I’ve have transitioned through more than a couple of ‘smart’ phones in the past few years. From a forgettable Asus, to the then leader of ‘mobile’ India – Nokia, to being a Blackberry ‘boy’, to lastly joining the gang of fans of the forbidden fruit (of course I mean Apple), like any other consumer I always wanted something more.
I might not be your ideal gadget geek, but there are a few things a girl wants from a phone
- Be friendly: read, can integrate with more than one pc :p
- Give me a better camera (can’t help the blogger in me)
- don’t die on me while I’m navigating
- Have a screen that’s big enough to browse, but small enough to handle with a single hand. In addition, I need it to fit in my pant pocket. Yes, I can’t find it in my handbag!
- Have enough storage space, you know, to store all pictures I click!
- Be swift enough to enable me to work. Especially when I am on the go, get a picture, edit and post, make a note of a fashion trend or a store name, chat with Sneaky about an idea, look up a good deal, I want to run several apps simultaneously and nothing is more annoying that advice that hangs.
Is this too much to ask for? Probably not, I think I might finally have a phone that offers all this, and more. Thanks to Sony Xperia z3 compact, I have transitioned from good to great.
Here are the things, I love about this phone
- Looks – They have fun colours in the compact version like mint and orange coloured. Probably the first mini version which is only small in screen size, exactly how I wanted while retaining almost all features from the flagship model. It’s slim, compact and unlike Sony’s older phones has rounded edges that don’t cut into my skin.
- Battery – It lasts really long! The 2,600mAh battery last me over a day. I think it’s a great upgrade from my ‘will die in 6 hours and always carry a portable charger’ phone. I consider myself a power user, who is chatting, emailing, navigating, clicking pictures, updating posts on various platforms on a daily basis. For a moderate user the battery should last 2-3 days. It also has a Battery Stamina mode, which increases the battery efficiency even more by switching of all data or locations functions. I usually had to do that manually in my iPhone. There is also an Ultra Stamina Mode which is great for people on the move, for those nail biting battery low moments.
- Storage – Phone memory is like closet space. You have to keep prioritising and deleting old stuff, backing it up (you know stuff all the winter wear in a suitcase) or upgrade. My Sony Xperia Z3 has 16 GB internal memory and micro SD card slots which support upto 128 gb storage. Hello closet space! Lol, just kidding. Still struggling on that front!:(
- Camera – Captures my favourite moments, regardless of day light! This honestly has one of the best low light cameras and has a myriad of options and modes and switching to manual lets me customise all the settings. The lens allows me to take wide shots, 20+ megapixels ensure great quality and an ISO rating of 12,800 is probably a first among smart phones. In addition, thanks to Sony’s Cyber-shot and Handycam technologies I can record 4k videos on the move and slow-motion 120fps video at 720p resolution.
- Efficiency – It swift! Frankly, I did not think on the performance front, the phone would compare with an Apple, but to my surprise it’s an equal contender. My understanding of the hardware is limited, but looking at the quick movement from one app to another and the fact that it does not hang or overheat after use, it seems like the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 series quad-core 2.5GHz 801 processor with 2GB ram is doing its job!
- Water proof – the Xperia Z3 comes with a water-proofing which is rated to 30 minutes at 1.5 metres depth in fresh water and the audio jack is water proof. This means you can play music in the shower and now worry about ruining your electronics! Of course it also means you can jump into the pool for some fun family pool pictures!
And while am not a gamer, my 14 year old nephew is kicked about my phone that can play PS4 games by streaming them over the same Wi-Fi network as the console. He says one can play PS4 games at the same resolution and quality as you would if sat in front of the console using the awesome-sauce software feature called ps4remoteplay.
The phone isn’t without fault, the automatic notifications coming from the Xperia Lounge app is peeving. The other thing is the chrome homepage is taken over by Sony Mobile and your photo album is basically an advertisement for the PlayMemories app.