Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc vs. Samsung Galaxy S II: Smartphone showdown

Which is the better smartphone – Sony Ericsson's XPERIA Arc or Samsung's Galaxy S II?

It's set to be the year of the Android phone and two of the biggest upcoming releases in Australia are the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc, and the Samsung Galaxy S II.

Read our detailed previews of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc and the Samsung Galaxy S II, and check out our roundup of the best upcoming smartphones in 2011.

Both of these Android phones have a huge emphasis on design — the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc is just 8.7mm thick at its thinnest point and utilises a unique curved case. It also has a large, 4.2in 'Reality' display, a 1GHz processor and a hefty 512MB of RAM.

The Samsung Galaxy S II on the other hand possesses a large 4.3in Super AMOLED Plus display, an 8-megapixel rear camera that doubles as a 1080p HD video recorder, and a 2-megapixel front camera for video calls. The Samsung Galaxy S II is also just 8.49mm thick, making it thinner than the iPhone 4 and likely the thinnest smartphone in the world.

So how does the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc compare against the Samsung Galaxy S II when it comes to specifications?

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc vs Samsung Galaxy S II: Specifications

Feature Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Samsung Galaxy S II Verdict?
Operating system (OS) Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Draw
Display size 4.2in 4.3in Galaxy S II
Display technology Capacitive LED-backlit LCD ('Reality display') Capacitive Super AMOLED Plus Unknown
Display resolution 480x854 pixels 480x800 pixels XPERIA Arc
Multitouch Yes Yes Draw
Camera 8 megapixels, LED flash, autofocus, geotagging, image stabilisation, face and smile detection, Exmor R CMOS sensor 8 megapixels, LED flash, autofocus, geotagging, image stabilisation, face and smile detection XPERIA Arc
FM radio Yes Yes Draw
GPS Yes Yes Draw
Internal memory 320MB 16GB or 32GB Galaxy S II
Expandable memory microSD card slot microSD card slot Draw
Dimensions 125 x 63 x 8.7mm 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5mm Galaxy S II
Weight 117g 116g Galaxy S II
Application store Google Android Market Google Android Market Draw
Processor Scorpion (1GHz) ARM Cortex A9 dual-core (1.2GHz) Galaxy S II
3G networks HSDPA 900/1900/2100 HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 Galaxy S II
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n Galaxy S II
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP 3.0 with A2DP Galaxy S II
NFC (Near Field Communication) No Yes Galaxy S II
HDMI-out Yes Yes (via MHL) Draw
Quoted talk time Up to 7 hours Unknown Unknown
Quoted standby time Up to 400 hours Unknown Unknown
Adobe Flash support Yes Yes Draw

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc vs Samsung Galaxy S II: Design

One of the most lauded features of the XPERIA Arc is its design, which Sony Ericsson says is more ergonomic than competitors due to its distinctive shape. The handset is thinner in the middle (just 8.7mm thick) and then gradually gets slightly thicker towards the edges. This has been designed to make it easier to hold and slip into a pocket. The XPERIA Arc Android phone is constructed from a combination of gloss and matte plastic.

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Android phone is just 8.7mm thick and gradually gets slightly thicker towards the edges. This distinctive shape makes it more ergonomic than competitors.

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

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Great article. Both of these phones look amazing, but Samsung seems to have the clear edge in specs with a dual core processor and internal memory. Sony might be able to get some of that edge back with better battery life, though, depending on how much power the Exynos sucks up.

By the way, I think I remember reading on engadget that the Galaxy S II might have some kind of dual USB / HDMI port, but I'm not sure on it.



The Galaxy S II does have a HDMI port. It uses the same port as the USB, If you get what I mean.



It uses mhl tech to do usb to hdmi.



the galaxy s II sounds better but the release is 3 months away, too long to wait



Lovely write up.....mostly badly in search of a comparison between these phones, since i liked both of them but scratching my head over which one to take......i personaly would go for the samsung galaxy 2......hopefully the price is lower than the it just me or does the writer have a liking towards the Arc....



hoping to get the Xperia arc- however galaxy looks pretty impressive, thanks for the comparison!



what about te price? sg2 cost more than 30k+ not feasible..



Article fail... Not a mention of Samsung's MHL technology via the usb port. So no need for a hdmi port.



The article also fails to mention that speed wise, there is sod all difference between phones. Yes the specs of the Samsung outweight the Arc in terms of speed, but if you actually use both phones side by side, you'll find next to sod all difference. There is a peak in which phones can appear fast to the user and we've reached it. To go further means the phone predicts your thoughts before you've done them.

The Samsung won't be a cheap phone that's for certain and battery life will be compromised. Both are great phones, but for media capabilities, the Arc grabs the flag.



It all comes down to the issue of style over substance. I'd pick the Xperia Arc over Galaxy s2 for style. Price wise, Xperia Arc is rumored to be available for AUD799 outright while the Galaxy s2 will be AUD899. But taking into account you will have to get a micro SD for Xperia Arc the cost comparison for both phones would probably be almost the same. (check online prices at The Galaxy S2 would probably most suited for IT professionals who would eventually use the phone to its fullest potential. :)



Another problem I find with the comparison of specs is that the areas that Samsung was awarded for being better are insignificant advantages at best. For example, the 8.0 megapixel camera on the Sony blows away the Samsung's making the Arc work as good as decent digital cameras.

I'll be getting the Arc myself.



...Sorry, read the megapixel on the Samsung wrong.... essentially the same then :p

Kishore Kanna


Ok...guys..honestly..the dual core processor i feel is not gnna make a big difference..since both the phones are optimized with a 1ghz speed..but the only thing that is not metioned her is the average battery life of the phones...looking at reviews the arc has a below average battery life :(..but apart from that i find the arc much better than the galaxy s II..tho the galaxy s II sports a 1ghz ram



There has to be a very clear sentence giving the actual talk time on both the phones. This has been the drawback of all the android phones. I have an sony x10 and I am really upset that I brought this phone. The Battery doesnt even last for a day. My ideal phone would be a Nokia N8 with Android 2.3. Nokia are u listening? Give up your hopes with the Windows OS and go on to the android. Right now you are no where in the picture.



Nobody mentiosn that the Arc has an activated ANT+ chip and the Samsung doesn't. Low powered sports sensors use ANT+ instead of bluetooth.

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