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Sony Xperia Z2 vs Apple iPhone 5s

Sony Xperia Z2 vs Apple iPhone 5s
Sony Xperia Z2 vs Apple iPhone 5s
Sony Xperia Z2 vs Apple iPhone 5s
Sony Xperia Z2 vs Apple iPhone 5s
Introduction


Sony's flagship refresh in the Xperia Z2 entered the scene just recently, offering a level of refinement that exceeds the company's previous efforts. The Z2 is more polished, powerful, and feature-full than ever. Obviously, however, the competition is not about to sit idle, and will have refined offerings of their own.

When we say competition, at least in the context of the Z2, however, we usually think Android. It would be wrong, however, to exclude Apple's iPhone 5s from the race, especially given how it continues to sell by the thousands daily. Indeed, the iPhone 5s is an unlikely competitor for those looking for the larger form-factor of the Xperia Z2 and the likes of it, but that's not necessarily true for your Average Joe, who's simply looking for the phone that he likes best.

Let's see what each of our contestants today have to offer, and where their strengths and weaknesses lie.

Design

It isn't often that we get to handle an Android device that rivals the iPhone 5s' design and feel. The Sony Xperia Z2 is the glass-and-metal-bodied exception to that rule.

It's not often that we have a phone in our hands that can successfully spar with Apple's iPhone 5s in terms of design, but the Sony Xperia Z2 sure is an exception. Its rectangular, glass-and-metal build doesn't just look stylish and premium – it actually feels that way in your hand. But the slightly thinner (7.6 vs 8.2 mm) iPhone 5s is that and more – its industrial design has an edge over the Z2 when it comes to pure aesthetics, as it's not as cluttered with flaps, buttons, and openings. Indeed, the aluminum shell of the 5s feels less encumbered in comparison, but, then again, it comes without the Z2's water- and dust-resistance.

At the sides, we have a shutter key, followed by a volume rocker and the home button on the Xperia Z2's right, but only that last one proves clicky enough for liking. The rest are a little sticky, and provide unsatisfying tactile feedback. The iPhone 5s does things a bit differently – it's relatively low height allows it to stick the home button on the top right side, while the two volume keys and the mute slider occupy the left side. This time around, we have a far more refined, clicky movement of the keys, and they definitely communicate a higher-end experience.


Sony Xperia Z2
5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches
146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm
5.75 oz (163 g)

Sony Xperia Z2

Apple iPhone 5s
4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches
123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
3.95 oz (112 g)

Apple iPhone 5s


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

Display

Sony took a big step forward with the IPS display of the Xperia Z2, but the iPhone 5's panel still outclasses it.

With the Xperia Z2, Sony finally caved in and made the switch to from TFT LCD to the superior IPS tech. The effect is telling: the Xperia Z2's 5.2-inch, 1080 x 1920 screen (424 ppi) screen offers livelier colors than before (Z1) and viewing angles are finally good enough. The screen has a very good color temperature of 6909 K (6500 K is the reference point here), meaning that whites and the differing intensities of gray are rendered without an overpowering blue tinge. Gamma, at 2.59, is less optimal, and peak brightness is alright at 458 nits. Overall, the Z2 has a fairly accurate color reproduction, though both primary and secondary colors are over-saturated, and especially red and green.

Looking at the much smaller, 4-inch (640 x 1136, 326 ppi) IPS screen of the iPhone 5s, we have to admit that it still outclasses the Z2's panel. Color temperature is less optimal at 7144 K, but gamma (2.21) is excellent and maximum brightness is in another league, at 587 nits. When it comes to color reproduction, as seen from our measurement charts below, the iPhone 5s has the considerably more accurate colors. They deviate minimally from their targets, and saturation is excellent and very natural.

Of course, it does come down to size in the end. The iPhone 5s may very well have an edge in terms of quality, but the Xperia Z2 does offer the more captivating experience.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Sony Xperia Z2 458
(Good)
16
(Poor)
1:1329
(Excellent)
6909
(Excellent)
2.59
4.41
(Average)
2.95
(Good)
Apple iPhone 5s 587
(Excellent)
5
(Excellent)
1:960
(Average)
7351
(Good)
2.18
3.41
(Good)
3.44
(Good)
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posted on 19 May 2014, 06:52 8

1. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


No still no clear winner here, but still iPhone all the way.

posted on 19 May 2014, 07:07 5

2. leftheodo (Posts: 101; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


hahahahaha.......Wait, that wasn't a joke?

posted on 19 May 2014, 07:12 12

3. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


no it was a PA style writeup.

