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Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S III

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Call quality

Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung's Galaxy S III remains one of the better smartphones to make calls with, thanks to the quality components and special equalizer which makes sure to adjust the signal in real time to that it sounds good to you. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the Xperia Z, the earpiece of which happens to be on the weaker side. The microphone is also sub-par, delivering a modulated and easily distorted voice.


Battery

Both handsets have some pretty impressive stats for talk-time and stand-by battery life. The Xperia Z for example is rated for up to 14 hours of talk-time and 22.1 days of stand-by in 3G, while the Galaxy S III should last for up to 11.6 hours of talk-time and 32.1 days of stand-by in 3G. Of course, battery life will vary greatly depending on your usage. Display brightness is usually one of the main juice consumers, and with the Galaxy S III there's even another factor that come into play – the content you are viewing. That's because AMOLED screens tend to consume more power when showing brighter images, and less power when showing darker stuff. So, our advice is to not think about it too much and just be confident that you can get up to two days of moderate use out of both phones.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z 0.37
Samsung Galaxy S III 0.3
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z 67
Samsung Galaxy S III 79
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Conclusion

It should be clear by now that you can't go wrong with either handset. Both the Sony Xperia Z and Samsung Galaxy S III are exceptional smartphones with their own pros and cons. On one hand, we have the Xperia Z with its exquisite glass design and powerful hardware, but on the other, there's the Galaxy S III that offers almost the same amount of goodies and does some things better.

Being a newer device, the Xperia Z has the benefit of technological evolution, which allows it to outshine Samsung's 2012 flagship in some areas like the display. As a whole, however, the Xperia Z didn't do enough to make us see it as the ultimate victor in this struggle. The Galaxy S III managed to hold its ground without too many casualties, proving once again that its place among the smartphone elite is well-deserved.

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posted on 18 Feb 2013, 08:27 43

1. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


In my opinion Sony Xperia Z is better.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 08:38 34

12. GTR722 (Posts: 261; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


True, better materials, better specs, 1080p screen, better camera, dust and water proof and better design(IMO in this one)

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 08:50 13

21. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


better materials , design and spec are true.. but have you read gsmarena review?? they even said Z's display rather disapointing because it lacks a bit contrast and slightly dull in color.. and they even said that the 13mp camera of the Z isn't better than the 8mp camera from the last year flagship phones..

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 08:55 21

24. lee480 (Posts: 197; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


At least GSMarena praised the camera that it was very good. Unlike PA who said Xperia Z cameras are no where near S3.
And get me started on the screen. S3 screen is pure nonsense. Cannot display colours accurately. How is this even a screen?

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 08:59 11

26. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


hey man.. it's an amoled screen!! amoled screen never supposed to be accurate.. amoled screen supposed to be much more vibrant than "natural".. c'mon we didn't talk about lcd right??

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 12:37 7

76. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


hey man...start reading with understanding...GSMARENA HAS NEVER SAID THAT Z's CAMERA IS BETTER> It's good but nothing to write home about and definitely NOT BETTER THAN Top 8 mpx.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 13:51 3

78. sayedejaz (Posts: 24; Member since: 05 Feb 2013)


Yea you are right,

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 06:28

125. gregariousguy (Posts: 11; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


copied from gsmarena,

In the superior auto mode the Sony Xperia Z produces photos with pleasing, albeit slightly oversaturated colors. The resolved detail is hardly spectacular and the noise levels are only average, but the dynamic range is good and contrast is excellent. The results are pretty good overall, although we wouldn't say it has a significant advantage over the best 8MP shooters from last year. Matching their performance is still a pretty good achievement, though.
The Sony Xperia Z challenges the best shooters in town and you can head over to our Photo quality comparison tool to see how it did. It did excellently on the first two charts, taking advantage of the superior resolution of its sensor to comfortably beat the 8MP sensor.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 17:21 2

91. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


cmon man

you are the one who biased

Based on the fact that Sony Z has nothing really impressive about its camera compared to SGS3 camera which is already 9months old and other 8mp cameras..
I would say that, even if there is really nothing bad about it, it has "poor camera"

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 09:01 5

27. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


At the moment OLED based screens has more disadvantages than advantages and those disadvantages are pretty essential. Maybe in the future situation will change but at the moment it is what it is.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 06:25 2

115. XperiaPrince (Posts: 108; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)


Yes i agree. PA is so biased. Xperia Z photo samples is very detailed and not over exposed. While the gs3 has very bright but over exposed photos.In the night shots,xperia z really wins because photos came out very detailed. I don't know why PA always say that xperia z camera is bad.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 08:50 26

20. lee480 (Posts: 197; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


I find it extremely odd PA finds that S3 is still a challenger to Xperia Z. PA, please wake up.
ALL tech sites praised the camera except you, oddly.
Please do a re-review. PA's reputation has gone down. Just read the comments on your reviews in forums outside.

