Sony Xperia Z2 vs Apple iPhone 5s
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.
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 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|
|Apple iPhone 5s||587
|Sony Xperia Z2||458
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Apple iPhone 5s||86.7%
|Sony Xperia Z2||90.4%
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
1. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
No still no clear winner here, but still iPhone all the way.
2. leftheodo (Posts: 86; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
hahahahaha.......Wait, that wasn't a joke?
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.
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
20. cheetah2k (Posts: 1521; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
Ok lets drop the iPhone 5s and Z2 in the toilet. The one that survives is the winner :D
27. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
If iphone survives, i'm sure the owner will kiss it first before washing. :-P
9. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
LOL! I see what you did there! :D
28. buccob (Posts: 2518; 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 ;-)
58. techperson211 (Posts: 1176; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
They'll never let apple loose . Just a tie. Same old review.
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.
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. :)
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...
7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)
There is, it's called user experience and overall performance.
64. buccob (Posts: 2518; 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...
6. tiara6918 (Posts: 2025; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Between these two I'd say z2 is the winner. But sadly the 5s will still sell more units
8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)
In one quarter than Sony sells all year.
12. mokhtar (Posts: 405; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)
U cant compare a maybach with ford focus.. Z2 blow away i5s in every specs
33. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 163; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
the 5s is a ford focus with a maybach prize tag to be exact :)
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?
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?
29. buccob (Posts: 2518; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
iOS is better for people with Stockholm Syndrome...
57. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
It still lags and stutters aseell as force closes, time to time
16. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 163; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
Meh it is a mismatch, iphone 5s is clearly no match for all android flagships out there.
17. bucky (Posts: 2470; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
In what regard? Camera? App Store? Fluidity? Speed? Accessories? Customer service? Resale value? Build quality? Software support? User experience?
23. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 163; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
There are several things why I really don't like apple and its ios:
1. The products has mid range specs but the prices are insanely overpriced. Android phones with a price of $350 have better specs than apple's $1000 i5s
2. No micro sd card support and expansion of internal storage is also insanely overpriced. 64GB micro sd card is priced at $61. If you want to get 64GB of internal storage, you must add an extra of $180 plus that insane price of iphone.
3. Don't get me started on apple's propietary connector cable can cost $25 not including the adapter. The original note 3 charger + adapter only cost $12
4. Stuck with itunes for content, plus I hate that we have to pay to download a music. On android, we can download many musics for free, all we want.
5. I like to play old PS1 games on which its emulator is only available on google playstore. Appstore don't have that.
6. ios is limited and lacks customizations compared to android's UI like samsung's touchwiz, HTC's sense, and Xperia UI.
7. Most of the free apps on google play store aren't free in apple's appstore
8. Android users can be a developer. They can root their phones, customise it the way the heck they want, increase the processor speed, port apps, etc.. There ain't no way that we can be a developer in apple, that power remains for its engineers.
9. Camera? Android flagships like s5 and z2 put apple's 8MP unit TO SHAME. And what really bugs me is there is no manual settings in ios camera app.
10. Fluidity? Please, snapdragon 600 and 800 wielding androids is enough to match and beat i5s' A7 chipset.
11. Accesories? From apple? No thank you, they are sure to be overpriced and lacks functionality. I can look to sony for accesorieses.. Magnetic charging docks, bluetooth headsets, NFC Speakers, smart lenses.. All of which actually are useful and adequately priced.
12. Software support? What? ios has no multitasking until the i.o.s 7 and that is still lacking compared to what android phones can offer
13. Resale value? Apple has loads of brainwashed fans, that's why its resale value are high.
14. Build quality? Sorry, good looking and rugged android flagships like Xperia Z series and HTC Ones offer better build quality. I've seen so many iphone 5 and 5ses got scratched badly.
15. Oh, that notorious apple's sharing system. Bluetooth isn't gonna work except for sharing to other ios devices.
The only thing that apple is sharing is only BRAND NAME.. Not products with great functionality
41. adecvat (Posts: 255; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
1. $350 with better specs? Which one?
