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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Originally reviewed by 10 November 2014

Best Small Android Phone

Key features:
  • 4.6-inch 720p screen
  • 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor
  • Waterproof and dustproof
  • Great battery life

Sony caused a stir with its Xperia Z1 Compact, finally delivering a small (ish) Android phone that didn't scrimp on other specs. Now the Xperia Z3 Compact has carried the flag forward, and it's not just the best small Android phone but in fact one of the best phones in general.

It all starts off with the smaller screen and thus a smaller body. At 4.6 inches, its not exactly tiny but it's markedly smaller than other flagship phones like the full-size Sony Xperia Z3. This makes the Z3 Compact so much easier to handle.

The screen quality is decent too, though the use of only a 720p resolution is a stop or two below the options on the biggest phones. Still, with a pixel density of 319ppi, it's still sharp enough and doesn't look at all fuzzy or grainy.

The other headline feature is the waterproofing and dustproofing. This phone will last for up to 30 minutes in over a a metre of water, making it one of the best-protected phones of its type on the market.

The two key areas where this phone doesn't scrimp compared to bigger models is the camera and processor. Both are up there with the best, making this a unique proposition among small Android phones. Battery life is also class-leading. You can get two days out of this handset quite easily and three if you're careful.

All told, if you're not a fan of phones getting bigger and bigger, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is the one for you.

Price: £365 (£430 at time of review)

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