Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Comparisons

As part of our continued dedication to simplify your decision making processes we have completed a number of comparison posts of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact against many other popular handsets to see how it compares. The list is all the comparisons we have completed:

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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Vs Sony Xperia SP

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Vs Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Vs Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Vs Sony Xperia Z1

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Vs HTC ONE

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Vs HTC Desire 500

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Vs HTC ONE Mini

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact  Vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Vs Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Vs Nokia Lumia 1020

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Vs Nokia Lumia 925

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Vs Nokia Lumia 820

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Vs Nokia Lumia 625

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Vs Nokia Lumia 520

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Vs Sony Xperia L

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Vs Sony Xperia E

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Vs Sony Xperia M

 

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs HTC Desire 500

Xperia Z1 Compact vs Desire 500

Part of our continuing series comparing the new Sony Xperia Z1 Compact to other available devices on the market. Featuring the same processing power, performance and camera of the larger Sony Xperia Z1, the Z1 Compact only truly compromises on screen size & resolution.

If you are thinking about ordering the Z1 Compact, then we also have a number of official and 3rd party accessories available here.

At launch, the Desire 500 was touted as the cheapest quad core handset available. This moniker held true until the Moto G launched right at the end of 2013, although the Desire 500 remains extremely good value for money. The overall specification certainly doesn’t challenge the Z1 Compact’s top end processor, however if you want to see just what you would still be able to get hold of after saving some money then you need look no further.

Click on the header image below for a full comparison of the two devices:

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For an animated comparison of the key specs in just 90 seconds watch the following video:

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini V Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Part of our continuing series comparing the new Sony Xperia Z1 Compact to other available devices on the market. Featuring the same processing power, performance and camera of the larger Sony Xperia Z1, the Z1 Compact only truly compromises on screen size & resolution.

If you are thinking about ordering the Z1 Compact, then we also have a number of official and 3rd party accessories available here.

Samsung have taken the smartphone industry by storm in the last 2 years, with the Galaxy brand becoming synonymous with their easily recognisable phones.

The S4 Mini shares a similar form factor with a 4.3″ display, so how to the two pair up when you take a detailed look at the specification.

Click on the header image below for a full comparison of the two devices:

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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs HTC One

Xperia Z1 Compact vs HTC One

Part of our continuing series comparing the new Sony Xperia Z1 Compact to other available devices on the market. Featuring the same processing power, performance and camera of the larger Sony Xperia Z1, the Z1 Compact only truly compromises on screen size & resolution.

If you are thinking about ordering the Z1 Compact, then we also have a number of official and 3rd party accessories available here.

The HTC One received some serious praise during its life, positive comments being based on its design – including shape, style and speaker placement for excellent sound quality – as well as interesting notes on the camera. Dividing users, the 4 megapixel sensor actually used unique 2µm pixels, dubbed HTC Ultrapixel. This results in incredible low light performance, however a lack of sharpness was a noticeable trade off.

Alongside these positives, the HTC One was also powered by a top range Qualcomm quad core processor. Now falling in price due to the imminent arrival of a successor, the HTC One can be seen as a real alternative to the Z1 Compact at this tier.

Click on the header image below for a full comparison of the two devices:

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For an animated comparison of the key specs in just 90 seconds watch the following video:

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact V Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

samsung-s4-mini-black-sam-gs4mYou can not fail to have noticed the Samsung Galaxy range of smartphones if you have looked to charge your mobile device within the last 24 months.

The brand is growing from strength to strength with record sales on many of their Galaxy devices.

Under this brand falls many different handsets, some of which are smaller/mini versions of more capable premium ones. The S4 Mini is one such example.

Many have purchased the Mini, thinking it had all the capabilities of the bigger S4 only to find (when it was too late) that this was not the case.

Sony have now stepped in the ring to bring the ideal solution. A smaller sized handset that retains the majority of high end or premium features.

OK the screen size and battery have had to be compromised but some is to be expected. What Sony do that Samsung and HTC have not is limited these compromises. The result is the Z1 Compact.

Commanding a bit of a premium, how do they stack up in terms of hardware specification and real world operational differences.

The specs certainly stack up in favour of the Compact and at about £80-100 more than the S4 Mini it is not surprising.

However, spread that £100 difference over the average 24 month ownership and for an extra £5 per month there are some considerable advantages.

Processor

Naturally the quad-core processor outperforms the dual-core, but for everyday tasks such as making calls, sending texts, browsing the web and similar procedures the dual-core is more than adequate.

However start throwing some mobile games at it and really intensive multi-tasking and the lag becomes apparent.

The Compact is a PlayStation mobile approved device meaning it will better suited to those who like to kickback with a game or two, but that does not mean the S4 Mini is not capable, it is just not as capable when it comes to more intensive and demanding content.

Consider your usage and be lead by that, not just by the fact that Z1 is superior.

Memory

With only 8GB from day one the S4 Mini is already at a disadvantage. Add the heavy Samsung software and the 8GB soon gets closer to 5GB.

