Sony Xperia Sola vs HTC One V: Which One Should You Buy?

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Sony Xperia Sola vs HTC One V: Which One Should You Buy?

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Back in February at MWC 2012, Japanese handset manufacturer Sony unveiled Xperia Sola handset and released in the global market during May 2012.

Priced reasonably accompanied with impressive spec sheet, Sony Xperia Sola has a good consumer base attracting the mid-range Android smartphone seekers.

However, the Xperia handset is facing a tough challenge from one of the strongest contender in the mid-range smartphone market and that is no one else, but the recently launched HTC One V – part of the One Series launched by the Taiwanese handset vendor in 2012.

Priced at Rs 17,899, the One V is a dual core version of the One X has is equipped with the likes of the Android King.

If you are looking to own an Android mid-range smartphone with some impressive specifications and decent performance, Gizbot has come up a head-to-head spec comparison between the Xperia Sola and One V, to help you decide with ease.

Display & Dimensions: While Xperia Sola carries a dimension of 116 x 59 x 9.9 mm and weighs around 107 grams, the thicker and heavier One V boasts a dimension of 120.3 x 59.7 x 9.24 and weighs in at 115 grams.

Coming to the display, Xperia Sola packs a 3.7 inch scratch-resistant TFT capacitive touchscreen with 854 x 480 pixel resolution. The Reality display is powered by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine.

On the other hand, the One V also houses a 3.7 inch LCD 2 capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.

Processor: In this segment, Xperia Sola is equipped with a 1 GHz STE U8500 Dual Core processor while One V is packed with a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor.

Operating System: Xperia Sola runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, but it is upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in October.

In comparison, One V is flavored with Android 4.0 topped with HTC Sense 4 out of the box.

Camera: In this segment of the comparison, both the handsets score almost the same as they have a 5MP rear camera with LED flash, autofocus, face and smile detection and geo-tagging. One V has an added advantage with the BSI Sensor for better low-light imaging capabilities.

However, both Xperia Sola and One V lack a front facing camera, which is disappointing.

Connectivity: On the connectivity front, Xperia Sola packs Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot, DLNA, aGPS, Bluetooth, Native USB tethering, NFC and micro USB support features.

On the other hand, One V has features like Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, Wi-Fi 802.11 /b/g/n and micro USB 2.0 support.

Memory: Xperia Sola has 8GB internal memory while One V has 4GB internal memory.

Further, both the smartphones have 512MB RAM and micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB.

Battery: Xperia Sola packs a 1,320 Li-ion battery, which delivers 6 hours talk time and 475 hours standby. On the other hand, One V is loaded with a bigger of 1,500 mAh Li-ion, which the company claims will offer an excellent battery backup.

Price: On the pricing front, being mid-range smartphones, Xperia Sola is priced at Rs 17,899 while One V is priced at Rs 19,999.

Verdict

Both the smartphones are mid-range handsets packed with pretty decent specs. However, the handsets lack some essential elements including the front camera, which are present in even low cost smartphones present in the market today.

While talking about the One V, which is a part of the popular One series from the Taiwanese tech titan, is a good handset with the Android ICS out of the box. The handset has a great build and a good battery backup, but its in-built battery and heating up issue are a few cons.

While the Xperia Sola also has the same in-built battery problem, the lack of Android ICS is another prominent issue as it missed some significant performance improvements with the Gingerbread OS.

On the whole, both the handsets are worth the price. If you are looking to buy a smartphone with Android ICS OS out of the box, Beats Audio integration and a relatively low priced handset, the HTC One V could be your choice.

However, if a slight price difference and operating system upgrade are not your concern and you wish to have a Reality display, increased internal storage capacity and NFC connectivity, the Sony Xperia Sola could be the right smartphone for you.


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