Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Sony Xperia Z3

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Sony Xperia Z3
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Sony Xperia Z3
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Sony Xperia Z3
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Sony Xperia Z3
Introduction


Samsung has never faced as much competition in the Android universe as this year. It now releases the next generation in its pious phablet line – the Galaxy Note 4, but it will be clashing with a lot of new flagships this fall, and the might S Pen sword might not help ward off the enemies. One of those cage matches will be with Sony's fresh Xperia Z3, and it will be one for the books, so let's measure up those two, and see who's boss...

Design

The crusty Note 4 design is no match for the slim and waterproof Xperia.

Needless to say, the Z3, with its premium glass and metal design looks much more stylish than the large and clunky Note 4. Moreover, despite its thin and light chassis, Sony's phone is also waterproof, unlike the Note 4, and dons a pair of stereo speakers at the front. Samsung's phone has a removable plastic back cover, which lets you swap the battery if needed, but the Z3 can last, precluding you from having to carry a spare juicer at the camping trip. Samsung has included its fingerprint scanner in the Note 4, which here is even more uncomfortable to use than on the S5, as you'd have to balance the phablet on your pinkie while trying to swipe your thumb over the home key down low. The Z3, on the other side, relies on only old-school pin or gesture lock options.

Samsung's stand-out design and functionality feature that comes with the Note line – the S Pen stylus – is now much more comfortable to take out and snap back in the silo, and has doubled its pressure sensitivity for a marginally better experience while trying to jot down a shopping list or cut and share a piece of a website. It provides an additional input method which the Z3 lacks, and yet is not something that all Note owners use on a daily basis.

The heart rate sensor from the S5 also finds its way in the Note 4, and Samsung added a blood oxygen level measure there, too, if you are inclined to trust such a measurement made through your finger skin. For the first time, there is a UV sensor, too, should you forget not to go out in the scorching sun at noon on the beach, adding to the list of dubiously useful sensor laundry list.


Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Dimensions

6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches

153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.21 oz (176 g)

Sony Xperia Z3

Sony Xperia Z3

Dimensions

5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches

146 x 72 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.36 oz (152 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Dimensions

6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches

153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.21 oz (176 g)

Sony Xperia Z3

Sony Xperia Z3

Dimensions

5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches

146 x 72 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.36 oz (152 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display

Role swap! The Z3 LCD panel brags extremely cold colors, while the ultra high-res AMOLED display is hue-accurate, go figure.

Samsung pulled out all stops with the Note 4, and included a 1440 x 2560 pixels QHD AMOLED display in its new phablet, making it futureproof for more than one flagship cycle. Thus, despite its hearty 5.7” screen diagonal, the Note 4 returns the whopping 515ppi pixel density. This might seem much higher than the 424ppi of the 5.2” 1080 x 1920 pixels display of the Z3, and yet the difference can't really be told with the naked eye from a normal viewing distance, so the Quad HD specification would serve you for bragging rights only.

When it comes to color presentation, though, the Note 4 has a lot more going for it, as it is the most accurate AMOLED that Samsung has produced to date. Usually we lambast Samsung's AMOLED panels for having too cold hues, but in this comparison the roles are reversed. Sony has calibrated the Z3's LCD display way on the cold side of the spectrum, making whites appear blue, arguing that this helps the brain processes cold colors as brighter. Note 4, unlike previous generation AMOLED screens, comes with excellent color temperature of 6600 K, almost matching the reference 6500 K. Color error is also minimal, as you can see in the charts below, unlike the Z3's screen which resembles the older AMOLED screens. The only subpar characteristic of the Note 4 screen in terms of image quality is the gamma value of 2 (2.2 is the reference) but we can't say that the 2.5 value of the Z3 is better, either.

Both phones seem to enjoy similar low screen reflectivity and are legible to read in bright sunlight. However, the Z3's whopping 713 nits of brightness make it slightly better in this aspect, although they really smash the Note 4's 468 nits. The minimum brightness of the Note 4 is excellent, though, at just one nit, but the Z3 isn't far behind at 4 nits, so both won't poke your eyes out if you receive a late night text message.



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63 Comments

1. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Design, Battery life, UI - Z3 wins Camera, Screen - Note 4 wins.

2. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

They serve different needs imo

12. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Waterproof and S Pen. Can't have both.

63. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Sadly

19. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Camera? "Somewhat surprisingly, Sony's digital image stabilization, called SteadyShot, performs almost as well as the mechanical OIS system in the Note 4 when it comes to keeping the footage fluid and steady regardless of the hand tremor."

28. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

If you see these 3 videos, there is a possibility that Z3 video stabilization is even better than the Note 4. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Arah2K_xvCkhttp://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_FXMmGtpSHchttp://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jbBfyDq78rA As far as i know there are only 4 phones that have the most stable video stabilization Z2, 925, Z3 and Z3C.

41. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

lol...Not true at all 1st Link: The guy clearly says Note 4 has much better stabilization then iPhone's digital stabilization 2nd Link: Here we established that both the iPhone have negligible difference inspite of OIS and digital stabilization. 3rd Link: This proves Z3 has better OIS then iPhone. In short, those links you posted says nothing about Z3 being better then Note 4. It just shows iPhone's implementation of OIS is worst amongst Z3 and Note 4. Don't jump to conclusions so fast. Wait for the reviews from an authentic source.

45. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Lol.. just watch the video and use your eyes there is more shake in Note 4 video and in the comment section many people dissagree with him because their eyes is saying the truth. Until this day i never seen any phones that has more stable video satbilization than Z3 the only phones that come close is 925.

47. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

'Until this day i never seen any phones that has more stable video satbilization than Z3' - Are you jumping to conclusions without trying the Note 4 ?!?! LOL.....you are full of bias my friend. BTW, I scrolled through comment section and found only 1 comment saying that. Rest agree Note 4 being much better. If what you're saying was true then the video would have much more dislikes.

51. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

No i'm not and if don't believe me just get the Z3 (you can, borrow or get to places where you can do a hands on) compare it with any phones that available that you think has better image stabilization and put extreme shake to see the different. Only one are you sure? How about Yudi Hilmawan, Ashwin R, Alex Papas, waqhbbb, Fastdounut BF, Daniel Orozco and MCButzi. Most of them is talking about overall performance not stabilization. Try to look carefully at the time he was walking around yoi can see the Note 4 video is more shaky than iPhone.

54. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Dude clearly you have got yourself a Z3 and you'd do anything to justify your purchase. Since you might have to live with the 2nd best phone on the market...lol First, you said look at the comment section and now you are saying look at the video. Nothing you say is either agreed in the comment section or by the reviewer.

56. serge327

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

I agree with you. Z3 really does well with its steady shot.

21. mawhob2222

Posts: 219; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Also z3 for camera

26. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

27. mawhob2222

Posts: 219; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Of course the camera for Z3 is better

42. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

lol.....wait for some reliable review. A channel with 200 subs can't be the most reliable source of info. Also, who knows if he actually even used both those phones. The number of dislikes in the video is another of sign of the credibility of the video.

49. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

50. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

59. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

or fanboism

29. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Great devices for different audiences.

37. FaisalWibowo11

Posts: 166; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Go check gsmarena compare tools and compare both note 4 and Z3. Note 4's camera is simply not as good as Z3's camera

43. alvinpaul41 unregistered

What a tough choice.

52. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

strangely the note beats z3 in battery on other sites..

60. laxpro97

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

you say the z3 wins in battery life, but it lasts 46 more minutes and takes 140 more minutes to charge. if the person with the note 4 has an extra battery than they dont even have to wait for the phone to charge.

61. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Design - subjective. UI - subj. Battery Life, ip68 certification - Z3 Camera, Screen, multitasking, resale value - Note 4 wins.

3. maherk

Posts: 6680; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Equally great phones. The best in the market without a doubt.

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Note 4 all the way. The true multitasking king.

20. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Good job "Actually, the two chipsets are pretty similar in terms of performance, save for the improved graphics and video streaming part in the 805, so we wouldn't complain too much. The Xperia UI is lighter than TouchWiz, yet we noticed some gaps in transitions and redrawing while flicking the interface around – nothing to write home about, though."

22. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Let me know when the Z3 is capable of multitasking like the Note 4. Wait, that's too much. Note 3.

24. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Wait for Android L http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Samsung-Galaxy-Note-4-vs-Sony-Xperia-Z3_id3814 then let's see what you're bashing about. But I can't deny, I love the design of Note 4.

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