Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs. iPhone 5S – Pricing and Specifications Compared

Apple finally decided to increase the screen size on its iPhone and this brings it directly in competition with the Android counterparts.

Previously, this used to be a major advantage for the Android phones so much so that they even launched smaller versions of their flagship. The Xperia Z1 Compact is one such phone and it is now in direct competition with the iPhone 5S in terms of screen space. Other specifications also puts it on par with a phone like the iPhone 5S.


The 4 inch display on the iPhone 5S is a major improvement compared with its predecessors which had only 3.5 inches. However, it still falls a long way short of the Android phones, which in the case of the Xperia Z1 means around 5 inches. This may compromise on the usability of the device, especially with one hand, but it is beneficial in every other area. The Xperia Z1 Compact competes with iPhone 5S because of its 4.3 inch display. Not only is it larger in size, but it also provides 720p resolution. This translates into a slightly better detail than the screen of the iPhone 5S, which has 640 x 1136 pixels on offer.


Apple has introduced many new things through its iPhone and the iPhone 5S features a fingerprint sensor, which is like never before. It allows easy access to the device without having to go through the cumbersome process of entering passwords. The Xperia Z1 Compact does not have such signature features with regard to security, but it does offer many of the entertainment aspects from its maker Sony. Features like the Triluminos display and X-Reality Engine have been taken straight from the Sony high-end television sets, which translates into great image quality. The iPhone 5S still continues to have one of the best displays in the smartphone segment, but those additional features on the Sony device certainly make a difference.


iPhone has never been the one to offer external memory card support and the iPhone 5S is no different. It comes in three different internal memory options, which are spread between 16 GB and 64 GB. This provides enough variations in the phone to make sure that the memory card is not missed, but this is definitely a disadvantage for those looking to add memory at a later stage. Sony provides support to up to 64 GB of memory cards, although the device has only 16 GB of internal storage.

Android has improved a lot in recent years, but it still trails the iOS in terms of smoothness and the ability to run on low end specifications. Despite having a quad core 2.2 GHz processor, it would not be surprising to see the Xperia Z1 Compact suffer from a few occasions of lag. This may not be the case with the iPhone 5S even though it has only a dual core 1.3 GHz processor. The iPhone 5S prices have dropped to $550 for the 16 GB version will Xperia Z1 Compact costs $380.

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