These are the most recent forum messages posted by bofis:
Sad about the lack of headphone jacks
And also the loss of the side-mounted fingerprint sensor on the power button, which is really the best design. Could you maybe show side-by-sides of the XZ2 Compact next to prior Compact models like the XZ1?
Why do they even bother with non-keyboard phones?
The KeyONE is the best BlackBerry to date, and they should just continue to support and improve upon that design, without making it any larger and I think they could carve out a niche again of people who value having a great keyboard, and a modern OS ;-)
Or have a headphone port with DAC built into the phone
I really cannot see myself buying a phone without a headphone port, and if anything, having a decent DAC is a feature I'd value.
The small phone lives on!
I've had most of the Sony Compacts, starting with the Z3c, Z5c, and Xc and am very excited that I have another phone to look forward to in this line. I'm glad they're using the same chip inside as in it's larger sibling, and cannot wait to upgrade. Glad they're still certifying waterproof ratings, but might import to get the fingerprint sensor (or use global firmware)
Best BlackBerry yet!
I set my wife's up last night and was very impressed with the keyboard, fingerprint sensor in the space bar, and overall how great the phone performed and felt in my hand.
Where's the Compact model?
Would be nice if they released an XZ Compact along with this with similar specs and waterproofing again unlike the X Compact :-\
But where's the keyboard?
If they want to differentiate themselves, BlackBerry needs to stop wasting time with phones like this and put these specs into a slab-style keyboard phone like an Android Classic 2
no headphone jack, no purchase
There is really no reason to have removed the headphone jack besides spite for customers and wanting to force more expensive options onto people, while limiting their choices and freedom to use their current, maybe really nice, headphones.
Does this still not have a fingerprint sensor on the power button like the original Z5 Compact sold overseas?
Wooo compact phones
However, if this is using a 650 chip, this makes the Z5 Compact still a compelling upgrade from my Z3 Compact and cheaper...just lacking usb-c, but as I have way more microUSB cables, that's not an issue imo
should have a keyboard...
I really don't get why BlackBerry bothers making devices without a keyboard...they should release a sequel to the Classic in a slab form factor running Android
Why are they wasting time on phones without a keyboard?
Security is nice and all, but BlackBerry should ONLY make phones with their excellent keyboards to stand out...where's the sequel to the BlackBerry Classic running Android plz/!
NOT a good trend!
Ugh, I refuse to ever buy a phone without a headphone port, and really, a good DAC for that matter. Now that I enjoy my Sony Z3 Compact I really am spoiled by the size and performance, and the audio is great. I have expensive headphones, and do not want to rely on cheap adapters that put strain on the usb port and prevent charging at the same time.
This is incredibly unfortunate considering that the BlackBerry Passport and Classic are, in many cases, less than a year old for most people, and the FB app worked great, in fact, better than it does on the Priv since everything showed up in the Hub. It's frustrating, and annoying, that FB would ditch those users and toss them to a web view instead, seemingly out of laziness since BB10 can run Android apps so couldn't they have updated ...
My next phone
Thank you for reviewing the Z5 Compact, it's by far the only phone I'd want to upgrade from my Z3 Compact...though I wanted the fingerprint sensor, which makes me think importing a European model is the answer...
Am I the only one who hates cuved glass fronts?
I really really dislike the curved glass on the front of phones, it makes putting a glass screen protector much harder as it can't go all the way to the edges :-\
I hope this means that whatever new higher-end devices, Z6 Compact or the like, also comes to the US, with all features like the fingerprint sensor. Though I like the metal back of the new phones they just announced, I'm way too addicted to glass screen protectors to ever want something with a curved front glass, since then you can't ever cover it and have it look normal like on a flat glass screen.
I hope that they reconsider abandoning the Picasa app, which I still very much use on my desktop to upload to Google Photos and Facebook since like to organize albums with captions before uploading. Also, they really need to make a public URL to your public albums that I can share, like I can in Picasa, perhaps that isn't really messy if they really want to replace Picasa and compete as a dedicated Photos service.
So this violates Net Neutrality...why will the FCC find the time to crack down on this b.s.?
Best Small Phone!
I'm so glad Sony is finally releasing these, officially, in the US so I won't have to import one...though the price has come down on the imports so hopefully they'll sell for lower than the stated MSRPs. Either way, Sony is the only company making GOOD small phones, and really, the only company making anything remotely small in the first place, which is unfortunate, but means the Z5 Compact has been on my radar a while. :-D
How is this a 2016 phone?
