Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc vs. Apple iPhone 4: Smartphone showdown

Which is the better phone – Sony Ericsson's XPERIA Arc or Apple's iPhone 4?

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Android smartphone

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Android smartphone

Sony Ericsson's XPERIA Arc is the first of many XPERIA-branded Android phones to debut in 2011. Aside from the much publicised Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play, dubbed the 'PlayStation phone', the XPERIA Arc is the company's flagship smartphone for the first half of the year, meaning it will compete with Apple's iPhone 4.

Check out our detailed preview of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc and see our roundup of the best upcoming smartphones in 2011.

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc has a big emphasis on design: It is just 8.7mm thick at its thinnest point and utilises a unique curved case. It has a large, LED-backlit 4.2in display, a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM.

With this in mind, how does the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc stack up against the iPhone 4 when it comes to specifications?

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc vs. Apple iPhone 4: Specifications

Feature Apple iPhone 4 Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Verdict?
Operating system (OS) Apple iOS Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread Draw
Display size 3.5in 4.2in XPERIA Arc
Display technology Capacitive retina IPS LED-backlit LCD 'Reality Display' Unknown
Display resolution 640x960 pixels 480x854 pixels iPhone 4
Multitouch Yes Yes Draw
Camera 5 megapixels, LED flash, autofocus, geotagging 8 megapixels, LED flash, autofocus, geotagging, image stabilisation, face and smile detection XPERIA Arc
FM radio No Yes XPERIA Arc
GPS Yes Yes Draw
Internal memory 16GB or 32GB 320MB iPhone 4
Expandable memory No microSD card slot XPERIA Arc
Dimensions 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm 125 x 63 x 8.7mm XPERIA Arc
Weight 137g 117g XPERIA Arc
Application store Apple App Store Google Android Market iPhone 4
Processor Apple A4 Qualcomm Snapdragon 'Scorpion' (1GHz) Unknown
3G networks HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 HSDPA 900/1900/2100 iPhone 4
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n Draw
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP Draw
HDMI-out No Yes XPERIA Arc
Quoted talk time Up to 7 hours Up to 7 hours Draw
Quoted standby time Up to 300 hours Up to 400 hours XPERIA Arc
Adobe Flash support No Yes XPERIA Arc

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc vs. iPhone 4: Design and display

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc is just 8.7mm thick at its thinnest point and is constructed from a combination of gloss and matte plastic. It may be a larger handset than the iPhone 4, but Sony Ericsson deserves credit for making it thinner — albeit a slight 0.6mm — and equipping it with a larger display.

The XPERIA Arc's 4.2in screen is almost a full inch larger than the iPhone 4's 3.5in display. Sony Ericsson has dubbed it a 'Reality display'; this sits alongside other fancy display names including the iPhone 4's 'Retina display', the Samsung Galaxy S II's Super AMOLED Plus' display and the 'Nova display' of the LG Optimus Black. In short, Sony Ericsson claims the Reality display is brighter and clearer than competing displays.

Apple's iPhone 4 uses IPS technology (the same used on the iPad, and thanks to its high 640x960 pixel resolution it has been described as a retina display, due to the human eye being unable to distinguish individual pixels.

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Android phone has a 4.2in 'Reality display'.

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8 Comments

Gordon Shumway

1

The Xperia Arc looks beautiful. It seems like Sony Ericsson have really picked their game up.

I'm sure iPhone 4s and 5s will keep being the top sellers, but the Arc is a great looking phone to me. Personally, I want to get the Arc at launch, as it's bound to turn a few heads in its first few weeks on the market.

Bilbo Baggins

2

Arc look great! Finally a mobile device that threatens to challenge the ever popular iPhone :)

Min

3

Got on specs on claimed talk/standby capacity between recharges please?

tim

4

Ive had my xperia x10 since late october and have found the phone great. .its got a great screen and has been able to do everything that ive wanted to with it. Sony Ericson has made me a happy droid user and glad that I dont have an Iphone like all the rest. The arc looks awesome and needless to say whenever I look into getting a new phone it will most definately be another phone from the line of Sony's ever improving xperia .

Michael

5

The most important thing is whether the Xpreia Arc can be used on telstra nextg network.

I doubt about that since it only has HSDPA 900/1900/2100.

Aidan

6

I have to agree, it seems like Arc is superior, I have an iPhone. iPhone is truly excellent but I was happy with my iPhone when I got a text saying my plan is over, meaning I can get an Arc. I just hope it's on Telstra.

Michael Easterbrook

7

I've owned my SE Xperia Arc for 2 weeks now. I bought it on eBay For A$670 from Hong Kong. This is my 4th Sony Ericsson phone and this one is just beautiful; functional beyond belief; and super pocket friendly at just 117 grams. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is fast and seemless. The camera takes snaps you'll be proud of. All my work mates are just so envious (boys and girls), the fools all have iPhones, Ha Ha.
Buy this phone - you won't be disappointed.

matty

8

For over 15 years now I have been a loyal ERICSSON/SE mobile phone owner. I have been sitting put for over a year now waiting for SE to get its act together re moving seriously into the smart phone market. The SE ARC is the great news I have been waiting for. Cant wait to get one but I hope that it will be available through Telstra.

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