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HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z

0. phoneArena 22 Mar 2013, 06:32 posted on

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...

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posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:15 14

18. tiara6918 (Posts: 2036; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

HTC one wins again, looks like it's biggest and last competitor for now is the s4

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:40 4

32. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)

Actually it will have to beat two types of s4. The i9500 & i9505. But Xperia z ui is still amazing for me.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:47

33. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)

yah one thing that i want to came after Xperia is the style of its UI
very elegant!!!

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:57 2

37. tiara6918 (Posts: 2036; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

Yeah the Ui of Sony is still one of the best out there, I kinda prefer it over blink feed, because I doubt ill really use that feature

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:21

24. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

Hard to tell cause they are about the same

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:24 7

26. LAKAME_MAN (Posts: 46; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)

I know the One beats the Z in most aspects, but I'd still buy the Z if I had to choose between these two, just because I like the design better, and right now I have the G Note, so I'm used to huge displays, and 4.7 is just too small for me.
I also hate HTC Sense, especially Sense 5, so, yeah :)
Just my opinion :D

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 09:31 1

57. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

this video will make you feel better with your choice


posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:33 3

28. amats69 (Posts: 1445; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

SONY XZ is my first choice before.i really love the Design and of being waterproof and dustproof.(i prefer HTC ones screen than Sony XZ)..but when HTC one was launch i was amazed with the phone! then ill wait for the Samsung on what they will offer us via S4 but i really dont like cheap looking phone.sorry i choose the HTC one because i think for this year this is the complete package phone. from hardware to software..if Only HTC one is a Water Proof and dustproof then it will be close to perfection!! just my opinion..... so thumbs down begins..... LOL

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:39 7

31. istitch (Posts: 181; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)

If, HTC one is water-resistant, there will be no aluminium, and the speaker would not be so good.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:04 1

38. amats69 (Posts: 1445; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

agree with that..

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:55 3

36. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)

its not cheap looking, it looks very compact.. the black one looks cheap because of its back,..... some reviews say s4 stunning and visually appealing..
anyway samsung shud learn to improve its design, its not an excuse that s3 sells well means it is a winning design, s3 sells because of marketing and its differentiating or unique factors not the design..

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:06 2

39. amats69 (Posts: 1445; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

that is why i dont like the S4 coz it a replica of S3.that design and built quality is not for Flagship phone

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:10 2

42. istitch (Posts: 181; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)

Samsung wouldnt care
They dumped billions on marketing to advertise
normal people will be influenced, that's marketing

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:23 3

48. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)

and thats business,
why not look at unbiased phone reviews to see how the s3 and s2 blown the competition at their respective generations than putting marketing as the main and only factor to consider success..

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:20 2

47. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)

oh dont be so aggressive
the s3 is ugly but the white s4 is quite stunning thanks to the narrower bezels and its surrounding sides, the black fells short on pictures but i dont know abt in real life as gsmarena said that the black one will be the choice of most than the white one..
the white one looks great in closeup shots

but if the plastic is the main factor for u to say that it is not for a flagship phone, then consider other factors like phone signal, time to manufacture millions of these units, cost, durability, scratches and dents, cracks etc :D

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 18:57

83. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

And CARBON Footprint as that leads to Global warming ... so which one has a higher CARBON footprint?

Aluminum Body HTC One (or others)


Any Plastic Body Phone

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:34 11

29. ghanemsam (Posts: 64; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)

HTC one is the clear winner here , i like the xperia Z but the ONE won in every aspcts here

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:34 2

30. amats69 (Posts: 1445; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

agree.same with me

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:52 6

34. preet27in (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

wow, there is no doubt both r good handsets. BUT NEW GENERATION PROCESSOR , a good camera and DAMN GOOD LOOKS, makes HTC ONE bETTER than sony xperia z. viewing angles r better in htc one for sure. almost in every apect htc one is better. HTC U ROCK.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:55 5

35. platformwars (Posts: 86; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)

Wow.. the HTC One actually outperformed the SONY Z at almost every point... I think it should do the same with the S4.. even though the S4 will sell like hotcakes as they have brand loyalty only second to Apple.. but if someone makes a informed decision i think they would go with the HTC One.. the S4 is also very good.. but doesnt offer anything Ground Breaking and from what ive seen so far in the introduction of the S4.. its not very good.. The HTC One has better looks, Same Processor, Same RAM, Better UI (Actually depends on the end user but they have given a WP8 like blinkfeed, iOS style App Drawer and the traditional Android UI).. With all this in mind.. Cant wait for the Comparison on these devices..

