Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z

March 15, 2013
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The recently unveiled Samsung Galaxy S4 will undoubtedly be a popular smartphone this year, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other contenders to the title of best Android smartphone. Probably one of the most surprising players this year is Sony, who has pleasantly surprised us and many smartphone fans with the Xperia Z.

But is the Sony Xperia Z a real challenger to the Samsung Galaxy S4? Or is Samsung so far ahead of every other Android manufacturer that its devices are without rival?

If you’re looking for a video comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Sony Xperia Z, you can jump straight to the bottom of this article. But perhaps you will be more interested in joining us as we go through the pros and cons of each device. Sounds fun? Let’s begin.

Specs

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S4 Sony Xperia Z
Dimensions 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm130g 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm (5.47 x 2.80 x 0.31 in)146 g (5.15 oz)
Display 4.99-inch, Super AMOLED1920 x 1080 Full HD, 441ppi 5-inch TFT LCD Bravia Engine 21920 x 1080, 443ppi
CPU and GPU International version

  • Samsung Exynos 5 Octa
  • Quad-core A15 (1.6GHz) + Quad-core A7 (1.2GHz)

US version

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T
  • Quad-core Krait 300
  • 1.9Ghz
Snapdragon S4 Pro MDM9215M / APQ8064Quad-core 1.5GHzAdreno 320
RAM 2GB 2GB
Storage 16GB/32GB/64GB internalmicroSD, up to 64GB 16/32GBmicroSD, up to 64GB
Cameras 13MP rear, LED flash, autofocus, burst mode, Shot with Sound, Dual record, Smart Erase 13.1MP rear,  autofocus, LED flash, HDR2.2 MP front, 1080p, 30fps
Battery 2600mAh, removable 2330 mAh, non-removable14h talk time (3G)
Networks GSM, UMTS, HSPA+/LTE GSM, UMTS, CDMAHSPA+, LTE
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n acWi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, NFCBluetooth 4.0 A2DPmicroUSB, MHL 2, infraredA-GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, nWi-Fi hotspotmicroUSB, DLNA, MHLNFCA-GPSBluetooth 4.0
Operating system Android 4.2 TouchWiz UIAir View, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause,S Translate, Knox, S Drive Android 4.1.2

Display

The Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5-inch Super AMOLED display that shows 1920 by 1080 pixels at a 441ppi ratio.

The Sony Xperia Z uses a 5-inch TFT display that runs at a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, and shares the same 441ppi density.

Both displays are very crisp and both look great, and although some may love the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S4 display has more vivid colors, others call might be put off and consider them gaudy.

Verdict: Draw – the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Sony Xperia Z both have great displays.

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Design and Build Quality

Given that the two devices have displays of the same dimensions, they are quite similar in terms of overall footprint. With that said, Sony and Samsung have markedly different design languages, and their philosophy is epitomized in their respective 2013 flagships.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 weighs 130 grams, measures 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm (5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 in), and features asymmetrically rounded corners, a hardware ,button and two capacitive buttons below the display, with a polycarbonate back.

In the other corner, the Sony Xperia Z features an angular, almost monolithic shape, with on-screen navigational buttons and a glass back.The Xperia Z is quite slim, clocking in at 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm (5.47 x 2.80 x 0.31 in). One of the special features of the Xperia device is its resistance to elements – the device is dustproof and can be submerged under water for up to 30 minutes without any adverse effects.

Verdict: Design is subjective to personal preference, but the Sony Xperia Z takes the round thanks to its build quality and proofing.

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Internal Hardware

CPU, GPU & RAM

The international version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 uses the new Exynos 5 Octa SoC, which brings together four high-speed A15 cores and four high-efficiency A7 cores. This is ARM’s new big.LITTLE configuration, that is said to provide amazing raw power, without putting too much stress on the battery. Samsung has added a three-core PowerVR GPU, that promises to help the Galaxy S4 run the most intensive games without breaking a sweat.

Although we’ll have to wait for benchmark results to roll in, the Exynos 5 Octa SoC is estimated to overcome the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 in benchmarks. The Qualcomm-made chipset is used in the North American version of the Galaxy S4 (1.9 GHz Quad-Core Krait CPU, Adreno 320 GPU).

