Difference between Sony Xperia ZR and iPhone 5

Key difference: The Sony Xperia ZR is essentially a smaller version of the flagship Xperia Z that offers much of the same features. Like the Xperia Z, the new Xperia ZR is water and dust resistant. However, the phone can also be used underwater and can sustain being submerged under water for up to 30 minutes, unlike the Z. The Xperia ZR runs on Android OS, v4.1 Jelly Bean, which is powered by a Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 processor with 2 GB of RAM. iPhone 5, bigger than its predecessors, supports a 4-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD screen with 640 x 1136 pixels and 16 million colors. iPhone 5 comes with the latest Apple iOS 6 that is upgradeable to 6.1. It includes a 1.2 GHz dual core Apple A6 processor, PowerVR SGX543MP3 and 1GB RAM.

 

Sony is a prominent technology company and is known best for its electronics such as phones, TVs, gaming systems, etc. Xperia is a well known brand of smartphones that are a part of the Sony Mobile. The Xperia brand was initially a collaboration with Ericsson but has since then been dissolved. Now, Sony has single handedly taken it upon itself to ship out new phones, while maintaining the level of quality and design of the older versions.

 

One of the most popular phones recently has been the Xperia Z, which is a dust-proof and water-proof phone. It was the flagship phone for Sony. Sony has since announced smaller and cheaper variants of the phone: the Sony Xperia ZL and the Sony Xperia ZR. The Sony Xperia ZR is essentially a smaller version of the flagship Xperia Z that offers much of the same features.

 

Like the Xperia Z, the new Xperia ZR is water and dust resistant. However, the phone can also be used underwater and can sustain being submerged under water for up to 30 minutes, unlike the Z. Nonetheless, the ZR cannot be submerged under salt water, fresh water only! The device has a dedicated camera key which allows the user to shoot images and HD video underwater.

 

The Xperia ZR runs on Android OS, v4.1 Jelly Bean, which is powered by a Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 processor with 2 GB of RAM. The phone has 8 GB of internal memory which is expandable by up to 32 GB via a microSD card.

 

The phone features a 4.55 inches TFT screen which is “as impressive as HDTV – HD Reality Display,’ according to Xperia ZR’s website. The screen is enhanced by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 and has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The phone also has a 13 megapixel fast-capture camera with Exmor RS, which enhances low lighting images. The device also has a secondary front-facing VGA camera.

 

The iPhone 5 is the latest innovative product of the Apple Company. They have made the new phone slicker, thinner and lighter with even more packed features. Apple claims that the iPhone 5 is 18% thinner, 20% lighter, and has 12% less overall volume compared to the iPhone 4S. iPhone 5, bigger than its predecessors, supports a 4-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD screen with 640 x 1136 pixels and 16 million colors. The phone also offers safety features such as corning gorilla class as well as oleophobic coating that keep fingerprints off the front screen. iPhone 5 comes with the latest Apple iOS 6 that is upgradeable to 6.1. It includes a 1.2 GHz dual core Apple A6 processor, PowerVR SGX543MP3 and 1GB RAM.

 

The phone is available with non-expandable 16, 32 or 64 GB internal storage capacity. The problem with the new OS is that many features that work only with the iOS 6 do not work in certain territories and Apple has a rolling program that it said will take time to implement across more regions. The phone can also act as a hotspot and can share internet connection over WiFi, Bluetooth, or USB. Similar to the older versions, iPhone 5 is equipped with Siri that allows the user to operate the iPhone via vocal commands. However, Siri has been improved to and supports additional features such as being able to make restaurant reservations, launch apps, make twitter updates, search the internet for queries, etc. iOS 6 features several new and/or updated apps, which includes Apple Maps and Passbook. Apple Maps has faced hostility as does not execute properly and has also been known to give wrong directions. The Passbook app is able to retrieve documents such as boarding passes, admission tickets, coupons and loyalty cards. The phone also offers a new charging port, which is much smaller and more compact compared to the old chargers. They will also require a converter if you want to use them with the old charger, docks and other accessories. The phone has also shifted the headphone jack to the bottom of the phone.

