Difference between BlackBerry Z10 and Sony Xperia Z

Key Difference: The Blackberry Z10 is the latest smartphone that has been released in January 2013 by Research in Motion. The Z10 is a bar phone that is available with a 4.2 inch capacitive touch screen that has approximately 355 ppi pixel density, providing a clear and sharp display. If supports a 1.5 GHz Dual-core Krait, 2GB RAM with 16 GB internal storage capacity and expandable capacity up to 64 GB. The Sony Xperia Z is the latest smartphone designed, manufactured and marketed by Sony Mobile and was released February 2013. The Xperia Z is a bar phone that is available with 5 inch TFT touch screen that has approximately 441 ppi pixel density that produces a sharp and clear display. The phone sports 1.5 GHz Quad-core Krait, 2GB RAM with up to 16 GB internal memory storage capacity and up to 32 GB expandable storage available.

Almost every month at least a minimum of two to three new phones are launched or released. Just in February, there were five new phones and tablets that were released or announced. The constant upgrade in technology ensures that people always have new products to purchase. However, it also increases the amount of decisions that a person has to make. Is the Blackberry worth the price? Or is it better to go for another phone. While, many people are loyal to a certain brand and their next phone will probably be from the same brand, others require a good comparison to see which phone is often worth the price. Blackberry Z10 and Sony Xperia Z are two new phones that were announced in 2013 and launched in January and February, respectively.

The Blackberry Z10 is the latest smartphone that has been released in January 2013 by Research in Motion. The phone is powered by the company’s BB10 and is believed to be the company’s latest attempts to capture the smartphone market. The Z10 is a bar phone that is available with a 4.2 inch capacitive touch screen that has approximately 355 ppi pixel density, providing a clear and sharp display. The phone is also light in weight and perfect for one-hand operation. If supports a 1.5 GHz Dual-core Krait, 2GB RAM with 16 GB internal storage capacity and expandable capacity up to 64 GB. The Z10 has an 8MP auto-focus camera along with 2MP front-facing camera for video conferencing. The camera offers a new Time Shift mode that allows users to pinpoint and adjust individual elements of a picture.

The users can interact with the OS using gestures such as swipe, tap, pinch, and reverse pinch. The phone comes with a few new features such as Hub, Balance, Story Maker and Remember. The Hub is a screen that is available by swiping left after the first menu page and task switcher and it is creates a single point where the user can check all updates from SMS, e-mail to facebook notifications. It also offers the users to post messages, update twitter, facebook and any other services. BlackBerry Balance is a feature that allows people to separate their work life from their personal life. It allows easy access to creating two separate profiles, where work related and personal related profiles can be kept separate and maintained. Story Maker is an app that allows users to create a story by selecting photos and an audio clip to go along with it. The app will automatically create a video and will also include effects. The new keyboard on the Z10 has an adaptive feature that learns as the user types words and also suggests future words that can be used making typing e-mails and messages easier. Many reviews do state that one of the downfalls of the phone is the camera as well as lack of apps. The camera is not as sharp as it could be and the phone does not offer many apps in the BlackBerry World store.

The Sony Xperia Z is the latest smartphone designed, manufactured and marketed by Sony Mobile and was released February 2013. The phone is powered by Android and is one of the latest additions to phones launched by Sony after its separation from Ericsson. The Xperia Z is a bar phone that is available with 5 inch TFT touch screen that has approximately 441 ppi pixel density that produces a sharp and clear display. The design of the phone is focused on creating a balance and symmetry in all directions and is termed as “OmniBalance” by Sony.  The phone is held together by a skeleton frame made from glass fibre polyamide. The glass on the front and back are covered by shatterproof film. One of the amazing features about the phone is that it is dust and water resistance. It has captured attention for its ability to being submerged in water.

The phone differs from its predecessors in many ways. The company has also shifted the power button from the top of the phone to the middle of the right side making it easier for the person to operate the phone with one hand. The phone sports 1.5 GHz Quad-core Krait, 2GB RAM with up to 16 GB internal memory storage capacity and up to 32 GB expandable storage available. The quad-core processor makes the phone pretty fast and powerful, though Wired Magazine claims that the phone is a bit slow during starting up the camera. The phone offers a 13.1 MP Exmor RS camera and a 2 MP 1080p Exmor R front camera. The camera reviews on almost every website have been spectacular claiming that phone produces crisp images and the quality of the pictures is good even in low-lighting situations. The phone also offers USB-on-the-go, which allows users to connect USB drives to the phone. The phone is also offered at a decent price is considerably worth the every penny it charges.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Sony Mobile website, the Blackberry website and GSMArena.com.