2. I hear that 4.4 cut some sd-card functionality.
3. Charger and cable in the box.
4. Nope. Just checked Google music, they are not free.
5. Ios also has tons of emulators but not on apple store.
6. Touchwiz has customization? LOL.
7. Yep, tons of ads on play store and not optimized apps.
8. Root and lost warranty. Also same whistles comes with jailbreak.
9. Check out PA camera blind tests. 5s kill all in video recording.
10. 800 pwned by dual-core A7 and S5 is still lags.
11. Tons of accessories from multiply brands.
12. I can minimize game and start it after hours. Android close even my bookmarks in chrome browser.
47. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Too much ignorance and BS in a post, mate.
53. buccob (Posts: 2518; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
1. Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Moto X, SGS4 Mini, Xperia ZR
2. Still more options than iOS... and a lot of people on 4.3, 4.2, 4.1 (which are also better than iOS 7)
3. Additional ones are not as easy to find... compared to microUSB.
4. Not approving / Not condoning... but he meant Piracy.
5. If its not on Apple Store, then you can't officially use it... Play store has emulators and you CAN officially install from different sources without voiding warranty.
6. Touchwiz has tons of customization... even more than my preferred Xperia... but unless you deeply try it, you won't understand. And in Android, if my phone came with Touchwiz, I can switch to other Launchers... so yes.
7. But also tons of optimized apps with OPTIONS to pay if you want, and if you don't mind the ads... well you can have it for free. (Key word is: options)
8. It depends on your manufacturer, your place of purchase and other factors... Rooting not always end up in lost warranty. And without Rooting, Android is as powerful as iOS jailbroken.
9. Check out all the other blind test, Z2 takes a higher overall score than the iPhone.... (I know there are features that the iPhone does better... but you have to take everything into consideration)
10. Show me the lagging on Z2? And even if there is, the vast superiority of options, real multitasking, floating apps, and else, outweighs a little lag..... IF there is.
11. Most of which you will never need nor buy.... In my case I already enjoy Bluetooth Speakers, BT Car Stereo, Sony TV with CEC, Charging dock, BT headphones, microUSB OTG cable, microHDMI cables, BT Keyboard... etc.. from different brands, all work nicely with my Xperia phone.
12. Chrome IS a RAM hog... but you have other options like Dolphin, Opera, floating browsers, etc... and you can default them...
Multitasking is just better in Android... you can't argue this point... Floating apps, and Multi window owns iOS7.
55. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 163; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
You pulled the words right out of my pocket, +1.
61. adecvat (Posts: 255; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
1) Nexus 4 - discounted
Nexus 5 - crappy camera, overheating, throttling, plastic.
Moto X - old hardware, plastic
SGS4 Mini - crap
ZR- old hardware
2) Yeah, you right! Many people using 1-3 year old system, lol.
3) All shops sale microusb and lighting together.
5) And where you can officially download a ps1 game without paying for it?))
6) You can change wallpaper and that's all.
7) Especially smartphone apps for tablets, lol.
8) Root = lost warranty, always.
"Android is as powerful as iOS jailbroken" Nope, first you need to root it and install cwm.
9. Not much higher, 1/2,3 20mpix working like 8 mpix 1/3, nice done, Sony.
10. I've said about S5 with beautiful Touchwiz.
11. Me too.
12. Gimmick. Many people even don't know about this features in their galaxies.
67. iushnt (Posts: 1558; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)
H1. Nexus 4, 5
2. I don't know what cut in sd-card functionality u r talking. I can store my files easily.
3. I have got 3 official chargers for my android ( I won't specify brand here). one for school, one for home and the other in car.
4. Its not about Google music. Just open your browser and type any song for free download, there u can download there and manage it through file !managers as well.
5. I am sorry I am not a game freak person so no idea about this.
6. I am sure u can install any launchers and change the overall look of your UI without rooting.
7. Yeah even though ads, those who wanna pay can pay and get rid of ads on apps. So android has two options -pay or free(with ads). Apple has 1 option. Who said AppS are not well optimized? Bias much?
8. Root and jailbreak both loose warranty but jailbreak in iPhone will finally be on par with unrooted android.
9. Check out the PA camera test, recent one..S5 and ip5s are on par in video but ip5s loses in everything else.
10. Nokia 1100 doesn't lag doesn't mean it is the best. S5 does much more than feature phone ip5s. Dual core A7 is just for an app launcher?
