Xperia Z3 Compact versus iPhone 6 video comparison

by XB on 19th September 2014

in Videos, Xperia Z3 series

Xperia Z3 Compact vs iPhone 6Apple launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to the masses today. No doubt you have already seen the hysteria surrounding the launch with hundreds of people queuing to be one of the first to own Apple’s new wares. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is flying the flag for Android as probably one of the best competitor devices in terms of size, hardware and build.

If you want to see how the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 sizes up against the 4.6-inch Xperia Z3 Compact, then check out a great comparison video from our friends at Btekt. Both look like great phones and if you’re already invested in iOS then there’s probably no Android phone that will turn you away. However, if there was any phone that could cause those backward glances, we feel the Xperia Z3 Compact is best equipped. Also, check out a video comparison against the Xperia Z3 below.

Xperia Z3 Compact versus iPhone 6

Xperia Z3 versus iPhone 6

Via Btekt.

  • Hassandroid

    The iPhone stands no chance against the xperia z3 compact!

  • RGotly1980

    I quit working at shoprite and now I make $35h – $80h…how? I’m working online! My work didn’t exactly make me happy so I decided to take a chance on something new… after 4 years it was so hard to quit my day job but now I couldn’t be happier. Heres what I do…,,,

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  • Costas Sarandos

    I love z3 compact but the truth is that in 6 months from now none will remember z3 compact it will have half after sales price and in 18months will be abandoned from updates! In comparison iphone 6 will have great after sale price myriad cases and support and it will take updates for ever!! I blame sony for not accepting steve jobs offer sometime in the past!

  • xperia z4

    agreed. nobody will remember z3 compact after a year.

  • David Lovell

    What is the battery life comparison??

  • Guest

    It doesn’t matter, more iPhone 6 will be sold today than the Z3 and Z3 compact in a year.

  • pixlas

    Errr so you’re saying everyone else than almighty Apple should give up?
    It’s all about sales. Give Sony enough chanses with consecutive great products and you’ll see it changing.

  • Luca

    To be honest, i would rather buy a Xperia Z2 than the Z3 Compact. I really hope Sony changes the UI soon, yes, it’s the best, but even the best need changes.

  • Android L vs iOS 8

    are we really comparing a dust and water proof phone with an iphone? this is bullshit its so obvious Z3C wins

  • Hassandroid

    Yeah it doesn’t matter if another phone is much better. apple fans will still buy apple’s latest products without even thinking.

  • Tech Gospel

    Sony has had enough chances… they keep screwing it up. I hope they quit making all these half-baked, unsupported models already. It’s a waste of resources. No more low-mid range phones. If I wanted that budget crap, I’d have gotten a Samsung.

  • MarkLastiwka

    What does the Z3 Compact have to do with low-mid range devices?

  • Xperia Z4

    It doesn’t. he’s talking about low-mid range phones like SP, M2… waste of time and money. time to be like apple and make a flagship once a year and not every 6 months

  • DrazenDodig

    how would that make Z any better? So if they made Z3C in 6 months from now, it would be better than making it today? Sony cant be late like Apple can. Sony right now has 2 best Android phones (out of 3) on the market, thanks to 6 month policy. Besides, they will always do that because of Japanese market that requires new phones every 6 months.

  • Cottontail Teemo

    forgotten except by all the huge dev community that supports the product in pages like xda developers, where you can get tons of updates, mods and preformance tweaks

  • Lucian

    Z3C has an amazing battery life and IMO iphone with measly 1800mah battery can’t reach Z3C’s knees.

  • crazychef83

    You don’t see apple changing the UI and it works perfect for them. I think we should stick with what works.

  • Guest

    This photo is for everyone saying Sony has large bezels.

  • Apple fanboy

    so true

  • Lucian

    This photo is for everyone saying Sony has large bezels.
    iphone 4.7″, Z3C 4.6″ htc one 4.7″

  • GeeksEmpire

    Forget about comparing iOS with mighty ANDROID :D

    i just asked iPhone users if they can change their Folder style… she confused !!!

