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iPhone SE vs. Sony Xperia Z5 Compact – Which Smartphone Is Better?

Current smartphones can be described with one word: Expensive. If you don’t have the budget for one of the current flagships of Apple & Co., it doesn’t mean that you have to do it without the comfort of a smartphone. More and more brands offer cheaper compact smartphones, which are just as good as the current models. We compared the most popular ones for you: The iPhone SE and Sony Xperia Z5 Compact.

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Design & Display

Both smartphones have a characteristic smartphone form with rounded edges. The Z5 Compact looks a little edgier, wider and thinner in a direct comparison. The size of both smartphones is almost identical: The iPhone SE comes with a 4-inch display and the Sony Xperia Z5 a 4.6-inch diagonal. Both displays are rich in contrast and the color spectrum is good. The Z5 Compact scores with a better resolution of 1280 x 720 (HD), whereas the iPhone SE only has 1136 x 640 pixels. Very handy feature: The fingerprint sensor is on the side next to the Standby Button so that you can quickly unlock the smartphone.


The Xperia is ahead in terms of the main camera. With 23 megapixels, it outnumbers the 12 megapixels of the iPhone SE camera. It provides remarkable photos. The Z5 Compact also shows its magic in the speed test for the autofocus: Only 0.03 sec for the instantaneous release – according to Sony. Another advantage is the dedicated release button and the 5 megapixels front camera. The iPhone SE has only 1.3 megapixels for selfies.


The batteries of both smartphones provide proper results. The Xperia Z5 Compact is equipped with a 2700mAh battery and runs seven hours with internet usage. The iPhone SE battery can last even up to 12 hours with only 1624mAh capacity. The Sony device loses one point for the missing Quick Charge adaptor. Although it has the charging feature, Sony fails to include the respective cable in the package. In addition, a high heat generation is noticeable while watching videos for a longer time.


The speed test is winning the iPhone SE. Apple equipped the compact smartphone with an A9 Chip with integrated M9 Motion Coprocessor, which is also used in the iPhone 6s. Sony, however, uses a Snapdragon 810 with a maximum of 2 GHz for the Xperia Z5 Compact. Although we didn’t notice any jerks or delays, the iPhone SE is still faster in a direct comparison.


If you don’t want to invest much money in a smartphone, you won’t make a wrong decision with any of the two devices. You have to make some sacrifices for the price, though, but only some. Both smartphones are very fast and are almost as good as the “big” smartphones. The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact has a very good camera and is suitable for users who like to take photos with the smartphone. The iPhone SE, on the other hand, scores with a better battery and a better performance, but you’ll have to deal with average cameras.