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Comparison – Nokia Lumia 900 vs Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S

May 4, 2012
By Nigel Chew


4 May 2012 – While not exactly the latest devices on the market, the following smartphones are decent examples of the platforms they represent. The Nokia Lumia 900 is a US-only upgrade of the Lumia 800, which runs on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, while the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is an Android-based (Android 2.3 Gingerbread, specifically) device.

Sporting larger dimensions at 127.8 x 68.5 x 11.5 mm, the Lumia 900 packs in a 4.3-inch display with 480 x 800 pixels in resolution. On the other hand, the Xperia Arc S is slightly more compact (125 x 63 x 8.7mm), with its 4.2-inch screen, although it does pack in more pixels (480 x 854)

Powering the two devices is the same single-core 1.4GHz Scorpion processor, and both the Lumia 900 and Xperia Arc S have 512MB of RAM. Performance wise, the CPU is adequate to be able to run their respective operating system and apps smoothly. However, it is worth noting that the Lumia 900 offers 16GB of storage right off the bat, while the Xperia Arc S comes with only a measly 1GB of storage, which fortunately can be rectified with the use of microSDs.

When it comes to the camera, both devices pack similar hardware, with their respective 8-megapixel shooter. Going out on a limb here, we are going to wager that the quality of their cameras will be pretty much indistinguishable, gauging from the quality of previous devices.

In terms of hardware specifications, the Lumia 900 and Xperia Arc S are essentially mirror-images of one another, and deciding between the two boils down solely to which of the platforms (Windows Phone 7.5 Mango and Android) you prefer. In terms of pricing, the Xperia Arc S will have dropped considerably by the time you read this, and the only way of getting your hands on the Lumia 900 is to order it online from the US itself, which can cost a pretty penny.


Nokia Lumia 900

3.5G HSDPA + HSUPA + 3.9G LTE + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Touchscreen Candybar, 8.0 MP Camera, 16 GB Memory, Windows Mobile 7.5 (Mango)

Nokia’s latest Windows Phone flagship has a 4.3-inch AMOLED display with ClearBlack technology and it is definitely bigger than the Lumia 800 display. The Nokia Lumia 900 is powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 512MB of RAM. It is running on the Mango version of Windows Phone.

There is a front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel camera with 28mm f/2.2 Carl Zeiss lens and dual-flash. The Lumia 900 comes with the Tango application which enables video chat.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S

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 the 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. 


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