Sony Xperia S vs Samsung Galaxy S Advance

Vs Paul Briden 15:55, 8 Feb 2012

We see how Samsung's new Galaxy S Advance compares to Sony's latest premium handset, the Xperia S

We compare the Sony Xperia S to Samsung's updated Galaxy S Advance.

Form
Sony Xperia S - 128x64x10.6mm, 144g
Samsung Galaxy S Advance - 123.2x63x9.7mm, 120g

Samsung's Galaxy S Advance is based on the same shell as the original Galaxy S so its design is well over a year old now. Yet it still holds up quite well alongside the current crop of smartphones.

It's still one of the lighter and thinner handsets around and the simple slab-like design with slightly curved corners looks as contemporary as ever.

We do prefer it, however, when designers get a bit more adventurous and generally speaking you can rely on Sony to step up to the plate.

The Xperia S is a much sharper looking piece of kit although it is the heavier and thicker of the two devices here. It's got quite an angular form factor with un-softened corners.

There's also the rather nifty ‘band' round the bottom of the handset, a neatly uninterrupted and gently curved back panel and the screen takes up a nice amount of space on the front giving a very thin bezel.

Sony has produced a great looking device here and we have to put the Xperia S forward as the winner for this round.

Winner - Sony Xperia S

Display
The Galaxy S Advance uses the same Super AMOLED capacitive multi-touch display as its predecessor.

It's a 4-inch span of reinforced Gorilla Glass with an 800x480 pixel WVGA resolution and a pixel density of 233 pixels-per-inch (ppi), a reasonably high figure still often unachieved by many current phones not based on a previous design.

However, Sony's Xperia S is no low-achiever when it comes to screen tech either, not by a long shot.

The Xperia S's 4.3-inch capacitive multi-touch screen is an LED backlit LCD with an impressive 1280x720 pixel resolution, which gives and iPhone Retina display-beating pixel density of 342ppi.

Not only that but it uses Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine, a scratch resistant coating and the multi-touch screen supports all 10 fingers should someone decide to release a Twister app at some point in the future.

The Xperia S easily wins this round, but that's not exactly surprising considering it sports a display which would shame most of the competition.

Winner - Sony Xperia S

Storage
Samsung's Galaxy S Advance comes in two variants with either 8GB or 16GB of onboard space along with 2GB of ROM and 768MB of RAM. Samsung's handset also has microSD capability for up to an additional 32GB.

The Xperia S only has one choice for memory but it's higher than the Samsung's at 32GB plus you get a whole 1GB to help with processing phone tasks. However, it doesn't have a card slot, which is a bit of a shame.

The Galaxy S Advance ends up with more storage to play with between the top-end 16GB option and 32GB card capacity, it doesn't have quite as much RAM as its opponent but it's not far off. We think on balance the Samsung wins this round but if the Xperia S had a microSD slot this would be a very different result.

Winner - Samsung Galaxy S Advance

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