Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs Apple iPhone 4

Vs Clare Hopping 17:54, 10 Jan 2011

We pit the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc against the iPhone 4 to see which is the smartest touchscreen

CES 2011 saw many a phone launch, including Sony Ericsson's star, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc.

The Arc is the most impressive Sony Ericsson device yet, but how does it fare against the current smartphone favourite, the Apple iPhone 4?

We take a look at the specs.

Look and feel
There's no doubt about it: the Apple iPhone is one of the best looking devices to date. It's simple, seamless and keeps buttons and obstructions to a minimum.

At 9.3mm thick, it was also one of the thinnest devices to launch in June last year.

The whole device is covered in an anti-scratch, anti grease coating (although this doesn't stop fingerprints showing up), and in either black or white it looks sleek.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is the thinnest smartphone to day, just about beating the LG Optimus Black at 8.7mm at its thinnest point.

The Xperia Arc is, as you'd expect from the name, curved on the backside. It curves in and as such, sits perfectly in the hand. The Xperia Arc features a scratch resistant surface too, but we don't like the design as much at the iPhone's.

Winner: Apple iPhone

Screen
The Sony Ericsson Arc and Apple iPhone both feature stunning, high resolution touchscreens. The iPhone features Apple's Retina display, with a resolution of 640x940 pixels.

It's pretty seamless, but falls short in size when compared to the 4.2-inch Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. The iPhone 4's screen isn't small at 3.5-inches, but it feels a lot smaller in comparison to Sony Ericsson's flagship model.

The Sony Ericsson also features Sony's Mobile Bravia technology that really does improve the colour, clarity and sharpness of movies and other content played on the screen. You can see a comparison in our hands on video.

Winner: Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

Processor
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and Apple iPhone both feature a 1GHz processor. Sony Ericsson has opted for the same Qualcomm Snapdragon as seen in other high-end devices including the HTC Desire, while Apple has implanted its A4 processor, essentially the same as that in the Samsung Galaxy S.

Both devices have 512MB RAM and are pretty speedy in comparison to their predecessors.

However, it's hard to judge how well they both perform when multiple apps are open, because the iPhone 4 doesn't support full multitasking.

For day to day usage, both are zippy, so it's a draw here.

Winner: Draw

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