Sony Xperia Z5 vs Apple iPhone 6: speed comparison

Sony Xperia Z5 vs Apple iPhone 6: speed comparison
Different resolutions, different operating systems, and different applications. All of this might make you think that any cross-platform speed comparison is an exercise in futility, but out there in the real world the thing that matters is, ultimately, how fast does my phone open stuff compared to competitors. So, in a way, an impossibly difficult tasks such as comparing performance is suddenly not so complicated. In the end, it's the real world performance that people see, not that otherwise nuts 52,341 score on AnTuTu.

With that in mind, we thought we'd go for an improvised speed comparison featuring the brand new Sony Xperia Z5, and what better phone to fit the above criteria than Apple's iPhone 6? It has a different screen resolution, check, a contrasting operating system, and comparatively bare-bones apps in terms of appearance and sometimes functionality. 

So which is faster when talking about the speed with which you can get to the apps we all use on a daily basis? Watch to find out!

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Xperia Z5
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2900 mAh(17h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Even with a 750p screen it can't beat the Z5. Lol

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

The iPhone literally never beat an android phone in these app opening tests ever since they started doing them about 2 years ago. Even now the nexus 5 beats all other phones pretty much so the test is more about resource loading efficiency and speed (SSD) than anything else. Still, the fact that the iPhone has a ridiculously low resolution screen compared to the Z5 as well as most of the iPhone layouts looking fairly bland and mostly white space begs the question of why isn't it faster at opening even this much.

3. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

So naive. Everyone knows most android phones turn to sh!t after a month or two of use apart from the nexus phones.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Post 3 is his least true post yet. I've seen several YouTube videos where the iPhone won, and some where it lost. Go on Everything Apple Pro on YouTube, and watch the comparison between the 6+&Note 5.

39. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Okay, I just watched that review and I don't know what you saw but the Note 5 literally beat the 6+ on every feature comparison. For that matter, every time the hardware came up he always stated that the iPhone 6+ makes do with what it has, which sounds like an excuse for the 1GB of ram (last I checked even you derided that limitation). The only thing Apple came out ahead in was support and that I agree Apple has over everyone. Yet that is about it, and I think 128 GB option, which is stretching it for a plus (no pun intended). He barely even mentioned the stylus support which is something the Note 5 has over the iPhone 6+ without an equivalent. Also, from a more neutral source (even though he was okay on the Note 5 vs 6+ review) is phonebuff which compared the Note 4 to the 6+ (came out at the same time and so a better comparison) and the Note 4 won the speed test. So with that in mind, and the now slimmer touchwiz on the Note 5, there is no chance of the 6+ and maybe even the 6S+ beating the Note 5.

40. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Okay, first off, your comparing The note 5 a 2015 phone with the iPhone a 2014 phone...right off the bat a very unfair comparison, considering the Note 5 has next gen ran and processors, something that will be matched by the IPhone 6s (their getting their next gen ran and processors from sammy) but the iPhone lacks being a 2014 model phone...if you want a more fair comparison have a look at the Note 4 vs the Iphone 6 both late 2014 phones.. The time difference between the iPhone 6 and the Note 4 in most speed tests are under 4sec..which considering the note 4 and 5 specs is laughable both note phones should be beating the iphone in minute not by a few short seconds.

11. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

That myth has been debunked since 4.3 btw

30. FrenchGuy

Posts: 134; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

No. Only some blind apple fanboy think that way. Everybody knows you're talking about the previous Touchwiz on Samsung phones. So naive, you've never tried using an non samsung phones so you claim they all are like samsung phones. No, I have used for one year a nexus 5 and a sony xperia z3. They both are as reactive as they were the first day. Don't try to find excuses. There is no excuse.

42. dimas

Posts: 3446; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Depends on the build, user and brand. Even iphones run s**t if os sucks and users don't know what they're doing. Wifi always open with 6 background apps 24/7 in my z3c on kitkat and still smooth as butter. Abuse an iphone 6 on iOS8 in multitasking and you'll go crazy. Darkjeddi can attest how sloppy iOS8 is that's why iOS9 is greatly demanded on september 9.

