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Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Unlocked Phone - Black (U.S. Warranty)
- 23MP Camera with the world's fastest Autofocus*, highest low-light sensitivity, and highest dxo Score for video stabilization*
- Hi-Res audio delivers a fully immersive and spectacularly detailed audio experience
- Water and dust resistant design keeps you going even in a downpour
- Up to two days of battery life** on a single charge
- SIM Unlocked means no contracts or commitment to a Specific carrier
- Model E5803; compatible with Nano SIM Cards
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- Size (LWH): 5 inches, 0.35 inches, 2.6 inches
- Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Battery Type: Lithium
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What is an unlocked phone?
An unlocked phone is a device that is not bound to any carrier or plan. It allows you to choose your phone first and your carrier second. Upon selecting a plan, simply insert the carrier's SIM card into the phone and you're ready to go. If you decide you want to change carriers down the road or want to take an international trip, it's as simple as replacing your existing SIM card with a new SIM and activating your new plan.
What are the benefits of an unlocked phone?
Freedom: Choose the carrier with the best service or price. If you find a better deal later, you have the ability to change to a different carrier.
Travel: Take your phone internationally and use the carrier of your choice. It's as easy as inserting an active SIM card.
Selection: Choose the phone with the features you want, whether or not your carrier sells it, and get more service options without a contract.
How do I set up my unlocked phone?
The first thing you’ll need is a SIM card for your desired carrier. When activated, the SIM card will let your phone connect to your carrier’s network. If you decide to upgrade to a newer unlocked phone in the future, you can easily remove the SIM card from your old phone and put it in your new phone—just make sure you get the right size of SIM card (nano, micro, or standard) for your phone. If you want to use your phone while traveling internationally, you can easily buy a SIM card for a carrier that operates where you’re traveling. As long as it’s activated, you can just swap SIM cards when you arrive at your destination.
Top Customer Reviews
Size: Personally, I still find this compact size still a bit big but it's manageable.
Apps: Yes, all manufacturers include their own apps but the amount included isn't overwhelming. There is nothing that forces you to use use the Sony apps; I just default to Google apps; I think others may have opened up the apps. Many of the included non-sony apps could be deleted. Navigation is very smooth. Not sure what emails a previous reviewer is talking about; I didn't receive a single email from Sony.
Battery life: I've used Sony's stamina mode on another Sony phone and like how this one has lots more options. For example, you can select which apps has data access while your phone is on standby. Battery life is great with basic stamina mode; it may be able to last a week. There's been complaints that the phone runs hot so that was one of my concerns about this phone but during the download/installation of all the apps I use while using GPS, the phone was barely warm to the touch.
I use mine on T-Mobile's network and haven't had an issue. Places where I could previously access the network still works; places where I previously could not, I still can't.
-It is very comfortable and has good weight in one hand
-The call quality and microphones work really well (Okay google hotwords work with very very few failures)
-The micro SD/SDXC/SDwhatever slot is a big deal. I put in a 200GB card and don't think about storage anymore.
-The battery life is good enough if you have a strong data signal on Marshmallow
-Marshmallow was available as soon as I turned it on. Upgrade available!
-Limited skinning on the OS. Coming from a Nexus and later two Moto phones, I like stock android.
-Contrary to many reviews I think the camera is excellent. When I use mine next to my wife's iPhone 6s she says my photos always look better. That may be because I switch to manual and use exposure compensation on most every image.
-4K video is gorgeous and plays well on this tiny, low res screen. I was surprised it played at all.
-Signal strength. I haven't dropped a call or failed a text on AT&T or T-Mo in 2 months. And my area has bad signal. Even when LTE says no bars I can get good speeds.
-I think the speakers are very good for watching videos. I often run at half volume and that's enough. Little to no distortion.
-Waterproof. Or is it? I showered with it and its fine. I dunked it in water. I washed it off. I dry after each time but that hot shower for the length of a YouTube video should be some kind of standard test.
The not so good points I found were
-Disabled fingerprint reader being that this is the US version. I use my Pebble watch as my "trusted device" so I don't mind this.
-The screen is not as pretty as an OLED. Moto X 2013 had a 4.7" OLED screen that I prefer to this one. Better blacks and better battery life.
-The camera... I wan't a raw file format. Sony being an imaging company can do better.
-The price. I guess I want better specs for this price after I've been spoiled by Motorola's deals or the Nexus phones. I haven't paid this much for a phone since my iPhone 3G S. I certainly could have gotten a Z3C for less but since my Moto X 2014 has similar specs and is struggling at times to keep up with basic apps I figured the Z3C would have similar issues. So I got the updated model.
-I hear it overheats. I shot HD video for 10 minutes without issue. I charge and it gets hot but no noticeable issue. I'm no power user. I have no games installed. I cannot confirm any heat problems.
