Hands up if you like marketing! -Did Not think you did. Frankly, I donâ€™t either. Then why is it so important to me when it comes to buying games and tech? I like London Grammar (the band) for instance and I couldn't help but feel affected as I heard the vocals of the oh so ever lovely Hannah Reid gliding over the well-shot commercial for (then) new Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. It launched on September 4th 2014, which puts me at a place where Iâ€™ve had it for well over two years now. But at the end of the day I didn't buy it because I heard â€śNightcallâ€ť and saw a few â€śflashyâ€ť shots. After two years and running, itâ€™s still water-proof, itâ€™s slick and it still plays PlayStation 4 remotely, which was a deciding feature, for me at least.
The looks, the brains, the muscle.
Start from the top. I'm somewhat of a gamer myself and not much of a â€śphone-enthusiastâ€ť, so I was never excited to get a new phone two years ago. But there was something alluring about the design of this phone. Itâ€™s quite elegant, In a minimalist sense of the word. Two simple and entirely flat plates convey what turned out to be a phone that packs quite a punch for itâ€™s size. I went with the Compact version myself, at 4.6 inches I felt like someone at Sony thought about people like me. Yes, us rare â€śoutcastsâ€ť prefer their phones smaller in size from their palms. And what fits in it you ask? Wellâ€¦ Weâ€™re talking a Quad-Core processor running at 2.5 GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU, which allowed for gaming across the Google Play Store without worrying about frame-rates or whether Iâ€™ll be able to fire up the game. It packs a front camera at 20.7 Mega-pixels meaning youâ€™are getting sleepy pictures at extremely high resolution as well as video raging all from 720p at a steady 120 frames, 1080p at 60 frames, to 2160p at 30fps if you want to capture some hard detail. The front camera could be considered as somewhat of a disappointment standing at 2.2 Mega-pixels, but letâ€™s justify that with stating that selfies are overrated. In terms of storage I feel comfortable knowing I can always switch between my micro-SD cards that can, as you well know, go up to 256 GB. But even with all my music and a few hefty videos here and there, Iâ€™m okay with even the internal 16 gigs. And all of this I get at a weight of 129 grams. It always feels light in my hand and comfortable to work with, especially to text with, and Iâ€™d say thatâ€™s one of the more important things when youâ€™re in the market for a new phone. My OS build can go up to the Androidsâ€™ Marshmallow (thatâ€™s 6.0) and updating has always been a breeze.
Tear and wear, not our gameâ€¦ But we do like pools!
Iâ€™m quite satisfied with its functionality and I never experienced any issues or draw-backs in terms of power and performance quality. I never worry about the battery. I get 6 hours of music, 2 days per charge for daily tasks and if I stay off-line I can get it to be of use for much longer before plugging it again. Having said all that, a few flaws had to surface over a longer period. Namely, itâ€™s an extremely gentle phone, and the few times it fell, it broke, and every time I had to change its screen. But by that point, I liked it so much that I just couldnâ€™t get rid of it. I managed to overlook this major flaw due the fact that this phone is entirely waterproof and in that sense, it provided me with more than few extremely satisfying experiences. I love rain and the freedom of being able to pull out your phone and text someone or make a call while itâ€™s pouring feels amazing! During the summer, Iâ€™d take a few cool shots while relaxing in the pool with some friends. It was a feature heavily pushed in the promo material and I canâ€™t say that I've been wronged in any way, despite my great skepticism regarding the claim. By 2016 I guess it became standard, wasn't back then though.
Phone is not a platform for gaming. Unless of course you turn It into your console.
So, so far this looks like an okay phone, so whatâ€™s the big deal? Whyâ€™s it a â€śgamesâ€™ phoneâ€ť? This generation, at least by the numbers, chances are that if you game, you game on the Play Station 4. What happens when youâ€™re not a fan of hand-held but have an Xperia Z3? Thatâ€™s right, you fire up â€śRemote Playâ€ť. Sony issued more than a few exclusive Sony apps for the Android platform should you find yourself in the position of owning a Sony phone. Amongst them is Remote Play, available for phones that can throw a punch in terms of power. Basically, it letâ€™s you â€śsecond-screenâ€ť you PS4 so you can play your PS4 titles on your phone. All you need is an average Internet connection. Cool, right?
If youâ€™re thinking that playing a AAA title is tricky on a 4.6-inch touch screen, youâ€™re wrong. Who said anything about touch-screen? Just connect your DualShock 4 and phone to a stand and youâ€™re good to go. Youâ€™re playing on your game-pad trough your phone. It makes up for some pretty neat scenarios. Say somebody needs your display, TV? -Just continue your gaming session on your phone. No interruptions, no compromise. Itâ€™d get surreal sometimes seeing Nathan Drake in Uncharted 4 hold up an Xperia phone as well. As an avid gamer, this feature comes in real handy. Iâ€™m never restricted to playing just the mobile games on my phone, whoâ€™s to say I canâ€™t have a little bit of fun in Destiny, The Witcher or perhaps Uncharted 4? One word â€“ gametastic!
Still just a phone.
Alright, but its a neat little trick and at the end of the day, my phone its not my go to gaming-station. Its still just a phone. I phone I don't regret buying. It packs a punch, I like the way it looks and it has something special that matters to me, befits me. But I don't get worked-up about it. I feel comfortable and its quite complementary considering all the things I use it for. I has not revolutionized my life, I don't believe a phone can do that outside of its presumed technical purpose, but Ive certainly grown to feel attached to it. If I had to put a number on it, I'd say it's a solid 8. I guess Id just like to see more ways we can stream games to our daily lives and in on-the-go scenarios. Keeping In mind all the things that phones do for us during the day, I am wondering when are we going to exchange the convention of calling them phones with another term. Anyways, I like mine, and two years ago, Id probably try and persuade you in getting one too. View this product in full, here – www.sonymobile.com/global-en/products/phones/xperia-z3