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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 801 2.5GHz 16GB 8" 4G 3G Tablet

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801 2.5GHz Android 16GB Mar 2015
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31 Reasons For

Excellent Owner Reviews

Based on 169 owner reviews the average owner rating of this tablet is outstanding.

Good Sound Quality

A number of Sony Xperia Z3 Compact owners who reviewed the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact agreed that it had good sound quality. Amazon Customer gave it a score of 5 stars and mentioned in their review on Amazon “Extra marks for the great audio & video quality”. Amazon Customer also mentioned “Lots of money trying to get the best sound out of an iPhone with expensive headphones”. Amazon Customer also wrote “I are so impressed with the sound and video quality that comes out of the Z3 that we are considering swapping our IPhone 6's for the Z3 phones”.

Easy to Use

Some customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was easy to use. In November this year A. Gothorp mentioned on Amazon “So easy to use” in their review of this tablet. This month Adam mentioned “The Xperia z3 tablet is quick, easy to use and oh so thin” and gave it a very good review. In November this year Alex M scored the product very highly and he mentioned “Screen is bright enough to use outdoors”.

Eight customers mentioned in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Alex gave it an excellent review and he said in his review on Amazon last year “Easy to hold and type portrait”. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “Fantastic 8" tablet, as fast as you can work it and a delight to hold”. Amazon Customer also mentioned “The screen size just feels right and is comfortable to look at for extended periods”.

A few Sony Xperia Z3 Compact reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. A few weeks ago Adam scored the product 4 stars and he wrote “Can be tweaked using 3 different built in enhancement settings”. Al rated it 4 stars and he mentioned on Amazon “Also has a bunch of settings to be changed”. G.k Reviews said on Amazon in November this year “This pretty much behaves exactly like a laptop with the keyboard attached, even down to the reallu useful Start Menu” in their review of this tablet.

A few Sony Xperia Z3 Compact owners mentioned that the product had a good experience. In November Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “Games makes for an entirely enjoyable and gratifying experience” in their review of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Amazon Customer also said “All anyone needs now for the ultimate listening experience is a Z3”.

Some people who reviewed it thought it was easy to setup. Michael Wilson rated it as excellent and he wrote “Is a solid format all functions are easy to set up and use if you are familiar” in his review.

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Good Battery Life

A number of customers mentioned in their reviews that it had a good battery life. In November last year Al said “The battery life is good” in his Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review. In November this year Amazon Customer said on Amazon “Great screen, super light, quick, good battery life just waiting for marshmallow update” in their review of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and scored this tablet 5 stars. Amazon Customer also mentioned “The battery life is decent and the included power-saving modes are very effective”.

One Sony Xperia Z3 Compact reviewer who bought this tablet thought it was quick to charge. Old Timer mentioned in their Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review “Quite inevitably users are going to charge via the USB port, possibly damaging the watertight properties of its cover” .

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Robust

A few customers agreed that this tablet was well made. This month Amazon Customer scored the product very highly and wrote in their review of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact “Light and rock solid in performance”. Andreas Iacovou mentioned on Amazon “Yet feels completely solid” in his Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review and rated it as very good. Anthony John Houston wrote on Amazon “Its well made, impossibly thin, has no light bleed on the screen (unlike the Nexus 9)” in his Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review.

A number of customers who reviewed it concluded that it was good at resisting water ingress. In November this year Abbas Z. mentioned “Excellent item, works underwater too” in their review. Amazon Customer said on Amazon also in November this year “The Sony Z3 8" has a close 283 PPI and is water resistant when all compartments”. Graham said in his Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review on Amazon “Great battery (lasting a good 2 days) Easy to use Fantastic value for money You can expand the memory (unlike a certain 'fruit' brand) Decent sound Waterproof as well”.

A number of customers wrote in their reviews that the product was reliable. Kyle said in his review of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact in November “100% reliable” . Old Timer gave the product a score of 5 stars and said in their Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review “After much indecision I chose this Android tablet over others in the upper price range to succeed my trusty”. In November last year Rob wrote on Amazon “Fast, reliable, easy to use”.

One Sony Xperia Z3 Compact reviewer considered that this tablet was strong and durable.

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Good Connectivity

A number of people said in their reviews that the product was wifi compatible. Amazon Customer scored it very highly and said on Amazon this month “It was very glitchy - the wifi simply stopped responding” in their Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review. Amazon Customer also wrote “The WiFi video casting is great for playing your videos on you TV in full HD easily”. Mazt said “A joy to use with compatible devices for high quality wireless audio”.