  • GeeksEmpire

    no it s not good idea for android users…
    Android user need/want new things… and freedom to customize new things…

  • suck apple


  • GeeksEmpire

    + Ultra Stamina Mod ;)

  • Lucian
  • Lucian

    Who cares if it will sell more, for me Z3C is better in every category and I’ll buy it because of what provides to me not because of some stupid logo..

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    Agreed, seems like the Compact line is Sony’s real flagship device. Hopefully they cant shrink the bezels to around this ratio for the Z4

  • Lucian

    First thing Sony should do is get rid of all low and mid range devices or have only 1. This way they would have only small amount of devices to update and they would manage it easier. Because honestly (I hope no one will get mad at me) phone like xperia M (and many others) which is now a 100€ phone got 5+ updates (2 major) and this all takes time from Sony providing faster updates for their flagship phones. No other company provides any updates for phones in this price range because they want to provide fast updates for the phones that make money. For example Samsung galaxy ace released with 2.3 – no upgrades. Ace 2 released 2.3 – got 4.1.2. Ace 3 released 4.2 no upgrades.
    I was really surprised reading some comments regarding XM EOL (f**k you sony etc.) and not understanding that they can’t be happy they even got so many updates. Sony is the only one “stupid” enough to provide any updates for low to mid range devices and because of that providing slow updates for flagship phones. This only gives bad word to sony from many people (most of them using mid range devices).

    It’s easier for apple to release update for all phones because there are so few but of course older are always left out of many many new features.

  • Manuel Maldonado Turcios

    Sony would have gotten my business if they had released this right away in USA, I’m getting an iphone today because I needed a phone ASAP. I’m not waiting till october.

  • Wolfmachien

    really? the japanese want a new phone every six months? even if almost all of the componentes(cpu,ram,camera,…) remain the same and some new software is added? and
    WTF Sony, even the z1 and z2 have the same camera but why aren’t the pics taken with them as good as the z3? shitty post processing maybe but can’t it be fixed if you already did that for the z3? holding back a possible update doesn’t make people buy your newest phone.

  • DrazenDodig

    yes… it is a fashion in japan. Japanese carriers stop selling phones after 6 months on the market. Of course, you are aware that not everyone buys phone at the same time? Sony has 14% market share there. And of course, Z3C has new lens.

  • el_sur

    I had no idea a two-finger swipe brought the quick settings!!! Works on my Z1s.

  • jmaxim917

    Sony cares.

  • Niels d. G.

    If you bought a cheap budget temporary phone and then an Xperia Z3C then you’d still have spent considerably less money than after buying an iDiot 6

  • Lucian

    That’s true. IMO Z3 series will sell a lot. Not near as much as apple, because you know, it’s apple..
    Sony just needs to hurry and get it into stores and expand their market in US. I think bad availability in US is what hurts Sony the most.

  • ZoubIWah

    Not sure how that matters. You have to have a phone “people remember” or a phone that “does everything you want the best way possible right now” ?

  • ZoubIWah

    The Z1C and most likely the Z3C are amazing phones. Theyre fully backed, currently supported, and high-end.
    I dunno what you’re complaining about.

  • ZoubIWah

    Whats wrong with the UI? Its very close to stock android. thats one of the reason i like the xperias.

    If they were to do like samsung i wouldnt buy them until something like cyanogen is ported and working extremely well (which is what i did with every samsung phone)

  • Ethan ‘blaze’ Parker

    lol “Half after sales price” Keep in mind you’re already getting it at half the price of the iPhone. ;)

  • phil g

    Both are great phones, but the Z3c wins imo with its beautiful waterproof design, and micro SD card slot. Sony FTW!

  • P9

    it’s Android feature for ages..

  • gunboat_d

    look at those sony bezels!! oh wait.

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  • zen weapons

    May I ask why? I’m trying to decide between a Z3C, Z3 and Z3 atm.

  • jag

    I saw the z3 and z3 compact last night. And i must say.. I like the compact much better. The effect of the side rubber or whatever-you-call-it makes it outstanding. I saw the white z3 compact.

  • Wolf0491

    You be surprised who doesn’t know

  • Wolf0491

    Pretty sure even the note 4 isn’t going be out till past mid October so it isn’t just Sony. I do think people should do like HTC did however. Was the phone avaliable day after announcing it

  • Christian

    who cares? at the end of the day, those who bought/will buy the XZ3 is holding a better device than iPhones, even if iPhones sell more of their phones.

