Sony Xperia Z3 review: Hat trick

Hat trick

GSMArena team, 24 September 2014.


The Sony Xperia Z3 phonebook is integrated with the dialer using a tabbed interface - the Contacts, Phone, Favorites and Groups tabs can be side-swiped. The contact list has a dedicated search field plus it offers and a cool alphabetical scroll bar.

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You can sync with multiple accounts, including Exchange and Facebook, and you can selectively show or hide contacts from some accounts (as well as filter specific groups in an account), or set the phonebook to display only contacts with phone numbers or only contacts that are online.

Linking contacts is available, and the quick contact feature is here too.


Calling on the Sony Xperia Z3 is okay. It held onto signal just fine even in tight urban spaces and the sound coming from the speaker was loud enough. The clarity is only average on our side while the other line reported we came in fine enough.

The dialer support smart dialing.

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The Sony Xperia Z3 scored an Average on our loudspeaker test. The quality of the sound generated is good, but is just not that loud, likely due to the waterproofing. Here's how it stacks up to other devices.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact 60.9 66.6 58.7 Below Average
Sony Xperia Z1 65.7 61.3 66.7 Below Average
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 65.9 62.1 73.5 Average
Sony Xperia Z3 69.7 66.6 67.2 Average
HTC One (M8) 65.8 64.7 75.7 Average
Sony Xperia Z2 66.7 64.6 75.7 Average
Samsung Galaxy S5 66.9 66.6 75.7 Good
LG G3 70.2 66.6 80.2 Good
Sony Xperia ZL 74.8 66.2 82.7 Very Good
Motorola Moto G 4G 77.1 76 83.3 Excellent

Messaging and email, text input

Text messages and MMSs use standard threaded layouts. Adding multimedia (photos, videos, sounds, etc.) will convert the message automatically into an MMS.

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Naturally, the Gmail client and the default Email apps are onboard. Gmail can sync only with (multiple) Google accounts, while the generic Email app can handle POP and IMAP and offers a Combined inbox.

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Gmail and Email

As for text input, the Xperia Z3 offers a customizable on-screen full QWERTY keyboard.

You can choose a different layout (keypad, QWERTY, QWERTY with extra symbols), add/remove the coma and period button, the smiley and voice input buttons and also enable things like bilingual word suggestions if you have more than one language enabled. Different keyboard skins are available too.

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You can also try the so-called Gesture input if hitting those keys individually doesn't give you the desired typing speed. It's similar to Swype, and even if you've never used a Swype-like input before, you'll quickly get used to it.

Single-hand size keyboard is available too, but only in portrait orientation. If enabled, it squeezes the onscreen keyboard to the left or right side of the screen so it gets more comfortable for single handed text input.

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Single-handed keyboard

Reader comments

  • O
  • 23 Mar 2021
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  • Ms
  • 26 Aug 2020
  • 6PB

Its means this mobile phone is not best for use.. I baught this model. What are your opinion i buy this phone or not

  • Dave
  • 26 Dec 2019
  • Nw6

I got z3 yesterday but has been battling to put on my data but without success. What am seeing is "Service provider data accounting may differ from your device. No apps used data during this period". What do I do?