Sony Xperia Z5 Compact £299.99 SIM FREE at Mobilephonesdirect
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Sony Xperia Z5 Compact £299.99 SIM FREE at Mobilephonesdirect

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Found 20th Jan 2016
Note, the headset mentioned is only included with contracts.

Price gone up to £359.99 now.
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Looks a great price.

I've been thinking about changing my z3 compact, which I think is absolutely great. I'm not sure that enough has changed to warrant an upgrade for me though.

I might be strong and wait for the next generation compact. This looks very attractive though, well spotted
I'd been tracking the price since this seller was last posted. As cheap as I've seen it and without the faff of O2 Refresh.

Just bought one myself.

Worth mentioning, their checkout process is a bit temperamental - if you live in a flat you need to be sure the address you enter is *exactly* as shown on your bill or the payment is rejected (never had this problem elsewhere).
Edited by: "alimac87" 20th Jan 2016
Tempting, but I don't get enough calls or texts to warrant changing my Z2 ! X)
PhilK

Tempting, but I don't get enough calls or texts to warrant changing my Z2 … Tempting, but I don't get enough calls or texts to warrant changing my Z2 ! X)



​My z2 is purely used as a hukd alerting device for the same reason.


PhilK

Tempting, but I don't get enough calls or texts to warrant changing my Z2 … Tempting, but I don't get enough calls or texts to warrant changing my Z2 ! X)

PhilK

Tempting, but I don't get enough calls or texts to warrant changing my … Tempting, but I don't get enough calls or texts to warrant changing my Z2 ! X)


Oi, this isn't a Billynomates anonymous meeting...
Great price but as others have touched on because Sony update so often older model owners can't feel the justification to upgrade Sim Free for the incremental updates on what was a fantastic device to start with.
I think i will bite when they're around the £240-250 range then will sell my Z3c for it. The fingerprint scanner on these suppose to be awesome.
Really tempted for the camera as the on on my Z3c is rubbish. But after trying out in shop the S6 still has better camera.

So S6 for £300 please!
anyone had any experience of this company's refurbs?
brookysm

Oi, this isn't a Billynomates anonymous meeting...


Well, not so much "No mates" as not attached to the phone like an umbilical, like some who regard their "mates" as a phone ?
Ever read a book ? X)
I just signed up for a contract for this phone which am quite excited about. I like to do quite a bit of research. It's far as I can tell buying a phone our right is mostly preferable if you are low call user.

If I bought this phone out right, over a two-year period it would leave me about £11.50 to get unlimited calls and a gig of data. The only bargains I can find is with Vodafone who have good cashback offers and more data that work out at about £7 per month.

Am I missing something here because that doesn't seem to be any particularly great deals that are Sim only that I would need if I bought my phone outright.
How good is the battery life on this? I remember that the Z3 Compact had legendary battery life but the lollipop upgrade made it much worse.

Is the battery life on the Z5 Compact as good despite being on Lollipop or Marshmallow?

I think it's a bit too early to bite right now seeing how quickly the price is falling. I think it'll become really tempting when it hits the £200-£250 range.
I was so looking forward to this phone, but I do not like the design very much, rather blocky looking.
I got a Z3C for £150 from Smartfonestore (grade B, but has been very good) I think it looks nicer really. Glad I did, its nice having a smaller phone, but I do prefer my S5 for the bigger, brighter screen.
Much better picking up a OnePlus X - if you can find one. I recommend eBay. Equally as compact BUT with Full HD and near pure Android. You won't regret it. Of course, the Nexus 5 is still the king of the 5 inch (and lower) smartphone.
pazuzu17

Much better picking up a OnePlus X - if you can find one. I recommend … Much better picking up a OnePlus X - if you can find one. I recommend eBay. Equally as compact BUT with Full HD and near pure Android. You won't regret it. Of course, the Nexus 5 is still the king of the 5 inch (and lower) smartphone.


Quite easy to find one
oneplus.net/uk/…s-x

Stephen
pazuzu17

Much better picking up a OnePlus X - if you can find one. I recommend … Much better picking up a OnePlus X - if you can find one. I recommend eBay. Equally as compact BUT with Full HD and near pure Android. You won't regret it. Of course, the Nexus 5 is still the king of the 5 inch (and lower) smartphone.



I'd say they're two very different phones, the Z5C and the OPX.

I own an OPX, and I love it for the price. It's invitation-free every Tuesday now, so it's much easier to buy one now. They've also recently introduced free standard shipping, which is great. The X is a fair bit thinner, but a completely different kind phone to the Z5C. The 5 inch screen makes it significantly bigger, it's all (rather scratch-prone) glass vs the Z5 compact's more "rugged" plastic feel. The camera in the X is very typical for a mid-range phone - it's not very good. The camera in the Z5C is miles better.

The Nexus 5 is getting rather old, and is being "out-specced" by loads of newer phones - in terms of both computational power, battery life and display quality. I would definitely not recommend buying a Nexus 5 today, if you can even find one.
jkgeyti

I'd say they're two very different phones, the Z5C and the OPX.I own an … I'd say they're two very different phones, the Z5C and the OPX.I own an OPX, and I love it for the price. It's invitation-free every Tuesday now, so it's much easier to buy one now. They've also recently introduced free standard shipping, which is great. The X is a fair bit thinner, but a completely different kind phone to the Z5C. The 5 inch screen makes it significantly bigger, it's all (rather scratch-prone) glass vs the Z5 compact's more "rugged" plastic feel. The camera in the X is very typical for a mid-range phone - it's not very good. The camera in the Z5C is miles better.The Nexus 5 is getting rather old, and is being "out-specced" by loads of newer phones - in terms of both computational power, battery life and display quality. I would definitely not recommend buying a Nexus 5 today, if you can even find one.



