PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Xperia Z vs Nexus 5

Performance

Processing power and speed

Xperia Z
7.4
Nexus 5
8.9
Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Xperia Z
8.6
Nexus 5
10.0
GLBenchmark 2.5

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Xperia Z
5.2
Nexus 5
5.2
Talk time, Standby time and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

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

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Xperia Z
7.3
Nexus 5
8.1

Winner
Google Nexus 5 

PhoneRocket recommends the Google Nexus 5  based on its performance and graphics.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Xperia Z vs Nexus 5

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Xperia Z
1,590
Nexus 5
2,453

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Xperia Z
1,336 ms
Nexus 5
827 ms

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Xperia Z
38.2 fps
Nexus 5
57 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Sony Xperia Z

Reasons to consider the
Sony Xperia Z

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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
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 18,000 min Around 85% longer standby time
Thinner 7.9 mm vs 8.6 mm Around 10% thinner
Front view of Google Nexus 5

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Google Nexus 5

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Faster javascript execution 827 ms vs 1,336 ms Around 40% better SunSpider 0.9.1 score
Better overall performance 2,453 vs 1,590 Around 55% better geekbench score
Significantly faster graphics 57 fps vs 38.2 fps Around 50% better GLBenchmark 2.5 score
Significantly faster processor 2.26 GHz vs 1.5 GHz More than 50% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Lighter 130 g vs 146 g More than 10% lighter
Store more stuff 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia Z  vs Nexus 5 

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
8.1
That sounds pretty good, but keep in mind that if you regularly use your phone for more “advanced” stuff like camera, GPS, video playback or gaming, the battery life will quickly drop to one full day.
Xperia Z

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
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Xperia Z  vs
Nexus 5 
Size 5" 5"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 440 ppi 445 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 1.5 GHz 2.26 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Quad core
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
Internal storage 16 GB 32 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 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 660 min 1,020 min
Standby time 32,976 min 18,000 min
Capacity 2,330 mA·h 2,300 mA·h

form factor

Xperia Z  vs
Nexus 5 
Weight 146 g 130 g
Thickness 7.9 mm 8.6 mm
Size 71 x 139 x 7.9 mm 69.2 x 137.8 x 8.6 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes No

software

Operating system Android 5.1 Android 6.0
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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