  • LaineG

    That is why there are custom launchers right?

  • jackson dangsawa

    When you pull out your iPhone from your pocket..there is one thing in your mind..To show the Logo.. Just the Class not the entertainment.. Accpt it or not.. But it’s the truth.

  • Alex Norris


  • Hassandroid

    what about the battery, size,camera(not sure)
    ,and ANDROID ;)
    and many other features like camera apps and ps4 remote play.

  • Alex Norris

    About battery, and Ultra Stamina mode, they was tested and phone could not stand the promised 2 days. And about android … why do you think that android is + a IOS is – ..) Here is a matter of preference, I would not say that Android is better than iOS, rather the opposite, but that’s a personal preference.

    About the camera, have to disappoint you. At least the iPhone 8 mpx, better than sony`s 20 and 8 mp. which has still big problems with post-processing. Another + for Apple it`s advantage stable work more fast processor A8 much faster, and the best games, and payment services, is also + for iPhone 6. So that sony as I previously said, has one advantage – waterproof !

  • Hassandroid

    Sony’s UI is fast and smooth unlike touchwiz and other heavy UIs, and
    it can run any game smoothly without any lag.
    payment services is in android for ages (you forgot Google wallet?)
    and about the battery,even if it couldn’t stand for two days,it is still better than iPhone 6’s battery.

  • TheSparks

    I don’t get why people prefer the z3 compact over the z3, care to explain?

  • Luca

    To me, the size is the issue. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a perfect phone, and i recommend it to everyone, it’s just too small for me. That doesnt mean its too small for other people :)
    And about the UI, i said it’s the best, but the icons are the same since like 2007 and the new launcher introduced with the Z3 is worse than the one on the Z2 in my opinion

  • Luca

    There are no other factors :)

  • Prasanth Namboothiri

    yes that’s the truth that everyone forget

  • Hassandroid

    because z3 compact is a high-end mini flagship, unlike s5 mini , htc one mini 2, etc.. with mid-range specs, so it has no competitors with the same size.(only galaxy alpha).
    but the z3 has many rivals, and it may be not the best phone for its size, because of the big bezels.
    and IMO 4.5-4.7 inches is the ideal size for me.

  • f35hunter

    Iphone is BS but iSheeps will buy it anyway!!!!!

  • Nightmare

    I didn’t know either xD, it’s very useful!!

  • inspire

    Haha that’s so true! I’ve seen apple fans who recommend apple ear plugs as the best headset/earplugs available in the market!
    And you’ve seen it for instance, no one complains about apple’s bezels, same UI for ages, same design for ages, 8mp cam forever, it’s battery life, no QHD, lack of necessary features (SD card, Bluetooth file share…) and so on… But for Sony people are first to complain!
    In a similar way people like Samsung’s super tacky wallpapers but refuse to appreciate much subtle and beautiful xperia wallpaper.

  • TheSparks

    I get you, but it’s sad to see it doesn’t have 1080p screen :/

  • Hassandroid

    1080p for a 4.6 screen is an overkill. it will eat the battery faster, 319 ppi is quite enough.

  • nvier

    Yep, most apple fans can’t even justify their reasons for choosing iPhones. You ask them and they respond: “Umm, because it’s Apple?” Good job, you’ve been brainwashed.

  • On paper and I’m fairly confident in real world use, it’s simply no contest, the Z3 Compact stands head and shoulders above any iPhone (including the next few future iterations at least). An iPhone is an iPhone is an iPhone, that is, it’s tired, boring, and as brought up many times, is basically an outdated, poor man’s Android device (that costs 2-10 times as much or MORE!) from 2+ years ago. The 2016 version won’t stand up against the Z3 Compact, let alone the current one.

    And speaking of software, iOS 8 doesn’t even come close to matching Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, so you can forget about comparing it to Kit Kat or the upcoming Android L. Apple users would be lucky to have as many features as Android 2.3, Gingerbread. Yes, iOS continues to add more and more Android features with each update, but they’re still FAR behind in that department. Luckily for the Cupertino giant though, the masses don’t operate on logic and common sense, just as there are so many millions of Justin Bieber fans in the world, the rest of us can only shake our heads and laugh at the poor fools who follow such an inferior brand.

