The Note 3 and the Z1 are recent additions to the arsenal of devices marketed by Samsung and Sony. Generally speaking, Samsung is having far more success than any other manufacturer, but has Sony done enough to make the Z1 a worthy competitor?
The Note 3 is referred to as a phablet, which is a phone/tablet cross, because of its large screen size (5.7”). The original Note was not very successful; the Note 2 was far more highly regarded; while the Note 3 is certain to be very popular. The large screen makes web browsing very easy, and is extremely good for watching videos. The stylus can be used for taking notes which can be converted into printed text via built-in OCR. It is a big phone, so for most tasks, such as texting, you will need to use both hands. The AMOLED display produces rich colours and deep black levels and makes it very bright and vivid – almost too bright for some cartoon videos. Samsung has thrown in a lot of apps to make use of the large screen – showing them side-by-side for example – and to help with using the S Pen for note taking, drawing, etc.
The Z1 is an upgrade to the original Xperia Z released about six months ago. The main changes between the two are: an improved chassis, a much faster processor; a dedicated camera-shutter button; and a jump in camera size from 13MP to 20MP. The 20MP camera may sound impressive, but tests have shown that the images it produces are not particularly special as the image processing software leaves a lot to be desired. The Z1 is completely waterproof, able to sit at 1.5 metres depth for up to 30 minutes. You won’t have to worry about dropping it into a bath full of water. The display is very sharp, with crystal-clear pictures, although the viewing angles are rather restricted causing blacks to turn into muddy greys and colours looking washed out. You can easily hold the Z1 in one hand to use for such things as texting. Sony has also added a number of apps and heavily tweaked the user interface – which may delay future Android updates.
Both of these are premium devices, selling for top dollars. Which is best for you? If you can cope with the larger size, the Note 3 is particularly worth looking at. If you want a smaller but very advanced phone, then perhaps the Z1 is the one for you. But don’t forget to check the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One.
- Note 3 Dimensions 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3mm – Weight 168g
- Z1 Dimensions 144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm – Weight 169g
- Note 3 5.7” full HD (1920 x 1080) with S Pen stylus
- Z1 5.0” full HD (1920 x 1080)
- Note 3 N9000 (3G only) – Quad core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7
N9005 (3G and LTE) – Quad core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
- Z1 Quad core 2.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8974
- Note 3 Android 4.3
- Z1 Android 4.2
- Note 3 3200mAh
- Z1 3000mAh
- Note 3 Rear: 13MP Front: 2MP
- Z1 Rear: 20MP Front: 2 MP
- Note 3 RAM: 3GB Flash: 32/64GB GB ; slot for microSD card up to 64 GB
- Z1 RAM: 2GB Flash: Up to 16 GB ; slot for microSD card up to 64 GB
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