Sony’s newest smartphone, the Xperia S, in drawing inevitable comparisons to the iPhone 4S. As one of the most popular smartphones on the market it is perhaps not surprising that any new handset will be compared to the iconic Apple device. So how does Sony’s latest offering measure up?
In terms of the design both offer a stripped back, clean looking design. The Xperia S is larger than the iPhone 4S and will be available on more affordable cheap mobile deals. Display, increasingly an important feature for those looking to pick a new smartphone, dominates both handsets although the Sony Xperia is larger at 4.3 inches compared with the iPhone 4S’ 3.5 inches. The Xperia also wins in terms of pixel resolution. The iPhone had traditionally had one of the highest PPi’s on the market. Yet with the Xperia S’ 4.3 inch 1280 x 720p display it has 342 ppi. The iPhone 4S comes with a 960 x 640p display with 326ppi. This means the screen; images, pictures and film on the Xperia S will be crisp and sharp although how far individual users will be able to tell the difference is another matter.
Under the bonnet and looking at processor the iPhone 4S comes with a dual core 1 GHz Cortex A9 which features Apple’s A5 chip and 512 MB of RAM. The Xperia S comes with a 1.5 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM. The Xperia then should be faster and more responsive. Operating system might have an impact here, though. The iPhone 4S comes with the updated iOS5 featuring iCloud and iMessage. The Xperia S runs Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread. There has been some disappointment that it does not feature the updated Android 4.0 Ice Cream sandwich yet it is likely the device will receive the update later in 2012 along with the rest of the Xperia range.
A huge headline feature on the Xperia S will be its 12 megapixel camera that comes with an Exmor sensor and autofocus. It is also capable of HD 1080 video recording. The iPhone 4S has an impressive camera also which some have stated have made users ditch their digital camera and just opt for the smartphone instead. With an 8 megapixel camera is comes with 3264 x 2448 pixels, an LED flash, autofocus, touch focus, face-detection, geo-tagging and HDR. There’s also a front camera for video-calling. It’s likely the Xperia S will edge the iPhone 4S out in this instance.
For connectivity, both feature 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, the Xperia also comes with NFC. This is the first Sony device I the UK that can be wirelessly linked up with other devices including TV, computer and tablet. This practice is obviously old news for Apple who has increased the potential for cross-platform usage, expanded even further with iCloud that lets you work and play on one device, then pick up the same information on another Apple device as long as it is stored in the cloud.
Apple reinvented the smartphone market so it is unsurprising that every phone released will always be compared to its iconic iPhone range. The Xperia S looks as though, on paper at least, it could outperform the Apple device, running faster, smoother and with a better camera. However it’ll take time for users to have a play around with it and test its capability before they make a firm decision. The Xperia S comes out in the UK in March 2012.