Samsung Galaxy S6 edge vs Sony Xperia Z3
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. The Sony Xperia Z3 has arguably the most underrated designs around! Being good looking is one thing, but the designers over at Sony’s camp delivered an impressive offering in the Xperia Z3 – one that adds a higher degree of water-resistance protection, which isn’t something we tend to see too much of nowadays in flagships.
On the flip side, the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge bears one eye-catching aesthetics with is unique dual-curved screen. Add to that, Sammy’s transformation is realized with the unveiling of its latest flagship smartphones, mainly because the designs now feature that premium quality that was non-existent with its previous efforts. Between them, we know the advantages that come along with being the newer product, especially from a specifications point, but the Xperia Z3 can’t be neglected either.
The S6 takes charge with its dramatically different design, one that’s now premium in nature, but the Xperia Z3 is one of the last remaining flagships to offer a water resistant construction.
With every new Galaxy S release, Samsung has historically built upon the base by refining what's already there and adding some extra on top. With the Galaxy S6, however, the electronics giant has focused far more on the latter than on the former. To that end, instead of the plasticky shell of the Galaxy S5, Samsung has adopted a metal frame that hugs the device all over and nestles within two sheets of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 – one placed in front of the display, and the other to protect the rear.
Samsung didn't stop there, instead opting to carve several 'nano layers' into the shell. The result is a front and back that reflect light in different hues depending on your viewing angle. Also, we can’t forget about some of the handset’s key features – like its improved fingerprint sensor, built-in wireless charging, heart rate sensor, and IR blaster. In achieving a higher degree of craftsmanship and premium design, the Galaxy S6 edge, however, is stripped of some key design features that were once notable qualities with its predecessor.
What really sets the S6 edge apart from everything else is its unique dual-curved display, where both edges feature a subtle curve. We’ll admit that it supplements its aesthetic appeal, but it comes with some precautions as well – as in the way we hold it, just because it feels rather sharp in the hand. In doing this, it certainly does not make it the most comfortable thing, though, some folks will gladly still take it primarily for the aesthetics. However, we have to point out that this design isn’t water-resistant.
And with that, we have to look at the Sony Xperia Z3 longingly and admire the fact that it’s one of the few, remaining flagships to qualify being regarded as water-resistant with its design. That’s a testament to say the least, since it doesn’t make that many sacrifices whatsoever with its aesthetics and construction – it’s relatively slim and premium. Surprisingly enough, it shares some of the same design characteristics as its rival, such as its premium glass surfaces and metal unibody.
At the same time, too, it’s able to accommodate a handy, and always useful microSD card slot and dedicated shutter key. Not surprisingly, the Galaxy S6 edge earns adulation and commendation for its stark redesign, one that’s undoubtedly now deemed as premium, but we can’t neglect to forget about the Xperia Z3’s design either.
Not only is the S6 edge’s display cool looking, it’s also one of the brightest and most color accurate.
Being almost a year newer has its advantages, especially knowing Samsung’s insatiable appetite for pushing the boundaries. Clearly within the flagship range, the Xperia Z3’s 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 LCD display has several good qualities about it, but it looks daunting on paper in comparison to the Galaxy S6 edge’s dazzling 5.1-inch 1440 x 2560 Super AMOLED dual-curved display.
In all fairness, it’s quite difficult in deciphering the detail superiority of the Galaxy S6’s display over the Xperia Z3 when looking at the two from a normal distance – they’re both sharp and pleasing to the eye. Moving ever so closer, however, that’s when we begin to visualize the astounding level of detail produced by the quad-HD resolution of the Galaxy S6 edge’s screen. For practical usage, though, there’s no denying that they’re both on equal ground.Now, let's talk about color calibration. With the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge set in the non-default Basic display mode, we're looking at a spot-on color temperature of 6800K (6500K being the desired optimal value), while the Xperia Z3 offers the very unsatisfactory 10324K. In real terms, this means that the Xperia Z3’s display is cold (or bluish) and that's especially visible with whites and various shades of gray. In comparison, Samsung's device offers realistic whites that are... well, white!