 

 

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

 

 

Sony Xperia ZR

iPhone 5

Launch Date

June 2013

September 2012

Company

Sony

Apple Corporation

Size

5.15 x 2.63 x 0.40 inches (131.3 x 67.3 x 10.5 mm)

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

Display

4.55 inches TFT, 16 millions colors

4.0 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD

Screen

1280 x 720 pixels (~322.77 ppi pixel density)

 640 x 1136 pixels, 16M colors

Protection

Shatter-proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass

Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coating

Weight

138 grams (4.93 ounces)

112g

2G Network

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - GSM A1428

CDMA 800 / 1900 / 2100 - CDMA A1429

3G Network

UMTS HSPA+ 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I) Mhz (not available in all markets)

UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 1700 (Band IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) (not available in all markets)

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - GSM A1428

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - CDMA A1429

4G Network

LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 (not available in all markets)

LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100 - GSM A1428 or LTE 850 / 1800 / 2100 - GSM A1429

LTE 700 / 850 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 - CDMA A1429

GUI

Sony UI

iUI

CPU speed

Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait

1.2 GHz dual core Apple A6

GPU

Adreno 320

PowerVR SGX543MP3

OS

Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

iOS 6, upgradable to iOS 6.1

Chipset

Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064

Apple A6

RAM

2 GB

1 GB

SIM Size

Micro-SIM

nanoSIM

Internal Memory

8 GB

16/32/64 GB

Expandable Memory

microSD card, up to 32 GB

No

Sensors

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Accelerometer, three-axis gyro, proximity, compass, ambient light sensor.

Connectivity

3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA), aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology, DLNA Certified, Media Go, Media Transfer Protocol support, Micro USB support, Native USB tethering, NFC, Screen mirroring, Xperia Link, Wi-Fi and WiFi Hotspot functionality

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot, micro-USB v2.0.

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth and USB.

Speed

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

DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps

WLAN

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

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

Bluetooth

Bluetooth 4.0

Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP

USB

microUSB v2.0 (MHL)

micro-USB 2.0.

Primary Camera

13 megapixel fast-capture camera with Exmor RS

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality

Secondary Camera

VGA

1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular

Video

Full HD video recording (1080p)

1080p@30fps, LED video light, video stabilization, geo-tagging, check quality

Camera Features

16x digital zoom with auto focus, Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor, Face detection, HDR for both picture/film, Flash/Photo light

Simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

No

Audio supported formats

MP3, 3GPP, MP4, SMF, WAV, OTA, Ogg vorbis, AMR

Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC, HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

Video supported formats

3GPP, MP4, MKV, AVI, XVID, MOV

Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.

Battery Capacity

Li-ion 2300 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Po 1440 mAh battery

Available Colors

Black, White, Pink, Mint

Black & Slate and White & Silver.

Messaging

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

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

Browser

HTML5

HTML (Safari)

Radio

FM Radio with RDS

No

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support

Yes, A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

No

Additional Features

  • Dust-proof and water-resistant (IP55 / IP58)
  • Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass
  • Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
  • Google Play
  • Google Chrome
  • Google Voice Search
  • Google Maps for Mobile with Street View and Latitude
  • "Movies" application
  • PlayStation Certified
  • Sony Entertainment Network (selected markets only)
  • Motions gaming
  • Video streaming
  • 3D games
  • SNS integration
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Siri natural language commands and dictation
  • iCloud cloud service
  • Twitter and Facebook integration
  • TV-out
  • Maps
  • iBooks
  • PDF reader
  • Audio/video player/editor
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Image viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial/command
  • Predictive text input

 

Image Courtesy: sonymobile.com

Image Courtesy: forbes.com

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