Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Sony Xperia Z3

We clash the spec monster Note 4, with its QHD display, Snapdragon 805 processor, and 16 MP OIS camera, against the thin and stylish waterproof Xperia Z3...
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25. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

30. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

why would you want to multitask on a 5"+ display? even on my note 10.1 its almost 100% useless.

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Beauty and the beast lol.

16. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Both are beautiful, both are beasts.

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Hard to choose, both are good phones. But for the UI though, Xperia Z3 is an example of "You keep it simple, you keep it fast." Note 4 is an example of "Full of features, full of experience."

6. maherk

Posts: 6879; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Touchwiz has improved a lot since the Note 3, never experienced any lag on the Note 3, my S5 and the Tab S 10.5, and I always root them and tweak them. I love the refined design of the Z3, the front speakers, and the ip certificate. The Note 4's functionality, s-pen, camera, and the great xda support makes also ideal for almost everyone hunting for a great smartphone.

15. 21babydoll12 unregistered

Exactly! Thumbs up!

35. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I really like the way Samsung is going now. They got rid of the stupid dimpled pattern on the GS5, and they're using real metal instead of shiny plastic. Now all they need is to streamline Touchwiz and they won't be criticized again (at least not by rational people).

7. Losdog25

Posts: 29; Member since: Aug 28, 2009

These phones are defiantly in different categories imo. The Z3 is a beautifully built phone and with its water resistance, and front facing speakers make it a great contender to the note4. I have to say my money goes to the note 4!

8. Derekjeter

Posts: 1492; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

If Verizon would offer the Z3 I would have a hard time trying to decide which one, but since they will only offer the Note 4 I think I'll be happy with it. Though I would have love to have tried the Z3 camera.

33. Flippyphone

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

They are offering it on 10/23/14.

36. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Seems like you didn't see the news yesterday. October 23rd, mate.

9. twens

Posts: 1175; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Why are manufacturers making it so difficult to choose a phone now a days? They are all so damn good. Too bad screen plays an important factor in today's smartphone, note 4 here I come. Sony it's time you challenged samsung in the phablets space.

40. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

theyv been trying actually, as much as what other manufacturers do. They release pumped up size flagship and there you have it lol only samsung cares about giving extra software functionalities for a real "SMART" phone

10. LeBrownJames

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 17, 2014

IMO, Note 4 and Z3 are in different categories. Note 4 is a phablet while Z3 is on the S5 league. But it is really hard to choose between these two. If I have some cash I would certainly own these phones.

11. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Honestly , Sony needs to STAND OUT from the rest. Yes Xperia Z3 is great & all but still

14. emcdonald75

Posts: 160; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Maybe I should root my AT&T Galaxy Note 3. I experience lag all of the time and I hate when my power button will not work. Sometimes, I cannot turn my screen on until I push the power button many times. I am hoping that the Galaxy Note 4 is better, even though I hate the speaker is on the back. I wish it was on the bottom again, if not on the front. Because the Sun Spider score is not good on the Galaxy Note 4, will that cause Internet browsing to be slow?

17. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Best Phablet vs Best Smartphone

58. supermangtr

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

True, they are different classes of phone. It may all come down to the user, and what their uses are. And maybe even the size of the users hands.

18. jayc_m

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Both are great :)

23. fergie130

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Note 4 all the way! Sony Z 3 awesome phone but the note 4 stands out with its quad HD screen. And as far as the Note 4 being clunky it's not it fits comfortable in the hand!

46. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

z3 screen is gorgeous enough ..qhd smokes the battery .. i will take a 2 days battery or more than a useless screen for nothing

31. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

As much as I like the Z3, the Note 4 is simply better than it overall, making for a solid package which has the best of everything.

32. Esf_Kid

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

If you delete the first part of your comment it would be more realistic as everybody knows youre a blind Samboy!

34. CellPhonesExpert

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 10, 2014

Iphone 6+ better phone, superior display and size

38. FaisalWibowo11

Posts: 166; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

In your dreams

53. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

I detected a fanboy.

39. goodenough

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

I go for Z3

44. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

I like z3 but I go for note 4. I want to buy 32GB but in my country I can only get 16GB of Z3 and I hate 16GB.

48. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

both phones are great .. but for me i will go with 2 days battery , better camera , 2 front speakers ,waterproof ,and the audio experience ..
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