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Sony Xperia Z vs Apple iPhone 5

0. phoneArena 15 Feb 2013, 07:17 posted on

Now that we've extensively reviewed Sony's latest flagship, it's time for us to start comparing it to the best smartphones that are available today and see just how well it stacks up against the competition. The first tough guy that we're going to compare the Xperia Z against is Apple's finest – the iPhone 5. Both smarpthones are among the very best out there, so this is bound to be an interesting clash. Now, let's see how the Z is going to fare against the status symbol!...

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posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:33 19

31. AshishRomea (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

XPERIA Z is much better , this revier RAY is one biased guy ... i wonder whats the use of him writting reviews when so many people complain of him ... SONY XPERIA CAMERA & DISPLAY were proved superior to all other websites.... moroever this is pre unit... only viewing angles can be complained of!

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:55 11

45. giri555 (Posts: 111; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)

May be RAY is not biased, may be he is in the wrong job??

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 09:15 13

51. mansoor (Posts: 4; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)

Or maybe a gun was pointed at his head and was forced to write this review. So we cant really blame him. hahahah

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 12:01

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

maybe we re in the wrong page, should all of us switch to gsmarena ??

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 09:36 16

58. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Ray is a idiot and a fanboy. he can't just look at the product in REAL DETAIL another reason why i hate some phone arena biased guys.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:34 17

33. danielxxi (Posts: 183; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)

Camera and screen iphone 5 is the winner? Kill me (‾˛‾")ƪ
I hope hacker can block this website

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:36 16

34. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)

iPhoneArena...well, yes.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:39 17

35. giri555 (Posts: 111; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)

Yet Another Very Poor Article from PA, Xperia Z smokes iphone 5...in all aspects...

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:40 1

36. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Dear PA, can we expect an Sony-iPhone-920-808-S3-Nexus 4-Oppo photo comparison article? :)

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:45 14

40. kobainez (Posts: 429; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

No they better don't. They're biased and hates sony like you!

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 09:27 1

56. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Yeah, because they can bias the pictures to be bad. :D

You guys are a circus. The amount of idiocy disregardign

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 10:20

107. giri555 (Posts: 111; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)

You jerk, are you too dumb?

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 09:50 10

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

well, if that happens, at least xz will be ranked higher than oppo. if the scores they give are any indication.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 09:23 12

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

are you a OPPO lover?
i don't think it can compete even with Xperia T.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 18:37 1

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

oppo is cheaper but it also lacks a protective glass. drop it even on a wooden floor and it's the end of the device's display. it's definitely a good phone, though. i may even say it has a better display quality compared to the xz. still, i'll go for the xz knowing it comes from a reliable brand and after seeing a couple of actual drop tests.

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 10:19 1

106. giri555 (Posts: 111; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)

You jerk, you can guess the outcome of such comparison from PA right? or you are too dumb?

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:48 18

41. giri555 (Posts: 111; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)

iphone 5 looks embarrassingly like a small toy in front of Xperia Z!

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 08:49 8

43. giri555 (Posts: 111; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)

"Now that we've extensively reviewed Sony's latest flagship" - this is the first line of their article...hahahahahaha.... ''''extensively''' ""reviewed"""??? you gotta be kidding......:)

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 09:08 10

48. zazori08 (Posts: 113; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)

dafuq??? every detail of the iPhone is tweaked with much care? tell that to the bendy chassis of the iPhone.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 09:15 2

50. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)

Check out these links. You will then realize everybody is comparing Sony camera vs Sony camera. Der der derrrrrrrrrr =D



Apple's software may be proprietary, but it doesn't mean the hardware is.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 09:18 1

53. howardbarrett (Posts: 45; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)

"First, its earpiece is on the weaker side, and second, the microphone of the handset tends to distort our voices, forcing our callers to turn their volume down in order to hear us decently."

