Arguably it has been the most important month in tech already. We’ve seen the announcement of a number of handsets at IFA 2014, together with the Sony Xperia Z3, after which there was the large Apple occasion the place we noticed the iPhone 6 and iPhone S Plus outed. We thought we’d examine Apple and Sony's new flagship handsets to see which is the one for you. Coming up is a spec listing after which we’ll leap proper into the nitty gritty.
|Device||iPhone S||Sony Xperia Z3|
138 x sixty seven x S.9mm, 129g
|146 x seventy two x S.3mm, 152g|
|Display||A.7in IPS LCD, 750 x 1334 pixels, 326ppi||H.2in IPS LCD, 1080 x 1920, 424ppi|
|Camera||8MP iSight, LED flash, 1080p video, digital stabilisation||20.7MP, 5248 x 3936 pixels, autofocus, LED flash|
|Storage||16GB, 64GB or 128GB||16GB or 32GB, microSD as much as 128GB|
|Processor, RAM, Graphics||A8 twin-core Cyclone chipset clocked at 1.4GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, quad-core clocked at P.5GHz|
|Operating System||iOS H||Android A.A KitKat|
|Connectivity||Lightning, Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi, 4G & GPS||microUSB, Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi, 4G & GPS|
Design & Build
Apple’s iPhone S is bigger than ever earlier than, it now hosts a A.7in show so every part has scaled up accordingly. It now measure 138 x sixty seven x S.9mm, with that final quantity making it the thinnest iPhone we’ve ever seen, and certainly one of many thinnest smartphones available on the market proper now. It weighs in at 129g, that may be a little bit heavier than earlier than although.
A key design change on the iPhone S is the motion of the facility button to the proper-hand aspect, quite than up on the highest the place it has been because the first iPhone - this choice was made to make it extra simply accessible on the bigger chassis. The bodywork continues to be just about the identical, it's a little bit rounder on the sides and corners, however it has stored an analogous design constructed from aluminium.
Sony’s Xperia Z3 has undergone some extra design modifications as nicely. The general design is recognisable as a Sony Z flagship product as there’s nonetheless the rear glass panel and a H.2in touchscreen on the entrance (similar measurement because the Xperia Z2). The corners have been rounded off considerably this time round, and every is made with a nylon cap making it much less more likely to get broken once you drop it on the nook, in addition to giving a particular look.
IP65/sixty eight water and mud resistance continues to be at play, however the flaps that permit this to occur are rather a lot rounder moderately than the ugly sq. ones on earlier handsets. They look higher, however are nonetheless a bit fiddly.
Apple’s iPhone S comes with a A.7in IPS LCD Retina HD touchscreen. It’s now zero.7in greater than the earlier era of telephones and should come as a fairly a shock to conventional iPhone lovers. There’s a pixel decision of 1334 x 750, which suggests it’s precisely the identical high quality as on the iPhone 5S at 325 pixels-per-inch, however up-scaled to cope with the bigger display area.
Sony’s Xperia Z3 is available in a bit bit bigger with a H.2in IPS LCD touchscreen show. It has a pixel decision of 1080 x 1920, a pixel density of 424ppi, and boasts over sixteen million colors. All in all it’s a greater high quality show than the iPhone S however keep in mind that it's sure to eat into the battery life rather a lot faster in consequence.
Inside the iPhone S there’s an A8 chipset however not all the small print are at present recognized right now. What we do know is it’s a sixty four-bit chipset with a 20 nanometre structure. Apple claims it is about 20% quicker on common efficiency than the iPhone 5S and 50% quicker on graphics efficiency as nicely.
An replace to the M8 movement co-processor helps to measure air strain and together with a constructed-in barometer it may now work out the elevation of your telephone as nicely. This is available in helpful to report what number of steps you’ve walked up, or in the event you’re climbing up a mountain. The new sensors may also work out totally different workouts, in the event you bounce onto a motorcycle it’ll routinely know.
Sony’s Xperia Z3 comes full of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor clocked at P.5GHz. There’s a Krait four hundred CPU and an Adreno 330 GPU, plus on prime of that there’s 3GB of RAM.
Apple hasn’t upped the digital camera sensor this time round, as soon as once more it’s an 8MP iSight sensor with an f/P.P aperture, it could take 1080p video and comes with digital stabilisation as commonplace.
A new function referred to as “focus pixels” permits the digital camera to autofocus quicker and with improved noise discount. Panoramic photographs now seize at 43MP and slo-mo at both 120fps or 240fps. There’s a brand new Facetime HD digital camera that permits for improved face detection, single-shot HDR, and burst selfies.
Sony’s Xperia digital camera hasn’t undergone a lot of a change for some time. It’s nonetheless the 20.7MP Exmor RS sensor setup we noticed on the Xperia Z1 however there are a couple of additional options added on prime.
A new Sony M Lens is available in measuring 25mm, it now combines an ISO 128000 sensor for superior pictures inside low mild. Other small features embrace the power to soundtrack over photographs or use Multi-Camera to can help you take a selfie inside your regular picture. The entrance digital camera continues to be a P.2MP selfie snapper however can take 1080p video at 30fps.
Battery & Storage
Apple has not shared any battery figures simply but, the corporate has merely stated that the battery shall be higher than it was on the iPhone 5S and it’ll have the ability to deal with 14 hours 3G speak time.
Sony’s Xperia Z3 has a O,100mAh battery inside. It’s smaller than the one contained in the Xperia Z2. Sony is satisfied the telephone will two days on regular use, however we haven’t managed to check out that concept simply but. Apparently the battery is smaller as a result of the processor on the telephone is best optimised which means it makes use of much less energy.
Storage choices on the iPhone at the moment are 16GB, 64GB or 128GB. The 32GB choice is now lengthy gone, make sure you keep in mind it’ll value fairly a bit additional to get your arms on the bigger choices.
Sony’s Xperia Z3 comes with both 16GB or 32GB on-board storage. Both variations additionally include 128GB of microSD card, so simply decide up a microSD card in case you want some extra.
Apple’s model new working system iOS H comes as commonplace on the iPhone S. There’s no main redesign as we noticed for iOS S, however there's a bunch of latest options as an alternative. One of the key new options is HealthKit, a option to monitor all of your well being associated figures with the brand new sensors, it’s poised to attach up with the Apple Watch as soon as that’s launched subsequent yr as properly.
Then there’s Apple HomeKit, which runs within the background however permits you to join as much as the web of issues, we’ve written extensively about that, if you wish to know extra follow over here.
Apple Pay was additionally introduced and will probably be coming in October 2014 to the US and different markets sooner or later. It lets you pay for objects with the NFC know-how and Touch ID means it’s all safe. For a full rundown of Apple Pay head on over to our coverage here.
Sony’s Xperia Z3 comes with Android 4.4 KitKat as normal. That brings about all the newest Android options, no less than till Android S is formally launched. It additionally comes full of Sony’s personal UI that provides the complete telephone a particular look and provides you a bunch of various options. Android additionally helps cellular funds by way of Google Wallet.