Difference between Sony Xperia S and Apple iPhone 4S

Key difference: The Xperia S features a 4.3-inch TFT touch screen with shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass. The display provides an impressive 342 ppi density and is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Dual-core processor. The iPhone 4S was an update that was released after much anticipation in October 2011. It was the fifth generation of the iPhone and succeeded the iPhone 4. In terms of appearance, the phone resembles the iPhone 4 in many ways.

Sony is well-known electronics company that has made itself a popular manufacturer of smartphones. The company initially launched phones in collaboration with Ericsson, but it has parted ways with the company and has completely taken over the Xperia brand. The company announced a new line up of phones for the Xperia line-up, including Xperia S. The Xperia S was launched in February 2012 and was a high-range phone at that time, amount to approximately EUR 520.

The Xperia S features a 4.3-inch TFT touch screen with shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass. The display provides an impressive 342 ppi density, which was the highest at the time of the phone’s release. The high density ensures that the viewers get nothing but hi-res display with clear, crisp images and absolutely no pixilation. The device is a little bulky and heavy at 144 grams. The phone is encased in a plastic chassis, which comes off as a little cheap looking. The phone also said to creak and make noises when pressure is put on it. The Xperia S is a bar phone, which features a clear plastic strip on the bottom side of the phone that has the Home, Back and Menu button imprints on it but don’t let the imprint fool you, the buttons are actually located on the top of the clear strip and not on the strip. The top of the device houses the power/unlock button with the 3.55mm jack. The right side of the phone has the volume rocker, an HDMI out socket and the physical camera button, while the left side has a USB charging/sync port.

The phone is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Dual-core processor, making it quite fast when operational. The processor allows the user to seamless shift between screens and apps on the phone. It can also handle hi-res games, movies and multi-tasking. The device comes with Android v2.3, which is upgradeable to Android v4.0. The company has announced a 4.1 update, but release date for the update is not yet revealed. The device is available with 32 GB internal storage capacity and 1 GB RAM. The device does not support MicroSD cards, which means that the user is stuck with only 32 GB storage and this also causes a problem for the user to transfer data on to the phone.

The device houses a 12.1 MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash. The camera comes with Sony’s Exmor R for mobile technology and produces beautiful, colorful high-res images. The device is also capable of recording HD videos. The Xperia S also sports a 1.3 MP front camera for video calls, which is quite good compared to the other VGA and 1 MP cameras available on the other phones in the same price range. The Xperia S also comes with xLOUD Experience, clear stereo and clear bass and 3D surround sound for an amazing audio experience. The device is available with other features such as: Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, NFC and USB On-the-go. The S has a non-removable Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery, that provides 8 hours 30 min talk-time and 420 hours of standby time on 3G according to the company.

Though, Apple originally was assumed to have the most technologically innovative products, many other companies have stepped in to give it good competition. The Apple Company still has maintained a good standing ground in terms of innovation and technology. Apple has also successfully built a loyal fan base that is willing to purchase phones and tablets only by Apple and stand by their products a 100%. The iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 are two products that were launched by Apple. iPhone 5 is the successor and the latest model of the Apple’s smartphone flagship.

The iPhone 4S was an update that was released after much anticipation in October 2011. It was the fifth generation of the iPhone and succeeded the iPhone 4. In terms of appearance, the phone resembles the iPhone 4 in many ways. However, it has gained a few pounds in weight. The iPhone 4S offers improved hardware and software systems compared to its predecessors. The iPhone 4S retains the 3.5-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen along with the pixels. It weighs around 140 grams. The iPhone 4S also supported CDMA versions. The iPhone 4S was the first iOS device to offer a dual-core processor and was offered with the new iOS 5, which is now upgradeable to iOS 6.1.

The phone is available with non-expandable 16, 32 or 64 GB internal storage capacity. It also upped the primary camera to 8 MP and bettered the video recording quality with additional features. One of the primary features that Apple launched with the 4S was Siri, Apple’s speech recognition software. It allowed users to control the phone using vocal commands and allowed the software to retain answers making it eerily human like. Siri was one of the main reasons for many people upgrading to the 4S. The 4S also offered a faster dual-core processor, more RAM and a slightly better battery. However, the faster processor sacrificed some standby time on the phone.

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


Sony Xperia S

iPhone 4S

Launch Date

February 2012

October 2011



Apple Corporation


128.0 x 64.0 x 10.6 mm

115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm


4.3-inch scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen

3.5 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen,


1280 x 720 pixels (~342 ppi pixel density), 16 million colors

640 x 960 pixels, (~330 ppi pixel density) 16M colors


Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass

Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coating


144 grams

140 g

2G Network

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

CDMA 800 / 1900

3G Network

UMTS HSPA 850, 900, 1900, 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO

4G Network




Timescape UI


CPU speed

1.5 GHz Qualcomm Dual-core processor

1 GHz Dual-core Cortex-A9


Adreno 220

PowerVR SGX543MP2


Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), planned upgrade to v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

iOS 5, upgradable to iOS 6.1


Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon

Apple A5


1 GB

512 MB

SIM Size



Internal Memory

32 GB

16/32/64 GB

Expandable Memory




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

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


GSM GPRS Up to 86 kbps;

GSM EDGE Up to 237 kbps; Wi-Fi hotspot; Wi-Fi, DLNA, NFC, USB.

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


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

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth and USB.


UMTS HSPA cat 6 (upload) Up to 5.8 Mbps; UMTS HSPA cat 10(download) Up to 14.4 Mbps

HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps


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

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


Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP


microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go

micro-USB 2.0.

Primary Camera

12.1 MP autofocus rear camera

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

1.3 MP, 720 pixels front camera

VGA, 480p@30fps, videocalling over Wi-Fi and 3G


HD video recording (1080p)

1080p@30fps, LED video light, video stabilization, geo-tagging

Camera Features

16x digital zoom, LED flash, Touchfocus, Sony’s Exmor R for mobile CMOS sensor, f/2.4 Aperture, 3D Sweep Panorama, Face recognition and Smile Shutter

Touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR. Video mirroring and video out support

Sound Enhancement

xLOUD Experience

Clear stereo and clear bass

3D surround sound


Audio supported formats

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

Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), 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


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; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Po 1432 mAh battery (5.3 Wh)

Talk time

2G: 7 hours 30 min

3G: 8 hours 30 min

Up to 8 hours on 3G


2G: 450 hours

3G: 420 hours

Up to 225 hours

Available Colors

Black, White

Black, White


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

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


HTML5, Adobe Flash

HTML (Safari)


Stereo FM radio with RDS



GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS

A-GPS support


Java via Java MIDP emulator


Additional Features

  • Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • 3D and motion gaming
  • Timescape with Twitter integrated
  • PlayStation Certified
  • TV launcher
  • HDMI Support
  • DLNA Certified
  • Screenshot capturing
  • Native USB tethering, NFC, ANT+
  • Google Voice Search, Google Talk with video chat, Google Mail, Google Calendar, Google Gallery 3D, Google Maps with Street View and Latitude
  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input
  • 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

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