iPhone 5S vs. Sony Xperia Z1

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With the two mobile giants, Apple and Sony, releasing their flagship offerings –iPhone 5S and Sony Xperia Z1 – almost back to back this month, there is a lot of brouhaha among the hardcore mobile phone aficionados regarding which among the two premium smartphones is better. With both these phones coming out with a slew of new features, it is going to be a tough call for mobile phone buyers. Naturally, the opinions are divided, as both these brands have a loyal customer base.

Both these phones have plenty of appeal. The iPhone 5S is stated to be a substantial upgrade over its previous model in many ways while the Xperia Z1 also integrated with some of the best specs yet to be seen on a phone. Let us check out how both these handsets compare with each other on several parameters.

Design and build

Like their predecessors, the iPhone 5S and Xperia Z1 sport a premium look. Both beautifully combine metal with glass in a design that is clean and minimalistic.

Impressively thin at 123.8 mm, 58.6 mm, 7.6 mm HWD and weighing a mere 112 gm, the iPhone is perhaps the lightest smartphone in the market. Design wise, the iPhone comes with balanced proportions, softly rounded corners and a metallic bezel around the home button, as a new design feature. Colorwise, you have the option to choose between these combos – a silver phone with a white trim, a spray gray with a black trim or a champagne gold and white trim.

Flat on both sides, with two sheets of Dragon Trail glass on sides fused along with a single aluminum backing, the Sony Xperia Z1 is equally impressive. Unlike the sharp corners of the Xperia Z, slightly curved corners in the Xperia Z1 allow for a nice hold. With 144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm HWD the Xperia Z1 sports a slim profile. However, weighing 170 gms, the Xperia Z1 is on the heavier side when compared to the iPhone 5S. The major USP for the Sony Xperia Z1 is that it is waterproof and dustproof, making it a very versatile phone.

Display

Display wise, both these phones are almost on par with each other. The Xperia Z1 boasts a Full HD 1920 x 1080 display with a 441 ppi pixel density on a 5-inch screen. In comparison, the iPhone 5S’ 4-inch screen is empowered by a 1136 x 640 Retina IPS LCD display with 326 ppi, which allows for an excellent widescreen display with true colors and 800:1 contrast ratio.

However, the Xperia Z1 boasts a larger touchscreen display at 5 inch as against the iPhone 5S’s 4-inch screen. The larger display of the Xperia Z1 along with rich and vibrant colors, powerful brightness, great contrast and excellent sharpness makes it a better choice for those who love watching HD videos, films, TV shows and gaming on their smartphones.

Hardware

Apple’s iPhone 5S introduces the new 64-bit architecture with a new A7 chip with a dual core and a clock speed of 1.7 GHz along with 1 GB RAM for faster processing. On the storage front, the iPhone offers its usual 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB variants.

On the other hand, the Xperia Z is integrated with a 32-bit quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip from Qualcomm. It is clocked at 2.2 GHz and with 2 GB of RAM you can enjoy speedier multitasking between applications. It also includes 16 GB of onboard storage with microSD card support up to 64 GB.

Conclusion

The iPhone 5S and the Sony Xperia Z1 are unquestionably premier phones and are backed by years of reliability and quality in all aspects. To choose one over the other is indeed very difficult. Both feature a thriving ecosystem of content, and buying the Z1 ultimately comes down to whether you want to use Android.

[author]Rohit Asthana is the editor of BayOfBlog, where he writes about technology, mobiles and the latest in the world of gadgets. In his free time, he reads novels and watches football.[/author]

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