Blackberry Z10 vs. Sony Xperia S – Fight!

by Jerry D on February 3, 2013

What are the key differences between the Blackberry Z10 and the Sony Xperia S? Does the 4.2-inch screen on the Z10, eclipse the Xperia S’s 4.3-inch display? Is Z10‘s Blackberry 10 software versatile enough? Will you be satisfied by the Xperia S’s 12.0MP camera? Compare the two phones for yourself in the table that follows.

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Blackberry Z10 vs. Sony Xperia S: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Blackberry Z10 VS Sony Xperia S
Display 4.2-inch LCD 4.3-inch LED-backlit LCD
Resolution 768 x 1280 pixels
(355.476 PPI)
720 x 1280 pixels
(341.628 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260
Software Blackberry 10 Android 4.0.4
Storage 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 32GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, image stabilization, face detection, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording 12.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 2.0MP Yes, 1.3MP
4G LTE No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 2.1 with EDR/A2DP
Size 65.6 x 130.0 x 9.0mm 64.0 x 128.0 x 10.6mm
Weight 135g 144g
Talktime 10.0 hours 8.5 hours
Standby 300 hours 420 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, Blackberry Maps and an HDMI out GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope, stereo FM radio, HDMI port, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality

Blackberry Z10 vs. Sony Xperia S analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Blackberry Z10 vs. Sony Xperia S fight plays out…

Blackberry Z10 vs. Sony Xperia S – Connectivity

Let’s talk wireless connectivity, shall we? The Z10 includes NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. 4G connectivity is also baked in. Sony’s Xperia S comes with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR/A2DP as standard.
— The Z10 wins (1-0)

Blackberry Z10 vs. Sony Xperia S – Size/Weight

Neither of these phones is a brick. There’s not much of a gap between the two – the Z10 is 130.0 x 65.6 x 9.0mm; Sony’s phone is 128.0 x 64.0 x 10.6mm. Overall, the Xperia S is smaller. If weight is an issue, then the Xperia S is 144g, while Blackberry’s phone is 135g.
— The Z10 wins (2-0)

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Blackberry Z10 vs. Sony Xperia S – Camera/Video

The Z10 is equipped with a 8.0 Megapixel camera (3264 x 2448 pixels) with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, image stabilization, face detection, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. For video calls and self portraits, there’s also a front-facing camera (2.0 Megapixels).

The Sony Xperia S beats its opponent with a higher-spec 12.0 Megapixel camera that also includes autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording. Another 1.3 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
— The Xperia S wins (2-1)

Blackberry Z10 vs. Sony Xperia S – Display

The design of Blackberry’s Z10 features a 4.2-inch touch-sensitive LCD screen, with a resolution of 768 by 1280 pixels. There are 983040 pixels overall, which translates to a brilliant 355.476 pixels per inch.

XXXX pointy arrow The Blackberry Z10 features a 4.2-inch LED-backlit LCD display with a quoted resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 355.476.

Measuring 4.3 inches, Xperia S’s touch-sensitive LED-backlit LCD screen is bigger. In this battle, it suffers from a lower screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. In comparison, there are 921600 pixels onscreen, giving the Xperia S a strong pixel density of 341.628 pixels per inch.
— The Z10 wins (3-1)

Blackberry Z10 vs. Sony Xperia S – Processor

— It’s a tie, one point each (4-2)

Half-time: Blackberry Z10 vs. Sony Xperia S

At this halfway stage, the Z10 leads by 4-2, a 2-point advantage. There are five more rounds to go. Can the Xperia S turn this around?

Blackberry Z10 vs. Sony Xperia S – Software

The Z10 is based on Blackberry 10, the Xperia S uses Android 4.0.4.
— The Xperia S wins (4-3)

Blackberry Z10 vs. Sony Xperia S – Applications

Slick-looking software is useless without great apps. According to the stats, the Xperia S has the fattest app store of the two. There are over 675000 apps on Google Play; while Blackberry App World has over 105000 apps available for download. Despite trailing at half-time, the Xperia S has levelled the scores with three rounds to go.
— The Xperia S wins (4-4)

Blackberry Z10 vs. Sony Xperia S – Storage

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (5-5)

Blackberry Z10 vs. Sony Xperia S – Battery Life

Fully-charged, the Z10 boasts 10.0 hours of talktime according to Blackberry, while the Xperia S is rated at 8.5 hours. Standby time is rated at 300 hours and 420 hours respectively. A win for the Z10 (and for the Xperia S).
— Draw (6-6)

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Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

Blackberry Z10 vs. Sony Xperia S – Extras

— It’s a tie, one point each (7-7)

BPF verdict: It’s a tie! (7-7)

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