Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs Apple iPhone 4 – Full Specs Compared
There is no doubt that there were many contenders in 2010 that tried to push Apple’s iPhone 4 from the top position that it has acquired ever since its launch. However, no one came even close to making a dent in the popularity of iPhone 4. Things seem to have undergone a change with the launch of Sony Ericsson’s latest offering named Xperia Arc at CES 2011. This new smartphone does away with Sony’s fondness for phones that were thick in the middle like human curvature. Xperia is loaded with features and is today one of the slimmest smartphones in the market. Let us see how it fares when pitted against an all time favorite that is iPhone 4.
The first thing that one notices when he sees this amazing new smartphone from Sony Ericsson is its thinness. At just 8.7mm, this is today the slimmest smartphone available in the market. Another big attraction is its large 4.2” display which is considerably larger than many of the other smartphones. But these two features are just the beginning as the phone is equipped with some more stunning features. The phone grips firmly in your hands when you pick it up, reason being the arc in the middle that is visible even from a distance. The phone has dimensions of 125X63X8.7mm and weighs just 117 gm. Read on…..
Finally Sony has presented to the world its first Android based smartphone that operates on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Coupled with a powerful 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Scorpion processor and 512 MB RAM, this smartphone makes multitasking, browsing and watching HD movies a smooth and pleasing experience.
The display makes use of LED-backlit LCD technology at a resolution of 480X854 pixels that is bright and the colors are vivid to say the least. It has multi touch capacity with a highly capacitive touch screen. The only downside is its internal memory which stands at 320 MB. However it can be expanded using micro SD cards up to 32 GB. The phone is equipped with an 8 MP camera that takes images in stunning clarity courtesy Sony’s legendary Cyber Shot technology. It has auto focus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo tagging, face and smile detection and it captures HD videos in 720p.
For connectivity, it is Wi-Fi 802.1 b/g/n with Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and makes browsing blazing fast. As it supports Adobe Flash, even rich sites full of graphics and images open in a flash. The phone is HDMI capable, allowing the user to watch HD videos captured from its phone instantly on TV. Yes, the phone has FM which is surprisingly missing from many smartphones.
Apple iPhone 4
iPhone 4 is undoubtedly one of the most successful launches by Apple, and has caught the imagination of people all over the world. It is one smartphone that is popular in all parts of the world and is more of a status symbol than merely being a mobile phone. It is one smartphone that takes a minimalist approach when it comes to designing. With minimum of buttons and controls, it is a very good looking phone. Apple has done away with a curved back and the phone is just 9.3 mm thick. It has a glass and stainless steel sleek industrial design that lures people towards itself. It has dimensions of 115.2X58.6X9.3mm and weighs just 137 gm. However, it is a fully loaded phone when it comes to internals with hardware and software.
Let us begin with the display. The screen is 3.5 inches in size which is smaller in comparison to some of the bigger smartphones, the touch sensitive LCD display using IPS technology makes display very bright and clear at 960X640 pixels; so much so, that it can be read easily even in broad daylight.
The phone runs on the latest Apple iOS and an equally powerful Apple A4 processor (1GHz). It has a RAM of 512 MB that does not support multitasking.
iPhone is a dual camera device with a 5 MP camera at the rear and a front VGA camera (640X480) that allows user to video chat. For connectivity, it is Wi-Fi802.1b/g/n with Bluetooth 2.1 A2DP. However, it does not support Adobe Flash.
The smartphone is available in two versions with internal memory of 16 GB and 32 GB though there is no provision to expand it further. One thing that disappoints is that iPhone 4 is not HDMI capable and also does not have FM. The phone makes up for these drawbacks with apps from Apple’s apps store from where thousands of apps can be downloaded.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs iPhone 4
• iPhone 4 has been ruling the roost till now but Xperia Arc has give serious challenge to it for the first time
• While iPhone runs on Apple’s iOS, Xperia Arc runs on Google’s latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread
• Xperia has a bigger display at 4.2” in comparison to 3.5” of iPhone 4. However, resolution of display is more in iPhone 4 than Xperia.
• Xperia has FM and is HDMI capable, while iPhone lacks these features
• Xperia scores with its 8MP camera but iPhone as 2 cameras, a 5MP rear one and a front VGA camera.
• Internal memory of iPhone is fixed at 16 GB or 32 GB depending on its model which cannot be expanded. On the other hand, Xperia has a poor internal memory (320MB). It can be expanded up to 32 GB using micro SD cards.
