PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Xperia Z vs Nexus 4

Performance

Processing power and speed

Xperia Z
7.8
Nexus 4
7.1
Passmark, Geekbench, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Xperia Z
8.3
Nexus 4
8.4
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Xperia Z
8.2
Nexus 4
8.8
GLBenchmark 2.5 Battery, Talk time, Standby time and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Xperia Z
8.4
Nexus 4
8.7
Reviews from phonearena.com, gsmarena.com, techradar.com, pocket-lint.com and 2 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xperia Z vs Nexus 4

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Xperia Z
1,590
Nexus 4
1,583

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Xperia Z
2,926
Nexus 4
2,556

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Xperia Z
1,336 ms
Nexus 4
1,971 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Xperia Z
2,664
Nexus 4
1,794

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Xperia Z
15 fps
Nexus 4
15.4 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 battery Battery life for 3D graphics apps

Xperia Z
173 min
Nexus 4
208 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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Faster javascript execution 1,336 ms vs 1,971 ms More than 30% better SunSpider 0.9.1 score
Is 4G Yes vs No Somewhat common; Supports the fastest, most reliable networks
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Significantly sharper screen 440 ppi vs 317 ppi Around 40% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 768 More than 2x higher resolution
Higher resolution front camera 13.1 MP vs 8 MP Around 65% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Longer standby time 32,976 min vs 23,328 min More than 40% longer standby time
Bigger screen 5" vs 4.7" More than 5% bigger screen
Better theoretical download speed 100 Mb/s vs 84 Mb/s Around 20% better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Slightly more battery capacity 2,330 mA·h vs 2,100 mA·h More than 10% more battery capacity
Thinner 7.9 mm vs 9.1 mm Around 15% thinner
Back view of Google Nexus 4

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Slightly lighter 139 g vs 146 g Around 5% lighter
Slightly longer talk time 918 min vs 660 min Around 40% longer talk time; go days without charging

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia Z  vs Nexus 4 

8.0
8.0
Fans of the Xperia line and Sony's software will no doubt love the phone, with the possible exception of battery life, but those who aren't loyal to the brand may find the durable metal casing and better display on the HTC One and the myriad features and replaceable battery on the Samsung Galaxy S4 more captivating.
Xperia Z

8.5
9.0
Secondly, since it’s relying on good old IPS LCD technology, it delivers colors that are the most natural in tone, giving it a distinctive realistic appearance over the saturated tones put out by the rival AMOLED technology.
Nexus 4

Overall

8.4 Out of 10
8.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Xperia Z  vs
Nexus 4 
Size 5" 4.7"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1280 x 768
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 440 ppi 317 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.5 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Quad core
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
Internal storage 16 GB 16 GB

photo & video

Camera 13.1 MP 8 MP
Resolution 13.1 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2.2 MP 1.3 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 3.5G
Networks
LTE Cat3/4 Uplink (50 Mb/s)
LTE Cat3 (100 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
Unknown (100 Mb/s)
HSPA+ (84 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 660 min 918 min
Standby time 32,976 min 23,328 min
Capacity 2,330 mA·h 2,100 mA·h

form factor

Xperia Z  vs
Nexus 4 
Weight 146 g 139 g
Thickness 7.9 mm 9.1 mm
Size 71 x 139 x 7.9 mm 68.7 x 133.9 x 9.1 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes No

software

Operating system Android 5.1 Android 5.1
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
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