Sony is known for its light touch when it comes to skinning Android, and the Marshmallow build running on the Xperia X changes none of that. It's still a friendly and ultimately understated execution, with a bit of a new paint brushed over the iconography. A new twist is swiping down on an empty screen area to search for and display favorite apps, but we'd rather have this gesture bring down the notification bar, instead of stretching all the way up each time we want to preview a message, or toggle a switch.

Apple, too, tends to strive for sense and simplicity when designing its products, and that applies to the iPhone UI experience as well. The iOS 9.x edition that is currently running on the iPhone 6s is clean, streamlined, and easy to get the hang of. Besides, it serves as a gateway to a vast, quality-driven library of games and applications. The 3D Touch functionality of the screen adds a brand new layer for interaction with the information on your phone, too, especially with iOS 10.

Processor and memory

Midrange graphics on the Xperia X are no match for the screeching Apple A9 performance

Sony put a hexacore Snapdragon 650 in the Xperia X, which places it firmly in the midrange category. The processors ticking inside the Xperia and the iPhone 6s are rather different in terms of architecture and workload they deal with, so direct comparison won't be very useful. Still, the Apple A9 chip is the more powerful and efficient one on a clock-for-clock basis, while the latest games might give the Xperia X's graphics a pause.

With 3GB of RAM, Xperia X is par for the course in the world of Android upper midrange, and we didn't notice much lag in app loading times or multitasking, but the same can be said for the iPhone 6s even though it has much less RAM to work with.

There are 32 or 64 GB storage models of the Xperia X, plus support for microSD cards of up to 200GB. The iPhone 6s does not support expandable storage, as it comes with 16, 64, or 128 gigs on board, depending on the price tier.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Sony Xperia X 73681.5
Apple iPhone 6s 59075
JetStream Higher is better
Sony Xperia X 42.92
Apple iPhone 6s 118.91
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Sony Xperia X 33
Apple iPhone 6s 59.1
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Sony Xperia X 9.9
Apple iPhone 6s 56.1
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Sony Xperia X 1337.66
Apple iPhone 6s 2139
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
Sony Xperia X 1323
Apple iPhone 6s 2539
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
Sony Xperia X 3694.33
Apple iPhone 6s 4421

Internet and connectivity

Sony went with Android's default Chrome browser, and we can't blame it, as Google is constantly working to improve Chrome, plus having just a single browser simplifies things, while you can always get a third-party one.

As for connectivity – well, the handsets are loaded with 4G network compatibility and support for most Wi-Fi, Bluetooh, GPS or NFC wireless radio standards under the sun. The iPhone supports a record number of LTE bands, so it can take advantage of maximum data speeds in more locations around the world.

Sony supports both DLNA and Miracast streaming, while Apple relies on its AirPlay standard for sending media off to the big screen wirelessly

As for wired connectivity, Apple uses its proprietary side-agnostic Lightning cable, while the Xperia X is equipped with a standard microUSB port.



1. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

"Rich and quality app ecosystem" has nothing to do with the actual phone. Google Play is just about as well rounded as the Apple App Store and shouldn't be considered a "plus".

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7361; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

iPhone arena keeps calling the 650 Qualcomm chip a mid range CPU. However the 650 is sporting 2 cortex-A72 cores which are faster than A57 cores. Not to mention the 650 is actually faster than a SD 808 processor and it's GPU is comparable to a SD 810. So this processor is no slouch. I always shake my head when they do graphics benchmarks with displays from a lower resolution iPhone 6S. The Xperia X is pushing more than two times the number of pixels on its full HD display. Plus phonearena has always given Sony a bad rap.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

SD650 is mid-ranger nowadays, since its noticeably below flagship level (SD 820) just like last year's SD808 compared to SD810

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Agree with most of that. But Sony gets a bad rep because their on phone give Sony a bad rep.

8. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

I agree with you on ppi!!!!!! +100 sgodsell my Xperia Z5 premium has 881 ppi no device out there has that, that I'm aware of?? And the 4K display is flawless not bad for a unlocked version i think t mobile should had jump on this device!! Funny thing I have t mobile the Z5 out does my iPhone 6S plus and my iPhone is from t mobile, the representative at the store saw my Z5 and offered to buy from me i say nope!! also with my SD card in the Z5 beats my memory in my iPhones 128 gab but i had the Z1S and Z3 in the past and kinda gave up with Sony as t mobile did but the Z5 was a shocker from Sony, ya lots of Sony haters out there but try the Z5 and think twice, I reall don't favor iOS or OS or a device maker or the looks of a device, if a device performance is good I'm on it no matter iOS or OS I'm thinking Samsung note 7 too and even iPhone 7 pro 256 gb if that pans out true but won't know till September's apples say!!

