If you rank the LG Optimus G Pro and the Sony Xperia Z against each other, which one wins? Is the 5.5-inch screen on the Optimus G Pro boast better tech than the Xperia Z’s? Is its quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor newer and faster? Are we keen to have a play with the Xperia Z’s 13.0MP camera? All of these questions are answered in the table that follows…
LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z: 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.
|LG Optimus G Pro||VS||Sony Xperia Z|
|Display||5.5-inch Full HD-IPS LCD||5.0-inch Reality|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels
|1080 x 1920 pixels
|Processor||1.7GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600||1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064|
|Software||Android 4.1||Android 4.1.2|
|Storage||32GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB||16GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB|
|13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, image stabilization, face detection, geo-tagging, dual recording, VR panormama and 1080p video recording||13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, face/smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording|
|Yes, 2.1MP||Yes, 2.2MP|
|Bluetooth||4.0 with A2DP||4.0 with A2DP|
|Size||76.1 x 150.2 x 9.4mm||71.0 x 139.0 x 7.9mm|
|Extras||GPS/A-GPS, NFC, acclerometer, digital compass, gyroscope, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, TV out and Dolby Mobile||GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality|
LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z 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 LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z fight plays out…
LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z – Connectivity
Good wireless connectivity is vital. The Optimus G Pro features NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. It also has 4G. The Xperia Z packs NFC, 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. And 4G? Yes, that’s in there too.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)
LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z – Size/Weight
The spec sheets make interesting reading. There’s not much between the two – the Optimus G Pro is 150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4mm, the Xperia Z is 139.0 x 71.0 x 7.9mm. The Xperia Z is the more compact handset. Checking on weight, the Optimus G Pro weighs 160g, while the Sony Xperia Z is 146g. The Xperia Z takes the lead.
— The Xperia Z wins (1-2)
LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z – Camera/Video
The Optimus G Pro is equipped with a 13.0 Megapixel camera (4208 x 3120 pixels) with autofocus, touch focus, image stabilization, face detection, geo-tagging, dual recording, VR panorama and 1080p video recording. There’s also a front-facing 2.1MP camera for video calls.
The Xperia Z also sports a 13.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, LED flash, face/smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording), so there’s no real difference in camera quality. A second 2.2MP camera on the front can be used for video calling.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (2-3)
LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z – Display
The Optimus G Pro incorporates a touch-sensitive Full HD-IPS LCD display, 5.5 inches in size and with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. With its 5.5-inch display and an excellent overall pixel count of 2073600, the Optimus G Pro has a pixels per inch rating of 400.545.
|The LG Optimus G Pro features a 5.5-inch Full HD-IPS LCD display with a quoted resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 400.545.|
In contrast, the 5.0-inch touch-sensitive Reality display on Sony’s phone is only 0.5 inches smaller. Like the Optimus G Pro, its screen has a 1080 by 1920 resolution. With 2073600 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is a big league 440.6 pixels per inch.
— The Xperia Z wins (2-4)
LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z – Processor
In the CPU battle, the Optimus G Pro boasts a 1.7GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. The Xperia Z, meanwhile, has an quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 chip, rated at 1.5GHz.
— The Optimus G Pro wins (3-4)
Half-time: LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z
As we take a break for some half-time oranges, the Xperia Z has a narrow 1 point lead. The Optimus G Pro is still in this fight. But it might be tough to claw back enough points to beat Sony’s phone…
LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z – Software
Neither phone wins this Android 4.1 vs. Android 4.1.2 battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (4-5)
LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z – Applications
It’s Google Play vs. Google Play and there’s no winner here. Which means… There are three rounds to go and the Xperia Z is still in the lead. Three crucial rounds left…
— The two phones share the points (5-6)
LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z – Storage
Onto the storage battle… The Optimus G Pro includes 32GB of storage. The Sony Xperia Z only comes in one version, which packs in 16GB of storage. Here, the 32GB in the Optimus G Pro trumps the 16GB capacity of the Xperia Z. The Optimus G Pro also boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 64GB. Likewise, a microSD slot on the Xperia Z further boosts the overall memory on Sony’s phone to 48GB.
— The Optimus G Pro wins (6-6)
LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z – Battery Life
We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Optimus G Pro and the Xperia Z share the points (7-7)
LG Optimus G Pro vs. Sony Xperia Z – Extras
Finally, the Optimus G Pro also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, acclerometer, digital compass, gyroscope, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, TV out and Dolby Mobile. In comparison, the Xperia Z is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, a gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and IP57-rated ruggedness that makes it water resistant to a depth of one metre.
— The Xperia Z wins (7-8)
BPF Verdict: The Sony Xperia Z wins! (7-8)
The Sony Xperia Z wins this match-up. It beats the LG Optimus G Pro, taking 3 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 5 and losing 2. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:
The best connectivity: Comparable
The best size/weight: Yes
The best camera/video: Comparable
The best display: Yes
The best processor: No
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: No
The best extras: Yes
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