Why would you want the Z if the call quality sucks? If this isn't a deal breaker, I don't know what is.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 09:53 2

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

that is if this review is actually that credible. wait for the reviews of other more credible sites. a flagship with awful audio output? that's rather unlikely.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 13:21

81. howardbarrett (Posts: 45; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)

It's certainly not the first time PA complained about the call quality of an Xperia phone:

“Sadly, the same nagging issues that were found with the Sony Xperia T’s call quality are still persistent with this one. Specifically, its earpiece is rather weak, which doesn’t help out when voices are flat and dull sounding. On the other end of the line, our callers mention some hiss to our voice, but at least the speakerphone delivers results that are more audible.”

The Z has such a low contrast ratio, another reviewer thought the unit was defective, lol.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 09:35 6

57. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Xperia z IS CLEARLY THE WINNER. I mean look how puny and out dated the iphone 5 is. no 1080p NO 5" SCREEN NO SD CARD. not even a RUGGED SEXY DESIGN phone not like SONY is. Please this year will be SONY if they can play their cards right

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 18:40 1

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

overall, the xz is the better device. however, let's not make ourselves believe that it has the better display. ip5 still has a better display. you can check that out in other reviews. even the jap reviews are showing it. we may like xz but we can't deny something that is definitely a flaw. we need to point out that flaw to sony so they can do something about it. let's not be as fanatic as many sammy fans.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 09:36 3

59. timaustin2000 (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

Wait,..... Take a look at that camera again: the focal length is clearly different on the Sony Xperia Z, meaning that the crop has a higher zoom on the device. Zoom out so that the areas being captured look of equal size and the difference is far smaller, though I admit that there is less sharpening going on with the Sony.

And what the hell is this about the iPhone showing more detail on video recording?! Look at the church windows - they're clearer and better defined on the Xperia Z, as are the cracks on the road. Sure, the video is a touch darker but they were taken on different days, the iPhone clip being taken far later in the year! Of course it's going to be brighter!

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 09:55

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

sure about the difference in the days the videos were taken? didn't realize that. if that's the case, the bias of this site is indeed more than proven.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 10:06

69. timaustin2000 (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

With apologies to PhoneArena - I see that these videos WERE taken at the same time and I withdraw that criticism.

BUT I maintain the the Xperia Z, while darker, was picking up more detail.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 09:37

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

HTC please release ur M7
Samsung please release ur S4
LG pls release ur Gpro

im totally excited to what will happen with these fanboys of different manufacturers in every comparison!. if their bet loses then they will criticize everyone just to make them on top..
note: maybe im one of them, haha...

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 10:33 2

71. roscuthiii (Posts: 2217; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Really Ray? Really?

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 11:10 2

73. giri555 (Posts: 111; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)

I received 2 "WARNINGS" from moderators of PA for speaking Truth...that This comparision was biased....

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 11:20

74. huhuhehe (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)

Hey guys, why to worried with ip5 win this review? Inside apple have a combination of best smartphone create. U buy a sammy,lg, sony they all independent. But, inside apple they have sammy(cpu), lg(Screen), N Sony(CAMERA). So, the conclusion is apple just make a design n hold the apple product instead the combination of this 3÷ brand inside apple event is just a dual core. Thank to them

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 11:28

77. legend1 (Posts: 104; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

the only reason that i came here for is the camera comparison between these devices i expexted the xperia z to win but it didn't too bad....

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 17:00 2

83. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

The Xperia Z view angles are fine, quit basing your reviews on the prototype. The final version is 1080p IPS RGB The screen is much better than the iPhone screen, it has natural colors not saturated and if you want saturation like the iphone 5 you can tweak it

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 17:42 2

85. TMach (Posts: 454; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

The Xperia T is a far better phone than the iP5 in my opinion and by a distance as the overall user experience is so superior. I still own my Xperia T but sold my Vodafone iP5 upgrade to CEX as it was so boring to use! The Xperia T is inferior to the Xperia Z.......Dear Reviewer.....go figure that one out, I do not believe it is rocket science!

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 18:08

86. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

Ray is biased point blank

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 18:46 2

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

The iphone 5 design and build are extremely overrated. The Xperia Z looks much much sexier. I have no idea how anyone with a straight face can call it a tie in that category.