  • TheSparks

    Yeah that’s what I was thinking, but would the quality be like a large 1080p screen?

  • Hassandroid

    of course it wouldn’t be like 1080 screen but I don’t think that we can see the pixels on 319 ppi screen. so its not a big deal not having full HD screen.

  • goldenblls

    They are available from clove technology in the UK. A couple of US buyers have already made purchases. Cheap too!

  • badman07

    i hope you should go for this also redmi vs android one

  • joe

    Yes that’s what they answer me when i ask and i show them my Z1compact and ask them what your iPhone can do that my phone can not , they have no answer .

  • Alex Norris

    About heavy games.. On Z2 heavy games plays not so smooth, esp. San Andreas. On Z3 the situation has improved slightly, but always on iPhone, games were without braking. IOS works more stable, no lag at all. But android 2010 and 2014, still has lags.
    Battery on Sony phones and on iPhone will need to be charged every day, a big difference in the long operation of the device you will not notice.

  • Hassandroid

    the lag is over after android 4.4, but some companies put a heavy UI and bunch of bloatware on their phones, like Samsung and LG, but Sony, HTC, and Google nexus devices don’t lag at all.
    the battery and performance will be even better after android L update. thanks to ART and project Volta.

  • Kaostheory

    What!? You would prefer to be years behind just to get unlimited updates? IOS is just getting widgets and landscape now. NFC and widgets aren’t even fully functional but at least you’ll get the update. When will the 6 get the camera, waterproof, battery, fm update? What big feature are you waiting for from Android? Give me the hardware everytime, I don’t care if I get the L update.

  • Kaostheory

    Not sure what big feature people are missing out on anyway. Transparent navigation bar?! I didn’t even notice a difference between .3 and .4 Android L is basically for 64bit which doesn’t affect me anyway.

  • Kaostheory

    I just saw someone with the new 6,and although it was mean, I started talking about my white water rafting and Vegas pool pics including underwater… On another note I’m surprised that even with the 6 in the video at how slow it scrolls from screen to screen. I know they slow everything down to make it smooth but the Z3 is fast and smooth!

  • Rikimaru

    to many people like have update just for say I have it…
    The phone itself when you get it is already great but they found way to complain even update or not the way they use their phone is same….

  • Kaostheory

    Although it’s not great for Sony, I love bringing my phone to the hottub/pool out on the boat/lake while they leave theirs behind. It’s fun having something hardly anyone else has!

  • Niels d. G.

    Did anyone see the iPhone 6 drop test? So much for sapphire glass!

  • Amlz

    Z3 just Blew out the iPhone6, just cannot say a word innovative in comparison..!!!

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  • Guest

    Don’t think the iPhone 6 or 6+ has sapphire glass.

  • Niels d. G.

    I suppose so, but even if it doesn’t have sapphire glass, it’s pretty shocking that the 6+ had its display shattered after the first side (corner) drop test :P
    This is where the Z3’s (and compact) vinyl corners will come in handy :P

  • Tjaldid

    He also forgot to mention the battery life and to reiterate that it has micro sd when mentioning the storage options.

  • Sean

    Thank you, just wanted to write that. And honestly – spending 1000€ (128GB) for a cell phone? No thanks, even if I can afford it.
    BTW nice move from Apple to remove the most demanded version (32GB) and force the people to pay the ridiculous difference between the 16 and 64GB model to have a capacity appropriate to the year 2014.
    That’s exactly these kind of moves that pushed me away from the company (at least relating to mobile phones)

  • Sean

    I care – I don’t buy an iPhone because I think different – oh wait wasn’t that……

  • Sean

    Because not everybody want’s a backpack for their phone.

  • Kaostheory

    Sapphire is very scratch resistant, not shatter resistant for how thin it needs to be for a screen.

  • Bob

    I have no problem with a new Flagship every 6 months Keep innovating as fast as possible, just allow last 1/2 years flagship to become this 1/2 years mid range, let last years flagship be the low range.

    Create an entry level each year, with maybe only one update.

    Personally I like that Sonys 6 month old flagship is often considerably less expensive but higher quality than an 8 month old Samsung current flagship.

