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HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z

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HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
Introduction

HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia Z and the HTC One will be one of the main flagship competitors this season, so a thorough comparison is warranted to help you choose.

The HTC One flaunts novel ideas like the UltraPixel camera and stereo speaker system at the front, to which the Xperia Z responds with a thin and light waterproof body, so which one is for you? Read on to find out...


Design

The phones weigh about the same, but One is shorter and narrower than the Xperia Z, which should help for better one-handed control, if its pretty aluminum unibody wasn't so slippery compared to the rubberized edges of Sony's phone, that allow for a much better grip. Moreover, the rubbery feeling of the Xperia Z has a perfectly good reason to be there, as the phone is waterproof, if you are looking for rugged before pretty, and still thinner than the One, despite the watertight body.

The HTC One (left) and the Sony Xperia Z (right) - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
The HTC One (left) and the Sony Xperia Z (right) - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
The HTC One (left) and the Sony Xperia Z (right) - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z

The HTC One (left) and the Sony Xperia Z (right)


HTC, however, has graced the One with a timeless precision-cut aluminum chassis that sticks out like a sore thumb in the sea of plastic Androids. Not only that, but we get two amplified stereo speakers at the front, and also an IR blaster integrated in the power/lock button up top.

This same button Sony has placed in round metal form on the right where it belongs, directly under your thumb, while you have to stretch each time to reach it on the One. The overly thin volume rocker of the Z, however, is right smack in the middle of the right side, making it uncomfortable to feel and press, compared to the jagged one-piece metal key of the HTC One.

Left sides - The sides of the HTC One (down, left) and the Sony Xperia Z (top, right) - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
Right - The sides of the HTC One (down, left) and the Sony Xperia Z (top, right) - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
Top - The sides of the HTC One (down, left) and the Sony Xperia Z (top, right) - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z

Left sides

Right

Top

Bottom - The sides of the HTC One (down, left) and the Sony Xperia Z (top, right) - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
Backs - The sides of the HTC One (down, left) and the Sony Xperia Z (top, right) - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
Rear cameras - The sides of the HTC One (down, left) and the Sony Xperia Z (top, right) - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z

Bottom

Backs

Rear cameras

The sides of the HTC One (down, left) and the Sony Xperia Z (top, right)



Display

Both handsets sport Full HD 1080x1920 pixels displays, with the HTC One having a slight edge in pixel density, as it sports a 4.7” panel, compared to the 5-incher on the Xperia Z. The pixel densities, however, are more than you need, and not the main advantage of the HTC One's display before the screen on the Xperia Z.

The colors and contrast of the 5” panel in the Xperia Z look much worse than on the HTC One. Even when looked at head-on, the Xperia Z exhibits washed-out tones and pretty greyish blacks in comparison to the vibrant colors and high contrast ratio of the One. Tilt the Z even a little, and the picture becomes significantly paler and even more washed-out, whereas the One sports one of the best viewing angles we've seen on a mobile display. Thus the screen on HTC's phone excels in everything compared to the one in the Xperia Z, save for the all-important brightness category, where both phones are pretty close, with a slight advantage of the HTC One in terms of outdoor visibility.



Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
HTC One 460
(Good)
14
(Poor)
1:1758
(Excellent)
8008
(Poor)
2.21
5.89
(Average)
5.33
(Average)
Sony Xperia Z 440
(Good)
21
(Poor)
1:799
(Average)
8250
(Poor)
1.93
4.94
(Average)
6.23
(Average)
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HTC One 360-Degrees View:



Sony Xperia Z 360-Degrees View:



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posted on 22 Mar 2013, 06:36 18

1. darkskoliro (Posts: 953; Member since: 07 May 2012)


"The One is ran by the newest generation Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, clocked at 1.5 GHz,"
Clocked at 1.7

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 06:59 5

9. wendygarett (unregistered)


I wish the phone can clocked lower, in order to save some battery :)

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 13:37 2

74. phonemirer (Posts: 111; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


actually you can with root + setcpu app

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 22:30 1

87. darkskoliro (Posts: 953; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Not always at 1.7 :) Fluctuates depending on CPU intensity. Just like any cpu that has been around for years now.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:11 4

43. Daniel.P (Posts: 98; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


Fixed, cheers ;)

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 09:36 10

58. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


both software and hardware htc one smock z..
great job HTC..
it beats Competitors one after another..
this handpeace deserve to be best phone this year..
c`mon htc and bering for us another surprise by new tablet..

