Sony Xperia S and Nokia Lumia 900 smartphones compared

By Rahul Ramesh

    Sony Xperia S and Nokia Lumia 900 smartphones compared

     

    Two new smartphones, featuring almost everything you can ask for in a mobile phone, are the Sony Xperia S and Nokia Lumia 900. The handsets were displayed at the CES 2012 and achieved a lot of positive comments. It would be quite hard to make a choice, if you get to choose any one mobile out of the two.

    So a comparison of the Xperia S and Lumia 900 based on a couple of factors is in order.

    DISTUINGUISED FEATURES of SONY XPERIA S & NOKIA LUMIA 900

    Category

    Availability

    Availability

    DISPLAY

     

     

    Type

    LED-Backlit LCD capacitive multi touchscreen

    AMOLED Capacitive multi touchscreen

    Size

    4.3 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels

    4.3 inches; 480 x 800 pixels

    CAMERA

     

     

    Rear

    12 MP, 4000x3000 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

    dual LED Flash 8 MP; 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics

    Front

    1.3 MP, 720p@30fps

    1.3 MP

    Video

    1080p full HD resolution video recording

    720p HD video recording

    STORAGE CAPACITY

     

     

    Phone book

    Unlimited

    Unlimited

    Internal

     

    1 GB RAM

    512 MB RAM

    External

    16 GB included; up to 32 GB extensibility

    16 GB included; up to 32 GB extensibility

    Card slot

    NO

    NO

    DATA MANAGEMENT

     

     

    GPRS

    Up to 86 kbps

    Class 33

    EDGE

    Up to 237 kbps

    Class 33

    3G

    Yes

    Yes

    WLAN

    Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Direct, DLNA, hotspot

    Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

    Bluetooth

    v2.1 with A2DP, EDR

    v2.1 with A2DP, EDR

    NFC

    Yes

    Yes

    USB

    microUSB 2.0, HS, USB on-the-go

    microUSB 2.0, HS

    GPS FACILITY

    Yes; with A-GPS and GLONASS

    Yes; with A-GPS

    GENERAL FEATURES

    Category

    Availability

    Availability

    NETWORK SUPPORTS

     

     

    2G Network

    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

    3G Network

    HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - LT26a/i

    HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

    4G Network

     

    LTE 700 / 1700 / 2100

    ENTERTAINMENT FACILITIES

     

     

    Audio Player

    MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player

    MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player

    Video Player

    MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player

    MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player

    Games

    Yes

    Yes

    FM Radio

    Stereo FM radio with RDS

    Stereo FM radio with RDS

    POWER MANAGEMENT

     

     

    Battery Type

    Li ion 1830 mAh

    1750 mAh Li ion

    Stand By

    Up to 450 h (2G) / Up to 420 h (3G)

    Up to 300 h

    Talk Time

    Up to 7 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 8 h 30 min (3G)

    Up to 7 h

    SIZE

     

     

    Dimension

    128 x 64 x 10.6 mm

    127.8 x 68.5 x 11.5 mm

    Weight

    144 grams

    160 grams

    Operating system

    Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), upgrade to v4.0

    Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

    CPU

    Dual-core 1.5 GHz

    1.4 GHz Scorpion

    Browser

    HTML5, Adobe Flash

    HTML5

     

    As you can see, the Xperia S dominates when it comes to the power factor, with its 1.5 GHz dual core CPU and 1 GB RAM. The camera specifications are way better in Xperia S with a 12 MP camera, while the Lumia 900 sports an 8 MP camera. Lumia 900’s camera can record 720p HD videos, while Xperia S’s primary camera can record full HD 1080p resolution videos.

    If you consider the form factor, build quality and design, both the handsets are cool with cutting edge finishes and top notch quality. But the Sony Xperia S still dominates when it comes to displays, although the Lumia 900 has the same 4.3 inch display like the Xperia S. But Lumia 900 has an AMOLED display. The simple Windows Mango and Android Gingerbread OS in the handsets are evenly matched when you consider simplicity, user interface etc.

    The price tags of the handsets haven’t been announced yet, but Sony Xperia S is most likely the expensive one. Hopefully Nokia Lumia 900’s price tag would be reasonable.

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