Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Review: Not Your Usual Suspect: Web Browser, Other Apps

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The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact comes with Google Chrome as the default web browser out of box instead of the generic Android browser. While the minimalist interface hasn't changed since Chrome launched on Android, the browser is being constantly refined by Google, and this has resulted in one of the smoothest and most powerful browsing experiences we've encountered on a mobile.

Of course, one of Chrome's strengths is its ability to seamlessly sync with the desktop version using nothing but your Google account. This allows you to open an article on your Personal Computer (PC) and finish reading it on your mobile phone. It also syncs your bookmarks and favorite sites.

Google Chrome

Other apps

Sony's Smart Connect app comes pre-installed. It allows you to set your device to do a variety of things - like launch an app or set an alarm - whenever you connect an accessory like a headset or a charger. You can also set events to occur during a time interval (e.g. mute alarms at night). As for NFC compatibility, the Smart Connect app doesn't work with ordinary NFC tags, but only Sony's Smart tags, which is kinda disappointing. However, one of our readers duly pointed out, you can purchase cheap generic NFC tags, which are programmed as SmartTags so the app can recognize them just fine.

Smart Connect

Sony Select does the same as the Sony's What's New app, but comes with much less functions and recent UI. We feel Sony should retire it.

Sony Select

The calendar has three different types of view - daily, weekly and monthly. The lower section of the classy screen is reserved for a list of upcoming events. Adding a recent event is quick and easy, and you can also set an alarm to act as a reminder.

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact comes with a Track ID TV app that will recognize a TV show if you have the device to listen to what you're watching - neat.

Calendar • Track ID TV

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact also features the Office Suite 7, which comes with a Premium license for one month, allowing for viewing and editing office files (docs, xls, ppt), and it can also read PDFs.

OfficeSuite 7

Calculator, Clock app (with stopwatch, world clock and timer), Sketch, Notes and File Manager apps are also here by default.

Clock • Calculator • File Manager • Notes

There is the Sony PlayStation app too, which allows you to browse your PlayStation profile, avatar and achievements. It's far from Microsoft default Xbox app on Windows Phone, but it's something. It can also connect to your PS4 and extract various content from there.

The Power Saver - now part of the settings menu - helps you extdiscontinue your battery life by toggling things like Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth classy screen brightness, auto sync and background data on and off automatically when the battery charge falls below a certain user-defined threshold. You can also turn off the Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) if there is no saved Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) network in range or turn off mobile data when the classy screen is off, and more.

Sony also provides a Backup & restore app, which can utilize the internal storage, a microSD card or even an attached Universal Serial Bus (USB) mass storage device. You can backup the system and downloaded apps and their data along with any media files.

The Power saver app • Backup & Restore app is a remarkable tool to have out of the box



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