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Comparison - Sony Xperia S vs Apple iPhone 4S

February 5, 2012
By Jonathan Cheah

05 February 2012 – The Sony Xperia S was announced during CES 2012. It is the successor to the Arc S, itself an upgrade to the original Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. The Apple iPhone 4S was announced in October 2011.

Sony Xperia S vs Apple iPhone 4S

Both the Sony Xperia S and the Apple iPhone 4S are quad-band devices. The Apple iPhone 4S has the edge in supporting both CDMA and GSM systems in one device. The Sony Xperia S is a little larger but weighs only a little bit more at 144g while the iPhone 4S weighs 140g.

Both devices come in Black or White and the jury is still out on which device actually looks better.

The Sony Xperia S has a larger screen (4.3 vs 3.5-inch) and a few more pixels as a consequence of that (720 x 1280 pixels against 640 x 960 pixels). The main camera is now a 12-megapixel one against the 8-megapixel camera of its rival. Its secondary camera is also a little better (1.3 vs 0.3-megapixels).

The Apple iPhone 4S is capable of recording 1080p video. This is despite it having a lower megapixel rating for the camera than its rival. Compared to the 32 GB internal storage of the Xperia S, the iPhone comes with more options (16/32/64 GB).

It appears that the Sony Xperia S is quite evenly-matched with the Apple iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S is of course expected to be the more expensive device for a long time if not always, and we think that the Xperia S will lose out in this comparison mainly because of the older Android OS.

When the Android 4.0 updates roll out with the Sony Xperia S, then the choice is much harder to make. The Xperia S is likely to be cheaper than its rival, but the Sony brand has some way to go before it matches the appeal and the prestige of the Apple brand.

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Sony Xperia S (not announced yet)

Sony Xperia S

3.5G HSDPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Touchscreen candybar, 12.0 MP camera, 32GB Memory, Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) 

Sony Xperia S was announced at CES 2012 with a 4.3-inch 720p display and some pretty impressive specs - a gap-free laminated Reality Display. The Xperia S features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 12-megapixel Exmor R camera R camera sensor, NFC support, and PlayStation certification.

According to Sony, it’ll come with Android 2.3 and not Ice Cream Sandwich, at least not until second quarter of the year. And the Xperia S comes in black and white – for now.

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iPhone 4S (RM 3200+)

Apple iPhone 4S

3.5G HSDPA + HSUPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Touchscreen Candybar, 8.0 MP Camera, 16/32/64 GB Memory, iOS 5

The iPhone 4S is a world phone which supports both GSM and CDMA connections. The iPhone 4S will come in three variants, the brand new 64GB ($499), 32GB ($299), and 16GB ($199), and it will come in black and white. The pricing is the same as for the iPhone 4 last year.

Its exterior is similar to the iPhone 4, but the phone gets the A5 dual-core processor, which Apple claims will be able to run graphics seven times faster than its predecessor. Last year's antenna issue is also addressed, the iPhone's steel band is able to 'intelligently' switch between antenna's for improve call quality.

Other iPhone 4S exclusives, is the Siri voice recognition system, for example you ask Siri a question example "Do I need a raincoat today?" Siri will try and make sense of it and responds "It sure looks like rain today." Other examples include "What is the time in Kuala Lumpur?" Siri will then show you the world clock. Yes it comes with iOS 5, but only 4S users will be able to enjoy it.

There is also an upgraded 8-megapixel camera, the sensor gets an upgrade too with something called backlight illumination, and an image signal processor that enables face detection and 26 percent improved white balance. And it will take 1.1 seconds to take the first shot, and half a second for the next. 1080p video recording is supported too.

The battery is still able to handle the dual-core processor with 8 hours of talk time, 14 hours of 2g talk time, 6 hours of 3g browsing, 9 hours of WiFi browsing. The 4S will have 14.4 HSPA + downlink, an improvement over the iPhone 4's 7.2 Mpbs.

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♠ JC

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