Xperia Z3 vs iPhone 6 comparison review

Xperia Z3 vs iPhone 6 comparison: design and build

The Xperia Z3 utilises the by now classic styling of an Xperia smartphone: square shape, side mounted buttons and rounded sides. It continues the combination of glass and aluminium, with the introduction of nylon corners which should prevent damage in the occasion of dropping the phone.

Sony continues to offer a dust- and waterproof design so that means all ports apart from the headphone jack are underneath flaps. The phone is IP68 rated which is slightly higher on the dust side of things and can be submerged in 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes. You'll notice that new colours are available beyond black and white so you'll be able to choose from copper or silver green too.

The new Xperia Z3 is 7.3 mm thick and weighs 152 g. However, at 72 x 146 mm it's still a big phone. By contrast at 138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm the iPhone 6 is certainly not a small phone, but it is uncommonly thin, and smaller than the Xperia Z3 in general. And 129 g is very light for a large-screen smartphone: much as you would expect from Apple. If you want a big-screen handset with a smaller chassis, you are going to choose the iPhone over the Sony.

The iPhone 6 is a very different device from the iPhones of the past four years. The new phones have rounded edges - not just the metal, but the edges of the glass front are curved. This and the overall thinness make it a very comfortable fit in the hand.

In general then we prefer the iPhone's build and design over the Xperia Z3's, but the Sony phone is indisputably more robust, as well as water- and dust-proof. You won't need a case for it in the way that you will the iPhone 6. Big and bulky or nicer looking but potentially more breakable. You decide.

Xperia Z3

Xperia Z3 vs iPhone 6 comparison: cameras

The iPhone 6 sports an 8Mp rear-facing main camera that can capture video up to 1080p at 60fps, and 720p at 240fps. The Xperia Z3 by contrast offers a 20.7 Mp camera that captures video up to 2160p at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps, and 720p at 120fps. It's also an HDR video camera.

Around the front both boths have webcams, the iPhone's being a 1.2Mp camera and the Sony's a 2.2Mp. You cannot fully judge a camera by its specs, and we haven't fully tested either phone camera. So that's all we can say about that.

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Xperia Z3 vs iPhone 6 comparison: software

Android vs iOS is a conundrum. Android isn't like it used to be: if you are new to the smartphone game there's no obvious winner. These are the two most popular and best mobile operating systems around so it's about picking which one is right for you.

In essence, if you are a long-term iOS user you are probably best off sticking with what you know. You have after all almost certainly spent a lot of cash on apps that you'll have to spend again in Android. But it is worth considering that your iTunes music files will work in Android, and Android offers the opportunity of shopping around for music, movies, books and TV shows. See also: Just another opinion about Apple's new iPhones.

Xperia Z3 vs iPhone 6 comparison: which is best?

Two great smartphones toward the top of the tree, if you are an Apple fanboy you will wish to stay iTunes and the App Store. Fandroids will swear by the Sony on this one. Unusually, Apple is marginally cheaper, but the Xperia Z3 is ahead on almost all quantifiable metrics. That's where we would put our money, principally because of the expandable storage, better display and more robust build. But the iPhone 6 is a big step forward for Apple, and it is by no means a bad deal.

OUR VERDICT

Two great smartphones toward the top of the tree, if you are an Apple fanboy you will wish to stay iTunes and the App Store. Fandroids will swear by the Sony on this one. Unusually, Apple is marginally cheaper, but the Xperia Z3 is ahead on almost all quantifiable metrics. That's where we would put our money, principally because of the expandable storage, better display and more robust build. But the iPhone 6 is a big step forward for Apple, and it is by no means a bad deal.