Difference between Sony Xperia J and Alcatel One Touch Idol

Key difference: Xperia J was announced in October 2012 as a cheaper variant of the Xperia T, resulting in the phone sporting a similar design to the T. The Xperia J features a 4-inch scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen that offers a pixel density of 245. The Alcatel One Touch Idol is the official mobile partner for the movie Iron Man 3. It features a 4.7 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16 million colors. The display has a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. The phone is powered by a Dual-core 1 GHz MediaTek MTK 6577+ and a 512 MB of RAM.

Xperia is a well known brand of smartphones that are a part of the Sony Mobile. The Xperia brand was initially a collaboration with Ericsson but has since then been dissolved. Now, Sony has single handedly taken it upon itself to ship out new phones, while maintaining the level of quality and design of the older versions. In order to garner response for its new line of smartphones, the company started marketing the Sony Xperia T as the Bond phone, which is featured in the movie Skyfall. Xperia J is the shy, younger brother of the Bond phone, and is also cheap to boot.

The Xperia J was announced in October 2012 as a cheaper variant of the Xperia T, resulting in the phone sporting a similar design to the T. The Xperia J features a 4-inch scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen that offers a pixel density of 245. The pixel density is the not the best among the contenders, but that does not hinder the high-res display that is visible on the phone. The display shows quite smart and sharp images, with very accurate color representation. The display also has excellent viewing angles and does is less reflective under sunlight.

The design of the phone is also quite similar to Xperia T. The phone comes with a plastic chassis that has a sturdy built. The Xperia J has an arched back similar to Xperia Arc series, which is pleasing to hold and grip. The silver plastic lining that graces the other Xperia series has been shifted to the bottom and acts as a second LED indicator during calls. The phone is also quite light, weighing only 124 grams. The Timescape UI is very similar to the original Google Android UI and basically seems like cheap imitations. The phone has three capacitive buttons on the bottom of the screen, Back, Home and Menu buttons. The buttons are placed on the far bottom of the device, making it more prone for the user to drop the device. The top of the device houses the 3.5mm jack, while the left side has the USB/charging port. The right side of the device is quite busy with the power/lock key on the top right hand and the volume rocker just below the power key.

The device is powered by 1 GHz Qualcomm processor and only 512 MB, which makes the device a little glitch and lagging when trying to shift screens as well as switch apps. The device, when not multitasking and doing basic functions, still lags a little. The device comes with 4 GB of internal space, of which only 2 GB is available to the user. This is very little compared to phones that are offering 8/16/32 and even 64 GB. However, the company has provided a SD card slot that allows users to expand memory by another 32 GB.

The device houses a 5 MP rear camera with autofocus feature. Just above it, a LED flash light can also be found. However, the front camera and the video recording capabilities are a little disappointing. Both, the front camera and video recording are VGA, which does provide the best resolution. The 5 MP camera is pretty decent, but if you have gotten used to the high-res 8 and 12 MP cameras, this camera will not at all be pleasing. The camera takes decent photos, but it isn’t sharp, clear or even HD for that matter. However, the phone does come with juice, 1750 mAh to be exact. This ensures that the phone last a couple of days when not in constant use and at least a full day when working with it all day. The company does offer features such as Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth and USB, but it does not offer NFC capabilities.

Alcatel-Lucent is a global telecommunications equipment company based in Paris, France. It is best known for providing telecommunications solutions to service providers, enterprises, and governments around the world. In addition, they also focus on fixed phones, mobile phones, converged networking hardware, IP technologies, software, and services.

Among its many series of phones, one is the Alcatel One Touch, which is an Android based smartphone series. Some of the newest phones under the series are the Alcatel One Touch Idol, Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra and Alcatel One Touch Idol X.

The Alcatel One Touch Idol features a 4.7 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16 million colors. The display has a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels.  The screen is Dragon Trail Glass and has an oleophobic coating. The phone is powered by a Dual-core 1 GHz MediaTek MTK 6577+ and a 512 MB of RAM. The phone has a 4GB internal storage and an expandable external storage up to 32GB.  It also features an 8 MP primary camera with autofocus and LED Flash. The phone also has a 2 MP secondary front-facing camera.