Interesting how people say the One X screen still looks better than the DNA screen and now the iphone 5 screen is better than the Xperia Z screen. Maybe we are not ready for 1080p on smart phones yet and whoever does it properly first, wins.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 21:05 3

90. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Seriously Ray? Why do you always try to make Android out to be some super advanced and hard to use OS? If you can use IOS, WM8, etc, you can use Android very easily. It seems like you are purposely trying to make Android OS look complex to the average user to turn them away and use IOS. I used an iphone for 2 years, I switched to the Motorola Droid running 2.0 and back then Android was far less easy on the eyes and user friendly and I picked up on it instantly and I wasn't much of a tech geek back then. Bottom line is, Android OS is just as easy to use, you dont have to root, hack, or put custom roms on it to use it, it's just an option. You can easily use the stock OS with no problems.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 21:48

91. serge327 (Posts: 73; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


In this video, the Xperia Z screen display really better than IP5.

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 01:23 2

93. Muxi21 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)

Literally today I just switched from my iphone to a Sony Experia TL with my upgrade. I have another upgrade next month that I will be using for the new Xperia Z. Screw iphones.


posted on 16 Feb 2013, 02:55 3

94. Airforce (Posts: 68; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)

well..i knew this review was biased when RAY.S talked about poor image quality on SONY...to me thats an insult to SONY...we all know that even Sony Ericsson w700i camera quality could be compared to ALMOST beat the iphone 4..nd for f**k sake why would a superior HD Xperia Z,be inferior to the Iphone 5 camera quality.......WE ALL HAVE SAID iPHONEARENA IS BIASED...i support that notion

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 03:11 2

95. robocopvn (Posts: 415; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)

lol 1 more week when I google " biased comparison review", It will take me to this article !!!

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 03:40 2

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

in my case the phrase that brings me to this post using google is "biased comparison review of xperia z." see how google tends to agree with the general sentiment here. hehe

other keywords with the same results:

biased xperia z review
biased xperia review
biased sony phone review
biased sony xperia review

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 03:48 2

97. Fuego84 (Posts: 344; Member since: 13 May 2012)

Tired of seeing every new smartphone being compared to old iPhones 5 lol. I think this should stop why not compare a new smartphone with another new smartphone, android vs android. Apple iPhone can go get compared to oranges for all I care!

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 04:31 3

98. Fuego84 (Posts: 344; Member since: 13 May 2012)

I bet Apple pays phonearena for these comparisons /reviews because every smartphone up and coming gets compared to the iPhone and it's just another way to make it seem that the old iPhone 5 is still relevant to the people who just want to do research on their next purchase. They come in here and they find their smartphone which they might or not buy pitted up against iPhone 5, it's good advertising strategy. The person wasn't even looking for an iPhone but now he'll watch a review favored towards Apple iPhone. I actually started ignoring these × phone Vs. iPhone comparison /reviews for a long time now but I got curious and found it's the same old bull.

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 08:20 2

100. TMach (Posts: 454; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Now this is a fairer review, not just because of the outcome but any honest person would agree that it states the position quite accurately in respect of the dated IOS software and bland UI. In this review, iP5 pretty much gets beat on all fronts! I just wish reviewers will be professional and keep their personal preferences out of reviews and simply give their unbiased opinion so as to inform readers.

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 08:26 2

101. TMach (Posts: 454; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

By the way, Stuff Magazine has just chosen the Xperia Z as its TOP Phone dislodging the S3. Review of its comparison with ip5 link posted above, if you want an unbiased view point. Not just because the Xperia Z smokes the ip5 on every point but because it is absolute common sense. Damn a fairer fight would be Xperia T vs ip5 and even then the Xperia T probably wins hands down especially now with 4.1.2 on board.

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 10:02 2

102. giri555 (Posts: 111; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)

So many Negative comments and feedback about your site?
Hope you have learnt a lesson??
Don't underestimate the knowledge of the visitors of this site, visitors will not buyin to whatever garbage you throw...why am I even coming back to this filthy site...damn I wasted my time typing this...

