Sony has not had great traction in the US when it comes to smartphones over the last few years. Don’t get me wrong, they make excellent phones. It’s just they don’t have the same foothold as Apple, Samsung, HTC and Motorola. They’ve also been notably absent from Verizon. While the latest edition to the Z line is an exciting phone, what Verizon has done to it is appalling.

The Z3v is NOT a Z3. We’re only a half-year beyond the Xperia Z2, and the Z3v strangely sort of finds itself stuck between the last generation and this newer update. Now that is utterly disappointing. This is a Z3 in name, but the styling’s very much look more like the Z2 — again, all of 8 months old or so — than the rounder, sleeker Z3. Why’d Verizon go that route? Maybe it was necessary to include Qi wireless charging. Or maybe Verizon simply wanted a visual difference as to not look quite so much like the new iPhone 6. But what you’re left with is a phone that’s more blocky than what you’d expect if you’ve been following the Xperia Z3. It’s a big slab of glass, both front and back, with rounded corners, that telltale Sony power button on the side, and beveled edges.

We’re not getting the latest screen or even the 805 Snapdragon processor, rather the 5.2″ triluminous 1080p and an 801. A 3rd GB of RAM is appreciated. A camera we would expect and some gaming and media functionality are all in tow. Is it a bad phone? Hardly. Is it worth a fuss? Only if you’ve been dying to use a Sony on Verizon.

Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v review | Android Central.