Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2
Out of the box, both the Sony Xperia Z1 and the LG G2 come with Android 4.2.2, which is a bit disappointing since Android 4.3 has been out since July and the release of Android 4.4 is nearing. Hopefully, we'll see these handsets get the updates they deserve in a timely manner.
The user interfaces on these smartphones are quite different from what you'd find on a stock device. Sony has chosen to keep things a bit more down-to-earth, focusing on functionality over appearance. Plenty of widgets are included, as one might expect, and the handy small apps, accessible from the multitasking button, are a neat addition. Visual alterations are found in pretty much every screen and every panel, which adds consistency to the whole experience.
Things are a bit different on the LG G2. The company has thrown in a lot of eye-candy in the form of fancy transition animations and colorful UI elements. Some of the interface's features, such as the visual effects and the selection of buttons in the notification panel, can be customized, which is great to know. On top of app that, LG has thrown in a handful of unique features, including the potentially highly useful Slide Aside, which allows one to multitask better by saving up to 3 apps in their current state for future use.
Still, we lean in favor of what Sony has done to the interface of its smartphone. Its UI is more refined, less cartoony, and as a whole, more pleasant to use. We can't deny however, that the LG G2 also looks pretty good. Its flexibility when it comes to customization and its unique software features are definitely an advantage.
Processor and memory
Snapdragon 800 – that's the fastest mobile chip Qualcomm has to offer, and it is found under the hoods of both the Sony Xperia Z1 and the LG G2. To no surprise, the two smartphones deliver similar results when benchmarked, but we all know it is their real-life performance we should be commenting on. Well, we have great news for you, guys: the Z1 and the G2 are flawless in that respect, exhibiting no lag whatsoever when used. Multitasking is also smooth thanks to the 2GB of RAM available on both of them. With the Adreno 330 GPU, any modern 3D game will run beautifully no matter which of these two devices it is loaded on.
There are multiple variants of the LG G2, and the one you're going to find in the US or Europe has 32GB of built-in, non-expandable storage. (The variant with a microSD card slot is sold in Korea). On-board storage space on the Z1 is much less plentiful as it is limited to 16 gigs, but you get a microSD card slot capable of accepting cards of up to 64GB.
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Phonebook and messaging
The phonebook on the Sony Xperia Z1 is pretty good as it provides all core functionality you'd expect of it. It would have been better, though, if the recent calls list wasn't obscured by the dialer pad, which takes up half the screen. The LG G2 has a feature-rich phonebook that can be customized to the user's liking. One is free to rearrange the taps on the top, which is neat. Also, we like having the option to dial a contact's number simply by tapping on the button next to it.
There is little to set apart the messaging apps and the on-screen keyboards on these two smartphones. For the most part, they are identical and equally comfortable to type on. The keys are big and well laid out so we can type quickly from the get-go on both of them. The two also have the option to attach a picture, video, location, and more to the message.
Well, we can't seem to find anything missing here. All the mandatory organizer tools are present on both the Sony Xperia Z1 and the LG G2, so regardless of which one you pick, you'll get the usual calendar, world clock, timer, stop watch, sound recorder, and notes apps out of the box. The Z1 has its Small Apps – quick tools accessible from the multitasking menu – and more of them are available for download from the Play Store. The G2 offers similar functionality in the form of its QSlide apps, placed in the notification panel.
Internet and connectivity
Chrome is the default web browser on the Sony Xperia Z1, and it runs beautifully. Pages are loaded and rendered quickly as we browse back and forth. The LG G2 comes with a capable browser as well, but the extra navigation bar at the bottom isn't necessarily needed. The option to switch to windowed mode, however, is kind of cool. Of course, the user is free to install an alternative browser from the Play Store, should the stock options not meet their expectations.
4. Commentator (Posts: 3655; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
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53. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4270; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
That song made this article the most dramatic read I've ever experienced.
50. jos_031 (Posts: 60; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)
The only reason i do not go for LG is they never provide updates..
64. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
LG G2 WINS
Long lasting battery
better and bigger display
comfortable in hand
with OIS camera
more customized skin & LG UI
Rear keys is good...
8. Kevinphantom (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)
galaxy note 3 is out of the game after sim lock
16. Immolate (Posts: 310; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
Yeah the 1% of the people who care about sim lock are going elsewhere.
44. adrianzka (Posts: 51; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)
It's not sim lock if you only need to start it up with your region's sim card. After that you are free to use it with any sim card.
