PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Xperia SP vs iPhone 5

Performance

Processing power and speed

Geekbench, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Talk time (3G), Standby time and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from gsmarena.com, techradar.com, phonearena.com and pocket-lint.com

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

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Sony Xperia SP 

PhoneRocket recommends the Sony Xperia SP  based on its performance and graphics.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Xperia SP vs iPhone 5

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Xperia SP
2,105
iPhone 5
707

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Xperia SP
1,098 ms
iPhone 5
915 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Xperia SP
2,263
iPhone 5
901

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Xperia SP
13.2 fps
iPhone 5
6.7 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Xperia SP
32.4 fps
iPhone 5
29.8 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Sony Xperia SP

Reasons to consider the
Sony Xperia SP

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Much faster web browser 2,263 vs 901 More than 2.5x better BrowserMark score
Better overall performance 2,105 vs 707 Around 3x better geekbench score
Faster graphics 13.2 fps vs 6.7 fps More than 95% better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Supports NFC Yes vs No Somewhat common; Enables payment by phone and other wireless communications
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Much better theoretical download speed 100 Mb/s vs 20 Mb/s 5x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Significantly longer standby time 41,760 min vs 13,536 min More than 3x longer standby time
More battery capacity 2,370 mA·h vs 1,440 mA·h Around 65% more battery capacity
Faster processor 1.7 GHz vs 1.3 GHz More than 30% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Supports multitasking Yes vs No Somewhat common; Run multiple apps at once
Bigger screen 4.6" vs 4" Around 15% bigger screen
Bigger app store 850,000 apps vs 825,000 apps Around 5% more apps; find an app for virtually any task
Back view of Apple iPhone 5

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Apple iPhone 5

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Store significantly more stuff 64 GB vs 8 GB 8x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Significantly lighter 112 g vs 155 g Around 30% lighter
Thinner 7.6 mm vs 10 mm Around 25% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia SP  vs iPhone 5 

8.0
9.0
Armed with an 8-megapixel iSight camera, it doesn’t improve upon the megapixel count of its processor, but nevertheless, the addition of an improved backside illuminated sensor combined with a retooled lens coughs up even better visuals with the iPhone 5.
iPhone 5

8.0
9.0
Apple has done away with layers of technology below the screen to bring the display as close to the glass as possible, something it says will bring increased brightness and sharpness to the user's eye.
iPhone 5

Overall

8.2 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Xperia SP  vs
iPhone 5 
Size 4.6" 4"
Resolution 1280 x 720 1136 x 640
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 319 ppi 325 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 1.7 GHz 1.3 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Dual core
RAM 1 GB 1 GB
Internal storage 8 GB 64 GB

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 0.3 MP 1.2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (100 Mb/s)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 793.8 min 480 min
Standby time 41,760 min 13,536 min
Capacity 2,370 mA·h 1,440 mA·h

form factor

Xperia SP  vs
iPhone 5 
Weight 155 g 112 g
Thickness 10 mm 7.6 mm
Size 67.1 x 130.6 x 10 mm 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes No

software

Operating system Android 4.3 iOS 10
Multitasking Yes No
App store Android Market Apple App Store
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 825,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
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