Note 3 is the best smartphone of the year, undisputed, 3rd year straight for samsung.
Even with the OIS(lg) and 20Mp(z1), note 3's camera still beat them :)
Where are the Lg and Sony fanboys, G2 beat iphone 5s, but Note 3 beats G2, ultimately Note3 is way better than the 5S. :)
Anonymous, 18 Oct 2013Z1 has many things better than the rest 1) Excellent build quality 2) Waterproof 3) Dust ... moreActually the Z1battery life is pretty average if you look at he tests. On your other points you are really scraping the bottom of the barrel looking for advantages.
I think Sony must continue to get better and better.
They have done a great job, regarding the fact that they are in smartphone contest just for two years and right now they are among the bests.
Some aspects still need improvement:
1. Screen: i think they must continue making some great ones like that of ZU.
2. Software optimization: specially in camera department.
3. Battery: Sony uses juicy batteries but their endurance is weak. I think the main reason is their screen type.
4. Bezels: I think big bezels in late models is somehow disappointing. It makes the phone ugly and more important, hard to handle.
5. Design: although Sony has started its so called Omniballance design just in 2013, they need to change it soon in order not to get boring like what Sammy has done these last years.
And finally about the review: I love you GSMArena.
You're the most unbiased site i ever seen. keep making such great review.
Andrew Tan, 18 Oct 2013HTC is pretty smooth, I agree on that, HTC skins is still heavy but HTC always great in optimi... moreI don't believe you own all these Sony devices. If you really have, you won't complain about the screen quality. It's excellent. Even though I don't own them, I tried playing at show room, I already find their screen excellent. I don't find viewing angle an issue at all. Don't find any valid reason for the viewing angle bashing.
Andrew Tan, 18 Oct 2013Z1 beside great camera, what else still Z1 left and better than another 2? None actually.
S... moreZ1 has many things better than the rest
1) Excellent build quality
3) Dust proof
5) Excellent low light performance
6) Hardware camera button
7) Speaker at back of phone (not covered by phone itself)
8) Excellent battery life
9) No need stylus
10) Good design
I'll go for g2.
A bigger screen always means alot to me, but the snapdragon 800 version of note3 Is not available in our region, so g2 it is.
P.s: great review, well done Gsmarena!
Thanks for your detailed review. After reading, I have decided to buy Xperia Z1 based on your review :)
Recently I got time to spend with all the three smartphones. To come straight to the point the note 3 is a phablet. if you don't mind the size and the fact that it is much more expensive that the other lot go for it.. the Sony Z1 is definitely the weakest of the three in terms of overall package.. I mean its as big as the note 3 and its bezels are huge and still offers only a 5 inch display which is no match to the display of the G2 or N3.. so for me.. the best smartphone in today's market with brilliant performance, good camera and abundant software to back it up is the great LG G2. I mean its has a brilliant screen, the size is sleek.. plus the battery it offers is outstanding considering the frame.. A big thumbs up for the G2.. The costumers love you..
just calm down people, sony only aim for 3rd position not 1st / 2nd :)
so with Z1, for me sony already achieve 3rd position (based on current gsm arena review). maybe in 2014 sony climb up to 2nd position.. who knows since 2013 is a new begining for Sony Mobile and they already did great job.
sandykick, 18 Oct 2013a great battle between all three monsters, i never gonna choose a phablet its always out of my... moreeven if note 3 is a phablet, it is the thinnest n the lightest of the three...
Andrew Tan, 18 Oct 2013Just finish watching the video you post up, it just waste my time. The video is showing out... moreReally that was only one video I posted there are several I could of posted and what I don't like are ppl who think I'm bashing Samsung I am not all, there is constructive criticism and Samsung needs to revamp touchwiz and unless you Note 3 owners disable all those stupid gimmicks you don't use as time progresses the lag will become more apparent and for the anonymous guy saying note 3 is king I don't dispute that cause that's probably true but don't come and give Samsung free points where it clearly suffers most and that's with touchwiz that takes up more than 70mb of ram on the s4 and it has to be more on the note 3 if some of those apps aren't disabled. It's also apparent to me as time progress what ppl say about android oem's racing for specs is becoming more apparent cause the Moto x with a dual core s4 pro runs just as smooth or even smoother than some of these S600 and S800 devices.
