Introduction


The Sony Xperia Z1 and the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact are two phones that have quite a lot in common. They share the same OmniBalance design that's typical for Sony's smartphones, they're both waterproof, and they both pack the hardware specs we've come to expect out of a high-end Android device. Size, however, is the key factor that sets them apart. The Xperia Z1 comes with a 5-inch screen and is obviously the chunkier one of the two, while the Z1 Compact is physically smaller as it is equipped with a 4.3-inch display. But is there anything else that makes these two phones different from one another, and ultimately, which one should you pick? Well, let's dive further into it and check them out in detail.

Design


The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is a phone that lives up to its name. All there is to love about its bigger brother, the Xperia Z1, it has adopted without compromise. In other words, the Xperia Z1 Compact looks and feels just like a smaller Xperia Z1, with the only difference between them being the arrangement of the ports on the sides. And that's a great thing. We've already pointed out numerous times how likable of a smartphone the Sony Xperia Z1 is, and the Xperia Z1 Compact feels almost as premium in the hand with its sleek body, built of glass, plastic and metal. As a matter of fact, we aren't sure if it is just us, or Sony's OmniBalance design does look even more appealing in a 4.3-inch size factor. Long story short, both smartphones are worthy of admiration.

Bonus points go for the Z1 Compact for being available in a broader range of colors. There's a conservative black option, of course, but for those who want to stand out, the phone comes in white, yellow, and pink as well. The Sony Xperia Z1 comes in black, white, and purple. A flaw common for both handsets, unfortunately, is that fingerprints stick easily to their glass surfaces. These appear to be easiest to spot on a black model and least annoying on a white one.

Clearly, size is the key differentiating factor between these two smartphones. The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is very suitable for single-handed operation and we love how it fits comfortably in pockets of all sizes. As for the Sony Xperia Z1, it is thinner, but much heavier and harder to handle because of its dimensions.

Both the Sony Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact are designed to withstand dust and water damage, as indicated by their IP58 rating. That explains why all ports, with the exception of the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack on the top, are sealed by removable flaps. Thankfully, these don't stand out much and blend well with the phones' shape. That docking port on their side, however, is quite distracting, in our opinion.

On the right sides of the two phones are located their identically designed physical buttons. On both devices we see a volume rocker, a power key, and a 2-stage camera shutter. The power key is easy to reach and having a camera shutter is a nice perk that few other phones have to offer, but the volume rocker could have been a bit larger and more clicky.


Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Dimensions

5 x 2.56 x 0.37 inches

127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm

Weight

4.83 oz (137 g)

Sony Xperia Z1

Sony Xperia Z1

Dimensions

5.69 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches

144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.00 oz (170 g)

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Dimensions

5 x 2.56 x 0.37 inches

127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm

Weight

4.83 oz (137 g)

Sony Xperia Z1

Sony Xperia Z1

Dimensions

5.69 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches

144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.00 oz (170 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display


The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and the Xperia Z1 are strikingly similar on many levels, but their screens set them widely apart. And with more than just the obvious size difference, for that matter. On the larger Xperia Z1 we have a 5-inch Triluminos display, which is based on TFT LCD technology. Resolution is 1080 by 1920 pixels (441ppi), as it is now the norm for premium Android phones. With the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact we get a smaller, 4.3-inch screen with a resolution of “only” 720 by 1280 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 342 ppi. What's more worthy of being pointed out, however, is that the screen is made using IPS technology – a first for Sony.




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24 Comments

1. Oğuzhan_77

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

if you are want big screen you buy z1.İf you are want little screen big funny you buy z1 compact.:D

21. paul-parker

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

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2. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Z1 screen looks more natural than Z1 compact But Z1 compact screen has better viewing angles than Z1

3. xperiance

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

To be frank, this was a useless comparison.....

4. BuyOS

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 18, 2013

you can say that again..

5. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

viewing angles wasnt so bad,when you look at your phone you look directly into it not from the sides.besides it gives you privacy.. note:screen protector is built onto the glass for waterproofness.some people dk it.

7. Maryewww

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

Screen protectors are built onto the front and back glasses for shatterproofing.

6. BuyOS

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 18, 2013

why didnt they mention the ASF with printed SONY logo on top of the gorilla glass screen. Sony took me back too 2004 where we kept that plastic film on the plastic screen to protect it, God i miss those days but thanks to Z1 and its scratchable crappy ASF no more.

8. papss unregistered

To bad these awesome phones are running garbage os. I love Sony phone designs

10. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

don't know what garbage OS you are talking about... and not really in the mood for troll feeding... but Android + Xperia Skins is one of the best combos for mobile smartphones... not the most feature rich, or the fastest... but definitely the right balance in functionality and looks...

11. papss unregistered

No trolling.. Love Sony phones but hate the OS.

12. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

You can hate android, but it definitely isn't garbage....

14. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

exactly my point... The fact is that Android is the most versatile, customizable, powerful mobile OS... like it or not... I actually dislike very much iOS... I get frustrated when I use it... and I get bored very quickly of it... BUT I can't say it is garbage... because even if it does not meet my needs, it is not intended to. It is designed to be used by people who care little about customizing, about powerful uses, and about options and preferences... And that itself represents a very large demographic. Something similar can be said about WP

15. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Nokia also getting into the same garbage soon :)

20. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

WP is garbage OS

9. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

needs kit kat!

13. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The screen comparison seems needlessly non conclusive and wishy washy. This isn't really a case of "pick the size you like". The screen on the Z1 Compact, with considerably better viewing angles and much better colour reproduction is quite simply, better.

16. jacques101

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

Just a shame they couldn't have updated the Z1 to the latest firmware; as it was meant to bring some performance upgrades :/

17. jshan

Posts: 200; Member since: Dec 25, 2011

both not worthy to buy !!

18. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Both are quite ugly and bulky. I am a big supporter of android phones, but the bezels and top and bottom of these phones are an eyesore...

19. abhishemcj

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

really awesome review style... cool :) mygadgetreview.in/

22. paul-parker

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

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23. paul-parker

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

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24. pricepaaji

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 21, 2014

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