The Apple iPhone 6 Plus and Sony Xperia Z3 match in some specs, but the Xperia Z3, outmatches the best and biggest “Apple” in the bunch.

In this spec shootout, we’re back to compare the new iPhone 6 Plus with the Sony Xperia Z3.

Some of our readers insist that the iPhone 6 Plus is only worth comparing to the Note 4, the LG G3, or some other “phablet”-sized device. At the same time, however, there’s more to a device than display size. Keep in mind, too, that iPhones in the past such as the 3.5-inch display on the iPhone 4S and the 4-inch display of the iPhone 5 didn’t keep tech writers and enthusiasts past and present from comparing the iPhone experience with the 4.7-inch HTC One M7 or the 4.8-inch Galaxy S3 and 5-inch Galaxy S4, to use a few examples.

With that said, the iPhone 6 Plus’s 5.5-inch display shouldn’t keep us from comparing it to smaller Android devices. In the past, the iPhone was the smaller device; now, we can still compare the larger iPhone to smaller Android devices. The same courtesy that’s been extended to smaller iPhones should now be extended to smaller devices such as the Galaxy S5 and now, the Xperia Z3 when comparing them to the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.

With that said, we think the spec shootout below is justified. Let’s get down to business.

Size and Weight

The Sony Xperia Z3 has dimensions of 146 x 72 x 7.3mm and weighs 152 grams while the iPhone 6 Plus has dimensions of 158.1mm x 77.8 x 7.1mm and weighs 172 grams.

Interestingly enough, the Xperia Z3 is slightly thicker than the iPhone 6 Plus, but the iPhone 6 Plus weighs 20 grams more than the Xperia Z3.

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The iPhone 6 Plus is also taller than the Xperia Z3 and wider than the Xperia Z3. When it comes to dimensions, however, we give the win to the Xperia Z3 because the device will still feel more compact in the hand than the iPhone 6 Plus. The wider dimension can be justified by a larger display, but why is the iPhone 6 Plus so much taller and heavier than the Xperia Z3? When it comes to the in-hand weight of the iPhone experience, Apple’s somewhat lost its edge with the iPhone 6 Plus.

Display Size and Resolution

The Xperia Z3 features a 5.2-inch liquid crystal display (LCD screen) with a Full HD screen resolution of 1920 x 1080p. The iPhone 6 Plus, on the other hand, features a 5.5-inch, “Retina HD” display with a Full HD screen resolution of 1920 x 1080p.

The iPhone 6 Plus provides more screen real estate (a first for Apple’s iPhone), but the Xperia Z3 and the iPhone 6 Plus tie when it comes to screen resolution. The iPhone 6 Plus has a pixel density of 401ppi (pixels per inch), while the Xperia Z3 has a pixel density of 424ppi. While Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus may appeal to some users, as with all phones that feature wider displays, pixel density often suffers. There’s not much of a significant difference between the 401 pixels of the iPhone 6 Plus and the 424 pixels of the Xperia Z3, but individuals who crave brighter displays will prefer the Xperia Z3.

Processor and RAM

The iPhone 6 Plus is powered by Apple’s dual-core, 1.32Ghz A8 processor and the new M8 motion coprocessor that provides barometer information for the first time this year along with other fitness tracking information and data that includes Apple’s new Health and HealthKit app user data. The iPhone 6 Plus is powered by less than 1GB of RAM (975MB).

The Xperia Z3, on the other hand, is powered by a 2.5 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM. Sony stuck with the Snapdragon 801 in its Z3, despite the fact that a number of smartphones such as Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 4 is powered by Qualcomm’s latest quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor.

See Also: Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs. Samsung Galaxy S5: Spec Shootout.

There are a number of iOS adherents who say that specs don’t matter and that the slower-clocked processor of the A8 is more than sufficient to “manhandle” the quad-core Snapdragon processor. That may be the case, but quad-core processors are built to better handle multitasking than dual-core processors. With less than 1GB of RAM in the iPhone 6 Plus, there’s not much multitasking that one can do with the device. In contrast, 3GBs of RAM allows Xperia Z3 users to push their devices when it comes to multiple tabs and webpages open simultaneously, along with a number of tasks like listening to music, sending emails, and watching YouTube videos – in many cases, emailing and YouTube video watching occur at the same time for some individuals.