Sites that praised Xperia Z's camera

GSMARENA
http://m.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_z-review-887p8.php

CNET EDITOR'S CHOICE

http://asia.cnet.com/product/sony-xperia-z-46728620.htm

CNET UK 4.5 out 5 = 9 out 10
http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/mobile-phones/sony-xperia-z-review-50010121/

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 08:53 9

23. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


gsmarena : "The results are pretty good overall, although we wouldn't say it has a significant advantage over the best 8MP shooters from last year. Matching their performance is still a pretty good achievement, though" that's mean the 13mp camera of the Z isn't good enought even to beat the last year 8mp camera..

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 08:58 17

25. lee480 (Posts: 197; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


Is there anything wrong with your English?
They said Xperia Z wouldn't have advantage meaning their performances are the same. No where did they say it's not comparable to last year's. Seriously? And oddly, there's a part where they praised the camera and you left that out from your quote.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 09:02 4

28. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


i didn't say it's not comparable.. i said it even can't beat the last year's.. that's right that's mean they are comparable.. can't beat doesn't mean not comparable.. jeez..

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 09:19 8

34. lee480 (Posts: 197; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


You missing the point. GSMarena said the quality are the same. But you are adding your imaginative powder but twisting the words saying Xperia Z camera are no way near last year's 8mp.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 09:22 6

35. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


it's up to you mate.. it's useless to argue to a people like you.. i never said it's not comparable.. just thumb me down if you don't like my explanation.. i don't care..

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 09:34 6

39. lee480 (Posts: 197; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


Haha
:D

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 19:09 1

97. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


wew, pls just accept the facts..
PA just said those things bcoz 2013's flagships w/ 13mp should do well, but unfortunately the picture quality ddnt manage to beat last yr's 8mp, just the colors are more vibrant.. but d mere fact that their video is inferior to the gal s3, that means a lot abt their camera capabilities.. go and check gsmarenas photo and compare tool, and ull see what they mean

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 17:33 3

93. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Wake up boy

Like you said
"GSMarena said the quality are the same" and you seem to agree with it...

13mp camera which is about to be released vs already 9months old 8mp camera

If they are about the same, I can say that 13mp one is really crapppppy

This is how we campare the things in the world

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 07:40 2

116. timaustin2000 (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


So the one on the S3 is also, by your reasoning, crapppppppy? Except, to you it isn't - because of your personal bias.

The thing is: Yes, I was hoping for more from the Xmor RS sensor,... but it's still good. Indeed, low light photography is significantly better than many 2012 phones, as has been testified by most reviews.

In fact, I prefer the XZ shots in the comparison above: the S3 is over exposed and the colours are all over the place. There's also noticeably more noise from the Samsung.

I look forward to doing my own tests on the XZ. If I don't like it, I'll be returning it. That said, I don't expect the camera to give me any sleepless nights.

posted on 21 Feb 2013, 21:32

124. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


wtf is wrong with you brain?

If your brain is not able to understand my reasoning, that's your problem.

Kindly i will explain in detail for you

I said it is crappy when it compared to 9months old camera..
You got this, right?

Let me give you an example
When iphone 3g came out, it was f**king awesome
and now if some smartphone comes out and it is just as good as ip3, i would say that the phone is piece of s**t and this doesn't mean ip3 is also s**tty

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 09:18 8

33. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


even the camera results are better. you can look at the tree branches and twigs. more details are revealed with the xz. definitely more details ont the z without even using the right settings.

the comparisons tend to be unfair. comparing a smaller crop to a bigger one does not give an objective judgment.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 10:51 3

57. timaustin2000 (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


Absolutely! The XZ isn't giving a "muddy" dark image, the S3 is over-exposed. Look at the sky, it's entirely whited out on the S3.

The XZ shot is the more realistic of the two.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 09:33 2

38. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


In my opinion the Jedi are evil!

Seriously though, I do agree. However, this is like when PA compared the SGSIII and the iPhone 4S, or any new phone vs one that's been out for half a year. Sure, the new one is better, but you can't really blame the old one for being outdated...

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 10:47 7

56. timaustin2000 (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


I'm going to disagree with PA entirely about the camera!! In daytime shots, the S3 is clearly over-exposed and detail is comparable on both (remember that the crop means that you're zooming in far further on the XZ shots). And check the night time mosque shot: there's no way that those are the correct colours on the S3 and there's more detail on the Xz (check the flagpole and the main windows). There's also far less noise on the XZ.

I've got eyes, Phonearena! Dear, dear. *shakes head*

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 11:09 4

60. serge327 (Posts: 73; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


I wonder why PA took the photo quality so bad in xperia z, but in other website the photo of xperia z is sharper, colorful... maybe PA dun know how to use Xperia Z camera???

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 16:08

90. shy2papa (Posts: 313; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)


Blah Blah Blah let's see when it goes up against the galaxy note 2 which happens to be the far better then the galaxy S3 in every aspect.

posted on 22 Feb 2013, 14:57

126. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


it is normal because there is nearly 1 year between both ...

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 08:28 8

2. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


unfair comparison coz s3 is ~7 months old device... wait for s4

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