Comparing the Xperia Z1 with the Note 3

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by soulreaver99, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. soulreaver99 macrumors 68020

    soulreaver99

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    I have both and love both.

    Xperia Z1 - I think this phone is really under-rated. Very premium build and beautiful phone. Wish it got more attention out here in the US.
    • Excellent build quality - it makes the HTC One and iPhone 5s look cheap
    • Takes really good photos. I don't know what the critics are complaining about. They suck at taking photos
    • Screen is kind of dark out of the box, just increase the brightness and it looks fantastic
    • Screen looks washed out at a different angle. It's not a big a deal as some people make it. Rare situations you are going to use the phone crooked!
    • Fast performance thanks to the Snapdragon 800 - no lag
    • 3000mah battery life with good power management. It can go all day and then some
    • As close to stock Android as it gets - Sony doesn't butcher the OS like Samsung does
    • Still on Android 4.2.2, but KitKat should be coming within a month
    • Magnetic charging is really cool. Think MagSafe
    • Water resistant! If your phone gets dirty, just wash it in the sink!

    Galaxy Note 3 - "Infinite" storage, replaceable battery and fast USB charging. this phone is a monster and a great travel companion or a great tool for the road warrior.
    • Gorgeous screen, really bright and easy to read on
    • It's not heavy and is lighter than the Z1
    • The weight is distributed very well so it feels light
    • S-Pen is very well executed
    • Excellent performance thanks to Snapdragon 800 AND 3GB RAM
    • Apps2SD works really well. Feels like you have infinite storage and never have to worry about space on top of the 32GB Internal Memory!
    • Camera could be better. Not as good as the S4 but it still takes good photos
    • TouchWiz isn't THAT bad but can be a dealbreaker. Just install Nova Launcher
    • Thin design - have no problem fitting this in my pocket. I wear men's pant size 33W, 30L
    • Combined with the iPad Air, i can get anything done ANYWHERE. Who cares about the Retina iPad Mini?
    • Rapid USB 3.0 charging, backwards compatible with micro USB
    • Replaceable battery is always a plus
     
  2. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020

    Tsuchiya

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    The Z1 deserves more of an audience, it just ticks so many boxes. It's not perfect but it's pretty damn close. At the very least, it gives the Note 3 a run for its money at the top of the heap.

    If I wasn't so disillusioned with the major networks I would have been happy to choose that despite it's size. Unlocked though, Sony were asking a fair bit at launch. :/
     
  3. JaySoul macrumors 68020

    JaySoul

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    Yeah if the price of the Sony Z1 was more affordable, I would have tried it for sure.

    I'd love to have seen the Nexus 5 made by Sony. Google on the Z1 at a great price would have been interesting!
     

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