17. kelvinbushan (Posts: 9; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)
I plan to wait on the HTC One Max before making my final decision. Note 3 is leading at the moment because of features (802.11ac, USB 3.0, infrared, SD Card)
3. Kurai (unregistered)
Wow very nice battle between the G2 and the Z1 . . . . Sony evolved so much and they brought amazing innovation and put it into one amazing piece of device. . . Sony might be the dark horse among the android ecosystem . . . .
5. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)
These 2 are arguably the best at the moment.
6. mr.techdude (Posts: 569; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Don't like both brands but lg nailed it this time but only its cheap material, ugly ui and speakers are my drawbacks, with out them lg would have made $850 extra.
9. sniper1087 (Posts: 499; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)
While I agree thanks to the UI, the phone is bloated that even the S800 cant handle it sometimes, and you see lag when you do certain things, like bringing the notification down at some points, there are youtube videos that show this, just youtube lg g2 lag.
7. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
Sony and LG probably not very successful in terms of sales and market share.
But no one can deny that G2 and Z1 is the best android phones on the market today.
39. pyradark (Posts: 821; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)
LG Q2 sales - 12M with 2.4Billion profit
SONY Q2 sales - 9.6M with 4Billion profit
Sammy and appy market share are starting to shrink
10. justsayit (Posts: 256; Member since: 09 May 2013)
lg g2 or lg newest version ui is slower compare to lg optimus g
i think it because the slide aside and knock on problem?
these make the system take sometime to "understand" your command
hope next update can make it more smooth :)
11. imnotascammer (Posts: 160; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)
Epic battle. Couldnt really see which one is the real winner here, but if I'm to choose, i'll give it to Sony Xperia Z1, due to its extra mile of water and dust resistance, plus, better camera.
20. Feanor (Posts: 663; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
I almost agree. Water resistance should also count for something so I rate the Z1 slightly higher. But I have played with the Z1 and I must say, the viewing angles are pathetic and they remove a lot from the premium feel. No way that I will cough out so much money for such el cheapo screen. Which is a crying shame considering how good the screen of the Z Ultra is. So in a way both best Android flagships suffer by some aesthetic problem. The Z1 has a great body but cheap looking screen, the G2 has a good looking screen but a boring body.
30. cezarepc (Posts: 714; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
I actually like the G2's build but that's preference. I find plastic phones easier to hold because I have sweaty hands. And I like the soft-angular look on G2.
33. TMach (Posts: 449; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
Dude, I think you will find the review is about the Z1 and not the Xperia Z! The viewing angles onthis phone are absolutely and do not even degrade at extreme angles. Might not be the best but it is certainly not an issue and the screen full on is better than anything out there! Suggest you "can" the lame comments unless you actually have a relevant point to make!
36. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
Let me tell you once again
Someone from esato forum who recently bought Z1
can give you solid proof
that Z1 screen doesn’t have problem with viewing angles.
37. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
48. Feanor (Posts: 663; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
Guys, I like Sony smartphones but I am talking after I played in a shop with both the Z Ultra and the Z1 (not the Z). I am talking about my experience. The Z1 has absolutely terrible viewing angles, exactly like the recent comparative on Xperiablog.com shows. If others are reporting good viewing angles on the Z1 then Sony is taking the mickey and putting different quality screens on the same model. Which I'd say it's the worst way to treat customers. I prefer to believe that all Z1s have actually bad screen.
57. cheetah2k (Posts: 1495; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
If the Sony Z1 had IPS LCD I would buy it... but instead the screen is 5hit.. I had both devices side by side and bought the LG G2
13. mayur007 (Posts: 562; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
yeahh no sd slot is a deal breaker for me
i really like the camera and the sound zoom
15. dmn666 (Posts: 244; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Both phones are superb. Great job, LG! Might pick up a G2 to join my Z1. I just need to get used to those rear buttons first - already tried it out for few hours, but looks like it'll take me more time to get the hang of it :(
18. Immolate (Posts: 310; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
The Sony would be a competitor if it wasn't for it's ugly-girl bezels. The G2 is a much better design. The Z1 is a glass rectangle, bulky and awkward looking.
23. Feanor (Posts: 663; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
Everybody has become here a professional designer here; to your information big bezels have only one disadvantage and this is extra bulk. They do have some advantages too though like better grip on landscape mode (the preferred mode for many during texting) and actually better aesthetics because they make the handset look longer and slender. The 5 inchers with minimized bezels look a bit awkwardly square. So, stop bashing bezels as if they were the defining design trait that distinguishes good looks from bad looks. The iPhone has always had the biggest bezels and still most people consider it the prettiest smartphone.