Like the Z1 Compact, it is does have a microSD memory card slot meaning both benefit from expandable storage, but the Compact has 16GB out of the box and a lighter OS install, so initial value for money for memory goes to the Compact.

The Compact boasts 2GB against the 1.5GB of the S4 Mini. With only 512MB between them it will be only those that push the limits of these devices that would notice the difference. This again portrays itself in the more intensive activities such as gaming.

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Displays

It is worth mentioning that whilst both have 4.3” displays, they vary in resolution, with the Z1 Compact offering 1280 x 720 against the 960 x 540 of the S4 Mini. The PPI is too affected with 342 against 256 respectively. This is by no means a big thing, but a small notable difference.

Camera

Whilst a camera is not all about the megapixels, there is no denying that the technology and components used on the Z1 Compact set an extreme hurdle for the S4 Mini, which it can not possibly jump over.

The Mini puts up a good fight and produces an all round decent photo and video results but Sony show Samsung how it is done.

Both offer quite extensive control over the camera and what it can do. Personally I think the S4 Mini’s interface is nicer on the camera, but there isn’t a lot to differentiate the two. There are ‘value added’ features such as Social Live and Info-Eye on the Z1 but whether they are of value to you will depends on your needs.

The Compact does too have the dedicated camera button, the S4 Mini does not.

S4 Mini:

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Z1 Compact:

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Battery

Bigger is often better with battery, but as such it knocks onto the physical size of the device. There is just 400mAh between the two here.

The Compact has the bigger battery, but this is built in whereas the S4 Mini is removable. There are some advantages to this, but battery technology is so good now, that it is rare you actually need to remove the battery or replace it.

The Mini will last a good day and possibly longer with power saving mode, but with S4 can not withstand the might of the Compact’s battery. Even with the higher resolution display this device can last a good couple of days with STAMINA mode turned on. It is quite impressive and somewhat odd when you do not need to actually charge the device every day. This will not be applicable to all, but many could be in this position.

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Both are Android devices.

The S4 Mini is stuck currently on Android 4.2, whilst the Z1 Compact is on 4.3.

There is not a great deal of difference but both Sony and Samsung offer a customised version of Android.

Samsung’s customisation is deeper and heavier and affects the on board memory, whereas Sony’s is not quite as rich, but looks to offer value over stock Android.

It is personal opinion as to which you prefer. I don’t mind either. Samsung’s interface looks more polished, but the impact on performance and memory is noticeable.

Connectivity

Neither device is weak in terms of connectivity, but the Compact has MHL out as well as Miracast technology which gives it the edge over the S4 Mini for the media lovers or business user.

IP Rating

Whilst most phones withstand the odd splash, the Z1 can survive a full immersion in fresh water for up to 30 minutes. Rare that you might need this but you can more comfortably use the Z1 Compact in wet conditions. Just make sure the covers are closed if you are going to immerse the device.

Materials

Plastic is well known to be one of the favourite materials for Samsung and the S4 Mini is made up of primarily of this.

The Compact on the other hand has an aluminium glass & plastic construction.

Both feel solid enough but the Compact feels the more premium of the two without doubt.

There is a softer edge to the S4 though which can be of benefit in comparison to the squarer, slab esq design of the Compact. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that on first impressions the Z1 often wins.

Size & Weight

The Compact is 30g heavier than the S4 Mini but that is not surprising when you consider the package and the materials. It is noticeable in hand but quite possibly worth it for what you get.

Once being small and lightweight was of uppermost importance, but the demand for features appears today to outweigh this. It will inevitably be a personal decision.

Comparison

There is quite some variation in the specs. This of course comes as a result of the Z1 Compact being a squashed Z1 rather than the S4 Mini which is a smaller and less featured S4.

It will be personal opinion as to whether you feel the added bulk and cost of the Compact is worth the extra spend.

Neither device will leave you struggling and demanding much more if you are aware of the differences.

If however you want to ensure you get the better all round experience, you would be best off opting for the Z1 Compact.

 Specification Comparison

Click the following image for a full spec comparison.

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Click here to find out more about the Z1 Compact and here for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact V Moto G

Motorola Moto GSony and Motorola are two big names in the world of mobile, so how do their current devices, the Xperia Z1 Compact and Moto G compare?

It has been widely covered that the Moto G is exceptional value for money, but the Z1 Compact brings high end technology into a smaller form factor.

The headline difference between the devices:

  • Software – The Compact runs Android 4.3 whilst the Moto G now has an update to 4.4 available
  • Display – The Moto G is 4.5” compared to the Z1 4.3”
  • Processor – 2.2GHz uad core in the Z1 whilst the G has 1.2GHz
  • RAM – 2GB for the Compact, 1GB for the Moto
  • Memory – 8 & 16GB options for the Motorola with only 16 available on the Z1 Compact
  • Expansion Slot – Only the Z1 Compact offers memory expansion through the use of a microSD card
  • Camera – 5 megapixel on the Motorola v’s the 20.7 of the Z1.
  • Connectivity – 4G, MHL & Miracast on the Z1 all of which are not available on the Motorola.
  • IP Rating – Z1 Compact has a IP55/58 rating
  • Materials – Aluminium for the Z1 against the plastic of the G.
  • Battery – 2070mAh just beaten by the Compact with 2300mAh
  • Size & Weight – Z1 Compact is lighter and thinner at 137g and 9.5mm thick compared to the G at 143g and 11.6mm.

