Interface


Out of the box, both the Sony Xperia Z1 and the LG G2 come with Android 4.2.2, which is a bit disappointing since Android 4.3 has been out since July and the release of Android 4.4 is nearing. Hopefully, we'll see these handsets get the updates they deserve in a timely manner.


The user interfaces on these smartphones are quite different from what you'd find on a stock device. Sony has chosen to keep things a bit more down-to-earth, focusing on functionality over appearance. Plenty of widgets are included, as one might expect, and the handy small apps, accessible from the multitasking button, are a neat addition. Visual alterations are found in pretty much every screen and every panel, which adds consistency to the whole experience.


Things are a bit different on the LG G2. The company has thrown in a lot of eye-candy in the form of fancy transition animations and colorful UI elements. Some of the interface's features, such as the visual effects and the selection of buttons in the notification panel, can be customized, which is great to know. On top of app that, LG has thrown in a handful of unique features, including the potentially highly useful Slide Aside, which allows one to multitask better by saving up to 3 apps in their current state for future use.

Still, we lean in favor of what Sony has done to the interface of its smartphone. Its UI is more refined, less cartoony, and as a whole, more pleasant to use. We can't deny however, that the LG G2 also looks pretty good. Its flexibility when it comes to customization and its unique software features are definitely an advantage.


Processor and memory


Snapdragon 800 – that's the fastest mobile chip Qualcomm has to offer, and it is found under the hoods of both the Sony Xperia Z1 and the LG G2. To no surprise, the two smartphones deliver similar results when benchmarked, but we all know it is their real-life performance we should be commenting on. Well, we have great news for you, guys: the Z1 and the G2 are flawless in that respect, exhibiting no lag whatsoever when used. Multitasking is also smooth thanks to the 2GB of RAM available on both of them. With the Adreno 330 GPU, any modern 3D game will run beautifully no matter which of these two devices it is loaded on.

There are multiple variants of the LG G2, and the one you're going to find in the US or Europe has 32GB of built-in, non-expandable storage. (The variant with a microSD card slot is sold in Korea). On-board storage space on the Z1 is much less plentiful as it is limited to 16 gigs, but you get a microSD card slot capable of accepting cards of up to 64GB.

Quadrant Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z1 20277
LG G2 20654
AnTuTu Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z1 30838
LG G2 35376
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps) Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z1 53
LG G2 50
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z1 1115
LG G2 1229
Vellamo HTML 5 Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z1 2889
LG G2 2951


Phonebook and messaging


The phonebook on the Sony Xperia Z1 is pretty good as it provides all core functionality you'd expect of it. It would have been better, though, if the recent calls list wasn't obscured by the dialer pad, which takes up half the screen. The LG G2 has a feature-rich phonebook that can be customized to the user's liking. One is free to rearrange the taps on the top, which is neat. Also, we like having the option to dial a contact's number simply by tapping on the button next to it.



There is little to set apart the messaging apps and the on-screen keyboards on these two smartphones. For the most part, they are identical and equally comfortable to type on. The keys are big and well laid out so we can type quickly from the get-go on both of them. The two also have the option to attach a picture, video, location, and more to the message.



Organizer


Well, we can't seem to find anything missing here. All the mandatory organizer tools are present on both the Sony Xperia Z1 and the LG G2, so regardless of which one you pick, you'll get the usual calendar, world clock, timer, stop watch, sound recorder, and notes apps out of the box. The Z1 has its Small Apps – quick tools accessible from the multitasking menu – and more of them are available for download from the Play Store. The G2 offers similar functionality in the form of its QSlide apps, placed in the notification panel.




Internet and connectivity


Chrome is the default web browser on the Sony Xperia Z1, and it runs beautifully. Pages are loaded and rendered quickly as we browse back and forth. The LG G2 comes with a capable browser as well, but the extra navigation bar at the bottom isn't necessarily needed. The option to switch to windowed mode, however, is kind of cool. Of course, the user is free to install an alternative browser from the Play Store, should the stock options not meet their expectations.


In terms of connectivity, all you'd expect is supported on both smartphones: LTE, HSPA+, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and even the FM radio has not been omitted. An advantage for the LG G2, however, is the built-in infra-red blaster for controlling a TV or a multimedia system.

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65 Comments

1. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Battle of the best ;)

4. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GW-E0dOfdoc For your listening pleasure while reading.

53. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

That song made this article the most dramatic read I've ever experienced.

50. jos_031

Posts: 62; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

The only reason i do not go for LG is they never provide updates..

64. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

LG G2 WINS Long lasting battery better and bigger display comfortable in hand with OIS camera more customized skin & LG UI Rear keys is good...

2. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

lg g2 for me..

8. Kevinphantom

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

galaxy note 3 is out of the game after sim lock

16. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Yeah the 1% of the people who care about sim lock are going elsewhere.

19. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Exactly

44. adrianzka

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 25, 2013

It's not sim lock if you only need to start it up with your region's sim card. After that you are free to use it with any sim card.

17. kelvinbushan

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

I plan to wait on the HTC One Max before making my final decision. Note 3 is leading at the moment because of features (802.11ac, USB 3.0, infrared, SD Card)

3. Kurai unregistered

Wow very nice battle between the G2 and the Z1 . . . . Sony evolved so much and they brought amazing innovation and put it into one amazing piece of device. . . Sony might be the dark horse among the android ecosystem . . . .

29. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Sony is King in mid-range though.

5. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

These 2 are arguably the best at the moment.

6. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Don't like both brands but lg nailed it this time but only its cheap material, ugly ui and speakers are my drawbacks, with out them lg would have made $850 extra.

9. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

While I agree thanks to the UI, the phone is bloated that even the S800 cant handle it sometimes, and you see lag when you do certain things, like bringing the notification down at some points, there are youtube videos that show this, just youtube lg g2 lag.

14. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

i hate it when my ipad mini does that

7. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Sony and LG probably not very successful in terms of sales and market share. But no one can deny that G2 and Z1 is the best android phones on the market today.

39. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Not Success??? LG Q2 sales - 12M with 2.4Billion profit SONY Q2 sales - 9.6M with 4Billion profit Sammy and appy market share are starting to shrink

10. justsayit

Posts: 256; Member since: May 09, 2013

lg g2 or lg newest version ui is slower compare to lg optimus g i think it because the slide aside and knock on problem? these make the system take sometime to "understand" your command hope next update can make it more smooth :)

11. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Epic battle. Couldnt really see which one is the real winner here, but if I'm to choose, i'll give it to Sony Xperia Z1, due to its extra mile of water and dust resistance, plus, better camera.

12. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

...and micro SD slot

20. Feanor

Posts: 1341; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I almost agree. Water resistance should also count for something so I rate the Z1 slightly higher. But I have played with the Z1 and I must say, the viewing angles are pathetic and they remove a lot from the premium feel. No way that I will cough out so much money for such el cheapo screen. Which is a crying shame considering how good the screen of the Z Ultra is. So in a way both best Android flagships suffer by some aesthetic problem. The Z1 has a great body but cheap looking screen, the G2 has a good looking screen but a boring body.

30. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

I actually like the G2's build but that's preference. I find plastic phones easier to hold because I have sweaty hands. And I like the soft-angular look on G2.

33. TMach

Posts: 485; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Dude, I think you will find the review is about the Z1 and not the Xperia Z! The viewing angles onthis phone are absolutely and do not even degrade at extreme angles. Might not be the best but it is certainly not an issue and the screen full on is better than anything out there! Suggest you "can" the lame comments unless you actually have a relevant point to make!

36. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Let me tell you once again Someone from esato forum who recently bought Z1 can give you solid proof that Z1 screen doesn’t have problem with viewing angles. http://www.esato.com/ board/viewtopic.php? topic=206135&start=2535

48. Feanor

Posts: 1341; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Guys, I like Sony smartphones but I am talking after I played in a shop with both the Z Ultra and the Z1 (not the Z). I am talking about my experience. The Z1 has absolutely terrible viewing angles, exactly like the recent comparative on Xperiablog.com shows. If others are reporting good viewing angles on the Z1 then Sony is taking the mickey and putting different quality screens on the same model. Which I'd say it's the worst way to treat customers. I prefer to believe that all Z1s have actually bad screen.

57. cheetah2k

Posts: 2198; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

If the Sony Z1 had IPS LCD I would buy it... but instead the screen is 5hit.. I had both devices side by side and bought the LG G2

13. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

yeahh no sd slot is a deal breaker for me i really like the camera and the sound zoom

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