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 09:18 2

92. aditia (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)


WHAT IRONIC!!!! HOW YOU CAN SAY THAT XPERIA Z GOT WASHED OUT VS HTC ONE?
CHECK THISSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

search on youtube :HTC One vs. Sony Xperia Z : HD video streaming

Blue, Green, Red, Yellow and white on Sony more vibrant!!!! or YOU WANNA SAY SONY OVERSATURATED than HTC?????!!!!!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 11:00

102. Rishin17 (Posts: 19; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


We need not watch any videos..
. .when u use the xperia z in ur hand..
Ul see for urself what a horrible screen it is as compared
To the htc one..the only thing goin for xperia z(as sony ppl say) is d bravia engine2 :
Which reduces noise when watching videos or photos..
In any case practically when u use the phones in ur hand overall..the screen of d htc one is far far better than d xperia z

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 06:41 33

2. sonofzeus (Posts: 95; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


I had hands on with both the devices .The Display of the HTC one looks better than xperia z

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:10 17

15. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


true!!

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:19 16

22. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


haha, more dislikes coming..
they cant accept the washout and bad viewing angles of their xperia Z that after 2 days and days it will be dead :D

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 10:09

94. dil2abu (Posts: 169; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Check this..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpDi95S-PJ8

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 17:32

98. TMach (Posts: 349; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Perhaps you should watch this then!

http://youtu.be/JpDi95S-PJ8

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 17:33

99. TMach (Posts: 349; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Whoops....think again! Both great screens but do make informed comments. Evidence is per link below...

http://youtu.be/JpDi95S-PJ8

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 06:48 16

3. wendygarett (unregistered)


Currently own a one x, and I don't see a reason to take another HTC phone as my second phone,

don't get me wrong, I love HTC, especially that killing diamonds cut makes me mouth watering, not to mention that boomsound, and I use friendstream 24/7 and I wish I can use blinkfeed 24/7 as well...

unfortunately, holding second HTC phone makes me looks like a sheeple :(

I will get Xperia z this October and I swear I will get it :)

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:06 2

12. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1316; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


i might wait till the next nexus

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:16 3

19. wendygarett (unregistered)


If the next nexus is a water resistance phone, I take it :)

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:21 12

25. tiara6918 (Posts: 1353; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


No,it doesn't make you a fanboy nor a sheep if you'll keep buying the same brand it's just a matter of preference. You'll get blink feed on your next software update. Anyways, enjoy getting the z

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:25 2

50. wendygarett (unregistered)


You don't understand, sheeple us not you define yourself but the people who define you...

some people love Apple product and keep collecting it every year, it's just a matter of preference too... But still I define them sheeple :)

honestly, they are multibillion company, we don't owe their loyalty, utilise the beauty of choice, this is android anyway :)

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 10:59 2

69. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


You're dumb. People call them sheep because of WHY they buy Apple products. Sheep are the people who buy Apple products not for their specs or software or anything that the device actually has to offer over the competition but simply because it's made by Apple.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 11:15 1

71. wendygarett (unregistered)


Wow, I bring HTC one x and HTC one on the table and say, look I have two phones...

and compare to I bring HTC one x and Sony Xperia z on the table...

Which one is more sheeple? Again my emphasis, I don't owe any company loyalty, once I bought Xperia z, my third phone won't be a Sony....

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 12:15 3

73. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


Neither are for sheeps. Sheeps buy products not by their specs or software offerings but simply because of it's brand or status as a fashion symbol/trend. Hence why people call Apple fanboys sheep. Just because you buy three consecutive Samsung devices in a row doesn't mean you're a sheep. It depends WHY you bought that. If you used actual logic and reasoning or blind following, like SHEEP. If a device is clearly better in terms of hardware and software then it wouldn't make you a sheep to buy it over it's competition, regardless if you bought it's predecessor. Maybe the language barrier is why you're so dumb. What language do you need me to speak for you to understand?

