A complete comparison between Sony Xperia Z Ultra and Samsung Galaxy Note II
Exterior and Design
Having a dimension of 179 x 92 x 6.5 mm, the Xperia Z Ultra looks massive, where the Galaxy Note II has a smaller dimension of 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm. In the exterior and design looks, the Z Ultra outshines the Note 2. The Z Ultra's exterior portion is crafted out of glass material, which gives a glazing and rich ambience to the phone. Concurrently, the Galaxy Note 2 has the same plastic material. At a glance the Xperia Z Ultra is a bigger Xperia Z, and the Galaxy Note II is a slightly modified Galaxy S3 or the Galaxy S4. However, Sony has left a lot space after display. If the firm could minimize the area of left portion for menu button and speaker, the Xperia Z Ultra would have been a bit more comforting for porting.
Though the Xperia Z looks great, it is hardly portable and placed in pockets. It needs extra care. Its bigger size also makes the user to handle it difficultly. Moreover, it weighs 212 kg, where the Galaxy Note II weighs only 183 Kg.
Display is the fate of today's smartphone. So smartphones having better and best screens will endure. Sony Xperia Z Ultra comes with a 6.44 inches, full HD, TRILUMINOS Display with X-Reality. It has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a stunning 342 pixels per inch. Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy Note II is coupled with a smaller 5.5 inches, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. Having a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and a less aggressive 267 ppi pixel density, the Galaxy Note II screens lower to the Xperia Z Ultra. So if you consider display, you can certainly choose the Xperia Z Ultra.
CPU and Performance
You can't handle a smartphone with better and best processors. If it's a high-end device, it must own a super-end CPU. Both machines live upto this concept. The Xperia Z Ultra is powered by a 2.2 GHz Quad-core Krait 400 and further assisted by 2 GB RAM, while the Galaxy Note II is functioned by an inferior 1.6 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A9 with same 2 GB RAM. The Xperia machine outplays the Galaxy stuff in performance as well. With better screen and with better CPU, you can enjoy way better and even the best to play high-end games and to have many more multi-tasks with the Xperia Z Ultra.
The Xperia Z Ultra is run by the latest version of Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean). At the same time, Android OS, v4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) stands as the platform of the Galaxy Note II. However, it can be updated to v4.2.2. So, there is no much difference seen. Still, the Xperia stuff rocks until Samsung provides the update option for its Galaxy device.
Camera is the next bigger thing what we have to exactly look at. The Sony product comes with an 8 MP primary cam with Exmor RS, which combines superior image quality and advanced functionality with compact size. It has a 2 MP secondary cam as well, which does for video calling. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Note comes with the same 8 MP cam with LED flash and a 1.9 MP front cam. This is poor call from Sony that it lacks a flash. They had the brilliancy to include Exmor RS and all. But, let me ask you dear Sony engineers, how much you cost to install an LED flash. It's absolutely pathetic. Sony should have done it. Remember it's a high-end smartphone, not a budget or compact stuff. Here you can go for the Galaxy Note II.
Internet and Connectivity
Thanks, both the gadgets are moulded with all sort of internet, data, and other connectivities that live up to today's smartphoning. It has GPRS, EDGE, 3G, HSDPA, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and GPS. So we can access data as faster as is possible via data pack. 4G LTE is there. But, it is limited to some countries and cities. Well, Wi-Fi can do some business here. And GPS to locate places.
Almost all high-end smartphones are blessed with good weight of memory. It is no different here. The Xperia Z Ultra has an inbuilt of 16 GB which can be expanded upto massive 64 GB via a microSD card. And in the Galaxy Note II, it is optional. We have 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB capacities provided and it can further be expanded even up to 64 GB using a microSD card. So think how storable is the Galaxy Note II. Certainly the Galaxy Note II is the champ here if you want more and more storage capacity.
Whatever features and technical specifications are offered and if there is no sufficient battery life to exploit the beauty of a smartphone, what is the use with it. The Xperia Z Ultra is packed with a Standard battery, Li-Ion 3000 mAh, where the Galaxy Note II has a bigger Standard battery, Li-Ion 3100 mAh. Remember, Sony's stuff is of 6.44 inches Display with 3000 mAh battery and Samsung's of 3000 mAh with a smaller 5.5 inches Display. So definitely the Galaxy Note II stands more. Sony offers 14 hours of talk time, where Samsung certifies35 hours in 2G and 16 hours in 3G network. So for long stand up choose the Galaxy Note II.
Samsung Galaxy Note II is priced at Rs. 37,500 for its base 16 GB version, while more is needed to spend afford its high-ends. Meanwhile, the Xperia Z Ultra is yet to launched and priced in India. It's for sure that the device will see a price tag over Rs. 45,000. If not, that will be wonder from Sony and the gadget will rock.
Frankly, the Xperia Z Ultra is not the device to compare with the Galaxy Note II. Because, it's highly featured and placed higher above. In fact, there is no right rival for the Sony gadget. Still, it misses some basic formality such as LED flash. That's the only drawback I could find with the spec. Moreover, it is waterproof with an impressive rating of IP55 and IP58. In the other hand we have a highly successful device, the Galaxy Note II. So if you want a device between tablet and smartphone with bigger screen, go for the Xperia Z Ultra. If you need a phablet which can be betterly ported, the Galaxy Note II is your machine. Remember, the Xperia Z Ultra is a bit bulky. So, it will be hard to carry as we do with the other smartphones. Well, choose wisely.
But, this is the real enemy for the Xperia Z Ultra. The real man, the Galaxy Note III, is heading up with bigger screen, much powerful processor, and with much more. So if you could wait for the best device in its class that would be great.