Sony Xperia Z3 + worst enemy is Sony Xperia Z3.
Sony should have the credit for honesty in marketing when they downgrade it to Xperia Xperia Japanlanserade Z3 Z4 + in the rest of the world. Of course it is a marginal update Xperia Z3. On the other hand, the phone not a huge improvement on the Z2 was a slight update of the Z1 … If you are launching a new top model in six months it will be simply difficult to fill it with news every time.
Sony themselves argue that a new model in six months has been a successful strategy for them, indicating that they intend to continue with it, but it is not without the risk of them either need phones produced in small series, or the older models reas out after six months when the new will. As is the case with Xperia Z3, which cost around 5000 dollars when Z3 + comes out at a price of SEK 7000. In the case of a minor update, if it really is worth 2000 dollars extra.
On the other hand, most Swedes buy their cell phones on installment from the operator, and when one thinks enough that the $50 extra per month as Z3 + costs in this case are not much to fight about. Those who pre-order will also receive action camera Action Cam Mini, which, given that you want an action camera, makes up for the extra hundreds of dollars.
At first glance it looks Xperia Z3 + out right just like the Xperia Z3, that is to say, the front and back of glass surrounded by a rounded metal frame and rubber corner. It is a true and distinctive design, which gives the phone its own appearance at a time when most cell phones look pretty similar. Glass discs, however, makes the phone very slippery to hold, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that I have repeatedly seen the phone lying on a seemingly flat tabletop and slowly slide toward the edge of the table and a fall to the floor.
The grip on the phone förbättas one of Sony’s brand protection in the form of a framed plastic film on the screen making a comeback. The film goes to take off for those who wish to do so.
Compared with Xperia Z3 has Z3 + more shiny finish. It is also slightly thinner, more precisely, almost exactly as thick as the Iphone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 which surely isn’t a coincidence.
The main difference to the exterior is to cover for the charging Plug and magnet charger both replaced by an unsecured, waterproof micro usb socket. To do this, first the phone a little cleaner in appearance, many disturbed on magnetladdarkontakten and, on the other hand, a little more sustainable, then it was not unusual for the cover of the connector were out on a daily basis. Now there is only one hatch, sim card and memory card, and you probably don’t need to access very often. It seems like an improvement.
The cell phone still resistant to be immersed in water up to one meter deep, and after Samsung ignored making S6 waterproof it became once again the Sony specialgren and a selling point for Z3 +. The capacitive touchscreen running amok if there is too much water in it, but in the camera app, there is a function to lock the screen so that you can take underwater pictures with the camera button, another detail that becomes more of a Sony-specialty.
To make your phone a bit thinner bargained on the Sony battery capacity, but the promise is still two days of battery life under normal use. I am probably not a normal user and may not be quite the two days out of the phone at my usage patterns, but Sony is still top of the class on battery life and I experience no direct degradation on battery life for Z3 + compared to its predecessor. When it is time to fold and put the phone into the charger I have 40-50% battery left. It is therefore surprising that the Z3 + not performing better than it does in our battery test, where we run a long video until the battery runs out. Four hours is not a particularly good results, and in daily use, we experience much better. Maybe pull the screen much power at maximum brightness?
If you look at the system in Xperia Z3 + everything feels very familiar. In addition to Sony’s update to Android 5.0 Lollipop has not made any major boost of his Androidgränssnitt for several years. What is positive is that it settles very near standard Android, which most other manufacturers don’t do. But the one looking for reasons to give in to its köpsug and upgrade from their old Xperiamobil, or reasons to choose Z3 + over the Z3, you will find them in the software. The only news compared with my Z3 Compact that I encounter in the software is that the mail app (which in my opinion is better than Google’s Gmail app) has a one line at the bottom that shows the next calendar event.
Sony resists temptations to redecorate among Android settings or add your own Web browser or third-party voice assistants give in to, but it is a media company with many services that you can happily throw in a mobile app. A lot of them go to uninstall, but not all, and even if you absolutely do not want to meet Snoop Dogg in Cincinnati you will not escape that Xperia Lounge gives you the chance to it, for example. It’s a bit too much bloat, and the 32 GB of storage space you have on your phone, you can not get more than 21 GB available. Fortunately, the memory card slot, and even the ability to install apps on the card.
An area where you usually get opt-the best of Sony’s screen. No I am not talking about Sony is sticking to 1920 x 1080 pixels of screen resolution. Higher resolution requires more processing power and more memory, which in turn gives poor performance and poor battery life, for one, in my opinion, extremely marginal improvement in sharpness at this screen size.
