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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