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Sony Xperia Z3 vs. BlackBerry Classic – Best smartphone reader’s choice – March Mobile Madness 2015

by Roy Choi | March 22, 2015March 22, 2015 2:00 pm PDT

Welcome back to another round of Mobile Madness. We’re rolling through the tournament and are well on our way to the semi-finals.  Yesterday we saw the Galaxy Note 4 go up against the BlackBerry Passport. With the BlackBerry Passport taking the win in our reader’s choice tournament style poll.

It’s all up to our readers to decide which phone is worthy of “best smartphone” so remember to vote for your favorite today.  Today we have the Sony Xperia Z3 going up against the BlackBerry Classic.  The Xperia Z3 beat the LG G Flex 2 while the BlackBerry Classic outnumbered the Nexus 6 to get to this round. Which will it be? The Sony Xperia Z3 or the BlackBerry Classic? You decide, vote in the poll after the spec sheet.

 

Sony Xperia Z3

The best way to describe the Z3 is a Z2 with a better design. Not that that’s a bad thing. It’s a minor revision, a refined version of a device that already had no immediate shortcomings. You still get that same water resistance, smooth performance, and a great camera. Best of all, battery life is terrific. Although it bears a striking resemblance to its previous effort, Sony’s new flagship is still a great addition to the Xperia brand… read more

 

BlackBerry Classic

For the BlackBerry faithful, the Classic is a sight for sore eyes. The approach by the Waterloo company is simple: rather than taking the competition head on, BlackBerry is putting its focus on retaining the customers it still has. That means more devices like the Passport and Classic, which offer that familiar (and terrific) typing experience with excellent enterprise security. If you want to relive the glory days of physical keyboards, the Classic is the perfect device for you… read more.

 

Sony - Xperia Z3 BlackBerry - Classic
Display Size 5.2-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (424 ppi) 3.5-inch, 720 x 720 pixel display (291 ppi)
Resolution X 1080 720
Resolution Y 1920 720
Display Type TRILUMINOS N/A
Operating System Android 4.4.4 (at launch) BlackBerry 10 (at launch)
Processor 2.5GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Qualcomm MSM 8960 1.5GHz
RAM 3GB 2 GB RAM
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 16GB
External Storage Yes Yes
External Storage Specs
  • Micro SD up to 128GB
  • Micro SD up to 128GB
Main Camera (Back) 20.7MP 8MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 2.2MP 2MP
Networks
  • GPRS/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20)
  • UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I)
  • LTE : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 17, 20 (2100/1900/1800/AWS/850/2600/700/800 MHz) – Cat 3
  • HSPA+ : 1, 2, 5/6 (2100/1900/850 MHz) – 21Mb DL(Cat 14), 5.76 Mb UL(Cat6)
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • LTE : 4,13 (AWS/700 MHz) – Cat 3
  • CDMA : BC 0, 1 (850/1900 MHz), SVLTE
  • HSPA+ : 1, 2, 5/6, 8 (2100/1900/850/900 MHz) – 21Mb DL (Cat 14), 5.76 Mb UL(Cat6)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (LE) and EDR
Battery 3100 mAh 2515 mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • DLNA
  • MHL
  • Micro USB
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • SlimPort
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Magnetometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
  • Ambient light
  • Hall sensor
GPS
  • aGPS
  • GLONASS
  • A-GPS
  • GPS
  • S-GPS
Height 146 mm (5.75 inches) 131 mm (5.16 inches)
Width 72 mm (2.83 inches) 72.4 mm (2.85 inches)
Depth 7.3 mm (0.29 inches) 10.2 mm (0.40 inches)
Weight 152 g (5.36 oz) 6.28 oz (178 g)
Colors Black Black
Supported Audio Formats .3gp, .3gpp, .mp4, .m4a, .aac, .amr, .awb, .dst, .dff, .flac, .mka, .mid, .xmf, .ota, .rtttl, .rtx, .imy, .wav, .ogg MP3, MKA, AAC, AMR, F4V, WAV, MP2PS, MP2TS, AWB, OGG, FLAC
Supported Video Formats .3gp, .3gpp, .mp4, .m4v, .mkv, .avi, .xvid, .webm 3GP, 3GP2, M4A, M4V, MOV, MP4, MKV, MPEG-4, AVI, ASF, WMV, WMA
In The Box N/A N/A

 

 

 


First Round:

March 11(play-in round) HTC One M9 Vs LG G3
March 12 Winner of the play-in round (HTC One M9) Vs iPhone 6 Plus
March 13 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Vs Lumia 930-Series
March 14 Moto X (2014) Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4
March 15 Motorola Droid Turbo Vs BlackBerry Passport
March 16 LG G Flex 2 Vs Sony Xperia Z3
March 17 Nexus 6 Vs BlackBerry Classic
March 18 iPhone 6 Vs OnePlus One
March 19 Galaxy S6 Vs Galaxy Note Edge

Second Round:

March 20 Winner of March 12
(HTC One M9)
Vs Winner of March 13 (Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge)
March 21 Winner of March 14
(Samsung Galaxy Note 4)
Vs Winner of March 15
(BlackBerry Passport)
March 22 Winner of March 16
(Sony Xperia Z3)
Vs Winner of March 17
(BlackBerry Classic)
March 23 Winner of March 18
(OnePlus One)
Vs Winner of March 19
(Samsung Galaxy S6)

Final Four:

March 24-26 Winner of March 20 Vs Winner of March 21
March 26-28 Winner of March 22 Vs Winner of March 23

 

Final:

March 29-31 Winner of March 24-26 Vs Winner of March 26-28
Winner Announced April 1

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Roy Choi

Roy Choi is a Southern California native. He has been infatuated with technology reviews ever since he bought his first crummy laptop in the summer...

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