The Xperia Z1 was the first Smartphone to have a 20.7 megapixel camera that set it apart from other smart phones.

The Nexus series from Google has always been talk of the town due to the superb features at an amazingly low price. Let’s take a look at both phones and know what makes them popular.

Form Factor

Sony’s smartphones have always been sleek and good looking and the Xperia Z1 is no different. It measures 5.67in (H) x 2.91 in (W) x 0.33 in (D) and weighs around 170grams. The phone is water resistant up to depth of 1 meter. The Nexus 7 is a slightly bigger device measuring 7.87 in (H) x 4.49 in (W) x 0.34 in (D) and weighing around 290 grams.


The Xperia Z1 features a 5 inches TFT multi touch screen having 441 pixels per inch. The maximum screen resolution supported is 1080 x 1920 pixels. A scratch resistant and shatter proof glass protects its Triluminos display. The Nexus 7 sports a bigger display measuring 7 inches and having pixel density of 323 ppi and is protected by Gorilla Glass from Corning. The maximum resolution supported by IPS LCD screen is 1200 x 1920 pixels.

Photography and Video

The camera fitted in Xperia Z1 is as good as standalone digital camera. It sports a 20.7 megapixel front camera capable of recording image and video at a resolution of 5248 ? 3936 pixels. Sony has offered best camera features in Xperia Z1. Some of them are image stabilization, HDR, and sensor size of 1/2.3” that allows you to click amazing pictures even in dim light conditions. Both cameras in Xperia Z1 allow you to capture video in HD format. The Google Nexus is equipped with dual cameras; a front 5 megapixel cameras with 2592 ? 1944 pixels resolution and auto focus feature. The front camera is a 1.5 megapixel camera. Nexus 7 users can record HD video using the rear camera. Camera features such as geo tagging, face detection and touch focus are common in both devices .

Processing power

Xperia Z1 and Nexus 7 have several similarities in hardware configuration. Both phones feature a Krait quad core processor and Adreno GPU fitted on Qualcomm chipset. Other similarities are 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage space. The internal storage space can be extended up to 64GB through a micro SD card in Xperia Z1. Nexus 7 does not offer an external memory card slot. The Xperia Z1 is equipped with a 2.2 GHz quad core processor and Adreno 330 GPU fitted on a Snapdragon 800 chipset. The Nexus 7 features 1.5 GHz quad core processor and Adreno 320 GPU fitted on Snapdragon S4Pro chipset. Both phones run Android Jelly Bean OS with planned upgrades to latest Android KitKat OS.


The Xperia Z1 unlocked version is priced at $549. Nexus 7 is available in 3 variants; the 4G Nexus 7 model is priced at $349 while the 16 GB and 32 GB models are priced at $229 and $269 respectively.

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