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.

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