Difference between Sony Xperia ZR and Nokia Lumia 925

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. Nokia has recently announced its new flagship phone the Nokia Lumia 925. The phone comes with a 4.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen which takes up a good amount of space on the front, with the speaker and sensors on the top. The 4.5-inch capacitive screen has the same PureMotion HD+, ClearBlack that is found in Lumia 920.

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.

Nokia has recently announced its new flagship phone the Nokia Lumia 925. This phone is in lines with the other new Nokia Lumia 928, but differs from its cousin in many ways. The Nokia Lumia 925 was also known as “Catwalk” phone for a long time before it was officially announced. The company has maintained a similar design to its Lumia phones but has added a metal band. This is the first phone that will feature a mix of plastic and metal. However, the back is still made of polycarbonate plastic. The phone is made slim and light weight making it comfortable to hold. The phone’s frame is made of aluminum with only the back made of plastic. However, the back is non-removable so the battery is not easily accessible.

The device is available in black, white or grey, so don’t look for the bright colors that are expected of other Nokia phones. The phones comes with a 4.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen which takes up a good amount of space on the front, with the speaker and sensors on the top and the three capacitive buttons (Home, Back and Menu) on the bottom. Similar to the other high-end Lumias, the top of the device holds audio jack, the microUSB port and the SIM slot. The left and the bottom side of the device is bare, while the right side has the volume rocker, the power button and the dedicated camera button making it a little too crowded.

The 4.5-inch capacitive screen has the same PureMotion HD+, ClearBlack that is found in Lumia 920. The ClearBlack technology plus the HD OLED screen offers sharp, clear images and also spectacular viewing in sunlight. The phones provides a good contrast and vibrant colors but the difference is not really that apparent when using day-to-day.

Under the hood, the phone is powered by Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon, the same processor used in Lumia 920 and 928. The processor is fast and responsive, but lags when it comes to camera. The phone comes with Adreno 225 and 1 GB RAM, compared to the 2G found in its competitors. The phone comes with only 16 GB internal memory and does not offer users to extend it using an external card. The phone integrates the Windows Phone 8 OS, which works seamlessly. However, again similar to all other Windows Phones, the app stores lack many apps and still has yet to reach its potential.

The phone comes with an 8.7MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera. The camera comes with upgraded technology that uses a 1/3'' sensor size to take more high-res photos. The camera also comes with Nokia’s Smart Camera technology that allows taking 10 photos at once, which can then be altered to create the perfect photo. This is similar to the Zoe technology found on HTC One that takes mini videos along with photos. The company has also added an additional lens on the five-lens that allows taking much better photos.  Nokia also boasts about its low-light imaging technology that allows users to take excellent photos in low-lighting conditions. The imaging technology is quite superior and does take excellent images with less blur. However, the camera shutter is quite slow which requires the user to hold the phone with a steady hand to eliminate motion blur.

The company also has removed the built-in wireless feature to cut down on the weight, but has added it as an option by purchasing the wireless cover. The phone comes with a non-removable Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery that allows the phone to go longer periods of time without requiring charging. The phone also comes with a few nifty features that make it stand out. The new phone is slick, thin and has decent features. It could just be phone that turns the tide in favor of Nokia Windows Phone.

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

 

Sony Xperia ZR

Nokia Lumia 925

Launch Date

June 2013

June 2013

Company

Sony

Nokia

Size

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

129 x 70.6 x 8.5 mm

Display

4.55 inches TFT, 16 millions colors

4.5 inches AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

Screen

1280 x 720 pixels (~322.77 ppi pixel density)

768 x 1280 pixels (~334 ppi pixel density), 16M colors

Protection

Shatter-proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass

Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Weight

138 grams (4.93 ounces)

139 grams

2G Network

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

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 - RM-892, RM-893

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - RM-910

4G Network

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

LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 - RM-892

LTE 700 / 1700 / 2100 - RM-893

GUI

Sony UI

Windows Phone 8

CPU speed

Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait

Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait

GPU

Adreno 320

Adreno 225

OS

Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Windows Phone 8

Chipset

Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064

Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon

RAM

2 GB

1 GB

SIM Size

Micro-SIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

8 GB

16 GB

Expandable Memory

microSD card, up to 32 GB

N/A

Sensors

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Magnetometer, Orientation 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

SIM, microUSB, 3.5mm audio, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, Wi-Fi Channel bonding

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC and USB.

Speed

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

HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

WLAN

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

WLAN IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n

Bluetooth

Bluetooth 4.0

Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP; Object Push profile (OPP) 1.1, Hands-free profile (HFP) 1.5, Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) 1.2, Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.4, Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) 1.1

USB

microUSB v2.0 (MHL)

microUSB v2.0

Primary Camera

13 megapixel fast-capture camera with Exmor RS

8.7 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels

Secondary Camera

VGA

1.3 MP, [email protected]

Video

Full HD video recording (1080p)

[email protected], video stabilization

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

Carl Zeiss optics, Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Dual-LED flash, 1/3'' sensor size, PureView technology, Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Digital camera add-ons, Full screen viewfinder, Automatic photo upload to web services, Full resolution photo and video upload, Creative Studio, 6-lens optics

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Dolby Headphone sound enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Audio supported formats

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

ASF, MP4, AAC, AMR, MP3, M4A, WMA, 3GP, 3G2

Video supported formats

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

MP4, WMV, AVI, 3GP, 3G2, M4V, MOV

Battery Capacity

Li-ion 2300 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery (BL-4YW)

Talk time

Up to 13 hours

2G: 18 hours

3G: 12 hours

Stand-by

Up to 520 hours

3G: 440 hours

Available Colors

Black, White, Pink, Mint

Black, White, Gray

Messaging

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

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

Browser

HTML5

HTML5

Radio

FM Radio with RDS

FM radio

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support

GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

N/A

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
  • PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display
  • Brightness control
  • High brightness mode
  • Sunlight readability enhancements
  • Refresh rate 60 Hz
  • Sculpted glass
  • Easy to clean
  • Nokia Glance screen
  • Lumia Color profile
  • Wide viewing angle
  • Super-sensitive touch
  • DirectX 11, Touch UI, XBox-Live Hub
  • Wireless charging only with accessory cover
  • 7GB Cloud Storage
  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer/editor
  • Video/photo editor
  • Voice memo/command/dial
  • Predictive text input

Image Courtesy: sonymobile.com, nokia.com

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