A powerful, fast phone with a long battery life is essential for anyone who wishes to use their phone extensively – and nowadays, that’s especially hard to come by if you’re looking for a smaller device. That’s why I found the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, with its 4.6 inch screen, to be a perfect fit for me.

With its quad-core processor and 2GB RAM, the Z3 Compact offers high responsiveness, even when running large applications. It can multi-task between over five apps at any time without having to restart when you switch back, which allows me to easily pause a game to reply to a message, then return to the game without worrying about losing my spot.

The screen brightness’s range lets me use the phone comfortably in complete darkness as well as in broad daylight, and the auto-adjust feature works well enough that I’ve never had to manually change the brightness.

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The high resolution (720 x 1280 pixel) complements the 20.7 MP camera well, allowing for a crystal-clear display, and photos that still look beautiful when viewed on a larger screen. The camera app also includes a wide range of features such as “4K Video” for high-resolution video, “Background defocus” for focusing on a certain object nearby, and “Sweep Panorama” for taking a beautiful photo of a wide landscape. On top of that, the phone is perfect for clear underwater photos, with its 1m water resistance.

However, to be water resistant, the Z3 Compact sacrifices its ability to remove the battery and insert a new one – something I have found useful for other phones I’ve had in the past. Sony has compensated for this downside by giving the phone a battery which lasts up to 2 days with moderate use. If that’s not enough, you can enable STAMINA mode, which can extend the battery to 8 days of moderate use while still being fully functional. This guarantees a reliable battery which will last for years despite deterioration over time.

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While the Xperia Z3 Compact excels in many areas, the areas that it lacks in cannot be ignored. The phone’s in-built microphone distorts the sound sometimes, and has occasionally had issue picking up my voice if I speak too quietly, whereas other phones have had no issue with this. Another downside to the phone is the flashlight, which hardly illuminates your surroundings in the dark – so if you’re going out at night, make sure you bring a torch.

For the price that I bought the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact ($510), I’ve found that the phone is incredibly capable, and the upsides more than compensate for the few downsides. If you’re having trouble latching on to the new trend of huge phones, but you’d still like a powerful device, then the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is the best you can get.