Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z

We here at PhoneArena respect Sony, just as much as we respect Samsung. We'll put both of their latest flagship smartphones, the Xperia Z and Galaxy S4 , to test and see which one's going to finish with a higher score!...
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117 Comments

65. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

XZ cant wow u in watching videos - MBravia kicks dark Amoled XZ cant deliver lout and better sound quality - duh water/dust proof has its limit XZ cant capture the best photos out there - Lol, s4 uses sony lens, so they still earning XZ cant stand a day - S4 cant survive anywhere in the world oh XZ can deliver u with faulty stamina mode - i see and other review says its worth a feature XZ can give u laggy homescreen - even octa core lag thanks androidlag XZ can give u so many issues> talk.sonymobile.com - thanks to millions of sales, there is always a millions of issue for all devices BOW

73. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

weww, -http://www.androidauthority.com/htc-butterfly-opp​o-find-5-beat-sony-xperia-z-full-hd-screen-compari​son-178504/ even in bravia mode, "When performing the color gamut tests, the publication concluded that the Xperia Z’s display may offer oversaturated colors compared to the Butterfly and the Oppo. Interestingly, the Bravia Engine 2 image processing technology, one of the features of the Xperia Z, doesn’t help that much: By the way, Sony makes a pretty strong emphasis on the presence of image processing BRAVIA Engine 2. We experimented with it and came to the following conclusions: mainly the “improvement” is to increase color saturation. Perhaps this embellish quiet shades, but on many vivid images is rather superfluous. In some cases, led to a glut of colors that blended shades and lose clarity, and detail. Let’s just say, the screen Sony Xperia Z is not much of a need for additional image processing. Another thing is that the BRAVIA Engine 2 does not increase the physical contrast of the screen or viewing angles – that’s where a handy “help.” Manipulation of the signal level often give “amateur photoshop effect” than actually improve something."

74. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

-sound quality at least u know abt it, anyway that limit actually sucks.. -photos u cant say anything abt the pictures huh, u just mentioned earning, yah samsung uses sony's sensor that speaks samsung knows many things abt software :D -cant stand a day i mean battry, stamina mode -talk.sonymobile.com many are complaining abt the issues of stamina mode -homescreen lag just visit talk.sonymobile some users compared their s3 flawless homescreen -many issues how abt tons of issues for a day-old SMARTphone :D BOWOW

21. Esf_Kid

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

So far im enjoying my perfect XZ which i think will not let any user's needs down and definitely i will upgrade my S3 to mighty S4 to experience the best of Sony and Sammy in a smartphone simultaneously:D

23. lee480 unregistered

Thanks. This review made my choice to buy the Xperia Z when my contracts end 2 months later.

37. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Cmon Let's be a bit honest. This review didn't make your choice. We all know that you gonna buy it in 2015 as well

24. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

I like Xperia Z and wanted to have one...but after i had one just for playing, there are some pros and cons....what i personally did not liked, XPERIA Z got hot all over the body....so when i played fHD video some 10minutes - whole piece of phone was warm...i know CPU produces heat, but the "single piece" construction of Z makes that whole phone is warm - after next 30mins of normal web browsing - it did not cool, only after i placed it from my hand away and waited some time. Next - i miss home button, on screen buttons are not that good to my taste. So as a current Note owner, skipped N2, and i beleive S4 will be it...i like all those extra features...probably N3 will be same but bigger S4, and as i do not like the screen - form factor 16:9 of N2, i can live with "smaller" phone like S4.

97. Persophile

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 31, 2013

Update your phone software to XXXX.434 That would solve two problems: 1. Overheating. 2. Sudden Death Syndrome (which only happens to one in every 10,000 phones). There are some minor improvements in the interface you do not notice. :)

26. voxmarc

Posts: 336; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

no MATCH!

27. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Xperia Z is best IMO

29. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

LoLs no match really.. S4 no match with Xz in terms of desperate XZ defenders haha maybe they just got the XZ and want to eliminate or hide their disappointmnt by shouting out that XZ is better than S4

60. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Cod quality troll here.

32. Clement97

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 26, 2012

why aren't they not even mentioning about Xperia's water resisting and dust resisting capabilities..!!

66. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

In phonearena, lastest Processor is more important than durability and premium device.

76. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

durability?? hmm get ur facts

34. funnyguy

Posts: 244; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

Korean tech is killing the Japanese industry..... Bulls**t phone Sony , sorry for saying but there is a reason why Samsung is the only company making some money out of the LAGGY and CHOPPY Android .... At least untill apple releases bigger screen iPhones.

40. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Still xperia z have better desgin than gsiv. But its all bout marketing. Samsung wins in sales. If sony want too compete against samsung they hage too spend money on marketing and put their phone on every carrier not just sell it unlocked cause that wont help Sony sales

43. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Don't you think the ZL looks less longer and better Gadget? I'm really liking the Z, I've already overclocked it to 2.0Ghz with Stock Android 4.2.1, also raised the GPU over 650MHZ. It feels much better and faster now!!!!!

56. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Sony has great marketing. They make the best ads by far. Don't fall for the HTC fan drivel. It isn't just about marketing.

41. Saafa

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

plz compare S4 and Optimus G pro.

44. virak

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

Thanks for this review and I hope there won't be many people buying Z so I can stand from the rest of them! I think it is so cool to use your phone under the raindrops and I don't think Quad and Octa-core are really different in the everyday use. As SONY's fan, all I can do is sitting and waiting for the result of the selling of my beloved company and if the result came out good, I bet all you guys would not dare to troll XZ anymore! I hope the result would be good!

46. PhoenixWright

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Samsung S4: I'm Better... Sony XPERIA Z: No I'm Better... Nokia: Wait till I release my phone and lets see who'll crack on impact. OHH, Note to self, video them fall with my pure view phase 1 cam.

50. Sonysss

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 27, 2013

Eventually Sony have much useful application over S4. Feel that phonearena haven does great study on phone yet. Sony support mini app which can do two app at one go with smooth and fast transition at one go unlike samsung multi window only allowed fixed useless application. Sony also support 999 shoot in 60sec great and smooth gallery over Samsung lagging and messy gallery. User you can try first and see than comments if Samsung can do show it out than. Such good processor cannot even handles app well. Too bias. Like we believe when we touches it

77. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

999 shots in 60 sec LOL wen will u use that? even gs4 does that but i 4got how many, even gs3 can do it but samsung limited the burst shots to care about the memory.. i prefer XZ's gallery :) dude XZ doesnt have extra useful features, maybe the PS app.. what XZ has is bugs/issues around > talk.sonymobile.com PLS read the article and dont rely on your dream that XZ has a lot more apps than s4.. and its not all abt apps

82. Sonysss

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 27, 2013

Do you know what is mini app? Mutli Task at one go. Can S4 do? What smart pause etc those user will cry at night low light might not be accurate all are flaw in the end eat up a lot battery samsung users keep it mouth shout! Try XZ before commenting. Even S3 cannot handle heavy photo loading

92. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

hahaha,, mini app?http://www.phonearena.com/news/Extreme-multita​sking-the-best-floating-apps-for-Android_id37500 lols, galaxies are known for true multi-tasking those miniapps are always available on android :) and if im not mistaken, those miniapps are popularizd by samsung in note devices, im not sure huh :) heavy photo loading? lols, if urreferring to the burst shots, ohmy unintelligble u are, research frst b4 trolling.. note(not sure if related): Xperia Z is being crtcxed now bcoz it lags so much, even opening camera app takes a moment

51. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Both phones are great and have their own pros and cons.It's up to the user to decide which phone matches for them. I own a Xperia ZL and won't be changing to another phone in the next years. I enjoy it a lot than the Z and no, I am not a fanboy or one of those Sony trolls. For now, I would like to know the pricing here in Malaysia, since Malaysia is expected to get both the Exynos and Qualcomn version. I have a feeling that the Exynos will be more expensive than the Z but who knows?

59. Scorpion

Posts: 103; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

The comparison didn't mention at all, that the Xperia Z is waterproof, and strudily built. Striking design isn't everything this handset offers. Also it's worth mentioning that any compromises on this device might be a result of it's toughness. Also in the Z as I saw the interface videos, one zoom out pinch brings all the editing options together, rather than overview and app drawer seperatly as on TouchWiz.

96. Persophile

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 31, 2013

Well said... Not only did not they mention Xperia Z's water-proofing and dust resistance, but also they did not mention the reason why Xperia Z has a protective screen on its speaker-- which by itself, is the reason why it cannot have a very loud sound. They also did not mention the polyamide material used in the body of Xperia Z to make it a solid phone.

62. imran.bangi

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

is that true S4 does not support FM radio in both the models???? if not, i will not buy it.............
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