When it comes to specs, we give the clear win here to the Xperia Z3. While some may contend that the iPhone 6 Plus is faster, we’d have to say that speed means little when one can’t multitask on their devices to their heart’s content. Everyone doesn’t want or need a multitasking experience, but expensive devices should provide this feature from the outset.

Memory Storage

The iPhone 6 Plus comes in variations of 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB memory storage models. Apple decided to eliminate the 32GB model this year and push the 64GB iPhone 6 Plus in the $299 with a two-year contract slot to encourage customers to spend a little more this year for a larger-memory device. Keep in mind that iOS 8 consumes about 5.7GB of storage space on devices, so your iPhone may not have as much free storage available as it has had in recent years.

In contrast, the Sony Xperia Z3 comes with 16GB of storage but Sony says that you should expect no more than 12GB of internal memory storage when using the device right out of the box.

See Also: Apple iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: What is the “Plus” difference.

In years past, one could expect 13GB of storage remaining after one takes account of the memory storage consumed by iOS, but the new near 6GB of space required for iOS 8 means that a 16GB iPhone 6 Plus may come with only 10GB of space available for apps and photos. While Sony provides only 12GB of internal memory storage out of the box, the Xperia Z3 also provides a microSD card slot with expandable memory storage up to an additional 128GB. Apple’s never been known to provide expandable memory storage, so what you pay for with the iPhone 6 Plus is what you get.

With that said, we give the win in the memory storage round to Sony’s Xperia Z3.

Battery and Battery Life

The iPhone 6 Plus features a 2,915mAh battery that Apple says will provide up to 12 hours of battery life on Wi-Fi, LTE, and 3G Web browsing as well as 14 hours of video playback, 80 hours of music listening experience, and 24 hours of 3G talk time. The Sony Xperia Z3 features a 3,100mAh battery that provides up to 10 hours of video playback, 130 hours of music listening time, and 16 hours of talk time.

The iPhone 6 Plus provides better video playback than the Xperia Z3 (14 hours vs. 10 hours) and better 3G talk time than the Z3 (24 hours vs. 16 hours), but the Sony Xperia Z3 provides more music listening time (130 hours vs. 80) on a single charge than the iPhone 6 Plus.

With that said, the Sony Xperia Z3 does have a larger battery than the iPhone 6 Plus (3,100mAh vs. 2,915mAh), but Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus has a smaller battery that is better optimized for your overall web browsing experience than Sony’s Xperia Z3 battery. As for standby time, however, Sony’s Xperia Z3 will provide 920 hours (or 30 days) as opposed to the 16 days of standby time on the iPhone 6 Plus. The results seem to be mixed here in favor of both devices in different battery areas, so we’ll leave the choice up to you.

Cameras

The iPhone 6 Plus features an 8MP back camera and a 1.2MP front camera, while the Sony Xperia Z3 features a 20.7MP back camera and a 2.2MP front camera.

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Apple’s 8MP camera remains the same in the iPhone 6 Plus as it did in the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, and iPhone 4S. Apple has increased the size of its pixels and aperture in the new iPhone 6 Plus, and the initial photos we’ve seen show that Apple has made some slight improvements in photography with the iPhone 6 Plus over the iPhone 5s. Sony’s 20.7MP camera has remained the same within the Xperia experience since at least the Xperia Z1.

Both devices seem to retain their same cameras as found in previous iterations while aiming to improve their camera experiences via additional software. Some individuals believe that specs don’t matter, but having larger digital zoom and pictures that put you closer to the objects in them are features of larger-megapixel cameras. One thing to remember is that the iPhone 6 Plus’s Exmor camera sensor is manufactured by Sony Electronics, the same company responsible for the Xperia Z3.

The question with the camera contest as with all camera contests comes down to the photos themselves. Despite what many perceive as the accurate color reproduction of the iPhone 6 Plus and its 8MP camera, photos are also harder to see with an 8MP camera that keeps objects at a distance. 16MP and 20MP cameras like those of the Galaxy S5 and the Xperia Z3 place objects and scenes up closer so that visually-challenged users find the beauty in up-close images and details.

Thus, we give the win here to Sony’s Xperia Z3. We believe that Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus camera is still formidable despite its low megapixel count, but we also believe that with Apple’s recent display size increase, the company is capable of also providing a larger-megapixel count experience to rival its Android competitors. Had iPhone users not clamored for larger displays, the 3.5-inch display of the iPhone 4S would still be the norm. Here’s to hoping that Apple pays attention to the photographers among its iPhone fans and increases the 8MP camera experience to that of a 16MP or 21MP camera to match that of its major Android rivals.