Both versions feature 2GB of RAM, which is the de facto standard in early 2013.

The Sony Xperia Z is powered by a Qualcomm S4 Pro released just a few months ago. However, the specs race in the mobile industry is advancing at breakneck speed, leaving the S4 Pro behind in terms of raw performance, as benchmark scores clearly indicate.

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Storage

The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes in three versions, with 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB of internal storage space respectively. The Sony Xperia Z is available in 16GB and 32GB versions. Both smartphones feature microSD card slots.

Cameras

The Sony Xperia Z features a 13.1MP primary camera and a 2.1MP secondary one. Naturally, Sony used its in-house developed Exmor RS for the camera, which is widely considered one of the most advanced in the market.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 uses a 13MP primary sensor and a 2MP secondary camera. Traditionally, Sony’s cameras are slightly better than the ones on Samsung devices, but we’ll have to wait for more test shots before we can know for sure that’s the case here.

Battery

The Sony Xperia Z comes with a 2330 mAh non removable battery, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 2600 mAh removable battery. Battery life is likely to be similar, but Galaxy S4 users will be able to use a spare battery to get through the day.

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Android implementation and software

The Sony Xperia Z comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box and uses Sony’s own, lightweight overlay on top. Sony’s user interface is tightly integrated with its media services, and does have feature several interesting functions, although some users might consider it not

The Samsung Galaxy S4 runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, with a fresh version of TouchWiz, one that now adds new features such as: AirView, Smart Scroll, Samsung Knox, Group Play and a quite a few more.

Verdict: Samsung has packed enough features in the Galaxy S4 to make sure that every user will find something to like.

Hands-on video

Conclusion

Although Samsung is in a totally different situation than Sony as an Android manufacturer, the truth is that the Sony Xperia Z is quite an interesting and attractive device.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the faster smartphone of the two, that’s for sure, but the Sony Xperia Z wins some points back thanks to its better design and protection against water and dust.

My opinion is that choosing between the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Xperia Z could ultimately boil down to this question: are you comfortable with SAMOLED displays and don’t put too much price on the design and build quality of a high-end smartphone? Then the Samsung Galaxy S4 is clearly the better smartphone for you. However, Sony Xperia Z is a very interesting choice for almost every type of user.

What do you guys think? Does the Samsung Galaxy S4 blow the Sony Xperia Z out of the water? Or is it the other way around? Drop us a comment and let us know what you think.

Comments

  • Amin

    Both are Perfect phones, but i prefer GS IV due to its great features and SAMOLED display and of course Samsung’s great support for their products.

  • Haidar Alamir

    i got the Xperia Z few days ago. I had a very slight doubt that i made the wrong choice, but my fears were gone 15 min into the S4 launch event.

    Thank you samsung, you proved that i made the right choice

    • BangKok

      Based on what? The Samsung is clear superior. That’s not an opinion, that’s factual bud.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Sy2pie Simon Tompkins

        Superior in what way? It’s camera? No. It’s horrible over saturated AMOLED screen? No. It’s gaming experience? No. It’s durability? No.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Muhammad-Marsh/693934988 Muhammad Marsh

          Excuse me, but have you tested the device to conclude that the camera is bad and that it performs bad with games? If so, I’d like to see your full review. ^^

          • http://www.facebook.com/Sy2pie Simon Tompkins

            The PlayStation store I’ve tested yes and it works very well (much better than I thought it would be actually).
            I’ve tested the Z’s camera and it’s absolutely sensational. I’ve not tested the s4s camera yet but judging by the s2 and s3 I have tested I have some concerns that it’s very usual poor quality sensors will not be capable of handling the high level of noise from a 13 megapixel camera.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Muhammad-Marsh/693934988 Muhammad Marsh

            I’ve read a review that said the xperia Z’s camera wasn’t all that good and tended to show a lot of noise under certain conditions, as well as looking too washed out. But anyway, cameras don’t have to be super good on a phone, just good enough. Only an idiot would buy a cell phone for dedicated photo taking a or video recording anyway. Cameras on a phone is nothing more than a nice feature.

