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Comparison - Galaxy Nexus vs Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S

November 2, 2011
by Lim Pei Hao

02 November 2011 The Galaxy Nexus is the latest smartphone from the collaboration of Samsung and Google to provide a pure Google experience, as well as the successor of the Nexus S. On the other hand, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is the successor of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. 

At a glance, both devices offer a unique exterior construction. The Galaxy Nexus has a concaved curve on the front of the phone, so it is comfortable for you to use it while in a conversation. In contrast, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S has the concaved curve at the back or also known as the "arc design", which makes it really nice when you hold it on your hand. Looking at the metrics, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is both thinner and lighter than the Galaxy Nexus. 

In addition, the Galaxy Nexus has a bigger display than the Xperia Arc S, featuring a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD display with 720 x 1280 resolution pixels. In contrast, the latter spots a smaller 4.2-inch display with 480 x 854 resolution pixels. The Xperia Arc S has the advantage of the built-in Sony BRAVIA Mobile Engine, which makes the display look more vivid. 

On paper, the Galaxy Nexus is equipped with a more powerful 1.2GHz dual-core processor than the Xperia Arc S, which is equipped with a 1.4GHz solo-core processor. Nevertheless, both devices are fast and responsive when executing apps and performing multi-tasking with negligible differences.  

Storage-wise, the Galaxy Nexus comes in 16GB or 32GB internal storage. The Xperia Arc S has a 1GB internal storage, but it accepts microSD cards up to 32GB. The Galaxy Nexus does not support any expandable storage, which could be a drawback for some users. The Galaxy Nexus comes with the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) installed, whereas the Xperia Arc S is running on Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread). The Xperia Arc S is eligible for the Android 4.0 update, however Sony Ericsson has not announce a specific release date yet. 

For photos and videos, the Xperia Arc S triumphs over the Galaxy Nexus as it comes equipped with an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash. On the other hand, the Galaxy Nexus has a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash. On contrary, the Galaxy Nexus is capable is recording 1080p full HD video while the Xperia Arc S is restricted to 720p. The Galaxy Nexus has a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, which the Xperia Arc S lacks.  

Both the Galaxy Nexus and the Xperia Arc S are excellent Android smartphones. The Galaxy Nexus has the advantage of a bigger display and bigger internal storage than the Xperia Arc S. However, the Xperia Arc S seems to be a better option in terms of pricing. Plus, it has a higher megapixel camera than the Galaxy Nexus. 

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Galaxy Nexus (approx. RM 2100) 

HSPA+ 21Mbps + WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n + Touchscreen candybar + 5.0 MP camera + 16GB/32GB Internal Storage + Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)  

The Google Galaxy Nexus has a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD display with 1280 x 720 resolution pixels, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and the first device to run on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). It boasts a 5-megapixel camera which is capable of capturing videos at full HD 1080p at 30fps and promises a zero shutter lag experience. The Google Galaxy Nexus also has HSPA+ (21Mbps) network support, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 as well as GPS. The Galaxy Nexus will be available in the US, Europe & Asia beginning in November and gradually rolled out to other global markets. 


Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S (RRP RM 1899) 


3.5G HSDPA + HSUPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Touchscreen Candybar, 8.0 MP Camera, 320 MB Memory + microSD (max 32GB), Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread)  

The Xperia Arc S is a revised version of the original Xperia Arc. Sony Ericsson has bumped up the processor to 1.4GHz and added 3D and 2D sweep panorama photography. Among other features would be similar with the original Xperia arc including 4.2-inch Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine (480 x 854 resolution pixels), 8.1-megapixel camera with Exmor R image sensor, 320MB internal storage and supports microSD card up to 32GB.  

Plus, Sony Ericsson has also introduced Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited services to Xperia smartphones soon. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S comes in five colors, Pure White, Midnight Blue, Misty Silver, Gloss Black and Sakura Pink. It is expected to release in October 2011.  


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