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Comparison - Nokia N8 vs Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

March 25, 2011
by Jonathan Cheah

25 March 2011 – The Nokia N8 is much older than the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc but both are currently amongst the most-searched for devices on our website. 

Both the Nokia N8 and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc are quad-band smartphones. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is larger and flatter, but weighs a miniscule 18g less. The Nokia N8 has an AMOLED display rated at 360 x 640 pixels while the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc has a TFT display rated at 480 x 854 pixels. Both are 16M colour capacitive touchscreens. 

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc has a better battery rating at 1500 mAh against the 1200 mAh of the Nokia N8. Surprisingly though, the talktime for the Nokia N8 is given as 12 hours while the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc claims a little below seven hours of talktime. 

The Nokia N8 drives the Symbian^3 OS with a 680 MHz ARM processor. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc drives Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with Qualcomm MSM8255 rated at 1GHz. 

The Nokia N8 comes with a 12.1-megapixel camera while the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc has an 8.1-megapixel camera on it. The Nokia N8 also has 16 GBs for storage whilst the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc has 512MBs. Both phones accept microSD cards of up to 32GBs in size. 

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc still has some way to go to catch up with the Nokia N8 on this one. Although the Nokia N8 was announced a good eight months earlier, the Nokia N8 still has the better camera and more storage. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc has a better battery rating and a faster processor. It may come down to whether you are more comfortable with the Symbian^3 OS or with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). 

Still, we think that it would take some doing for Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc to match the current price of the Nokia N8, and unless they come very close to the Nokia N8 price, the Nokia N8 is obviously the better choice in this comparison. 

Nokia N8 (RM 1350 (AP) - 1530) 

3.5G HSDPA + Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Touchscreen candybar, 12-megapixel camera, 16 GB Memory + MicroSD (32GB Max) 

The N8 is powered by Symbian ^3, the Nokia N8 supports gestures such as flick scrolling and pinch-zoom and offers multiple, personalised home screens which can be loaded with apps from Ovi Store.  

The device looks like a giant capacitive 3.5 inch screen with 16M colours attached with a home button. With a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash, the Nokia N8 offers the ability to record HD-quality videos and editing.  

The device supports quad-band GSM connectivity, with Wi-Fi, EDGE, EDGE and HSDPA. With a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash, there’s also the option to record HD-quality videos and edit them with an intuitive built-in editing suite.  

The Nokia N8 is expected to be available in select markets during the 3rd quarter of 2010 with an estimated retail price of 370 Euros before taxes and subsidies. 


Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc (RM 2099, Telco discounts available) 

3.5G HSDPA + HSUPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Touchscreen Candybar, 8.0 MP Camera, 512 MB Memory + microSD (max 32GB), Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) 

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The 1Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The Xperia Arc is the first of a new generation of Xperia smartphones to be announced in 2011. 

Super slim and light, the Xperia Arc is just 8.7mm at its thinnest part and has a extra wide 4.2" multi-touch screen. The Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine delivers exceptional visual brilliance and a crystal clear image which enhances the overall entertainment experience. All pictures and videos can be shared in HD on your living room TV via the built in HDMI-connector. 

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♠ JC 

ModelNokia N8Sony Ericsson Xperia arc
Market StatusNew ModelComing Soon
technologyGSM / HSDPAGSM GPRS/EDGE 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900
UMTS HSPA 900/ 2100 or UMTS HSPA 800/ 850/ 1900/ 2100
Dimension(mm)113.5 x 59 x 12.9125 x 63 x 8.7
Item Weight135117
Screen size3.5 inch, 640 x 360, AMOLED capacitive touchscreen4.2 inch, 480x854, Touchscreen (Multi-Touch), Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine
Screen Color16M colorsTFT 16M colors
Line of Text--
Menu Type- Timescape UI
Design TypeBlokBlok
Navigation keyProximity sensor, Ambient light detectorAccelerometer sensor
Soft Key--
Other keys-Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant surface
Keypad Lighting--
Internal Memory16 GB512
Memory ExpansionMicroSD, hot swappable, up to 32GBmicroSD (Up to 32GB), 8GB card included
Battery TypeLi-Ion 1200 mAh (BL-4D)Li-Polymer 1500 mAh
Talk Time(minutes)GSM:720 min / WCDMA 350 min420
Standby Time(hours)GSM:390 h / WCDMA 400 h430

Video SupportH.264, MPEG-4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, Real video 10
Video plabyack on HD TV through HDMI cable
MP4/H.263/H.264/Xvid/DivX/WMV player
HDMI port
Voice Support--
Audio SupportMP3, WMA, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WBMP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
3.5 mm audio jack

BluetoothYesYes, v2.1 with A2DP
Infrared (IrDA)NoNo
USB portYesYes
EDGEEDGE class B, multislot class 33Yes, Class 10, 236.8 kbps
Support 3GYesYes
Data Types/GPRSClass 33Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots)
WIFIWLAN IEEE802.11 b/g/nYes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n; DLNA
HSDPAYes, HSDPA 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA 2.0 MbpsYes, HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
Data cableHigh-Speed microUSBMicro USB

EmailYesYes, Push Email
Instant MessagingOVI Chat, Yahoo, AIM, Windows Live, Gtalk, MySpaceYes

WAPYes Ver 2.0Yes Ver 2.0
Platform/OSSymbian ^3Android 2.3
BrowserHTML 4.1-
Predictive Text
Speech Coddecs--
PIM Application--
OtherApplicationGPS, Flash Lite 4.0, Digital Compass, Ovi Store, Maps, Videos, WebTV, Office document editors, Video & photo editor, Mail, Chat, RadioA-GPS support, Adobe Flash 10.1, Digital compass, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Maps, Document Viewers Skype, NeoReader barcode scanner

Caller IDPhoto IDPhoto Caller ID
Profile IDYesYes

Camera Features
Lens TypeCMOS, Carl Zeiss opticsCMOS
Mega pixel12.08.0
Max. Resolution3264 x 2448
Digital Zoom2x
Night ModeYesYes
Extra FeaturesAutofocus, Secondary VGA camera, 16:9 viewfinder, Xenon Flash, Face recognition softwareAuto focus, LED Flash, Geo-tagging, Face detection
videoYes, 720p 25 fpsYes, 720p@30fps
Photo Format--
Video FormatH.264, MPEG-4-

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