Sony Xperia ZR vs. HTC Desire 600 – Fight!

by Jerry D on July 18, 2013

There are questions we need to ask when deciding between the Sony Xperia ZR and the HTC Desire 600. Questions like… Is the 4.55-inch screen on the Xperia ZR superior to the display on the Desire 600? Will the Desire 600’s 8.0 Megapixel camera take superior photos? Discover which handset wins this big phone fight in the table below…

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Sony Xperia ZR vs. HTC Desire 600: 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 ZR VS HTC Desire 600
Display 4.55-inch LCD 4.5-inch Super LCD2
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
(322.857 PPI)
540 x 960 pixels
(244.667 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm MSM8625Q Snapdragon 200
Software Android 4.1 Android 4.1.2
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 8GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
13.1 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode, 16x digital zoom and 1080p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection and 720p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 0.3MP Yes, 1.6MP
4G LTE No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
Size 67.3 x 131.3 x 10.5mm 67.0 x 134.8 x 9.3mm
Weight 138g 130g
Talktime 13.0 hours 11.0 hours
Standby 520 hours 539 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine 2, Wi-Fi Hotspot, DLNA, IP55/IP58 certified – dust and waterproof, waterproof up to 1 metre/30 mins Dual SIM, GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, and Beats Audio

 

Sony Xperia ZR vs. HTC Desire 600 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 ZR vs. HTC Desire 600 fight plays out…

Sony Xperia ZR vs. HTC Desire 600 – Connectivity

As far as wireless tech is concerned, the Xperia ZR comes with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. It also boasts support for faster 4G networks. The Desire 600, meanwhile, boasts NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. 4G isn’t included, however.
— The Xperia ZR wins (1-0)

Sony Xperia ZR vs. HTC Desire 600 – Size/Weight

How big do you like your phones? The Xperia ZR measures 131.3 x 67.3 x 10.5mm, while the Desire 600 is 134.8 x 67.0 x 9.3mm in comparison. The Xperia ZR is the bigger phone. Measure the weight of the duo and the Xperia ZR weighs 138g, while the HTC Desire 600 is 130g.
— The Desire 600 wins (1-1)

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Sony Xperia ZR vs. HTC Desire 600 – Camera/Video

The design of the Sony Xperia ZR incorporates an impressive 13.1 Megapixel camera with a max resolution of and autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode, 16x digital zoom and 1080p video recording. For video calling, you’ll find a second 0.3MP camera on the front.

The Desire 600, meanwhile, has a lower-spec camera on paper – a 8.0 Megapixel model with a max resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels, plus autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection and 720p video recording functionality. A second 1.6MP camera on the front can be used for video calling.
— The Xperia ZR wins (2-1)

Sony Xperia ZR vs. HTC Desire 600 – Display

So which screen is better? The Xperia ZR boasts a LCD panel, which measures 4.55 inches across the diagonal and delivers a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. By our calculations, this means that there are 921600 pixels overall, which translates to an excellent 322.857 pixels per inch measurement.

XXXX pointy arrow The Sony Xperia ZR features a 4.55-inch LCD display with a quoted resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 322.857.

The Desire 600′s touch-sensitive Super LCD2 display is newer technology and measures 4.5 inches. It boasts a poorer screen resolution that the Xperia ZR, however. The display can only muster an iPhone-esque 540 by 960 pixels. With 518400 pixels on the 4.5-inch screen, the pixel density is much lower at 244.667 pixels per inch.
— The Xperia ZR wins (3-1)

Sony Xperia ZR vs. HTC Desire 600 – Processor

How speedy are the two combatants? The specs show that the Sony Xperia ZR has been constructed around a zippy quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon chip, clocked at 1.5GHz. The Desire 600 has a quad core Qualcomm MSM8625Q Snapdragon 200 1.2GHz processor.
— The Xperia ZR wins (4-1)

Half-time: Sony Xperia ZR vs. HTC Desire 600

As we take a breather for half-time, the Xperia ZR has a promising 3 point lead. The second half is about to start. Can the Desire 600 power back and snatch the win?

Sony Xperia ZR vs. HTC Desire 600 – Software

Neither phone wins this Android 4.1 vs. Android 4.1.2 battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (5-2)

Sony Xperia ZR vs. HTC Desire 600 – Applications

It’s Google Play vs. Google Play and there’s no winner here. Which means that, as it stands right now, the Xperia ZR is still on top in this fight. The Xperia ZR has surely got this fight in the bag.
— The two phones share the points (6-3)

Sony Xperia ZR vs. HTC Desire 600 – Storage

The next round addresses storage. The Xperia ZR kicks off proceedings with 8GB of internal storage. It’s the same amount of storage that you’ll find in the HTC Desire 600. That’s not the end of the story… The Xperia ZR also has a microSD interface, which can extend the overall capacity to 40GB. Unlike its rival, the Desire 600 is missing an expansion slot and so the max storage option remains 8GB.
— The Xperia ZR wins (7-3)

Sony Xperia ZR vs. HTC Desire 600 – Battery Life

Charged to the max, Sony boasts 13.0 hours of talktime for its Xperia ZR, versus 11.0 hours for the Desire 600. The standby times are 520 hours for the Xperia ZR and 539 hours for the Desire 600. That’s a smackdown for the Xperia ZR here.
— The Xperia ZR wins (8-3)

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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 ZR vs. HTC Desire 600 – Extras

Finally, the Xperia ZR also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine 2, Wi-Fi Hotspot, DLNA, IP55/IP58 certified – dust and waterproof, waterproof up to 1 metre/30 mins. In comparison, the Desire 600 is packed with Dual SIM, GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, and Beats Audio.
— The Xperia ZR wins (9-3)

BPF Verdict: The Sony Xperia ZR wins! (9-3)

The Sony Xperia ZR wins this match-up. It beats the HTC Desire 600, taking 7 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 2 and losing 1. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Yes
The best size/weight: No
The best camera/video: Yes
The best display: Yes
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: Yes
The best battery life: Yes
The best extras: Yes

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