Difference between Sony Xperia P and Nokia Lumia 820

Key difference: Sony Xperia P features a 4-inch TFT touch screen that allows up to 4-touch capabilities. The screen is scratch resistant and has a shatter proof coating. The touch screen provides approximately 275 ppi pixel density along with WhiteMagic technology, which adds an extra white pixel with the already present red, blue and green. One of the first smartphones under the brand is the Nokia Lumia 820. The Nokia Lumia 820 was first of the first phones to be developed running on Windows Phone 8. It was launched in November 2012, as a slightly cheaper alternative to the Nokia 920.

 Sony is a prominent technology company and is known best for its electronics such as phones, TVs, gaming systems, etc. The constant dynamic nature of technology ensures that we always have a better and more forward technology than the one we had a month ago. The price of this dynamic technology is also high, the constant updating of technology requires people have that much cash on hand. However, many companies such as Sony know that not many people have that much cash on hand for disposal, hence has launched mid-range phones such as Xperia P that allows the people to experience the best of both worlds: technology and affordable pricing. The Xperia P was launched in May 2012 and continues to be a major player in the market.

Sony Xperia P features a 4-inch TFT touch screen that allows up to 4-touch capabilities. The screen is scratch resistant and has a shatter proof coating, allowing the screen to endure minor scratches and everyday scuffs without sacrificing on the quality. The touch screen provides approximately 275 ppi pixel density, though not the best ppi compared to the heavy contenders but the quality of the screen is not sacrificed. This is mostly because of the company’s WhiteMagic technology, which adds an extra white pixel with the already present red, blue and green. The extra pixel generates a higher level of brightness that does not cloud the phone when using it under direct sunlight.

The phone is a little bulky in nature, but it is easy to become accustomed to when holding it for longer periods of time. The phone is also a little heavier compared to similar phones, but again not something that lets the user forget of the other great features of the phone. The phone is encased in a plastic chassis, which is quite smooth to hold but is also prone to many visible scratches and chips. The device has a clear plastic border on the front that also as a cover up for the antenna. Above the plastic border reside buttons Home button, back button and Menu button. The power button, the volume rocker and the physical camera button is on the right side of the device, while the left sides hosts a variety of ports including the SIM card slot.

Under the hood, the device is powered by 1 GHz Dual-core processor and hosts the company’s Timescape UI. The user interface is quite smooth and does not glitch when shifting between the screens and the apps. The device runs on 1 GB RAM and comes with an internal storage capacity of 16 GB. Of the 16 GB, only 13 GB is available to the user and it is not expandable. The device houses an 8 MP Autofocus rear camera and a VGA (0.3 MP) front camera, which is a little bit of a letdown. The Exmor R technology ensures that the rear camera provides sharp, clear images, while the front camera does not live up to the same quality.  Though initially powered by Android v2.3, the device is now available with Android v4.0, which no status as of yet for v4.1 upgrades. The phone also comes with additional features such as Motion gaming, MobiSystems’ OfficeSuite 5, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, USB On-the-go, Native USB tethering and NFC capabilities. The Xperia P houses a non-removable 1305 mAh battery, which provides a decent battery life and lasts almost a day. With the amount of features that are offered with the phone, the price tag is expected to be quite high; however, the price is quite affordable and will not make that much of a dent in the user’s pocket.

Nokia is a multinational communications and information technology corporation based in Helsinki, Finland. Nokia’s phones have been famously known as being simple and durable. In 2012, it was the world’s second largest mobile phone maker by unit sales, following Samsung. However, the sales of Nokia have been decreasing as more and more of the market shifts towards smartphones such as iPhones and Androids. In an attempt to offset their decreasing sales, Nokia tied up with Microsoft to release its own line of smartphones, the Nokia Lumia running on Windows Phone Operating Software.

One of the first smartphones under the brand is the Nokia Lumia 820. The Nokia Lumia 820 was first of the first phones to be developed running on Windows Phone 8. It was launched in November 2012, as a slightly cheaper alternative to the Nokia Lumia 920. It has a 4.3 inch display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor and a 1 GB RAM.

Nokia Lumia 820 features an 8 MP primary camera with autofocus and dual-LED flash, as well as Carl Zeiss optics. It also has a VGA secondary front-facing camera for self photo shots and video calling. The phone is available in a variety of bright colors, such as black, gray, red, yellow, white, blue, and violet. In fact, the phone comes with back panels in these colors allowing the user to change the phone’s color every few days.

The newest and most distinguishing feature of the Lumia 820 is that the phone is capable of wireless charging. However, the wireless charging mat is not included with the phone and has to be purchased separately.

However, the phone has been criticized as being chunky and heavy. Another issue with the phone, in fact all the Windows phones, is that it comes with the Internet Explorer browser built-in, which can be quite lagging at times, and the phones do not support any other browsers. Furthermore, the collection of apps available on Windows is quite limited, especially as compared to the apps available for Android and Apple.