Agree that both the Z5C and OPX are fairly different phones(ish). Still, I was comparing both based on their ergonomics compared with anything else. Disagree completely regarding the Nexus 5 comment. Yes, on paper the Nexus 5 looks to be 'last gen' compared with newer phones on the market, but...unless your demand is a lot of high performance games you will find it won't miss a beat. Solid hardware coupled with pure Android is always king.
PhilK

Well, not so much "No mates" as not attached to the phone like an … Well, not so much "No mates" as not attached to the phone like an umbilical, like some who regard their "mates" as a phone ? Ever read a book ? X)


Oooooo touched a nerve?

No sorry , too busy out socialising with mates who contact me via my phone...
I can see that the One Plus X phone can be had for around £200 (from their website).
The Sony Z5C, is £300.

Is the Sony worth the extra money?
Playing with mine now, it seems lovely bit surprised though the sound is a shade quieter and not such good quality as my Samsung Galaxy S4 mini for music or rather than have a shade more bass. Loving everything else though
sunama

I can see that the One Plus X phone can be had for around £200 (from … I can see that the One Plus X phone can be had for around £200 (from their website).The Sony Z5C, is £300.Is the Sony worth the extra money?



Hard to say. Up to you, I reckon. The main difference between the two phones is probably:

Z5C compared to OPX:
Better: Battery, camera, hardware, size (HxW), vendor support
Worse: Display resolution, thickness (the z5c is rather thick by today's standard, but that's how it get its amazing battery life)


thelaine

Really tempted for the camera as the on on my Z3c is rubbish. But after … Really tempted for the camera as the on on my Z3c is rubbish. But after trying out in shop the S6 still has better camera.So S6 for £300 please!



The S6 must have an amazing camera, as I was rather impressed by the one on my Z1C!
brookysm

Oooooo touched a nerve?No sorry , too busy out socialising with mates who … Oooooo touched a nerve?No sorry , too busy out socialising with mates who contact me via my phone...


Seems you like taking the p***, but take offense at getting a little back.
Touched a nerve ? When it was me who said it originally ? Intelligence isn't your strong point, clearly ! X)
Wow the fingerprint sensor is insanely good. Shall be loading up my phone with filthy porn at once.
brookysm

Oooooo touched a nerve?No sorry , too busy out socialising with mates who … Oooooo touched a nerve?No sorry , too busy out socialising with mates who contact me via my phone...



Ironically it's you who's getting touchy over a joke comment.
PhilK

Seems you like taking the p***, but take offense at getting a little … Seems you like taking the p***, but take offense at getting a little back.Touched a nerve ? When it was me who said it originally ? Intelligence isn't your strong point, clearly ! X)


So you pointed out that you're a Billynomates did you? Seems my intelligence is stronger than yours fella...
ValueForMoney

Ironically it's you who's getting touchy over a joke comment.


Where's me getting touchy, ironically?
Come on guys, let it go.
Arguing with people on the internet, over something that doesn't really matter, is a waste of time.
Does anyone know if Xperia handsets from Mobilephonesdirect are bootloader unlockable?
Jimbo123

Playing with mine now, it seems lovely bit surprised though the sound is … Playing with mine now, it seems lovely bit surprised though the sound is a shade quieter and not such good quality as my Samsung Galaxy S4 mini for music or rather than have a shade more bass. Loving everything else though


Go into Audio settings, you can tweak the sound quite a bit.
brookysm

Go into Audio settings, you can tweak the sound quite a bit.


That sounds pretty great really matter and those settings thanks. That said going from Samsung you realise how stupid the on-screen navigation buttons are . When you have unused space below the screen.
Edited by: "Jimbo123" 20th Jan 2016
esskay92

Does anyone know if Xperia handsets from Mobilephonesdirect are … Does anyone know if Xperia handsets from Mobilephonesdirect are bootloader unlockable?



​I assume they will be since Sony allows easy unlocking via their website
really good deal!! I am tempted !!heat added!
very tempted. what is this company like? are they reputable, good for returns, etc?
RiverDragon8

I think i will bite when they're around the £240-250 range then will sell … I think i will bite when they're around the £240-250 range then will sell my Z3c for it. The fingerprint scanner on these suppose to be awesome.



I bought a Z5c last week to replace my Z1c. The main reason for me personally is that mobile batteries really start to die after a couple of years. I'm really not THAT bothered a bout 4k filming and a fingerprint scanner.
Android Authority review, not sure its worth upgrading from the Z2 actually...
Edited by: "tjc2005" 20th Jan 2016
SamboBambo

​I assume they will be since Sony allows easy unlocking via their website



Sony only allows easy unlocking if the phone is unlockable in the first place. The Xperia handsets from network providers (o2, EE, Three, etc.) come permanently locked.
tek-monkey

The S6 must have an amazing camera, as I was rather impressed by the one … The S6 must have an amazing camera, as I was rather impressed by the one on my Z1C!



It has. One of the best on an android phone, my missus wants one because of it as she is jealous of mine.
tek-monkey

The S6 must have an amazing camera, as I was rather impressed by the one … The S6 must have an amazing camera, as I was rather impressed by the one on my Z1C!



Certainly does have an excellent camera.
I have a one plus X and am seriously considering selling it and getting the z5c. The camera on the X is really bad, particularly in low light. Great phone for the money, but it's not flagship like the z5c.
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