Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Sony Xperia Z1
Of course, it should be kept in mind that sound quality during calls depends on a number of factors, so the experience is bound to vary.
As we said in the previous part, neither speaker is particularly impressive, but the slightly stronger and clearer output of the Galaxy Note 3 should prove to make it a bit more suitable when using the handset's speaker in loud environments. The Xperia Z1's loudspeaker will also get the job done, though.
Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z1 feature some quite beefy battery units. The one on the Note 3 is a 3200 mAh, while the one of the Z1 has a capacity of 3000 mAh. According ot the official statistics provided by the manufacturers, the Xperia Z1 should offer a continuous talk-time of 15 hours in 3G, while stand-by is rated at 35 days in 3G and 31 days in 4G, which are all great figures. The Galaxy Note 3 is also a very good performer in that respect, as it should theoretically offer about 17 days of stand-by and 21 hours of talk-time in 3G. Keep in mind that these are theoretic times that do not factor in things like the power consumption of the display, so once again, battery life will definitely vary depending on your usage behavior.
But enough of the boring statistics. We've done our own battery test with both phones and have found the Note 3's battery to be slightly longer-lasting. Our battery test is designed to replicate typical real-world usage, and although it can't be 100% representative of the actual battery life users are going to experience, it's bound to give us a better idea of how the devices are going to perform. So, the Galaxy Note 3 managed to remain active for about 6 hours and 8 minutes, while the Z1 powered itself off after about 4 hours and 42 minutes. That's quite a difference, indicating that in most cases the Note 3 should be able to remain alive for a bit longer than Sony's offering.
At the end of the day, which one should consumers go for – the Note 3 phablet or the Z1 smartphone? It turns out that it's actually not that easy to answer this, as it's not simply a matter of size. If the two handsets were mostly equal in what they do, then the bulkiness of the Xperia Z1 would have probably pushed us into the Note 3's direction. However, the Xperia Z1 is quite a solid contender that's able to give the Note 3 a run for its money in almost all categories. Sure, it's bulky for its a smartphone with a 5” display, but it's still a bit smaller and more compact than the Note 3. It's display is significantly smaller, but produces higher-quality visuals. The Z1's camera is about equal or slightly better in some scenarios, while the software has a more mature and streamlined look.
Software versions of the reviewed units:
Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Android 4.3; Build JSS15J.N9005XXUBMI7
Sony Xperia Z1: Android 4.2.2; 14.1.G.1.518