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:10 1

41. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)

yah better looks, but factors abt the build would say otherwise as plastic/polycarbonate has more advantages; UI looks cleaner and prettier on HTC One, but if coupled with the smart functionality of touchwiz features it will be perfect.. but i do more like the looks of XZ's UI so Xperia's UI plus the SMART touchwiz= incredibly incredible haha

htc One> Boomsound the best! :D i love it so much..
i also like the BlinkFeed

s4>i like Shealth very useful, all the camera features, air gestures etc (all the s3 original features excpt the real gimmicks and the OUTSTANDING PREMIUM SUITE feature updates esp Multi-Windows)
smart stay, pause and scroll are the real gimmicks

by the way: the RAM of htc one and s4 are different i think even sporting the same amount..
same processor>yeah but clocked higher, and you also have the big.Little architecture of Exynos OCta

s4 sports LARGER and REPLACEABLE battery, microSD
abt camera well just abt to see..

screen> im amazed with the note2's superAmoled than the LCDs (dunno abt SLCD3, i havnt encounter them yet), now packing FullHD, i cant measure my excitmnt to use such FHD SuperAmoled

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 14:17

75. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

I highly doubt that it will beat the GS4 in anything except design, which is subjective.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 17:42

81. TMach (Posts: 457; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

You might want to watch the video in this post. I cannot believe there are people who still believe everything they read. We are all given a brain and the ability to be objective.....


posted on 08 Apr 2013, 04:50

106. ramih (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)

Well - I don't think so.
I watched the video displaying the HTC camera and video playback. the clip looks yellow. the picture are pale and all the vivid bright beautiful colors that the xperia z provides simply are not present with the HTC camera.
I think what they actually meant was to leave the heavily mp cams to products like slr cameras, that idea might be smart but the price you pay for that phone won't justify it.
Also, smart phones are expensive, I think the idea of making a Smartphone waterproof is a very good one...
As far as audio quality which is extremely important I simply don't know.
I think it to be un reasonable for sony - a king in the hi fi audio - to pack its XZ with bad audio quality, however, the name of the game - the more people talks about it - is compromise :-) , none is perfect but mind this - the xperia z has been here for a while, both HTC ONE & S4 are new phones..

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 05:12

107. ramih (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)

Please check the in depth review @ you tube:
search for:
Sony Xperia Z review: In depth

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:13

44. avin007 (Posts: 139; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)

This has becomes a standard statement for pa in all reviews-----battery will last you a day....give real use data!!!

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:13 6

46. amats69 (Posts: 1445; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

I can compare all these 2013 Flagship to ladies.

Sony Experia Z is BEauty(hardware)

S4 is BRain (software)

HTC One is BEauty and Brain (complete package) :)

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 09:45 2

60. istitch (Posts: 181; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)

That sounds offensive
you're telling me that xperia z is brainless while S4 is ugly as s**t

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:26 7

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

xperia win

best design
best camara
best display
h ttp://w ww.youtube.com/watch?v=JpDi95S-PJ8
etc etc

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 10:52 1

68. taikucing (unregistered)

best TFT display...

* cheap chinese phones have IPS display

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:27 5

52. lee480 (Posts: 197; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

Anybody noticed that Sony sold much more phones than HTC last year? The reign continues this year!

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:37 1

55. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)

considering thread feedbacks and reviews,
HTC One got more praises than XZ and i can only read
"what will u buy > s4 or htc one"
no xperia on the line

but given that htc is on its diffculties regarding camera and aluminum supplies, i can say otherwise

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 09:43 4

59. istitch (Posts: 181; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)

Sony is a very strong company indeed
They have built the reputation way back, and of course people will know sony more than HTC. I wouldn't be surprised if Sony has sold more phones than HTC. That doesnt justify Xperia Z being better than HTC One, even though im a sony fans

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:58 3

56. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

funny how the xz display looks better now when photographed beside the htc one. it's still inferior to htc one but it no longer looks like earlier shots that show the display looking washed out.

do you think some sites are just deliberately adjusting their camera's settings to make the xz display look worse than how it actually is?

still, i want sony to use displays that are better if not comparable to htc's.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 10:49

67. taikucing (unregistered)

Take my money!!!!

