Round 2 – Google Nexus 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 #SmartFone13

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Round 2 of the SmartFone 2013 championship had begun yesterday with a really close competition between the LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020, and today it’s the turn of Google Nexus 5 and the Sony Xperia Z1 to fight it out in our battleground. After winning massively over the iPhone 5s, the Nexus 5 is in contention with the Xperia Z1 which initially trailed so close with the Note 3 and later pulled a massive lead out of the hat. Both these devices are flagships and have their own advantages and disadvantages, so which one do you want to vote for? Time to decide!

Google Nexus 5 Review | Sony Xperia Z1 Review

Both being flagship devices, the specifications are obviously packed to the brim, but with the price of the Nexus 5, there has been some cost cutting involved. Here are the detailed specifications of both the devices below –

Google Nexus 5 Specifications

  • 4.95 inch 1920×1080 full HD IPS LCD screen – 445 PPI
  • Comes in White and Black Variants
  • 8.59 mm thick and 130g weight
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.26 GHz Quad Core processor with Adreno 330 450 MHz GPU and 2 GB of RAM
  • WiFi b/g/n/ac BT 4.0 and NFC with Qi wireless charging in-built
  • 8 MP camera with OIS and 1080p video recording
  • 1.3 MP Front facing camera
  • Android 4.4 KitKat

Sony Xperia Z1 specifications

  • 5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Triluminos Display with X-Reality for Mobiles
  • 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974 (LTE) or MSM8274 (HSPA+)) processor
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Single Aluminium frame with tempered glass on the front and back
  • 20.7MP Primary Camera with Exmos RS sensor, HDR photos & videos, 1080p video recording.
  • 2MP front-facing camera with 1080p video recording
  • 8.5mm thick and weighs 170 grams
  • IP55 / IP58 rating for dust and water resistance
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio with RDS
  • 2GB RAM,  16GB internal memory, Upto 64GB expandable memory via microSD card
  • 4G LTE / 3G HSPA+, WiFi 820.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with APT-X, GPS/ GLONASS, MHL, NFC
  • 3000mAh Battery with STAMINA mode

For some, the Sony Xperia Z1 might have the better hardware overall, in terms of what one would want in a flagship. It has a better camera, a better and premium build quality and above all, a higher capacity battery that actually performs great. Nexus 5 has similar innards and has a subjectively better display, however the camera is poorer with less features, but the promise of a Nexus is really important for some, who want to own the best Pure Android device without any adulteration from the OEMs like what Sony has done with their UI and default apps. But yeah, people might prefer the latter too at the same time. This is a battle of preferences indeed, because unlike earlier contests, we can never out right say that the Sony Xperia Z1 is better than the Nexus 5 or vice versa. So, here you go, the polls are out there, do vote and register your preferences so that the best phone may qualify for the all important final!

Poll closed: Winner – Sony Xperia Z1 by just 25 votes

LG G2 vs Nokia Lumia 1020

and here for the earlier polls and standings.

Author: Bharadwaj Chandramouli

Bharadwaj is a content creator who has been obsessed with technology since the early days of smartphones. He loves talking about tech, is a fan of good design and photography. You can follow him on Twitter @gadgetbuff_ to know what he's upto!