Comparison - Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S vs HTC HD7S
By Tan Ming Sin
28 April 2012 – Today we will be comparing the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S with the HTC HD7S. Both models were announced last year. The HD7S came in sooner in June 2011 while the Xperia Arc S came later in September 2011.
The two models have similar screen size and display pixels. The Xperia Arc S offers a 4.2-inch display screen with 480x854 pixels. On the other hand, the HD7S offers a 4.3-inch display screen with 480x800 pixels. Both models also do not support a secondary camera. However, the similarities end here. The main difference between the two models is their OS (Operating System). The Xperia Arc S runs on Android 2.3.4, Gingerbread while the HD7S runs on Microsoft Windows Phone 7. By now the HD7S OS should have been updated to Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.
The Xperia Arc S offers a smaller chassis compared to the HD7S. It has a thickness of 8.7 mm, 22% smaller than the HD7S (11.2 mm).It is also lighter by 27% (117 grams vs 162 grams). The Xperia Arc S comes with a memory slot capable of supporting microSD up to 32GB whereas the HD7S does not have a memory slot. On the rear camera, the Xperia Arc S offers an 8-megapixel camera while the HD7S comes with a 5-megapixel camera. The Xperia Arc S processor is clocked at 1.4GHz while the HD7S only offers a 1.0GHz processor. Lastly, the Xperia Arc S also offers DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity whereas the HD7S does not support either one.
On the other hand, the HD7S offers S-LCD technology for its capacitive touchscreen while the Xperia Arc S offers LED-backlight for its LCD. The HD7S does not have a memory slot but it offers 16GB internal storage whereas the Xperia Arc S only has 1GB internal storage.
Spec-wise, you may find the Xperia Arc S to have more value for your money. However, be reminded that the Windows Phone OS found in HD7S emphasises on simplistic user-interface. Thus, it does not require high-end specs to runs smoothly. Nevertheless, the Xperia Arc S still has the advantage in term of lighter chassis, the extra connectivity and a higher-rated camera.
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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S (RP S$ 668)
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 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.
HTC HD 7S (No price yet)
3.5G HSDPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Touchscreen candybar, 5.0 MP camera, 16GB internal memory, Windows Phone 7
HTC HD7S is a re-branded version of the HTC HD7. The phone is equipped with a 4.3-inch WVGA Super LCD display which is the largest in the WP7 lineup, but even more intriguing is the fact that the phone will ship with an updated version of Microsoft's platform supporting copy and paste.
On the hardware side you get a 1GHz single-core processor, while in the camera department you have a 5-megapixel snapper with dual LED flash, 720p HD video recording and a camera button. Courtesy of Windows Phone 7, the smartphone offers a rather unique camera experience, which seamlessly integrates the camera's viewfinder and photo/video gallery.
Other than that, the HTC HD7S retains pretty much everything seen in its predecessor, including its non-expandable 16GB internal memory.
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