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Published on February 12th, 2013 | by Guest Writer


Affordable Samsungs And Sonys? The Sony Xperia U Vs. The Samsung Galaxy Mini 2

If you want a reasonably priced mobile phone, you don’t necessarily have to settle for a lesser known brand. Big brands such as Samsung and Sony also make affordable devices, though they may not be advertised as much as their top of the line models. Going with a big brand name can mean that you get more reliability and a better made product. We took the Sony Xperia U and put it to the test up against the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2, to see how they compared. Both of these are affordable devices offered by most mobile phone service providers. We wanted to know what exactly the differences were between them, and which one was the better buy. So, if you’re on the lookout for an affordable new mobile phone, then keep reading to find out which one of these two we recommend.

Why the Sony Xperia U is a Good Buy…

The Xperia has a few good advantages over the Galaxy. Firstly, it’s the faster phone. It comes running a 1000 MHz processor, rather than the slower 800 MHz processor on the Samsung, making it more powerful, snappier and more responsive. It also has the better screen. The display has two and a half times higher resolution as well as sixty per cent more PPI (pixels per inch). The combination of these two things means that the picture quality on the Xperia is brighter, crisper and more colourful than that on the Galaxy. The in-built camera is also better, being a 5 MP camera as opposed to the 3 MP cam on the Samsung. This means that photos taken with the Xperia’s camera are better quality and have more fine detail. It also shoots high resolution HD video, which the Samsung doesn’t. So the Sony is looking like a pretty good deal…

What Advantages Does the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 Have?

Only a couple, unfortunately; it does have better Bluetooth support, coming equipped with Bluetooth 3.0 rather than the older 2.1 system on the Xperia. If you frequently connect to Bluetooth devices such as hands free the newer version means that you get faster data transfer, and that your phone uses less battery power when connecting to devices. Secondly, you get around twenty per cent more talk time per battery charge on the Galaxy, which averages seven hours of talk time versus the six hours of talk time on the Sony. This results in having to charge your phone less often. But that’s pretty much it for the Galaxy.

Which One Should I Buy?

The Sony Xperia U is obviously the better phone. It’s faster and has a better screen as well as a better camera, which in our eyes makes it a better device in general. We like the better battery life and newer Bluetooth support on the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2, but they don’t really make up for the lack of speed and the awful picture quality. So our recommendation goes to the Xperia. It’s a great little device that just goes to show that a decent cell phone doesn’t have to break the bank.

Phil Turner has been asked on many occasions, “What is the best smartphone you have found?” Unfortunately there is no simple answer.

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