Since I am paying money for the T-Mobile JUMP program which allows me to trade in a phone I have not yet paid off for a newer phone after six months (newer program requires 50% to be paid), I decided to splurge on the Sony Xperia Z3 last month after realizing my paid off Z1S in 2016 would basically have no resale value.
I am in the in between time between the newer devices that would be announced around March, but I did not feel like waiting for them to be released around April or May.
I am a previous owner of a Sony device having used the previous incarnation the Z1S. The Z3 has many of the features that make Sony phones different from the competition from the water resistance features and the PlayStation interactivity where you can use your Sony phone as a portable device to play the games from your PlayStation 4 remotely.
What is different in the Xperia Z3 that would make someone want to switch devices? There is modest processor speed bump from 2.2ghz to 2.5ghz and an increase in memory from 2gb to 3gb. It makes the device run more smoothly. Instead of a square shaped device, there is rounded edges which helps the device to have a better feel.
Some of the things I do not like in the device is the new carrier bloat such as T-Mobile Name ID, there should be a bundle deal where you get voicemail to text and Name ID for a slight discount. That is the only peril of getting a carrier branded device where you do not have the flexibility to uninstall certain programs off your device. 32gb storage not including the micro sd storage helps out where there is still plenty of room for your new applications, photos and music.
Should you get this device? If you are already a Sony user, I would recommend this. If you are looking for an Android device not made by Samsung or HTC this is the device to consider. If you are not able to wait for the Galaxy S6 or the HTC M9 the Xperia Z3 is the device for you. $630 is a bit high for the device, wish it was knocked down to $549 and I think more people will jump aboard to the Sony train.