The differences between Sony’s Xperia Z3 and Z2 may not be hugely noticeable upon first glance, but Sony has made changes that improve upon some of the Z2’s shortcomings. By making slight improvements in all the right areas, the Z3 model acts as a solid replacement for its predecessor.
While most of the design choices for the newer phone stayed the same, the main focus seems to have been producing a smaller phone that weighs less. Measuring at 14.6 x 7.2 x .73 cm and weighing only 152 grams, the Xperia Z3 is slimmer and lighter than the Z2, which measures, 14.68 x 7.33 x .82 m and weighs 163 grams. Although the numbers may not seem like a lot, every step towards a more convenient phone makes a difference to buyers.
The display for the Z2 was a spacious 13.2 cm. Most impressively, despite the slimming down of the Z3, Sony still maintained the screen size. So although there was no increase in screen size, there is a higher screen to phone ratio now, helping pull attention to the screen. The Z3 did see a downgrade from the Z2’s scratch-resistant glass, but every other aspect of the display has stayed the same.
The only change made to the camera between models is that the newer Z3 has added features that will assist in image and video capturing. With added ISO controls, the Z3 allows owners to adjust the grain level, making it easier to take photos in darker locations. A self-timer now gives users the flexibility to take a group photo and still be in it, and a wide lens gives the Z3 the option of fitting more in the frame of the shot. The camcorder portion of the camera also saw the addition of digital image stabilization and video sharing.
Just as was done in the design, the Z3 saw small improvements in various areas under the hood. Taking any shortcomings from the Z2, Sony improved in a lot of small areas, making a big difference in overall performance.
Software and Hardware
The Z3 ships with Android 4.4.4 opposed to the Z2, which ships with 4.4.2. Although this is not the biggest difference, the improved operating system makes the newer phone run much more smoothly than the previous version. The Z3 contains an improved processor, boosting from a 2300 MHz, Krait 400 to a 2500 MHz, Krait 400. This is just one more upgrade that makes usability seamless.
The talk time for the battery of the Z3 clocks in at 14 hours, one less than the former model. However, the stand-by time of the Z3 is at a huge 37 days. This is a major improvement upon the 28 days seen by the Z2.
The Sony Xperia Z3 and Z2 may not have the most unbelievable differences, but there is no doubt that the Z3 is still an improvement upon the previous model. The little changes that have been made throughout the phone have greatly improved upon the overall usability of the smartphone in relation to its predecessor. Z2 owners will not be disappointed if they decide to upgrade, and the Sony Xperia Z3 can be found through online retailers.