Z3 Compact is the most balanced phone out of competitors. It has no obvious weaknesses being priced much more reasonable than Alpha or iPnone 6.
iPhone 6 is an... iPhone. Some love it others will never buy. But overall it's a great device at high price.
Alpha is the weakest out of 3. Many people won't appreciate battery life, some others hate outdated TouchWiz and no one is going to like a price... Sorry Samsung, but Alpha is just another flop. At least unless you bring a price to much lower point...
Great work gsmarena.
Looking forward to the "best phablet" review. If you can't wait to include the Nexus6 then perhaps it can be included later as an update?
Yes - the Apple brand loyalty is quite a phenomenon. It might be easier to make worshippers part with their other religion.
just shows all these benchmarks are crap. 6 different tests. all different results. Also Galaxy Alpha is gorgeous. And i cant believe Samsung did not do water proofing on it. Other than that Galaxy Alpha is top as far i am concerned.
And what is with all the hate on the alpha/s5 back!!????
Even if you don't think it looks great... I've seen it. It's fine.
The point is how it physically is. It is very high quality, offers great grip, negates dinner prints, and it feels amazingly comfortable to touch and hold. One of the most comfortable on the entire market.
Yet everyone says it's low quality because it doesn't look like fake leather or is not metal. But then even the fake leather gets called cheap or low quality because it's not metal....
it's bate quality than metal!
Ok. Right off the bat the Alpha is by far the most compact. The z3c is just the tiniest bit less wide. Some the alpha is drastically thinner.
Just for your info you can greatly extend the battery charge on the iPhone 6 by enabling the grayscale option.
One important measurment that should have been done is the battery discharge while the phone is idle with the screen off. On my iPhone 6 is 1% at 8 hours.
Why is the camera of the alpha considered the best of the pack? There is only one discipline where it excels: in great lighting conditions. That is the most unimportant one.
Just have a cloudy day or be in a building and the advantage over the iphone is gone. Take a picture in the evening or even at night the iphine is far better.
So in most condition the iphone will throw out better pictures whereas the alpha will only be better in theoretical but rare situations. And even then the difference is not striking as the level of detail in good light is already quite high with all cameras.
In my Kingdom there is only one king,Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.
Ihe rest are the servants.
I'm not an Apple fan (although not a hater either), but between these 3, if I was forced to choose, I think I'd actually go with the iPhone 6. That wouldn't be the case if other flagship Android phones were part of the comparison.
By size till 5" Z3 compact for the moment best phone. I'm not Sony fanboy it's only my opinion. My self I'm using S4 mini but this year for sure I will take it Z3 compact
Apple is clearly taking its customers for a ride.Laughing all the way to the bank. Lol.
Spa , 13 Oct 2014I really love the GSMArena comparisons. They're the most detailed and unbiased there is. Truly... moreIntelligence response sir. I am no Apple fan, only owned 1 iPhone in my life. And I surprised myself when I chose the 6 as the best choice between the 3 (still won't buy another iPhone). But it really does come down to preference with these 3 phones.
Looking to get a new device, might try the Alpha.
Obvio ... Z3C é o vencedor - custo x benefício.
Of course the winner is ... Z3C - cost-benefit.
Power is nothing without force ... Sony 2,600mAh !!!
Fidias, 13 Oct 2014I haven't read the review your talking about, but as a Z3 compact user, I can confirm that its... moreHere you are, it is written in German and yet to be translated into Eng by Notebookcheck, it is not saying the wifi/GPS reception is weak, but average, at least Z2 and S5 is better than it. But glad to hear a real user feedback that the reception is good actually. But I will still wait for the Galaxy Alpha review.
z3c is the best ... what i really care about this phone : compact, water proof , super batter, very smooth and an un laggy UI , a very good camera (maybe not better than the samsung galaxy alpha but it is still great) , expandable storage plus it cost less than iphone 6 which costs 1000 dollar in my country .
xili, 13 Oct 2014Really struggle to choose between the Z3 compact n Galaxy Alpha, as they are almost same price... moreThe absolute best of the bunch is also the least expensive of the bunch and it is the Z3 Compact.
Whilst Sony have engaged to the better in semantic compact same but smaller, it does put the S5 mini to shame who should have at least increases the camera to more than 8Mp which is the same size as the S4 Mini
The Galaxy Alpha imo wrong footed Apple partially, starting at 32Gb non expandable it is clearly better than the 16Gb (and 32Gb version Samsung I expect expected Apple to release Apple then opting for the 64Gb muted the 32Gb version
Samsung do not release non expandable phones. The 32 GB would have been more “sucessful2” with a 16, 32, & 64 GB iPhone, Samsung may have to add microSD if it want iPhone defectors to consider it
The iPhone6 (aka the iPhone 6 plus “compact” is last in the bunch, it simply is a larger display iPhone 5, anyone who started a 2 year contract in 2012 is using the same phone whose only new addition is the non-phone related Apple pay (which requires a credit card / NFC terminal to work) http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=5685&idPhone2=6378
I read the iPhone 6 review on 26/09/2014 and made note of key point as well as commented
On Monday 06/10/2014 this was added
UPDATE: After resetting the iPhone 6 we decided to run a new call test and see what's what. The result turned out to be a better 12 and a half hours, besting the mediocre 8:11 hours and more in line with the 14h stated by Apple themselves.
There was a 15% increase from 1650mAh (IPhone5S) to 1810 mAh (iPhone 6), so whilst other sites also show marginal improvements in battery, the REMOVABLE battery Galaxy Alpha endurance is 52hours less than the iPhone 5S
The iPhone5S is 2 hours more than the alpha 54 hours and the original battery test to the iPhone 6 was 55 hours endurance so a mere 1 hour better… then the update
The updated test now has that at 61 hours endurance rating.
I can accept a slight improvement “tester error “ battery increase 15% to power a pixel number increase of 37.61% Now adding 7 hour or 13% when before was 1 hour or 0.85% and nobody else is showing even a fraction of the double digit.
Only altering the settings can result in such a change in results as not stated in the update is we got it dramatically wrong so 4 hours of extra call time right.
Somebody was not happy with the original unbiased battery test. and rather than thrash the original what would have “honest” is if Gsmarena added a note Apple yada, yada, yada using x,y,z protocols the 55 hour is to have settings set so direct comparison can be made
they should add Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini to the mix.
btw, since all of them are priced very similar to Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (and pricier than Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo) here in my country, i'll pick none of them and choose the Galaxy Notes instead.
another options is last year's HTC One 802. they offer it with big price discount here.
and its specs is still relevant to be included in this comparison.