Posts tagged with: Xperia Z3
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    It used to be that finding a water-resistant, to say nothing of a waterproof smartphone, was tricky business. Here in the US, anyway, such models were few and far between, though the handset market in nations like Japan was a lot quicker to embrace such features. But in recent years we've really seen global availability of waterproof phones take off, as even mainstream flagship models start protecting themselves against wayward moisture. Sony's found itself at the forefront of this big waterproofing push, and has been designing Xperia models for generations now that can take a plunge and ...

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    Listeners to today's Pocketnow Weekly podcast already know how stricken we are with some of the new features in Android 5.0 Lollipop. While only having had the opportunity to try out the public release on a Nexus 9, our interactions have been so promising that we're itching for our Nexus 6 to arrive and give us a chance to see what the finished Lollipop has to bring to smartphones. Owners of existing Nexus models are eagerly awaiting for their own Android 5.0 updates to arrive (something that could begin happening as early as next week, if the rumors we've heard pan out), and third-party ...

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    In case you're in the US and want an Xperia Z3, but don't want to wait for T-Mobile to release the thing already or buy Verizon's fancy Xperia Z3v, you're in luck, as Sony has just kicked off unlocked Sony Xperia Z3 US sales, letting you buy one full price and activate it on a carrier of your choice. Ponying up the $679.99 asking price will net you an unlocked phone that's compatible with LTE bands on both AT&T and T-Mobile, which includes a select group of prepaid mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) as well. It's available through the link below in White, Silver Green, Copper, ...

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    We’ve had the pleasure of reviewing all of Sony’s modern “Z” flagships here at Pocketnow, and, if you’ve been following our reviews and scores, you’ve probably noticed that Sony has managed to continuously improve these smartphones. Starting with the Sony Xperia Z in 2013 – which scored 8.5 – followed by the Sony Xperia Z1 in the same year – we rated it 9.1 – to the Sony Xperia Z2 more recently in early 2014 – that got a 9.2 – we've come to the Sony Xperia Z3 review which you’re currently reading (and, as you can see above, rates 9.3). Not only that, but you’ve ...

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    Last week, Sony and Verizon got together to announce the forthcoming release of the Xperia Z3v for the carrier. While that was interesting news to get, it wasn't quite the big Sony push back into the US that some of its fans had been hoping for, and also did nothing to explain what the Z3 situation on T-Mobile would look like. After all, the carrier had already confirmed its plans to carry the Xperia Z3 – we just needed to get details about when that would occur and how it would happen. Last week may have left us high and dry, but today T-Mobile comes through with some answers, welcoming ...

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    Last month, we saw Sony schedule a press event for today in New York City. Coming so shortly after IFA, we weren't expecting word of any new hardware already, but this sounded like it could be a prime opportunity for Sony to share details about how some of those IFA launches might find themselves going up for sale in the US, especially the flagship Xperia Z3. With Sony's event now underway, we're finally learning just how the Z3 will arrive in the States, as the manufacturer reveals the special carrier-variant Xperia Z3v for Verizon. The Z3v comes to Verizon later this month, with sales ...

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    We knew when the Sony Xperia Z3 went official that it would be headed to T-Mobile, but not many details about the specific model were announced. Would it have carrier branding? Would it be the standard 16GB model? These questions have been answered today by Sony itself, after a webpage with details on the T-Mobile Xperia Z3 went live earlier today. First of all, the storage situation is a bit different. The European unit, which we've unboxed and compared to the Xperia Z2, features 16GB of internal storage, but the T-Mobile version looks to be changing things up with a 32GB helping of flash ...

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    Smartphone enthusiasts who start messing around with the bootloader on their phones know that they're running the risk of seriously mucking things up; that's just one of many reasons why bootloaders tend to come locked-down to the extent that they are. But if you're careful and follow the advice of users who have gone before you, unlocking the bootloader and getting ready for some custom ROM action can be a pretty safe process. Every once in a while, though, we learn of an unexpected consequence to taking such actions, and a new one is coming to our attention this week, with reports of ...

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    It wasn’t such a long time ago that we reviewed the Sony Xperia Z2, and yet, here we are four and a half months later, reviewing its successor, the Xperia Z3. While there’s absolutely no doubt about the fact that the Z3 is an update to the Z2 – incremental though – and an improvement over its predecessor, should you be disappointed that your current Z2 flagship is no longer the Sony flagship? Should you go out and sell your Z2 in order to grab the new kid on the block? We’ll try to answer that, and more, in our Sony Xperia Z3 vs Sony Xperia Z2 comparison video. Before we dive ...

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    Sony introduced the world to its Xperia Z3 flagship back at the start of the month, at IFA 2014 in Berlin. The 5.2-inch 1080p waterproof handset packed some solid specs, including a Snapdragon 801, 3GB of RAM, and a big 20.7MP Sony camera. We had the opportunity to go hands-on with the phone back on the show floor, but that was far too brief an introduction for our tastes; we needed to spend some more time with this guy. We finally have gotten our hands on a retail unit, and before we put this Xperia through its paces for an in-depth review, we've got a new unboxing video to help whet your ...

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    Sony's Xperia Z2 may have steered clear of US carriers, but now that the new Xperia Z3 is official, it looks like they'll be taking another look at the company's offerings, and at least some will add the Z3 to their lineups. T-Mobile has already confirmed as much, but what about other networks? And what about other new Sony models, like the Z3 Compact or lower-end E3? We may be getting the full story in just a couple weeks, as Sony schedules a New York City press event for October 9. That's the invitation you see up top, and it doesn't give us much to work with. At least, we're not picking ...

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    One of the primary reasons sites like Pocketnow exist is to review and evaluate the vast array of smartphones on the market at any given time, compile our findings, and report our thoughts and observations back to you. We do the hard work and heavy lifting so you can make the most informed decision when you go to by a smartphone for yourself. If this were a static, unchanging list, the task would be fairly easy, but it's not. The smartphones available t0 buy at any given time can easily rise into the dozens for mainstream devices, and into the hundreds when looking at everything that's ...

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    Sony has had a rough couple of years with its smartphone business. The consumer electronics giant has found significant success in almost every market that it caters to, but smartphones and computers don't seem to be its thing. We've seen how the company closed down the VAIO division a few months ago, and as things look lately, the Xperia lineup hasn't grown as the company expected. The company has just adjusted its economical forecast for the end of its financial year, and after all the adjustments, it seems that the company expects to lose quadruple what it thought it would. We're ...

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    For the bloggers that cover them, one of the greatest things about trade shows is the opportunity to connect with counterparts from other publications ... and to podcast with them. Sometimes the best salve for a salvo of comparison videos shot back-to-back over 13 hours is a few minutes in front of the mic with friends, picking up the pieces while picking out the messages, trends, and lessons from the show. Helping us do that on today's Pocketnow Weekly podcast are two luminaries of the mobile tech world, both of whom have been on our guest "wish list" for over a year. Fresh from ...

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    This is probably one of the most anticipated comparisons of the day (and, believe us, the next one!), and we're glad to bring it to you! One is a fresh, hot flagship that just came out, while the other one is already established on the market as a reference Android flagship. Funny thing is, that the Xperia Z3's predecessor, the Xperia Z2, already had a go at the Galaxy S5, when they were both young and beautiful, and now, it's time for the the Z3 to continue what the Z2 started. They're both waterproof, they're both flagships, they both pack stellar internals, and are feature packed. One ...

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