Conclusion

The iPhone 6 Plus now provides a larger display for iOS users, but there’s more to the success of Android devices than larger displays. The same can be said for Sony’s Xperia Z3.

Sure, the iPhone 6 Plus matches Sony’s Xperia Z3 screen resolution, and has a battery that isn’t too far off from the Z3’s, but Sony’s front and back cameras, quad-core processor, memory storage and expandable memory, as well as its IP65/68 water and dust resistance makes the Xperia Z3 the better device in its specs and features.

As always, we realize that there’ll be some responses to this post with the words, “specs don’t matter.” We continue to disagree with this claim, seeing that Android devices such as the Xperia Z3 with their multitasking capabilities can do more than what Apple provides in the iPhone experience. Even with a larger screen and brighter screen resolution, Apple still maintains the same 1GB of RAM – which doesn’t allow for much multitasking or simultaneous use of two or more applications.

Specs do matter, and with each presentation, Apple attests to this fact. Why is it the case that Apple provides a spec sheet on its main website if specs don’t matter? Why does Apple take time to list specs in its presentation (such as its 8MP camera) if specs don’t matter? Specs do matter, as there’ve been a number of iPhone users who clamored for a larger display for years. In the same way, there are a number of iPhone users who want a larger battery in the entry-level iPhone experience (not just in the iPhone 6 Plus), as well as expandable memory storage in their devices beyond what Apple continues to give them.

In short, we hope Apple remembers that larger displays and brighter screen resolutions are only small pieces of the puzzle that comprises the Android experience; any rival OS that seeks to match Android’s success will have to offer better battery, better cameras, increased multitasking, and more.

Key Specifications:

Features iPhone 6 Plus Sony Xperia Z3
Processor A8 chip with 64-bit architecture, M8 motion coprocessor 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-core
Main Memory 1GB of RAM 3 GB RAM
Display 5.5-inch Retina HD with IPS technology (1920 x 1980 pixels at 401 ppi) 5.2″ Full HD (1920×1080 pixels), 424ppi
Storage 16GB, 64GB and 128 GB 16 GB internal storage expandable up to 128 GB
Camera 8MP iSight camera with Focus Pixels, True Tone flash and OIS, and 1.2MP front-facing sensor 20.7 MP rear camera, 2.2 MP front-facing camera
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, 3G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 GPS, NFC Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G, USB 2.0
Dimensions 158.1 mm x 77.8 mm x 7.1 mm 146.5 x 72 x 7.3 mm
Weight 172 grams 152 grams
OS iOS 8 Android 4.4.4
Colors Silver, Gold, and Space Gray Black, White, Silver-Green and Copper
Water and dust resistance None Waterproof and dust tight (IP65 and IP68)

44 COMMENTS

  1. Tests on the Z3 and Z3 compact battery are showing it to be phenomenal, ground breaking for smartphones.

    I agree with the author, people want to do more with their smartphones, whose existence came about because of the need to multi-task.

    Multi-tasking makes life easier, saves time and improves productivity.

        • I couldn’t agree more. Apple is really geared for teenagers and technologically inept people and older folks who basically don’t care what the phone does. Does it call, text, and surf the Web one thing at a time? OK then we are good. Now if you want or need to multi-task or if you want some serious customization without a hitch you get a nice z3 or any other high end android phone. At least for your money you are getting the best offered tech that’s not outdated! I will be getting a note 4 this time around. Yes the best multi-tasking phone made to date.

          • I would say that individuals looking to customize and text message while simultaneously reading online is not only counter-productive but it reminds me of a teenagers mindset. In comparison to a mature mind that can complete one task before starting another and accomplish more tasks more effectively this way.

          • You must own an iPhone. That’s why you don’t get it. As far as I’ve ever seen the majority of iPhone owners are either teenage kids because they think to be cool you have to own one and older people who buy the outdated iphones because they were free and were cool at one point. Well actually they are all outdated. But seriously of all the people I work with and know maybe 3 or 4 people own iPhones.most people have android. And I work at a company with hundreds of people. why is that? Because adults mostly use android and power users like myself who are almost literally using their phone in some way definitely don’t want to be strapped down to a company like apple. No freedom, no external storage, no customizing, no multitasking, no removable battery, and on some like my xperia z2 – no waterproofing! Sorry but that is a fact. My daughter had an iPhone because in order to be cool that’s what every kid bought. They don’t know any better. Their kids. But now she’s 18 and wanted a grown up phone so she got an S5.

