It’s not a common occurrence to find two incredibly powerful smartphones released within days of each other, in fact, it’s about as common as a solar eclipse.
But it's happened this year, with both the iPhone 6 and Sony Xperia Z3 going toe to toe to claim our hard earned cash.
So which one should you back? Should you opt to join the Apple hype and go for the iPhone 6? Or should you back the Android powered Sony handset? We’re here to help you decide!
Both phones are now here!
We’re dealing with two of the most design-savvy manufacturers in the business here, so it’s unlikely that this is going to be an easy choice to make.
Apple has constantly verged with offering a user friendly design coupled with an unmatched build quality, something which has won them plenty of fans over recent times.
Sony however has opted for more flashy and dramatic styles epitomised by its use of glass on the front and back sides of its handsets, something that has been continued on the Z3.
Apple has chosen to offer a rounded edge design, with softer corners and a genuinely astonishing look and feel.
Sony’s handset is slightly sharper at the edges, with a squared off style making for a very professional looking model to say the least.
Draw – It’s too close to call this one, also, it comes down mainly to personal preference.
Interested in how the iPhone has improved? Take a look at our iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6 comparison here!
This is where things get really juicy, with both handsets promising top of the range spec sheets to help shift units and ultimately generate sales.
Apple has made some seriously big moves this time around; opting for two different versions of the iPhone 6, one sizing up with a 4.7” display, and one with a larger 5.5” display, both of which feature RetinaHD technology.
Sony however is opting for a 5.2” TRILUMINOS display on the Xperia Z3, which itself boasts 1080p full HD quality.
Apple is offering up to 128GB internal memory on the iPhone, with 16GB and 64GB options also available, however as always we aren't being given the option of including a Micro SD card to boost this storage.
Sony is only set to offer up to 32GB on the Z3 though, but is featuring an SD card slot capable of adding an extra 128GB space, so if you’re happy to pay for an extra memory card, space shouldn’t be an issue.
Finally, an Apple A8 processor tops off the iPhone’s hefty spec list, adding breakneck speed alongside its already powerful set-up.
Sony finishes up with 3GB RAM alongside a quad-core 2.5GHz processor and Snapdragon 801 chipset, which is also particularly fast.
We have to side with Apple here, the introduction of two displays and its hugely anticipated A8 processor should win the day here, even if it doesn’t have a memory card slot.
Another incredibly interesting area to consider is the cameras which are featured on both flagship handsets, and again it’s safe to say it will be close.
The iPhone normally focuses on software improvements to keep the lens performing optimally rather than stuffing in pixels and this is no different with the iPhone 6.
The iPhone has stuck with the 8 megapixel effort from the 5s, and simply added some extra bits of software improvements to help keep its camera at a good standard.
Sony though is renowned for its superb camera crafting skills, and the very same 20.7 megapixel lens that was included on the Z1 and Z2 is making yet another appearance on the Z3.
Apple’s front lens hasn’t been mentioned very much at all this year, and as with its rear camera, all is pretty much the same, with the 1.2 megapixel offering seemingly enough for Apple to keep it involved.
Sony includes a 2.2 megapixel lens on the front side of the Z3, growing ever so slightly from the 2.1 megapixel effort found on the Z2 previously.
Z3 – Whilst Apple always does well in this area, Sony has always had a great camera, and we’ll be siding with it here as well…
Prefer something a bit smaller? Why not check out the Xperia Z3 Compact here?
Overall we have two superb smartphones already making a lot of noise during the final months of this year, with Apple and Sony delivering plenty of quality.
To pick a clear winner between the two is impossible, especially considering thow closely matched they are, but it’s safe to say that it’s going to be a tough choice no matter what…
Written by Luke Hatfield