 

BlackBerry Z10

Sony Xperia Z

Launch Date

January 2013

February 2013

Company

Research In Motion

Sony Mobile

Size

130 x 65.6 x 9 mm

139 x 71 x 7.9 mm

Display

4.2 inches capacitive touchscreen

5.0 inches TFT

Screen

768 x 1280 pixels (~355 ppi pixel density), 16 million colors

1920 x 1080 pixels, (~441 ppi pixel density) 16 million colors

Protection

Password protection, screen lock, and sleep mode, BlackBerry® Balance™ offering dedicated profiles to keep work and personal data separate and secure.

IP57 certified - dust and water resistant, water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes and shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass.

Weight

137.5 g (4.83 oz)

146 g (5.15 oz)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all versions

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - C6602, C6603

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - STL100-1

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 - STL100-2

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 - C6603

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - C6602

4G Network

LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2600 - STL100-2

LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 - C6603

GUI

Blackberry UI

Sony UI

CPU speed

1.5 GHz Dual-core Krait

1.5 GHz Quad-core Krait

GPU

Adreno 225

Adreno 320

OS

BlackBerry 10 OS

Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), planned upgrade to v4.2 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon

Qualcomm MDM9215M / APQ8064

RAM

2 GB RAM

2GB

SIM Size

microSIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

16 GB

Up to 16 GB

Expandable Memory

Up to 64 GB

up to 32 GB

Sensors

Accelerometer, magnetometer, proximity sensor, gyroscope, ambient light sensor

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Connectivity

Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G, 4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB 2.0.

4G LTE (100 mbps), GPS, GLONASS, USB, Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi, DLNA, USB On-The-Go and MHL.

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC and USB

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC and USB

Speed

HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps; LTE, EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps

HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

USB

microUSB v2.0.

microUSB v2.0.

Primary Camera

8 megapixel auto-focus camera

13 megapixel Exmor RS camera with Auto focus and Burst Mode; 4128x3096 pixels

Secondary Camera

2 megapixel fixed-focus camera with image and video stabilization, 3x digital zoom and 720p HD video recording

2 MP 1080p Exmor R

Video

1080p HD video recording with 4 DOF (Degrees of freedom) video stabilization

[email protected], continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilizer, HDR

Camera Features

  • Back Side Illumination for better low-light performance
  • 5-element F2.2 lens
  • Dedicated ISP (image signal processor) with 64MB frame buffer
  • Flash, continuous and touch to focus, image stabilization
  • Enhanced Super Resolution Digital Zoom (5x)
  • Time Shift mode for pinpointing and adjusting individual elements of your picture
  • 16x digital zoom
  • HDR for both picture/film
  • Face detection
  • Flash/Pulsed LED and Photo light
  • Geotagging
  • Image stabilizer
  • Picture Effect
  • Red-eye reduction
  • Scene recognition
  • Smile detection
  • Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Touch focus

Sound Enhancement

No

xLoud™ Experience, 3D Surround Sound (VPT)

Audio supported formats

3GP, 3GP2, WMA, MP3, MKA, AAC, AMR, F4V, WAV, MP2PS, MP2TS, AWB, OGG, FLAC

MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac

Video supported formats

M4A, M4V, MOV, MP4, MKV, MPEG-4, AVI, ASF, WMV,

MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV

Battery Capacity

Li-Ion 1800 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 2330 mAh battery

Talktime

Up to 10 hours (3G)

Up to 11 hours

Standby Time

Up to 13 days (312 hours)

Up to 550 hours

Available Colors

Black, white

Black, White, Purple

Messaging

SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, BBM 6

SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email

Browser

HTML5

HTML5

Radio

No

Stereo FM radio with RDS

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

MIDP 2.1

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • SNS integration
  • HDMI port
  • BlackBerry maps
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer
  • MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+/FlAC player
  • DivX/XviD/MP4/WMV/H.263/H.264 player
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Pre-loaded apps
  • SNS integration
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
  • MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Pre-loaded Google applications

Image Courtesy: us.blackberry.com, sonymobile.com

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