Who says size matters? Pah. In recent years Sony has proven that inches don’t guarantee performance, and shown that smaller smartphones don’t need to skimp on impressive specs. The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact follows this mantra, pairing its relatively small 4.6-inch form with an array of internals comparable to, yep, you guessed it, the flagship Sony Xperia Z5. That’s no less than James Bond’s phone by the way.
Taking the same processor, storage and outstanding camera as its illustrious sibling, the sub-sized Z5 Compact makes compromises in some areas, sure, but these don’t have a big effect on the overall device. Well, for the most part anyway.
For those who covet quality over pocket-bulging, skinny jeans-stretching size, the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is a device worth considering. As long as you don’t mind parting with a serious bit of change that is, because with a £429 price tag, this thing’s not cheap. It’s size and spec combination leave it without comparison, but on pricing, it’s entering a crowded and competitive space.
- Amazing camera
- Decent battery life
- Smaller form factor without compromise
- Low-res 720p display
- Stocky design
- Clunky UI
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Design: Pretty in parts, standard in others
While no ugly duckling, the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact’s appearance isn’t necessarily its strongest point. The 8.9mm thick, 138g plastic-clad body looks and feels a little stumpy and clunky. The black model has a slight air of sophistication about it, but when colour is thrown into the mix, it gives the phone the look of past mid-range Nokia Lumia handsets. And that’s hardly grand praise.