Sony Xperia Z5 Compact review
Premium smartphone innovations in a compact form
The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact follows a continuing trend, where Sony makes a mini-version of their flagship smartphone, for those who have limited purse, pocket or bag space.
The quality associated with the Sony brand continues true on the Xperia Z5 Compact, which features a more colourful persona, compared to the Xperia Z5. Vivid colours such as Coral and Yellow are accompanied by more reserved Graphite Black and White.
Regardless of choosing to be an extrovert or introvert, owners of a Xperia Z5 Compact will enjoy the cool and smooth feel of the frosted glass black and be able to feast their eyes on premium design qualities, such as the precision debossing on the frame.
It isn’t all about looks though, as the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is IP65 and IP68 certified, basically meaning that it is both dust and waterproof. The high-contrast display spreads diagonally across 4.6” and offers a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.
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The octa-core processor may well be more powerful than the one in your laptop or PC and has 2GB RAM to ensure the best possible experience. The internal memory of 32GB is very generous indeed and for those who haven’t embraced online cloud storage, there is a 200GB microSD card slot.
In the hand the Xperia Z5 Compact feels as light as a feather at 138 grams, yet there is an ample waistline that is 8.9mm thick, so you are assured of a firm grip.
Phone Set Up
The set up will excite some as they discover the new fingerprint sensor, which very thoughtfully has been integrated into the power button so that the phone can be picked up and unlocked in one move.
The remaining set up is handled by Google’s Android Lollipop v5.1 operating system. This include the Chrome Browser, Voice Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps and access to the Play Store where new app downloads and content can be found.
The most interesting feature on the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is the engaging Lifelog life-tracking app. This rolls fitness goals and the users whole life experience into one app with features including:
- A step counter
- Distance tracker
- Calories burnt
- Heart rate log
- Fitness goals
- Time spent watching TV
- Locations visited and pictures taken at locations
- Accomplishment sharing over social networking sites
- Insights into how you compare to people living in other countries
- Tips for making small lifestyle changes
There are several other entertainment-based features that offer a good experience. Hi-Res Audio allows you to hear music as it was intended with compressed files restored to a quality higher than that offered on a CD recording. S-Force Front Surround sound makes the most of this and headphone wearers may have 98% of the background noise filtered away with Digital Noise Cancelling algorithms.
Camera & Video
The 23MP camera is a standout feature that takes photography on a mini-smartphone to new levels. There is a fast and accurate autofocus (0.03 seconds) and the 24mm wide angle lens gets more into the frame.
5x Clear Image Zoom allows the photographer to bring distant objects into focus without the loss of quality with an 8x digital zoom backing this feature up. An extra large camera sensor has been used on the Xperia Z5 Compact and this collects more light when it is dark.
The 5MP selfie camera has a 25mm wide angle lens for group selfies and Steady Shot enables video recording on the move. Should you wish to record at the maximum resolution possible then return to the main camera and record at 4K quality.
The 2,700mAh battery should provide the average user with two days of use but the pressure of keeping the phone charged is mostly overcome with the Quick Charge capabilities that adds hours of use in only 10 minutes (Quick Charger required).
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact verdict: This smartphone once again proves Sony’s mastery of making a mini-version of its flagship phone, without rubbishing the spec. Without doubt, if you are in the market for a small smartphone then this one will not disappoint.
Written by: Michael Brown