The size and durability are great, but how are they still putting Snapdragon 400's in phones THIS YEAR??? That makes the older Kyocera Brigadier seem more attractive really since it's more compact and has a sapphire screen with basically the same internals and cheaper!
Why are two apps better than one?
THEY'RE NOT, this is dumb, I love using Wallet to pay where I can tap, but why would I want to have to have TWO apps installed and two icons for the SAME functions as are presently inside of ONE single, nice app?
shame there's no MicroSD or smaller model
For how big the phone is, why isn't there a microSD slot? And for that matter, why don't they make a SMALLER model too?
since when is the BlackBerry Classic mid-range?
The BlackBerry Classic is by far the best phone BlackBerry has made in YEARS. I hope that at least, if they are focusing on nicer devices that one of them continues the Classic's line
Now if only people would stop filming videos vertically...
The camera app should just crop the sensor and produce a wide video regardless of orientation so vertical videos go away
Long Live Picasa?
Seemngly Picasa's website and application will continue to work fine, and upload photos into the same place they always have...this really only affects the G+ Photos app within the G+ main app, which has now been replaced by the standalone Google Photos app, which otherwise is the same...
Actually looks good....
except why doesn't it have a Snapdragon 801 or 810 at least? Otherwise it sounds almost high-end, while still being a good size...
How about a 4.3-4.6" version?
The G4 and even this one are both TOO BIG, it would be amazing if LG would make a compact, but still high end, 4.3" phone that's at least 720p...removable battery and microSD slot and they'd have a winner
Why no love for the Z3 and Z3 Compacts?
It's sad that they haven't made this available on the Z3 and Z3 Compacts as well...
Yay, hope this means more Compact models in the future
The Z3 Compact is by far the best small, high-end, Android phone anyone has attempted to sell, and I hope that there will one day be a Z4 Compact or Z5 Compact that's not larger ;-)
Would be nice if anyone else made good-sized phones anymore
Any time I see a review of a 4.7" or smaller phone I'm always more attracted to it than EVERY OTHER MONSTROSITY being sold lately. There need to be more high-end, but still compact phones, like the Z3 Compact ;-)
If the screen was higher res...
and it ran Android I'd actually totally consider this phone...mostly because the size is great and it's impossible to find GOOD, SMALL phones :-(
What about a Compact?
Even if they just released the Z3 Compact on ANY carrier in the US it would be nice to have an option of a less-large phone...that said, Sony still is a great choice if your hands can manage it...
Shame the Z3 Compact has NEVER been sold here...
It's crazy that the Z3 and now the Z4v will be sold in carrier stores, even if just Verizon's, but yet the Z3 Compact NEVER saw that kind of release at all in North America! It's absurd since the smaller phones are better imo and it would be nice to have the OPTION.
so what about a mini version?
It would be awesome if any other company besides Sony also made high-end COMPACT versions of their flagships, since they're ALL TOO BIG for my hands :-(
I hope it's Blackberry Classic-shaped
The entire feel and shape of the BlackBerry Classic is amazing and it's not like anyone's made a keyboard Android phone in years sadly
Does this support reading/replying to messages?
Ever since they dropped support for FB Messages inside of the main app, I haven't even had the app installed. I refuse to install FB Messenger, and the mobile website is actually faster/better imo and then without having the app running and draining your battery all day long. If this happens to view messages again I might give it a try, even if I guess this isn't meant for the US...
Now would be a great time to actually sell the Z3 Compact in stores...
But why would any company actually sell their great, smaller device next to a huge flagship? Then they might have accurate comparison sales figures instead of just assuming anyone who wants one will order it online, like I did....
Barely smaller, worse specs
Soooo, why is Sony the only company who makes good, actually compact phones with the same internals as their larger siblings? Anything 5" and above is too big, even the 4.6" Z3 Compact is basically the largest I'd ever want a phone...
What about a Mini phone that has the same internals?
Like Sony does with the fantastic Z3 Compact, just release the SAME SPECS in a smaller phone that's easier to hold, gets better battery life, and just has a smaller, but still nice, screen? I'm very happy with my 4.6" screen and if anything would be MORE happy with a 4.3" 720p phone that's even smaller than the current Z1 and Z3 Compacts.
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