Both manufacturers make very similar phones, but Samsung’s Z3 is a bit more powerful. While Sony opted not to take advantage of the Snapdragon 805 chipset, the Z3 has an extra gigabyte of RAM, which may not benefit you in the real world. That extra RAM will ensure that future Android updates run smoothly. Sony’s Z3 is a bit older than the S5, but both phones offer similar specs.
Both devices feature super-tall designs, but the Sony Xperia 1 has a more slender overall look. The Samsung Galaxy S10 has a punch-hole for viewing your phone’s camera, but it’s less distracting than the Xperia 1. The Xperia 1 has a taller display than the Galaxy S10. While both phones are great media players, Sony’s budget Xperia L4 has a better user experience and a slightly more premium design.
The Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z3 are both ruggedised against water and dust. The Z3 is more robust than the S5, with IP68 certification for thirty minutes in 1.5m of water. While Samsung has embraced metal with the Note 4 and Galaxy Alpha, the S5 is all plastic. It feels sturdy, but it’s not premium. Regardless, Sony is the way to go if you’re looking for a new phone.
Both smartphones offer good battery life, with the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus having a bigger battery than the Sony Galaxy S20. The two phones are not quite as similar when it comes to camera functionality, but the S20 Plus is slightly better at capturing images. Both phones have impressive camera quality. But if you’re a media buff, you might want to consider the Xperia 1 II instead. But it’s still a bit expensive for a phone that doesn’t have a premium price tag.