Sony Xperia XZ3 vs Apple iPhone XS: which one would you buy?

Sony Xperia XZ3 vs Apple iPhone XS: which one would you buy?
So, the Xperia XZ3 is out and it's certainly one of the most unique and progressive Sony flagships to come out for a while. Sure, the XZ2 was first to get its foot through the door into the modern smartphone world, but the XZ3 feels like the proper evolution for Sony. We have an 18:9 ratio, 6-inch OLED screen with curved sides on the front, next to no side bezels, great front-firing stereo speakers, a good camera, and a beautiful and ergonomic glass back.

Oh, also, the Xperia XZ3 costs $900.

So, that's only $100 shy of a brand-new iPhone XS, which offers Apple's super-powerful A12 Bionic chip, a 19.5:9 ratio, 5.8-inch AMOLED display, a dual camera with a telephoto lens and its own stereo speakers.

Of course, the Xperia is an Android warrior, while the iPhone will give you access to the walled garden that is Apple's ecosystem, so that also matters here. If you had $1k in hand and these two phones in front of you, which one would you buy?

iPhone XS for $1000 or Xperia XZ3 for $900?

At that price, I might as well go for the iPhone
I'll have the Xperia, please!

Related phones

iPhone XS
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2659 mAh(20h talk time)
Xperia XZ3
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 19 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3330 mAh(23.8h 3G talk time)



1. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

This poll is actually choosing android and ios again. It’s no use to compare ios to android.

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And misteriously, XZ3 will win this vote.. While Sony mobile's earning report will continue to go red.

7. mimicryXD

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Huh?! I read in this site that sony phones not selling enough but they still got their profit. And afterall they every phone uses sony lens so their profit is always in green side

21. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

This is Sony's first Daydream VR compatible smartphone as well. Plus it has 3D scanning software which can be used for AR or VR. You can even 3D print those scanned objects out. Not to mention if you have a PlayStation, then it's a great benefit to owning an Xperia. You get to play PS games as well.

22. DolmioMan

Posts: 335; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Those are so so cool but very niche features. How many people have 3D printers? How many people really need to stream PlayStation games to their phone? I'd argue not too many.

9. Pcworld1976

Posts: 178; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

While it is still in red it will give us better prices, PS4 and headphones of € 370 free, you of the benefits of Apple you will not see anything haha

2. pedra unregistered

xr and xz2 premium are the better options here

3. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

This poll’s real question: Are you an Android fan or Apple fan? No one actually cares about Xperia phones.

12. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yet here you are commenting. Ironic eh?

17. Vokilam

Posts: 1278; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

No, he’s right. Every poll like this on PA always favors any android device - but in real life they see small fraction of sales of what Apple sells. The consumer knows there’s more to these phones than just the spec sheet on paper. Ecosystem is the blood and veins of what your experience will be. And in my opinion only Samsung and Apple delivers that. Albeit, in my tiny opinion Apple does it better and i have used Samsung devices for a long time. Spec sheets and features mean jack if the experience is subpar.

30. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

The hell with sales? Idc who sells more and sells less. I want a whole complete overall experience with no restrictions. Obviously I go for Android.

33. Vokilam

Posts: 1278; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Sales is the only way to meter which devices the public prefers and in that respect which manufacturer builds a device customers want better. As I stated, most here are looking at spec sheet but overlook the experience. I’ve owned both. For me the experience is great on both Samsung devices and Apple. There are few things that stand out on both and that’s my way to choose a device. You may disagree based on posts I read from you. That’s fine. But don’t disregard sales. It’s not about bragging rights - sales numbers don’t do snot for us fans. But it helps prove you them trolls that what they think doesn’t matter - it’s what the public thinks, because samsung, Apple and everyone else are strifing to build the best of what they think general public wants - not bunch’s tech nerds on some troll fight driven forum. TLDR: doesn’t matter what you think, manufacturers build for publicly - public thinks that iPhone flagships are better, and those that want to save money buy android.

5. gamehead unregistered

Xperia it is

18. Djz89

Posts: 445; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

I find Samsung to be the worst of all Android, messy u. I, and my 2 last both started to stutter and lag, i find the cleaner Android much better, tbh, even sony in my experience preformed better. Although less flexibility, but I'll take any vanilla Android or sony over Samsung. But Samsung over huawei

6. mimicryXD

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Definitely xperia xz3. We should look also they ship free xperia earphones and in Europe even the new wireless headphones that costs $350.. have the better display and micro sd.

8. Pcworld1976

Posts: 178; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

XZ3, have BEST display, camera etc The iPhone is very boring. iPhone has loading and connection problems

10. notfair

Posts: 755; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

neither option?

15. NateDiaz

Posts: 1089; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Wow your IQ must be 160+

11. jroshan5 unregistered

save $100 and get a better phone with the XZ3

13. libra89

Posts: 2297; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Normally, I would be team Xperia but that phone is pretty big so the iPhone wins by default here.

16. Pcworld1976

Posts: 178; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

I would not spend $ 1000 with a phone that carries a samaung amoled

19. Ikechukwu

Posts: 255; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

I got the XZ2 Premium last week... what an absolute beast.

20. whatev

Posts: 2332; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Lmao, I’m shocked all this android trolls are so wealthy, they are going to buy the note 9, the Xperia XZ3...oh wait! It’s hilarious

25. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Maybe mommy and daddy will get you an iPhone XS for Christmas next year.

31. whatev

Posts: 2332; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I already ordered mine but hasn’t arrived yet :( that’s the thing with the most popular and best selling phone in real life, and I don’t need anyone to buy me an iPhone I pay it with my hard earned money which I invest in the best option available, you can stay butthurt with your budget phone on android kit kat < 3

23. amir1999 unregistered

Xs Please ...

24. yalokiy

Posts: 1052; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

If that was the only choice, then XZ3 it is! In some places one can also get free pair of Sony WH-1000XM3 (380 euro if bought separately).

26. johnh3

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

I think they will bundle that headphones with Xperia XZ3 in Holland. In Sweden we got the Sony wireless charger for free.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31313; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iPhone all the way, much more resale value, much better customer support, and much longer software support. The Sony will have wayyyyy more features and versatility though, as iPhones tend to be kinda limited.

28. cmdacos

Posts: 4265; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Wouldn't buy either one but having to choose, it has to be android regardless of the device.

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