About a month ago, while flying into Melbourne from the Great Barrier Reef, my iPhone 5 was having some really serious problems. It worked okay, more or less, but the thing was starting to bulge. When I say bulge, the front glass part had popped out and I could see the wires and metal inside of it. I didn’t know whether the stupid thing would explode or not, so I turned it off. When I landed, I turned it on and started ordering another phone.
To iPhone or Not to iPhone
For a while, even before my iPhone was being bulgy, I was considering getting a new phone because the one I was using was going on three years ago. Since iPhones are updated every few months to a year, I already had outdated technology. I had owned an iPhone since the iPhone 3. I felt like through the years, I was using the same product. No excitement and no real change.
I decided to get something else.
Duh… duh… duuuuuuh! The Sony Xperia Z3
This is what I got.
I had been looking at it for a while since it was released and what I really liked about it was that it was waterproof. For some reason, when I found that out, I automatically thought I could take a picture underwater. I’m not even really sure if that’s possible or not and I doubt I’m really going to check. I have washed it though with running water and dropped it in the water. It still works perfectly.
Android: One of the anticipated problems that I thought I’d have is going from iOS to Android. It was a bit annoying at first because I was always looking for my physical home button. I also knew that I would miss iMessages since a lot of people I know have an iPhone as well but text messaging is free mostly so, why get so worried over this?
After a month of using it, I have to say that Sony did a really great job with their software. I tried other launchers and dozens of customisations with it. I figured out that’s why I like this operating system. Though Apple had really simplified how to do things, I think that I like having the control that I have with Android.
People told me that I’d probably go back to Apple but I really don’t want to. Something that worries me is that Sony may stop updating the operating system at some point. They’ve done a great job updating with the Z1 so I’m not so scared.
I got a lot of the same applications I used on my iPhone on my Z3. The major ones that I used (that weren’t made by Apple) were there so that’s perfect.
I like Xperia Home (the launcher). I have tried Nova Launcher but ended up going back to the Sony launcher. I like the Xperia theme too.
Size and Shape: This is something I still have a problem with. The size is a bit bigger than I would have liked. I could have gotten the Xperia Z3 Compact but there were a few drawbacks for me (mostly being the memory). It would have fit into my hand a little better. I am not used to having a phone that I have to operate with both hands. I was so used to being able to use just my thumb if I had to. I can’t reach across the screen with just my thumb now and I find that irritating. I know it’s not Sony’s fault for my hand size but what I do have a problem with is…
The buttons are all on the right side. I can’t tell you how many times I have turned the screen off while using it or turned the volume all the way up or down while reaching over to grab it to turn off the alarm (usually all the way up with the alarm). I’ve also used the camera too when I didn’t mean to.
Perhaps all of this means that I need to get a case for it?
I like its thickness too (that’s what she said). I thought I might bend or break it by sitting on it but haven’t yet.
Camera: The back-facing camera is supposed to be one of the best on a phone but I wouldn’t know since I am so jittery. The Sony cameras I bought in the past had an anti-shake feature. Why couldn’t they include that on the phone for people like me? I have taken some pictures and the ones that weren’t blurred (again, my fault, not Sony’s), they looked great!
The front-facing camera looked pretty grainy but once I took a picture it was cleared up quite nicely. I still get a few blurred pictures (again, me being shaky). But it’s nice to see that the front-facing camera is capable of taking some pretty great pictures.
I don’t like selfies… haha.
Sound quality: There are a few ways we can do this. I’ll say that the hole that you listen to for phone calls has to be placed in just the right spot or you won’t hear a thing. It seems like when I talk on it, it’s in an uncomfortable position on my ear and I have to move it just a bit in every direction to see when I can hear.
The speakerphone and speakers aren’t that great. I feel like they’re not loud enough for me. Sometimes I want to play music from my phone and just set it somewhere and do whatever I need to do. I have done that a few times, but the sound is always really unpredictable. Good sometimes and bad sometimes.
Battery: It’s nice having a phone where I don’t have to charge it 3 or 4 times a day. The Z3 has a really good battery. I can go all day and then some, without charging it. I’m pretty sure that it’s not always going to be like that, but the change is nice. Anything’s better than the iPhone 5’s battery.
It’s also nice having settings to tone down the battery consumption if I need it.
The battery life is awesome compared to my old phone. (14 hours left)
The charger is annoying though. I know mini USB is kind of a standard but it’s not great when it’s dark. I didn’t have to think too hard about it when I would plug in my iPhone to its charging cable. There wasn’t a wrong way to do it unless you’re really dumb. This one I need to look at the phone AND the plug to see whether it will connect. Not good.
NFC: I haven’t used it that much. I’ve downloaded some software to enable it, but haven’t found much of a use for it.
Screen display: It’s okay. I would probably say that it has the same clarity as my iPhone 5 had. I haven’t noticed too much of a difference.
I’m glad that I switched, actually. People might see that as an anti-Apple move but I really like to customise the stuff I have. I’m already loving this phone and haven’t really been like “I should have gotten an iPhone instead”. I would usually know within a week or two whether I hate the phone I got. (I actually did this one time. It was a Samsung phone… hated it.)
That’s it for now. (I also wrote this about a week ago… it was just a little delayed.)