Galaxy S3 vs Sony Xperia Z: King Is Dead, Long Live The King

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2012 was the year of the Samsung Galaxy S3 as it was the undisputed king of smartphones running Android. Many people believe that Samsung will be able to capture 2013 as well when they release the Samsung Galaxy S4.

However one company is out to ensure that this doesn’t happen and that is Sony, with the help of the Sony Xperia Z. This happens to be the company’s most serious attempt at taking over the smartphone market, so how does it match up to the Samsung Galaxy S3?

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Sony Xperia Z

The two devices are large. The Sony Xperia Z is longer at 139mm, compared to 136.6mm, however it is the same width, while the device from Sony is the thinner of the two devices at 7.9mm compared to 8.6mm.

At 146 grams the Sony Xperia Z is the heavier of the two handsets, but not by a lot as the Samsung Galaxy S3 is 133 grams. This is thanks to the build materials which are higher quality. The Sony Xperia Z has a glass back and the one on the Samsung Galaxy S3 is made of plastic.

The Sony Xperia Z has a display of 5 inches with 441 ppi and a resolution of 1920 x 1080p. 1080p handsets are set to be the trend for 2013. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the 4.8 inch display with 306ppi and resolution of 1280 x 720.

The Sony Xperia Z gets the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, which is excellent and clocked at 1.5GHz. The processor in the Samsung Galaxy S3 depends on where you live. In the US it is the Qualcomm dual core at 1.5GHz and internationally it is the Exynos quad core processor at 1.4GHz. The majority of people will be happy with them despite them not being on par with the Sony Xperia Z processor.

The Sony Xperia Z comes with 2GB of RAM, this matches the RAM in the US version of the Samsung Galaxy S3. Internationally this is 1GB of RAM.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is offered in three storage choices, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The Sony Xperia Z comes in just 16GB. Both of the devices support microSD card.

If you can get LTE then you will have the fastest connection around for mobile data and both of the handsets support this. HSPA+ is a bit faster than 3G and both devices have support for this too, along with 3G.

The battery of the Sony Xperia Z is 2220mAh, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 has the 2100mAh. On paper this means that the Sony handset should offer more talk time. However there are many factors that determine how long the battery lasts and the device does have to power more than two million pixels on the display.

Sony however are fragging about Battery Stamina, which is said to close down apps that hog the battery, if you are not using them. Sony claim outstanding uptime, but don’t hold your breath that it’s the best.

The Sony Xperia Z has another thing that will be trend of 2013, a camera that has 13 megapixel. It also captures HDR video, which as with still photos combines high and low exposures to create a photo with fine details in the dark and bright areas. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has an 8 megapixel camera on the back.

Sony has said that the Sony Xperia Z is waterproof. However you shouldn’t test this out by dipping it into the tank of tropical fish to find out if it is. However it should be able to deal with a drop into a toilet.

As smartphones get old fast the Samsung Galaxy S3 is a bit out of date now. However its successor should be just around the corner, with rumours of a release in May, which could be just a couple of month following the release of the Sony Xperia Z, which at the moment is unknown.

The Sony Xperia Z has come out on top here; however this has been a comparison of two generations of devices. Perhaps the better comparison would have been later in the year when the Samsung Galaxy S4 is out. Maybe a revisit and comparison will be in order again when this happens.

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