Call quality

The earpiece of the Xperia X does a good job, transmitting fairly clear (if slightly hissy) voices and offering satisfactory volume. The mic, on the other hand, is a bit subdued.

The iPhone has never been known to be the best of the best when it comes to call quality, but for the most part, it does well in handling conversations, with acceptable performance through its earpiece. Voices come in a relatively natural and dynamic way, so we don't have complaints in this regard. The microphone does a similarly good job at transferring our voice to our callers, with a mostly clean and defined sound quality.


Sony touts two-day battery again, and with nearly 9 hours screen-on time in our test, the Xperia X is bound to deliver.

Partnering with Qnovo to offer supposedly superior adaptive charging that will allow the 2,620 mAh battery inside the Xperia X to last and stay healthy for longer, Sony claims up to two days of battery life, as usual with its Android phones lately, and while two-day battery life may indeed be possible with a more conservative usage scenario, we think going for a day and a half seems more realistic. On our test, the Xperia X

scored 8 hours and 46 minutes of screen-on time. The iPhone 6s' 1715 mAh pack, on the other hand, managed to last 8 hours and 15 minutes on our test, and it also took a bit longer (150 minutes vs 140 minutes) to be recharged. Overall, both handsets tend to deliver comparable amounts of juice before calling it quits, though your mileage may vary depending on your usage type.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Sony Xperia X 8h 56 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 6s 8h 15 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Sony Xperia X 141
Apple iPhone 6s 150


With its more elegant body, better camera, faster chipset, and record LTE band support, the iPhone 6s seems destined to remain the popular choice compared to the Xperia X. Moreover, Sony priced its midranger just a hundred lower than the iPhone 6s, which wouldn't help its cause at all.

The Xperia X is a decent phone with a stylish appearance. However, the iPhone 6s is a superb phone that's also stylish. And with the current pricing schemes employed by the two manufacturers, there really doesn't seem to be that much actual competition going on here. Apple's proposition comes across as the much better one, all things considered.

Sony Xperia X


  • Very fast continuous autofocus in video footage
  • Starts at 32 GB of storage
  • About $100 cheaper

Apple iPhone 6s


  • Great all-around camera
  • Rich and quality app ecosystem
  • Thin and light chassis
  • Considerably better screen
  • Faster performance all-around



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: 7380; 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: 31087; 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: 31087; 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: 31087; 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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