Sony Xperia Z3, Jack Of All Trades


Sony Xperia Z3Sony means some serious business when it comes to smartphones and we can see that through their top of the line smartphones, the latest one being the Sony Xperia Z3, the company’s flagship that has just been released and poses a serious threat for its enemies that run in the same league. Besides having some top-notch hardware and software features, this baby holds something that you don’t usually find among the rest of its competitors, I’m talking about its IP68 certification for being dust proof and water resistant. So, you get a whole bunch of specs and features packed in a beautiful and elegant design, all of these protected from dust and water. I honestly couldn’t ask for more from a phone, so keep reading and find out why this handset is so great and see if it’s what you’ve been looking for.
In its retail box, the Sony Xperia Z3 comes among its charger and microUSB cable which serves for making data connections and re-charging your handset. No headphones, unfortunately.
And now, one of my favorite things about it: the design. The Xperia Z3 measures 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm and has a reasonable weight of 152 grams (considering the fact that it holds a 5.2 inches display and has a pretty big battery). The design has been refurbished as the Z3 is more compact and has smaller bezels than its predecessor (the Z2). The beautiful body features glass for defining its front and back panels and is surrounded by an elegant metallic frame. Everything about the Z3’s design breathes high quality, style and elegance, so it’s natural that this handset will turn a lot of heads due to these impressive and attractive features.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, the Z3 is IP68 certified for being dust proof and water resistant over 1 m and 30 minutes.

Sony Xperia Z3 Jack Of All TradesThe Xperia Z3 features a 5.2 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that displays a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and has a pixel density of 424 ppi. The Triluminous display is based on the X-Reality Engine and has a shatter proof glass for protection. The image quality is noticeably better than the one offered by its predecessor and one of the best out there, as it offers some beautiful, accurate colors, a deep contrast and very wide viewing angles. The sunlight legibility is also very good.
In terms of software, the Xperia Z3 is loaded with Android’s v4.4.4 KitKat which has been customized here and there by Sony. You have the classic widgets, customizable homescreens, toggles, quick settings tab, app drawer, task manager and so on. Google Now is on board for serving as your personal assistant and, being able to receive voice commands and display information which is relevant to you. Browsing through the Z3 is a pleasure due to the friendly interface which offers a multitude of features for enhancing your user experience.
Everything works like a charm and that’s due to the Z3’s hardware, which consists in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, which features a quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 3 GB of RAM and 16 or 32 GB of internal storage. You can expand that with a microSD card of up to 128 GB.
The Z3 is one of the best performers out there and will deliver a great and smooth user experience.
Regarding connectivity, the Xperia Z3 comes in two versions, single and dual SIM, both of them holding support for quad-band 2G and penta-band 3G, LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac with DLNA, Hotspot and WI-FI Direct, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0 with MHL support and USB On-the-go.
Things get really interesting when it comes to its camera. The Xperia Z3 holds a 20.7 MP snapper with autofocus that captures stills with a maximum resolution of 5248 x 3936 pixels, has a 1/2.3” sensor and is helped by a LED flash in low light situations. The photos taken reveal a very good image quality, with accurate colors, decent contrast and plenty of resolved details. One interesting thing about the camera is that it holds a 12,800 ISO setting in the Superior auto mode and does a pretty good job (for a phone, I mean).
The video camera also does a good job and delivers some nice 2160p videos @30 fps, along with the usual 1080p or 720p slow motion ones.
Also on board is a 2.2 MP front-facing camera.
Some other things that might interest you are the Z3’s very capable media players: the Walkman for handling audio files that has no issue with ALAC or FLAC formats and Movies, for playing videos, which supports the majority of popular formats and has subtitle support. For browsing, you have the excellent Google Chrome browser. Also on board are an FM Radio with RDS support, a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, the Office Suite 7 for handling documents, a Power Saver and much more.
The Xperia Z3 features a 3,100 mAh battery and will last for almost three days under a moderate usage (which is quite impressive). There’s a Stamina mode for extending the battery life even more by turning off the GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and more if the remaining battery life falls under a limit defined by yourself.

Sony Xperia Z3 black


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