And of course the Z1 is much better looking than the G2 because it looks more solid, expensive and with super attention to detail. Big or small bezels are a practical trait, not an aesthetic one.
31. Mittal (Posts: 493; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
Not to me ... Top/bottom bezels should be in limit and minimum side bezels look really good...... Z1 has fat side bezels for a flagship. i Love G2s narrow side bezels...
But yes... if you justify the bezels as a tradeoff for the water/dust resistance, then i will think it worth it
32. Feanor (Posts: 663; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
Minimum side bezels may look good, satin aluminium frame with shiny polished facettes looks better.
35. papss (unregistered)
Then it gets ruined when you leave your house and can't see the screen due to terrible visibility you get in the sun
21. snowgator (Posts: 3554; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
I understand sometimes it is hard to put call quality into words, but can someone please tell me how the Sony got docked for being too "boomy"??? What does that mean?? Sony handsets have ALWAYS had amazing call quality in my experience, and that is important in my purchase decision. Would bum me out if Sony has gone backwards with that.
I am a Sony fan. I just think their devices are well designed and excellent performers. So, LG would really have to wow me. I will give them props for putting out a handset that is something different, though. Tough to take a chance in this copy cat world.
25. Feanor (Posts: 663; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
It could actually be that the latest Sony flagships have somehow worse call quality because of waterproofing that covers speakers and microphones. But as the smartphone is primarily an outdoors device, I think it's worth it to tolerate a small drop in call quality in favour of water and dust resistance.
22. papss (unregistered)
The Sony is priced 150.00 over the G2 and doesn't appear that much better... The G2 is the winner here.
40. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1368; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)
True but MANY sites offer Z1 with sony smartwatch 2 for free so its an amazing bundle value. But if you are on a tight budget getting G2 is amazing too, great phone, For me beats the crap out of S4.
28. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)
The Z1 would be a no-brainer to me if not for the cost/US availability, which puts it even to the G2 for me...
34. TMach (Posts: 449; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
Z1 all the way...,..! Now for non water proof Sony phones.........!!
38. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)
The Z1 is actually cheaper compare to the G2 here in East Malaysia.
41. Adrian38 (Posts: 142; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)
Definitely the LG. Bigger screen on a much smaller body :)
42. vgyliu (Posts: 7; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)
I would of got the LG but without a SD card slot killed it for me
43. Mube007 (Posts: 234; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)
Sony plzzzzz minimise the bezel other than that u r rocking.i m not teasing! its just my wish
45. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Not even close to being interested in the Z1, too many deal breakers. The G2 is the much better phone by far. I'll pass on both and hope the Nexus 5 has 1080p with great viewing angles and a S800 chip set.
47. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)
The Z1 does it for me. super sexy! But i don't understand why LG put the volume and the power buttens on the back perhaps the designer was drunk while designing it!
49. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
One of these two will be the best phone of 2013
No place for Sammy and iPhone this time.
54. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Nopes, the Note 3 is actually leading in this segment,
55. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
Although i love note 3, i don't think so.
51. tiara6918 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
G2 for me. Z1 is just a minor improvement from the z and I believe Sony will release their true beast next year
52. theaztech (unregistered)
We will see what happens come october and the new Nexus 5 is out.
Hopefully all the rumors, or at least most of them, are true and its a beast of a phone.
56. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3702; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Great just great! Both are super cool and same devices at the moment. G2 has good ergonomics while Z1 has an inch better due to water and dust proof. But Sony needs to reduce the bezels.
58. R-vjn (Posts: 177; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
IF YOU HAVEN'T NOTICED THIS.
Check the time and battery percentage of both the phones in the begininng and ending of the video. Z1 have 92% at the start and drains to 76% in the end & LG have 100% at the start and 91% in the end.
Also, the Z1 will feel sturdier in our hands but doesn't that phone look too similar to the L-Series phones from LG.
But I'm so happy to see these two phones dethroning the Galaxies..!
62. FCB-Eto (Posts: 36; Member since: 17 Aug 2013)
I realised that as well but what none of you realise us the fact that these phones use two completly different batteries. I mean yes theoretically they both have 3000mah batteries but the G2 uses the better Li-Po battery whereas the Z1 uses Li-Ion that's where the difference lies.