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Nexus 5 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact – Price, Specs and Features Comparison By – May 3, 2014 11 1 SHARE

The Z1 Compact from Sony is an outstanding Android device with high-end features, whereas Google’s Nexus 5 is its flagship model and an extraordinary Android device as well.

Design and Display Comparison

The Z1 Compact is quite small, but heavier and bulkier, with dimensions of 127x65x9.5 millimeters with a weight of 137 grams, but the Nexus 5 is larger at 138x69x8.6 millimeters, but lighter at 130 grams. The increased weight of the Z1 Compact from Sony is because of the IP55 and 58 certifications, according to which it is hard and also resistant to dropping and water damage.

However, the Xperia is more likely to become blemished, as the Nexus 5 has a more rubberized chassis that is scratch resistant. One can easily hold the Xperia Z1 Compact, since it is compact and can be handled with ease.

The display of the Xperia Z1 is a 4.3 inch screen with a 342 ppi pixel density and a 1280 x 720 p resolution, when weighed against the Nexus 5 with 5 inch display, 1080 x 1920 p resolution and a 445 ppi pixel density. The Nexus 5 display is more vibrant and brighter, though the Compact also has a crisp display despite the lower ppi.

OS and Hardware Specs Comparison

Nexus 5 operates on the most recent 4.4.2 KitKat Google Android. On the other hand, the Z1 Compact from Sony operates on a customized version of 4.3 Jelly Bean OS. Google’s Nexus has an advantage, as it is an unskinned version, thereby allowing the OS to receive software updates whenever they are released immediately, but the Z1 has a customized platform and has to update related codes to match an updated version, thereby making the process slower. In addition, the extra customization on the Xperia is just superfluous software related ones.

The processor that powers both these smartphones is Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. Both phones have a 2 GB RAM. The Nexus 5 is powered by a 2.3 GHz version and the Z1 with a 2.2 GHz, both being equally quick with demanding 3D games and other complex tasks.


The Z1 Compact comes with a 20.7 MP rear camera with the Exmor RS sensor technology, making it one among the best cameras in the Android system. Images are much sharper and crisper when compared to the 8 MP rear camera in Nexus 5. The feature for tap to focus offers better response on the Xperia Z1 than the Nexus 5. Both these smartphones have 2300 mAh batteries offering almost nearly equivalent battery lives.

The Xperia Z1 Compact is only available with an internal storage of 16 GB, whereas Nexus 5 is out in both 16 and 32GB versions. The Nexus 5 has no provision for SD card for expanding the memory storage, but there is one in the Z1 Compact.

As for the price, Sony handsets always come with a premium price, with the Xperia Z1 Compact being sold at a hefty price of $499, whereas the 16GB version of Google’s Nexus 5 is sold at a modest price of around $349, making the latter a more affordable option for those who want a budget phone.


Comparing both the devices it is quite clear that Z1 Compact is a winner, with a better performance, rugged design and a much better camera. The Nexus 5 is can be bought for a lower price and is capable of a reasonably good performance; so many buyers might get value for their money with the Nexus 5 as well.


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  • Jeffrey Fazal

    Yes Nexus 5
    is great value for money. It has all the features that I preferred in a
    Smartphone for regular use whether I consider about its 2.3 GHz processor along
    with 2 GB RAM for smooth functioning of mobile apps simultaneously or either
    consider about inbuilt wireless charging compatible case through which I can
    easily charge it by placing it on wireless car charger to keep my phone fully charged while driving across countryside . In all aspects, I could
    say that Nexus 5 is the best phone I have ever had till date.

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