PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Xperia Z vs GALAXY Note II

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench and BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

GLBenchmark 2.5 Battery, Talk time (3G), Talk time, Standby time (3G) and 2 more

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, gsmarena.com, techradar.com, pocket-lint.com and 2 more

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Sony Xperia Z 

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

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Xperia Z vs GALAXY Note II

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Xperia Z
2,926

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Xperia Z
2,664

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Xperia Z
15 fps
GALAXY Note II
4.9 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Xperia Z
38.2 fps
GALAXY Note II
19.8 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 battery Battery life for 3D graphics apps

Xperia Z
173 min
GALAXY Note II
247 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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Significantly faster graphics 15 fps vs 4.9 fps More than 3x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Better overall performance 1,590 vs 470 Around 3.5x better geekbench score
Significantly sharper screen 440 ppi vs 267 ppi Around 65% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly lighter 146 g vs 182 g Around 20% lighter
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 720 2.2x higher resolution
Longer standby time (3G) 31,824 min vs 14,976 min Around 2.2x longer standby time (3G)
Higher resolution front camera 13.1 MP vs 8 MP Around 65% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Thinner 7.9 mm vs 9 mm More than 10% thinner
Back view of Samsung GALAXY Note II

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Samsung GALAXY Note II

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Takes much higher quality video 71 vs 61 More than 15% better DxOMark video quality score
Takes much higher quality photos 73 vs 62 Around 20% better DxOMark photo quality score
Significantly longer standby time 58,752 min vs 32,976 min Around 80% longer standby time
More battery capacity 3,100 mA·h vs 2,330 mA·h Around 35% more battery capacity
Bigger screen 5.5" vs 5" 10% bigger screen
Longer talk time 1,320 min vs 660 min 2x longer talk time; go days without charging

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia Z  vs GALAXY Note II 

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
Other than those, you get the usual wide viewing angles, extreme contrast, and saturated colors you would with other Super AMOLED displays, making the phone the best handset out there for enjoying video with this screen size.
GALAXY Note II

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
GALAXY Note II 
Size 5" 5.5"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1280 x 720
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 440 ppi 267 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.6 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Quad core
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
Internal storage 16 GB 16 GB
Supported card formats
SDXC
SDHC
SD

photo & video

Camera 13.1 MP 8 MP
Resolution 13.1 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2.2 MP 1.9 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)
EV-DO Rev.A
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 1,320 min
Talk time (3G) 840 min 960 min
Standby time 32,976 min 58,752 min
Standby time (3G) 31,824 min 14,976 min
Capacity 2,330 mA·h 3,100 mA·h

form factor

Xperia Z  vs
GALAXY Note II 
Weight 146 g 182 g
Thickness 7.9 mm 9 mm
Size 71 x 139 x 7.9 mm 81 x 151 x 9 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes Yes

software

Operating system Android 5.1 Android 4.4.2
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
Sony Xperia Z
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