          • You are correct, but i’m not a closed minded iPhone owner. In fact it took me awhile to jump onto the expensive iPhone train in the first place and money is even more tight these days. This is why I read this review before i decide on which phone to upgrade to. Freedom to me means that i don’t have to mess with my phone all the time to do basic tasks. My job requires my attention to be on the customers and reports rather than in my phone. When I do need to access information from my phone or followup on emails/messages/calendar events and such I need things to work quickly and flawlessly. This is what iOS is so highly regarded for, and until someone can give me a real reason to why an android phone can do it better its difficult to justify jumping off the apple train.

          • If you just want to do basic tasks, then any smartphone will do for you. Nobody is telling you have to customize your phone and do 3 things at once, but why would you pay more for over-hyped technology when you can do the same thing on a better device?

            What if there was a file on your phone you had to send to someone but you just dropped your phone in the water? Unless you had a waterproof case, you would literally be sunk.

            Or if you had no internet access and wanted to e-mail someone a file right away? Pop out the micro SD card and stick into another phone that had access or a PC with a card slot.

          • no offense but what basic tasks are you referring? calling, texting, and browsing are as easy on ios as it is on android. At least for me ,they are both really easy to use. Of course everyone has their own taste in OS functionality, so its down to the users preference.

          • Well I must say that you would be correct if it was 2011-2012 maybe but android phones have come a long long way. I have a xperia z2 and have had it for 7 months and it’s worked flawlessly since day 1. As did my 2 previous phones which was a nexus 5 and galaxy s4. Both of which never broke, never bugged, never slowed. The s4 was a touch slower than the 2 recent phones but it had a slower processor and quite a bit of features that slowed it down. A little too many for the processor maybe. But nowadays android flagship phones are as zippy as an iPhone all day long and there are so many more features than an iPhone has and they are very useful in day to day use. Especially Google now. And updates will all be coming instantly to android phones once they are released with the new updated android L. So times have changed and apple has become the one to play catch up. Don’t knock it till you try it. I’ve tried your new iPhone 6 and frankly I’m not impressed at all. I played with it at the store last night. The LG G3 was just as fast and fluid and I would say just a better phone. So many awesome features.

          • Well its not my iPhone yet since i haven’t decided which is why i’m asking for more useful comparisons. Why does the specs vary so greatly? Iphone can operate with half as many cores and memory and yet beat the benchmarks on nearly all the other devices? Also what about the benefits of “Metal” developing tools as well as the many security holes within android? I’ve also seen many reviews which state how LG HTC and others produce better experiences than even Google can offer on its own OS, but what are these tradeoffs? I would love to try android but i don’t know if i wish to be stuck with it for another 2 years if i don’t enjoy it as much as apples polished iOS

          • Listen the iPhone can get the speed it gets because the 2 cores are gigantic cpu cores. It’s not brain science or their amazing tech that is so groundbreaking. They just do different than other manufacturers. And they use a different account of cache memory in their chip. The quad core chips most of everyone else uses are just smaller cores so there are advantages to either one. Anyone can make a chip just like apple if they wanted they just don’t. But the other question you asked is about different skins of android. Android is open source so any of the manufacturers can customize it to their liking which can give some serious useful and cool features. Some not so much but that’s the point you have a choice. I like variety so I buy a different android phone about every 6 months or so. They are all so good that I get the one with the features I think are useful at the time. You may not use them all but there is always the basic android system there so it won’t matter if you use all the features or not. But you may want to check out some of the android phones out now and see which one has the features that would be useful to you. They are all pretty much as fast as the iPhone or faster nowadays. If you want some suggestions on which phone I recommend you look at I would be happy to suggest some.

          • From what I understand multiple cores are better for multitasking so that makes sense for phones that use true multitasking. How is it that you upgrade every 6 months? i get an upgrade every 2 years so how would a top rated android today hold up over that period?

