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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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User Reviews Are Excellent

Xperia Z3 Compact owners on average rated this tablet computer as superb.

Good Sound Quality

A number of people who reviewed this tablet reckoned that it had good sound quality. Amazon Customer gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this tablet on Amazon “Extra marks for the great audio & video quality”. Amazon Customer also wrote “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”.

Good Connectivity

Seven Sony Xperia Z3 Compact reviewers said in their reviews that the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact was wifi compatible. Amazon Customer wrote “It was very glitchy - the wifi simply stopped responding”. Amazon Customer also said “The WiFi video casting is great for playing your videos on you TV in full HD easily”. Mazt scored it 5 stars and said in their Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review “A joy to use with compatible devices for high quality wireless audio”.

A number of people wrote in their reviews that the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact was good in terms of USB connections. Ric Brook wrote on Amazon “Next problem I came across is the USB connector, not only is it hidden by a flap”. So she mentioned “However, you would have to fasten the mini USB and other covers properly”.

A number of Sony Xperia Z3 Compact reviewers who bought it agreed that it had gps. Paul rated it 5 stars and he wrote “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 said “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 Sony Xperia Z3 Compact owners mentioned in their reviews that the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 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” in their Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review and gave the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact a score of 80 out of 100.

One customer who purchased the product mentioned that it was able to connect to the internet.

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Good Size

Several customers thought it was thin. Alex M said on Amazon in January last year “Amazingly thin and light” and rated it 5 stars. Alex M also mentioned “Fantastic form factor, extremely thin and light while being totally waterproof”. Aman rated the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact as excellent and mentioned in their review of this tablet “Its a great device really thin and light was surprised about this”.

Twenty customers who purchased it wrote that it was compact. Alan said “If you're looking for a compact tablet, look no further”. Amazon Customer mentioned “Sony phones/tablets before and this Sony Z3 Compact tablet 8" is hands down the best”. Amazon Customer also said “Go with the Sony Z3 Compact tablet you will not be disappointed”.

A number of Sony Xperia Z3 Compact reviewers who purchased it agreed that it was lightweight. Chrissie A. Chater said on Amazon “Ultra lightweight and the screen brightness” in their review of this tablet. Louie wrote in his review of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact on Amazon “What a tablet lightweight sharp screen, Sd micro slot Ps4, remote play is a bonus! I like apple”. In January last year Mr. N. Kang wrote on Amazon “It is light-weight and yet feels reassuringly solid” in their Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

Some Sony Xperia Z3 Compact reviewers said that the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact was a good weight. Two years ago Daz gave the product a rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review “It is super light weight and super fast”. Mazt mentioned in their review “The size and weight really is excellent for day to day use in” and scored the product 5 stars.

Some people concluded that the product was easy to carry around. Daz said in their Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review on Amazon “It is easy to carry and the battery just keep going” and rated it as very good. Daz also mentioned “I find the z3 8 inch easy to carry around with me”.

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Good Product Quality

A number of Sony Xperia Z3 Compact owners considered that it was good quality. Alan said in his review of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact on Amazon “One more thing that impressed me was the sound quality through a Bluetooth speaker”. Alex wrote on Amazon “Good stereo sound quality (better than iPad air 2) Fantastic rear camera” in his Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review. Aman mentioned in their Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review “Believe if you pay a bit more you certainly get a quality product and the xperia tablet does not disappoint”.

Easy to Use

A number of Sony Xperia Z3 Compact reviewers considered that the product was easy to use. Last year Adam wrote on Amazon “The Xperia z3 tablet is quick, easy to use and oh so thin”. Alex M gave it a score of 5 stars and he wrote “Screen is bright enough to use outdoors” in his Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review. Amazon Customer mentioned “This Sony Xperia compact to use outside”.

A few customers said that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Two years ago Alex said on Amazon “Easy to hold and type portrait”. Amazon Customer said in their review of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 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”.

Several people wrote in their reviews that the product was easy to use the menus. Adam rated it 4 stars and he said last year “Can be tweaked using 3 different built in enhancement settings”. G.k Reviews gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “This pretty much behaves exactly like a laptop with the keyboard attached, even down to the reallu useful Start Menu”.

Several customers who purchased it wrote that it had a good experience. Amazon Customer rated the product as excellent and wrote on Amazon “Games makes for an entirely enjoyable and gratifying experience”. Amazon Customer also said “All anyone needs now for the ultimate listening experience is a Z3”.

A few customers who reviewed this tablet wrote that it was easy to setup. Michael Wilson mentioned “Is a solid format all functions are easy to set up and use if you are familiar” in his review of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and rated the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact as excellent.

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Good Battery Life

A few Sony Xperia Z3 Compact reviewers said in their reviews that the product had a good battery life. Amazon Customer mentioned “Great screen, super light, quick, good battery life just waiting for marshmallow update” in their review and gave this tablet a rating of 5 stars. Amazon Customer also said “The battery life is decent and the included power-saving modes are very effective”. Andreas Iacovou mentioned on Amazon three years ago “Battery life is excellent” in his review of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.

