Niamh O'Donoghue has recently given up her seven year old first generation iPhone (post-Blokia of course) to try out the Sony Xperia Z3. See how it compares below...

For those of you who know me you’ll know that I’m not that tech savvy; I don’t lust after the latest gadgets and gizmos, and I’m perfectly happy to have an old-fashioned blokia. I have been using the first generation iPhone for the last two years now – a lovely hand-me-down from my brother - but the thing is almost seven years old and in is in desperate need of retirement.

I recently got the opportunity to be an ambassador for Sony Ireland (they say ambassador, I say guinea pig) to spread the word about their new toy: The Sony Xperia Z3.

I was delighted, of course, but slightly apprehensive. I’m used to using Apple products, so making the change was a big decision for me, but I learn pretty fast so in went the sim-card and I was on my way. The phone actually isn’t even called a phone; it’s called a phablet (FABlet) because of its enormous size.

 It’s so big in fact that it doesn’t actually fit in any of my pockets, which worries me a bit when I’m carrying it around. But I guess that’s my own fault for being miniature. Getting a case big enough was hard as well because they are so new on the market, but eBay eventually came to the rescue.

Navigating the phone is more difficult than the iPhone, so I found. But like anything, once you become used to it, it becomes second nature. I love that Google is already pre-installed; you can talk to the phone to search for something instead of typing -  I know you can do this with Apple’s ‘Siri’, but you literally just say “OK Google” followed by your question and you have a little conversation….with your phone…. I need to get a cat. Having Google Drive on the home-screen is also a godsend for any busy college student.

It acts as your very own PA. The phablet comes with a ready-installed app called ‘Lifelog’ which even counts how many steps you have taken during the day, how many hours of sleep you got, and even how many calories you’ve burned.

Here is the best bit: the Sony Xperia Z3 has a 20.7 mega pixel camera - better than some of Fujifilm cameras on the market at the moment. It doesn’t come with a viewfinder but there is an app (there’s always an app) for it, and so far I’m delighted with how images are turning out. I do miss my old apps like iTube for the morning bus, but I’m getting used to Spotify.

Overall I would rate the Sony Xperia Z3 a 4/5; with a point being deducted for the complicated navigation at the beginning, but generally it is an excellent product.