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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact D5803 16GB Orange 16GB Unlocked GSM 20MP Camera Phone 4.6
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5 out of 5 eggs Best Smart Phone I've Ever Owned 07/03/2015

This review is from: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact D5803 16GB Orange 16GB Unlocked GSM 20MP Camera Phone 4.6" 2GB RAM

Pros: Thin, fast, stylish, price, compact!!!
I didn't get this from NE, but instead directly from Sony at the time. I was looking for a phone that would replace my iphone 5s. The 5s was the perfect size for me, and whenever I went into stores to check out other smart phones I was turned off by how huge they were getting.

Enter the Z3 Compact! Only slightly larger than the 5s it was still definitely better than the other options out there. Being a fan of Sony in other departments I decided to take the plunge. The only way to get this phone was online, and online was accompanied by many many reviews. There was a major con around the time I was purchasing about the screen cracking itself! Thankfully after almost a year of ownership I can say this did not happen to me at all and I've even dropped it a few times. So don't worry too much about that, or if you do, buy a protection plan. Sony had a decently priced one.

The phone has the exact same specs as its big brother, the "big" Z3, except the screen resolution is 720p. For a compact phone this is perfect and actually makes the phone run faster in certain applications and games because it doesn't have to render higher resolution graphics.

This phone is sleek, really thin, even with some cases you can get for it. I like this, I hate bulging pant pockets.

The battery life is great on this phone too, lasts me all day and I look at it a lot. I'm sure it would be even better if I utilized some of the battery saving features it offers. On the side is an incredibly handy charging dock port. I highly recommend this accessory, its a bit over priced for what it is, but it has become invaluable to me as getting to the normal micro usb charging port requires opening a flap... a flap you say? Why a flap?

This phone is supposedly water proof and dust proof! That's awesome, although I'm too scared to fully submerge it and have no need for underwater pictures. Alas, I can still take it out in the rain without any worry. It's fun getting odd looks as my phone gets splashed with water while everyone else is trying their best to protect them.

The 21mp camera is nice and crystal clear. Very easy to take photos too as the phone has a dedicated shutter button on the side in the perfect spot. The 4k video is fun to use as well, and I even toyed around with some of the camera games it has (augmented reality!)

I've also used the PS4 remote play feature and it's a little touchy, but definitely works. I'm sure the bigger Z3 might be slightly better for this as the screen size, although decent, simply might look better on the bigger brother.

On a final note, the sound is also very good, and loud. The Walkman App (relabeled Music recently) is well made. I generally push my music to other sources via bluetooth or headphones. Sounds great over those as well.

Cons: There is only one con I can think of, and when you get a case for this phone it becomes much less of a worry. The front and back are both glass. This is where earlier reviews for the phone were reporting most of its problems, the front or back plates would crack seemingly on their own. Again I've not had this problem at all after owning it for nearly a year. I have a case for it, and I have dropped it quite a few times. If I didn't have a case I might drop it more often as its "slippery".

Might be a con for some but the USB charging port (as well as micro sd, and sim card) is behind a flap to keep the phone water proof. If you use the amazing charging dock accessory this won't be an issue, but I've found opening it to not be very hard and doesn't bother me much when I have to use it.

Other Thoughts: The perfect phone for me and others who want a high-end, high-performance phone with many features while remaining compact in size!

XFX Core Edition Radeon R9 295x2 DirectX 11.2 R9-295X-8QFA 8GB 1024 (512 x 2)-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Running my games are super crazy speeds! Warframe actually hit over 400 FPS!

Cons: None - though the drivers are still a bit new, so I did run into ONE game (in beta) that was having some issues.

Other Thoughts: Alright, so my old computer build was bottle-necking the ability of this GPU sadly, and I gave it a 4/5 (because as frustrated as I was, I realized it was probably my hardware AMD FX 9590 and PCIe 2.0 slots) So I'm back now to give it 5/5 now that I upgraded to the i7 4930k processor, and a motherboard with PCIe 3.0 slots. Windows 7 64bit. 16 GB Corsair Vengeance RAM. Corsair H100 Liquid Cooler. Corsair 1050w PSU.

XFX Core Edition Radeon R9 295x2 DirectX 11.2 R9-295X-8QFA 8GB 1024 (512 x 2)-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I can get most of my games to run really smooth and looking gorgeous! - but for how long?

Cons: I upgraded from a 660ti and was able to play most of my games at medium to high settings rather smoothly. So I figured upgrading to this beast, I could chew up and spit out ANYTHING on ULTRA especially since I don't plan on 4k Gaming. Perhaps the drivers just aren't mature, but I swear I've never had so many game crashes with an nvidia card! First things first, I installed this in my windows 7 64bit machine, perhaps I got a faulty driver but I was experiencing BSOD here and there. I decided to just do a complete 100% fresh install of Windows 8.1 64 Bit (I figured it was about time to upgrade anyway) That fixed the BSODs I was getting, however now when I play my games looking beautifully some will either crash out after a while, or specifically during loading sequences (Such as scene changes etc) It doesn't ALWAYS happen but its enough to annoy the heck out of me.

Games I've tested: Tomb Raider - I can get over 250 FPS especially when disabling TressFX. However, the game crashes here and there.

Bioshock Infinite - Again I can run this game amazingly, but during load scenes (Switching areas, or specifically at the end when going from scene to scene via light house) it can hiccup and sometimes crash.

Borderlands - no issues here, this game runs great

Thief - running good, although the TrueAudio doesn't seem to work for me.

Guild Wars 2 - I realize its an online game, but this game is nearly 2 years old and I should be able to get good FPS... I can only get about 30 maxed out graphics. (I also realize its not optimized well, but I know people with Nvidia cards who get 60+)

FireFall - tons of artifacts! flashing lights, its nearly unplayable!! What is up with that!?

Warframe - can't even play, crashes after loading up menu.

Dark Souls II - I can play this pretty well thankfully.

Valley and Heaven Benchmarks - Running decently, averaging out at 60FPS and spiking higher here and there, but many low dips too.

I Don't know, did I expect too much from this card?? I figured I should have absolutely no problems with games.

Futhermore, some games I am experiencing a loss of audio. I don't want to blame the graphics card becaues I use the built-in sound card of my mobo, but I never had this happen before I installed it.

Other Thoughts: I am using a Corsair HX1050. Perhaps its not enough power? It should be! But I realize I am also running three HDDs, an AMD FX 9590 as well as a Corsair H100 liquid cooling for the processor. Could that be causing all the issues I am having?? (Not enough juice during heavy times?) 16GB of Corsair Gaming Ram with a HAF case. Older Sabertooth Mobo - PCI Express 2.0 slots (not 3.0, could that be an issue?)


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