          • OK here’s the deal. I am on the jump program on t-mobile. I can upgrade every 6 months or year depending on what I want. And I don’t upgrade because my phone is slow or buggy. I upgrade because I love cell phones and technology and the next coolest thing. Not to show off but I use my phone all day at work. Watch TV shows, movies, text, etc etc…. I have a sweet job. Just sick of watching on a 5.2 inch screen. Hence getting a note 4. But as far as well the phone hold up omg yes. My z2 is 7 months old and is just like it was from day one. Still top of the line tech, still relevant. And my previous phone the pure Google nexus 5 is still a tear later one of the fastest most fluid phones out. But about every year like apple new android phones are released. They hold up fine. Nothing is so major in the new ones that I’m outdated but like I said I want the newest coolest thing. I must say do you think the iPhone holds up for 2 years with no problems? Some might but I doubt it. My daughter had an iPhone from the release up till the 5s.she literally and I’m not making this up said I am sick of Apple and she had problem after problem. Her 5s within 6 months had to be charged like 3 times a day. So we got her a galaxy S5 which by the way she loves. So much more you can do and the battery just sips.and as far as updates go now that phones are on kit Kat the updates will be almost instantaneous. The note 4 runs on kit Kat and is not out yet but they are preparing to update it to android L already. Google has been preparing for this for a while. They will get updates as soon as they come out and will stay relevant for at least 2 years. Just like apple or maybe even better. Android L is really going to be something. 64 bit and so feature rich and amazing. Check it out on some reviews. It’s going to do so much and be so colorful and useful. Much better than ios I guarantee it.

          • I have had the iphone 5 since it was released in september 2012 and im comfortable with saying it would last another 2 years. It runs the newest modern combat 5 game perfectly which is impressive to me. I gave my old iphone 3g to my mom back in 2010 and she still uses it everyday with no battery issues, and that was made in 2008. Battery problems on on iphone 5s like that sounds like a defect which apple has always taken care of. Hell apple would still replace my iphone 5 now if the hold or home button or even the battery went out. its a part of their recall program. Does android or other manufacturers do this?

          • If you want the pure Google experience a new nexus will be out next month and it will debut android L. If you want an apples to apples comparison for ios very android smoothness and fluidity that’s the one I would check out. My nexus was buttery smooth and fast. And simple as it gets. I don’t mind a little more complicated and feature rich myself. Because it brings so many useful and amazing things to a phone. Wave your hand over the screen to see your missed notifications, double tap to wake the screen up, text message someone while reading an email, or while watching a video text or email someone, while holding the phone and looking at it the phone won’t dim because it knows you are looking at it, hover your finger over the #s on the dialer because you can’t remember the speed dials you saved. There are so many cool custom things out there and android let’s you do whatever you want.

          • These are intriguing features. I have another month for my upgrade and i must say your fair responses have helped me more than most reviews i have found

          • The manufacturer generally cover a phone 100 % for defects. After that most well not but there are extended warranty on all the carriers and the deductible varies per cell carrier but it’s not nearly as much as buying a new phone. Apple is different obviously. But I will be honest I’ve never had a phone have any problems. I’ve broken I don’t know how many screens and just used insurance and got new ones or fixed them myself and sold them. I just put a new screen on my z2 because I broke it. My experience with apple though wasn’t any better than what anyone else does. My daughter had a 4 before the 5s and after 14 months it took a crap.some of the screen wasn’t responsive when touching it. So we went to the apple store because when I thought I bought insurance from t-mobile apparently they said I never added it. So anyways apple would Not cover it because we didn’t have apple care. But for 150 bucks we could trade in that phone for a new one. Might have been a refurbished. I’m not sure. So I really don’t see apple being any better other than they are local. But going through your carrier is local too.

          • Yeah there are plenty more features I haven’t mentioned. Not going to list them all for you. Just giving examples of what’s out there. But seriously I’m not bashing apple but people who are on apple won’t look at anything else because they think nothing could be better. That’s their job. They don’t want you leaving but android has so much to offer that if you don’t at least check it out you may miss out on something that may really enhance your life. Work or play. Don’t get me wrong apple does a nice job but wouldn’t you rather have a choice than be locked into one choice. With android you can pick so many different phones and get features that are on one but not the other but at the end of the day is still android and you know how it works and what to expect.

