Difference between Sony Xperia SP and iPhone 5

Key Difference: The Xperia SP is a 4.6-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen phone that has been encased in an all-aluminum body. It is less then 10mm thick and weights approximately 155 grams. The screen offers HD reality display and is supported by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. The SP works on 2G, 3G and LTE network (depending on market availability and sports a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core processor. 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. iPhone 5, bigger than its predecessors, supports a 4-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD screen with 640 x 1136 pixels and 16 million colors.

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. But alas, similar to all technological devices, the software and features start to become outdated as new features and software are developed and released. There are also many phones that are not suited for the all people. Hence, many companies launch similar middle-range variants that only have popular features for a lesser price. This ensures that the smart phone is available to the masses and not limited to the classes.

Sony announced the launch of its most anticipated smart phone the Xperia Z in January. In March, it also announced its revamped cell phone line up. In addition to the high and mighty Z, the company has also announced the launch of the mid-range cell phone Xperia SP. The SP model combines features from the Sony’s 2012 models S and P as well retains some features from flagship.

The Xperia SP is a 4.6-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen phone that has been encased in an all-aluminum body. It is less then 10mm thick and weights approximately 155 grams. The screen offers HD reality display and is supported by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. The SP works on 2G, 3G and LTE network (depending on market availability and sports a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core processor. The phone is available with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with no word on if it is upgradeable to the 4.2 version. The phone has 8 GB worth of internal space, of which only 5.8 GB is available to the users; however, fret not Sony also offers a SD card slot that is expandable up to 32 GB.

For all the camera shutterbugs, the SP houses the 8MP Exmor RS camera that gives brilliant and sharp images in low-lighting, back-lighting and snaps shots with low noise. The camera also has features such as Superior Auto that uses Scene Recognition to automatically adjust the photo setting. Additionally, it also offers 16x digital zoom, autofocus and pulsed LED flash. One of the old features that have been revamped is the notification light from the Xperia P. The notification light has been added as a see through strip on the bottom of the handset. The notification light is customizable and the user can add different lights to different callers. The lights also changes pulse rate during songs. The notification light is visible on the both sides of the phone, making it easier to determine the caller through the light when the phone is placed faced down. The phone also offers aluminum power button the right panel and has also brought back the physical camera button. However, the phone isn’t able to record HDR video. Sony has not yet announced the prices and the launch dates for the phone.

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 Sony Mobile website, Apple website, and GSMArena.com.

 

Sony Xperia SP

iPhone 5

Launch Date

Q2 of 2013

September 2012

Company

Sony Mobile

Apple Corporation

Size

130.6 x 67.1 x 9.98mm

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

Display

4.6 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen

4.0 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD

Screen

720 x 1280 pixels (~319 ppi pixel density)

 640 x 1136 pixels, 16M colors

Protection

Shatter proof sheet on Corning Gorilla glass

Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coating

Weight

155 g

112 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - GSM A1428

CDMA 800 / 1900 / 2100 - CDMA A1429

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - GSM A1428

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - CDMA A1429

4G Network

LTE availability depends on the market.

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 unified UI

IUI

CPU speed

1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960Pro Dual Core

1.2 GHz dual core Apple A6

GPU

Adreno 320

PowerVR SGX543MP3

OS

Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

iOS 6, upgradable to iOS 6.1

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8960T Snapdragon

Apple A6

RAM

1GB

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

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC, USB tethering, USB charging and USB High speed

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+ 850, 900, 2100, LTE

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

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP

USB

microUSB v2.0 (MHL)

micro-USB 2.0.

Primary Camera

8 MP Sony Exmor RS camera with auto focus

16x digital zoom, pulsed 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

[email protected] HD video recording, video stabilization

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

Camera Features

  • Scene recognition, Face detection and Smile detection
  • HDR for picture
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Flash - pulsed LED and photo light
  • Image stabilization
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Simultaneous HD video and image recording
  • Touch focus
  • Geo-tagging
  • Face detection
  • Panorama
  • HDR

Sound Enhancement

xLoud Experience, 3D surround sound, Clear bass, Clear stereo and Clear Phase

No

Audio supported formats

MP3, AVI, 3GPP, MP4, MKV, MPEG-TS, SMF, WAV, Ogg vorbis, FLAC

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

3GPP, MP4, MKV, MPEG2-TS, MPEG-4, WEBM

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

Li-Ion 2370 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Po 1440 mAh battery

Talk time

18 hours and 53 mins

Up to 8 h (2G) / Up to 8 h (3G)

Stand-by

734 hours

Up to 225 h (2G) / Up to 225 h (3G)

Available Colors

Black, White and 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

FM Radio with RDS

No

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Yes, A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

No

Additional Features

  • Screenshot capturing
  • Glove mode
  • Light effects
  • Transparent / Aluminum frame
  • PlayStation Certified
  • Sony Entertainment Network (selected markets only)
  • TV launcher
  • Motions gaming
  • 3D games
  • “WALKMAN” application
  • TrackID music recognition
  • Pre-loaded applications
  • Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Facebook, Google Sync and SyncML
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • SNS integration
  • 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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