posted on 19 May 2014, 07:24 9

5. AJagtiani (Posts: 466; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


PA is still better than that David guy at The Verge, who can't seem to call anything other than his stupid iPhone 5S any good.
The Verge is worse than PA. They all seem to be sucking Apple's backside.

posted on 19 May 2014, 08:41 3

19. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 163; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


The verge give android flagships a score of.. Well.. Not even 80, and they give iphones 86-93. Which is a total bull

posted on 19 May 2014, 08:42 15

20. cheetah2k (Posts: 1598; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Ok lets drop the iPhone 5s and Z2 in the toilet. The one that survives is the winner :D

posted on 19 May 2014, 09:31 4

27. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


If iphone survives, i'm sure the owner will kiss it first before washing. :-P

posted on 19 May 2014, 07:27 3

9. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


LOL! I see what you did there! :D

+1

posted on 19 May 2014, 09:37 7

28. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Wait till Apple finally release the 6 with a bigger screen... its going to be the most "perfect size, display, ergonomics, looks" that PA has ever seen...

Anyway I always look at the User Reviews for a more accurate rating ;-)

posted on 19 May 2014, 23:00

58. techperson211 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


They'll never let apple loose . Just a tie. Same old review.

posted on 20 May 2014, 03:58 1

60. craigy72 (banned) (Posts: 41; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


I agree - iPhone is a clear winner! After reading this I went straight out a purchased the iPhone 5c - absolutely beaut of a phone.

posted on 20 May 2014, 05:15

62. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


This article was about Sony Xperia Z2 and Apple iPhone 5S not about Apple iPhone 5C. :)

posted on 19 May 2014, 07:17 5

4. Mr.Torture (Posts: 22; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


Heh, look at that crippled little thing. It's always cute however, seeing these kind of comparisons. Between top Android flagships and this little Apple product. Pretending that there is something to compare...

posted on 19 May 2014, 07:26 2

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


There is, it's called user experience and overall performance.

posted on 20 May 2014, 08:27 3

64. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Whats up with all your Sony hating?... I get that you don't like them... but you don't have to bash every article, every post and every phone...

when it comes to samsung vs apple, you favor Samsung... but when it comes to anything related to Sony you hate it...

Sony's user experience is actually very good, and the overall performance too... given that you have similar specs to what you are comparing... actually the Xperia UI is way lighter than Touchwiz...

I have had them all and even if the Xperia is getting a little boring, it is still the one I would pick... simpler, good features, nice looking...

the iPhone has the least features, but its the smoother... and touchwiz is full of features but also too bloated, nos as simple and can become sluggish...

You are one of the least objective Android commenters on this site. sometimes worse than blind apple fans that post stuff here...

posted on 19 May 2014, 07:25 6

6. tiara6918 (Posts: 2075; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Between these two I'd say z2 is the winner. But sadly the 5s will still sell more units

posted on 19 May 2014, 07:27 2

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


In one quarter than Sony sells all year.

posted on 19 May 2014, 07:34 6

11. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


You Proud bro?

posted on 19 May 2014, 12:23

45. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Yes I am thank you for asking

posted on 19 May 2014, 07:29 8

10. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Sony Xperia Z2 is better.

posted on 19 May 2014, 07:52 10

12. mokhtar (Posts: 405; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


U cant compare a maybach with ford focus.. Z2 blow away i5s in every specs

posted on 19 May 2014, 09:59 5

33. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 163; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


the 5s is a ford focus with a maybach prize tag to be exact :)

posted on 19 May 2014, 07:53 1

13. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


The Z2 looks rather commically huge and toy like, but iOS just still can't be beat. iPhone 5S still the top end smartphone on the market today. Maybe when competitors stop throwing Android devices out there and come up with a better OS the situation might finally change?

posted on 19 May 2014, 08:09 5

14. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


smokin eh or PA style comment.

posted on 19 May 2014, 08:10 5

15. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"iPhone 5S still the top end smartphone on the market today."

Maybe only in US.

Also in wich way iOS is better OS?

posted on 19 May 2014, 09:39 6

29. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


iOS is better for people with Stockholm Syndrome...

posted on 19 May 2014, 10:52 1

36. adecvat (Posts: 274; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Because it has no lagzzz

posted on 19 May 2014, 11:06 2

40. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Not true :P

posted on 19 May 2014, 20:48 4

57. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


It still lags and stutters aseell as force closes, time to time

posted on 23 May 2014, 22:48

66. iushnt (Posts: 1785; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Even Nokia 1100 has no lags..

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