Were we to draw the line right here, the Xperia Z3 would only suffer a relatively small defeat, instead of being steamrolled as it is in reality. Indeed, the Galaxy S6 edge's display also proves far better in terms of color accuracy, with essentially every shade hitting its desired target at every intensity level, while the Z3 falters significantly in comparison – the hue presentation is all over the place when referenced to the standard, as you can see in the color charts below. In reality, the S6 edge’s panel replicates colors with accuracy, while the Z3’s screen tries to be more saturated and punchy, which, however, backfires significantly, resulting in a severely inaccurate screen.
Details and colors aside, the Z3’s LCD-based display shines strongly at 713 nits, making it especially easy to view outdoors with the sun present. Once known to be the among the worst display technologies when it came to maximum brightness, Super AMOLED has taken a great leap forward in recent memory, as the S6 edge’s Super AMOLED display musters up a respectable 553 nits.
And lastly, we can’t forget to mention the added functionality brought on by the dual-curved display of the S6 edge. From being able to access some of our favorite contacts from the lock and home screen, to the cool visualizing pattern when we receive incoming calls from our favorite contacts, and the notification tickers that bring info to one of its edges, the dual-curved display adds to the phone’s arsenal, but as we’ve detailed already, it’s most profound for the aesthetics.
Display measurements and quality
|Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better||Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better||Contrast Higher is better||Color temperature (Kelvins)||Gamma||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Sony Xperia Z3||713
|Samsung Galaxy S6 edge||553
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Samsung Galaxy S6 edge||70.5%
|Sony Xperia Z3||81.8%
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
1. techperson211 (Posts: 1187; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
Both good phones. Draw back for me is the there's no sd slot, removable battery is not a must, longevity is. Practical consumer would choose Z3 cause of the price difference apart from that we all know Z3 has a lot of useful unique features but I admit when it comes to camera S6 have the upper hand though Z3 is not far behind.
2. redmd (Posts: 1264; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
The irony. PA gives the Z3 8.5 and calls it underrated.
20. buccob (Posts: 2544; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
I actually wait for some user reviews and take that rating as the closer to reality
4. Djz89 (Posts: 297; Member since: 25 Aug 2014)
I do like the z3 design better, and the sd anf ip is a must for me. Other than that, the s6 is awesome
22. ibend (Posts: 4248; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)
what about s6 active, it have microSD slot and water proof
6. Feanor (Posts: 680; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
And once again the killer feature of the Z3 (along with the Z2 and Z3 Compact), the integrated active noise cancellation, doesn't even get a mention. Which it turned out for me to make or break a smartphone. Ok, the S6 is fast, but also the Z3 fast enough, the S6 has better camera, but the camera of the Z3 is also good enough. However when I want to listen to my music in the tube or in the plane there is only one telephone with which I can. And that's the Sony.
Other advantages of the Z3: unlike what the article says, most Z3s run Lollipop and it's nearly stock and super reliable. And when the glass back of the S6 becomes a smudgy mess, you just run the Z3 under the tap and it's like new.
The S6 may be a great up to date phone, but the Z3 really wins an everyday usage scenario, which is what technology is all about.
7. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)
It's embarrassing to compare a monster S6 with an old-spec Z3. Just saying.
14. LionStone (Posts: 737; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
Ha! Yea, embarassing for the S6 when the old-spec Z3 is right there with it and even surpasses it in some areas, especially in the 'actually behaves like an Android' area. The garbage TW UI is still a deal breaker along with the messed up Navi buttons. ie. in the Clock and Phone app, there's no swiping between tabs on TW...fail.
17. techperson211 (Posts: 1187; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
No need to argue with that troll @LionStone he's one of the most racist fanboy here.