A few customers who reviewed it thought it was good in terms of USB connections. Ric Brook mentioned on Amazon “Next problem I came across is the USB connector, not only is it hidden by a flap”. In November last year So mentioned in her review of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact on Amazon “However, you would have to fasten the mini USB and other covers properly”.

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that it had gps. Paul mentioned “In the conservatory at the back of the house I can get a reasonable GPS lock on an iPhone” in his review of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Paul also mentioned “I think for long journeys I'll use the Xperia tablet - its long battery life and ability to get a GPS signal makes it ideal for satnav”.

Some people who purchased the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact said that it had a good signal strength. Ric Brook wrote “Super slim and light Excellent quality screen Signal strength is better than any phone I've ever owned Speakers are forward facing unlike most rivals” and gave the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact a rating of 4 stars.

One customer said in their reviews that the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact was able to connect to the internet.

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Nice Design

A number of Sony Xperia Z3 Compact reviewers said in their reviews that it was good looking. Amazon Customer wrote in their review “This is a beautifully put together piece of technology” . Amazon Customer also wrote “I've purchased it for remote play, which works pretty good.”. Harleen wrote in their review of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact on Amazon “It looks stylish; has excellent sound”.

Several Sony Xperia Z3 Compact reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was smooth. In November this year Amazon Customer said in their review of this tablet “Smooth to use, fast to” and rated the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 5 stars. Andy scored it 5 stars and he said “The sound (through headphones) is smooth and gorgeous”. Andy also mentioned “As for operation, smooth menu transition, quick wake up, loads websites very quickly without problems”.

Two Sony Xperia Z3 Compact reviewers who purchased the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact concluded that it was a good design. Adam said in his review of this tablet this month “Fast Processor Nice Design Waterproof! Good Speakers Remote play with PS4 (requires fast internet, recommend using over a 5ghz network” .

Some Sony Xperia Z3 Compact reviewers considered that the product was neat. Old Timer wrote on Amazon “PLUS POINTS* The build quality is immaculate, truly premium”. Temitope David Olasoko mentioned a few weeks ago “The camera is neat” in their review.

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Good Size

A number of Sony Xperia Z3 Compact reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it was thin. This month A. Gothorp said on Amazon “It is a perfect size, lightweight and very ultra slim”. Alan scored it very highly and he said in his Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review on Amazon “It's light, thin, has an excellent screen”. A few weeks ago Alex M mentioned in his review of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact on Amazon “Amazingly thin and light” and scored the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 5 stars.

Several Sony Xperia Z3 Compact reviewers who reviewed this tablet reckoned that it was compact. Alan rated the product as very good and he mentioned last year “If you're looking for a compact tablet, look no further” in his Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review. Amazon Customer gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “Sony phones/tablets before and this Sony Z3 Compact tablet 8" is hands down the best”. Amazon Customer also wrote “Go with the Sony Z3 Compact tablet you will not be disappointed”.

Some Sony Xperia Z3 Compact owners said in their reviews that this tablet was lightweight. Chrissie A. Chater gave it an excellent rating and wrote “Ultra lightweight and the screen brightness”. Last year Liu Fusheng gave this tablet a score of 5 stars and said in their review on Amazon “Battery life is extraordinary, very lightweight, durable”. Louie mentioned on Amazon “What a tablet lightweight sharp screen, Sd micro slotPs4, remote play is a bonus!I like apple”.

Several customers who purchased the product reckoned that it was a good weight. Last year Daz said in their review of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact on Amazon “It is super light weight and super fast”. Mazt wrote in their review on Amazon “The size and weight really is excellent for day to day use in”.

Some Sony Xperia Z3 Compact owners concluded that this tablet was easy to carry around. In November last year Daz gave it an excellent review and mentioned on Amazon “It is easy to carry and the battery just keep going”. Daz also said “I find the z3 8 inch easy to carry around with me”.

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Good Product Quality

Several Sony Xperia Z3 Compact owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was good quality. Al mentioned on Amazon last year “The sound quality is quite good as well” in his review of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Alan he mentioned in his review of this tablet on Amazon “One more thing that impressed me was the sound quality through a Bluetooth speaker”. Alex wrote “Good stereo sound quality (better than iPad air 2) Fantastic rear camera”.

A Top Selling Product

Across all tablets, the Xperia Z3 Compact is one the most popular products currently available for purchase.

Good Picture Quality

A few customers concluded that it had good picture quality. A. Gothorp wrote on Amazon “It is fast and responsive and the graphics are amazing” in their review. Steven Radford wrote in his Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review on Amazon “And he loves it for the picture quality and sound”.

