Reviews Sony Xperia U

Published on February 7th, 2013 | by Guest Writer

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An Affordable Choice – The IPhone 4S Vs. The Sony Xperia U

Making a good mobile phone decision can be complicated. There are so many great devices on the market nowadays that choosing between them can be hard. It’s even more difficult if you’re looking for an affordable choice as well as a decently functioning phone. Today we’re looking at the iPhone 4S versus the Sony Xperia U. These are both affordable options, though the iPhone runs rather more expensive than the Xperia with most mobile service providers. But do you get what you pay for? Is the iPhone worth that extra cash? We put these phones to the test to find out exactly how they compare and what their differences are, and to see which one of them is the better buy.

Why You Should Consider the iPhone 4S…

The iPhone does have a lot of advantages. Probably it’s biggest plus is the amount of internal storage that you get. Depending on which model you buy, the iPhone will have 16, 32 or 64 GB of internal memory, as opposed to just 4 GB on the Xperia. (You do pay a lot more for the 32GB and 64GB models) This means that you can store an awful lot more music, videos, photos and games on your iPhone. It also has the better screen, with the display being of fifty per cent higher resolution and with twenty per cent more PPI (pixels per inch). These combined make the display on the iPhone brighter, crisper and more colourful than that on the Xperia. You get a better built in camera on the iPhone too, which has an 8 MP device rather than the 5 MP camera on the Xperia. This makes photos taken on the iPhone better quality with more fine detail. The camera also shoots video in full HD. Being an Apple device means that you get access to more applications with the iPhone. The iPhone App Store has around thirty per cent more apps than the Android App Market, so you get that much more choice. There’s more talk time on the iPhone, which averages around fourteen hours of talk time per battery charge cycle versus the Xperia’s six hours, meaning you charge your phone less often. Finally, the iPhone is around twenty per cent thinner and ten per cent generally smaller than the Sony, making it that much more portable.

What the Sony Xperia U Can Do…

The Xperia only wins out in a couple of categories. It is the faster device, coming with a 1000 MHz processor rather than Apple’s slower 800 MHz one, making it more powerful, snappier and more responsive. Being an Android phone means that the Xperia can run multiple applications simultaneously, letting you chat on Skype and browse the internet at the same time, for example. The iPhone cannot do this. Finally, although it is the larger device, the Xperia does come in lighter than the iPhone by more than twenty per cent.

Is the iPhone Worth It?

In our opinion, yes. Sure, you might have to spend a little more, but that extra storage space and the better screen and camera are more than worth the extra money. The Sony Xperia U is a nice phone, but it doesn’t compete with the iPhone 4S.

Every time Phil Turner is asked, “What is the best smartphone?” he always has to dodge the question because there is no simple answer.

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