This is, perhaps, the first credible iPhone competitor to emerge on the Android scene in recent memory. Small, waterproof, packing a 20.7 megapixel camera and a beastly Snapdragon 800 chipset, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is a different take on what a small Android phone should look, feel, and cost like.
Now, those numbers: 2 gigabytes of RAM, an Adreno 330 GPU, a 4.3-inch 720p display boasting 342 ppi (higher than the iPhone’s), and a 2300 mAh battery that just keeps going. In Android-land, these are top of the line specs at the moment – a true rarity for a device this pocketable. The Z1 Compact can be had for $558 at the time of writing.
The Xperia Z1 Compact’s closest competitor is, of course, the iPhone. We won’t get into holy platform wars here, so let’s just talk hardware: at $649, the iPhone 5s, just as pocketable as the Z1 Compact, and is king of its own domain. It has a fingerprint sensor, which the Z1 Compact lacks, but it isn’t waterproof. At 640 x 1136 pixels, its display is lower resolution than the Z1. Its only has an 8 megapixel camera compared to the Z1 Compact’s 20.7, and its 1/3-inch sensor is smaller than the Z1 Compact’s roomy 1/2.3-inch sensor, too. Say what you will, though, the iPhone 5s is a decidedly premium device, oozing style and quality – which is more than can be said of the Z1 Compact’s other competitors.
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