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Review: Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

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The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact offers what few other phones do: flagship performance in a petite piece of hardware. The Z5 Compact is refined, small, and manufactured with the best materials. The glass-and-metal combo offers a premium experience, and its waterproof nature makes it all the more appealing.

It's not without faults. The phone is thicker than I'd like it to be, and the button layout is annoying. However, it does support memory cards, the screen is really nice, battery life is above average, and wireless performance is just fine across AT&T and T-Mobile's networks. I wish voice calls were a bit better, but they were by no means awful. The processor delivers plenty of power and gives the camera enough oomph for swift action.

At $499, the Xperia Z5 Compact is a good buy. The phone is only available from online retailers, including Amazon, B&H, and Best Buy. It's sold unlocked, which offers its own appeal in terms of carrier flexibility.

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If you're in the market for a small, premium phone right now, the Z5 Compact is about the best — if only — choice.

Our Ratings

4
Overall
4
Reception
4
Battery Life
3.5
Hardware Usability
4.5
Hardware Quality
4
Display
4.5
Interface Speed
3.5
Audio Volume
3.5
Camera
 

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