          • And your not giving all your money to one company. You are giving it to the one that suits you at that time or if you find one specific company that you like you stick with them but you at least have a choice. That’s the beauty of android. I seem to always end up with Samsung because they do a really nice job. But android is android no matter who customizes it or who puts their name on it- HTC, Samsung, Sony, LG etc etc……

          • Well I’m glad I can help. I laugh at most reviews because rather than be subjective and just put the information out there and let you decide there’s always one or the other saying how much better one is over the other. Every one is different and so are their needs. And I strongly believe that some reviews are totally based on money that was paid to them to day how great a product is. You decide for yourself im just giving you the information as best I can. But is apple really that good that you won’t even look elsewhere? I have used many apple products before and I have to say there is no way.

          • I have a galaxy note 1 gt-n7000 from gingerbread to icecream and now siting on jellybean 4.1.2 Splitscreen multitask was implemented on the update, Its Fantastic its 3 years old now and im thinking of upgradeing. Never a hicup! funny thing is the latest iphone 6plus has a 1.4ghz processor dual core with 1gb of ram these are the specs of the note 1 User experience is better on Android as tests have revealed ios apps crash twice as much as Android. User experience is better for me on this device…

  2. This is one of the best articles i have read, i luv the way he started the review, it always erked me when they would compare a 3.5 inch iphone to 5inch android and say the iphone wins as its better in the hand, Right back at ya baby! True True and all True. this review puts the iphone 6 plus back in its ancient box! its just 2011 tech in a 2014 box with a bit of apple magic dust! 975 mb on the iphone is the bigest joke on consumers in history, yes the iphone can do 1 thing at a time and manage ok, but seriously cant multitask at all. I use split screen multitask while on a call, while on the phone im also in split screen mode sending pics to person on phone, as well as chating in msgs on the other screen! i couldnt go back to something that couldnt do this or shutdown as of a lack of ram! Why dosent apple at least give 2 gb ram on its biger iphone, and dont say it dosent need it! All processors need it since the dawn of computers! Its called cost cuting on a prenium device. The uneducated get all they deserve!

    • Good bye Iphone… The only place you will ever score big is with your founder, go and join him.. He won’t be coming back to save you this time around…

  3. Ahhh….The Wonderful World of SONY…..nothing like it! This unit will blow you away with its insane features. Yes, the educated do get what they pay for.

  4. Sony went from being behind on every level to suddenly coming ahead, beating Samsung and HTC to offering the premium Android phone.

    This phone beats the brand new Apple thingies in nearly every aspect. The fact that this is device has a water and dustproof body and *still* has less weight, smaller volume, bigger battery and greater performance than the premium Apple offering is no short of impressive. Offering 4 new top-line devices in 18 months is risky, but the gamble may just pay off.

    The Apple brand and the “must-have” factor is still strong enough to trumpf silly things like “specs”, “performance tests” and “price” – but with more phones like the Z3 the Apple luster may loose its shine eventually. Sadly, that is not yet…

  5. “When it comes to specs, we give the clear win here to the Xperia Z3. ”

    ???

    A8 = Super Smartphone SoC.

    Seems that you are not informed…

    Is a Pentium 4 better than a Core 2 Duo because it has more MHz and maybe Cores? No!

    • Apparently, you’re the uninformed person.

      Apple had to place a “motion coprocessor” in its iPhone. Wait! What happened to the “magical powers” of the dual-core processor? I thought it could carry the weight of iOS without any additional help! lol

      Apparently the company’s own addition of the motion coprocessor is Apple’s way of saying, “those quad-core processors are what the iPhone needs.” Why is it that you and other iSheep are too blind to see that?

      • Running a co-processor would be more energy efficient and perform specific tasks better than a GP-CPU, similar to the Moto X. Anyway, I’ve been an iPhone user for 5 years now and Apple owned back in the day but now I’m going to give android a shot with T-Mobile’s friendly return policy. Since you seem like a Sammy fellow, have a look at the Note 4 hands-on video from IFA. It lags like crazy even on SD 805 (maybe its just a pre-production unit) I’m not sure about my next device – Z3, Note 4 or the next Nexus…

        • If you saw lag I didn’t see it. Check out YouTube on android authoritys first look at the note 4. If you see lag you are crazy. You really shouldn’t even compare the iPhone 6 or 6 plus to this thing. It’s leagues ahead of any apple products!!!! This thing is out of this world. Ordering the note 4 tomorrow!