Disappointing problems are
-Battery life in poor signal area. I live in the suburbs and my LTE coverage is GARBAGE. Moto says 1 bar, Apple says 1 circle?, Sony says 0 bars. More on the disparity later. I would be at 20% by lunch until I made some changes. At work the battery lasted until dinner without using battery saving apps.
-Doze replaced Stamina mode? With Marshmallow Stamina mode is gone (rumored to be returning as of May 2016) and the battery life is pretty bad without doing some homework. The Doze function only works if you don't jostle your phone so put it down and ignore it.
-Low reported signal strength. Look up what signal db translates to bars and you'll see a -74db signal is full bars. To this phone its 0 bars.At home. At the gym -80db is full bars again. You cannot trust the signal strength meter and I can't figure out why. Neither could Sony support. So -110db should be 0 bars, -83db is full bars and you can figure out what is in between. I can't figure this one out. However, its signal (when looking at -db) is on par with the iPhone 6s and Moto X 2013 and 2014, all of which are known for having great radios.
How to fix your problems:
-Install Greenify, enable all the permissions it asks for and Hibernate just about everything (I think that helps). Enable agressive Doze (that really helps). Greenify will make Doze (the function not the app) useful and make that battery history graph go sideways instead of a sharp slope.
-Its slippery. I knew this ahead of time and got a "Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case Compatible for Sony Xperia Z5 Compact" and am very happy with the grip, plus it slides less and I've had a few drops with no damage. I'm not saying its the most attractive case but I have a small phone that I'm not worried about being rough with.
If I missed anything or if you have any questions, fire away. Its still not perfect but if they bring back Stamina mode I think it'll be nearly so.
45 day update: I've flashed the phone three times as recommended by Sony and the forums and I can't seem to get a handle on battery life. Sometimes I'm losing 1% per minute with the phone doing nothing (Google Play Services wakelock issue) even after restarts, and some days I can get though most of the day without charging. Add to that that the 4k video function only shoots for 1-3 minutes before the camera app shuts down (@115 degrees F on the back). And Sony's response to this is give us the phone and we'll have it back in 3 weeks or so. 14 business days, 2 weeks and 4 days, is their solution. I miss Motorola's loaner phone program where they'd give you a backup until they fix your phone. Free. Performance is getting very slow and I imagine its the processor getting too hot and slowing the system down. I'm worried but too far out of warranty to get a different phone at this point. I can't tell you what TO get but I can tell you what NOT TO GET.
RETURN FROM REPAIRS UPDATE: They apparently lost my phone in repair for a month. I called again and all they could say is the phone had been "scrapped." In their warranty they say they can return your phone in pieces and its not their problem anymore. I told Amazon and they said send us the pieces and we'll refund you. I told Sony to send me the pieces so I can be refunded and they sent a replacement phone. It seems the problems (aside from it not being water resistant) stemmed from it having Android 6.0 as it doesn't overheat and crash the camera until about 15 minutes in. Stamina mode, the thing that makes the battery so good, exists so long as I don't update the OS. It still bugs me to update to 6.0 over and over and Sony says the only way to get rid of the constant popup is to do it, therefore ruining the phone. I rooted it (to allow me to stop the Sony Update app) and it works okay but that is not a solution unless you're very tech savy. Right now Youtube stopped working since rooting and I'm diagnosing that. Of course I have no warranty now because I rooted. I still can't identify a better choice but don't get this if you want Marshmallow. Don't get this if you don't want to turn down an update multiple times a day (I read days later you can adb into the phone to stop the updater without root). Don't get this if you want a phone with a warranty or customer service. Don't get this.
Other issues I found before the phone went kaput.
-Glass is weak
-Wifi issues galore. Not only for me, but other uses in Sony Z5 forums.
-Runs hot. Another well-known issue documented.
**DONT BUY THIS PHONE $400+ down the drain***
I have small hands for a woman, and there isn't a lot of options out there at the moment for compact cells. For me, its major factor when purchasing a phone. Performance-wise, I have only had the Xperia Z5 Compact for a week now, but so far its been excellent! Only complaint is its availability! I waivered about buying this phone - because so far Sony only offers this phone online.. Only Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H websites. There is ZERO brick and mortar stores selling this phone. I was very hesitant to purchase an expensive phone without being able to view & try it in-person. Maybe I'm old-school, but that's how I roll :) I finally took the plunge after hearing Sony's future nextgen cells, Xa's, wont have a compact option available. No regrets on my purchase though. Superfast, and haven't run into any bugs. Upgraded itself immediately from Lollipop to Marshmellow. Battery is great compared to my old Moto X. Lasted about a day and a half with moderate use.
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