          • http://www.facebook.com/Sy2pie Simon Tompkins

            I am not saying a camera has to be good on a phone but saying a shit camera is better than a good one?

          • CArlo

            pls… do not judge a book by it’s cover… you haven’t test the s4 yet!

        • http://www.petralian.com/ Nathan Petralia

          http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Samsung-Galaxy-S4-vs-Sony-Xperia-Z_id3283/page/2 this might be why the SGS4 scores better on everything compared to the Z…

    • siddharth bachkaniwala

      every1 is entitled to their own choice. if he feels xperia z is better than S4, then so b it. it is his his money he is goin to spend, no arguements in that. Personally i will buy S4 any day over xperia Z.

      • On a Clear Day

        Back when I used to sell both iPhones and Android it always amazed me that people who obviously had not a clue about what they were buying – in terms of value to price – walked in and were willing to plunk down the price of admission for an iPhone.

        Just goes to show it is as true now as it was when the phrase was first coined – “A fool and his money are soon parted.”

    • Guest

      until you drop it or get it wet. happy waiting on replacement IF you have insurance!

      • Uffe_Malmo

        Lol gets wet… Sometimes I wonder who is the greater fool, the one that typed your reply or the 12 people that liked it.

        Can’t you and Haidar get together and submerse his Xperia Z and your S4 after you get it. Please report back to this page of the results.

    • http://www.facebook.com/raaj978 Raaj Ra

      Hi! congrats on your purchase!
      Everyone needs to end up being a scapegoat so that a gazillion others benefit from it. I hope you put some personal reviews of the Z so that we, the gazillion others, feel better that we waited for the “real big thing” :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Muhammad-Marsh/693934988 Muhammad Marsh

      Can you tell us whether your xperia Z suffers over heating and poor mic quality? Your feed back will be much appreciated.

      • inspire

        heating problem- that has nothing to do with XZ, rather with Qualcomm..search XDA.
        “poor mic”, wait sometime after you dip your phone in water to get it dry and then it will not be poor anymore.
        but yeah don’t try the same trick with S4, then its mic will be poor forever ;)

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Muhammad-Marsh/693934988 Muhammad Marsh

          You’re reply was idiotic. -_-

          • inspire

            I can’t help you baby you you think like that.
            better come up with a justification, rather then an adjective.
            and BTW, when you have to bash XZ in all your posts then why bother to ask people ?
            so, either stop trolling or provide proper justifications.

          • inspire

            I can’t help you baby you you think like that.
            better come up with a justification, rather then an adjective.
            and BTW, when you have to bash XZ in all your posts then why bother to ask people ?
            so, either stop trolling or provide proper justifications.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Muhammad-Marsh/693934988 Muhammad Marsh

            Not trolling, I asked a valid questions concerning the overheating. As a lot of sony phones tend to have overheating problems. Like the xperia V. That thing not only had overheating issues, but also tended to freeze up like it’s nobody’s business.
            So if you can stomach the fact that the sony device has some issues, then that’s your problem.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Muhammad-Marsh/693934988 Muhammad Marsh

            Just came across this while searching with my friend about the overheating problem: http://talk.sonymobile.com/community/support/xperia_z_zl

            Overheating an low quality mic doesn’t seem to be the only issue with Z.

      • http://www.facebook.com/brendon.mcgee Brendon McGee

        I have had no problems with overheating, or with poor mic quality, and have been using my Xperia Z for over a month.

  • FAKE5

    I prefer s4 because of much better hardware and varouis new software. Even touchwiz is better in my opinion. expera z is waterproof but to 1m ( 3 feet) and it can hold on for 30 minutes… so that is not so uselful

    • Troll

      Are you planning to make a phone call while scuba diving?

