As Sony continues to build imposing inroads with the Smartphone market, their Xperia Z1 proves to be a litmus test for them. Galaxy S4 is the initial device that in fact ties it all in for Sony: it’s not as absurdly large as the Xperia Z Ultra is, but has a lot packed in. The Z1 is water resistant, elegant, and ready to make a splash — factually, and symbolically — while the camera is useless of for an Android device.
Its biggest and leading challenge will be the Galaxy S4, the new champ of the omnipresent Android lineup from Samsung. For all intents and purposes, this is an attractive blond struggle — but there can only be one winner.
For this, we may need to rip hairs. The 4.99-inch Super AMOLED displayon the Galaxy S4 is tried and true. Be in love with it or hate it, Galaxy S4 has grown-up on us. The colors aren’t wonderful, and it seems muffled at times, but the AMOLED expertise is still rigueur for many devices. Motorola saw fit to include it on their new flagship Moto X, and we remain positive in what it brings to the table.
Sony brings its big guns, though, as the 5-inch Truliminous display with the X-Reality engine have been improved a great accord since the Xperia Z from earlier this year. The colors are vibrant, which is really the dividing line here. Both are 1920 x 1080, full HD displays, so the AMOLED vs. Truliminous battle is the genuine test here.
Processor & GPU
Sony continues with their target to govern by wadding in a top-end Snapdragon 800, which clocks in at 2.2GHz. The Galaxy S4 uses a Snapdragon 600 pro, which is no slump either. Both use an Adreno GPU, though the Xperia Z1 uses the (again) higher end 330, opposed to the Galaxy S4 320.
Samsung has always had very core of the road battery existence, partially because they rely on detachable batteries as their defender traits here. While this detachable battery is the easy means to absolve dreadful life, it’s not a way out. The 2,600mAh battery in the Galaxy S4 isn’t horrible, but it isn’t immense either. Detachability is nice, but it doesn’t resolve the load Touch Wiz places on theGalaxy S4.A truly water resistant device may be handier than a swappable battery.
Sony has a 3,000mAh battery in the Xperia Z1, which is of track sealed. The device is water resistant, which is handy, but is a removable battery more useful for real-world situations? We haven’t had the possibility to test the device yet, so we can’t actually say how long the battery lasts, but it’s not a huge size upgrading over the Galaxy S4. Sony’s devices are usually pretty good with battery life, so we’re expectant the Xperia Z1 holds true to form.
The Xperia Z1 has the recognizable 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage on board, but also packs the micro SD Card slot for us. Samsung does all this as well; they just offer more storage options at staggered pricing. You can get a 64GB Galaxy S4 if you like, and it supports up to a 64GB micro SD Card.
A point of disputation for any Smartphone, the 13MP rear camera on the Galaxy S4 is in reality nice. The device also has a host of photo suppression software to formulate your photos stand out, but they may have run into a brick wall with Sony.
The Xperia Z1 has outrageous 20.7MP cannon backing it up, and the Exmore RS Sensor is nothing to flicker at. If you’re looking for a really great shooter, the Xperia Z1 is — hands down — the winner here. Samsung may have a host of photo suppression functions, but those are for satellite use cases. For our money, a enhanced shooter is the order of the day, and the Xperia Z1 delivers.
Both are Android Jelly Bean, but Sony gets the doze with 4.2.2 and a more svelte skin. For Android purists, the Sony interface will be much more eye-catching. If you look at our Xperia Z Ultra video that gives you a much enhanced thought of what to expect.On the other hand, Touch Wiz gives you just about the whole thing you need — and a whole lot you don’t want. As we preferred to before with the photo editing, so much of Touch Wiz is presently satellite use case scenarios. How frequently do you need to crop someone out of the front of your photo to save the shot? It’s a efficient trick, but like most of Touch Wiz, a lot of bulkiness for little return.
Basically Sony display is found to be better in general, but the super AMOLED is never a bad option. The detachable battery on the Galaxy S4 comes in handy when you least imagine to run out of juice, too. There’s nothing more annoying than actually needing your device while out and about However, if we’re talking real-world scenarios, a truly water resistant device may be handier than a swappable battery. Not having to shield the device from the real world may be really handy.
The turning point for me is Touch Wiz, which I’m just not an admirer of. I find it massive, confusing at the wrong times, and more than a little repulsive .Sony’s interface is clean, simple, and gets me where I need to be. Sony devices are stunning, but also vague. I know I can get an S4, but that Xperia may prove nearly impossible to get.