Sony Xperia Z3 review – an unsung hero among smartphones

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Sony Xperia Z3 review: alternatives

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Sony Xperia Z3 review - an unsung hero among smartphones

The main rival to the Xperia Z3, aside from its predecessor the Xperia Z2, is the Samsung Galaxy S5. The S5 boasts quick hardware, water- and dust-resistance, just like the Z3, plus a fabulous AMOLED display, infrared transmitter, heart-rate monitor and fingerprint reader.

The biggest advantage the S5 has over the Z3, however, is its camera, which uses phase-detect autofocus for sharper images and quicker overall shot-to-shot performance.

The two areas where the S5 falls behind the Xperia Z3 are design and battery life. Although the S5 is well put together and generally robust, the plastic back does feel a little on the cheap side. And while the S5’s battery life is good, the Z3’s is a touch better, both in benchmark testing and real world use.

Read the full Samsung Galaxy S5 review here.

Sony Xperia Z3 specifications

ProcessorQuad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Screen size5.2in
Screen resolution1,080 x 1,920
Screen typeIPS
Front camera2.2MP
Rear camera20.7MP
FlashSingle LED
Memory card slot (supplied)microSD (up to 128GB)
Bluetooth4, A2DP, apt-X
Wireless data4G, 3G, 2G
Size (WDH)72 x 7.6 x 146mm
Operating systemAndroid 4.4.4
Battery size3,100mAh
Buying information
Warranty1yr RTB warranty
Price SIM-free (inc VAT)£471 inc VAT (includes £12/mth goodybag)
Price on contract (inc VAT)Free on a £27/mth, 24mth contract

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