  • JGaLaXY

    I personally heard that the Sony Xperia Z has some crappy viewing angles…ultimately I want the phone with the best screen and what takes the best pictures…

    • http://www.facebook.com/Sy2pie Simon Tompkins

      Yes the viewing angels weren’t as good as AMOLED but the issue here is Will you really need that? It might encourage people to look over your shoulder I suppose but let’s not forget the horrible colour saturation AMOLED suffers from. It’s like a radioactive explosions happened on the screen. Also AMOLED suffers from lots of screen burn issues. Some forum polls show 30% of people have had it with their AMOLED screens.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Muhammad-Marsh/693934988 Muhammad Marsh

        A friend of mine has bought the Z, and said that it suffers from overheating problems and poor mic. Not sure if the overheating issue is widespread, but it’s worth noting.

        • http://www.facebook.com/Sy2pie Simon Tompkins

          I’ve not heard much about over heating but I have heard stuff about the mic. Often people complaining that it doesn’t work well after being dipped in water. Probably because the mic is stillwet .

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Muhammad-Marsh/693934988 Muhammad Marsh

            My friend didn’t dip it in water. It came out of the box that way and is still the same after a week of having it. Now says he regrets ever buying it. But I’m going to look up the problem myself. Because I was thinking of getting one. Water resistance is a nice feature to have.

          • http://kamupipnup.org/ KAMUPI PNUP

            guys, then you judge it all of Xperia Z have that problem?? No one perfect in this world, every manufacturer exactly have defective products when production but it just a little, not at all… and then if that’s going on all of their devices (product), any manufacturer should return it, ok, then you can say it “FAULT PRODUCT”

            what’s with the better?! if you guys based on hardware specs, then why not all manufacturer make a “MONSTER” with all the best hardware ?! Is just Samsung can make device like that ?! Can you all answer it?

            It all come back to taste of each people, what their need in a smartphone, how their used smartphone.

            Please dont like a noob or a “BEST” who reviews the product just in one view, review the product but not objective or you’re review as “A FANBOY” of manufacturer

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Muhammad-Marsh/693934988 Muhammad Marsh

            I have a friend that owns a cellphone shop, a few of them actually. So I get to try out all the latest devices-even take em home for a few days. So yeah, that’s close enough to being a reviewer as you can get without actually being one.

        • http://twitter.com/Srujay Srujay Parekh

          Stop trolling endlessly again to prove a point.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Muhammad-Marsh/693934988 Muhammad Marsh

            I guess telling truth and presenting facts is considered trolling to you? Go crawl back in your hole.

    • Killer

      I have heard that SAMoled screens has oversaturate colors.

  • Manuel Ribeiro

    Out of the box with 4.2.2 shows that Samsung is giving software it’s respect! And that alone is reason to keep supporting them.

  • Zombieman

    Sony has always burned me with something proprietary and lame. Not sure what it would be in the Xperia, but it’s made me leery of Sony devices.

  • Taurus_G4

    if we’re to look at Sony’s track record of bringing latest updates to device then things doesn’t look that rosy.

    • inspire

      but it is not bad either!

  • siddharth bachkaniwala

    U buy Samsung mobiles for wat’s inside(hardware n software) n not wat’s outside(the built quality). Honestly loved the launch event something new n practically explained all the new features in the S4 rather than jus doin blah blah on stage. Excellent features n i love the curvy design of S3.. so wouldn’t mind the same looks of S4. Over all nice innovative stuff.. its seriously leading the pack in department of features from all the phone till now launched. i see this one to be a hot seller.

    • PhoneConsultat

      Yeah I’m agree. I have hesitated between both of them. Finally, I will buy the s4 once it’s out ! I want a phone to use, the s4 has lots of features (Dual Camera, Smart Eraser, but Sony Z’s has the greater design and water resistance, a phone without new feature is boring.

      Buying a phone to show how gorgeous it is? How ridiculous is that !

      Samsung has taken the smartphone market since years now, it’s theirs phone performances, even with the plastic which makes it lighter and solid. Sony Z is the only one so far which has nice look and better performance than the rest of Xperia version. Sony Z’s screen = normal & s4′s screen = Dynamique/Brillant

      Battery life is depend on how often you use. Either, you want to carry the whole charger for your Sony Z, or another spare battery for your s4?
      Cheers

  • http://www.fmbv.nu/ ICDeadPpl

    You have stated in the “Storage” section that the Xperia Z is non-expandable?

