PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Xperia Z vs iPhone 5

Performance

Processing power and speed

Xperia Z
7.7
iPhone 5
7.0
Passmark, Geekbench, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Xperia Z
8.3
iPhone 5
7.1
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Xperia Z
7.9
iPhone 5
7.1
GLBenchmark 2.5 Battery, Talk time (3G), Standby time and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Xperia Z
8.4
iPhone 5
8.6
Reviews from phonearena.com, gsmarena.com, techradar.com, pocket-lint.com and 2 more

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Xperia Z
8.0
iPhone 5
7.3

Winner
Sony Xperia Z 

PhoneRocket recommends the Sony Xperia Z  based on its performance, graphics and battery life.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Xperia Z vs iPhone 5

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Xperia Z
1,590
iPhone 5
707

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Xperia Z
2,926
iPhone 5
3,467

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Xperia Z
1,336 ms
iPhone 5
915 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Xperia Z
2,664
iPhone 5
901

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Xperia Z
15 fps
iPhone 5
6.7 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 battery Battery life for 3D graphics apps

Xperia Z
173 min
iPhone 5
126 min

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Sony Xperia Z

Reasons to consider the
Sony Xperia Z

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Much faster web browser 2,664 vs 901 Around 3x better BrowserMark score
Faster graphics 15 fps vs 6.7 fps Around 2.2x 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 higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1136 x 640 More than 2.8x higher resolution
Noticeably bigger screen 5" vs 4" 25% bigger screen
Longer standby time 32,976 min vs 13,536 min Around 2.5x longer standby time
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
Sharper screen 440 ppi vs 325 ppi More than 35% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
More battery capacity 2,330 mA·h vs 1,440 mA·h More than 60% more battery capacity
Higher resolution front camera 13.1 MP vs 8 MP Around 65% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Supports multitasking Yes vs No Somewhat common; Run multiple apps at once
Bigger app store 850,000 apps vs 825,000 apps Around 5% more apps; find an app for virtually any task
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; browse media-heavy webpages without slowing down
Faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1.3 GHz More than 15% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Back view of Apple iPhone 5

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Apple iPhone 5

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Takes much higher quality video 70 vs 61 Around 15% better DxOMark video quality score
Takes much higher quality photos 74 vs 62 Around 20% better DxOMark photo quality score
Store significantly more stuff 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Significantly lighter 112 g vs 146 g Around 25% lighter

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia Z  vs iPhone 5 

8.0
9.0
While the 3.5" display on prior iPhones seemed downright old fashioned in terms of screen real estate, the 4", 1136 x 640 display feels like there's room to spread out and read web pages without chronic zooming.
iPhone 5

8.5
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

9.0
9.0
Sony itself claims you'll get up to 11 hours of talk time and 550 hours of standby time.
Xperia Z

Overall

8.4 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Xperia Z  vs
iPhone 5 
Size 5" 4"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1136 x 640
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 440 ppi 325 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.3 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Dual core
RAM 2 GB 1 GB
Internal storage 16 GB 64 GB

photo & video

Camera 13.1 MP 8 MP
Resolution 13.1 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2.2 MP 1.2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
LTE Cat3/4 Uplink (50 Mb/s)
LTE Cat3 (100 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
Unknown (100 Mb/s)
LTE Cat 3 (100/)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 840 min 480 min
Standby time 32,976 min 13,536 min
Capacity 2,330 mA·h 1,440 mA·h

form factor

Xperia Z  vs
iPhone 5 
Weight 146 g 112 g
Thickness 7.9 mm 7.6 mm
Size 71 x 139 x 7.9 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 5.1 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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