  • RbbrDcky

    Why do people give Sony so much shit for their bezels when the iPhone has the biggest ones I’ve ever seen and no one even mentions them?? #doublestandard

  • Michael Hernandez

    XD the best ever comment here.
    God…forgive them, because they don’t know why buy iphone.

  • The Truth

    Sony stick with stupid big bezels, camera spec of Xperia flagship is pretty hight but the result was very suck, (suckest than all android flagships and iPhone, blame @ shit camera software) finally LG G3 comes out, no one care about Xperia Z2 and LG G3 sales ten times better than Xperia z2.

    Now Galaxy Note 3 and iPhone 6 come out people still don’t give a shit about Xperia Z3 because they bored and confused about stupid strategy of Sony mobile, 2 flagships per year but those flagships have nothing different and special???? Really Sony? for example Z3, this new Sony flagship still have nothing great enough to fight with competitors, look at Samsung and Apple at leat Note 4 has very great display and packed with a bunch of software features and functions, s-pen, those are very useful and make a phone becomes truly smart

    IPhone have very great ecosystems, and iOS is the strongest point, iOS is very smooth (Android never can be smooth as iOS) and works great with idevices, TouchID and apple services

    But Sony….? So empty

  • Niels d. G.

    …but it’s still shocking :P

  • Jonathan

    we certainly don’t live in the same world. I’v got both z2 and g3 and both got good points but camera on the z2 is way more natural and works better on low lights. battery is way better too on the z2 and the device feels way more premium, but lg g3 has very great screen size/bezel ratio fast reacting camera and some more advanced features but the quad hd display doesnt make a big difference sadly…
    then it’s all about people tastes and i like both but if sony had more advanced features it certainly would be the best flgaship no doubt about it. for now its just a flagship among others but improving each year to become the best.

  • Guest

    But for the average person, this means nothing. This only applies to a minority of people. I do not like apple, but you have to admit, their updates are significantly better than Sony. A lot of people will not bother with xda, too much effort and confusing for people. Sony unfairly abandons their phones, and suggesting this to the average phone user is a joke. The Z3c is the better phone, but it’s shelf life is very poor.

  • Idealman

    That he did not mention this made the video seem really biased. He actually mentioned storage as something that favored Iphone6 :/

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  • Cottontail Teemo

    well, usually the are two kinds of people, the ones that want the updates and those that simply dont care, the fisrt ones normally use google and discover the acient ways of update and android phone, the second ones just ignore all the update notifications

  • Truthsmom

    Loll you’re taking this way to serious, get a life!
    Btw: pens ain’t shit!

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  • AsadMulla

    Read the comments in this article. Apple fans saying (what we already knew) that Z3 is way better the iPhone 6. amazing that apple fans would admit it

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  • matticitt

    The Z1 had horrible bezels and it feels like people are still commenting on those without realizing Sony’s moved on.

  • matticitt

    I like how the Z3 is not innovative enough and for people it’s “the same as Z2 and Z1″…. but the iPhone 6 is a revolution. So f*cked up!

  • Sumo

    Funny how you call yourself The Truth but you are so ’empty’ according to your own words fool. How much truth do you know behind the phone industry? Seriously? Even if you’re not a pro in that indsutry, at least act like a muthaf#cking fanboy instead of trying to act like a godsend. You’re hilarious, even Samfung & and Fapple fanboys get my respect! Shame on you!

  • Jumbo

    The iphone really isn’t impressive at all…. The only thing I admire about them is they release phones like 1-2 times per year. But phones companies who releases regularly always upgrade their phones, which makes iphone’s so-called technology left behind or sometimes into oblivion. The hype is still there, people still queue outside for the ugly phone, but how long will they keep the phone? That’s another question. Simply enough, without Steve Jobs, Apple’s iphone is no longer what it use to be. Apple’s management and their strategy doesn’t change and they take things for granted… sooner or later, they will have problems within the phone market.

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  • tugares

    Really really great. Sony solved bezels problem and now, Android has a great phone

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  • Matthew

    Feels unfair that you compared the storage space of the two without mentioning that you can put a 128GB Micro SD card in the Xperia Z3 Compact.

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