LG Nexus 5 vs. Sony Xperia Z1: 5 Practical Reasons Why You Should Choose Nexus 5

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By Ryan Inoyori | September 30, 2013 4:09 PM EST

Sony recently announced and released the Xperia Z1 with game-changing hardware, features and proofing. However, there five practical reasons why you should obtain Google Nexus 5 in terms of software, support and price.

Google Nexus 5 on Sony Xperia Z1

Nexus 5 is coming in October 2013 and it's going to bring all-new features from the next-generation operating system and top-notch hardware upgrades based from the predecessor, LG Nexus 4. The new Nexus smartphone now sports larger display screen, better battery life and 4G LTE connectivity.

1.      Operating System

Android 4.4 KitKat OS is coming firsthand on the Nexus 5 will mean exclusive owners of the new smartphone can automatically enjoy the latest features, changes, lightweight system, huge improvements and other Android 4.4 apps. Sony Xperia Z1 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and still behind the update as Sony continues to develop Android 4.3 for the Xperia Z family. It may take until the end of 2013 or early 2014 to push Android 4.4 KitKat firmware for the device.

2.      Display Resolution and Screen Type
Both smartphones are equipped with 5.0-inches of display screen with 1080 x 1920 full HD resolution and 441ppi pixel density. Sony Xperia Z1 features TFT capacitive display screen while Nexus 5 is rumoured to feature True HD IPS Plus display which boasts of several viewing angles unlike with the limited angles of the TFT. However, Sony included the BRAVIA engine for mobile which improves quality and vividness of videos and images.

3.      Camera, Processor and Performance

Sony Xperia Z1 technically beats the Nexus 5 in terms of camera on 20.7MP against 13MP and the Xperia Z1 feature tons of exclusive camera applications for more shooting options. But the rumoured 13MP camera on the Nexus 5 smartphone is considered as high-end feature in the market, capable of capturing great images and video recording.

4.      Updates and Support
Surely after Android 4.4 has been released, new updates on the KitKat version will soon be pushed among devices and Nexus 5 owners are ensured to get them automatically once Google sends it out. Xperia Z1 owners will have to wait until Sony is done configuring, developing and certifying the firmware before the firmware begins pushing. In addition, Google services which are constantly updated goes directly with Nexus 5 and if new apps are launched, expect that on your Nexus smartphone.

5.      Price Tag
Nexus 5 and Xperia Z1 can be summed up to the price tag and if you are thinking to buy something as premium as Z1, expect full slash on your budget similar with Galaxy S4, HTC One and iPhone 5S. Google's Nexus smartphones are sold in reasonable prices with high-end features and technology right out of the box.

Sony Xperia is currently sold from $850 to $950 depending on the retailers such as Sony Mobile UK or T-Mobile. Nexus 5 is expected to have a price range of $350 to $500 unlocked from any contract.

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