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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