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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs iPhone 5s

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Sony’s Xperia Z1 Compact is one of the best Android smartphones around, and in the golden age of phablets, that dinky 4.3-inch screen also makes it one of the most compact. But how does it stack up against that other awesome mini mobile, the iPhone 5s?

 

 

Design

 

The Sony Xperia Z1 and iPhone are both highly portable, but sport very different designs, with Sony’s baby rocking a plastic frame in a range of cool colours, and Apple’s iPhone sticking with the traditional brushed metal finish. Both phones look fantastic, but the Xperia is fully waterproof, so a definite choice if your mobile often tumbles into the toilet - the iPhone is sadly rather more fragile. Security-conscious users will love the iPhone 5s’ fingerprint scanner, of course, which provides an alternative means of unlocking your phone.

 

Screen

 

Both the Xperia and the iPhone feature small screens, with the Sony a mite larger at 4.3-inches, compared to the Apple’s 4-incher. The Xperia’s 720p HD display is a tiny bit sharper than the iPhone’s Retina display, but the difference really is negligible. Both screens boast vibrant colours and fantastic viewing angles thanks to the IPS technology, and they’re bright enough to counter harsh glare.

 

Performance and battery life

 

When it comes to performance, there’s again very little between these handsets. The iPhone 5s boasts Apple’s latest A7 processor, the first smartphone chip to use 64-bit architecture. The Xperia may not boast the same, but the Snapdragon 800 processor makes it one of the nippiest Androids around, and both phones comfortably handle the latest games. You should also enjoy well over a day’s use between charges, whichever handset you choose.

 

One notable difference is the storage space, as the Xperia comes with just 16GB, while the iPhone 5s ranges up to 128GB. However, unlike the Apple, the Sony has a microSD slot, so you can add up to 64GB using a memory card.

 

Camera

 

These days it’s essential to have a good camera, and the iPhone 5s packs a capable 8-megapixel iSight lens which takes sharp, realistic pictures. Meanwhile, Sony has crammed an incredible 20-megapixel camera sensor into the Xperia. The Superior Auto mode is one of the best around, adapting well to all kinds of conditions, and you get some cool gimmicks and features thrown in, which are bound to entertain younger users. However, the iPhone does trump it with the excellent slow-motion tool, which can be added retrospectively to your videos.

 

Verdict

 

Both the Xperia Z1 Compact and the iPhone 5s are best-in-class mini handsets, which are comfortable to clutch and pack excellent performance and features. If you have no preference between iOS and Android, the deciding factor is likely to be the Xperia’s waterproof design and excellent 20-megapixel camera.

 

So if you're not an iPhone addict is the Z1 Compact an attractive piece of kit?  Tell us what you think of these two handsets in the comments below.

19 Comments
enigma
Nice blog, I'd go with the Xperia from the 2, but they're both great phones! :-)
nice!

I'd go for the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact because of lower price, SD card slot and waterproof feature. The iOS software is better than Android, but the iPhone screen is a bit too small and is more expensive!

 

Kudos to Sony for making premium Android smartphones!

expert
It's come to something weird when a 4.3 inch screen is called compact.
aspirant

Think that I'd go with the Sony too.

cicerone

Thanks for the video comparison.

 

Really good review

supporter

Nice, I love iPhone and recently switched to Xperia Z1 Compact. Still getting used to it but I am liking it, however some little things that i'm still getting used to that iPhone does however android doesn't lol. (Whatsapp picture get saved to your album on android -.-)

 

But overall, i'm liking the xperia.

newcomer
My hubby got the xperia last Monday and changed it for the iphone Thursday. The proximity sensor was an absolute pain and it was hard to get the screen to wake back up when he was on a call to end the call hense he kept blocking people's phone lines. One of his customers came running after him and when hubby was literally hitting the phone the customer took it off him and he too struggled. We googled what the problem was and it seems it is quite common. Saying that the xperia is imo a more attractive handset. At the end of the day it comes down to android v ios and what you prefer. We're bothe androids converting to ios atm as ive picked up a 4s myself.
coach
IPhone is a lot thinner but Sony is a good all rounder especially being waterproof.
rocket scientist
Prefer the z1