This should be a one sided fight. On paper the Sony outperforms the Apple 13 to 7. That’s a blowout score.
But the tight integration of hardware and software helps Apple fend off the Xperia Z1 Compact. It looks better and its camera, albeit a lower resolution, shoots better photos.
Sony’s deserves credit for making the Z1 Compact as powerful as it is, and for dressing it in a body that can take water and dust alike in its stride. If you’re after a smartphone around the 4-inch mark, then both the iPhone 5S and the Xperia Z1 Compact are in a league of their own.