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 02:30

89. wendygarett (unregistered)


Once again I don't loyal to every company, I want choices!!!

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 20:48 3

86. Rishin17 (Posts: 19; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


May be she is a goat ;)

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:33 9

27. MrJerry (Posts: 392; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Getting Xperia Z in this October...

What planet are you living on seriously?

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:07 11

40. wendygarett (unregistered)


A planet that full of mermaids :)
that's why I need water resistance phone duh...

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 10:38 1

65. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 770; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


I still don't get you, sometimes you are a die-hard Apple fan, some weeks ago a Samsung fan and now you will get a Sony phone? lol

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 06:52 6

4. istitch (Posts: 157; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


compare the one with ZL, ZL is cheaper yet compact.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 06:53 9

5. Lyngdoh (Posts: 223; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


Htc One should be compared with xperia ZL.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 06:55 3

7. smallworld (Posts: 436; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Yeah they are more similar.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 06:54 11

6. smallworld (Posts: 436; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Z for me.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 15:17 1

77. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


And me2, enjoying mine, it's Rooted with JB4.2.1 with Syia Kernels Cpu iverclocked to 1.9 Ghz same as S4. GPU clocked at 700Mhz.
Along with VmHeaptools, and McTweaker, Entropy, BusyBox, along with RamExpander now giving 4GB RAM for hardcore multitasking.
This Z now feels much smoother and faster®
Enjoy the Z Rooted™

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 22:33

88. darkskoliro (Posts: 953; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Oh wow :) might do that to my butterfly. Sounds like some much neeeded enhancements!

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 06:59 24

8. supa_dupa (Posts: 49; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


HTC One beats Xperia in almost every aspect...Great job, HTC!

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:09 20

14. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


why those downvotes exist?
unless they didnt read the article..
HTC One actually beats that Xperia!

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:13 14

17. tiara6918 (Posts: 1353; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Trolls and fanboys everywhere

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 10:12 8

61. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Sony fanboys have been really bitter lately.
Sony is repeating the same mistake they did with the XS. Subpar 2012 specs/features on a 2013 flagship.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 17:41

100. TMach (Posts: 349; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


No fan boy here and will be getting the HTC One to house my pay as you go sim card! But I do like objectivity........

http://youtu.be/JpDi95S-PJ8

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:01 21

10. TechFreak (Posts: 15; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)


HTC One has better screen,processor video quality and it has better looks nad better UI..
Sony Failed again..!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:06 9

13. istitch (Posts: 157; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


screen wise, htc one is better
processor wise, who would actually notice the difference?
and speaker quality, sony sacrifices that for water/dust resistance

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:12 11

16. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


well, Sony sacrificed so many important things

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:17 4

21. TechFreak (Posts: 15; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)


Processor wise you can undestand the difference in gaming for sure and it makes the device more future proof..Plus since these devices cost about the same why buy Xperia Z?

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 10:22 3

64. SleepingOz (unregistered)


"processor wise, who would actually notice the difference?"

That's what people used to say about quadcores cpu.
Believe me, you will! Games load faster, better graphical performances, no/less drop in framerate when running games like Dead Trigger, Real Racing, Shadowgun..

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 15:21 2

78. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


I can feel the big diffrence at 700 Mhz GPU=2 Adreno 320 GPU™

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:13

45. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


they didnt failed actually in broader sense,,
many people will consider that beautiful phone that dies immediately

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:28

53. soker38 (Posts: 8; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)


ht p://w ww.youtube.com/watch?v=JpDi95S-PJ8

best screnn? lol best quality video ? lol one fake

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 09:19 1

93. aditia (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)


WHAT IRONIC!!!! HOW YOU CAN SAY THAT XPERIA Z GOT WASHED OUT VS HTC ONE?
CHECK THISSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

search on youtube :HTC One vs. Sony Xperia Z : HD video streaming

Blue, Green, Red, Yellow and white on Sony more vibrant!!!! or YOU WANNA SAY SONY OVERSATURATED than HTC?????!!!!!