    Xperia Z has a microSD slot. I have myself a 64GB microSD inh my Xperia Z!

    • http://www.facebook.com/PradeepVizz Pradeep Viswanathan R

      That was exactly what i wanted to comment!

    • http://www.facebook.com/patronsilvertequila Patron Silver

      Of course its biased for the Samsung fanboys

    • Win

      In table section yes, but in other storage section he stated “Both smartphones feature microSD card slots”. I think it was cut n paste error.

    • http://AndroidAuthority.com/ Bogdan Petrovan

      Fixed. We are sorry!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Muhammad-Marsh/693934988 Muhammad Marsh

      Yeah, they seemed to make a mistake with that part. -_-

  • aidan smit

    Xperia z has too many Letdowns for a flagship. Most reviews I’ve checked say the camera is not so good. The glass is also covered with a plastic shatterproof sheet which is not scratch proof but but don’t think about removing it because the logo will go. Also the screen has poor black levels and terrible viewing angles.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Sy2pie Simon Tompkins

      What the hell are you talking about? It’s the only HDR camera on the market, it’s got the new HDR sensor too. It’s one of the only phones which is waterproof from this generation’s and has access to the PlayStation store.
      It’s got a better resolution screen and a higher pixel density than theS4 and ddoesn’t suffer from that horrible AMOLED screen which over saturates the colours and suffers from screen burn.
      Even the processors won’t be any different in performance because android is barely optimised for dual core. Not quad core and especially not eight cores lol.
      Xperia z alllllll the way for me.

    • Killer

      You pick the selected reviews, so can i.

      That plastic shatter proof sheet can be easy removed, it’s standard Sony policy.

      Poor black levels you say, what about poor white levels of that SAMoled screens?

      Poor colors of SAMoled screens, what about that?

      The cam of the Z kills the SGS4 cam.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Sy2pie Simon Tompkins

        When all colours are over saturated then everything is ruined. Surely you’ve seen a Samsung AMOLED screen in person? Haven’t you noticed? Especially when you see it’s toytown touchwizz ui. The whole thing looks like it belongs to a child. The Z screen could do much better with blacks, true.

    • On a Clear Day

      I like the look of the phone SONY but then, I read the words that always – for myself at least – are a deal breaker for me. NO REMOVABLE BATTERY.

      I quote:
      “The Sony Xperia Z comes with a 2330 mAh non removable battery, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 2600 mAh removable battery. Battery life is likely to be similar, but Galaxy S4 users will be able to use a spare battery to get through the day.”

      When will HTC and Sony get it through their heads that if you build something that has a built in hassle factor – like not being able to replace a defective battery without returning it to the factory, or replace a battery because it is out of life and you have no time to change it, is dumb as a post stupid?

  • tomislav

    TFT better then FHD Super AMOLED?
    DRAW You are joking me? Sammy is comming with diaomond layout not pentile.

    Sammy has LPDDR3, Z LPDDR2.

    Putting cpu,gpu,battery,functions into same basket is ….

    Its clear Samsung is better in every single way except design, maybe camera and waterproof but Luiqipel can be added to S4 and we will have waterproof device too.

    • Killer

      PENTILE SCREEN YOU LAIR!!!!

    • inspire

      it’s a PENTILE display, with unnatural colors. but its just a matter of taste.
      you want perfect screen then go for SLCD/IPS/IGZO in HTC one, LG optimus G/pro, sharp Aqueos.

  • Sal

    Both are amazing phones. But I will have to side with GS4. Samsung has included enough features for the user to play around with plus it has a removable battery! Something that most manufactuers have ditched these days.

  • taz89

    Problems with the z is the ergonomics are very poor and makes the phone feel bigger than it should be also the screen is poor especially the contrast and viewing angles and also it runs on the older s4

  • NicholasMicallef

    I have found most other comparisons much closer than this, but in this case I can’t find a single reason to prefer the Xperia.. I even dislike the design, which is one thing everyone seems to like about this, and waterproof is just a gimmick, I doubt it would ever be as useful to me as having a phone which doesn’t have as much of a risk of shattering as soon as it’s dropped. Also the display is not impressive at all from what I’ve heard and I love the SAmoled blacks.