Some Sony Xperia Z3 Compact owners who reviewed the product concluded that it was good for watching movies. Jon rated it 5 stars and he said in November last year “That doesn't matter, real world performance is exceptional and the screen ratio for movies etc is perfect! Gorgeous screen too! Incredibly thin” in his review of this tablet. S. Benton scored the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 5 stars and said “Great tablet now running android 5 (lollipop), just the right size, very powerful and quick with a good screen for watching movies, i sold my galaxy tabpro 10.1 to buy this”.

One Sony Xperia Z3 Compact owner considered that this tablet had good colour saturation. Ric Brook said “It is VERY bright on high settings so so problem viewing in daylight and the colours are very good” in their review.

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Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Tablets

Sony 801 processor tablet computers have good ratings on average and across all tablet computers Sony is one of the superior manufacturers.

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Good for Games

Some customers concluded that the product was good playing games on. Antonio said on Amazon “This tablet doesn't get hot even after long smooth gaming sessions which makes it a better gaming tablet than any of the tab s series (tested on tab s2” and scored the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 5 stars. Inception73 mentioned “Certainly not for ps4 gaming I can tell you that” in their Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review. W. Sewell said on Amazon “Works with with my Ps4 which is great for gaming while wife watching her soaps” in their Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review.

Good Technical Features

Some people who bought it wrote that it had good features. Al wrote “Great Tablet with good features” in his review of this tablet and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100. Al also mentioned “Has additional features of being water”. M. Darke wrote “The customisation features are nice” in their review of this tablet.

Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

The average processor clock speed of tablet computers that have been on the market for more than a year is 1.5GHz, and the processor clock speeds range from 1.1GHz to 2.5GHz. The Xperia Z3 Compact has one of the faster processor clock speeds (2.5 gigahertz) amongst similar spec tablet computers of this age.

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4G Compatible

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is 4G compatible, which is unusual. Most of the other tablet computers of a comparable age and spec to the Xperia Z3 Compact are not 4G compatible.

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3G Compatible

Unlike most of the other tablet computers of this age and type which are not 3G compatible, the Xperia Z3 Compact is 3G compatible.

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Quite High Rear Camera Resolution

With a rear camera resolution of 8.1 megapixels, the Xperia Z3 Compact has one of the higher rear camera resolutions amongst tablets of this age. The average rear camera resolution of tablet computers of a similar age and spec to the Xperia Z3 Compact is 5.8MP, and the rear camera resolutions range from 5MP to 8.1MP.

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3 MHL Version

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact features a newer MHL version than most tablets that have been around for more than a year. This tablet computer features a 3 MHL version, whereas most tablets of this age and type feature a 2 MHL version.

This tablet's MHL version (3) is in fact the best featured MHL version amongst all tablet computers of this spec and age.

A 2.2 MHL version is the worst featured MHL version amongst similar types of tablet.

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Fairly Large Digital Zoom

Tablets of this age and spec have digital zooms of between 4x and 8x, and the average digital zoom is 5.1x. The Xperia Z3 Compact has one of the larger digital zooms (8 times zoom factor) amongst 801 processor tablet computers of this age.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The Xperia Z3 Compact has a greater number of white balance modes than most tablet computers of a comparable age and type to it. This Sony tablet computer has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on comparable spec tablet computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Xperia Z3 Compact.

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Quite High Front Camera Resolution

With a front camera resolution of 2.2 megapixels, the Xperia Z3 Compact has one of the higher front camera resolutions amongst 801 processor tablet computers of this age. The front camera resolutions of comparable spec tablets that have been around for around the same time as the Xperia Z3 Compact range from 2MP to 2.2MP, and the average front camera resolution is 2.1MP.

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1080p Video Recording Mode

This tablet has a 1080p video recording mode, which is the most commonly found video recording mode on tablet computers of a similar spec and age to it.

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Fairly Long Standby Time

Across all the tablets of this age and type the standby times range from 9h to 3,000h. At 980 hours, the Xperia Z3 Compact has a fairly long standby time compared to most of the other tablets that were released one year ago.

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Quite Large Internal Memory

Tablet computers of this type and age have internal memory of between 1.5GB and 3GB. With an internal memory of 3 gigabytes, the Xperia Z3 Compact has a fairly large internal memory compared to most of the other tablet computers of this spec and age.

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1920 X 1200 Pixels Display Resolution

The biggest display resolution of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is 1920 x 1200 pixels. That's over two times the display resolution of the most common display resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The display resolution of all tablets of a similar age and type to the Xperia Z3 Compact ranges from 800 x 400 pixels (worst) to 2732 x 2048 pixels (best).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This tablet computer has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many tablet computers that are a similar age to it.

