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 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:

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs Nokia Lumia 925

Xperia Z1 Compact vs Lumia 925

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. Nokia’s flagship Lumia 920 was a beautifully constructed smartphone, although it drew some criticism for its size and weight. The 925 redesign rectified this with a lighter design manufactured from aluminium rather than polycarbonate, whilst also improving in other areas including the battery life.

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:

Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Mega

Lumia 1520 vs. Galaxy Mega

Continuing our series of Nokia Lumia 1520 comparisons, the high end Windows Phone 8 phablet is put up against Samsung’s understated Galaxy Mega.

With a 6.3″ inch screen, the Galaxy Mega had the crown of the largest Android smartphone for a short while. It might not boast the fastest or most capable processor for gaming, or even the best connectivity options but it does provide a wonderfully large amount of real estate for media and browsing wrapped up in a well built package.

The Mega isn’t quite ‘flagship’ material (leave that to the Note range), although it does still provide a cracking experience for those who are somewhat more budget conscious. There’s a fair price difference between these two devices and you might want to factor in the Lumia 1320 should you be thinking of saving a little bit.

Click on the image below for a full comparison:

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If you would prefer to watch a video comparison, check the one out below:

Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Lumia 1520 vs. Galaxy S4

CES 2014 continues until the end of the week and is providing us with all manner of interesting industry developments and gadgets to look forward.

With this we often forget about what we have available right now; the Nokia Lumia 1520 launched at the end of 2013 and seriously deserves some time.

The first Windows Phone handset to approach the phablet subgenre is an incredible achievement and really showcases the flexibility of the platform, something which has been missing in many other flagship Lumias. This week and next, these comparison posts are putting the 1520 next to other 2013 Android and WP8 flagships.

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 strolls out to meet the new Lumia today, full of swag at continuing Samsung’s success and consolidating their dominant position in many markets. Whilst not a phablet (the Note 3 comparison is next week), the S4 is a feature-rich phone many will be familiar with and may have had i their own personal comparison lists.

Click on the image below for a full comparison:

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If you would prefer to watch a video comparison, check the one out below:

Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Sony Xperia Z1

Lumia 1520 vs. Xperia Z1

CES 2014 is still going on in Las Vegas this week and there are an incredible number of innovations and new products being announced.

We shouldn’t forget the devices which we currently have available though and one of the most recent to launch, at the end of 2013, was the Nokia Lumia 1520.

This Windows Phone phablet is one of the most powerful devices running the WP8 OS and a fantastic example of what can be done with it. So before we all get carried away wondering what our next device will be, I’ve got some comparison posts of the 1520 against top end devices from 2013.

This post pitches the Lumia 1520 against the Sony Xperia Z1, released in the 2nd half of 2013 and known for its incredible 20 MP camera; the highest on an Android phone at launch.

Click on the image below for a full comparison:

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If you would prefer to watch a video comparison, check the one out below:

Motorola Moto G vs Sony Xperia M

Moto G vs. Xperia M

All this week I’ve been providing comparisons of the Motorola Moto G against similar devices from the current entry level and mid ranges. There’s been a little bit of to and fro with pros and cons on either side but one thing remains clear; anyone else getting down to the price of the Moto G has often compromised somewhere and ends up providing a less enticing final product.

This last head to head showcases the Sony Xperia M, currently Sony’s lowest level handset, versions of which have gained a lot of favour in international markets, due to its decent combination of price and specification. According to some industry thinkers it is these international, emerging markets that Motorola / Google may be really targeting with the Moto G, rather than more discerning mature markets (although sales here remain a bonus and an indication of future trends).

The Xperia M is quite a small handset, with a screen of just 4 inches which makes the decent resolution appear sharp. Otherwise, the head to head makes it clear that the Xperia M is effectively matched or outclassed by the Moto G in pretty much every category that matters, including price. If Motorola decide to manufacture a dual SIM version of the Moto G, it could be incredibly enticing for many international markets.

Check out the full size image comparison by clicking on the header below:

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If you would rather watch a video showing the spec comparison, just take a look at the following:

Motorola Moto G vs HTC Desire 500

Moto G vs. Desire 500

What makes the Motorola Moto G really shine is sitting it next to other devices that have been announced this year and in particular, recent months. Invariably, the competition struggles to either match the combination of price & specification, perhaps meeting one but not yet both.

It was only a few months ago that the HTC Desire 500 launched, with HTC quick to advertise that it was the cheapest proper quad core smartphone on the market. This claim was certainly true at the time and the Desire 500 was a great device for the budget consumer. Until the Moto G came along, matching it and upping the game with a higher resolution screen.

It’s a bit of a shame for the Desire 500 as for a short time it was the best of the bunch at the lower price points, although arguably it hasn’t quite had its crown stolen just yet though. The Moto G may be cheaper, however the Desire 500 has a couple of tricks up its sleeve including support for expandable storage and an improved camera. If those options are enough to convince you the extra money is worth it, then the 500 may have you swayed.

Check out the full size image comparison by clicking on the header below:

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 If you would rather watch a video showing the spec comparison, just take a look at the following:

Motorola Moto G vs Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Moto G vs. Galaxy Ace 3

This week I’m putting the Motorola Moto G through the mill a little bit by sitting it side by side against other device in the entry level / mid range. A market that we often forget when focussing on the latest and greatest, these are the phones that the Moto G is fighting for recognition against by being sold at under £150.

Today is the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3, Samsung’s newest mid range device. Samsung use the Galaxy brand name on a lot of phones, even some very low end units, so it doesn’t really mean too much in terms of overall power. The Ace range however has remained pretty consistent for 3 iterations as the middle of the pack. It’s for this reason I’ve eschewed the S4 Mini for it in these comparisons.

Compared to the rest of the Galaxy range, the Ace 3 does a lot right and is perfectly situated between the S4 Mini and other much lower spec, entry level handsets such as the Young. In the broader scheme of things though, it looks somewhat underpowered when up against the likes of the similarly priced Sony Xperia SP.

This is one of the comparisons that may begin to show you just what the Moto G has to offer the market, given that it is more than just a handful of spare change cheaper.

Check out the full size image comparison by clicking on the header below:

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 If you would rather watch a video showing the spec comparison, just take a look at the following:

Motorola Moto G vs Sony Xperia SP

Moto G vs. Xperia SP

The Motorola Moto G is being lauded as exceptional value for money in the current crop of smartphones, but which devices exactly does it match up to? It’s definitely not a high end or ‘flagship’ device, but put side by side with one might have you questioning if you need to spend the extra few hundred pounds to satisfy your needs.

The Moto G is best put up against other current entry level and mid range devices, to better see exactly what you’re getting at the same price point. The second device I’m pitching the Moto G against this week is the Sony Xperia SP

Throughout this year, the Xperia SP has been my mid-range device of choice, providing excellent specifications at a suitable price. Where other manufacturers have been branding ‘Mini’ versions of their flagships, stripping out features and still charging over the odds, Sony made a completely different device to their high end Z range and priced it perfectly. With a recent drop in price as we come to the end of the year, it remains an excellent option for discerning buyers.

If you find the Moto G somewhat lacking in a few features (LTE, NFC, camera, expandable storage for instance), the Xperia SP could be the device that ticks these boxes for you without adding too much to the price.

Check out the full size image comparison by clicking on the header below:

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 If you would rather watch a video showing the spec comparison, just take a look at the following:

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