Interface

The somewhat cluttered TouchWiz is way more functional than the plain Jane Xperia UI of the Z3, but looks rather inconsistent.

Carrying the latest Android 4.4 KitKat, the Galaxy S5 and the Z3 sport very different interface overlays. Sony's Xperia UI is closer to the stock look than Samsung's TouchWiz, and has way less extra functions. It adds some light multitasking tools like the Small Apps suite, which lets you hover up to five windowed apps, resize and move them around. It also sports the handy double-tap-to-wake function, which the S5 doesn't have, and that's about it.


In contrast, Samsung throws most every option and functionality imaginable in its TouchWiz interface, making it appear a tad overbearing. The S5 meets Sony's Small Apps with the Pop-up View mode that lets you hover multiple windowed apps on top of the interface, and adds the famed Multi-Window regime. This one allows you to divide the screen in two resizable parts, and run completely separate apps in each. We also get a superior one-handed mode on Samsung's handset, that can shrink the whole interface left or right, as if you are using a handset with a much smaller screen, while the Z3 only allows you to shrink the keyboard left or right, so it is easy to tap on while holding the phone with one hand.


Processor and memory

Donning the same Snapdragon 801 chipset version, both phones perform in a similar fast manner, though the Xperia is more generous with its 3 GB of RAM.

Both phones are powered by the same Snapdragon processor, the 801AC version, clocked at 2.5 GHz, which runs the interface and apps without much issues. The Xperia UI is lighter than TouchWiz, yet we noticed some gaps in transitions and redrawing while flicking the interface around, too, but nothing major.

Samsung has placed 2 GB of RAM in the Galaxy S5, while the Z3 makes no compromises, and is outfitted with 3 GB, so you can rest assured you can load tens of apps in the memory, and pick up right where you left off without a hitch. The Z3 and S5 come with 16 GB of internal memory, and they both possess microSD slots, so you can add more storage at your convenience.

Quadrant Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z3 20756
Samsung Galaxy S5 25041
AnTuTu Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z3 40437
Samsung Galaxy S5 36603
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z3 1571
Samsung Galaxy S5 1186
Sunspider Lower is better
Sony Xperia Z3 863.7
Samsung Galaxy S5 777.3
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z3 29.3
Samsung Galaxy S5 27.8
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z3 12.5
Samsung Galaxy S5 11.7
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z3 1099
Samsung Galaxy S5 1054

Internet and connectivity


Samsung has equipped the S5 with two browsers – its own TouchWiz piece, and Google's Chrome, while the Z3 ships with Chrome only. The browsers on both handsets perform admirably while scrolling, panning around, or zooming, but we would give our preference to the TouchWiz renderer, which is faster, and lets you sideload Adobe Flash.


The handsets flaunt 4G LTE connectivity, with market-dependent bands support, and 42 Mbps HSPA+ modems.We also get Wi-Fi/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, DLNA, and NFC on the phones, while Samsung adds an infrared sensor for controlling your home electronics to the mix. Both handsets offer MHL ports for wired connectivity, letting you hook them directly, or through an adapter, to a TV.

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34 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Best "normal-sized" phones of this year (as of this time). Zed Three > Sar Dirty-four.

2. f35hunter

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

But recharging time and the crappy camera's software of the z3 both are killing the deal !!

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Why would you even care about recharging time so much if the battery life is awesome? And even though the camera software is bad it still takes one of the best pictures of any mobile phone.

10. f35hunter

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

The recharging time is more than three hours you cannot ignore that simply, and as for the camera i am an xperia z1 user that like photographing which is the main reason that i bought the z1 for it and i am getting tired from the bad software optimization for the excellent hardware. The xperia's flagships aren't cheap and because that the costumers want there devices to perform as advertise.

11. maherk

Posts: 6873; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Not hating on the Z3, i think it is a great device that Sony once again failed to improve on the simple things that makes a phone even better. The charging time sucks, and the battery lofe shouldn't be an excuse for us not to complain about it. Not all countries have 24/7 electricity, and people who are on a trip don't have 3-4 hours to charge a phone. As for the camera, Sony need to hire a new team for writing a new software for their cameras from scratch, it is kinda ironic that Samsung managed to bring much much better pictures from a samller SONY sensor in the Note 4. Another point I would like to comment on are the bezels, they aren't a deal breaker, but I would rather have a mono speaker on the side or the back and have a much shorter phone, especially on ab already gorgeous and well crafted phone like the Z3.

22. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well given that I am a person who charges its devices mostly overnight (without experiencing degradation after a couple of years)... I would like you to see it this way... According to PA tests, the Samsung GS5 has a battery life of about 80% the one inside the Z3... Knowing how these type of batteries charge and behave, they usually charge faster in the beginning (up to around 80% in half the charging time) so with this logic in mind, it would take about the same time for the Z3 to reach the same battery life that the GS5 offers... In simpler words: if you charge the Z3 and the GS5 at the same time, until the galaxy reaches 100%, the Z3 will be at around 80%, and both will have similar battery life... Take it as if the Z3 has an option to "overcharge" up to 126% of what Samsung offers here.

6. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

13. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

>Z3 >Crappy Camera Try again.

18. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I like trains.

26. JaroB

Posts: 112; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

29. cboy83

Posts: 10; Member since: May 21, 2014

I own one and it fixed everything that was bad on my z1camera wise and I can make it my full work day and get home at 66% battery when I would be at 30 or less on my z1 im loving this phone

30. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

even the phonearena review says otherwise. get some education mor*n. more proof:http://pp.screenshotlink.ru/v1580/2b/P1ciSQsj334.jpg read more:http://www.esato.com/board/viewtopic.php?topic=207208&start=375

3. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

LG G3 is sime size but it has 5.5" instead of 5.2", I wouldn't say it's normal when bezels are so thick.

5. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

What's the point of comparing these phones ? S5 came long time ago comparing to Z3..

7. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Long time ago? Not even a year old and you are using the word 'ago' ? *facepalm*

9. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

I mean "long time ago" COMPARING to Z3. Z3 was released when Note 4 was released, so it's not a fair fight to compare it with S5. *facepalm*

8. PsxOwner

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Z2 and z3 Wins !

16. maherk

Posts: 6873; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Z3 wins, Z2 doesn’t.

21. mawhob2222

Posts: 219; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Also z2

12. josephnero

Posts: 780; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Maybe down to personal choice but Z3 for me

14. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Z3 standout.............no words.

15. mawhob2222

Posts: 219; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Xperia z3 better 10000000000000000%

23. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

U just killed it dude.....bravo

17. Rapha.194

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

Galaxy s5 is more balanced phone market. Second only to GIANT Note 4

19. Carlitos

Posts: 668; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

IMHO, they are both great phones. I cant seem to find, as to why one is significantly better than the other. Even when, one of them is several months older.

20. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Grab the Galaxy s5 lte-a. It's a S5 on steroids. First handset with the s805, by 3 month's. Along with 3gb of Ram, and a qhd display.

24. rsiders

Posts: 1953; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Lol people whining about long charging times? Don't you charge the phone while you're asleep? The things they come up with... But I'm getting that Z3 October 29. Can't wait.

25. mahdi1379

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 07, 2014

Every One Knows The Galaxy S5 Is Better Then The Xperia Z3 Because Of The CPU , GPU , Display , Battery Power , Camera And More And The S5 Have The Ultra Power Saving Mode.

35. jonaR98

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 09, 2015

The Xperia Z3 is better... Camera...20.7mp vs 16mp... Battery power...3100mh vs 2800mh Ram...3GB vs 2GB... Front Camera...2.2mp vs 2mp... Bigger display...5.2" vs 5.1"... Water resistance.. Ip68 vs Ip67 The same cpu...quad core 2.5ghz-snapdragon 801 Thinness...7.35mm vs 8.1mm... Stereo sound... Stamina and Ultra Stamina mode... The Samsung galaxy S5 HAS BETTER PUBLICITY.

27. 21babydoll12 unregistered

don't see what the issue is with recharging. I can live without my phone for a couple of hours. maybe some of you boys/girls should learn how to get out more. cheers!

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