Sony Xperia S vs. HTC One S

Sony and HTC are looking to bounce back as they release their best smartphone products as of yet. For Sony, the Xperia S is the first device that comes out sans the Erricson logo. For HTC, the One S is one of three One series that looks to satisfy all Android users. Coincidentally, both phones have the “S” on their names. But which “S” is better?

Performance

Both phones run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor but the HTC One S has the newer MSM8260A (with Adreno 225) as compared to the Xperia S’ MSM8260 (with Adreno 220). Nevertheless, both are clocked at the same 1.5 GHz frequency with 1 GB of RAM. There are no problems encountered while running their respective OS’s and most applications run on them smoothly. They are pretty dead even in this category.

In regular usage tests, the Xperia S lasted 15+ hours while the One S scored 13+ hours. This is a great feat for the Xperia S since it has the screen with higher resolution – we will discuss this below. Both phones do not have LTE support so nothing could possibly wear the battery down. And as with most phones, you cannot replace the batteries of the Xperia S and the One S.

 

Looks

 

Display

The Xperia S has one of the best displays on smartphones that are currently available. Its 4.3” screen with a resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels is a thing of beauty, supplemented by Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA Engine. It is not AMOLED like the HTC One S, but it sure can compete even with the iPhone’s Retina Display. You will appreciate the Xperia’s display more when you place it side-by-side with the 540 x 960 pixel-screen of the One S.

Software

The HTC One S already comes with Ice Cream Sandwich upon release while you have to wait for an update for the Xperia S (it was released with Gingerbread). Both have their own skins on top of Android; the Xperia S features the TimeScape UI and the One S has the Sense UI. Have a look at these two in action:

 

Camera

Besides the display, the Xperia S also has a better camera than the One S. Although the latter’s 8 MP is already good, the 12 MP on the Xperia S is certainly better.  Both imaging software have something to offer but the hardware of the Xperia S wins in the end. The front camera of the Xperia S is also better than that found on the One S, 1.3 MP compared to VGA. Rear cameras for both phones can record 1080p videos.

 

Connectivity

As mentioned, both run on HSPA networks only but there are differences in connection speeds. The Xperia S would have a maximum download speed of 14.4 MB/s and a maximum upload speed of 5.8 MB/s. T-Mobile offers the One S with AWS included and can make its internet connection speed to as high as 42 MB/s. But if you have the unbranded version and your carrier is T-Mobile, you’ll have to settle for slower Edge connections since the phone does not have AWS radios.

Wi-Fi hotspot function is present on both phones as well as DLNA support. The Xperia S offers Wi-Fi direct and NFC while the One S does not.  However, Bluetooth for the One S is already at version 4 while the one in the Xperia S is still at version 2.1.

 

Prices

Sony Xperia S

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HTC One S

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Summary of Specs

Sony Xperia SHTC One S
Processor, RAMDual-core Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon, 1 GB
Dual-core Qualcomm MSM8260A Snapdragon, 1 GB
Dimensions5.04 x 2.52 x 0.42 inches, 144g5.15 x 2.56 x 0.31 inches, 119.5 g
Operating SystemAndroid Version 2.3.7 Gingerbread (Upgradable to Honeycomb)Android Version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Display4.3" LED-backlit LCD, 720 x 1280 pixels4.3" Super AMOLED, 540 x 960 pixels
Storage32 GB16 GB
ConnectivityHSPA/Edge/GSM/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 2.1/NFCHSPA/Edge/GSM/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 4.0
Other Features- MicroSIM card support only
- TV launcher
- SNS integration
- HDMI port
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
- TrackID music recognition
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
- Document viewer
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
- MicroSIM card support only
- Beats Audio
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
- SNS integration
- MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
- Document viewer
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input

 

Verdict

The HTC One S is a lesser version of the HTC One X and its specs and features shows just that. The Xperia S wins in most of the categories we presented. You might have noticed that the Xperia S’ advantages are in the hardware department (camera, display, etc). This might be because the HTC One S is supposed to be the more affordable device (compared to the One X, that is) with some upsides. However, the Xperia S not only offers more than the One S but it is also currently cheaper.

Video courtesy of: Android Central, Gotta be Mobile

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