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:02 16

11. lee480 (Posts: 172; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


I think Xperia Z has the slight edge, but don't get me wrong, both are much better than the Galaxy S4.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:17 6

20. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


hahaha u didnt read the whole article dont you? LOLs
or u just read the parts with "water&dust resistant" and indoor shots
galaxy s4 and Htc one have more advantages than their dsadvntages
Xperia Z has more disadvantages than advantages

woohh dislikes coming :D

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:24

49. lee480 (Posts: 172; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


What disadvantages?

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:31 4

54. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


please read the article first..

screen
battery on playbacks
camera issues
call quality
speaker

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:19 4

23. TechFreak (Posts: 15; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)


Where do you see the slight edge?

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 10:13 4

62. lee480 (Posts: 172; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


-Beauty Design
-Water Proof
-Better camera (My personal taste)
-Nice call quality (Based on my tests)
-Great software support

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 10:19 1

63. istitch (Posts: 157; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


-Design is subjective
-pretty much
-well
-this is weird, the water resistance feature does affect the call quality, so either you haven't used a htc one, or just trolling
-no comment

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 10:41 4

66. SleepingOz (unregistered)


"Pixel density isn't everything
The Xperia Z is more attractive with its screen turned off rather than on"

"More pixels than sense
This is not the cameraphone you're looking for"

"Just because you call it HDR video doesn't mean it is HDR video"

"Fighting a soft war
Sony's sullying one of its most beloved brands with the atrocity that is PlayStation Mobile"

http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/11/4084004/sony-xperia-z-review

"However, the screen is by no means perfect. First of all its viewing angles aren't really great. They are a step forward compared to the Xperia T, but a very minor one. In that area Sony still has a lot of work before it catches up with the competition.

More disturbingly, the display has rather poor contrast for a flagship unit and not really inspiring colors. As testified by the measurements in our dedicated test it comes nowhere near the standard of its main competitors and it even fared worse than its predecessor."

"The results are pretty good overall, although we wouldn't say it has a significant advantage over the best 8MP shooters from last year."

"What came as a disappointment for us is the fact that even though the Xperia Z is able to capture still shots while recording video, it only produces images with 1 megapixel of resolution. That's less than half the resolution of the individual frames in the video itself and not really good for much. Given that last year's flagships could capture full res stills during video recording, what the Xperia Z offers is inexcusably poor."

"Enabling HDR doesn't do as big a difference as we hoped it will, but it still adds some detail in the highlight areas, which can make the difference between a usable and a poor video on some occassions."

"The Sony Xperia Z enters the arena of our video quality comparisons. The 1080p video recording of the smartphone isn't quite the best we have seen, but it fares pretty well. It easily matched the Optimus G and the Galaxy S III."

http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_z-review-887.php

"Sony is calling its new, thinner display the OptiContrast panel, but its performance doesn't offer the same viewing angles, or outdoor performance, of HTC's Super LCD 3 screen. In fact, turn the screen away from straight-on viewing, and you'll see a grayish discoloring that starts to obscure what's going on -- especially under bright light."

"The Xperia Z arrives just behind the latest Android iteration. It's still Android Jelly Bean, but it's version 4.1.2. Admittedly, the additions since then are relatively minor, but Sony has the unfortunate knack for launching its best phones without the very brightest software."

"When launching the camera app from a freshly booted device, it took a mind-numbing three seconds on average"

http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/20/sony-xperia-z-review/

Uh no, I wouldn't call this a slight edge.. =3
Also I'd like to know how are those better than the GSIV, putting aside aesthetic which is subjective anyway.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 15:24 1

79. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Agree+1™

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 19:32

85. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


this has to be a serious slap "D
even the sleepingOZ knows how to research and be critical before blabbing
nice one :)

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 15:26

97. GTR722 (Posts: 223; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


He is not researching, he is doing a sad fanboy troll quest looking for all the possible negatives lines about the Z. Anyone can do that fror any phone, the fact that he expend so many time doing that for the Z just show something, he is a hater fanboy, the worse kind.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 17:44

101. TMach (Posts: 349; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


http://youtu.be/JpDi95S-PJ8

Nuff said...HTC and Sony are my favourite brands but I won't have people trashing a brand due to their myopia!

posted on 18 Aug 2013, 23:56

109. gigaraga (Posts: 689; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


you mean the S4 destroys the two? Of course.

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