Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Samsung, Sony & LG: In-depth Comparison

Sony Xperia Z1 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs LG G2

We have seen many amazing phone releases at this year’s IFA 2013 at Berlin. Let’s look at the three most anticipated android phone releases of this year’s IFA, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G2, and the Sony Xperia Z1.

These android smartphones are all set to wage war against each other. Let’s do a quick comparison of all the three phones to find out who comes out victorious this year. This is Note 3 vs G2 vs Z1

Design: On the design front, we have seen changes from all the three phones. The LG G2 has thickness of 8.9 mm thick, the G2 has a very thin bezel, with rounded corners and it feels super awesome in the hand. LG has come up with a very bold design of placing all the buttons on the back of the phone which makes it very thin, but it does take time to get used to the buttons on the back of the phone. Even with a bigger display of 5.2”The LG design-wise looks amazingly like the Galaxy S4 even with a bigger display and it certainly doesn’t feel like the phablet.


Sony has continued their design with respect to the Xperia Z and Z ultra, with very similar design. The Xperia Z1 has a 5.2 inch TFT display, it has one piece aluminum frame with the tempered glass build. Also the Xperia Z1 is IP 58 certified i.e. water resistant and dust resistant. The Xperia Z1 is very thin at 8.5 mm thickness and weighs in at 170 gms. It has no physical buttons on the phone. Also the design comes with a dedicated camera button as the main selling point for the phone is the 20.7 MP camera, which we will get to later.  

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 design surprisingly is quite different than the Galaxy S4. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes with 5.7 inch Super Amoled Screen with Squared corners as opposed to the Galaxy S4 with one physical button. Also Samsung has finally done away with the Glossy back cover, though still plastic the back cover has a better look and feel to it and it feels very premium in the hands. The Note 3 is bigger than the rest of the two, still thickness is measured at an amazing 8.3 mm, and it also weighs in at 168 gm, lighter than the Xperia Z1.

I don’t think in today’s world, we will ever be able to judge a phone by its design, but undoubtedly the Xperia Z1 and the LG G2 stand out in terms of their looks and design. Though LG G2 has all the buttons on the back of the phone, I think it is pretty innovative and useful, though it does take a little time to get used to it. There is no clear winner in terms of the design, and we will let you choose which design you like and it will depend on everyone’s taste and personal preferences.

Let’s take a head-to-head look at the specifications of these three smartphones:

Sony Xperia Z1
Samusng Galaxy Note 3
5.2 inch full HD IPS+LCD Display (424 ppi)
5 inch full HD TFT Triluminous Display with Mobile Bravia Engine 2 (441 ppi)
5.7 inch Full HD Super AmoLED Display with 386 ppi
Sony Xperia Z1 because of the Mobile Bravia Engine, the images are sharper and natural colors are displayed. More vivid colors on the other two phones
2.26 GHz Quallcomm Snapdragon 800
2.2 KHz Quallcomm Snapdragon 800
2.3 GHz Quallcomm Snapdragon (800 U.S.)
1.9 GHz Octa-Core Exynos processor for International versions.
Though very close, I think we should give the edge to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Adreno 330
Adreno 330
Adreno 330
It’s a Tie
2 GB
2 GB
3 GB
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
16/32 GB,
No Micro SD Card Slot
16 GB with Micro SD Card Slot
32/64 GB with Micro SD Card Slot
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
3000 mAh
3000 mAh
3200 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
13 MP camera with OIS
(2.1 MP Rear)
20.7 MP camera with OIS and 4k recording (2 MP Rear)
13 MP Camera with OIS and 4K recording (2 MP Rear)
Sony Xperia Z1
Operating System
4.2 Jellybean
4.3 Jellybean (Timescape UI)
4.3 Jelly Bean (Touchwiz UI)
It’s a Tie.
Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC
4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC
4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC
It’s a Tie.

Overall, I would like to say that while choosing a phone, you have to look at what exactly are you trying to achieve out of it. If it’s a camera phone you require with excellent display, the Sony Xperia Z1 would be perfect coming with a 20.7 MP Camera with Exymor R Sensor.

But overall, I would like to say that I am pretty impressed with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the clear winner for me in this shootout of Android Giants would be the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The seamless integration of the S-pen along with a truly magnificent 5.7 inch Full HD Super AMOLED display just raises itself from the competition and I think the Note 3 will be the hottest selling Android phone for the remainder of the year.

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