Sony has been making only incremental changes to its high end smartphone line-up and the latest to receive this minor upgrade is the Xperia Z3.

This phone offers plenty of premium features in addition to a design that will still win a lot of hearts. The same cannot be said of the Galaxy Note 4. The styling of Samsung phones has been heavily criticized in recent years, but the Galaxy Note 4 is not a significant deviation from its predecessor. However, the company has made some attempts to improve the overall quality.


The 5.7 inch display on the Galaxy Note 4 easily overshadows the 5.2 inch screen on the Xperia Z3 in terms of size. However, this is an altogether different matter when it comes to the best quality display. Even though the Galaxy Note 4 may have QHD resolution up its sleeve, the full HD screen on the Xperia Z3 is more than sufficient on such a display size. Further, one can only hope for the four options of screen color settings, whereas it is almost infinite on the Sony device with a wide range of possibilities due to individual RGB changing ability.


Sony has always prided on the quality of the camera in its smartphones, but the Xperia Z3 may lose out to the Galaxy Note 4 in terms of outright quality of the pictures. This is despite having a 20.7 megapixel camera compared to the 16 megapixel shooter on the Galaxy Note 4. Features, Sony has well covered the Xperia Z3 by offering a range of options like timelapse, motion blur, and so on. The Galaxy Note 4 lacks such gimmicks, but it has a solid camera at its heart. The device shines very well even in lowlight. Further, the device also has a significantly better front camera.

The 3.7 megapixel shooter in the front is not just capable of taking wide-angle pictures, but it can also bring in their ability to shoot 1440p videos. The Xperia Z3 has a 2.2 megapixel camera, but its output is certainly disappointing in comparison with the Galaxy Note 4’s picture quality. This camera is also capable of only 1080p videop.

The loudspeaker is certainly a positive aspect of the Xperia Z3. Rather than just do away with one speaker, this phone continues to have two speakers just as in the case of its predecessor. Their positions have been changed slightly, but the quality remains the same. Their positioning also makes it easier to get the full effects even when playing games or while holding the phone with both hands.

The Galaxy Note 4 has a single speaker which is highly effective, but not as good as the Xperia Z3’s overall performance. Battery life continues to remain as one of the biggest advantages of the Xperia Z3 with the phone easily lasting around two days. The Galaxy Note 4 is priced at around $570 with the Xperia Z3 almost costing around $450.

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