Tired of super-size business phones? Sony may make the phone for you, still bucking the phablet trend with the Xperia Z3 Compact, a flagship business phone that's small enough to fit in your palm. The Android device packs all the power of its bigger brother, the 5.2-inch (13.2 centimeters) Xperia Z3, into a smaller, more manageable package. This device even includes the same handy multitasking features as the larger Z3, making it easier to juggle tasks. Unfortunately for U.S. buyers, you can't yet get the Xperia Z3 Compact at a subsidized price through a major carrier, but Sony is selling the device unlocked and off-contract for $530 via the company's online store; this phone is compatible with both T-Mobile and AT&T's 4G LTE networks. Read on for three features that make the Xperia Z3 Compact good for work — if you can stomach the steep cost of entry.
As smartphones get bigger and bigger — it's hard to find a flagship device with a screen smaller than 5 inches (12.7 cm) these days — the Xperia Z3 Compact stands out as one of the best phones on the smaller end of the spectrum. It packs a 4.6-inch (11.7 cm) display that strikes a pretty good balance between portability and productivity, especially for users with small hands. And the screen easily accommodates one-handed typing, a feat that's getting more difficult as the average smartphone screen gets wider and wider. This phone is larger than its predecessor, the 4.3-inch (10.9 cm) Xperia Z2 Compact, however.
There are still plenty of smartphones this size, but not many have as much power under the hood as the Xperia Z3 Compact. It packs an extremely zippy 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM, so business users can expect seriously fast performance and snappy multitasking.
The other big hardware highlight is the Xperia Z3 Compact's waterproof design, which means it can be submerged in up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) of water for 30 minutes without sustaining damage. That's a perk for business users in the market for a durable, dependable work phone.
The Xperia Z3 supports one of Sony's best additions to the Android operating system: a multitasking feature called Small Apps, which lets you run multiple applications on screen at once. Small apps run in small, floating windows over the top of normal apps. You can drag these windows around your screen, and even minimize them for later if you want. They're not always useful, but they come in handy in certain situations; for example, you could open a webpage showing details of currency exchange rates, then open the calculator small app on top to perform calculations.