One customer who reviewed the product considered that it was quick to charge. Old Timer said on Amazon two years ago “Quite inevitably users are going to charge via the USB port, possibly damaging the watertight properties of its cover” in their review.

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Nice Design

Several Sony Xperia Z3 Compact reviewers wrote in their reviews that the product was good looking. Amazon Customer rated the product 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “This is a beautifully put together piece of technology” in their review of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Amazon Customer also said “I've purchased it for remote play, which works pretty good.”. Harleen said in their review of this tablet on Amazon “It looks stylish; has excellent sound”.

A number of Sony Xperia Z3 Compact owners wrote that the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact was smooth. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “Smooth to use, fast to”. Antonio wrote “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” in his review. Aviiandevil mentioned on Amazon “Android is smooth on it (have tried both 4.4”.

Several Sony Xperia Z3 Compact reviewers who reviewed the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact thought it was a good design. One customer who reviewed the product considered that it was neat. Old Timer said in their Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review “PLUS POINTS* The build quality is immaculate, truly premium”.

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Robust

A number of Sony Xperia Z3 Compact owners mentioned that it was well made. Amazon Customer wrote in their review on Amazon “Light and rock solid in performance”. Three years ago Andreas Iacovou mentioned on Amazon “Yet feels completely solid” in his review of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Anthony John Houston said “Its well made, impossibly thin, has no light bleed on the screen (unlike the Nexus 9)” in his review and scored it 5 stars.

Twelve Sony Xperia Z3 Compact reviewers wrote in their reviews that the product was good at resisting water ingress. Abbas Z. mentioned in their review of this tablet “Excellent item, works underwater too”. Adam he mentioned in January last year “Fast Processor Nice Design Waterproof! Good Speakers Remote play with PS4 (requires fast internet, recommend using over a 5ghz network”. Alan said “It's light, thin, has an excellent screen and is waterproof” in his Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review.

Several customers reckoned that it was reliable. Kyle mentioned on Amazon “100% reliable”. Old Timer mentioned two years ago “After much indecision I chose this Android tablet over others in the upper price range to succeed my trusty” in their review and gave the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact a score of 5 stars. Rob wrote also two years ago “Fast, reliable, easy to use” in his review.

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Popular Choice

The Xperia Z3 Compact is a popular choice of tablet according to Amazon sales data.

Good Picture Quality

A number of customers who reviewed the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact reckoned that it had good picture quality. Steven Radford said on Amazon two years ago “And he loves it for the picture quality and sound” in his review and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

Some Sony Xperia Z3 Compact reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it was good for watching movies. Jon mentioned in his review of this tablet on Amazon “That doesn't matter, real world performance is exceptional and the screen ratio for movies etc is perfect! Gorgeous screen too! Incredibly thin”. S. Benton mentioned “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” in their Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review.

One Sony Xperia Z3 Compact owner said in their reviews that it had good colour saturation. Ric Brook said two years ago “It is VERY bright on high settings so so problem viewing in daylight and the colours are very good” .

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Sony Tablet Computers Have Good Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Sony tablets and also specifically for Sony 801 processor tablet computers and found that in both cases Sony had good ratings compared to other manufacturers.

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Good for Games

A number of customers who purchased this tablet considered that it was good playing games on. Inception73 mentioned “Certainly not for ps4 gaming I can tell you that” in their Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review. W. Sewell said “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

One Sony Xperia Z3 Compact reviewer who reviewed the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact reckoned that it had good features. P. Wickland gave the product a very good rating and said on Amazon two years ago “Sony has done a great job with the features and presentation of the software” in their review of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.

Quite Fast Processor Frequency

The processor frequencys of 801 processor tablet computers that were launched around the same time as the Xperia Z3 Compact range from 1.1GHz to 2.5GHz. With a processor frequency of 2.5 gigahertz, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact has a quite fast processor frequency compared to most of the other 801 processor tablet computers that were released one year ago.

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Fairly High Rear Camera Resolution (numeric)

With a rear camera resolution (numeric) of 8.1 megapixels, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact has one of the higher rear camera resolution (numeric)s amongst 801 processor tablet computers of this age. The average rear camera resolution (numeric) of tablets that have been available for a comparable time to the Xperia Z3 Compact is 6.6MP, and the rear camera resolution (numeric)s range from 5MP to 8.1MP.

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Quite Large Digital Zoom

At 8 times zoom factor, the Xperia Z3 Compact has a fairly large digital zoom compared to most of the other 801 processor tablet computers that are a comparable age to the Xperia Z3 Compact. The average digital zoom of similar spec tablet computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Xperia Z3 Compact is 6.2x.