  • Kshitij Dahal

    Samsung Galaxy S4 is nothing but a Plastic Crap wrapping some Transistors and Capacitors. There is no any Comparison between Sony Xperia Z and this Plastic Crap. Why don’t you people understand this ?

    • http://www.facebook.com/nathillien Robert Horvat

      Because its hard to understand imbeciles.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Muhammad-Marsh/693934988 Muhammad Marsh

      The vast majority of android user buy a device based on whats inside, and not by how beautiful it looks. If you what a truly beautiful device, I would suggest the HTC one. Now that’s a thing of beauty.

  • Austin Wang

    still waiting for the nexus 5…

  • Abhishek_V

    First of All ,I Would Like 2 Compare Some Feature Among Both
    Samsung Galaxy S4 V/s Sony Xperia Z to whom most of the people are not aware of
    :-

    1. Samsung is using New Advanced CPU Possessor Specially not only 4 Fast
    Response But also 4 Lesser Battery usage which is Special Main Feature Which is
    not present in Sony,

    2. Samsung Benchmark is near about 5.29%, u can easily calculate & Which is
    Far Amazingly / Highly More as compare 2 Sony, (Benchmark is use 4 Categorized
    the Efficiency / Ability / Capacity of Processor)

    3. A Big Thing 2 b notice that The main Primary Camera Flash Of Samsung is
    Bigger than Sony which is usable in night time photography, it is usable
    because I have self experience of it,

    4. Samsung is having removable battery option, But Sony does not, it is a
    usable feature because if your phone goes out of warranty & at that time
    your mobile battery is not properly working so then you can easily replace it
    with new 1, but in case of Sony u have 2 pay more money 2 the Repairer
    specially only 4 removing battery,

    5. Samsung is Availing u a Huge Amount Of Memory Space not Even in Phone Memory
    Or As well As in Expandable Memory Option 2, But Again Sony Xperia Z Doesn’t
    Have any Option like this,

    6. Samsung Also Having New feature of Eye’s Retina Response, But I didn’t it
    consider as same the Feature of Sony Water-Resistance / Dust-Resistance which i
    really doesn’t mean, Because in my thinking/opinion that nobody is Dropping his
    Brand New phone 4 seeing that is it capable 4 survive in Scratch-resistant
    /Dust or is it capable 2 float in water or sink in water, what ever is
    it,

    But off-course, on serious mode, I really appreciate that Sony has more good
    look’s as compare 2 Samsung Beauty in Design, But what is usage of good looking
    beauty when it doesn’t Brain as working in front Samsung Fully – Loaded Feature
    Full Phone.

    Notice :- And Now it’s depend on u that what is your choice, will u go 4 Beauty
    Or 4 Real Brain…….Continue / Never End

    & If u Really Like My Above Said Opinion, So then please Comment on this
    even if it is -ve, Because I now every +ve thing comes with -ve 2 also,

    Have a Good Day……

    *@bhi*

  • Aus_Roh

    Having a few Sony phones in the family before, they had extremely buggy software that was never fixed. A Japanese colleague was in agreement saying that Sony was “famous” for that in Japan. They weren’t Android phones, but I’ve effectively black listed Sony phones for myself. The great thing about a platform, like Android, you can choose the manufacturer & model. I’ve bought Samsung, I’m happy there are other brands too, but Sony is out for me.