18. Tricell1991 (Posts: 75; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)
LOL @SuperNova Fanboy is gonna fanboy as always I knew it you will come to say some word for look down other people that who's not used samsung. Actually S6 it's look too luxury you know ? not austere. I not sure why sony do the same design for many phone but the austere design it look not luxury not prominent for robber looting and was a perfect tools for the customer. S6 was prominent phone and risk for the looting. please save your ass :p
8. Geek.T (Posts: 18; Member since: 04 Apr 2015)
Z3 is Still an excellent phone
perfect dimension for my single hand operation .
Battery backup is excellent.
i really like the feel n look of handset specially copper one
Camera is still great (Not best)
i just love Xperia UI and Xperia Apps(Walkman,Album).
My Nexus 5 is getting old now and Z3 will probably be my next .
11. lakki369 (Posts: 94; Member since: 10 Apr 2015)
In Benchmarks and all Z3 cannot come near S6 but normal day to day usage will be good on Z3 than s6.
12. Onami (Posts: 16; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)
I must admit that S6 is slight better than Z3 (camera,performance and battery life isn't bad w fast charging). However in my country you can get a brand new Z3 with 400-550 usd and 900 usd for a S6 edge. So I still go for Z3 (waterproof, sd card, better design imo).
13. dancheung77 (Posts: 192; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)
For half of what Samsung is charging for the S6, I rather take the Z3.
15. NihonDaisuki (unregistered)
This is pathetic that in Japan the logos of SAMSUNG are taken out of the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge because they literally hate Korean brands... Japanese people are smart so they know which one's crap and which one's great!
16. LionStone (Posts: 737; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
Really funny the reviewer compliments the S6's display with it being one of the brightest yet the Z3 actually had the brighter screen. And did he really try to say the curves on the S6 had functionality? Really trying there... Besides higher specs on paper and benchmarks for the S6, in real life, it doesn't really translate to much difference at all. There sure seems to be some bias, especially in the camera dept. The Z3 camera took better pictures, I stopped looking at #14 because they all were just better looking than the S6. The only thing I can give the S6 is faster charging and wireless is a plus but that's it. Things like faster (not really), lighter (not a + to me), deeper? really? multi-window on a 5"ish screen is not great sorry, not to mention the TW UI is still very bad. The curved edges offer nothing of value and only adds unnecessary cost to the user. All the +'s for Z3 are actually viable. And I will add, actual Android software keys, dedicated camera button, dual front speakers and a UI that actually behaves like an Android device.
21. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
You forgot one of the most important parts of being a "mobile" phone. The size.
OIS, wireless charging, super fast modem, 64 bit chip, and it's way smaller than the super brick Z3 and the S6 technically has more screen real estate when factoring in the software buttons to boot.
I am currently rocking a Z3 but I am considering the S6 after passing on the GS5 and GS4. It's just a seemingly brilliant phone.
19. Tricell1991 (Posts: 75; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)
It's both perfect tools but someone in here always look down to other people that's who not used the Samsung.
23. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 779; Member since: 11 May 2013)
lol sany fanboys are really annoying haha
24. kirbzz101 (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Apr 2015)
i was once a samsung user ( Galaxy Note 2) and after using it for like 2 months, to be honest i regreted and hated being with it. The touchwiz really sucks and the phones speed started to crash and the sensors gone dead and the camera was slow and everything was just ugly as it is. Now, im using the Sony xperia z3 for almost 5 months and still very impressed by this phone. Surely, its not very popular out there because u know, sonys marketing is not that good, which i find it good coz it sets me apart from the crowd. Most of the time people asks me by their first glance on my phone wether its an iphone and im like no! its Sony :). Also, the z3 features are outstanding, like the water-resistant, double speakers, camera, the design ( which the s6 copied!!) and the software. Well, my point is that i was also a samsung fan (for a short time) and the s6 may be very good, for now, but im telling you in terms of well built in long lasting features, durability, sleekness, premium and attractiveness that lasts, Sony no doubt.!
26. mirexcool (Posts: 65; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)
bought this one on Aliekspress:http://goo.gl/a08Q1Т very good phone