Sony’s điện thoại sales have been struggling, although if you look at its newest phones you’ll be hard pressed to lớn understand why. I’ve spent the last week using a Sony Xperia Z3v reviews unit — the phone is available from Verizon in the U.S. — và see much to like for both the casual consumer as well as power nguồn users of Android. Whether you pay $199 with contract, $24.99 a month with Verizon Edge or $599.99 outright for the phone, the Z3v is a good giảm giá khuyến mãi as it compares favorably with comparably or even higher-priced phones.
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Solid design, fast LTE & waterproof features
Of course, if you’re going lớn be happy carrying around a phone, you’ll want to like the design. Sony uses a no-nonsense style that I prefer, but some may find the phone too boxy. It is, after all, a rectangular slab lượt thích previous Xperia phones. The hard edges are replaced with subtle rubber curving, however, wrapped around an metal frame — a bit like a rubber bumper on the phone. & in typical Sony fashion, the Xperia Z3v is waterproof và dust-resistant thanks to gasket covers for nearly every port.
The phone works on Verizon’s XLTE network, & where I live in the sticks of rural Pennsylvania, I saw download speeds topping 47 Mbps with fairly low latency. Call chất lượng was also clear both in regular use and as a speakerphone.
Sony may be better known for its television screens and cameras than for its smartphones — mainly because few carriers here in the U.S. Subsidize và sell Sony phones. The company continues lớn take advantage of its tech heritage in these sectors with Trilluminos display & 20.7 megapixel camera sensor. What does that mean in reality?
A really good display but just a “good” camera
The 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display is crisp from any angle and is quite bright: Sony says up to 500 cd — that’s candelas — per square meter, also known as 500 nits. I haven’t seen many brighter phones. Many flagship phones these days have higher 2560 x 1440 resolution displays, but the Xperia’s screen really doesn’t leave me wanting more pixels.
Sony’s camera leaves a little more khổng lồ be desired, though. It’s very good in optimal conditions, but I found it khổng lồ be just average in low-light situations. Sony has tweaked the camera phầm mềm to offer its own superior auto imaging capabilities and various scene modes, similar to lớn those found in its standalone cameras. Focusing và shooting still is quick, but I found the camera slow lớn adjust for brightness changes when capturing video.
Software: game android lightly skinned, lots of pre-installed apps và music nirvana
For software, you get app android 4.4.4, which is the most currently available version of android not named Lollipop. Sony did say last month that the Z3v — và all other Xperia Z models — will get a Lollipop software update, so you’re covered for the future.
I’ve always liked Sony’s take on app android because it’s not as heavy-handed as the skins you find on phones from Samsung & HTC. Yes, Sony has its own apps, nội dung stores và quick settings function here, but most of the apk experience looks what you’d see on a generic apk device. Và the number of pre-installed apps from Verizon looks like what you’d see on any other Verizon điện thoại thông minh except the iPhone: There are easily a dozen apps here that don’t need to be.
That aside, there’s plenty of room for these và other apps with 32 GB of internal storage, plus a microSD card slot capable of adding more capacity. Inside is a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 chip paired with 3GB of memory and that’s a good combination for fast performance. Again, there are phones with faster processors these days but I doubt most people would see much difference between those & this Xperia Z3v.
Sony put a pair of front-facing speakers on the Xperia Z3v that are certainly better than a mono unit, but the best sound will come from headphones. There is also tư vấn for DSEE HX (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine), which claims to enhance highly compressed music & does improve sound quality.
More important lớn me, though, is high-definition audio playback — something few phones have, but the Xperia Z3v offers it. With it you can listen to audio files that have higher sampling rates and more audio information. Not everyone can hear the sound difference between standard MP3s & high-def audio, but if you’re one of them, this is a standout feature. I was able to lớn play back some DVD-Audio chất lượng 192 kHz / 24 bit high-res files with no problems — most phones top out with 44.1 kHz / 16-bit audio, or CD quality.
Big, bold battery life
It may not be the best feature, though: I’d have to lớn give that one khổng lồ the stellar battery life I saw on the Xperia Z3v. Sony says it can run for two days on a charge with its 3200 mAh power pack và they’re not lying. Even if you’re a super heavy phone user, you’ll get through the day without needing an outlet. Sony also has a Stamina mode that can eke out more battery life by limiting performance & freezing connectivity or background apps when the display is off.
Again, I don’t think Sony’s smartphones tell us the real reason that the company’s điện thoại sales are down. With the Z3v, you’ve got a waterproof kiến thiết with great screen, fast connectivity, Qi wireless charging, an above-average camera, high-resolution audio support and long battery life. The handset also works with a remote PlayStation 4, allowing game play on the phone but I wasn’t able to chạy thử that function.
Could the Z3v be better? Sure: Adding a faster processor or improving the camera quality would be two ways lớn go, but this is still an appealing phone for Verizon customers. Now that Sony has some carrier backing, perhaps it will see a sales turnaround.