Sony recently announced the Xperia Z which is their new flagship Android smartphone that will launch at the end of this month. Our instincts tell us it could be the first true rival to Samsung's all conquering Galaxy S3 and the best Sony smartphone ever !
Sony's device doesn't have an easy task because Samsung's Galaxy S3 is the world's best selling smartphone and has already won numerous awards including T3's Phone Of The Year. Our review of the Galaxy S3 couldn't have praised the device more giving it a full 5 star rating.
There are some things in the Xperia Z's favour with the main one being that it's a much newer smartphone meaning it benefits from all the latest hardware and software improvements. But is this enough for the Xperia Z to become the true "King of Android" ?
One of the only criticisms aimed at Samsung's Galaxy S3 is that the build quality could be higher. We tend to agree because the polycarbonate exterior of Samsung's device doesn't give it that premium feel you get with the likes of Apple's iPhone.
The Sony Xperia Z is a completely different proposition because it's made from glass and has a much more premium feel and appearance. Sony's device clearly has a higher build quality and feels more premium than Samsung's smartphone.
Furthermore, the Sony Xperia Z is a more robust smartphone because it's both dust proof and water-resistant thanks to its IP55 & 57 certification. Additionally, the touch-screen is made from "Dragontail" glass which is 6 times stronger than the Gorilla Glass featured on the Galaxy S3.
Sony's Xperia Z has a huge 5 inch Mobile Bravia 2 display running at a resolution of 1920*1080 pixels. While, Samsung's Galaxy S3 has a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED touch-screen running at a lower resolution (1280*720 pixels).
From the specification alone its pretty obvious that the Sony Xperia Z's display is clearly better than the Galaxy SIII's. Sony's display has a higher PPI (443 v 306) and comes with Sony's Mobile Bravia 2 technology which ensures perfect colour replication.
However, one thing to bare in mind is that AMOLED displays tend to have better viewing angles than TFT's. This isn't really that relevant because your normally viewing your smartphone from the front, but we'd thought we'd better point it out anyway.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor that is backed by 1GB of RAM which provides more than enough power to run all modern applications and the very latest version of Android.
However, the Sony Xperia Z is a newer smartphone and consequently comes with an improved specification. The Xperia Z's quad-core processor runs at 1.5 GHz, while the smartphone comes with 2GB of RAM making it an easy victor when it comes to power.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has an 8 mega-pixel camera capable of recording full 1080p at 30 frames per second. The camera is pretty stunning its own right and has an LED flash and auto-focus technology.
Sony's Xperia Z blows Samsung's device away because it has a 13 mega-pixel camera which Exmor RS technology and support for HDR (High-Dynamic Range). This makes it another clear victory for Sony's smartphone , which so far has dominated every category.
Sony Xperia Z v Samsung Galaxy S3 - Battery Life, On-board Memory and Connectivity
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 2100 mAH battery delivering up to 12 hours talktime. While, Sony's Xperia Z has a 2370 mAH battery offering up to 11 hours talk-time.
Even though Samsung's device is the winner on paper the Xperia Z's performance is mightily impressive when you factor in the larger higher resolution display and it's greater power. Sony have achieved the feat thanks to it's new "Battery STAMINA mode" which turns of unessential features when the device enters sleep mode.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is available with either 16, 32 or even 64GB of on-board memory , while Sony's Xperia Z comes with 16GB of on-board memory. The good news is that both devices support microSD cards , which gives the potential to add a further 32GB of storage space.
Sony's Xperia Z supports 4G, while Samsung have also released an LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy SIII. Additionally, both smartphones support 3G, WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth.
There is very little between the two devices when it comes to battery life, on-board memory and connectivity. However, if we have to declare a winner we'd give Samsung;s device the victory due to the option of more on-board memory.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been the standout Android smartphone for quite some time already , but it's finally met its match with the Sony Xperia Z. The advantages of Sony's device are numerous including it's better built quality and improved overall specification.
The only reason in our mind to choose the Galaxy S3 over Sony's Xperia Z is that it can be picked up a little cheaper. However, the Sony Xperia Z is now our favourite smartphone and the undoubted the new "King of Android" , that is at least until Samsung unveil the Galaxy S4 later this year !
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