Review: Sony Xperia Z3v for Verizon Wireless
The Sony Xperia Z3v is an impressive device. I may be a little put off by the unnecessary changes to the hardware made by Verizon, but the Z3v is still good-looking and well-made.
My tests prove the Z3v to be among the finest of Sony's devices to reach the U.S., especially where the screen, network performance, and call quality are concerned. Battery life is solid, too, even if it doesn't set any records. The hardware is mostly easy to use. I like that the phone is waterproof, but dealing with the hatches day in and day out can be a drag. Some potential buyers may not like the sealed-in battery, but I don't mind it.
The Android KitKat operating system provides a solid framework and familiar apps for managing communications. Sony's UI skin isn't overly heavy-handed and leaves the device with plenty of room for customization. Many of Sony's apps, such as the Walkman, Gallery, and Video Player, surpass those created by Google. Toss in the Z3v's compatibility with the PS4, and you have a compelling Sony story.
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Sony stepped up the performance of other core features. The camera mostly impresses, the Snapdragon processor breathes fire at every turn, and the addition of Qi wireless charging is a welcome one.
If you're invested in the PlayStation and other Sony services, the Z3v is a no-brainer. If you're not, it's still a competitive Android smartphone that offers a little something different. Those with an eye for high-end smartphones would do well to consider the Sony Xperia Z3v. It's Sony's best yet.
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