Comparison - Sony Xperia Ion vs iPhone 4S
By Jonathan Cheah
02 May 2012 – The Sony Xperia Ion was announced during CES in January 2012 and the iPhone 4S was announced in October 2011.
They both weigh almost the same, with the Sony barely 4g more than the Apple. The screen resolutions are pretty close, 323 ppi for the Sony and 330 ppi for the Apple.
The iPhone 4S is still Apple’s current flagship phone, running version 5.x of the iOS.
The Sony Xperia Ion as usual, has a larger screen (4.55 vs 3.50-inches).
It also has a better processor on paper, a 1.5GHz dual core doing almost double against the 800 Mhz dual-core of the iPhone 4S. Memory for the Ion is also double - 1024 vs 512 MBs - and the Ion accepts memory cards of up to 32GB in size.
The Ion also has a better camera rating at the back (12.1 vs 8-megapixels) and in front (1.3 vs 0.3-megapixels).
Once again, the Sony Xperia Ion is the superior phone on paper. We feel it will almost certainly come in at a lower price than the iPhone 4S, but both phones are on different ecosystems. If you are an Android user, than the Xperia Ion is one device you would surely consider against any other purchase.
The iPhone 4S still has its brand appeal, but is not really carrying specifications to swoon over. I think we could get a lot better for three grand.
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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.
Sony Xperia Ion
4G LTE + HSDPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Touchscreen candybar, 12.0 MP camera, 16GB Memory, Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread)
The Sony Xperia Ion comes with Android 2.3 and comes packing a 4.55-inch 720p display, a 12-megapixel Exmor R primary camera that goes from standby to ready in 1.5 seconds, NFC and LTE – the first for Sony. There is a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and 16GB flash storage.
Aside from the powerful specs, the chassis is 'thin, lightweight and durable' and the screen is augmented with Bravia Reality Display components, which was on the Xperia Arc last year and like the Xperia S has a laminated, gapless display. It too is Playstation-certified and the Android 4.0 upgrade is already planned.
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