PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Xperia Z1 vs iPhone 5s


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Battery Life

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


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Benchmarks Real world tests of Xperia Z1 vs iPhone 5s

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passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

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BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

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DxOMark photo quality How good is the phone's camera?

DxOMark video quality Does it shoot good quality video?

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Has expandable storage SD, SDHC, SDXC vs None Use storage cards to increase your phone's capacity for apps and data
Takes higher quality video 74 vs 72 Around 5% better DxOMark video quality score
Much higher resolution front camera 20.7 MP vs 8 MP More than 2.5x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Much longer standby time (3G) 50,976 min vs 14,976 min Around 3.5x longer standby time (3G)
Supports NFC Yes vs No Somewhat common; Enables payment by phone and other wireless communications
Much longer standby time 52,848 min vs 14,976 min More than 3.5x longer standby time
Much faster processor 2.2 GHz vs 1.3 GHz Around 70% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Significantly more battery capacity 3,000 mA·h vs 1,560 mA·h More than 90% more battery capacity
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
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
Much better theoretical download speed 150 Mb/s vs 100 Mb/s 50% better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
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
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Much faster web browser 3,621 vs 2,185 More than 65% better BrowserMark score
Much lighter 112 g vs 170 g Around 35% lighter
Thinner 7.6 mm vs 8.5 mm More than 10% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia Z1  vs iPhone 5s 

Without a doubt, it’s a pretty cool and slick feature, especially when the audio also receives the same slow motion treatment as well.
iPhone 5s

Apple resisting the urge to get into a megapixel race with Nokia, Samsung and Sony, has opted to stick with an 8-megapixel sensor for the rear camera, but with enhancements to the sensor itself, the flash, and the shooting modes available.
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8.0 Out of 10
8.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Xperia Z1  vs
iPhone 5s 
Size 5" 4"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1136 x 640
Multitouch N/A Yes
PPI 440 ppi 325 ppi


Clock speed 2.2 GHz 1.3 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Dual core
Internal storage 16 GB 16 GB
Supported card formats

photo & video

Camera 20.7 MP 8 MP
Resolution 20.7 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP 1.2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ Unknown 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps


Generation 4G 4G
LTE Cat 4 (150/)
LTE Cat3
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
LTE Cat4 (150 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)


Talk time (3G) 900 min 600 min
Standby time 52,848 min 14,976 min
Standby time (3G) 50,976 min 14,976 min
Capacity 3,000 mA·h 1,560 mA·h

form factor

Xperia Z1  vs
iPhone 5s 
Weight 170 g 112 g
Thickness 8.5 mm 7.6 mm
Size 73.9 x 144.4 x 8.5 mm 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6 mm


Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes


Supports FM radio Yes No


Operating system Android 5.1 iOS 7
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Apple App Store
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 825,000 apps


Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
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