Panasonic Eluga vs Sony Xperia S

Vs Paul Briden 12:31, 2 Mar 2012

We compare Sony's Xperia S to the Panasonic Eluga

We see if Panasonic's re-entry into the smartphone market, the Eluga, can compete with Sony's new Xperia S.

Sony Xperia S - 128x64x10.6mm, 144g

Panasonic Eluga - 123x62x7.8mm, 103g

With the Eluga, Panasonic has opted for a sheer rectangular shape with very hard edges - it's not a far cry from the Lumia Nokia 800.

The back panel is smooth and curved and apart from a neatly squared camera port there's nothing to disrupt the stretch of premium-looking bodywork. The screen really dominates the front of the handset and the bezel round the edge is minimal.

The Eluga has a couple of nifty tricks up its sleeve also. For starters it has IP57 certification, which means it is both dust and water resistant, and it's actually waterproof up to a depth of
From the front the Xperia S actually looks remarkably similar to its opponent, the most noticeable differences, other than the branding, are the slightly softer corners and the idiosyncratic transparent bar at the bottom of Sony's device - which we rather like.

The back panel has a much more pronounced curve than the Panasonic Eluga and the outside edges are flatter.

Generally the Xperia S isn't anywhere near as curved as its predecessor, the Xperia Arc S, but it's also a much more solid device in terms of materials used, the build quality and how the handset sits in the hand.

While the Panasonic Eluga does look nice Sony has once again illustrated that it's capable of putting a more interesting spin on the status quo and for that reason we're giving this round to the Xperia S.

Winner - Sony Xperia S

The Eluga features a 4.3-inch capacitive OLED touchscreen with a 960x540 pixel resolution, a pixel density of 256 pixels-per-inch (ppi) and multi-touch capability.

Sony's Xperia S has the same sized 4.3-inch glass front, which is an LED-backlit LCD capacitive number sporting a 1280x720 pixel resolution and an iPhone-beating 342ppi pixel density.

The Xperia S's display has a huge lead over most of the competition thanks to the spectacularly clear visuals it can push out.

Winner - Sony Xperia S

Panasonic's Eluga comes loaded with 8GB of built-in storage space and 1GB of RAM but sadly there isn't a card slot anywhere to be found on the device so you're not going to be able to bump it up with micro SD.

The Sony Xperia S has a much larger internal capacity at 32GB. Onboard RAM is the same as the Eluga at 1GB and there's also no card slot here.

A lack of micro SD is disappointing but Sony's handset wins out by having a lot more space on board.

Winner - Sony Xperia S

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