Ok so on the face of it the Z1 Compact offers a lot more and it will set you back just over another £200 of the Moto G, so is it worth it? Read on or watch to find out.

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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs HTC One Mini

Xperia Z1 Compact vs HTC One Mini

Part of our continuing series comparing the new Sony Xperia Z1 Compact to other available devices on the market. Featuring the same processing power, performance and camera of the larger Sony Xperia Z1, the Z1 Compact only truly compromises on screen size & resolution.

If you are thinking about ordering the Z1 Compact, then we also have a number of official and 3rd party accessories available here.

The HTC One Mini capitalised on the critical success of the flagship One, providing a sumptuous design at a much more affordable price point. Unfortunately, much like Samsung’s take on ‘Mini’ devices, the One Mini achieved the lower price bracket by stripping out many of the features the flagship provided.

The One Mini is better off than Samsung’s Mini handsets by continuing the excellent build quality and keeping the HTC Ultrapixel camera and dual front facing Boomsound speakers. Processing power dropped though and this is a good time to compare to the Z1 Compact, which has sacrificed none of the larger phone’s raw punch.

Click on the header image below for a full comparison of the two devices:

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For an animated comparison of the key specs in just 90 seconds watch the following video:

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

Xperia Z1 Compact vs Galaxy S3 Mini

Part of our continuing series comparing the new Sony Xperia Z1 Compact to other available devices on the market. Featuring the same processing power, performance and camera of the larger Sony Xperia Z1, the Z1 Compact only truly compromises on screen size & resolution.

If you are thinking about ordering the Z1 Compact, then we also have a number of official and 3rd party accessories available here.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is the perfect example of why ‘Mini’ versions of smartphones have a bit of a bad reputation. It might be about 18 months old now, but it was the first of a new subgenre of mini flagships and unfortunately got received quite badly by consumers and critics alike.

Now the S3 Mini wasn’t actually a bad smartphone considering the price point, and if you can still pick one up at a reduced price is an excellent spare or rookie handset. Unfortunately the S3 branding unwittingly fooled many into thinking it had a similar feature set to what was arguably (at the time) the best smartphone in the world. This was not the case as the S3 Mini was both comparatively underpowered and lacking in features such as video out.

The Z1 Compact is effectively the modern antithesis of this mistake, which was almost repeated step for step with the S4 Mini.

Click on the header image below for a full comparison of the two devices:

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For an animated comparison of the key specs in just 90 seconds watch the following video:

 

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Xperia Z1 Compact vs Ace 3

Part of our continuing series comparing the new Sony Xperia Z1 Compact to other available devices on the market. Featuring the same processing power, performance and camera of the larger Sony Xperia Z1, the Z1 Compact only truly compromises on screen size & resolution.

If you are thinking about ordering the Z1 Compact, then we also have a number of official and 3rd party accessories available here.

Samsung have taken the smartphone industry by storm in the last 2 years, with the Galaxy brand becoming synonymous with their easily recognisable phones. The Ace range has long been the middle ground between flagship ‘S’ devices and the cheapest entry level products, happily bridging the gaps between function, performance and price.

Whilst it’s not really a fair fight between the Z1 Compact and the Ace 3, our listing gives you a good idea of the compromises when dropping a price tier

Click on the header image below for a full comparison of the two devices:

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For an animated comparison of the key specs in just 90 seconds watch the following video:

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs Nokia Lumia 1020

Xperia Z1 Compact vs Lumia 1020

Part of our continuing series comparing the new Sony Xperia Z1 Compact to other available devices on the market. Featuring the same processing power, performance and camera of the larger Sony Xperia Z1, the Z1 Compact only truly compromises on screen size & resolution.

If you are thinking about ordering the Z1 Compact, then we also have a number of official and 3rd party accessories available here.

Whilst not always easy to compare with, Nokia’s range of Windows Phone 8 handsets have been generally well received by critics, both for their design and their functionality. After convincing the tech world that a partnership with Microsoft was a good idea and dropping some beautiful hardware on us, Nokia delivered a sucker punch with the Lumia 1020.

This incredible handset not only looks like it belongs in the future but also features an utterly jaw dropping 41 megapixel camera sensor for taking the most detailed mobile images ever. It might not be the smallest device available, however if photography is something you’re looking for in a new phone then the 1020 should definitely be on your comparison list

Click on the header image below for a full comparison of the two devices:

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For an animated comparison of the key specs in just 90 seconds watch the following video:

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