Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S III

Sony was quick to release its flagship smartphone for the first half of 2013 – the Xperia Z. The company did its job ahead of everyone else and is now enjoying a comfortable specs lead against the current Android flagships on the market. But as we all know, specs ain't everything! Could it be that the Galaxy S III, one of the best smartphones of 2012, can still prove to be a worthy opponent to the Xperia Z, even though technological evolution is on the side of Sony's handset? Let us take a closer look and find out!


There are some evident differences regarding the design language for both devices. On one hand, we have the Sony Xperia Z, which has this rectangular shape and all-glass body, while on the other there's the Galaxy S III with its rounded corners and plastic build. Generally, we'd say that the Xperia Z has the more striking appearance of the two, definitely the more stylish one, though the GS III is easily the winner when it comes to comfort, as its rounded edges make the device feel substantially smaller in the hand.

In terms of build quality, the Galaxy S III is really no match for the Xperia Z, as its thin, plastic body may be pleasant to the touch, but leaves a lot to be desired as far as sturdiness and materials go.

One thing we really appreciate about the Xperia Z is the fact that it's water- and dust-resistant, which is a feature that you cannot find in any other flagship smartphone, including the Galaxy S III.


Both the Xperia Z and Galaxy S III have a lot going for their displays, though both take very different approaches in that area. This is also one area where technological evolution has played its part, as the Xperia Z is armed with what seems to be the standard for high-end Android phones in 2013 – a 5” screen with 1080x1920-



1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

In my opinion Sony Xperia Z is better.

12. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

True, better materials, better specs, 1080p screen, better camera, dust and water proof and better design(IMO in this one)

21. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

better materials , design and spec are true.. but have you read gsmarena review?? they even said Z's display rather disapointing because it lacks a bit contrast and slightly dull in color.. and they even said that the 13mp camera of the Z isn't better than the 8mp camera from the last year flagship phones..

24. lee480 unregistered

At least GSMarena praised the camera that it was very good. Unlike PA who said Xperia Z cameras are no where near S3. And get me started on the screen. S3 screen is pure nonsense. Cannot display colours accurately. How is this even a screen?

26. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

hey man.. it's an amoled screen!! amoled screen never supposed to be accurate.. amoled screen supposed to be much more vibrant than "natural".. c'mon we didn't talk about lcd right??

76. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

hey man...start reading with understanding...GSMARENA HAS NEVER SAID THAT Z's CAMERA IS BETTER> It's good but nothing to write home about and definitely NOT BETTER THAN Top 8 mpx.

78. sayedejaz

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 05, 2013

Yea you are right,

125. gregariousguy

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

copied from gsmarena, In the superior auto mode the Sony Xperia Z produces photos with pleasing, albeit slightly oversaturated colors. The resolved detail is hardly spectacular and the noise levels are only average, but the dynamic range is good and contrast is excellent. The results are pretty good overall, although we wouldn't say it has a significant advantage over the best 8MP shooters from last year. Matching their performance is still a pretty good achievement, though. The Sony Xperia Z challenges the best shooters in town and you can head over to our Photo quality comparison tool to see how it did. It did excellently on the first two charts, taking advantage of the superior resolution of its sensor to comfortably beat the 8MP sensor.

91. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

cmon man you are the one who biased Based on the fact that Sony Z has nothing really impressive about its camera compared to SGS3 camera which is already 9months old and other 8mp cameras.. I would say that, even if there is really nothing bad about it, it has "poor camera"

27. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

At the moment OLED based screens has more disadvantages than advantages and those disadvantages are pretty essential. Maybe in the future situation will change but at the moment it is what it is.

115. XperiaPrince

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

Yes i agree. PA is so biased. Xperia Z photo samples is very detailed and not over exposed. While the gs3 has very bright but over exposed photos.In the night shots,xperia z really wins because photos came out very detailed. I don't know why PA always say that xperia z camera is bad.

20. lee480 unregistered

I find it extremely odd PA finds that S3 is still a challenger to Xperia Z. PA, please wake up. ALL tech sites praised the camera except you, oddly. Please do a re-review. PA's reputation has gone down. Just read the comments on your reviews in forums outside. Sites that praised Xperia Z's camera GSMARENA CNET EDITOR'S CHOICE CNET UK 4.5 out 5 = 9 out 10

23. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

gsmarena : "The results are pretty good overall, although we wouldn't say it has a significant advantage over the best 8MP shooters from last year. Matching their performance is still a pretty good achievement, though" that's mean the 13mp camera of the Z isn't good enought even to beat the last year 8mp camera..