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 11:00

70. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

Well, I must say Z's camera is also very nice. It works good in low light condition and good in dark, give very natural colors in daylight. The home screen on the Z is also very simple and clean, not to mention the device is water resistant. I think that's probably the 3 main selling point of the Z. I think I prefer the One, I like the design of the phone better and the video recording was much smoother.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 11:57 1

72. Dj567 (Posts: 7; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)

this guy does not have the ability to see the positive points of anything

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 15:04 2

76. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

for getting more information everybody can watch this video as well:

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 17:35 2

80. TMach (Posts: 457; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

To all those slagging off the Xperia Z's screen please watch the video below and shut up please! The evidence is fairly obvious, not only is the screen better on the XZ, the vid seems a fraction of a secong faster on the Xperia Z as well. Not dissing the HTC One's screen, hoping to get mine on Thursday next week as it is confirmed for the UK market and Handtec should be shipping mine out Wednesday. Both have gorgeous screens and are great phones.



posted on 22 Mar 2013, 18:38 1

82. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Good so Rubberized XZ is better than Slippery Aluminum HTC 1... someone agreed at least that Aluminium dosn;t mean good always now if HTC 1 gets cladded in a case who would see the premium "Al" so why waste $150 for that ... donate that 150 to some charity

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 19:22 1

84. JulianGT (Posts: 89; Member since: 15 Oct 2012)

I don´t like the One camera

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 03:05

90. R-vjn (Posts: 178; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

HTC One is the best phone released this year..! And btw, much more likable than the ''waiting 4 the disappointment'' (s4)... lols

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 09:16 1

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

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 24 Mar 2013, 01:18

96. jackson_kaeluen (Posts: 87; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


posted on 03 Apr 2013, 16:38

103. trick339 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Apr 2013)

I've had 3 htc phones, they were 2 desires and a sensational XL, one of the desires keeps freezing again and again, and it can only return to normal if I remove the battery, the sensational's mobile network stopped working with the message "YOUR SIM CARD DOES NOT ALLOW CONNECTION TO THIS NETWORK". My galaxy S2 has been rock solid and very dependable. The HTC ONE is a very beautiful phone with excellent specs, but I'm scared of htc's product. I know this is not a generalise problem of the brand. Talking about the S4 design, I think it's a very beautiful phone. The S3 was very well received and highly praised, so I don't see why samsung shouldn't follow up with that. Take apple for example, they've only had 2 designs of the iphone that are very distinct, but apple is not criticised for lack of creativity. Phone designs are almost saturated, the new fight now seems to be heading towards specs, software and battery life. Ultimately, no matter which brand we prefer, they're all excellent products. The more they fight, the better it is for the consumers.

posted on 07 Apr 2013, 10:05

104. gintare (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)

I am interested in buying the Xperia z. Now I have an iPhone 4S, it works just fine, only the battery is killing me every now and then.. Is it worthy to get Xperia?
I am tired do iOS, wanna try android very much, cause I love costumizing my phone, taking pic everywhere I go, store pics from Internet, pinterest, Facebook, stuff like that I do with my phone. So I would like to get bigger screen than my iPhone. But is it worthy to buy a new phone 700€ or to just use my old one? On paper the Sony looks impressive. And I like the design a lot!
Please help!

posted on 07 Apr 2013, 10:52

105. ramih (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)

Well, I didn't hear the xperia so I can't relate to the bad criticism regarding audio quality but as far as that on video quality - I mean - are you guys blind? can you compare the vivid colors the brightness and live picture to that of the "one"? and common really how can a 4mp can be compared to a 13mp with hdr? only answer is - you are in love with your own criticism.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 10:38

108. uditkumar201 (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Aug 2013)

Sony Xperia z is a bad phone as it hangs after 10 days of purchase even after having the latest software or processors I am sick of this phone and I want to sell mine I bought it on 24 th July and it is bad I should had bought an apple 5 insteadeven after updating the phone and deleting all the stuff this phone will start doing stuff on its own after some days ant then yes how to miss out the coustomer support system who know nothing and suck big time as well hold and hold abreast in INDia it is like this.. Sony what a let down again after your Xperia U

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