          • I saw the same video. It goes in circles and lags on the S-Note when its running an OCR on the camera capture. The wait time is horrendous. Just swiping through home screens quickly doesnt make it a “fast” device. Although a google play edition would be great. I appreciate its features but the fact that the UI isn’t fluid is a deal breaker for me. Again, the retail units could be better. So I would use it in a t-mo store and find out!

          • Not sure what ocr is but every single review I read or watch says the same thing. No matter what you throw at this phone no lag no stutter not even touch wiz slows it down. That thing is blazing! But remember it’s multitasking all kinds of shit! Not just one thing at a time like I phone. Still no lag at all whatsoever. Let me guess you know more than the people on every site who are reviewing an actual in hand note 4. Typical iPhone idiot! You make no sense

          • LOL You are a typical example of “where reasoning dies, tirades begin” You don’t even know what OCR is, I have no interest in this discussion anymore…

          • Yeah I know what it is. But never seen it abbreviated. IPhone doesn’t do that obviously. So you expect that phone to instantly turn a photograph of handwriting into a editable file. That’s some major processing going on there. Does iPhone even do that? Oh that’s right because that’s the only phone ever to do that! It’s amazing is even offered

    • But what you aren’t informed about apparently is apples 2 cores are not regular size. They are giant oversized cores which by the way are just like 4 smaller cores without the multitasking abilities. So a comparison with you saying well apple is fast with only a dual core is definitely not saying anything is better. They just do it differently. And apple uses more cache memory than most so that helps with speed. But while the current quad core snapdragon 805 isn’t necessarily faster in benchmarks the difference is very minimal if at all when using phone vs phone. But where the snapdragon does murder apple is graphics. The quad-core snapdragon 805 blows the A8 chip away. And also by the way snapdragon 805 does all of the things apples A8 and motion coprocessor does in 1 soc. They have a strong enough single processor to do all of that multitasking instead of needing an extra chip to do it. Apparently the A8 couldn’t do all of that. See apple isn’t way better and snapdragon isn’t way better. They each are great in what they do. But remember 64 bit chips are next so when that happens next year with android L we shall see who wins. I’ll bet apple does a little bit more because the competition is going to be intense.I’ll bet apple bumps up the ram and offers multitasking by next year Cuz if they don’t they will be left in the dust.

  6. Anyone can do a side-by-side comparison of stats but how about a real hands on review with actual day to day usage compared? How does the OS work? how easy is it to integrate multiple email addresses and manage them daily? How many updates will this phone receive before being dumped and left behind by its developers? This article needs more impersonal sentences to even be called a comparison since its obviously bias from the start. I’m still looking for real reasons not to get a new iPhone for my upcoming upgrade.

    • It’s funny how iPhone users call articles like these “bias” when the article disagrees with them. In the same way Apple provided larger displays and proved that the Android display trend was right, they’ll do the same thing for RAM — but you won’t get it until the iPhone 20! hahaha

  7. Nice comparison.
    I can’t believe that my new iPhone 6+ has the same amount of RAM as my tiny, two year old iPhone 5!
    I’ve already noticed that if I’m web browsing, do something else, then open safari again, it has to reload the pages.
    I’m seriously considering selling my new phone and getting the z3. Since the 6+ is back ordered til November, I bet I can make a profit 🙂

  8. According to the last Phone Arena battery tests, the Z3 provided about 4 hours more of SOT than the iPhone 6+. Sony is the real MVP this year.

  9. this article is not 100% accurate, the phones are compared based on specs alone without actual tests.

    for example, phonearena tested z3 to last 9hrs 30mins and iphone6+ to last 6hr 30mins on their battery test. z3 series has been crowned the king of battery breaking all previous records set by any phones. iphone6+ dont even come close to z3.

    and i also wonder why the article would even say that A8 processor would perform faster than SD801? in actual benchmarks A8 falls behind 801 by quite a margin. You could argue iOS8 performs faster but that dont automatically means everything runs faster on the phone. when application is the bottleneck instead of the OS which is the biggest concern, the faster processor here would stand out. And multitasking, need i say more? with only 1gb of ram you can be sure the iphones will lag terribly when you are playing games on your phone as your apps are in the background updating itselves and all your browser data would have to reload again when it couldnt cache itself in that small 1gb memory.

    You also didnt compare the price, iphone6+ which performs lesser actually cost much more than the z3.

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