Call quality

It didn't take us long to conclude that the LG G2 performs better during phone calls. Its earpiece sounds loud and clear even when its volume isn't set to the maximum. It can go even louder if needed, but that takes a toll on sound quality. The earpiece on the Xperia Z1, on the other hand, sounds too boomy regardless of its volume setting. It is okay, but we were expecting more out of a premium smartphone. Thankfully, better results can be achieved by tweaking the in-call sound equalizer. Its microphone performs well, delivering loud voice tones on the other side of the line.

Battery life

Battery life won't be an issue regardless of which phone you pick. The Sony Xperia Z1 and the LG G2 come with 3000mAh internal batteries, providing enough juice to last a moderate user through at least one to two days on a single charge. The former, in particular, is rated for 15 hours of continuous 3G talk time and will last for over a month on stand-by. While LG hasn't posted any official figures as to how much the G2 should last between charges, the test we ran on it showed that it can provide nealry 7 hours of continuous mixed usage.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z1
4h 43 min (Poor)
6h 48 min (Average)


Looking at all that these two Android flagships have to offer, we are finding it hard to pick a solid winner between the two. Both the Sony Xperia Z1 and the LG G2 are clearly well-made, high-performance smartphones that set the bar pretty high for any contender.

Ultimately, the Sony Xperia Z1 would suit the needs of buyers who value having an eye-pleasing smartphone – a smartphone that stands out with its appearance and build quality. Also, those who like to document every moment of their lives will be pleased by the Z1's 20.7MP main camera and its quality photographs. On the downside, the Xperia Z1 is rather bulky, and its call quality could have been better.

The LG G2, on the other hand, stands out with offering a larger screen packed in a lighter, more compact body. Besides, its camera is nearly as good as the Z1's so the images it produces would satisfy even buyers with high expectations. Just make sure you're ready to live with a power key placed on the back of your phone before getting one.



1. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Battle of the best ;)

4. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011 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


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. 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 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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