  • abel1015

    I was waiting for the sgs4 before deciding to replace my sgs3. Now I’m pretty sure I’ll go with the Z

  • Nguyen

    I think, the most people will chose for Sony Xperia Z….the S4 has more speed with the better processor… but I’t not importantst thing for the smartphone. The speed of the Sony Xperia Z is amazing! Plus water and dust proof….. and excellent design. back and front made of Dragontrial and corning gorilla glass. It not only better look but also better quality. Thanks for the review…. I got the Sony Xperia Z last week. Android update to 4.2 soon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Sy2pie Simon Tompkins

    It’s the Xperia Z for me all the way.
    A HDR camera with the Exmor RS sensor to handle all the noise from a 13 megapixel camera. I really fail to see how the Samsung camera is going to handle that without a decent sensor.
    The Z has the PlayStation store which turns the phone in to mini games console thanks to some creative syncing with a tv and wireless ps3 game pad.
    It’s waterproofing is a real deal breaker for me too. Finally, we can say goodbye to the day’s of cowering from a few drops of water like a bloody woman.
    The Z doesn’t have that horrible AMOLED screen which not only has bad screen burn issues but for the sake of a slightly better viewing angle over saturated the hell out if every colour on the screen.
    I hate touch whizz too. Incorporate that with the radioactive colours of AMOLED and you have a toytown phone which looks like it should be owned by a child.
    Also, from what I hear Android is barely optimised for dual-core (which explains why the dual core Qualcomm s4 processor was out performing a lot of quad-core phones last year) so why would EIGHT cores make any difference?

    • uu

      samsung is using sony’s sensor duhhh???? talking that u know evrything haha
      anyway even tho samsung is using sony’s own sensor, sammy still knows how to optimize its software to DEFEAT ALL MOBILE CAMERAS of Sony last year!!!
      As far as reviews are conerned, the AMOLED of the gs4 was amazing.. the saturations of AMOLED are the keys why THIS SUPERAMOLED GIVEN WITH THE WOW FACTOR term by the reviews..
      the speaker oof xperia z is 50% inferior from OPPO FIND’s latest smartphone> and s3 has one of the best speakers last year, so no doubt s4>xz in speaker
      OCTA-CORE– please watch the demos on how it works, the big.LITTLE architecture was spectacular

      • http://www.facebook.com/Sy2pie Simon Tompkins

        The Samsung (like Apple) may use a Sony camera but they do not use an Exmor RS sensor. It doesn’t have HDR either. Wa waaa.
        Also the Xperia Z has X Loud so it’s sound quality is just fine.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Sy2pie Simon Tompkins

        Samsung maybe using the sensor but not the Exmor RS, which is my point. Sony or not, the sensor isn’t up to date. It’s probably not even the old Exmor R sensor found on the Xperia T which really did struggle with the noise and low light conditions.

  • Sole

    Amoled is much over saturated, and I’ve made mistake when I bought S3 when it was lunched last year.
    After few months, display started with buggs, laggs, physical keys needed time to respond etc… Same will be with s4 just peace of patchworked plastic….

  • chris pinkston

    Between these two I would go with gs4. My mobile choice is about what brings me the computing power and features to my pocket. I appreciate nice materials and design but not over hardware specs. If the reviews are great on the s4′s performance I may get it. Thinking I’ll stick with my optimus G till a really nice A15 or snapdragon 800 powered phone comes out

  • Killer

    CPU won’t bother anymore you wont see the difference in real time usage.

    Lets talk about screen, Z screen is far superior than from SGS4 SAMoled pentile screen are not better just unrealistic colors.

    Viewing angle is just dumb excuse to talk good about SAMoled screens it’s the stupid thing to compare those meaningless blabber.

    People always look at the front of the device not side of the device.

    Lets talk about design, the design from the Z is just fresh and durable.

    The design from the SGS4 is the same boring cheap plastic as SGS3.

    Let
    talk about protection, what about screen protection Corning 3 vs
    Dragontrail glass, Dragontrail is far suprieur than Corning 3 and fall
    on the concrete floor you screen with corning 3 will break and not
    Dragontrail glass.

    About the camera, Z has HDR photo as video very useful, SGS4 has not. The Z can also take unlimited burst mode capture.

    Water and dust resistance, Z has that. Don’t trow your SGS 4 in the water or dusty environment, the device won’t survive that.

  • Killer

    CPU won’t bother anymore you wont see the difference in real time usage.

    Lets talk about screen, Z screen is far superior than from SGS4 SAMoled pentile screen are not better just unrealistic colors.

    Viewing angle is just dumb excuse to talk good about SAMoled screens it’s the stupid thing to compare those meaningless blabber.

