Saturday, February 23, 2013

HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z - US

Apple and Samsung are yet to steal the spotlight and as a result, underdogs are currently taking advantage of the situation. HTC has just announced its new ‘One’ handset while Sony Mobile’s Xperia Z is now flying off store shelves, so, wondering which one of these 1080p bad boys is well worth your hard-earned Benjamins? Read past the break to find out.

We’re not going to dwell too much on the Xperia Z and HTC One’s internal hardware, we’ve already discussed those here and here, those links will take you to a pair of comprehensive hardware comparisons with other phones like the LG Nexus 4 which may just be as worthy of your attention.

Either way, first off the list is obviously the display panel. Both devices sport LCD screens with the same resolution so let’s focus on the quality and pixel density.
Sony’s flagship has a slightly larger 5-inch display than its competitor’s 4.7-inch screen so the HTC One has a higher pixel density of 468 pixels per inch versus the Xperia Z’s 440, display size is pretty subjective, if you’re going to use it for watching movies on the go then Xperia Z is your best bet, not to mention, most of Sony’s handsets come with a plethora of software and enhancements to improve users’ multimedia experience.
Casual gamers will certainly benefit from the HTC One’s tweaked Snapdragon 600 processor which packs the slightly faster Adreno 320 GPU so that’s a plus since the device can render games and the UI more smoothly, according to recently released Quadrant scores of the HTC One, its Snapdragon 600 powerhouse is able to overtake the Snapdragon S4 Pro (found in the Nexus 4 and Xperia Z) by a huge margin. Quadrant scores are not at all that accurate but it’s still a pretty good tool for estimating how powerful an SoC is.
Sony Xperia Z
It’s worth noting that online reviews have also proven the Xperia Z’s disappointing viewing angles but users don’t play games or watch movies on their phones at 90-degree angles right? Besides, the suite of tech tweaks behind it such as the Bravia Engine more than makes up for the slightly washed out screen at the slightest tilt.

As for the bells and whistles, this one is a no-brainer, the HTC One is pretty much ‘next-gen’ in every aspect, it comes with  stereo speakers dubbed as ‘Boom Sound’, boasts two separate audio amplifiers (one for the loudspeakers and another for the headset output jack), better noise suppressing technologies, a completely new imaging system (4 megapixel, UltraPixel sensor) as well as the interesting new twist to the photo gallery called ‘Zoe’.
The Xperia Z is water and dust resistant, the display works accurately even when wet too so it’s possible to listen to your friend babbling about her midlife crisis while you’re relaxing in a warm tub of water — without the fear of destroying your new and expensive gizmo. Sony’s flagship also boasts a 13-megapixel Exmor RS camera that can apparently take up 999 photos in just a little over a minute.
Do keep in mind that the quantity of pixels is not directly proportional to the quality of the images it captures — that’s what the HTC One’s UltraPixel camera is about to prove.
As for prices, both devices belong in the $7xx category, currently, a 32 gigabyte unlocked/GSM HTC One hovers within $735 to $787 from a couple of popular online retailers based in United Kingdom, the 64 gigabyte model will set you back a whopping $898, that additional storage can be helpful for taking those 1080p movies with you.
After a recent channel check, pre-orders of the SIM-free Xperia Z are now already being accepted by a couple of online retailers which will set you back $770 or higher. It’s pretty obvious that prices of the Xperia Z will soon drop given the current turn of events (HTC One launch), we can see the same thing happening to the likes of the Droid DNA, Samsung Galaxy S3 and most certainly the Galaxy Note 2.

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