25. lee480 unregistered

Is there anything wrong with your English? They said Xperia Z wouldn't have advantage meaning their performances are the same. No where did they say it's not comparable to last year's. Seriously? And oddly, there's a part where they praised the camera and you left that out from your quote.

28. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

i didn't say it's not comparable.. i said it even can't beat the last year's.. that's right that's mean they are comparable.. can't beat doesn't mean not comparable.. jeez..

34. lee480 unregistered

You missing the point. GSMarena said the quality are the same. But you are adding your imaginative powder but twisting the words saying Xperia Z camera are no way near last year's 8mp.

35. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

it's up to you mate.. it's useless to argue to a people like you.. i never said it's not comparable.. just thumb me down if you don't like my explanation.. i don't care..

39. lee480 unregistered

Haha :D

97. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

wew, pls just accept the facts.. PA just said those things bcoz 2013's flagships w/ 13mp should do well, but unfortunately the picture quality ddnt manage to beat last yr's 8mp, just the colors are more vibrant.. but d mere fact that their video is inferior to the gal s3, that means a lot abt their camera capabilities.. go and check gsmarenas photo and compare tool, and ull see what they mean

93. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Wake up boy Like you said "GSMarena said the quality are the same" and you seem to agree with it... 13mp camera which is about to be released vs already 9months old 8mp camera If they are about the same, I can say that 13mp one is really crapppppy This is how we campare the things in the world

116. timaustin2000

Posts: 42; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

So the one on the S3 is also, by your reasoning, crapppppppy? Except, to you it isn't - because of your personal bias. The thing is: Yes, I was hoping for more from the Xmor RS sensor,... but it's still good. Indeed, low light photography is significantly better than many 2012 phones, as has been testified by most reviews. In fact, I prefer the XZ shots in the comparison above: the S3 is over exposed and the colours are all over the place. There's also noticeably more noise from the Samsung. I look forward to doing my own tests on the XZ. If I don't like it, I'll be returning it. That said, I don't expect the camera to give me any sleepless nights.

124. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

wtf is wrong with you brain? If your brain is not able to understand my reasoning, that's your problem. Kindly i will explain in detail for you I said it is crappy when it compared to 9months old camera.. You got this, right? Let me give you an example When iphone 3g came out, it was f**king awesome and now if some smartphone comes out and it is just as good as ip3, i would say that the phone is piece of s**t and this doesn't mean ip3 is also s**tty

33. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

even the camera results are better. you can look at the tree branches and twigs. more details are revealed with the xz. definitely more details ont the z without even using the right settings. the comparisons tend to be unfair. comparing a smaller crop to a bigger one does not give an objective judgment.

57. timaustin2000

Posts: 42; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

Absolutely! The XZ isn't giving a "muddy" dark image, the S3 is over-exposed. Look at the sky, it's entirely whited out on the S3. The XZ shot is the more realistic of the two.

38. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

In my opinion the Jedi are evil! Seriously though, I do agree. However, this is like when PA compared the SGSIII and the iPhone 4S, or any new phone vs one that's been out for half a year. Sure, the new one is better, but you can't really blame the old one for being outdated...

56. timaustin2000

Posts: 42; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

I'm going to disagree with PA entirely about the camera!! In daytime shots, the S3 is clearly over-exposed and detail is comparable on both (remember that the crop means that you're zooming in far further on the XZ shots). And check the night time mosque shot: there's no way that those are the correct colours on the S3 and there's more detail on the Xz (check the flagpole and the main windows). There's also far less noise on the XZ. I've got eyes, Phonearena! Dear, dear. *shakes head*

60. serge327

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

I wonder why PA took the photo quality so bad in xperia z, but in other website the photo of xperia z is sharper, colorful... maybe PA dun know how to use Xperia Z camera???

90. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Blah Blah Blah let's see when it goes up against the galaxy note 2 which happens to be the far better then the galaxy S3 in every aspect.

126. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

it is normal because there is nearly 1 year between both ...

2. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

unfair comparison coz s3 is ~7 months old device... wait for s4

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