    People always look at the front of the device not side of the device.

    Lets talk about design, the design from the Z is just fresh and durable.

    The design from the SGS4 is the same boring cheap plastic as SGS3.

    Let
    talk about protection, what about screen protection Corning 3 vs
    Dragontrail glass, Dragontrail is far suprieur than Corning 3 and fall
    on the concrete floor you screen with corning 3 will break and not
    Dragontrail glass.

    About the camera, Z has HDR photo as video very useful, SGS4 has not. The Z can also take unlimited burst mode capture.

    Water and dust resistance, Z has that. Don’t trow your SGS 4 in the water or dusty environment, the device won’t survive that.

    • Killer

      Sorry double post!!!!

  • Robert Gibson

    Until everyone goes waterproof – say, August? – the Z has has no competitors. If waterproofness is important to you; nothing is markedly superior in any other phone.

  • Robert Gibson

    The blacks are blacker in Sammy’s SOLED screens. Apart from that, the only thing I noticed compared to the Note 2 is the Z’s HD screen- great, esp. on big TV!

  • Kashkaw

    People will change their minds once physically holding and interacting with S4, and such experience could be positive or negative…again lets not prejudge then regret !

  • Troll

    I’ll go for Xperia Z. If camera is really a big deal then better buy a DSLR cam! LOL

  • yeehaa127

    when i was reading the article i was somewhat feeling alttle sad sitting here in my cubicle then i come down to reading the comments and I LAUGHED OUT LOUD AND HARD! thank you guys for making my day :)

  • http://kamupipnup.org/ KAMUPI PNUP

    guys, for overheat and mic problem
    then you judge it all of Xperia Z have that problem?? No one perfect in this world, every manufacturer exactly have defective products when production but it just a little, not at all… and then if that’s going on all of their devices (product), any manufacturer should return it, ok, then you can say it “FAULT PRODUCT”
    Then there are some people say “Dust / Water Resistance” feature for what? Exactly, i also agree nobody will drop their smartphone in a water or dust LoL, but how with UNEXPECTED CONDITIONS ?!
    Yeah for camera, there review say that Samsung have better flash… Is it very help in low light condition? In DSLR Camera, is flash the MOST part for help picture quality in low light condition? I think you all can answer it… If you can buy an expesive smartphone and you need Camera feature, i believe you also can buy a DSLR camera :D

    what’s with the better or “THE BEST” ?! if you guys based on hardware specs, then why not all manufacturer make a “MONSTER” with all the best hardware ?! Is just Samsung can make device like that ?! Can YOU ALL answer it ?! If you a boss of smartphone manufacturer, what will you do ?!
    Why not just wait for new hardware then released a MONSTER device again, huh??

    It all come back to taste of each people, what their need in a smartphone, how their used smartphone.

    Please dont be like a noob or a “BEST” who reviews the product just in one view, review the product but not objective or you’re review as “A FANBOY” of manufacturer. Sad~

  • NoName

    I will never buy a Samsung Smartphone again …. maybe it will Die 4 weeks after the purchase date :D … or maybe 6 weeks … dont know … Never back SAMSUNG!
    Thanks to Sony, HTC, and apple, now we have real quality Smartphones !
    Not like those plastic ******** ….. Sorry for being angry … but …How do you think ? why am i angry at Samsung … specially S2 and S3 …..
    And lets not speak about the samsung support please!

  • Mick h

    S4 will be much easier to root using ODIN.

  • http://www.petralian.com/ Nathan Petralia

    QUOTE: “The Sony Xperia Z is powered by a Qualcomm S4 Pro released just a few months ago. However, the specs race in the mobile industry is advancing at breakneck speed, leaving the S4 Pro behind in terms of raw performance, as benchmark scores clearly indicate.”

    and then you show a pic where the S4 shows a score of nearly 25.9k and a pic where the Z shows a score of 20.6k… I am confused. I thought higher scores were better in Antutu

    Also… what is an S4 Pro?

  • deep

    offcourse z is a better option…………………..no doubt z is very good in comparison with s4……….