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 10:17 2

105. giri555 (Posts: 111; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)

All the comments put together make better review than PA:)

posted on 17 Feb 2013, 04:56 2

109. sonykov (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)

Dear Phonearena,
When will you notice that the iPhone is Simply a USELESS, WASTE OF MONEY device, yet not only the iphone thing but any is**t device

posted on 17 Feb 2013, 07:10 1

110. TMach (Posts: 454; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

Here is another review and the only faults CNET could find are, finger print magnet and lack of 4.2.2 JB out of the box. Not even the Nexus 4 came with 4.2.2 out of the box, just got it on mine! Conclusion was probably the best android phone ever made!! Link below...


posted on 17 Feb 2013, 20:13

112. solidsnake695 (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)

the camera quality is not disappointing i dont know what ray.s sees it but the quality is better than xperia s which shoots better pictures than s3 x[eria z deserves a 9.1 score

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 12:01

113. wael.salahuddin (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)

Hey guys, the retail xperia z is just released in japan a few days ago, and it is about to hit europe by the end of this month. This definetly means that they were using a prototype version of the phone, not only this, but also they put it with a comparioson with the iphone?what this people wants us to know.this is really unfair comparison.

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 15:13

114. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2113; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

Stop hating -_- reviewing phones take a lot of time and effort, dudes, appreciate it

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 01:27

115. IanKelevra (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)

Oh, just another biased comparision by PA. *Moves along*

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 17:04

117. TMach (Posts: 454; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


The above link should be educational, to those willing to have an open mind.

Enjoy. I am getting the Xperia Z on Friday, Clove do not let me down, and as I always have 2 phones, the HTC One should arrive 15/16 March. My two favourite manufacturers, especially fo rtheir excellent build quality! Boooooooom!

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 03:13

118. smithy109 (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)

Sorry to say that if you are planning on buying an xperia in Australia, I would think twice if you wanted Sony Ericson Service along with that. My new AcroS died literally, 3 weeks after buying it and had to send it to a contracted service agent "Fonebiz". No one in my state answered my calls so had to call Sydney. Told to send it down. Did that non 4th Feb 2013. after two weeks with my new phone I was told it would be in my post box in two days. Did not arrive so again I called Fonebiz in Sydney. Now im told the phone needed a part that is currently not available and 150 other customers are awaiting the same part for various models. So its off to sony Customer service Australia, who are in New Zealand and was told to fill in a complaint form that they eventually emailed to me the next day. Now today I spoke to the customer service boss called Sam ( also a contractor) who has given me nothing but belligerent remarks about how things take time and all companies use contractors & Quote"If your new car broke down you wouldnt expect it to be fixed any quicker. (Maybe thats the case in NZ) but not in Australia. They have had my new phone for 3 weeks. And they are useing "Contractors to hide there own lack of regard for the customer" Anyone want to buy a 1 mth old Acro S Cause I am Over Sony Ericson.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 10:21

119. abdulauwal (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)

me abdullah in my opinion sony ericsson is the best and superior mobile company in the whole universe compare to any mobile company product,
not only phones even they other products is better than others company products e.g ps3. compare to xbox 360.

sony ericsson is the best company.

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 16:42

121. gbpost (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)

I have an Xperia Z and an iphone 5. And I would agree with the reviwer. The iphone 5 is a great phone. The screen contrast, battery life and the call quality are better on the iphone5. Having said that I love the xperia Z.The text is a joy to read, and being waterproof is a relief. Audio through headsets is great (ignore the provided set). The feel of the phone is a pleasure. I was suprised about the camera- I did think it woudl be better significantly than the iphone 5. It's certainly more flexible. And whilst better than most phones doesn't hit the consistency of the iphone5. I am switching using the Xperia Z because of the larger screen and lack of worry about the rain. The only real worry is gettign through the day on the battery. It's better than most android phones I've had (except a motorola maxx I used for a while). But it's about 75% of the battery life of the iphone 5, for my pattern of use.

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 16:45

122. gbpost (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)

and just to add this beats the S3 that I used to have hands down. The screen quality, and premium feel of the phone are great. INteresting to see what the S4 is like but unless that's waterproof as well and has a minimum 2 day life I couldn't see msyelf being tempted (the Z is also more practical, for me, than the note 2)

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