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I agree. when you are talking about physical comparison of a phone, the applications are not part of that deal. We are just comparing the hardware capabilities heads up.

14. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I hate to burst your righteous bubble, but iOS apps are indeed better than their Android counterparts. Case in point examples: Pinterest updated it's iOS app months ago with several new features which have yet to be released on Android. Case in point #2: There are over 100 enterprise apps exclusively available on the App Store (important in corporate setting). Let's be real selection is a major part of your phone experience. Appleo offers better quality apps whileA Android offers better hardware.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31029; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I have almost all the same apps on my Note, and IPhone, and can say with 100% certainty...the iOS versions kill the android versions. It's a known fact, devs develope for iOS first over android, for financial preference, and it's easier. The eco system may not be the actual phone, but it sure as hell ties into massively. These trolls know that, but try to tear down Apple in any way they can. That said, they're two great devices, with the two best eco systems.

17. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I hate to burst yours but there is no proof that IOS apps are better than their Android counterparts, lots of Apple propaganda to try and uphold one of the last remaining iPhone, IOS myths maybe, but no proof. For every app that is in the Apple store and not in the Android, there is one in the Android and not in the Apple. If you take that comparison to the natural conclusion Android wins because it has more apps.

20. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

ColinW your right the apps in iOS and android some are the same but different when you use them I'm currently using a iPhone and LG V 10 and time to time a Sony Xperia Z5 premium and yes versions do differ from iOS and OS aka I use the same app on iPhone as android and most apps do differ

21. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Anybody that's not a fanboy will tell you the iOS apps are more polished than the android. Oftentimes the android versions feel like straight port of iOS apps. There are no optimization whatsoever. You can deny that all you want by that is the truth.

22. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

I second that. I've been using Android since my very first smartphone and after playing with my friends' iPhones, I can really tell iOS apps are more polished and consistent with the whole iOS interface. Even some Android apps are just port from iOS and it's slow and unoptimized.

2. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

I'd say Apple on this one, but iPhone don't beat a Sony Xperia Z5 premium i have both the Z5 has 4K with 881 ppi Apple will never have, but I think Apple may get 4K soon and surprise us

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

mid-ranger vs flagship? 6/10 vs 9.3/10? the only comparable thing here is their huge bezels, and apple get the "King of Bezels" title again this year

12. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

That's what you get for slapping flagship price on a midrange phone.

23. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

So why not X Performance? It costs more than X.

24. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Granted, both are uncompetitively priced, but X isn't that far from flagship price either. X Performance is even worse.

25. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Less bezels is Samsung they have improved on that, Apple needs help on that, ditch the menu button and than Apple got to first base for starters

9. Jkr284

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 24, 2016

1. Snap dragon 650 is brilliant and is no slouch. I don't think in the real world anyone would notice a speed difference. Games don't lag. Faster and better quality chip in iPhone you say? Then why leave out my second point? 2. In the audio department there's no mention of Sony Hires audio support? Built in noise cancelling support? Come on this creams the iPhone audio chipped. 192-256kbps might be alright on the bus but at home/gym etc it isn't for a lot of people. 3. Signal strength of the xperia x destroys the iPhone and even the Samsung s7edge. No mention of this. 4.the power button is easy to feel. It works! Its no different than feeling for the iPhone home button. If your going to compare 2 phones the please learn to list the major pros and cons.

10. Hama22

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Are they even serious comparing these two?

11. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Just noticed something here? Looks like Sony has the curved edge like the iPhone lol uhhhh ohhhh will Apple sue Sony for this??? lol

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31029; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The main reason I'd never buy a Sony phone, is product support. Apples brick and mortar stores, combined with their product support kills it for me. I hate packing up stuff and shipping it. Walk into one of the 4 Las Vegas Valley Apple Stores, and walk out with a new iPhone...problem solved.

18. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

For you that works, for the majority of people that's not possible. Where I live it iPhones are the most difficult to get fixed, phone support is hopeless.

19. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Both Sony & Apple can't provide the best support & i live in Indonesia. Sony basicly has worst support while Apple is lacking support (no Apple stores here, & it's much more expensive than it should). When it comes to tablet Apple is my fave, but when it comes to smartphone i think Android like Samsung/LG is the best option here.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31029; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well I did say "the main reason I'd never buy". I'm smart enough to speak for me.

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