Difference between Sony Xperia J and Nexus 4

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 Nexus 4 is Google's fourth Nexus-branded Android smartphone. It was produced in collaboration with LG Electronics. The phone runs on the Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system, which was launched with the phone.

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.

A number of these companies’ smartphones and tablets run on Android. Android is an open source software, which means that the code is freely available for modification and distribution by device manufacturers, wireless carriers and enthusiast developers. Among the number of various companies, Google has also launched its own line of smartphones based on Android, called the Google Nexus. Each device in the Nexus line is produced via collaboration between Google and a leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner.

The Nexus devices in general have an advantage over other devices in that the Android in the Nexus devices is pure, i.e. the Android does not have any manufacturer or wireless carrier modifications to it, such as a custom graphical user interface. The Android also has an unlockable bootloader to allow further development and end-user modification, all of which is usually blocked on other Android smartphones.

The Nexus 4 is Google's fourth Nexus-branded Android smartphone. It was produced in collaboration with LG Electronics. The phone features a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2 GB of RAM, 8 or 16 GB of internal storage, front facing 1.3 megapixel camera and an 8 megapixel rear camera and a micro-SIM card tray. The phone runs on the Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system, which was launched with the phone. The phone also features a new camera technology, called the Photo Sphere. This allows one to take 360 deg Panorama shots.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from Sony Mobile website, expertreviews.co.uk, Google website, knowyourmobile.com and GSMArena.com

 

Sony Xperia J

Nexus 4

Launch Date

October 2012

November 2012

Company

Sony

Google; designed in collaboration with and manufactured by LG Electronics.

Size

124.3 x 61.2 x 9.2 mm

133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm (5.27 x 2.70 x 0.36 in)

Display

4-inch scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen

4.7 inches True HD IPS Plus capacitive touchscreen,

Screen

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

768 x 1280 pixels, (~318 ppi pixel density) 16M colors

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass

Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Weight

124 grams

139g (4.90 oz)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 900 / 2100 - ST26i

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - ST26a

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network

N/A

No

GUI

Timescape UI

Pure Android

CPU speed

1 GHz Qualcomm processor

Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait

GPU

Adreno 200

Adreno 320

OS

Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon

Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon

RAM

512 MB

2 GB RAM

SIM Size

miniSIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

4 GB (2 GB available to user)

8/16 GB storage

Expandable Memory

Up to 32 GB

No

Sensors

Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Magnetometer

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

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

WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, NFC (Android Beam), Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+, GSM/EDGE/GPRS, 3G, HSPA+ 42, Wireless charging, SlimPort (TM)

Data

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

WiFi, NFC, GPRS, EDGE, USB

Speed

HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

WLAN

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

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

USB

microUSB v2.0

microUSB (SlimPort) v2.0

Primary Camera

5 MP 2592х1944 pixels rear camera

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

Secondary Camera

VGA (0.3 MP) front camera

1.3 MP

Video

VGA

[email protected]

Camera Features

  • Autofocus
  • LED Flash
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Image stabilization
  • 4x digital zoom
  • Touch focus
  • Geo-tagging
  • Face detection
  • Photo sphere

Sound Enhancement

xLOUD Experience

Clear Stereo

SNS integration

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Audio supported formats

MP3/ eAAC+/ WMA/ WAV player

MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3 player

Video supported formats

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

MP4/H.264/H.263 player

Battery Capacity

Removable Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery

2100 mAh battery

Talk time

2G: 5 hours 36 min

3G: 607 hours

No official data released

Stand-by

2G: 7 hours 18 min

3G: 618 hours

No official data released

Available Colors

Black, White, Pink, Gold

Black

Messaging

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

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

Browser

HTML5, Adobe Flash

HTML5

Radio

Stereo FM radio with RDS

No

GPS

GPS with A-GPS support

A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Java via Java MIDP emulator

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
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Accelerometer
  • GPS
  • Gyroscope
  • Barometer
  • Microphone
  • Ambient light
  • Compass
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document editor
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input

Image Courtesy: sonymobile.com, battellemedia.com

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