The big thing is the screen.
On a mobile device you don't spend much time looking at the bezels or back panel YOU LOOK AT THE SCREEN.
Aside from performance battery camera and software the screen alone makes the SGS4 the winner.
Sorry Sony fan boys!
Yes, it is clear that SGS4 win in all performance aspects. But, will you notice that difference in the real usage? Or it will just on paper test matter. Let say Ferrari can give you 330 kmh speed while BMW3 series let say only 220 kmh, will the difference be real in most of your real driving world? If not, than go to the more beauty one.
Anonymous, 31 Mar 2013Really, you assume that EVERYONE should want a S4? I had Note 2 for half a year and then i alr... moreOh, Sebastian... As stated, the XZ is good looking and waterproofed. Performance wise, the S4 is better (not that the XZ totally bad but just slightly less). You were up defending the XZ even before you bought it and convincing everyone that AMOLED is bad (not even good at all). And here we are - Samsung came out with a better performing device and even the new AMOLED screen reproduces accurate colors now.
I'm sure your waterproofing will come useful than pouring cold beer on your XZ, and you don't mind dropping it from time to time just to prove that what you spent on is a whole lot worth it. But not to give a much deserved compliment to the rival based on performance is being a jackanapes on your part. Can't even admit the XZ battery is spasmodic unlike the Note II. XZ users seem to have a hobby who can prolong their units without much screen on - like only 2 hours of actual screen for 24 hours with everything off. At most 4 to 5 hours of screen time. Nice.
Seeing that the S4's performance is similar to the Note II's battery usage time, it sure is confident to know that the Note III will likely to be even better with a full HD screen. The XZ's screen inefficiently consumes battery.
Yeah, you still best stick to your XZ for years to come - you can say it was the best next to your Xperia Pro which never let you down.
That's a fair comparison !
Galaxy S4 is clear winner (Better display, better digital camera, better camcorder, better android version, better cpu, better gpu, better battery, better call quality) !
P.S: Thanks Gsmarena !!!
Nick, 31 Mar 2013So will people finally stop claiming sony phones have good cameras, just because it's made by sony?!You can install the Sony camera APK on any phone.
Install on your S3, just as good as Xperia...
Samsung is like that nerdy kid who's good at math and becomes an outstanding engineer and Sony is like that artsy kid who grows to be a rockstar who is nice to watch and more fun to be (seen) with.
I don't mean that Z has better performance at mulimedia department, it just comes down to your understanding of fun and what represents you. We all know Galaxy Ss are the phones of the masses while Z (and other xperias) just have more personality and maybe originality.
So will people finally stop claiming sony phones have good cameras, just because it's made by sony?!
S4 easily beats the Z. It's a no brainer.
S4 for me when it drops.
I can't wait for the s4 to verse the unannounced sony phone,the Sony Xperia C670X. It will be one hell of a match
I have spent a week with my Xperia Z now, and came from a Galaxy S3. Despite a lack of crazy features that I never actually used in my S3, the Z seems so much more fluid and constantly fast and responsive unlike the S3 and the S2 I had before it which although had the better specs of most other phones, showed signs of lag here and there. The S4 is not only uglier outside, its uglier inside too, Samsung's UI is awful but Sony's UI stays fairly true to Google Holo which is beautiful.
The extra features on the S4 are just software which is easily reproduced/ported, things like Smart Stay and Pop Up Play are already free apps available on the Play Store and SVoice is an easily obtainable apk that can be installed on any android phone.
Not only this but with my Z being rooted, I can easily overclock and gain the same benchmark scores as the S4, not that it needs it.
I have a full review on my experience with the Z so far here http://techoffanddie.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/a-week-with-sony-xperia-z.html
Most features r the same on both phones
But most of s4 features r not useful
Plus sony will get update to jb 4.2.2 as well
So I'm bored with samsung .. after s1 s2 s3 and note 2
I feel like I'm buying note 2 with smaller size better camera
I'm going with xperia z
Anonymous, 31 Mar 2013Talking about software integration, its a thing a lot of us do not want. I thought the tripadv... moreI was merely speaking from a Galaxy lover's point of view. Personally, I couldn't care less for any of those bloatware.
I own a Z and the only thing I miss is a hardware shutter key. Software can always be ported and reported if needed, created....
Torero, 31 Mar 2013It's ironic we talk about respect for other people's choices, beliefs and what not when merely... moreTalking about software integration, its a thing a lot of us do not want. I thought the tripadvisor deep integration was a bad joke.
One mans "cool feature" is anothers "useless bloatware".
good review GSMarena but plz make a review for SGS4 VS SGS3 , or just do a comparison between the video quality of both :)
Abiyouth, 31 Mar 2013Which is limited for few monthsThe Xperia free 50GB at The Box is for life, Samsung is the one with a 2 year limit.