Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Sony Xperia Z1
The Sony Xperia Z1S is T-Mobile US' version of the Z1. The Z1S has launched a bit later, though, so while pretty much everything that you've read in our comparison thus far holds true, we're publishing an updated comparison conclusion below.
Galaxy Note 3 vs Xperia Z1S: Conclusion
Which one should consumers go for – the Note 3 phablet or the Z1S 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 Z1S would have probably pushed us into the Note 3's direction. However, the Xperia Z1S 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 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 Z1S's camera is about equal or slightly better in some scenarios, while the software has a more mature and streamlined look. Finally, we shouldn't forget about this beautiful Sony Omnibalance design, which we tend to prefer over the Note 3's plastic exterior.
All of this doesn't mean that the Note 3 is an inferior product, of course. The Note 3 is probably the best phablet money can buy right now and it really has no major flaws. What we mean is that both handsets are very good at what they want to be, so it really comes down to the subjective nature of personal preferences. If you want the bigger screen – get the Note 3. If you prefer the more solid construction and exquisite design, get the Z1S. At the end of the day, both feature top-notch hardware and tons of features to keep you busy, so you can't go wrong with either of them.