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Updated January 10, 2024·

If camera quality is a priority for you, the Apple iPhone 15 offers generally higher photo and video quality, despite being the less expensive option. However, if you prefer a phone with a larger screen and higher screen resolution for crisp visuals, the Sony Xperia 1 III excels in those areas. Additionally, for those who value a high-refresh-rate display, the Sony has a 120Hz screen which makes for smoother scrolling and animations, in comparison to the iPhone's 60Hz. The iPhone boasts a longer battery life, so if you're often on the go, this could be a crucial factor. The Sony, on the other hand, offers more RAM and a richer set of features like a 3.5mm headphone jack and expandable storage via an SD card, which the iPhone lacks. Keep in mind the iPhone runs on iOS while the Xperia uses Android, which may affect your decision based on your preference for a particular ecosystem. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone 15
  • Very good for taking photos
  • Excellent for recording videos
  • Very good battery life
  • Best in class performance
Advantages of the Sony Xperia 1 III
  • Best in class display quality

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

8.6
iPhone 15
Xperia 1 III
6.0
The Apple iPhone 15 has very good overall camera quality, while the Sony Xperia 1 III has only fair overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

8.5
iPhone 15
Xperia 1 III
5.9
The Apple iPhone 15 takes very good photos, while the Sony Xperia 1 III takes poor photos.

Video Quality

9.1
iPhone 15
Xperia 1 III
6.0
The Apple iPhone 15 takes excellent videos, while the Sony Xperia 1 III takes only fair videos.

Battery

8.0 Hours
iPhone 15
Xperia 1 III
5.6 Hours
The Apple iPhone 15 has 8 hours of battery life. The Sony Xperia 1 III has 5.6 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 15 has a screen size of 6.1 inches and the Sony Xperia 1 III is 6.5 inches.

Cost

$829
iPhone 15
Xperia 1 III
$1,298
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The Apple iPhone 15 has a price of $829 and the Sony Xperia 1 III costs $1,298.
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How the Apple iPhone 15 and the Sony Xperia 1 III compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 15Sony Xperia 1 III
Apple iPhone 15Sony Xperia 1 III

GENERAL

Price
$829
$1,298
Brand
AppleSony
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
September 22, 2023August 25, 2021

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.1"6.5"
Resolution
2556 x 11793840 x 1644
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
461643
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A16SD888
Internal Storage
128 GB256 GB
RAM
6 GB12 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
8.7/106/10
Photos Score
8.5/105.9/10
Videos Score
9.2/106/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
48 megapixels + OIS12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
8 Hours5.6 Hours
Battery Capacity
3349 mAh4500 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
15 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
5.81" x 2.82"6.5" x 2.8"
Weight
6.03 oz5.93 oz
Back Material
GlassGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoYes

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.35.2
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
66
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 53, 66, 70, 71, 77, 78, 79, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 53, 66, 70, 71, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79(SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlockFingerprint sensor: Side
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Yellow, Pink, Blue, Green, BlackBlack
Stock Android
N/AYes
SD Card
NoYes

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Apple iPhone 15

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Lance Ulanoff | September 2023
"Apple finally waves goodbye to the notch in favor of the Dynamic Island on all phones in its new lineup, and on the iPhone 15 that versatile screen technology is paired with new materials, lovely contoured edges, a powerful A16 Bionic CPU, and, yes, the new USB-C port. Even the photography has been leveled up, with a 48MP camera and new portrait processing capabilities."

Sony Xperia 1 III

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James Peckham | August 2021
"For those who enjoy Sony’s Android phones, or who want a top-tier smartphone with a versatile camera, a beautiful screen and strong battery life, this is a great choice. If your budget can stretch to it, and you're a fan of its looks, it could be a great option."

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About Apple

The tech giant called Apple is synonymous with the most popular smartphone in the world: the iPhone. Known for their build quality and aesthetics, as well as for their excellent integration between hardware and software, iPhones have defined the smartphone industry ever since their conception and they continue to do so by setting new industry standards. Apple's own operating system, called iOS, is known for its simplicity and ease of use, and the company tends to complement it well by creating devices with some of the most powerful processing hardware available in the mobile world. The iPhone is also known for its robust ecosystem of accessories, as it facilitates a very seamless experience when interacting with other Apple products, more so than most of its competitors.

About Sony

Sony has had a long history in the mobile market, entering the scene all the way back in 1993 with its first commercially available phone, the CM-H333. Nowadays, their Xperia line of phones provide well-rounded and sometimes expensive devices with a focus on camera software that includes extensive support for manual tweaking of settings. Sony's dedication to audio quality is also evident in its smartphones, which often feature high-resolution audio support while also being one of the few remaining manufacturers that consistently provide headphone jacks in their phones. The company's version of Android is also considered to be close to stock, enabling a bloatware-free experience for its users.

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