Sony Xperia Z1 vs LG G2
We've already tested the 13MP camera with OIS on the LG G2 numerous times and we can confirm that it is among the best ones out there. The Sony Xperia Z1, however, should not be underestimated as it comes with a 20.7MP G Lens camera. But before we get to comment on their photos, let's say a few words about operating their cameras.
With its flat sides and dedicated camera shutter, the Sony Xperia Z1 is definitely more comfortable for taking photos. The LG G2, on the other hand, isn't quite as convenient to hold in landscape mode, although one can still get a fairly good grip on it while shooting.
Videos shot with the LG G2 look outstanding when captured at 60 frames per second. However, night videos from the G2 look surprisingly bad, while the Z1's low-light footage is much smoother and better-looking as a whole.
The gallery apps on the Sony Xperia Z1 and the LG G2 are very similar in terms of functionality. They allow thumbnails to be resized and can sort them in albums. The Z1, however, takes things a step further as it allows multiple images to be posted online and can search for local content servers.
Sony's music player application is among the better ones you'll find on a smartphone nowadays. It not only looks great, but it comes with all the mandatory features it should offer, such as quick controls and sound enhancements. The music player on the LG G2 is also good, but it isn't as visually appealing and organized as well as the one on Sony's smartphone. However, we must note that the G2 is one of the few smartphones capable of playing back high-quality 192kHz/24bit audio.
Another advantage for the G2 is the presence of an infrared blaster. It allows one to control their TV or home entertainment system straight from the smartphone by using an app made especially for that purpose.
We aren't blown away by the sound quality of these phones' speakers. The two sound okay for a smartphone, but could have been louder. On the other hand, both smartphones come with high-quality stereo earphones included in the set.
Watching videos on any of these two smartphones is a pleasure thanks to their large, high-grade displays. Both the Xperia Z1 and the LG G2 support a wide range of video file formats. The video player app on the latter comes with neat quick controls for the screen brightness and sound volume.