Call quality

Both phones demo average quality earpieces, but fine noise-canceling mics that relay voices loud and clear to the other end.

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. The Galaxy S5's earpiece is strong enough, but leaves something to be desired in terms of depth and clarity of the voice timbres passing through. Both the Xperia Z3, and the Galaxy S5's noise-canceling microphones do a very good job at separating ambient noises, and relaying are voice loud and clear to the other end.


Xperia Z3 endures about 25% longer than the already excellent in that regard Galaxy S5, making it the longest-lasting flagship.

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, while Samsung touts 21 hours of talk time in 3G, and 16 days on standby from the 2800 mAh juicer. 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. The Galaxy S5 managed 7 hours and 40 minutes on our test, which is an excellent result as well, but no match for the Z3's endurance.

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
Sony Xperia Z3
9h 29 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S5
7h 38 min (Good)

minutes Lower is better
Sony Xperia Z3
Samsung Galaxy S5


Samsung's Galaxy S5 is getting a bit long in the tooth already, just half a year after introduction, and Sony's six-month upgrade strategy seems like a winning bet when you have to choose between the S5 with the new Xperia Z3 this holiday season. It is slim, stylish, with a higher waterproof rating, and looks and feels way better in terms of design than the plasticky S5, faux leather back or not. Granted, the Xperia Z3 is a tad taller than the S5, but the overall dimensions of both are bearable for one-handed usage, plus you get stereo speakers with the Z3. Samsung's stand-out biometrics, like the fingerprint scanner and the heart rate sensor on the back are an acquired taste, and you might find the superior audio experience on the Z3 more useful in your everyday interaction with the phone.

Outfitted with the same chipsets, screens with almost equally inaccurate color representation, and equally good outdoor visibility, neither can come out on top. When we arrive at the cameras, however, Sony's module proves a tad better, mainly for the indoor and night shots, where it beats the S5 by a huge margin. Adding a superior battery life to the list of the Xperia's virtues, your only deterrent for choosing the Z3 before the S5 can be the price, as Samsung's phone is now about a quarter cheaper when you buy without a contract.



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: read more:

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 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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