Xperia Z3 vs iPhone 6 comparison review

Sony vs Apple is a classic battle. Two of the top, premium tech manufacturers with hardcore fans - guaranteed to be annoyed by this comparison. But it's an important comparison. It is rare that both Apple and Sony update their flagship smartphones at the same time, rare indeed that Sony and Apple go head to head in any market.

Xperia Z3 vs iPhone 6

And the Sony Xperia Z3 and iPhone 6 are important releases for their manufacturers. Manufacturers such as LG, HTC and Samsung have arguably moved ahead of Sony, and definitely left behind Apple, over recent years, in terms of the all-round packages contained in their flagship smartphones.

It doesn't seem to have affected either Sony- or Apple's market share or profitability, but as the smartphone market matures the next couple of years is likely to prove critical to the ongoing fortunes of both of these tech giants.

Here then we compare the brand new flagship smartphones from Sony and Apple. It's the Xperia Z3 vs the iPhone 6 based on our tests, the specifications, and our reading of the market. Here's our Xperia Z3 vs iPhone 6 smartphone comparison review.

Xperia Z3 vs iPhone 6 comparison: UK price and availability

The interesting thing to note here is the change in the market. Where once the iPhone was the expensive phone, and Android handsets competed on price, now Apple's phone just about fits in on price and value. Indeed, in this case you could argue that with comparable storage the iPhone 6 is cheaper than is the Xperia Z3.

The iPhone 6 starts at £539 inc VAT for the 16GB model. You will likely need more space than that, and the 64GB will set you back £619, £699 gets you a 128GB iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 has just gone on sale, and is widely available throughout the UK, although you may find stocks limited for the next few weeks. (For more on buying the iPhone 6, see Where to buy iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the UK: Price, pre-orders, deals and contracts.)

The Xperia Z3 will go on sale in the UK at some stage in September 2014 at £549 inc VAT for the 16GB model. There is a 32GB model likely to be available in some territories, not yet confirmed for the UK.

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