If you are abreast with the major developments in the smartphone market and the telecommunication industry in general, you may have noticed that the two devices we are comparing here – Sony’s Xperia Z and Samsung’s Galaxy S4 – have at some point dominated the list of the most powerful and most impressive devices in the market.  Sony was the first to announce their flagship device back in January and released it a month later in February.  Back then, Samsung’s flagship smartphone was the highly impressive and bestselling Galaxy S3.  Now that the S4 and the Xperia Z are on the market as flagship devices, which one should you choose?

 

Similarities

These two phones have a lot in common starting with the screen resolution of full HD 1080 x 1920 pixels.  Another notable similarity between the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Sony Xperia Z is that both phones have 5 inch screens, meaning that the display pixel densities are at par at ~443 ppi.  Both devices also have a 13 megapixels rear camera that can take full HD images and video and 2 megapixels front cameras that are 1080p capable as well.  Both the Xperia Z and Galaxy S4 have all the standard features of a modern high end Android smartphone including GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, 4G LTE capability, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and a microSD card slot.  Also, both phones have 2 GB RAM.

Differences

There are of course different version of the Samsung Galaxy S4.  The original Galaxy S4 has a better Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad-core processor with a 1.9 GHz clock speed while the Xperia Z has an older Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with a 1.5 GHz processor speed.  When it comes to build, both phones are 0.31 inches thick but the Galaxy S4 is lighter at 4.59 oz. while the Xperia Z is heavier at 5.15 oz.  While the Xperia Z is only available in 16 GB, you can choose from 16, 32 and 64 GB versions of the Galaxy S4.Bla bla bla bla
While these two superphones are almost similar in build, they are completely different in design.  The Xperia Z has an expensive glass and metallic touch while the S4 is slightly dinged for the cheap-like plastic build.  The Xperia Z is covered with tampered glass all-round and is IP57 certified while the original Galaxy S4 is not.  However, if you want a water, dust and scratch resistant Galaxy S4, you can go for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active which is designed for use even in extreme weather conditions.

When it comes to performance, the S4’s screen is a Super AMOLED panel which is famed for its crisp display while the Xperia Z features Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine 2.  The S4’s screen is richer and more saturated while the Z’s is sharper – the choice therefore boils down to taste.  The Samsung Galaxy S4 beats Sony’s Xperia Z not only in processor power but also in software.  The S4 came much later and runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean while the Xperia Z runs on 4.1.  If history is anything to go by, the S4 is more likely to get a 4.3 or 5.0 update before the Xperia Z gets a 4.2 update.