Difference between Sony Xperia L and iPhone 5

Key difference: The Sony Xperia L is a mid-range smartphone. It features a 4.3-inch screen with a resolution of 854x480px and a scratch-resistant cover glass. It runs on Android 4.1 with a Dual-Core 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8230 chipset and 1 GB of RAM. iPhone 5, bigger than its predecessors, supports a 4-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD screen with 640 x 1136 pixels and 16 million colors. iPhone 5 comes with the latest Apple iOS 6 that is upgradeable to 6.1. It includes a 1.2 GHz dual core Apple A6 processor, PowerVR SGX543MP3 and 1GB RAM.

Technology is a dynamic sector that often changes when new technology replaces the old outdated technology. This is most commonly seen in smartphones and tablets. Smartphones have taken over the world! It has become a trend, a necessity and a way of life. They have made it easier to do everything on the go, from e-mailing, video conferencing, to writing up a report or a project. There isn’t anything you cannot do these days with a smartphone.

Hence, it is understandable that people constantly keep changing and upgrading their smartphones. Specially in order to keep up with new technologies and the companies see great opportunities in this. They are constantly releasing new smartphones to keep up with the latest demands and are always trying to outdo the competition.

Some of the latest new smartphones are the Sony Xperia SP and Sony Xperia L, both belonging to the Sony’s Xperia flagship. The Sony Xperia L is a mid-range smartphone. It features a 4.3-inch screen with a resolution of 854x480px and a scratch-resistant cover glass. It runs on Android 4.1 with a Dual-Core 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8230 chipset and 1 GB of RAM. It also has all the bells and whistles, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G HSPA connectivity, as well as NFC support. The NFC is integrated with a one-touch connection to external displays in order to allow for big screen playback of videos or photos. The phone does not however have LTE capability.

Still, its saving grace has to be its 8 MP camera, which uses Sony's latest mobile Exmor RS sensor and offers a built-in HDR mode for both stills and video. The Exmor RS sensor is supposed to improved clarity and color reproduction, while the HDR mode will allow for better pictures in various different kinds of lights.

The phone is powered by a 1900mAh battery and has a battery STAMINA Mode for optimizing power consumption. The phone is available in three colors: white, black and red. It also has an LED light on the bottom of the phone that can be customized to blink different colors to indicate an incoming phone call, a missed call or text message. The light can also be programmed to blink in correspondence with the rhythm of the song played on the built in Sony Walkman music player.

The phone also comes with pre-installed Sony apps called Walkman, Album, and Movies. These are part of a pre-loaded software suite that allows for consuming and sharing a vast library of multimedia content.

The iPhone 5 is the latest innovative product of the Apple Company. They have made the new phone slicker, thinner and lighter with even more packed features. Apple claims that the iPhone 5 is 18% thinner, 20% lighter, and has 12% less overall volume compared to the iPhone 4S. iPhone 5, bigger than its predecessors, supports a 4-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD screen with 640 x 1136 pixels and 16 million colors. The phone also offers safety features such as corning gorilla class as well as oleophobic coating that keep fingerprints off the front screen. iPhone 5 comes with the latest Apple iOS 6 that is upgradeable to 6.1. It includes a 1.2 GHz dual core Apple A6 processor, PowerVR SGX543MP3 and 1GB RAM.

The phone is available with non-expandable 16, 32 or 64 GB internal storage capacity. The problem with the new OS is that many features that work only with the iOS 6 do not work in certain territories and Apple has a rolling program that it said will take time to implement across more regions. The phone can also act as a hotspot and can share internet connection over WiFi, Bluetooth, or USB. Similar to the older versions, iPhone 5 is equipped with Siri that allows the user to operate the iPhone via vocal commands. However, Siri has been improved to and supports additional features such as being able to make restaurant reservations, launch apps, make twitter updates, search the internet for queries, etc. iOS 6 features several new and/or updated apps, which includes Apple Maps and Passbook. Apple Maps has faced hostility as does not execute properly and has also been known to give wrong directions. The Passbook app is able to retrieve documents such as boarding passes, admission tickets, coupons and loyalty cards. The phone also offers a new charging port, which is much smaller and more compact compared to the old chargers. They will also require a converter if you want to use them with the old charger, docks and other accessories. The phone has also shifted the headphone jack to the bottom of the phone.

