What’s the Best Phone?: Sony Xperia Z3 vs. Galaxy Note 4

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Two of the hottest smartphones coming out of IFA in Berlin are the Sony Xperia Z3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Which phone should you buy? We’ve compared these two stunning phones to help make your decision a little easier.


1. Price

Go hands on with the Xperia Z3 in the video above.

Price info for both these phones is not officially confirmed at this time, since neither is quite ready to go on sale. That being said, GottaBeMobile anticipates that the Note 4 will be available for about $680 off-contract, or $299 on contract. As for the Xperia Z3, NDTV says it will likely be available for the equivalent of $840 in US currency. The Z3 Compact will be significantly less.

Of course, both of the estimated prices for these phones may be subject to change, based on your choice of carrier or any special promotional prices that are instituted between now and October.


2. Battery Life

This video compares the Galaxy Note 4 against the old Note 3.

The Note 4 has a new fast charging mode that lets you go from a dead battery to a 50 percent charge in about half an hour. The Note 4 has a 3220mAh battery, compared to the 3,100mAh battery on the Z3.

However, some techies have speculated that the Galaxy Note 4’s 5.7-inch could be a big power drain, despite Samsung’s announcement at Unpacked that the device has 7.5 percent less power consumption than the Note 3. The Xperia Z3 has a smaller screen (5.2-inches), but claims to have two-day battery life.


3. Special Features

Check out the video above to learn more about the Z3 series.

In our guide to the specs and features on the Note 4, we pointed out some of our favorite perks about using a Note 4:

“The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 S-Pen is faster than using your finger for certain tasks on the Note 4…S-Pen now lets you ‘clip’ content images from websites or text messages, and then share them via email or text. You can also make notes using your voice, snaps, or the S-Pen.

There are some cool sound features as well. The Note 4 can record noise from multiple directions in a room, and then play back the noise from selected directions as well. That means you could record a conversation with a group of people, and then replay just one person’s part of the conversation there.”

As for the Xperia Z3, there are plenty of cool features to enjoy as well. TechRadar got some hands-on time with the new flagship phone from Sony. Here are some of the things they highlighted:

“The most impressive upgrade is probably the fact the Sony Xperia Z3 (and Z3 compact) can now repeat the trick first seen on the PS Vita and play games from your main console wirelessly…

The other bold claim Sony is making with the Xperia Z3 is the ability to last two days on a single charge – and that’s not even with the power-saving Stamina Mode activated…Sony told me that it was due to a new screen technology that could manage the on-display images better, so it will in effect ‘remember’ what’s on there to reduce the amount of refreshing needed.”


4. Camera

See how the LG G3 and the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Note 4 compare in the video above.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Unpacked event revealed that the device will have a 16 MP back camera with image stabilization, plus a 3.7 MP front camera. The front camera has been designed to capture more light (and therefore, be better for taking selfies.) You can use the heart rate sensor on the back of the device as a shutter button when you take selfies, which is a nice perk.

The Xperia Z3 has a higher megapixel rating (20.7 MP), and a lens that has a wider angle than the Xperia Z2. TechRadar described the photos taken with the Z3’s camera as being “as clean and as crisp as can be.”


5. Conclusion & Final Thoughts

The Note 4 and the Xperia Z3 are both impressive phones, and each has their unique benefits. If you are looking for a phone for business, the note taking and sound recording features of the Note 4 might be ideal for your needs. If you spend a lot of time outside or love video games, then the waterproof Z3 might be better suited to your lifestyle. Either way you go, these phones are both likely to satisfy your needs for photography, battery life, and having the “cool factor” that comes with owning a new flagship device.


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