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Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2

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Interface


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.

Interface of the Sony Xperia Z1 - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2
Interface of the Sony Xperia Z1 - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2
Interface of the Sony Xperia Z1 - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2
Interface of the Sony Xperia Z1 - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2

Interface of the Sony Xperia Z1


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.

Interface of the LG G2 - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2
Interface of the LG G2 - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2
Interface of the LG G2 - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2
Interface of the LG G2 - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2

Interface of the LG G2


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.

Performance benchmarks

Quadrant
Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z1 20277
LG G2 20654
AnTuTu
Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z1 30838
LG G2 35376
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps)
Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z1 53
LG G2 50
Vellamo Metal
Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z1 1115
LG G2 1229
Vellamo HTML 5
Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z1 2889
LG G2 2951
View all


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.

Phonebook of the Sony Xperia Z1 - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2
Phonebook of the Sony Xperia Z1 - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2
Phonebook of the Sony Xperia Z1 - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2
Phonebook of the Sony Xperia Z1 - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2

Phonebook of the Sony Xperia Z1


Phonebook of the LG G2 - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2
Phonebook of the LG G2 - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2
Phonebook of the LG G2 - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2

Phonebook of the LG G2


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.

Sony Xperia Z1 - Messaging - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2
Messaging - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2
LG G2 - Messaging - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2
Messaging - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2

Sony Xperia Z1

 

LG G2

 

Messaging



Organizer


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.

Organizer apps on the Sony Xperia Z1 - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2
Organizer apps on the Sony Xperia Z1 - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2
Organizer apps on the Sony Xperia Z1 - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2
Organizer apps on the Sony Xperia Z1 - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2

Organizer apps on the Sony Xperia Z1


Organizer apps on the LG G2 - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2
Organizer apps on the LG G2 - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2
Organizer apps on the LG G2 - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2
Organizer apps on the LG G2 - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2

Organizer apps on the LG G2



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.

Sony Xperia Z1 - Web browsing - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2
LG G2 - Web browsing - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2
Web browsing - Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2

Sony Xperia Z1

LG G2

 

Web browsing


In terms of connectivity, all you'd expect is supported on both smartphones: LTE, HSPA+, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and even the FM radio has not been omitted. An advantage for the LG G2, however, is the built-in infra-red blaster for controlling a TV or a multimedia system.

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posted on 27 Sep 2013, 07:51 6

1. mottykels (Posts: 385; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Battle of the best ;)

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 07:54 1

4. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GW-E0dOfdoc

For your listening pleasure while reading.

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 17:52

53. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


That song made this article the most dramatic read I've ever experienced.

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 04:27 1

50. jos_031 (Posts: 62; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


The only reason i do not go for LG is they never provide updates..

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 11:23

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...

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 07:52 13

2. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


lg g2 for me..

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 08:53 4

8. Kevinphantom (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)


galaxy note 3 is out of the game after sim lock

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 11:45 7

16. Immolate (Posts: 310; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


Yeah the 1% of the people who care about sim lock are going elsewhere.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 12:29

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


Exactly

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 00:20 1

44. adrianzka (Posts: 62; 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.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 11:46 1

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)

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 07:53 13

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 . . . .

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 14:15 1

29. cezarepc (Posts: 716; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Sony is King in mid-range though.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 07:54 11

5. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


These 2 are arguably the best at the moment.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 08:24

6. mr.techdude (Posts: 571; 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.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 09:12 4

9. sniper1087 (Posts: 515; 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.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 11:20

14. kozza3 (Posts: 702; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


i hate it when my ipad mini does that

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 08:25 20

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.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 18:12 3

39. pyradark (Posts: 864; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


Not Success???
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

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 09:57

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 :)

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 10:19 12

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.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 10:55 11

12. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


...and micro SD slot

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 12:44 3

20. Feanor (Posts: 733; 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.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 14:17 2

30. cezarepc (Posts: 716; 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.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 15:38 1

33. TMach (Posts: 460; 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!

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 17:15

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.

http://www.esato.com/
board/viewtopic.php?
topic=206135&start=2535

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 17:17

37. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


http://www.esato.com/board/viewtopic.php?topic=206135&start=2535

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 03:14 1

48. Feanor (Posts: 733; 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.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 08:09

57. cheetah2k (Posts: 1598; 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

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 11:08

13. mayur007 (Posts: 569; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


yeahh no sd slot is a deal breaker for me

i really like the camera and the sound zoom

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