The Sony Xperia Z3 and the LG G3 found their entry into the market in 2014 along with various other smartphones and phablets.
While LG made its smartphone available between May and July, it took a few months more for Sony to release its device in September. While the two gadgets are not medium priced, they are not quite overpriced either. Both the smartphones support only one SIM card. The Xperia Z3 is designed to work using a nano-SIM whilst the G3 incorporates a micro-SIM. Both manufacturers offer their smartphones in a wide range of colors.
Design, Body Material, Dimensions and Weight
The two mobile devices sport the candy bar form factor and find their place among the big sized smartphones. Featuring an aluminum frame that is uniformly rounded, symmetrical design and tempered glass panels, the Z3 is waterproof and dust resistant with IP 68 certification. In comparison, the G3 has a polycarbonate body topping a metallic skin that gives it a brushed finish. Featuring the volume control and power buttons on the side, the Z3 has an additional camera shutter button.
With respect to the size factor, the difference is hardly noticeable. The size of the Sony smartphone is about 146.5 x 72 x 7.3mm when compared to the LG smartphone sized at approximately 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm. Weighing close to 152g, the Sony Xperia Z3 is just about a couple of grams heavier than the LG G3.
Verdict: There is no scoring over the other between the two smartphones as regard to ease of holding in hand due to size or weight. But if you want to own an elegant looking classy smartphone, the Xperia Z3 is definitely a good choice.
Screen Display and Resolution
The marginal increase in overall dimensions makes the 5.2 inch screen of the Sony gadget a tad smaller than the 5.5 inch screen of LG’s offering. The display technology is IPS LCD in both the gadgets with the addition of a Triluminous display technology in the Z3. However, the Sony Xperia Z3 opts for a Quad HD resolution contrasting the Full HD resolution in the LG G3. The Sony’s Z3 has a pixel resolution and a pixel density of 1080 x 1920 and 424ppi respectively as against the 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution and 538ppi in LG’s G3. Apart from common light and proximity sensors, the LG G3 houses a scratch-resistant glass and oleophobic coating.
Verdict: Without doubt, the LG G3 reigns supreme considering the screen feature. Other than the higher pixel resolution and pixel density, contributing to sharper and clearer images and text, the coating on the display and the scratch resistant factor give it a great advantage.
With camera always being Sony’s scoring point, the manufacturer ensures that its Xperia Z3 has a primary rear 20.7MP camera with LED flash. The corresponding camera in the LG G3 is a 13MP snapper featuring dual LED flash. While the two cameras can record same type videos and share many common features, there are some differences too. The Sony camera incorporates a CMOS image sensor whilst the LG camera supports optical image stabilization and voice activation. Both cameras have provisions for taking decent shots in low light. As far as the secondary front snapper is concerned, the pixel value is more or less identical in both cases. The Z3 has a 2.2MP snapper with HDR capability and the G3 has a 2.1MP camera. They record the same quality videos.
Verdict: With more pixels in its rear snapper, the Sony Xperia Z3 definitely produces better class shots. Also, its camcorder supports more interesting features like taking pictures and recording videos simultaneously and video recording.
The two gadgets come loaded with the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, quad core Krait 400 processor clocked at 2.5GHz and Adreno 330 graphics processor. The Sony Xperia is available only as a single option of 3GB RAM and 16GB ROM as storage. You can choose from two variations when you pick up the LG G3. One choice is picking up a LG G3 with 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM. The other option LG provides its users is a G3 with 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM. With memory cards, you can enhance either phone’s memory up to 128GB.
The two smartphones function on Android’s KitKat operating system. While Sony additionally uses the latest Xperia UI, LG tends to prefer the up to date version of the Optimus UI.
Verdict: The two gadgets get equal rating with respect to their configuration, but avid gamers would tend to give the Xperia Z3 thumbs up as it can be connected to a PlayStation 4. This will make the gaming experience truly memorable.