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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Verdict

Sony’s pint-sized smartphone packs in a host of premium features without the high-end price

Review Date: 15 Oct 2014

Price when reviewed: £290

Full review

Overall Rating
6 stars out of 6

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Comparison

Product

Sony Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z2

HTC One M8

HTC One M8

Sony Xperia Z3

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Google Nexus 5

Nexus 5
Details
Part Code Xperia Z2 One M8 Xperia Z3 Galaxy Note 3 Galaxy S5 Nexus 5
Review Date 14 May 2014 4 Apr 2014 15 Oct 2014 18 Oct 2013 17 Apr 2014 8 Nov 2013
Price ex VAT £446 £442 £290 £488 £458 £250
Price inc VAT £535 £530 £348 £586 £550 £300
Cheapest price on contract £79 Free Free Free
Contract monthly charge £33.00 £38.00 £18.00 £34.00 £33.00 £22.00
Contract period 24 months 24 months 24 months 24 months 24 months 24 months
Contract provider Vodafone mobiles.co.uk mobilphonesdirect.co.uk
Overall rating 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6
Features & Design 5 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6
Value for Money 4 stars out of 6 3 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6
Battery Life
Talk time, quoted 20hrs 17hrs
Standby, quoted 2 days, 16hrs 12 days 12hrs
Physical
Dimensions 147 x 8.2 x 73mm (WDH) 70 x 9.8 x 146mm (WDH) 65 x 8.7 x 127mm (WDH) 79 x 8.4 x 151mm (WDH) 73 x 8.1 x 142mm (WDH) 69 x 8.9 x 138mm (WDH)
Weight 163g 156g 129g 145g 136g
Touchscreen yes yes yes yes yes
Primary keyboard On-screen
Core Specifications
RAM capacity 3MB 2MB 3.00GB 3.00GB 2.00GB 2.00GB
Camera megapixel rating 20.7mp 4.1mp 20.7mp 13.0mp 16.0mp 8.0mp
Front-facing camera? yes yes yes yes yes yes
Video capture? yes yes yes yes
Display
Screen size 5.2in 5.0in 4.6in 5.7in 5.1in 4.95in
Resolution 1080 x 1920 1080 x 1920 720 x 1280 1080 x 1920 1080 x 1920 1080 x 1920
Landscape mode? yes yes yes
Other wireless standards
Bluetooth support yes yes yes yes
Integrated GPS yes yes yes yes
Software
OS family Android Android Android Android Android Android
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