Samsung Galaxy S II vs Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

Vs Tony Crammond 14:18, 14 Feb 2011

We compare the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc in a head-to-head spec clash to see which of the Android-powered monsters comes out on top

Yesterday saw Samsung's long awaited Galaxy S II officially confirmed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, much to the delight of the assembled crowds. The device seems to have it all, and we were hugely impressed with what was on offer, so we got to thinking, maybe we should have ourselves a little game of super-smartphone top trumps?

We've opted to take the Samsung Galaxy S II and place it in a little head-to-head with the darling of last month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. But which of these delicious devices will come out on top? Will it be the star of CES or the upstart from MWC? Let's see.

Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc comes packing a dazzling 4.2-inch scratch-resistant LED-backlit LCD display, capable of excellent colour reproduction, which is hugely responsive. When you add to that mix Sony's Bravia Mobile engine you end up with a truly noteworthy screen, capable of rivalling, or even surpassing, virtually anything on the market – everything, that is, apart from the Samsung Galaxy S II.

The Galaxy S II brings the latest in a long line of amazing Samsung screens to market, in the form of a cutting-edge 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, which not only renders colours faithfully, and offers unsurpassed sunlight legibility, but sucks up about 1/3 as much power as the LCD on the Xperia Arc.

Winner - Samsung Galaxy S II

The Samsung Galaxy S II comes bristling with cutting-edge technology. Powered by a 1GHz dual-core Exynos processor and featuring a huge 1GB RAM, the Galaxy S II is as powerful a device as you're likely to see on the market, and will undoubtedly remain so for some time.

You won't get a sniff of lag while using the device and apps open and close in lightening fast time. Conversely, Sony Ericsson opted to consolidate with the Xperia Arc, choosing to utilise a stable, reliable but a wee bit out of touch 1GHz single core Scorpion CPU, which sits beside an Adreno 205 GPU, offering the Xperia Arc plenty of grunt to power games and media playback.

While you won't get noticeable slow-down with either device, the Samsung takes the tape in this round for the simple reason that it comes with the very latest, and most powerful, processor on the market.

Winner - Samsung Galaxy S II

Sony Ericsson has a good pedigree when it comes to phone camera technology. Its Cybershot range never failed to impress and we can see that it’s put a lot of know-how to good use in the Xperia Arc, which utilises an 8-megapixel Exmor-R sensor to produce great quality snaps with very little noise, and impressive colour balance and saturation.

With the Xperia Arc you get an LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging and face and smile detection added for your convenience, as well as 720P movie capture, resulting in a pretty impressive package.

Samsung's Galaxy S II also offers an 8-megapixel camera with image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection and an LED flash which produces images every bit as good as the Sony Ericsson, but the addition of 1080P capture and front facing 2-megapixel, compared to the Xperia Arc's 720P capture and no video-call optics, means that yet again, the Samsung is victorious.

Winner - Samsung Galaxy S II

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