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

 

Sony Xperia P

Nokia Lumia 820

Launch Date

May 2012

November 2012

Company

Sony

Nokia

Size

122 x 59.5 x 10.5 mm

123.8 x 68.5 x 9.9 mm, 83.5 cc (4.87 x 2.70 x 0.39 in)

Display

4-inch scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen

4.3 inches AMOLED capacitive touchscreen,

Screen

960 x 540 pixels (~275 ppi pixel density), 16 million colors

480 x 800 pixels (~217 ppi pixel density) 16M colors

Protection

Scratch-resistant, shatter proof sheet on mineral glass

ClearBlack display

Weight

120 grams

160 g (5.64 oz)

2G Network

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

UMTS HSPA 850, 900, 1900, 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network

N/A

LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600

GUI

Timescape UI

Windows Phone 8

CPU speed

1 GHz Dual core processor

Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait

GPU

Adreno 205

Adreno 225

OS

Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), planned upgrade to v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Microsoft Windows Phone 8

Chipset

NovaThor U8500

Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon

RAM

1GB

1 GB RAM

SIM Size

microSIM

Micro-SIM

Internal Memory

16 GB (13 GB accessible to the user)

8 GB

Expandable Memory

N/A

microSD, up to 64 GB

Sensors

Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Magnetometer and Gyroscope

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Connectivity

USB High speed 2.0 and Micro USB support, WiFi and WiFi Hotspot functionality, HDMI Support, DLNA Certified, Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Google Sync and Facebook, aGPS, WebKit web browser with Pan & zoom, Bluetooth technology, Native USB tethering and NFC.

Micro-USB charging connector, 3.5 mm audio connector, Micro-USB-B connector, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, NFC, Wi-Fi Channel bonding

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, USB.

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

Speed

GSM GPRS Up to 100 kbps; GSM EDGE Up to 296 kbps; UMTS HSPA cat 6 (upload) Up to 5.6 Mbps; UMTS HSPA cat 10(download) Up to 14.4 Mbps

HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

WLAN

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

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

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR

Yes, v3.1 with A2DP, EDR

USB

microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go

microUSB v2.0

Primary Camera

8 MP 3264x2448 pixels rear camera

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels

Secondary Camera

VGA front camera

Yes, VGA

Video

HD video recording (1080p)

Yes, [email protected], video stabilization

Camera Features

  • Autofocus
  • LED Flash
  • Face detection and Smile detection
  • Accelerated Adobe Flash Video
  • 3D Sweep Panorama
  • Sony’s Exmor R for mobile CMOS sensor
  • 8x digital zoom
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch-focus
  • Image Stabilization
  • Carl Zeiss optics
  • Autofocus
  • Dual-LED flash
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus

Sound Enhancement

xLOUD Experience

Clear bass and clear stereo

Dolby Headphone sound enhancement, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Audio supported formats

MP3, 3GPP, MP4, SMF, WAV, OTA, Ogg vorbis

Codecs: MP3, AMR-WB, AMR-NB, WMA 10 Pro, WMA 9, AAC LC, AAC+/HEAAC, eAAC+/HEAACv2

Audio playback file formats: ASF, MP4, AAC, AMR, MP3, M4A, WMA, 3GP, 3G2

Video supported formats

3GPP, MP4

Video playback codecs: VC-1, H.264/AVC, H.263, MPEG-4

Video playback file formats: MP4, WMV, 3GP, M4V

Video recording formats: MP4/H.264

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 1305 mAh battery

Li-Ion 1650 mAh battery (BP-5T)

Talk time

2G: 6 hours

3G: 5 hours

Maximum 2G talk time: 15.4 h

Maximum 3G talk time: 8.1 h

Stand-by

2G: 470 hours

3G: 475 hours

Maximum 3G standby time: 360 h

Available Colors

Black, Silver, Red

Black, Gray, Red, Yellow, White, Blue, Violet

Messaging

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

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

Browser

HTML5, Adobe Flash

HTML5

Radio

FM Radio with RDS

No

GPS

GPS with A-GPS support

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Java via Java MIDP emulator

No

Additional Features

  • Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
  • Screenshot capturing
  • WhiteMagic technology
  • Motion gaming
  • Timescape with Twitter integrated
  • Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Google Sync and Facebook
  • Noise Suppression
  • Google Voice Search, Google Talk with video chat, Google Mail, Google Calendar, Google Gallery 3D, Google Maps with Street View and Latitude
  • SNS integration
  • HDMI port
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input
  • MobiSystems’ OfficeSuite 5
  • SNS integration
  • 7GB free SkyDrive storage
  • Document viewer
  • Video/photo editor
  • Voice memo/command/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Personal information management features: Calculator, Clock, Calendar, Phonebook, Fixed dialling number, Social networks in Phonebook, OneNote, Wallet, Family Room, Kid's Corner
  • Business apps: Adobe acrobat reader free download, Lync (Corporate IM) free download, Office: Excel, Word, Powerpoint, OneNote, SkyDrive storage for documents and notes
  • Document formats supported: Excel, PDF, Word, Powerpoint
  • Sync type: Exchange ActiveSync, Windows companion app, Mac companion app
  • Sync content: Calendar, To-do list, Video, Pictures, Music, Contacts
  • Game features: DirectX 11, Touch UI, XBox-Live Hub

Image Courtesy: sonymobile.com, nokia.com

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