1. brybelle22's Avatar
    Are there any decent reviews online yet? Have review models been made available to tech reviewers? I'm ready to get some insight on actual time with this model. We all know the specs, but I'm ready for some real life usage reviews.
    10-18-2014 11:02 PM
  2. eao1991's Avatar
    I think review units have barely been shipped out. The first unboxing video was uploaded today on PhoneDog's YouTube channel. So more videos are likely coming out the next few days

    Edit: looks like the unboxing video has been pulled. Guessing Sony still hasn't given the green light for sites to begin their Z3v coverage.

    Sent from my LG G3
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    10-18-2014 11:06 PM
  3. pchain's Avatar
    I keep searching but haven't found any real reviews. I think the phone becomes available on 10/23 so reviews should be available a day it two before I'd imagine.
    10-18-2014 11:58 PM
  4. npaladin-2000's Avatar
    I saw the video before they pulled it, looked fairly nice even though it doesn't really look like a Z3, looks more like a phone that shares general design language with the Xperia Z-series.

    It doesn't have the magnetic dock connector, but it does have Qi charging. Frankly my experience with Qi charging hasn't been wonderful, I'd rather see the magnetic dock connector.
    10-19-2014 04:57 PM
  5. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    I think review units have barely been shipped out. The first unboxing video was uploaded today on PhoneDog's YouTube channel. So more videos are likely coming out the next few days

    Edit: looks like the unboxing video has been pulled. Guessing Sony still hasn't given the green light for sites to begin their Z3v coverage.

    Sent from my LG G3
    That unboxing and the associated story is still on PhoneDog's facebook page but when you click on it is says "file or directory not found".

    Weird.
    10-19-2014 07:16 PM
  6. richard_rsp's Avatar
    http://mobile.pcmag.com/?origref=#!/...rizon-wireless

    Looks pretty decent. The battery isnt what I thought it'd be, but their test doesn't seem too accurate to how I use a phone anyway.

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    10-20-2014 11:35 AM
  7. brybelle22's Avatar
    http://mobile.pcmag.com/?origref=#!/...rizon-wireless

    Looks pretty decent. The battery isnt what I thought it'd be, but their test doesn't seem too accurate to how I use a phone anyway.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Thanks for the link.
    10-20-2014 11:36 AM
  8. brybelle22's Avatar
    I think review units have barely been shipped out. The first unboxing video was uploaded today on PhoneDog's YouTube channel. So more videos are likely coming out the next few days

    Edit: looks like the unboxing video has been pulled. Guessing Sony still hasn't given the green light for sites to begin their Z3v coverage.

    Sent from my LG G3
    Hopefully they'll repost soon.
    10-20-2014 11:37 AM
  9. anon(7743380)'s Avatar
    Can anyone confirm if what "mobileburn" is stating about the Z3V variant is accurate? I know about the big differences between the Z3 and Z3V but what about some of the smaller points, like the camera, screen, etc.

    I would post link but as since this is my first post, not able to.

    Site: mobileburn
    Article: "Sony's Xperia Z3v is actually an Xperia Z2 variant"

    Thanks!
    10-21-2014 08:38 AM
  10. eao1991's Avatar
    Can anyone confirm if what "mobileburn" is stating about the Z3V variant is accurate? I know about the big differences between the Z3 and Z3V but what about some of the smaller points, like the camera, screen, etc.

    I would post link but as since this is my first post, not able to.

    Site: mobileburn
    Article: "Sony's Xperia Z3v is actually an Xperia Z2 variant"

    Thanks!
    Yes, it's accurate. Though the screen is still a mystery, the consensus from most posts is that it's using the less battery efficient screen tech found in the Z2. The camera sensor is also the older one found in the Z2.

    Sent from my LG G3
    10-21-2014 09:00 AM
  11. eao1991's Avatar
    Tom's Hardware updated their hands-on and it looks like the display is indeed the older one from the Z2.



    Sent from my LG G3
    10-22-2014 08:23 PM
  12. brybelle22's Avatar
    Tom's Hardware updated their hands-on and it looks like the display is indeed the older one from the Z2.

    http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14...e9993ab6cb.jpg

    Sent from my LG G3
    This phone is such a disappointment. I was so excited for the possibility of the Z3C, but had talked myself into being excited for the Z3v instead. Unfortunately, as I've learned more about this phone, I've pretty much taken it out of consideration for my next phone. I was ready to go non-contract the day the Z3C or Z3 was made available; pretty much decided on the Nexus 6 at this point. The capacitive buttons and the Verizon bloatwear are keeping me at bay with the Droid Turbo.
    10-22-2014 08:46 PM
  13. eao1991's Avatar
    This phone is such a disappointment. I was so excited for the possibility of the Z3C, but had talked myself into being excited for the Z3v instead. Unfortunately, as I've learned more about this phone, I've pretty much taken it out of consideration for my next phone. I was ready to go non-contract the day the Z3C or Z3 was made available; pretty much decided on the Nexus 6 at this point. The capacitive buttons and the Verizon bloatwear are keeping me at bay with the Droid Turbo.
    Nexus 6 for me too. Not really a fan of what Sony/Verizon did with the Z3v.

    Sent from my LG G3
    10-22-2014 09:33 PM
  14. anon(7743380)'s Avatar
    Word for word the exact same feeling man. Had my mind made up that this is what I was getting and then everything I read about it was a disappointment when compared to the Z3 Proper. N6 I guess for me as well.
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    10-23-2014 02:42 PM
  15. therabbitssing's Avatar
    I was bummed when I found out it had some Z2 parts and body, but after playing with it in the store, I took it home! It's a great phone, despite the changes.
    10-26-2014 01:34 AM
  16. pchain's Avatar
    Yep... I've had it for 24 hours now. Awesome device. First full charge today I got 8 hrs 41 minutes screen time. I know every tech enthusiast is "disappointed" in this or that, (we do like analyzing everything to death you know) but taking the phone on its own merits this is a winner. I also happen to like the slab form factor. I'm convinced there is no way you would be able to tell a difference in the 805 vs the 801 in everyday usage. Its fast, it's smooth, not a single lag or glitch. The camera is absolutely great - and love the camera shutter key. My radio reception is consistently 4 dBm better than my Samsung's side by side. Probably not as good as Motorola radio/antenna hardware but definitely better than Samsung. Solid and stable WiFi connection. Earpiece sounds good to me from a landline. Overall a solid device. Unless you hate the slab factor, this is definitely something to be considered. Personally I was going to get the Turbo, but I really didn't want to give up my LED notifications so I got the Z3v instead. After a full day of use I'm glad I did.
    10-26-2014 01:58 AM
  17. richard_rsp's Avatar
    ^ Congratulations! Glad you decided to pick one up!

    And I completely agree with everything you said!

    Posted via the Android Central App on my Xperia Z3V
    pchain likes this.
    10-26-2014 08:01 AM
  18. therabbitssing's Avatar
    I also am in agreement and like my Z3v. I mean don't get me wrong I'd have loved an actual Z3 but since I'm not going to T-Mobile this is def my choice.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Could not agree more. I am very happy with the phone despite it being a Z2.5
    10-26-2014 04:00 PM

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