact, Sony has gone a step ahead with their premium craftsmanship. The phone has a translucent plastic edge rim on all sides along with Sony’s smartly placed uniquely designed power button and weighs just 129 grams – the same weight as the new iPhone 6.
But that’s not all; the Xperia Z3 compact has tones of other tricks up its sleeve that makes it unique. It is the first phone with PS4 Remote Play feature – PS4 owners can continue playing their games onto the smartphone over WiFi using a PS4 controller. Stereo speakers deliver loud and clear output – good enough to use the phone as a bedside player. In addition, the Xperia Z3 compact also has built-in support for 4G connectivity with Indian operators. Its 2.2 MP front camera can record full HD video. None of these features are present on the last generation Apple iPhone 5s or the newer iPhone 6.
In conclusion, comparing head to head, the Xperia Z3 compact is a step ahead in each and every hardware specification to even the latest Apple iPhone 6. If one has to choose between the Xperia Z3 Compact and the iPhone, the Xperia Z3 compact just makes sense. It offers so much more than the iPhone and that too at a lesser price.