62. murphslaws

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 22, 2015

MY S6 Edge is still killin it and ive had it for about 4 months now... Am I an outlier? oh wait, my Galaxy S4 which I owned for 2 years also ran flawlessly to the day I sold it on Ebay. Better yet, the performance got BETTER on my even older still Galaxy Nexus. So far most of my iphone friends always complain about battery life going to crap and running out of storage due to storage inefficiencies. (had a friend running low on memory, for some reason messages took up 4 gb, facebook took up 3gb and etc. Apps that shouldnt use so much data were for some reason eating up insane amounts.)

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wow dude, you really do just like to say stuff for "likes" head on over to YouTube for some comparison vids. And I thought Taters was an attention w***e.

43. discharge unregistered

Sony sucks!! The Xperia z, z1s, z3, same s**t and you say iPhones are all the same?? All 3 songs were the same too but what has better resale value years later?? Sony sure as hell don't!! Look on eBay you will see what has best resale value and sure as hell not a android, maybe the Samsung Galaxy does but iPhones resale the highest and supports updates for models 4 years back android crap has only selected after a year your android is worthless there final flash!! And speed is not all that I had sony z3 and was so laggy my iPhone 6 plus was more dependable!! Bells and whistles are not all that, it's a realiable device not looks!! And also preference as well the only android I trust is a Samsung note or galaxy, Samsung I will admit is a powerful device!! Sony?? Haaa don't think so and waterproof ya right!! Also Sony Xperia has lousy camera and speaker sound!!!

48. sgodsell

Posts: 7618; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Considering Sony makes the iPhone cameras, and they make the cameras for a lot of other OEMS as well. I find the Z3 pretty snappy. Not to mention the battery lasts a long time. The Z3 is IP68. So it can handle water up to 5 feet. So don't go swimming with it. It can handle a good shower.

49. sgodsell

Posts: 7618; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Resale is such a joke, especially when iPhone users have laid out so much more money for a lower specification device. The only thing truly flagship about the iPhone is its price.

55. discharge unregistered

Whatever sgodsell you just can't afford one so stick with your Walmart track phone

60. riteshrkm

Posts: 165; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

resale is never a joke . A 4S or 5S still sales........a 3 year old 5S still is 35k......take out any android phone of iphone 5s tym......look @ its specs .....its resale value or whatevr ....either they are out of production or no support for current version android .........

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Your laughing here, but I have a feeling it'll be Apple laughing the loudest. We both know who wins where it counts. Sales, customer retention rate, market share, customer satisfaction rating, 3rd party product support, and let's not forget...resale value.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


14. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Where it counts for the company.... Neither of you work for the company, so neither matters to you. I'd happily back the company giving me that 4k screen and 23mp sweet sensor, and all the rest of the delightfulness, for the same price of a 720p screen, etc. from the opposing side....

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Keep producing those awesome specs, and no one's buying...not a good strategy. Sony's not on Apples level. Sweet phone too BTW.

34. FrenchGuy

Posts: 134; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

"not a good strategy" What will happen if an Iphone come out whith these specs ??? Sales record. Actually, the bad strategy is not to be Apple. All this hype around Apple products has to stop.

27. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I've never understood why consumers concern themselves with the product sales of a manufacturer. Apple sold "x" amount of phones versus some of other manufacturer. Okay. How does that change your life?

63. murphslaws

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 22, 2015

Because Brand loyalty. People like to be part of a team. There also seems to be some sort of a societal hierarchy built into the minds of less informed peoples. A lot of uninformed people assume Apple is always better than Android and vice versa. Nothing we can do about it people will continue being idiots.

18. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Not To Mention The iPhones Have Amazing Real World Gaming Performance. The 6 And 6 Plus Are Still Unbeaten When It Comes To Gaming And The 6s/6splus Are Right Around The Corner. Even The 5s Still Ranks In The Top Five In Gaming.

26. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

That's because of the low res screen, anyone can do it with a crap screen.

37. gaming64 unregistered

*excellent screen

47. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

The 6 Pus Has A 1080p Screen And No Other Phone Beats It But The 750p 6.

19. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

Yes of course in your book only the commercial reception matters. But don't assume that for some of us real innovation doesn't count because it does, at least for me.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Don't be mad bro.

23. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

Don't worry, don't have time to be mad to shallow people ;-)

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