PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Xperia Z vs Galaxy S4 Active


Processing power and speed

Geekbench and BrowserMark


3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

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


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No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Xperia Z vs Galaxy S4 Active

geekbench Processor and memory performance

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Xperia Z
15 fps
Galaxy S4 Active
15.5 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Xperia Z
38.2 fps
Galaxy S4 Active
41.4 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Sony Xperia Z

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Sony Xperia Z

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Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Higher resolution front camera 13.1 MP vs 8 MP Around 65% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Longer standby time (3G) 31,824 min vs 19,152 min More than 65% longer standby time (3G)
Thinner 7.9 mm vs 9.1 mm Around 15% thinner
Front view of Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

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Slightly better overall performance 1,954 vs 1,590 Around 25% better geekbench score
Faster processor 1.9 GHz vs 1.5 GHz More than 25% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
More battery capacity 2,600 mA·h vs 2,330 mA·h More than 10% more battery capacity

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia Z  vs Galaxy S4 Active 

The front 2 megapixel camera worked well for fairly clear and bright video chats.
Galaxy S4 Active

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

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


8.4 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Xperia Z  vs
Galaxy S4 Active 
Size 5" 5"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 440 ppi 440 ppi


Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.9 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Quad core
Internal storage 16 GB 16 GB
Supported card formats

photo & video

Camera 13.1 MP 8 MP
Resolution 13.1 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2.2 MP 2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ Unknown


Generation 4G 4G
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)
LTE Cat 3 (100/)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)


Talk time 660 min 1,020 min
Talk time (3G) 840 min 900 min
Standby time (3G) 31,824 min 19,152 min
Capacity 2,330 mA·h 2,600 mA·h

form factor

Xperia Z  vs
Galaxy S4 Active 
Weight 146 g 151 g
Thickness 7.9 mm 9.1 mm
Size 71 x 139 x 7.9 mm 71.3 x 139.7 x 9.1 mm


Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes


Supports FM radio Yes No


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


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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