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HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z

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HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z
The Xperia Z doesn't shine with voice quality in the earpiece, producing sound with average strength and clarity that is not up to par with flagship expectations. The HTC One, on the other hand, uses its amplified boom box at the front top for an earpiece, whose loud and clear output ranks up with the best out there.

The noise-canceling microphones on the handsets separate your voice from the background noise successfully, yet the setup the HTC One mics have manages to relay clearer and more recognizable voices to the other end.


The phones have sealed batteries with almost equal capacity – 2300 mAh for the One vs 2330 mAh for the Xperia Z – but HTC doesn't give official talk times for the One. Sony, however, claims 5.5 hours of video playback for the Xperia Z, which is a tad below the average endurance, whereas 3rd party tests peg the HTC One at about eight hours, yet overall both phones should last you through the day with moderate to heavy usage, and day and a half to two days if you are gentle on the screen time.

Battery life

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

Higher is better
5h 45 min (Average)
Sony Xperia Z
4h 48 min (Poor)
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All in all, it shouldn't be a tough pick between the HTC One or the Xperia Z for you. Sony's flagship might look a bit rough around the edges, compared to the sleek aluminum One, but there's a perfectly good reason for that – its waterproof chassis will be a godsend for many a careless or outdoorsy owner, and it is easier to hold and operate with one hand with the rubberized sides.

If you are the type that babies their handset, though, the HTC One will offer a better screen, faster processor, stellar audio experience, IR blaster and superior video capture, on top of what the Xperia Z delivers. Both handsets cost around the same, and are likely to keep value in a similar manner, so it mostly depends on whether you need the elements-proofing of the Z, or the extra features of the One.

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posted on 22 Mar 2013, 06:36 18

1. darkskoliro (Posts: 1090; Member since: 07 May 2012)

"The One is ran by the newest generation Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, clocked at 1.5 GHz,"
Clocked at 1.7

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 06:59 5

9. wendygarett (unregistered)

I wish the phone can clocked lower, in order to save some battery :)

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 13:37 2

74. phonemirer (Posts: 111; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)

actually you can with root + setcpu app

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 22:30 1

87. darkskoliro (Posts: 1090; Member since: 07 May 2012)

Not always at 1.7 :) Fluctuates depending on CPU intensity. Just like any cpu that has been around for years now.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:11 4

43. Daniel.P (Posts: 107; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)

Fixed, cheers ;)

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 09:36 10

58. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

both software and hardware htc one smock z..
great job HTC..
it beats Competitors one after another..
this handpeace deserve to be best phone this year..
c`mon htc and bering for us another surprise by new tablet..

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 09:18 2

92. aditia (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)

CHECK THISSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

search on youtube :HTC One vs. Sony Xperia Z : HD video streaming

Blue, Green, Red, Yellow and white on Sony more vibrant!!!! or YOU WANNA SAY SONY OVERSATURATED than HTC?????!!!!!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 11:00

102. Rishin17 (Posts: 24; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

We need not watch any videos..
. .when u use the xperia z in ur hand..
Ul see for urself what a horrible screen it is as compared
To the htc one..the only thing goin for xperia z(as sony ppl say) is d bravia engine2 :
Which reduces noise when watching videos or photos..
In any case practically when u use the phones in ur hand overall..the screen of d htc one is far far better than d xperia z

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 06:41 33

2. sonofzeus (Posts: 95; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

I had hands on with both the devices .The Display of the HTC one looks better than xperia z

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:10 17

15. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:19 16

22. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)

haha, more dislikes coming..
they cant accept the washout and bad viewing angles of their xperia Z that after 2 days and days it will be dead :D

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 10:09

94. dil2abu (Posts: 315; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

Check this..

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 17:32

98. TMach (Posts: 464; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

Perhaps you should watch this then!


posted on 25 Mar 2013, 17:33

99. TMach (Posts: 464; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

Whoops....think again! Both great screens but do make informed comments. Evidence is per link below...


posted on 22 Mar 2013, 06:48 16

3. wendygarett (unregistered)

Currently own a one x, and I don't see a reason to take another HTC phone as my second phone,

don't get me wrong, I love HTC, especially that killing diamonds cut makes me mouth watering, not to mention that boomsound, and I use friendstream 24/7 and I wish I can use blinkfeed 24/7 as well...

unfortunately, holding second HTC phone makes me looks like a sheeple :(

I will get Xperia z this October and I swear I will get it :)

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:06 2

12. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

i might wait till the next nexus

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:16 3

19. wendygarett (unregistered)

If the next nexus is a water resistance phone, I take it :)

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:21 12

25. tiara6918 (Posts: 2110; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

No,it doesn't make you a fanboy nor a sheep if you'll keep buying the same brand it's just a matter of preference. You'll get blink feed on your next software update. Anyways, enjoy getting the z

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:25 2

50. wendygarett (unregistered)

You don't understand, sheeple us not you define yourself but the people who define you...

some people love Apple product and keep collecting it every year, it's just a matter of preference too... But still I define them sheeple :)

honestly, they are multibillion company, we don't owe their loyalty, utilise the beauty of choice, this is android anyway :)

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 10:59 2

69. TerryCrowley (Posts: 194; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)

You're dumb. People call them sheep because of WHY they buy Apple products. Sheep are the people who buy Apple products not for their specs or software or anything that the device actually has to offer over the competition but simply because it's made by Apple.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 11:15 1

71. wendygarett (unregistered)

Wow, I bring HTC one x and HTC one on the table and say, look I have two phones...

and compare to I bring HTC one x and Sony Xperia z on the table...

Which one is more sheeple? Again my emphasis, I don't owe any company loyalty, once I bought Xperia z, my third phone won't be a Sony....

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 12:15 3

73. TerryCrowley (Posts: 194; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)

Neither are for sheeps. Sheeps buy products not by their specs or software offerings but simply because of it's brand or status as a fashion symbol/trend. Hence why people call Apple fanboys sheep. Just because you buy three consecutive Samsung devices in a row doesn't mean you're a sheep. It depends WHY you bought that. If you used actual logic and reasoning or blind following, like SHEEP. If a device is clearly better in terms of hardware and software then it wouldn't make you a sheep to buy it over it's competition, regardless if you bought it's predecessor. Maybe the language barrier is why you're so dumb. What language do you need me to speak for you to understand?

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 02:30

89. wendygarett (unregistered)

Once again I don't loyal to every company, I want choices!!!

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 20:48 3

86. Rishin17 (Posts: 24; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

May be she is a goat ;)

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 07:33 9

27. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

Getting Xperia Z in this October...

What planet are you living on seriously?

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:07 11

40. wendygarett (unregistered)

A planet that full of mermaids :)
that's why I need water resistance phone duh...

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 10:38 1

65. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

I still don't get you, sometimes you are a die-hard Apple fan, some weeks ago a Samsung fan and now you will get a Sony phone? lol

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 06:52 6

4. istitch (Posts: 181; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)

compare the one with ZL, ZL is cheaper yet compact.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 06:53 9

5. Lyngdoh (Posts: 291; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

Htc One should be compared with xperia ZL.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 06:55 3

7. smallworld (Posts: 499; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

Yeah they are more similar.

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