Santana, 18 Oct 2013Don't give me that on every tech site every reviewer has gotten some kind of lag or stutter wi... moreJust finish watching the video you post up, it just waste my time.
The video is showing outer comparison more than software itself.
The only part it slow not instant pop up is the My Magazine in Note 3 compare with One Max Blindfeed.
This is not lag, as Samsung never auto turn on the My Magazine after you on the phone, it only load when you need it. Once you load for 1st time, the My Magazine is open instant after that.
I find this pretty well design, I no need it auto and keep loading in background.
Santana, 18 Oct 2013Thank you, you just confessed to the lag by saying you have to replace some apps that hang. My... moreIts so funny how you guys desperately hang onto the hope that the GN3 lags... simply because there is no other weakness.
I have had my GN3 1.5 weeks and have never had a single lag or hang.... sorry. NOTE 3 IS KING!
Anonymous, 18 Oct 2013I have a Note 3 and it is a true performance promised land. IT DOES NOT LAG! After you ... moreThank you, you just confessed to the lag by saying you have to replace some apps that hang. My point is that touchwiz and what ever Lg's skin name is heavy and a UI should be rated on smoothness and ease of use and in the case of the LG and Samsung there ui's are to heavy and bog down the system they do not come close to the new Sense ,motorola's ui nor Sony's ui when it comes to smoothness out of the box that was my point cause i'm wondering how do you deduct points from the smoothest and easiest ui in this comparison without mentioning that out of the box the Sony's ui is the smoothest and easiest to use.
Santana, 18 Oct 2013Don't give me that on every tech site every reviewer has gotten some kind of lag or stutter wi... moreHTC is pretty smooth, I agree on that, HTC skins is still heavy but HTC always great in optimizing.
Sony skins is light but not means it is pure smooth. Sorry to said Sony is not as smooth as you though.
I use Z and Z Ultra (same S800 spec) before and holding Tablet Z now, I know how it perform.
Note 3 and G2 is not as you though that lag, if you said S4, S III is lag, I agree, but not the Note 3 or G2.
Z1 won't be my choice due to it bad display quality, I had enough with lousy Z - TN screen quality, not interesting jump back to slightly better VA panel use in Z1.
[deleted post]I have a Note 3 and it is a true performance promised land.
IT DOES NOT LAG!
After you replace the stock contacts, dialer and messaging apps, that is.
Those are the only areas where you will notice the MINISCULE lag and only when you first open those apps.
Now, upon replacing those apps, I enjoy a complete smoothness with speed and stability that is ever again putting a smile on my face.
In two weeks the device haven't had a single hang or stutter or even an application freeze.
I've tried many phones, even the iPhone and WP, but the smoothness of this device blows them all away effortlessly.
Andrew Tan, 18 Oct 2013If you feel LG G2 or Note 3 is lag, then same goes for Z1. I had play all phones and own on... moreDon't give me that on every tech site every reviewer has gotten some kind of lag or stutter with the Note 3 and G2 because of the heavy skins that LG and Samsung put on their respective devices. The only phones that haven't shown lag are the Z1 and the Htc one and that's a fact all the bloatware Samsung and Lg packs into there skins take a toll on any processor even the S800 which tells any one that both Samsung and Lg needs to revisit there skins.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeJZJoVaSHI don't ever go around saying the note 3 doesn't lag or stutter cause as you can see the s600 one max clearly is more smooth than the s800 note 3.
[deleted post]If your feel camera is the only point to get it top 1, then you are totally wrong.
A great phone shall be in balance in every spec.
Z1 is a good phone, but Z1 impossible to rank no. 1, it is well seat in no. 3, GSMArena is well review it and no biased.