Looking for a New Contract Phone? The iPhone 5C Vs. the Sony Xperia Z

Looking for a new mobile phone, but not sure where to begin the shopping process? Look no further. We know what an important decision a new mobile can be. Most of us only shop for a new phone about once every two years, and that means that you’re going to need to live with your decision for quite a long time. There’s a lot at stake in this choice too.

Many people these days are dependent on a mobile phone. A lot of us have already given up the expense of running a home land line phone, and many jobs require a mobile too, so getting a decent phone can be a necessity. You want a phone that’s going to perform well and do everything that you need it to do.
You’re looking at making a big investment too. Top of the range phones go for close to six hundred pounds on today’s market, and even good mid-range phones are liable to cost you a few hundred pounds. In the current financial market, that means that you’re going to be spending a pretty huge amount of money on your new device.

When you’re shopping for a new phone you should always compare different models to see which is the best value for money. Mobiles come with spec lists that go through all their performance stats and features, and you can use these to compare different phones. These lists aren’t easy reading though, since they’re loaded with technical terminology, which is why we’re here to help you.

We’ve looked at the stats for you, and matched great phones up in head to head comparisons so that you can easily see which model is the best buy. If you’re looking for a new phone and want to make sure that you’re making the right decision, then read on to find out more about the phones we’re looking at today…

Introducing the Two Phones…
Sony’s Xperia range of mobiles is vast, and there’s something on the list for everybody, from the top of the line Z1 to the budget Tipo. We’re looking at the Sony Xperia Z, a fantastic mid-range phone. It’s got great specs and a sleek, sexy design, but the competition today might be a tough one for the Xperia.
Apple have released two new iPhones, the top of the range 5S and the cheaper 5C. The iPhone 5C is the more affordable option, and it’s got the intuitive interface and great design that Apple are famous for. The 5C might be a little lacking in features though. Which of these two models is going to come out on top?

What You’ll be Paying…
If you’re looking for a phone that isn’t tied to any operator then you’ll need to buy your device SIM free. The Sony Xperia Z is going to cost you around four hundred and eighty pounds, whilst the iPhone 5C will cost you four hundred and seventy pounds for the 16 GB model and five hundred and fifty for the 32 GB model.

Alternatively, you can sign a mobile incentive contract with an operator. The best deal on the Xperia right now is with Three, and you’ll get the phone for no money down on a £29 a month calling plan. For the iPhone O2 is the best choice. For no money down you’ll get your iPhone; O2 will then charge you £32 a month.

The Similarities…
Both these models are touchscreen phones, and they’re both 4G capable. This means that as long as you have a 4G data plan from your mobile operator you can get faster mobile internet speeds.

The Sony Xperia Z…
The Sony Xperia Z certainly has a lot of advantages over the iPhone 5C, beginning with its processing power. The Xperia runs a 1500 MHz processor as opposed to the 1300 MHz processor on the iPhone, making it faster, more responsive and more powerful than the iPhone is.

The Xperia gets the bigger screen too, having a full five inch display versus the four inch screen on the iPhone. That means that you can read web pages, documents and emails more easily, but also that typing on the touch screen keyboard is a lot more comfortable. The Xperia also has a TFT LCD display, rather than the older LCD technology used on the iPhone, so you’ll get better colour reproduction.

The display quality on the Sony is much higher than on the iPhone. It has three times higher screen resolution and around forty per cent more PPI (pixels per inch), which means that the picture on the Xperia is brighter, clearer and sharper than that of the iPhone. The Xperia’s camer is also higher resolution, the 13 MP camera capturing more fine detail than the 8 MP camera on the iPhone and meaning that you get much higher quality pictures.

Finally, you also get better battery life on the Xperia Z. It gets around double the standby time per battery charge cycle of the iPhone, averaging about twenty three days versus the iPhone’s ten and a half days. This means that you’ll need to charge your phone a lot less often.

The iPhone 5C…
The iPhone 5C doesn’t have that much to offer in comparison. It is around ten per cent smaller than the Xperia, but it also has a much smaller screen, and it’s lighter too, weighing 132 grams versus the 146 gram Xperia. This means that the iPhone is a little more portable and easier to carry around with you.
An iPhone does have more download possibilities than an Android phone like the Xperia though. The iPhone App Store has around thirty per cent more apps and games available to download than the Android App Market has, which might be important to you.

Which is Better?
The choice today isn’t too difficult. The Sony Xperia Z outstrips the iPhone 5C in nearly every area, the bigger and better screen coupled with the faster processor in particular making the Xperia just a better phone for your money.

Phil Turner was checking out the cost of an iPhone on O2 as a gift for his son. He found that comparison sites like uSwitch had all the information he needed.


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