Sony Xperia Z2 vs. Apple iPhone 5S Review, Comparison: Which is Better Value?


Apple, despite being the first in the smartphone market, is facing stiff competition from numerous Android phone manufacturers, Sony being one of them.

Apple's latest flagship offering, the iPhone 5S is falling behind competition like Sony's newest offering the Xperia Z2.

At first glance, the Xperia Z2 is bigger than the iPhone 5S, with a 5.2-inches 1920 x 1080p full HD resolution screen compared to the iPhone's 4.0-inches screen with a lower 1136 x 640 resolution. No question, the display of the Xperia Z2 is sharper and less grainy. The iPhone's display is not bad since the smaller screen helps keep images clearer.

The iPhone 5S sports a 64-bit A7 chip with a dual-core 1.3GHz processor and a 1GB DDR RAM. The Xperia Z2 on the other hand has a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.3GHz Krait 400 processor and a 3GB RAM. Sony's offering is more powerful than the iPhone 5S but graphics wise, the two phones stand on even ground.

The iPhone has a PowerVR6430 quad-core graphics chip while the Xperia Z2 has an Adreno 330 graphics processor. While the Xperia is indeed more powerful, the iPhone 5S is still a fast phone in its own respect, not experiencing drastic or noticeable slow-downs when running its apps.

The iPhone 5S comes in three variants, the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions with no external microSD support. The Xperia on the other hand only has 16GB of internal storage space but is complemented by microSD card support of up to 128GB. Potentially, the Xperia Z2 has a bigger storage capacity but will cost a little extra.
The Z2 also has a more powerful camera with a 20-megapixel snapper compared to the iPhone's 8-megapixel camera.

The iPhone 5S 64GB variant sells for around $750 while the Xperia Z2 goes for around $650. It isn't surprising that the iPhone is $100 more expensive than the Xperia Z2 despite having lower specs and restricted internal storage options since Apple prices their products in the premium range.

Taking value for money into account, the Sony Xperia Z2 reigns over the iPhone 5S with faster specs, more storage potential and a more powerful camera.