Sony Xperia Z3+ Review: The Pre-sequel: Phonebook, Telephony, Messaging And Text Input

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The phonebook on the Xperia Z3+ is called Contacts. It uses a tabbed interface, consisting of Contacts, Favorites and Groups. It is no longer bundled with the phone app, but you can still quickly jump to it from the dialer. The contact list has a dedicated search filed plus it offers a very nicely animated alphabetical scroll bar.


Single contact view opens in full screen, rather than the pop-up view of previous Xperias. You acquire plenty of options for adding contact details with practically unlimited number of fields.

Viewing and editing a contact


The Xperia Z3+ had no problem with reception and we didn't experience dropped calls or other anomalies. The volume range is rather wide and you wouldn't want to pump it all the way up in all but the loudest surroundings.

The dialer is its own dedicated app and supports smart dialing. It doesn't have a built-in recorder, if you're into that sort of thing.

Standalone dialer with smart dial • in-call screen

The Xperia Z3+ continues a trdiscontinue of Sony flagships where they fail to impress with Loudspeaker loudness. The whole dust- and waterproofing might be the culprit, but the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active manages substantially better numbers, despite adhering to even more stringent specifications.

In the discontinue the smartphone posted an Average score, meaning you should check it out every now and then in noisy surroundings to create sure you don't miss a call.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 60.2 57.2 64.5 Below Average

Apple iPhone 6 Plus 67.3 65.7 66.5 Below Average

Sony Xperia Z3+ 66.7 66.6 67.7 Average

Sony Xperia Z3 69.7 66.6 67.2 Average

Apple iPhone 6 66.6 65.7 72.8 Average

HTC One M9 65.2 64.6 76.1 Average

Sony Xperia Z2 66.7 64.6 75.7 Average

Samsung Galaxy S6 68.1 66.3 73.7 Good

LG G4 66.9 71.8 74.7 Good

LG G3 70.2 66.6 80.2 Good

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active 73.1 69.3 76.7 Very Good

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 72.7 75.7 70.8 Very Good

Oppo N1 73.7 67.7 78.7 Very Good

OnePlus One 74.8 73.5 80.2 Excellent

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 74.7 73.5 81.6 Excellent

Messaging, email and text input

The Sony messaging app has the regular functionality with threaded view and automatic transition to MMS when attaching media. Google Hangouts is also on board.

Messaging app • Hangouts is also present

Naturally, the Gmail client and the default Email apps are on board. Either one can sync with multiple accounts, both Google and POP/IMAP.

Generic Mail app • Gmail

The Xperia keyboard has every feature you may need. It has symbols on long press, smiley key, and Swype-like gesture input. There's also a one handed which squishes the entire keyboard to one side for easier access. There's also a selection of three differently color skins.

Xperia keyboard with secondary symbols • one-handed keyboard • gesture input • skins



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