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Dust Resistant Case

The protection feature of this tablet is Dust resistant|Water resistant, which is typical of many tablet computers of this age and type.

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Short

801 processor tablet computers that have been around for around the same time as the Xperia Z3 Compact have heights of between 7.3mm and 250mm, and the average height is 150mm. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is quite short (only 123.6 millimeters) compared to most of the other 801 processor tablet computers that were released around the same time as the Xperia Z3 Compact.

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Very Thin

The thicknesses of 801 processor tablet computers that came out around the same time as the Xperia Z3 Compact range from 6.4mm to 140mm. At only 6.4 millimeters, the Xperia Z3 Compact has a quite thin thickness compared to most of the other 801 processor tablet computers that came out around the same time as the Xperia Z3 Compact.

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Very Light

At only 270 grams, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is quite light compared to most of the other tablet computers that are a comparable age to the Xperia Z3 Compact. Tablets of this age and spec have weights of between 270g and 490g.

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4 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

A number of people who reviewed it thought it was not noisy. This year G.k Reviews wrote in their review of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact “Easier and less noisy than either of the Surface tablets”. Ric Brook wrote last year “Vibration device is noisy”.

Very Small Screen Size

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact has a fairly small screen size (only 8 inches) compared to most of the other tablets of this age and spec. Across all the tablets that were released one year ago the screen sizes range from 8" to 9.7", and the average screen size is 8.9".

If this tablet screen size is not large enough for you then you might also want to consider the Samsung Galaxy Tab A (9.7" and cheaper).

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Very Short Continuous Audio Playback Time

The Xperia Z3 Compact has a fairly short continuous audio playback time (only 110 hours) compared to most of the other 801 processor tablet computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the Xperia Z3 Compact. The continuous audio playback times of tablets that were released one year ago range from 110h to 180h.

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Very Short Continuous Video Playback Time

Tablet computers of a similar age and spec to the Xperia Z3 Compact have continuous video playback times of between 10h and 14h, and the average continuous video playback time is 12h. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact has a fairly short continuous video playback time (only 10 hours) compared to most of the other comparable spec tablet computers that were released one year ago.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Released Over a Year Ago

This Sony tablet was released over a year ago.

Four Processor Cores

Compared to the other eight 801 processor tablet computers that came out more than a year ago that we have assessed the number of processor cores of, the Xperia Z3 Compact has four processor cores which is average.

We compared this tablet computer to all the other 4 processor core tablets and we think the Samsung Galaxy Tab A which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Average Internal Storage Capacity

At 16 gigabytes, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact has a pretty typical internal storage capacity compared to most of the other tablet computers of a similar age and spec to the Xperia Z3 Compact.

Alternative 16GB internal storage capacity tablets currently available which you might also want to consider include cheaper tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab A.

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Intel Identity Protection Technology
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12 August 2015

IntroductionFor personal and business users who are looking for a serious alternative to the iPhone 6, the petite Sony Xperia Z3 Compact phone may be just what you are looking for.Following the...

25 July 2015

Sony's Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is one very capable device.  As far as its time with us, it was able to handle everything we threw at it and performed really well. From web-browsing, to watching...

22 July 2015

There was no Sony Z2 Compact, which we thought was a massive shame, because the Z1 Compact was an awesome phone. Usually, when companies scale down their handsets, there is a reduction in power,... Read more…

20 July 2015

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8 July 2015

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Reviewed 30 December 2014 by Rocky
Rocky would recommend the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet

I bought a Sony Z 1 phone for the good camera and was so pleased with it thought I would try the Sony Z3 8" tablet and have been bowled over! So light it's a pleasure to hold with my arthritic... Read more…

Reviewed 18 November 2014 by Echo Beast
Echo Beast would recommend the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet

I bought this tab primeraly to use with my playstation 4 (which works really well BTW) so the rest of the family can use the telly. Though I do use it to surf the net and use some apps which all... Read more…

Reviewed 8 April 2015 by Andy21
Andy21 would recommend the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet

Really like this product is just a perfect size, it's fast easy to use . Great product . Lives up to the Sony reputation...

Reviewed 3 April 2015 by Adz85
Adz85 would recommend the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet

Excellent piece of kit! Brilliant specifications, really lightweight and battery life is superb. Waterproof too! (to 1.5m). Very satisfied...

Reviewed 22 January 2015 by Ray25
Ray25 would recommend the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet

Great tablet. Picture very good very clear. Fast to use. Would recommend don't wait get it...

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