Difference between Sony Xperia P and Samsung Galaxy S2

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. The Samsung Galaxy S2 was launched in April 2011 and was one of the slimmest smartphones at that time. The phone offered additional feature, software updates, expanded hardware and a redesigned physique than the original S. Galaxy S2 sports a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive screen that offers 480 x 800 pixels.

 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 doubles as a cover up for the antenna. Above the plastic border reside the 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.

Samsung Group is a South Korean chaebol, the largest in South Korea. A chaebol is basically a conglomerate. Samsung Electronics has become one of the key competitors in the smartphone market due to innovative technologies. Samsung S2 and Samsung S3 are two smartphones that have been launched by Samsung. They are the successors to the company’s flagship phone Galaxy S. The Samsung S2 made waves in the smartphone market and the S3 has continued the success.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 was launched in April 2011 and was one of the slimmest smartphones at that time. The phone offered additional feature, software updates, expanded hardware and a redesigned physique than the original S. Galaxy S2 sports a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive screen that offers 480 x 800 pixels. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass that makes it scratch proof. It also only weight about 116g at that making it a very light weight phone. The Samsung S2 was originally offered with Android v v2.3.4 (Ginger Bread) and is now available with v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and is upgradeable to v4.1 (Jelly Bean).

The Galaxy S2 has a 1.2 GHz dual core ARM Cortex-A9 processor that uses Samsung's own 'Exynos 4210' System on a chip (SoC). It also offers the TouchWiz 4.0 user interface, with hardware updates compared to the TouchWiz 3.0. The phone is available with 16 and 32 GB of internal storage with additional external storage up to 32 GB. S2 supports an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera. The rear camera can record videos in full high-definition 1080p at 30 frames per second. The S2 also includes innovative features such as ‘motion’ an optional gesture-based interaction technology that allows users to use two fingers and tilting the phone towards or away from the person to zoom in and out, respectively. It also supports Voice Recognition, Google Voice Translation, Lost Phone Management and Swype typing feature. The phone also has the ability to support USB-on –the-go, which allows users to connect USB flash drives (with own power source) to the phone.

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

 

Sony Xperia P

Samsung Galaxy S2

Launch Date

May 2012

April 2011

Company

Sony

Samsung Electronics

Size

122 x 59.5 x 10.5 mm

125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm

Display

4-inch scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen

4.3 inches Super AMOLED Plus 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

Corning Gorilla Glass,

oleophobic fingerprint-resistant coating.

Weight

120 grams

116 g

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

Depends on market availability.

GUI

Timescape UI

TouchWiz UI v4.0

CPU speed

1 GHz Dual core processor

Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9

GPU

Adreno 205

Mali-400MP

OS

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

Android OS, v2.3.4 (Gingerbread), v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradable to v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

NovaThor U8500

Exynos

RAM

1GB

1 GB

SIM Size

microSIM

miniSIM

Internal Memory

16 GB (13 GB accessible to the user)

16/32 GB

Expandable Memory

N/A

microSD up to 32 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.

Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, BT v3.0+HS, USB v2.0

Data

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

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

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, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

WLAN

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

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

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR

Bluetooth v3.0+HS

USB

microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go

micro-USB 2.0; USB On-the-go.

Primary Camera

8 MP 3264x2448 pixels rear camera

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

VGA front camera

2 MP

Video

HD video recording (1080p)

[email protected]

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
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face and smile detection
  • Image stabilization

Sound Enhancement

xLOUD Experience

Clear bass and clear stereo

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.

Audio supported formats

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

MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB

AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, MID, AC3, IMY, FLAC, XMF

Video supported formats

3GPP, MP4

MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV, DivX, VC-1

Recording & Playback [email protected]

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 1305 mAh battery

Li-Ion 1650 mAh battery

Talk time

2G: 6 hours

3G: 5 hours

2G: 18 hours 20 minutes

3G: 8 hours 40 minutes

Stand-by

2G: 470 hours

3G: 475 hours

2G: 710 hours

3G: 610 hours

Available Colors

Black, Silver, Red

Black, White, Pink

Messaging

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

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

Browser

HTML5, Adobe Flash

HTML, Adobe Flash

Radio

FM Radio with RDS

Stereo FM radio with RDS

GPS

GPS with A-GPS support

A-GPS support

Java

Java via Java MIDP emulator

Java MIDP emulator

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
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • SNS integration
  • MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
  • MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)

Image Courtesy: sonymobile.com, shop.vodafone.co.uk

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