Sony has this week released its newest device in the Xperia range: the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The phablet- termed because of its position between a phone and a tablet- has been put in direct comparison with other similarly-sized devices, especially Samsung’s Galaxy Mega.
So how do the two phablets really compare when put head to head?
As you can see by looking at the images below, the two devices couldn’t look more different.
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra shares the same tempered glass chassis and square design as the Xperia Z flagship device, which instantly gives the phablet a high-quality feel.
On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 looks very much like any other Samsung Galaxy device- whether it’s the S3, the S4 or even the Note 2! It has the familiar plastic casing, rounded corners and physical home button on the phablet’s fascia.
Although elements of design are largely dependent on personal opinion, the Sony Xperia Z has a more serious, smart-looking appearance compared with the Samsung Galaxy Mega, which looks slightly cheaper and less high spec.
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra might look more high-spec, then, but is this the case in reality?
At 6.4 inches, the Xperia Z Ultra has a slightly larger screen than the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3- which, if you hadn’t guessed already, sports a 6.3-inch display. Following on from the Sony Xperia Z’s impressive graphics, the Xperia Z Ultra also has a decent 344 pixel per inch display, which displays much sharper images than the Galaxy Mega’s 233ppi.
In terms of memory, there’s not much between the two phablets. The Samsung Galaxy Mega comes in either an 8 or 16GB variance with 1.5GB of RAM, with the Sony Xperia Z Ultra packing in 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM.
When it comes to power, however, the Sony device is miles ahead of the Samsung Galaxy Mega. With a whopping 2.2GHz quad-core processor, the Xperia Z Ultra is packed with so much power that it supersedes even the Sony Xperia Z’s 1.5GHz processor. The Samsung Galaxy Mega, in comparison, is like a dwindling fire with its 1.7GHz dual-core processor. That said, the Mega’s processor isn’t anywhere near being slow, it’s just that, put against the Xperia Z Ultra’s mammoth processor, it appears so!
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra, in true Sony style, has shared the Xperia Z’s water and dust proof capabilities, meaning that the phablet can be submerged in water up to 1 metre deep for 30 minutes before malfunctioning- perfect for those accidental spills and drops.
Coming from the king of TVs and game consoles, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra benefits not only from Sony’s impressive display, but also the Unlimited Music and Unlimited Movies apps, which, with a 6.4-inch screen, makes the phablet the perfect device for all multimedia fans.
The Samsung Galaxy Mega, on the other hand, benefits from many of the Samsung built-in apps that feature heavily on the Samsung Galaxy S4 flagship. These include S Travel, a translation app as well as Story Album, which creates photo albums from your phone’s gallery which you can even print off.
In terms of camera specs, both phablets have an 8 megapixel rear-facing lens, which should, in practice offer the same quality photos. However, until we officially get our hands on both devices, it’s difficult to ascertain how the two cameras compare like for like.
That said, the Samsung Galaxy Mega does boast the large variety of pre-production features as seen on the Galaxy S4, including Sound & Shot, which lets users play audio clips behind their still shots; Eraser, which removed any unwanted objects in the background of your photos; and Drama mode, which merges a series of pictures of a moving object into one image. These in-built features, whilst a little gimmicky, could be what makes the Samsung camera stand out from that of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.
After reviewing both the Samsung Galaxy Mega and Sony Xperia Z Ultra’s specs, features and aesthetic design, it is quite obvious that the Sony phablet is the clear winner.
With superior specs, which includes a really impressive quad-core 2.2GHz processor, on top of a really stylish design, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra offers users a well-built, attractive, and above all high performing phablet suitable for business users or general consumers alike.
On the other hand, while the Samsung Galaxy Mega might not have come out on top in this head to head, it isn’t an overall bad device. You might even say that pitting it against the Xperia Z Ultra was an unfair comparison, as the Galaxy Mega has been built to bridge the gap in the mid-range market. Instead, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (and soon the Galaxy Note 3) aim to compete against the high-spec phablets such as the Xperia Z Ultra, with Samsung opening up a whole new market for mid-range phablets like the Mega 5.9 and 6.3.
Written by Charlotte Kertrestel