Sony Xperia Z vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Fight!

by Jerry D on March 19, 2013

Is the Sony Xperia Z a higher tech handset than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2? Does the 5.0-inch display on the Xperia Z, outgun the one on the Galaxy Note 2? Does it include a more responsive processor? How do the Galaxy Note 2’s measurements compare? What we need is a simple side-by-side comparison…

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Sony Xperia Z vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2: 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.

Sony Xperia Z VS Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Display 5.0-inch Reality 5.5-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
720 x 1280 pixels
(267.091 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 1.6GHz quad core Exynos
Software Android 4.1.2 Android 4.1.1
Storage 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 16, 32 or 64GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB
Rear
camera
13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, face/smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 2.2MP Yes, 2.0MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP/EDR
Size 71.0 x 139.0 x 7.9mm 80.5 x 151.1 x 9.4mm
Weight 146g 183g
Talktime 14.0 hours 16.0 hours
Standby 530 hours 890 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, barometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, Smart Stay and Smart Rotate eye tracking, TV-out and an S-Pen stylus

 

Sony Xperia Z vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 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 Sony Xperia Z vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 fight plays out…

Sony Xperia Z vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Connectivity

Let’s consider the wireless options first. The Xperia Z boasts NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. As for 4G, you get that too. The Galaxy Note 2 packs NFC, 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. And 4G? Yes, that’s in there too.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Sony Xperia Z vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Size/Weight

How thin do you like your phones? The Xperia Z and the Galaxy Note 2 measure 139.0 x 71.0 x 7.9mm and 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4mm respectively. The Xperia Z is the thinner of the two. The Sony Xperia Z weighs 146g, while the Galaxy Note 2 is 183g. The Xperia Z hits the front, but there’s still a long way to go.
— The Xperia Z wins (2-1)

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Sony Xperia Z vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Camera/Video

As for photo/video prowess, the Xperia Z’s 13.0 MP lens features autofocus, LED flash, face/smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording. For video calling, you’ll find a second 2.2MP camera on the front.

In this battle, the Galaxy Note 2 takes second place. Despite autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording, its 8.0 Megapixel camera isn’t up to the standards of the Xperia Z. A second 2.0MP camera on the front can be used for video calling.
— The Xperia Z wins (3-1)

Sony Xperia Z vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Display

The Xperia Z features a 5.0-inch touch-sensitive Reality display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. Jamming 2073600 pixels into this screen size gives the Xperia Z a sky-high pixel density of 440.6 pixels per inch (PPI).

XXXX pointy arrow The Sony Xperia Z features a 5.0-inch Reality display with a quoted resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 440.6.

The touch-sensitive Super AMOLED screen on the Galaxy Note 2 is a little bit bigger, measuring 5.5 inches. It boasts a poorer screen resolution that the Xperia Z – the display can only muster 720 by 1280 pixels. Do the math again and, with 921600 overall pixels, the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is 267.091.
— The Xperia Z wins (4-1)

Sony Xperia Z vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Processor

As for processing grunt, the Xperia Z’s engine is a 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 chip; the Galaxy Note 2 relies on a quad core Exynos, rated at 1.6GHz.
— The Galaxy Note 2 wins (4-2)

Half-time: Sony Xperia Z vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2

At the halfway point, the Xperia Z has a decent 2 point lead. But this fight’s not over. The Galaxy Note 2 still has time to mount a comeback.

Sony Xperia Z vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Software

Neither phone wins this Android 4.1.2 vs. Android 4.1.1 battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (5-3)

Sony Xperia Z vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Applications

It’s Google Play vs. Google Play and there’s no winner here. So the Xperia Z stays out in front. There’s a small chance, however, that the Galaxy Note 2 could still win.
— The two phones share the points (6-4)

Sony Xperia Z vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Storage

So, who wins the storage part of this fight? The Sony Xperia Z incorporates 16GB of built-in storage. The competing Galaxy Note 2 comes in different versions, cramming in either 16, 32 or 64GB-worth of storage. The Xperia Z also has a microSD interface, which can extend the overall capacity to 48GB. The 64GB storage capacity on Samsung’s phone can also be expanded to 128GB via the built-in microSD slot.
— The Galaxy Note 2 wins (6-5)

Sony Xperia Z vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Battery Life

Measuring the staying power of phones is difficult. But Sony claims 14.0 hours of talktime for the Xperia Z, compared to 16.0 hours for the Galaxy Note 2. Standby times are 530 hours and 890 hours respectively. So the Xperia Z loses this one.
— The Galaxy Note 2 wins (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.

Sony Xperia Z vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Extras

Finally, the Xperia Z also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. It’s also ruggedly built and will withstand a drunken dunk, accidental or otherwise. In comparison, the Galaxy Note 2 is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, barometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, Smart Stay and Smart Rotate eye tracking, TV-out and an S-Pen stylus.
— The Xperia Z wins (7-6)

BPF Verdict: The Sony Xperia Z wins! (7-6)

The Sony Xperia Z wins this match-up. It beats the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, taking 4 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 3 and losing 3. 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: Yes
The best display: Yes
The best processor: No
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: No
The best battery life: No
The best extras: Yes

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