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

 

Sony Xperia L

iPhone 5

Launch Date

Q2 of 2013

September 2012

Company

Sony Corporation

Apple Corporation

Size

128.7 x 65 x 9.7 mm

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

Display

TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

4.0 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD

Screen

480 x 854 pixels, 4.3 inches (~228 ppi pixel density)

 640 x 1136 pixels, 16M colors

Protection

Scratch-resistant glass

Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coating

Weight

137g

112g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - GSM A1428

CDMA 800 / 1900 / 2100 - CDMA A1429

3G Network

HSDPA 900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - GSM A1428

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - CDMA A1429

4G Network

No

LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100 - GSM A1428 or LTE 850 / 1800 / 2100 - GSM A1429

LTE 700 / 850 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 - CDMA A1429

GUI

Sony UI

iUI

CPU speed

Dual-core 1 GHz

1.2 GHz dual core Apple A6

GPU

Adreno 305

PowerVR SGX543MP3

OS

Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

iOS 6, upgradable to iOS 6.1

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8230 Snapdragon

Apple A6

RAM

1 GB

1 GB

SIM Size

microSIM

nanoSIM

Internal Memory

8 GB (5.8 GB user available)

16/32/64 GB

Expandable Memory

Expandable up to 32 GB

No

Sensors

Accelerometer, proximity, compass

Accelerometer, three-axis gyro, proximity, compass, ambient light sensor.

Connectivity

aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology, DLNA Certified, Media Go, Media Transfer Protocol support, Micro USB support, Native USB tethering, NFC, Screen mirroring, Xperia Link, Wi-Fi and WiFi Hotspot functionality, WebKit web browser with Pan & zoom, Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Facebook, Google Sync and SyncML

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot, micro-USB v2.0.

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth and USB.

Speed

HSPA+

DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps

WLAN

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

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

Bluetooth

Yes, v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP

USB

Yes, microUSB v2.0

micro-USB 2.0.

Primary Camera

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

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality

Secondary Camera

VGA

1.2 MP, [email protected], face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular

Video

Yes, [email protected], video stabilization, HDR

[email protected], LED video light, video stabilization, geo-tagging, check quality

Camera Features

  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face and smile detection
  • Image stabilization
  • HDR
  • Sweep panorama
  • Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor
  • Simultaneous HD video and image recording
  • touch focus
  • geo-tagging
  • face detection
  • panorama
  • HDR

Sound Enhancement

SNS integration, Clear bass, Clear stereo and Clear Phase

No

Audio supported formats

MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player

Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC, HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

Video supported formats

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

Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.

Battery Capacity

Removable Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Po 1440 mAh battery

Available Colors

Black, White, Red

Black & Slate and White & Silver.

Messaging

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

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

Browser

HTML

HTML (Safari)

Radio

Stereo FM radio with RDS

No

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support

Yes, A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

No

Additional Features

  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • PlayStation Certified
  • Sony Entertainment Network (selected markets only)
  • Video streaming
  • Motions gaming
  • 3D games
  • Audio playback, supported formats: MP3, 3GPP, MP4, SMF, WAV, OTA, Ogg vorbis
  • Audio recording, supported formats: 3GPP, MP4, AMR
  • FM Radio with RDS
  • xLoud Experience – audio filter technology from Sony
  • “WALKMAN” application
  • TrackID music recognition
  • Clear bass, Clear stereo and Clear Phase
  • Bluetooth stereo (A2DP)
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Siri natural language commands and dictation
  • iCloud cloud service
  • Twitter and Facebook integration
  • TV-out
  • Maps
  • iBooks
  • PDF reader
  • Audio/video player/editor
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Image viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial/command
  • Predictive text input

Image Courtesy: sonymobile.com, forbes.com

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