Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray vs Samsung Galaxy S2

Vs Paul Briden 17:15, 30 Jun 2011

We see how the new Sony Ericcson Xperia Ray compares to Samsung's Galaxy S2

The name may conjure up images of a certain monotone Italian-American sitcom character but Sony Ericsson’s new Xperia Ray is yet another nice addition to Sony’s pleasing range of Xperia phones. We take a look at how it stacks up against the Samsung Galaxy S2.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray - 111x53x9.4mm, 100g
Samsung Galaxy S2 - 125.3x66.1x8.5mm, 116g

We like the look of the Samsung Galaxy S2, some might be a bit tired of the prolific iPhone imitating ‘slab’ style but we think Samsung got it just right here.

Although some have criticised the S2 for having downgraded since the original Galaxy S, with more plastic and less metal, in doing so it has managed to refine the wafer thin build even further and the S2 looks very sleek as a result, not only that, the slimming has meant it weighs very little too.

The Xperia Ray is lighter though, and also a bit more interesting to look at, it may look very similar to its cousins in the rest of Sony Ericsson’s ever expanding Xperia range but what they all do is take the status quo and turn it, rather successfully, on its head with some very interesting design features.

It’s also a slab, yes, but it’s got some nice curvy bits at each end and a splash of colour and chrome thrown into the mix, essentially Sony Ericsson has created a series of phones which look like they were designed by a high end sound system manufacturer. Oh, wait.

We like them both.

Winner - Draw

The Galaxy S2 uses Samsung’s own screen technology with an impressively sized 4.3-inch Super Amoled Plus capacitive touchscreen at 480x800 pixels and 218 pixels-per-inch (ppi).

Strengthened ‘Gorilla Glass’ has been used for the screen and the TouchWiz 4.0 user interface (UI) is preloaded onto the handset.

Other display features include multi-touch along with accelerometer and gyro sensors.

Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Ray uses a 3.3-inch LED-backlit LCD capacitive touchscreen at 480x854 pixels and 296ppi.

The handset uses Sony Ericsson’s powerful Bravia Mobile engine and is loaded with the Timescape UI.

Features include multi-touch input and an accelerometer sensor. The Ray’s display isn’t touting Gorilla Glass but it does have a scratch-resistant surface.

The Sony Ericsson’s much higher ppi and slightly higher resolution means it’s better on picture quality.

Samsung has the benefits of Super Amoled Plus with a brighter screen, greater colour depth and better power efficiency, and it has a tougher screen too, we also prefer the larger screen size.

Overall the Xperia Ray is better where it counts producing sharper images, but it’s a close one.

Winner – Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray

The Samsung has plenty of storage space for your needs whether you pick the 16GB or 32GB model, both are packing a handsome 1GB of RAM to boost performance and support Micro SD up to 32GB.

The Xperia Ray has half the RAM of the Samsung but the same card support and a 4GB card provided with the handset.

Internal storage is reasonable at 300 MB but nowhere near as hot as the Galaxy S2.

More RAM and more storage space on the Samsung means it gets our vote here.

Winner – Samsung Galaxy S2

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