Call quality

Neither the Galaxy S4, nor the Xperia Z are exceptionally good as far as call quality goes. The Z's earpiece tends to sound a tad better than the one of the S4, but not drastically. Conversely, the microphone of the Xperia Z is even worse than the one of the Galaxy S4. As Elton John once sang, “it's a sad, sad situation”... to see these powerhouses fail miserably in the call quality test. Actually, the Galaxy S4 works OK, it shouldn't give you much trouble, but it's just downright unimpressive.

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.

hours Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S4
4h 59 min (Poor)
Sony Xperia Z
4h 48 min (Poor)


There's no doubt that the Sony Xperia Z is one very capable smartphone. It has a pretty cool appearance and can easily execute whatever task you want. Still, the Samsung Galaxy S4 seems to be the more appealing handset overall. Its design may not be anything to write home about, but it's compact and comfortable to hold, despite the presence of an equally large 5” screen. When it comes to features, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is once again the better-equipped handset thanks to the multitude of user experience enhancements delivered by the latest TouchWiz Nature interface.

Sony has definitely created one powerful device with the Xperia Z, but they'll have to do even better than that if they want to be a real challenge for the best in the industry. Improving their designs from practical standpoint and enhancing their user experiences would be great places to start from.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z:



1. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Sony doesn't have a chance against the S4...

18. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Well they are like Lion n Tiger :)

53. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Tigers in most cases would beat a Lion easily. They are just bigger and have more power. A pride of Lions is crazy though and Tigers are loners.

69. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Whatever, they are still the King :)

22. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

S4 cant survive with Xperia Z on everyday and everywhere use, rain or shine hahahaha.

47. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

that's my lord.....!!!

38. Airforce

Posts: 70; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

This to me is just another biased Review complements of iphonearena ....i can say that Samsung GS3 was a success,this new Samsung just a wasted effort be samsung...they should as well called it Samsung Galaxy SIII S ..I HAVE TO SAY SONY did a great job on Xperia Z..nd this is a great achievement to them

57. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

I love how they start with this: "we here at PhoneArena respect Sony, just as much as we respect Samsung".....lolololol yeah right......

81. yudi.nemesis unregistered

what phonearena respect sony my ass if the they respect sony why they change xperia z vote and lumia vote

72. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

poop.. Xperia Z was just made all glass and thats awesome? critical analysis is a must even dey put a 1080p display, still thats a crap! getting into quadcore yet uses 2012 flagship processor (oh but thats update seeing their 2012 phones uses 2011's LOL) having ip57 to sacrificed so many things esp the speakers they always lose the camera battle hmm.. s4 isnt awasted effort,, even the build is given with marvelous achievement>im not talking abt how it totally looks.. bull crap> read review comparisons and analyze how s4 throw that xperia Z and be on the level or even better than the htc One.. the first fullHD amoled in mobile is being talked abt now how samsung managed to make such great display!!! and those loads of features will make u use ur phone always! get ur facts boy many xperia Z users now are disappointed..

45. LonghornTech

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

I wouldn't go that far, but the Samsung wins this round. Don't understand why call quality is bad on both devices, pretty sad really. I'll probably go for the HTC One for that and a few other reasons. Still don't understand why Sony, one of the best camera producers, can not put a truly proper camera on their phones.

49. AshishRomea

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

it has stunning camera bro , i own the phone !

79. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

But you don't own the GS4. lol

54. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Sony hates noise too much, they always use aggressive noise reduction that smears and destroy details, even in their point and shoot cameras. Sony cameras are the best, if you shoot in RAW. If you like to auto everything, Sony is poor. They have by far the best sensors though, just poor noise reduction firmware.

70. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Just bad camera software

48. AshishRomea

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

when sony has an awesome design , build , camera , proofing - samsung covers it up up very good hardware , display , sleekness & software additions both phones are good in a number of ways

110. TMach unregistered

The evidence never lies.....please watch the link put your bias aside and form a non fanboy opinion, if that is remotely possible! An open mind is all it takes!!

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Even though I like the xperia z a bit more, we have to accept that fact that sgs4 wins


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Well totally agree and not bias and neutral+1

3. BadAssAbe

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

SGS4 Wins! Better Screen, Bigger battery, IR Blaster, Smaller Size, lighter, No onscreen buttons to take up screen, less bezel, removeable battery, New Touch techology with hover or golve usable Sony does put up a fight with a better Looking phone and water/dust Proof

4. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

admittedly s4 is better. sony should try harder with their next flagship. even the battery on the s4 is better. price may even be better with samsung. i've been rooting for sony but it's stupid to believe something that does not exist. sony lost this fight. display, camera, battery, features ... when will sony offer something well rounded and superior? i'll get back to being a sony fan when they do things better. now, i'll be looking forward to motorola. i just can't learn to love samsung. used to be a fan but they've become quite annoying. this does not mean their products are bad, though.

111. TMach unregistered

Seriously? I can't believe people form an opinion based on another person's opinion. Anyone who has ever picked up the Xperia Z would admit that it does everything extremely well and then some. It is the top rated phone on GSMArena by consumers and also has the most hits, even more than the S4, even hough it has already been out for months. Remember, the hype is greatest before a phone is released so this is quite some feat, given the build up to the S4 release! Now watch the video in the link below and you will see comments in regard to screen are bogous!

5. kaliil10

Posts: 146; Member since: May 16, 2012

Galaxay s4 is the winner. there are many holes on th xperia z


Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 27, 2013

g4 is super ugly and tht oled screen is pain for eyes ... and ya xperia z is powerfull enough to do wht g4 can do :)) .. so chill

30. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Xperia z's TFT display's super washed out screen is pain for eyes not to mention its terrible viewing angles... Ofcourse xperia z is powerful enough but not power efficient as 28nm A7 processors enhanced galaxy s4 :))So chill...

58. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

And GS4 screen with false colors and minimun brightness....both screens have flaws

33. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

pain for eyes? beach please S4 uses technologie that saves your eyes !

61. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Lol. Pain for the eyes is talking about the XZ not the S4, read first before commenting, or you must be blinded by amoled, thats why you got the wrong info. Hahaha


Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Hands down victory


Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 27, 2013

for xperia z

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