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


    Aug 15, 2010
    Southern California
    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


    Jun 7, 2008
    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 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    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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