Sony Xperia Z3 vs Google Nexus 6
Sony released their best handset yet, the Sony Xperia Z3, at the end of last year. With Google also releasing their power hose Nexus 6 “phablet” at a similar time, we thought it would be a good time to see how the phones match up. In this article, we will explore the Sony Xperia Z3 vs Google Nexus 6 on various properties such as specification, size, interface, battery time and usability. The reviews published here are a result of hands on testing as well reviews from the community.
The first thing we have to talk about is the size of the handset. For any one that has seen the Nexus 6, they will be aware of the sheer size of the thing. Google describe it as a phone/tablet (phablet), that is replacing tablets and allowing the user to carry a device that will fit into their pocket (just!). The size of the Nexus 6 is really, in our opinion, a major negative to the Google device. The handset is at that size where it is just too big to be able to use with one hand, so most people will need to use both hands to navigate and operate the device. This is a major downside when compared with other handsets, such as the Sony Xperia Z3, which easily fit into your hand and pocket.
Operating System and User Interface
Google’s latest Nexus 6 device boasts the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system, the most up to date, flash and sleek OS yet. The interface with the operating system and the Nexus interface is flash, quick and easy to use. When you pick up the device (probably with 2 hands), the interface allows all of the features that any easy to use smart phone does and widgets are aligned on the home screen as you would expect. The Sony Xperia Z3 also uses small app links to popular services and the skin is nicely designed making it easy to use. From our perspective, the Nexus 6 takes this one by being the most up to date with Android 5.0 Lollipop and featuring a slicker design with customizable widgets.
Using the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, the Nexus 6 device allows voice controls using the “OK google” command. The voice control is amazingly accurate and you can comfortably use the device handsfree, whereas with other devices this has not always been the case. The Sony Xperia Z3 does feature voice control, however, we have found that this is not as easy to use as the Nexus 6. We think the Nexus 6 takes this one and is a major positive.
Although the Nexus 6 is a giant when compared to the Sony Xperia Z3, the positives of the device make you forget about its size almost instantly. The voice control is easy to use and links to all apps, the OS is up to date, slick and responsive. Apps are also well integrated. The only downsides of the Nexus 6 over the Sony Xperia Z3 is the battery life and size, with the battery hardly lasting a day on full charge. Even with these minor negatives, we feel that the Google Nexus 6 edges it in the Sony Xperia Z3 vs Google Nexus 6 matchup.