The Alcatel One Touch Idol is the official mobile partner for the third installment in Marvel’s Iron Man movie series. It will be featured in the movie Iron Man 3. Furthermore, the phone weights in just below 110g, which the company claims makes it the lightest smartphone in the market yet. However, to get this weight the company has had to use a lighter plastic which many say makes the phone feel cheap.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from Sony Mobile website, Alcatel One Touch Idol website and GSMArena.com

 

Sony Xperia J

Alcatel One Touch Idol

Launch Date

October 2012

Q2 2013

Company

Sony

Alcatel

Size

124.3 x 61.2 x 9.2 mm

133 x 67.5 x 7.9 mm (5.24 x 2.66 x 0.31 in)

Display

4-inch scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen

4.66 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen,

Screen

480 x 854 pixels (~245 ppi pixel density), 16 million colors

540 x 960 pixels, (~236 ppi pixel density) 16M colors

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass

Dragon Trail Glass – Oleophobic coating

Weight

124 grams

109 g (3.84 oz)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2

3G Network

HSDPA 900 / 2100 - ST26i

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - ST26a

HSDPA 900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 1900

4G Network

N/A

No

GUI

Timescape UI

Custom UI

CPU speed

1 GHz Qualcomm processor

Dual-core 1 GHz

GPU

Adreno 200

-

OS

Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon

MTK 6577+

RAM

512 MB

512 MB

SIM Size

miniSIM

Micro-SIM - Optional dual SIM

Internal Memory

4 GB (2 GB available to user)

4 GB / 13.3 GB (dual SIM version)

Expandable Memory

Up to 32 GB

microSD, up to 32 GB (dual SIM version)

Sensors

Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Magnetometer

Accelerometer, proximity, E-compass, G-sensor

Connectivity

GSM GPRS Up to 86 kbps (download). Up to 86 kbps (upload); GSM EDGE Up to 237 kbps (download). Up to 237 kbps (upload); microUSB v2.0; DLNA; Wi-Fi hotspot; Wi-Fi; Bluetooth

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct Hotspot, USB Modem Tethering: Plug and Play, Bluetooth 4.0 A2DP, Micro USB 2.0 high speed, GPS with A-GPS, DLNA, Micro-SIM, EAP, Dual SIM Dual Standby

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth and USB.

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

Speed

HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

HSDPA/HSUPA 7.2Mbps downlink 5.76Mbps uplink

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR

Yes, v4.0 with A2DP

USB

microUSB v2.0

Yes, microUSB v2.0

Primary Camera

5 MP 2592х1944 pixels rear camera

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

VGA (0.3 MP) front camera

2 MP

Video

VGA

[email protected]

Camera Features

  • Autofocus
  • LED Flash
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Image stabilization
  • 4x digital zoom
  • Autofocus
  • LED flash
  • HDR
  • Face and smile detection
  • Touch focus
  • Panorama
  • 3D photo
  • Burst mode
  • Digital zoom

Sound Enhancement

xLOUD Experience

Clear Stereo

-

Audio supported formats

MP3/ eAAC+/ WMA/ WAV player

AAC, AAC+, AAC enhanced, WB AMR, MP3, Midi, eAAC, WMV

Video supported formats

MP4/ H.263/ H.264/ WMV player

H.263, MPEG4, H.264

Battery Capacity

Removable Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery

Li-Ion 1800 mAh battery

Talk time

2G: 5 hours 36 min

3G: 607 hours

2G: 7.2 hours

3G: 3.2 hours

Stand-by

2G: 7 hours 18 min

3G: 618 hours

415 hours

Available Colors

Black, White, Pink, Gold

Silver, Slate, Pink, Red, Green, Blue

Messaging

SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM

Browser

HTML5, Adobe Flash

HTML

Radio

Stereo FM radio with RDS

Stereo FM radio with RDS

GPS

GPS with A-GPS support

Yes, with A-GPS support

Java

Java via Java MIDP emulator

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • Handwriting recognition
  • Google Talk
  • Twitter™ (Timescape™ integration)
  • Conference calls
  • SNS integration
  • 50 GB of Cloud storage
  • Document viewer
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Organizer
  • Voice memo
  • Predictive text input

Image Courtesy: sonymobile.com, alcatelonetouchidol.com

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