The Xperia Z is the best and most impressive smartphone that Sony has ever made.  The company’s current flagship phone has dominated many blog rankings and expert reviews for months and rivals some of the most recently launched smartphones.  The Xperia Z was one of the most powerful smartphones to be launched in the market and one of the pioneers of the full HD 1080p smartphone displays.  Buyers today can be easily spoilt of choice on when shopping for a high end smartphone.  With so many high performance fully featured smartphones including HTC’s One, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and Note II, LG’s Optimus G and Apple’s iPhone 5, choosing the best among the best is tricky.  Here, we compare the Xperia Z against one of the market leaders, Apple’s iPhone 5.

Design

Both the Sony Xperia Z and Apple’s iPhone 5 are outstandingly designed and constructed from quality materials.  However, the Xperia Z stands out with its all-glass design with an aluminum rail.  The iPhone 5 has aluminum back with pieces of glass on the top and bottom.  The iPhone is much lighter at 3.95 oz than the 5.15 oz Xperia Z, so users who value this element would choose the iPhone.  Users fond of dropping their phones or want a phone they can use even in harsh conditions would prefer the Xperia Z as it has an IP57 certification meaning that it is dust, water and scratch proof.  The iPhone measures 4.87 x 2.31 x inches and is 0.30 inches thick while the Xperia Z is 5.47 x 2.80 inches and slightly thicker at 0.31 inches.

Display

The iPhone’s display aspect ratio is very unconventional at 640 x 1136 pixels.  The display of the Xperia Z is definitely much superior, a full HD 1080 x 1920 pixels for the 5.0 inch screen translating to ~441 ppi pixels density.  The iPhone 5’s screen is a 4.0 incher offers a display density of ~326 ppi.  Both screens have multi-touch capability and have glass protection against scratches and shatter.  The Xperia Z has a greater benefit of Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine 2 to boost performance especially when watching HD videos and playing graphic games.

Processor and memory

The Sony Xperia Z is more impressive when it comes to hardware and processing capabilities.  While it boasts of a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5 GHz Krait CPU, the iPhone has a dual-core 1.3 GHz Apple A6 processor.  The iPhone’s graphics module is a triple-core PowerVR SGX 543MP3 while the Xperia Z comes with an Adreno 320 GPU.  The Xperia Z can handle graphic content better thanks to the 2 GB RAM unlike the iPhone that has only 1 GB.  The iPhone, however, is more superior when it comes to storage memory.  It offers buyers the option of buying a 16, 32 or 64 GB version while the Xperia Z is available in 16 GB only.Bla bla bla bla

Cameras

iPhone 5 offers a clean camera application but with very few options while the Xperia Z’s camera app allows the user to set largely most camera specifications.  When it comes to hardware, the Xperia Z has a more superior camera, a 13.1 megapixels monster that can take images up to 4128 x 3096 pixels.  The iPhone’s camera has an 8 megapixels sensor that can take up to 3264 x 2448 pixels images.  Both cameras can take HD images and videos and front cameras are adapted for video calls.

Battery

With such a large screen, and demanding processor, the Xperia Z drains more battery juice than the iPhone 5.  Although the Xperia Z has a higher capacity 2330 mAh battery that promises up to 550 standby hours on 2G, the iPhone offers better battery performance from its 1440 mAh Li-Po battery in typical usage conditions.