Xperia Z3 vs iPhone 6 comparison review

Xperia Z3 vs iPhone 6 comparison: specs

Let's start with the important stuff: raw processing power. The Xperia Z3 comes with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor - no 64-bit here in preparation for Android L. It is clocked at 2.5GHz and paired with 3GB of RAM.

The iPhone 6 comes with an Apple A8 processor. But don't be fooled by the Apple branding, this is a dual-core chip running at 1.4 GHz. And it has only 1GB RAM.

So the Xperia is measurably more powerful than the iPhone. If power is your thing, there is no contest here. However, if you live for speed and responsiveness rather than processor numbers it is worth pointing out that in our use we found them both super fast handsets. Indeed, the iPhone's synthetic benchmark scores are excellent.

It is possible that if you run multiple high-power processes the Sony will be more capable, of course. Perhaps we could posit that the Xperia is better for high-end gaming, too. Difficult to tell. For more on speed benchmarks, see What's the fastest smartphone 2014?

We've discussed onboard storage options before, but it is important to point out that the Sony offers external storage in the shape of MicroSD card slot that can take up to 128GB. Apple doesn't like expandable storage - it says - because it may affect performance. That attitude increasingly feels anachronistic and we'd much prefer the Sony's take on this subject. Give us expandable storage, Apple!

Both the iPhone 6 and the Xperia Z3 offer 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, and both are LTE 4G phones. The Xperia Z3 has a non-removable Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery, the iPhone 6 a non-removable Li-Po 1810 mAh battery. Clearly that iPhone battery is smaller, but remember that the benefit of a less powerful processor and less RAM is that the iPhone 6 will draw less power. And the biggest killer of battery life? A big display. On which...

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Xperia Z3 vs iPhone 6 comparison: display

The Sony Xperia Z3 has an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen boasting 16M colours. It's a 5.2in display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. That gives a pixel density of 424 ppi - not up there with the best QuadHD displays, but impressive nonetheless. Sony also offers its solidly impressive display technology including Triluminos and X-Reality (intuitive contrast enhancement). These sound impressive - I can't say as I know exactly what they mean. I can say that the Xperia Z3 has an impressive looking screen.

In the case of the iPhone 6 we find a 4.7in display. It is an LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen with - yes- just the 16M colours. You get, as you would expect, shatter proof glass with an oleophobic coating. Into this display is packed 750 x 1334 pixels, making for a pixel density of 326ppi. This is very much an iPhone screen: sharp and colourful, with realistic colour reproduction and good viewing angles.

Both good displays, but put them side-by-side and we have to say we prefer the Sony's. Sorry Apple, but you've been losing ground on this score since you started spouting nonsense about Retinas. (See also: iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus comparison: which new iPhone is best?)

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