Call quality

With a great earpiece and three noise-canceling mics, Note 4 is the voice quality champ here.

The earpiece of the Note 4 sounds very clean and strong, with no audible distortions, and discernible voice timbres. Xperia Z3 exhibits an average call quality, as it is powerful enough to hear in noisy environments, but the voices coming through sound a tad muffled, and slightly distorted at the highest volumes. Both the Xperia Z3, and the Note 4's noise-canceling microphones, do a remarkable job at weeding out the ambient noises, and relaying are voice loud and clear to the other end. Samsung's handset now sports not the usual two, but three mics, allowing for a higher quality sound recording, and the voice calls with Samsung's phablet are no exception.

Battery


Outfitting the Note 4 with a 3220 mAh juicer, Samsung bragged that the phablet has a tad longer battery life than its predecessor, despite the Quad HD display, but hasn't posted official talk and standby times yet. Xperia Z3's 3100 mAh battery is cited as good for 16 hours of talk time in 3G mode, and the whopping 37 days on standby. Sony's phones are occupying the majority of the top spots in our battery benchmarks lately, and the Z3 is no exception, lasting almost nine and a half hours during our test, putting it at the top of current Android flagships. We will update with our Note 4 battery benchmark results as soon as we are done with the testing.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
8h 43 min (Excellent)
Sony Xperia Z3
9h 29 min (Excellent)

minutes Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
95
Sony Xperia Z3
235

Conclusion


Sony's OmniBalance design language is epitomized in the most stylish Xperia to date with the Z3, while the plasticky nature of Samsung's phablet line barely budges in the Note 4. Samsung's handset is bigger, but comes with a 20% larger, ultra high-res screen, which sports excellent color reproduction, while the Z3 display is very inaccurate in that department.

On the other hand, the more aesthetically pleasing and more compact Z3 is also waterproof, and houses stereo speakers at the front – features that are more useful than the heart rate and UV sensors, or the clunky fingerprint scanner that Samsung included in the Note 4.

Since the camera pictures and video quality are rather comparable between the two flagships, there aren't true advantages of the Note 4's bombastic spec sheet before the Z3, too, despite the higher chipset speed and pixel density on paper.

When it comes to multitasking, productivity and media consumption, though, the Note 4 is the undisputed king, with its large ultra high-res display, the extra stylus input, and the split-screen functionality. If you don't need that extra input, though, you will certainly appreciate the Z3's record battery life for the category, and the nicer feeling it leaves in the palm, pocket, and in the eye of the beholder.



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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: 2943; 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: 1612; 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: 6876; 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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