Why I Sold My Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

It's been almost a month since I bought my Samsung Galaxy S7 (I have just realized that). I really like this phone and I don't think I am going to change it in the nearest future as it meets all of my needs and (fortunately) isn't too big for running.

If you are a frequent reader of my blog, you probably know that I used to be a great fan of Sony phones (in fact I still am). I especially liked the compact versions of their flagship phones (I used to have Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and Z5 Compact).

During my short trip at the beginning of May I decided to sell my beloved Sony Xperia Z5 Compact and buy one of the best (if not the best) and most efficient Android phones now available: Samsung Galaxy S7.

In this post I will tell you what factors made me finally change my mind and switch back to Samsung. Let's begin!

FACTOR 1: DISPUTABLE WATER RESISTANCE

In the Z5 series of Xperia phones Sony changed a bit their specifications. Sony Xperia Z5 is IP68 certified (dust proof and water resistant over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes)  but its manufacturer doesn't recommend putting it into water on purpose or taking under-water photos with it. It says that the phone is protected against accidental splashes.

As an Android geek I wanted to check if my Z5 is really water-proof and put it into water for a few moments. Unfortunately, the phone went crazy and kept detecting headphones (it turned out its headphone port wasn't entirely water-proof).

Everything turned back to normal when the phone dried up but I didn't feel like swimming with it any more. :(

FACTOR 2: EASILY BROKEN BACK PANEL

My phone is the most important gadget in my life (in my whole day) and I really take good care of it and treat it with caution. I didn't drop my Sony Xperia Z5 Compact many times (I think), but one of last drops turned out to be fatal for its back panel.

I am sure that this happened in a plane when I flying back from London in February. The stewardess going from one side of the plane to the other accidentally knocked my phone out of my hands. As I am really afraid of flying (and I was on strong medications) I didn't really react at that moment. I noticed what had happened when I was back at home.

Here is one of the last selfies taken with my previous phone (notice how horribly the back panel broke).

FACTOR 3: OVERHEATING

This is probably one of the most characteristic features of Sony phones. They really like to overheat! I usually intensively used my phone for playing games or browsing the Internet. It was always warm and sometimes even hot.

Unfortunately, the problem worsened when I started to pair it with my car and listen to music over Bluetooth while driving, which moves us to the next factor.

FACTOR 4: MUSIC KEPT STOPPING OVER BLUETOOTH

After buying a new car and pairing with my Sony Xperia phone (which was also paired with Bluetooth headphones and a couple of smartwatches), the phone started to have serious problem with playing music.

It kept stopping for a few seconds (sometimes one time after another for a few minutes). I really love listening to music and this behavior really drove me crazy. I once even wanted to throw it onto the pavement to crash. :P

At first it only happened when I was listening to music in my car. Later the problem started to appear also when I was using Bluetooth headphones.

Of course I tried to fix that issue by restarting the phone, restoring factory settings, disabling unneeded apps and so on. Unfortunately, nothing really helped.

FINAL FACTOR: SPEEDING TICKET

I was trying to fix the above issue with music (and maybe I would have found some fix or work-around) but yet one more thing happened and this was the final factor which made me decide to sell my Sony Xperia Z5 Compact.

At the beginning of May I went for a short trip. Poland is famous for frequent speed controls (and high speeding tickets) especially during weekends. Fortunately, there is a very nice navigation app called Yanosik (I am afraid it's only available in Poland) which helps drivers avoid speeding tickets (by informing about speed controls or speed radars in advance) and generally drive according to traffic regulations.

Of course, the first thing I wanted to do when I got into my car was to open Yanosik and turn my music on. Unfortunately, a navigation app and giving music to the car turned out to be way too much for my Sony. It became totally impossible to listen to music or to even use the phone (which also got extremely hot) with the navigation app on (which was also sending notifications to the car).

I decided to turn Yanosik off and rely on the offline Garmin navigation in my car. Even though I was very cautious, I got a speeding ticket which I wouldn't have got if my Sony had worked with Yanosik.

On the first day after coming back from my trip I changed my Sony into a Samsung Galaxy S7 (without much regret).

How My Samsung Galaxy S7 Deals With All Of That Stuff

I must say it ROCKS!

My new phone hasn't crashed even once since I bought it.  I went for a similar trip yesterday and my Galaxy S7 did a wonderful job in multitasking. Here is what it managed to do simultaneously without a single crash or slow-down:

  • It was paired with my car and I was listening to music over Bluetooth.
  • It was paired with my Garmin Forerunner 235 watch and sending notifications to it.
  • Yanosik was running for the whole time and the spoken instructions were sent to my car's speakers (in Polish).
  • Google Maps were also running and sending instructions to my car's speakers (in English).
  • I received several calls during my trip.

I must say that 4GB of RAM in Samsung (compared to only 2GB in Sony) really make a difference.


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