Performance: However, if you want to play games on a bigger screen at full 1080p resolution, you may be happy to take the odd hit to frame rate and go with the Z3. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact comes with a decent 2600 mAh battery, which according to Sony results in a talk time of 14 hours and a standby time of 920. When the battery reaches a certain level, the Xperia Z3 Compact suggests you switch to stamina mode. When the stamina mode is enabled the Z3 Compact will disable Wi-Fi and mobile data connections while the screen is off, as well as lowering the performance of the phone’s hardware to preserve power. This could also be of use if you find the handset is getting too warm when in use. The stamina mode can be customized to some degree, such as selecting apps that you want to keep active even with stamina mode on, and a mode that helps save power if you use the Z3 Compact regularly to check the time. There is an ultra stamina mode as well, which severely restricts the Z3 Compact’s features to prolong battery life. Essential features such as calls, texts, calendar and even camera are supported, with Sony’s estimates showing that enabling the mode will give the Z3 Compact a battery life of over a week.
Messaging: The default messaging app is pretty much the same found in stock Android and does a perfectly serviceable job of displaying your messages. The keyboard is large and easy to use, and you can either type out your messages, or use swipe gestures to type, as you would with the Swype keyboard, which works really well. Sony has included tools for the keyboard to monitor how you write using your phone and in apps such as Twitter and Facebook, in an effort to better predict and understand the way you type. Though the screen is a bit too small for two handed typing, the onscreen keyboard was fast and responsive to type with one hand.
Internet: The default browser that comes installed on the Xperia Z3 Compact is Chrome, and it generally works as expected. Thanks in part to the 2GB of RAM and high specs of the Z3 Compact; browsing the internet is a fast and smooth experience, with pages loading quickly, especially on Wi-Fi and 4G networks. Even with a number of tabs open displaying different websites, the Z3 Compact continues to give an impressive browsing experience. However, during long periods of web browsing the handset does warm up, perhaps a sign of the resources the X3 Compact devotes to providing such a slick experience.
Media: While considering Sony’s involvement in various media sectors, it has been noted that it’s little surprise to see the media playing credentials of the Xperia Z3 Compact being given heavy emphasis. Music playing duties are by default handled by Sony’s Walkman app, which is easy to use, with album artwork and other information displayed within the app.