Most of us here in the U.S. have had to look at our European neighbors in envy when it comes to high-end Sony devices. For whatever reason, the Japanese company just hasn't seemed to break in to the U.S. market. That ends today, with the availability of the Xperia Z3 on Verizon.
Actually, it's the Z3v were talking about here today. We've already reviewed the proper Z3 and Z3 Compact, and it turns out that little difference in the name denotes quite a big difference in look and feel. We're only a half-year beyond the Xperia Z2, and the Z3v strangely sort of finds itself stuck between the last generation and this newer update.
So is the phone in No Man's Land? Or is it worth your time and money? Late's take a look in this, our Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v review.
About this review
We're writing this review after using the Xperia Z3v exclusively, as supplied by Sony and Verizon, for a little more than a week. It's running Android 4.4.4 KitKat, and software build 23.0.E.0.376.
I've used the phone extensively in my usual stomping ground of Pensacola, Fla., as well as in suburban Chicago. And a few points in between.
What I don't have is a great sense for Sony phones in general. As mentioned, this phone marks the return of Sony to the mainstream U.S., and so I feel like I'm coming into this a little blind. But maybe that's a good thing — I've got no real expectations here, and no leftover regrets just months after the release of the Xperia Z2.