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HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z

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Camera

Sony Xperia Z sports a 13 MP Exmor RS camera sensor, whereas HTC put its foot down and ended the megapixel war with the so-called UltraPixel camera – about 4 MP in count, but with optical image stabilization, and having 2 micron pixels that are twice larger than the ones in the Xperia Z, though its sensor is the same physical size.

The interfaces that front these camera modules are intuitive and easy to use on both handsets, with numerous scene modes and color effects to choose from. Sony has the upper hand in scene selections offering separate ones even for shooting food or pets, if you are willing to bother. Both handsets have the stills and video shutter keys on one and the same screen, so you don't have to switch – a feature that debuted with the HTC One series initially.

Camera interface of the HTC One - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
Camera interface of the HTC One - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
Camera interface of the HTC One - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z

Camera interface of the HTC One


The camera interface of the Sony Xperia Z - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
The camera interface of the Sony Xperia Z - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
The camera interface of the Sony Xperia Z - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
The camera interface of the Sony Xperia Z - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z

The camera interface of the Sony Xperia Z


HTC, however, offers more exotic ways to spice up your footage, like the Zoe software that automatically merges pics, video and music with special effects for a memorable collage. The One also offers slow-motion video, as well as Fast HD video capture with 60fps.

The photos from the Xperia Z come out a mixed bag – it sometimes produces very good details, and sometimes all gets lost in noise-reduction and processing. The color saturation and contrast are higher than in reality, but not to the point of gaudiness.

The HTC One produces a more natural color representation and often captures as much detail as the Xperia Z despite the much lower megapixel count. We didn't notice any glaring white balance or exposure measurement omissions from any of the handsets.

HTC One - Sony Xperia ZOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
HTC One - Sony Xperia ZOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
HTC One - Sony Xperia ZOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
HTC One - Sony Xperia ZOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z

HTC One

Sony Xperia Z - Sony Xperia ZOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia Z - Sony Xperia ZOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia Z - Sony Xperia ZOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia Z - Sony Xperia ZOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z

HTC One - Sony Xperia ZOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
HTC One - Sony Xperia ZOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
HTC One - Sony Xperia ZOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
HTC One - Sony Xperia ZOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z

HTC One

Sony Xperia ZOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia ZOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia ZOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia ZOutdoor samples - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z
Outdoor samples


Indoors the Z performs well, capturing enough light to tell the details, and doesn't overexpose the bright spots as magnificently as your average handset. The HTC One has the natural advantage of an OIS mechanism inside that allows slower shutter speeds without blur, thus taking in more light, and the night scenes look as if they are taken on a cloudy afternoon compared to the Z. It does overexpose the light sources, however, to the point of strong halo effect around anything bright.

Strong - HTC One - Sony Xperia ZIndoor samples - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
Medium - HTC One - Sony Xperia ZIndoor samples - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
Low light - HTC One - Sony Xperia ZIndoor samples - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
Darkness with flash - HTC One - Sony Xperia ZIndoor samples - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z

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Medium

Low light

Darkness with flash

HTC One

Sony Xperia ZIndoor samples - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia ZIndoor samples - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia ZIndoor samples - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia ZIndoor samples - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z
Indoor samples


In video recording the HTC One also has an advantage. While both phones shoot 1080p video with 30 fps, and are able to do HDR footage, the OIS mechanism inside the One makes us wish every flagship came with one – it produces ssmooth, shake-free footage with distinct highlights and excellent sound in all circumstances.

Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
HTC One 3.4
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490
445
Sony Xperia Z 3
4
987
948
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Multimedia

The galleries on both the HTC One and the Xperia Z are in the usual grid format with thumbnail previews of your pics and videos, and sport basic photo editing built directly into the interface. Pinching the tiled grid on the HTC One, however, just sifts through the thumbnails chronologically, as an alternative to scrolling, whereas on the Xperia Z pinching can zoom the thumbs down to a single picture preview or back up to the tiled thumbnail grid.

Sony uses its famed Walkman branding for the music player, and has graced it with a pretty minimalistic interface that goes out of your way visually when you listen to something. The Xperia Z sports equalizers and sound modes that can be accessed directly from the app, whereas the music player of the HTC One offers just the Beats Audio preset when you plug in the headphones, or are listening to music through the dual speaker system at the front.

HTC One - Music players - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
Music players - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia Z - Music players - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
Music players - HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z

HTC One

 

Sony Xperia Z

 

Music players


The loudspeakers on the HTC One are amplified and pump out strong and clear beats in stereo, whereas the traditional single speaker on the rear that the Xperia Z has, sounds somewhat muffled and distorted.

Both handsets play 1080p videos with ease, but the Xperia Z supports all popular formats from the box, whereas you'll be slightly inconvenienced having to download a 3rd party app to watch DivX videos on the HTC One.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
HTC One 0.68
Sony Xperia Z 0.37
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
HTC One 78
Sony Xperia Z 67
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posted on 22 Mar 2013, 06:36 18

1. darkskoliro (Posts: 1077; 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: 1077; 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: 106; 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: 24; 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: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


true!!

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:19 16

22. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; 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: 305; 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: 460; 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: 460; 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: 1488; 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: 2065; 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: 194; 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: 194; 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: 24; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


May be she is a goat ;)

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:33 9

27. MrJerry (Posts: 403; 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: 1116; 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: 181; 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: 268; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


Htc One should be compared with xperia ZL.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 06:55 3

7. smallworld (Posts: 488; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Yeah they are more similar.

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