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Fairly High Front Camera Resolution (numeric)

The Xperia Z3 Compact has a quite high front camera resolution (numeric) (2.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other tablet computers of a similar age and spec to the Xperia Z3 Compact. Across all the 801 processor tablet computers that were launched around the same time as the Xperia Z3 Compact the front camera resolution (numeric)s range from 2MP to 2.2MP, and the average front camera resolution (numeric) is 2.1MP.

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1080p Video Recording Modes

This tablet has a 1080p video recording modes, which is the most frequently found video recording modes on tablet computers of this age and spec.

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Quite Large Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 3 gigabytes, the Xperia Z3 Compact has a fairly large internal memory compared to most of the other 801 processor tablet computers that are a similar age to the Xperia Z3 Compact. The average internal memory of 801 processor tablet computers that have been around for around the same time as the Xperia Z3 Compact is 2.3GB.

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1920 X 1200 Pixels Display Resolution

The Xperia Z3 Compact has a maximum display resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. That's over two times the display resolution of a 1024 x 768 pixels tablet computer, which is the most common display resolution.

A 1920 x 1200 pixels display resolution is in fact the best display resolution across all comparable spec tablet computers that were launched more than a year ago.

A 1024 x 768 pixels display resolution is the worst display resolution amongst similar types of tablet computer.

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3 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

A few customers said in their reviews that it was not noisy. G.k Reviews mentioned in their review of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact last year “Easier and less noisy than either of the Surface tablets” but despite that they gave it a score of 5 stars. Ric Brook wrote in their Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review on Amazon “Vibration device is noisy” but they rated it 80 out of 100.

Very Short Continuous Audio Playback Time

The Sony 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 came out around the same time as the Xperia Z3 Compact. The shortest continuous audio playback time of tablet computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Xperia Z3 Compact is 110h, the longest is 200h, and the average continuous audio playback time is 160h.

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Very Short Continuous Video Playback Time

At only 10 hours, the Xperia Z3 Compact has a fairly short continuous video playback time compared to most of the other comparable spec tablet computers that were launched around the same time as the Xperia Z3 Compact. Across all the comparable spec tablet computers that are a similar age to the Xperia Z3 Compact the continuous video playback times range from 10h to 15h, and the average continuous video playback time is 13h.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Released Over a Year Ago

This tablet computer has been on the market for over a year.

Four Processor Coress

Compared to the other 12 tablets that have been available for a comparable time to the Xperia Z3 Compact that we have assessed the number of processor coress of, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact has four processor coress which is average.

We compared all the other 4 processor cores tablets to this tablet and we think the Samsung SM-T350 Galaxy Tab A[plb_3026263_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Average Internal Storage Capacity

At 16 gigabytes, the Xperia Z3 Compact has a relatively standard internal storage capacity compared to most of the other 801 processor tablet computers that are a comparable age to the Xperia Z3 Compact.

There are a number of other 16GB internal storage capacity tablets currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Samsung SM-T350 Galaxy Tab A[plb_3026263_price].

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 8 inches, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other 801 processor tablet computers that are a similar age to the Xperia Z3 Compact.

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Specification

Processor
Processor Model
Processor Frequency
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Memory
Internal Memory
Software
Operating System Installed
Operating System Version
Platform
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Maximum Memory Card Size
Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Storage Media
Display
Display Diagonal
Touch Technology
Display Technology
Touchscreen
LED Backlight
Display Resolution
Graphics
Graphics Adapter
Graphics Adapter Family
Camera
Rear Camera Resolution (numeric)
Front Camera Resolution (numeric)
Front Camera
Video Recording Modes
Video Recording
Digital Zoom
Rear Camera
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker(s)
Networking
4G
3G
Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) Certified
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Bluetooth Version
Wi-Fi Standards
Bluetooth
Top Wi-Fi Standard
Ports & Interfaces
Combo Headphone/mic Port
Headphone Connectivity
Microphone in
Headphone Out
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
MHL Version
Performance
Video Formats Supported
Image Formats Supported
Audio Formats Supported
Proximity Sensor
Gyroscope
Ambient Light Sensor
Accelerometer
Design
Device Type
Form Factor
Protection Features
Colour of Product
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Battery
Continuous Audio Playback Time
Continuous Video Playback Time
Battery Capacity
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Other Features
Wi-Fi

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Expert Reviews

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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...

6 July 2015

A great tablet for on the go usage. The thin size and low weight helps as well.(previously published in issue July 2015)...

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29 May 2015

The Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is a supremely stylish razor-thin Android tablet with great performance and battery life...

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27 March 2015

Although it has its weaknesses, the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is a fabulous piece of hardware. The battery life is incredible, the display is super-bright and performance is excellent. Couple...

24 March 2015

Are you a fan of huge screens? Sony has just the right device for you in the form of the Z3 Tablet Compact, a tablet that is sleek in design and light in weight.It also streams games from the...

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User Reviews

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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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Manufacturer Part Numbers sony 12905987, sony 12905986
Barcodes 07311271495260, 07311271500643, 07311271500650
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