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The flaps on the Xperia Z
In contrast, the Xperia Z's homescreen feels less personal, or populated, which some people may prefer. Both have included a 'driving mode', which groups together relevant driving-related apps and displays them with oversized icons to make it easier to operate.
Most of the user experience of the rest of the two devices is comparably similar, but I preferred the feel of the HTC One; the screen just seemed that bit more responsive and the design of the handset appeals to me just a little more.
Overall, for me it's a close call between these two handsets: I hadn't been particularly impressed by either brand in recent years and now along come two great devices at once.
Both are also around about the same price – premium Android territory around the £500 mark.
The HTC One's display helped to push the handset just ahead of the Xperia Z, illustrated nicely by a marmot in the picture above.
For me, the HTC One pips the Xperia Z to the post, I prefer the slightly smaller chassis that results from the slightly smaller screen size. The screen also provides a slightly better quality in terms of brightness and colours.
On the down side, it's not the slimmest handset in town and the lack of a microSD expansion slot also riles me a bit, but in comparison to the overall design of the Xperia Z, I'd sacrifice a microSD slot rather than deal with the flappy covers on the SIM, microSD, and other ports on the Xperia Z. I’m also a bit of a sucker for the new BlinkFeed software too, unlike some others I find it as useful a way to fill the homescreen as any.
Coming into this test off the back of a recent good experience with a Sony Xperia device and little good to say about recent HTC handsets, I half-expected the Sony to best the HTC for me, but it just didn’t happen. Both are great phones and neither should leave people feeling disappointed, but if I had to choose one, it'd be the HTC One.