• Till Xperia came along, iPhone 4 was the slimmest smartphone at 9.3 mm. Xperia has outscored iPhone 4 being just 8.7 mm.
|Comparison of Specifications
SE Xperia Arc vs iPhone 4
|Design||SE Xperia Arc||iPhone 4|
|Form Factor||Candy Bar||Candy bar|
|Keyboard||On-screen Virtual||Virtual Full QWERTY|
|Dimension||125 x 63 x 8.7 mm (4.9 x 2.5 x 0.34 in)||115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm|
|Weight||117 g (4.1 oz)||137 g|
|Body Color||Midnight Blue, Misty Silver||White, Black|
|Display||SE Xperia Arc||iPhone 4|
|Size||4.2 in||3.5 inches|
|Resolution||WVGA 854 x 480 pixels||960 x 640|
|Features||16M Color, Capacitive touchscreen, Reality display with Mobile Bravia Engine||16M color, Oleophobic coated, scratch resistance|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient light sensor, magnetometera||Three axis gyro, Accelerometor, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor|
|Operating System||SE Xperia Arc||iPhone 4|
|Platform||Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)||Apple iOS 4.2.1 (upgradeable to iOS 5)|
|UI||Sony Ericsson UX||Apple|
|Processor||SE Xperia Arc||iPhone 4|
|Model||Qualcomm Snapdragon||Apple A4|
|Speed||1 GHz||1 GHz|
|Memory||SE Xperia Arc||iPhone 4|
|RAM||512 MB||512 MB|
|Included||320 MB||16 GB/32 GB|
|Expansion||up to 32 GB with microSD card||No card Slot|
|Camera||SE Xperia Arc||iPhone 4|
|Resolution||8.1 megapixel||5.0 mega pixels|
|Flash||LED - light type||LED|
|Focus, Zoom||Auto, Touch focus, 2.46x digital zoom||Auto, Digital, tap focus|
|Video Capture||[email protected] HD||720p HD|
|Features||Exmor R mobile CMOS sensor, Geo tagging, Image/Video stabiliser, Face/Smile detection||Double microphones, Geo tagging, Image stabilization|
|Secondary camera||VGA||Three axis gyro, Accelerometor, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor|
|Entertainment||SE Xperia Arc||iPhone 4|
|Audio||SE Music Player, PlayNow, Album art, TrackID, File Formats: MP3, AAC||AAC, Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV|
|Video||H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV||H.264, MPEG-4, M-JPEG|
|Gaming||Motion Gaming, 3D Games||Game Center|
|FM Radio||Yes with RDS||No but Tunein Internet Radio App|
|Battery||SE Xperia Arc||iPhone 4|
|Type Capacity||Li-ion||Li-ion non-removable battery; 1420 mAh|
|Talktime||6 hours 55min (2G), 7 hrs (3G)||up to 14 hrs (2G), up to 7 hrs (3G)|
|Standby||415 hrs||max 500 hrs|
|Mail and Messaging||SE Xperia Arc||iPhone 4|
|POP3/IMAP4, Gmail, Email||Gmail, Email|
|Messaging||SMS, MMS, IM (Google talk with video chat)||MMS, SMS, IM (GoogleTalk)|
|Connectivity||SE Xperia Arc||iPhone 4|
|Wi-Fi||802.11b/g/n||802.11 b/g/n. n at 2.4 kHz only|
|Wi-Fi Hotspot||GSM model with upgrade to iOS 4.3, CDMA model|
|USB||2.0 High Speed, micro-USB port||Yes, connect via 30 pin dock adapter|
|Location Service||SE Xperia Arc||iPhone 4|
|Maps||Google Maps, Google Latitude||Google Maps|
|Lost-Theft Protection||Yes with 3rd party application||Find my Phone|
|Network Support||SE Xperia Arc||iPhone 4|
|2G/3G||GSM, GPRS, EDGE/UMTS, HSPA||GSM/UMTS or CDMA|
|Applications||SE Xperia Arc||iPhone 4|
|Apps||Android Market, Google Voice Search, Google Search||Apple Apps Store, iTunes|
|Social Networks||Facebook inside Xperia, Twitter integrated to Timescape, Google talk||Facebook, Twitter, SNS|
|Voice Calling||Yes||Skype, Viber|
|Video Calling||Yes||Skype, Tango, QiK|
|Featured||Timescape, Google Voice Search, Google Search, Google Calendar||AirPrint, AirPlay, Find my iPhone|
|Business Mobility||SE Xperia Arc||iPhone 4|
|Remote VPN||Yes , CISCO Anyconnect, Juniper JunOS Pulse|
|Corporate Mail||Exchange ActiveSync (POP/IMAP4)||Yes, Active Sync|
|Corporate Directory||Microsioft Exchange Active Sync||Yes|
|Video Conferencing||Yes with CISCO WebEx|
|Other Features||Join.Me, Goto Meeting|
|Security||SE Xperia Arc||iPhone 4|
|MobileMe, Password Protected home screen|
|Additional Features||SE Xperia Arc||iPhone 4|
|ANT+ technology to connect wirelessly to health and fitness products, Integrated YouTube, Bluetooth Stereo A2DP, Timescape, Mediascape||iBook, iMovie, FaceTime, Multiple language support, Mobile hotspot - no support in GSM model, connects up to 5 devices in CDMA model|