Sony announced the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL in January at CES. The higher-end of the two, the Xperia Z, is water-proof and dust-proof, features a 5-inch 1080p Reality Display with Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, a 13.1-megapixel camera, 2.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage with a microSD card slot and a 2,330mAh battery.
Google’s Nexus 4, manufactured by LG, is several months old. It was originally released in November, and has only just started to age at all. It features a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display at WXGA resolution, the same 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip as the Xperia Z, 2GB RAM, 8GB or 16GB of built-in storage, a 2,100mAh battery and an 8-megapixel camera.
On the outside, these two devices are very different. The software has its differences, too. And the price points are radically different. But the outcome is very similar: two high-end devices that offer a spectacular experience.