Sony Xperia Z1 vs. Apple iPhone 5 – Fight!

by Jerry D on October 1, 2013

Is the Sony Xperia Z1 a better phone than the Apple iPhone 5? Does the 5.0-inch display on the Xperia Z1, crush the one on the iPhone 5? Is the amount of storage on the Xperia Z1 high enough? These questions (and more besides) are answered below.

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Sony Xperia Z1 vs. Apple iPhone 5: stat-fight

Here’s a comparison of these two phones. 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 Z1 VS Apple iPhone 5
Display 5.0-inch TRILUMINOS LCD 4.0-inch Retina
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
640 x 1136 pixels
(326.0 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 2.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) 1.2GHz dual core Apple A6
Software Android 4.3 iOS 6
Storage 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 16, 32 or 64GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
20.7 Megapixels with Exmor RS 1/2.3-type CMOS, autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode and 1080p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 2.0MP Yes, 1.2MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA/CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
Size 74.0 x 144.0 x 8.5mm 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6mm
Weight 170g 112g
Talktime 15.0 hours 8.0 hours
Standby 850 hours 225 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, Info-eye, TrackID TV, TV-out and Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine 2 PowerVR SGX 543MP3 graphics, GPS/A-GPS, accelerator, digital compass, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, gyroscope, Siri digital voice assistant

BPF Verdict: The Sony Xperia Z1 wins!

The Sony Xperia Z1 wins this match-up. It beats the Apple iPhone 5 over 10 rounds (see below), winning 6 of them, drawing 1 and losing 3. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

  1. The best connectivity: Yes
  2. The best size/weight: No
  3. The best camera/video: Yes
  4. The best display: Yes
  5. The best processor: Yes
  6. The best software: Comparable
  7. The most applications: No
  8. The most storage: No
  9. The best battery life: Yes
  10. The best extras: Yes

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