In contrast, Sony has not had quite as good colour rendition and contrast of their screens that Samsung in its OLED screens and LG in its IPS screens. The Z3 + Sony says that improved contrast and brightness compared to the Z3. The difference is not huge, but when I compare the screen on Z3 + with LG G4 I think Z3 + justifies itself quite well. Sony cell phone has a little higher peak brightness, but in return get the black a bit more gray at full power. LG’s color reproduction feels a little more natural. Sony’s screen is also in this case, not so good that you get wow-feelings, but it is definitely as good as it has the right to demand of a 7000-kronorsmobil.
The camera of Xperia Z3 was, in our opinion one of the best mobile cameras when it was released last fall. In the Z3 + uses Sony same optics, but we have improved the software to better automatics. When I compare the cameras I think the sharpness of the images from the Z3 + is almost exactly the same as from the Z3, but color reproduction feels better. I also note that the automatic system in Z3 + camera is really good to know of if I, for example, backlight pictures or close ups and adapts accordingly.
On the minus side, if you look outside the Centre of the picture, you’ll find a field on the right side where the sharpness of the image is not what it should be. This is a phenomenon we encountered in mobile cameras from several manufacturers, but as for any other reason is especially clear with Sony’s mobile cameras. If it is due to imperfections in the optics or deficiencies in image compression, we do not know but it is a beauty spot in an otherwise really good camera.
When it comes to the camera chose the Sony is not the time to rest on their laurels, for this year Samsung released Galaxy S6 and LG G4 which both sets the new standard for what a mobile phone camera can be. The camera in the Z3 + reaches is simply not up to the level.
For photo nerd, we can note that Sony still refuses to let the RAW format of the images. There is a manual mode where you can set the exposure compensation and white balance, but compared with the manual settings like LG and Samsung offers it is very little choice.
I have not yet mentioned the most obvious news with Z3 + compared to the Z3. The mobile has been upgraded from last spring’s top model from Qualcomm, Snapdragon, Snapdragon 801 spring 810.
The rumors surrounding this chipset, which is the engine of the phone, says that Qualcomm had a problem with overheating of the chipset, which means that it goes down in the operating frequency to cool down, which in turn means that the processor will not be as fast as it should be.
Qualcomm has always denied this, but our performance measurements give rather supports the claim. That is to say, the phone becomes noticeably warm (but by no means uncomfortably warm) even at the limited strain, and in performance testing delivers the not particularly amazing results, slightly over its predecessor, which indicates that it does not go on fullvarv to prevent overheating.
There are, however, advantages of Snapdragon 810. Chipset supports 64 bits, which, among other things, reduces energy consumption and makes the apps that are written for it is faster. But it is not really to warrant an upgrade from Z3 to Z3 + just to get faster mobile.
Sony Xperia Z3 + lacks nothing you want of a top model, this spring, and has some characteristics where it exceeds all competitors, mainly battery life and that it is waterproof. However, it is more difficult to find a competitive edge against its predecessor, the Z3, which is cheaper. Neither the camera or performance is improved enough to justify a higher price. The thickness and the cleaner design without laddarlucka and magnetladdarkontakt make it possibly.
Sony had just put some extra effort into raising the camera to the same level as the LG and Samsung are now had we had the year’s best mobile here. Now, we wait until the next Sony generation.
On the other hand
Erik M: If you want to have a top phone today, which should be enough to 7000 kronor, it is not clear that Sony is the premier choice. Auto mode is still very good in Sony’s camera interface, but selfiekameran is one of the worse and most other manufacturers have keyed in for more on Sony camera wise than Sony managed to improve themselves. You Require a water resistant phone, however, Sony is still King of the Hill.
Questions and answers
How is the sound during calls?
The first time I talk with someone, I think it sounds very shrill. It is rather that the volume can be turned up so loud that it gets all over your phone to vibrate. On the more normal volume, the sound is good.
Is Z3 + worth £ 200 more than the Z3?
Not really. The camera and its performance is marginally improved, but it teaches the get updates anymore thanks to 64-bitarschipsetet, and it is noticeably thinner.
What colors does it come in?
In addition to white and black draws Sony on a blue shimmering green color that is delicious and distinctive. However, I still think bronze color that from Z3 is one of my favorite colors on a mobile.
An alternative: Cheaper
Sony is competing with himself, and Xperia Z3 is 2,000 dollars cheaper. But then you find yourself in the hatch for the usb connector and a slightly thicker phone.
The camera is surprisingly good in the tricky back light.
Watertight: IP68: Xperia Z3 + is certified to withstand 30 minutes up to 1.5 meters deep. It is the only waterproof top model launched this year.
Panel resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels: Sony claims that higher pixel density does not give better picture but leads to worse battery life. Then they have the best battery life, to assume that they know what they are talking about.
Camera: 20 megapixels. Despite the high megapixeltalet, Sony see himself overtaken by LG and Samsung when it comes to camera quality.
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