11. Even Samsung has tons of accessories - official and third party..
12. May be u r using a $100 android. But my android even resumes chrome browser tabs after few days. I can also split screen for better multitasking.
13. Watching movies in big screen is better
14. I rarely open my computer as my android is an independent device unlike iPhone.
15. I can download torrent doirectly without rooting.
16. Like computer, pen drive can be used directly,
17.Bluetooth is helpful in sharing files, NFC and wifi-direct are faster
42. adecvat (Posts: 255; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
14. 5s - no scratches. And: "Some Xperia Z owners complain of loose back panels, water resistance compromised"
15 Bluetooth is history. But you can wait for download for hours when others has fastest AirDrop.
54. buccob (Posts: 2518; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
13. After how much you pay for the iDevices, at least you have to recover some of that... but you have to admit that they are way overpriced.
14. I worry more over shatter screens than scratches... and I have seen too many iPhone screens shattered... but I cannot say the same about Sony phones... at least my Acro S is built like a tank. (surviving perfectly a 5 feet tall drop, on tile, landing flat on the screen, and other minor drops)
15. Bluetooth is omnipresent... and it is better to have the most popular connectivity, than the fastest but least compatible (ask an iPhone 5 owner how much does he use AirDrop)... Or do you charge and sync your iPhone over FireWire?
Also WiFi Direct is just as good...
59. adecvat (Posts: 255; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
13. But you can sell it for the higher price than android after year of use.
14. Just from Xperablog, newest topics:
"Xperia Z2 owners: Who has an off-centre rear camera?"
"Polarized sunglasses and Xperia Z2 don’t mix"
15. Bluetooth is history, it is using only for accessories. Wi-Fi is much better and AirDrop too.
56. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 163; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
Are you kidding me? Lots of my campus friends own i5 and i5s. And they always complain that their propietary cable chargers got easily broken and they had to pay $30 to replace it.
An original complete note 3 charger that can charge 3000mah+ battery only cost $12
Logical, isn't it? Alumunium is a scratch prone material and lots of my friends have their iphones scratched badly
I owned xperia z before I purchase my Z2. There is no such thing as loose back panels, my z has been slammes to the ground like 10 times and there is no visible scratches and damages
25. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Fluidity my foot, camera good joke(dont let PA fool you), build quality youtube helps, user experience, apps ONLY ANDROID, rest of all things i dont care.
30. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
100 Things iPhone 5S - 5C Can't do Android Phones Can:
35. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
+1 bro. Nice ammo for future. ;-)
34. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Apple customer service is good in US and in few other countries but in the rest of world Apple customer service is nothing special. In many countries it even doesn't exist.
Android is more flexible OS and more widely used in different devices. Also Android is more friendly for developers.
Since Android is more flexible and less restricted OS, each user more easily can adapt it to individual needs.
Also iPhone is overpriced and has lower technical specifications compared to majority Android flagships.
18. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 163; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
Let me tell ya guys.. I usually reviewed a phone with 9 aspects of assesment:
2. Overall specs
3. User friendliness
4. Processing performance
5. Battery life
6. Image & Video quality
7. Audio & Multimedia Experience
8. Screen Quality
9. Value for Money
Android flagships like Xperia Z2, and Galaxy S5 can get an overall score of 90++ from me. But iphone 5s? Reviewed it once and it got 81 overall score from me
22. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 163; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
No, just like to create it and share it to my social media accounts
32. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 163; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
Got it two days ago. But I had to queue for 5 damn hours to get it because there's like buzzilions of people who pre ordered it, which was quite of a shock. But it's totally worth it :)
37. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Tomorrow morning. And I just got to know that the SmartBand comes with it :)
39. PhotoPixel (Posts: 29; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)
The new Sony Z2 20mpx. camera can not beat, the old iphone 5s camera.. What a shame for Sony programmers!
43. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Did you even bother to look at the samples? :)
50. PhotoPixel (Posts: 29; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)
Oh, and what i must be seen on Z2 shots....?)) Great quality like on 808 Pureview ...??? xD