Features Key features of the Xperia Z1  vs Lumia 1520 

screen size

Even worse on the latter point is the fact that the games that are there don't look very good on the Lumia 1520's large 1080p display.
Lumia 1520 | by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)

screen resolution

Xperia Z1
1920 x 1080
Lumia 1520
1920 x 1080
Naturally, it produces a ton of sharp details, to make even the most miniscule of text easily visible to the eyes.
Lumia 1520 | by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)

memory

Xperia Z1
2 GB
Lumia 1520
2 GB

processor

Xperia Z1
Quad core
Lumia 1520
Quad core
The Finnish company has added a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM, as we touched upon in our intro.
Lumia 1520 | by PocketLint (Nov, 2013)

camera resolution

Xperia Z1
20.7 MP
Lumia 1520
20 MP
Pro Camera shoots at two different resolutions - 5-megapixels and 16-megapixels in this case - allowing you to intelligently zoom in or out after you’ve taken the shot.
Lumia 1520 | by PocketLint (Nov, 2013)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Sony Xperia Z1

Reasons to consider the
Sony Xperia Z1

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Much bigger app store 850,000 apps vs 120,000 apps More than 7x more apps; find an app for virtually any task
Significantly lighter 170 g vs 209 g Around 20% lighter
Sharper screen 440 ppi vs 367 ppi Around 20% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Front view of Nokia Lumia 1520

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Nokia Lumia 1520

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Significantly longer talk time (3G) 1,506 min vs 900 min More than 65% longer talk time (3G); go days without charging
Noticeably bigger screen 6" vs 5" 20% bigger screen
Store more stuff 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Records higher def video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps vs 1920 x 1080 @ Unknown 30x higher def video
More battery capacity 3,400 mA·h vs 3,000 mA·h Around 15% more battery capacity

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia Z1  vs Lumia 1520 

9.2
9.0
With the quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 CPU, overall system performance is simply great, with no visible hiccups or slowdowns.
Xperia Z1

8.0
9.0
Excellent build, fantastic camera and options, beautiful screen, good battery life, Glance screen, Black OS will bring plenty more with it - including raw file capture from camera.
Lumia 1520

8.0
8.0
Your own photos look great on the screen, the icons are sharp, web text is readable.
Xperia Z1

Overall

8.0 Out of 10
8.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Xperia Z1  vs
Lumia 1520 
Size 5" 6"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Multitouch N/A N/A
PPI 440 ppi 367 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 2.2 GHz 2.2 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Quad core
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
Internal storage 16 GB 32 GB
Supported card formats
SDXC
SDHC
SD

photo & video

Camera 20.7 MP 20 MP
Resolution 20.7 MP 20 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP 1.2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ Unknown 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

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

battery

Talk time (3G) 900 min 1,506 min
Standby time 52,848 min 46,080 min
Capacity 3,000 mA·h 3,400 mA·h

form factor

Xperia Z1  vs
Lumia 1520 
Weight 170 g 209 g
Thickness 8.5 mm 8.7 mm
Size 73.9 x 144.4 x 8.5 mm 85.4 x 162.8 x 8.7 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes Yes

software

Operating system Android 4.4.2 Windows Phone 8
App store Android Market Windows Phone Marketplace
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 120,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Sony Xperia Z1
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