Comparison - Sony Xperia Sola vs HTC Desire V
18 July 2012 – We are looking at two mid-range Android devices with affordable price points - the Sony Xperia Sola against the HTC Desire V.
They share a few similarities, which include a 5-megapixel camera as well as connectivity options such as HSPA, WiFi, WiFi hotspot and Bluetooth 3.0. They also come with a microSD slot that supports up 32GB. Performance-wise, they share a 1GHz processor and 512RAM.
However, there is a subtle difference of their screen sizes, the Sola has a 3.7-inch screen displaying 854 x 480 pixel resolution while the Desire V has the larger 4-inch screen that displays 800 x 480 pixels. Also, the Sola’s screen is improved with the Mobile Bravia Engine which gives it a brighter, clearer display. Sony’s phone also boasts the ‘Floating Touch’ technology which allows you to navigate the display even when your finger is hovering off the screen.
Physically, with the Desire V’s larger screen, the phone is a bit taller and wider than its counterpart. The Desire V is also slightly heavier (114g vs 107g). But the 9.9 mm Sola is a smidge thicker compared to the 9.3 mm Desire V.
While both are Android smartphones, the Sola is powered by the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) platform, while the Desire V has the newer Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) skinned with the HTC Sense UI 4.0.
Other minor additions include dual-SIM support, DLNA connectivity as well as the inclusion of Beats Audio for the HTC Desire V. On the other hand, the Sola’s camera boasts a few features like 3D sweep panorama, image stabilisation and 720p video recording. As for storage, the Sola is equipped an 8GB internal memory while the Desire has the smaller 4GB memory.
The HTC Desire V is priced at S$548 and the Xperia Sola is the more budget-friendly device at S$588. That is a S$40 or 7 percent difference between both devices.
The Desire V does take design cues from HTC’s One series, so it is more attractive compared to the Sola and comes with Ice Cream Sandwich. However, except for the slightly larger screen and dual-SIM functionality, we think the Sony Xperia Sola trumps the Desire V with its budget price point, improved display and a feature-filled camera.
Sony Xperia Sola
HSPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3.7-touchscreen candybar, 5-megapixel camera, 8GB Memory, Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Sony is adding another smartphone to its fledging ranks, the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) powered Sola.
Touted is its brand new 'Floating Touch' navigation, which enables web browsing without touching the screen. Floating touch allows users to navigate the web by hovering their finger above the screen so it acts like a moving curser, without having to touch the screen. Once desired link is found it can be highlighted and a simple tap will load the page.
In addition to the floating touch, the smartphone comes with a 3.7-inch Reality Display (with a Mobile Bravia Engine), a 1GHz dual-core CPU, NFC (Near Field Communication) and Xperia SmartTags support, as well as 3D surround sound.
HTC Desire V
Dual-SIM, HSPA, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 4.0-inch touchscreen candybar, 5-megapixel camera + 4GB internal storage + microSD slot (up to 32GB), Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
The HTC Desire V is a dual-SIM budget smartphone from the Taiwanese manufacturer. It sports a 4-inch display with 480 x 800 resolution pixels. The exterior of the Desire V looks like the smaller brother of the One X. Powering the Desire V is a 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM. The phone is running on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with HTC Sense user interface on top of it. There is a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash for some quick shots. The Desire V is retailed at RM1099.