Comparison - Sony Xperia U vs Xperia Miro

October 12, 2012
By Loh Ving Sung GooglePlus


We are pitting two devices from Sony this week, specifically entry-level Android devices, so let’s see which one of them is worth your hard-earned Ringgit.

Sony Xperia U vs Xperia Miro

 


Usability


Sony’s Xperia U carries that same design as the Xperia P, it has a glass piece at the bottom. While the Xperia Miro’s one piece design that tapers off at the bottom end, along with a ‘unique illumination alert’ that serves as notification whenever you have a message, Facebook alert and more.


They both weight 110 grams, but the Miro is thinner than its counterpart.


While both come with 3.5-inch touchscreens, but the Xperia U has the higher resolution screen with 480 x 854 pixel resolution against the Miro’s 320 x 480 pixels. The Xperia U has much more pixels per inch at 280 ppi, compared to the Miro’s 165ppi.  The U holds the advantage here because it is powered by Sony’ Mobile Bravia Engine.


The Xperia U is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor, so it should edge out the Miro’s single core 800MHz processor. Both Sony’s smartphones come with 512MB RAM. The Xperia U has 8GB internal memory whist the Miro has 4GB along with a microSD slot (up to 32GB).


Software


While both Sony phones powered by the Android platform, the Miro comes with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) right out of the box. The Xperia U, launched earlier, is initially equipped with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), but is now upgradeable to ICS.


And Sony has laced both Android phones with the company’s own TimeScape UI, which adds a social media twang to the Android proceedings. However, Sony has touted much deeper integration when it comes to the Miro, as Facebook alerts, notifications, and pictures are easily accessible or can be seen from the phone’s calendar.


Connectivity


For sub RM1000 phones, they have quite a number of connectivity options, ranging from HSPA, WiFi and WiFi hotspot. For media sharing, the Xperia U has DLNA and WiFi Direct, and the Miro only lacks WiFi Direct. The phones has A-GPS too for the road warrior.


Camera


Sony went ahead and gave both phones 5-megapixel cameras but only the Xperia U comes with Exmor R technology - a CMOS sensor that improves shooting during low light settings, including night scenes. The Xperia Miro’s camera quality should be edged out by the Xperia U’s Exmor R technology. The Xperia U is also able to record 720p quality videos, and the Miro is only capable of VGA quality video. Along with


Verdict


The Xperia U comes with a larger set of hardware, but that is reflected in its price too at RM899. The Sony Xperia Miro is RM200 cheaper and isn’t too much of a slouch either, but its features are built for the money-conscious Facebook addict.


So which one do you choose? At a glance, it seems like the Xperia U and Miro are separated by a few minor features. If you prefer an entry-level device with a better display, an Exmor R camera, with more performance, then the Xperia U is for you. But if you want a social media phone with decent hardware and a low price point, look no further the Xperia Miro


 


 



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