Apple’s sixth iPhone has been revealed. Its iteration namely the iPhone 5 as expected features a larger screen, a faster processor and a slightly improved camera. The Sony Xperia T (another new smartphone) ushers a new era for the Japanese firm’s mobile technology. It carries on from the now defunct Sony Ericsson design and sits at the top of the new pile of handsets. The Xperia T is capable of getting to the top of the smartphone market. Here is a comparison between the two phones.
Ergonomics & Design:
The iPhone 5 is 123.8 mm lengthwise, 58.6 mm breadthwise and merely 7.6 mm thick. The phone weighs 112 g only. The Xperia T measures 129.4 mm in length, 67.3 mm in breadth and 9.4 mm in thickness. The phone weighs 139 g. The iPhone 5 has a LED backlit display of 4 inches with a resolution of 640 * 1136 pixels. Apple has retained the Retina display feature in the new iPhone screen. The Xperia T on the other hand sports a TFT capacitive display with a resolution of 720 * 1280 pixels and a size of 4.55 inches. The screen is made of shatter proof and scratch resistant glass. It is powered by the Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine. The design of the iPhone 5 is exquisite and has a premium feel thanks to the aluminum back plate.
The Apple iPhone 5 is equipped with iOS 6. There are some tweaks in the iOS such as the improved Siri feature. There has been some noticeable effort to take the over hyped and under-featured personal assistant to a more useful level. The Xperia T runs on Android v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich).The iPhone 5 is driven by the brand new Apple A6 chipset dual core processer clocked at 1.2 GHz. The Xperia T on the other hand is driven by a dual core Krait processor with a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and clocked at 1.5 GHz.
The iPhone 5 comes in three models based on internal storage – 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB with 1 GB RAM. The Xperia T has 16 GB internal storage along with 1 GB RAM. The iPhone 5 doesn’t have a micro SD slot. The Xperia T’s micro SD slot allows up to 32 GB.
The camera in the iPhone 5 has only been slightly upgraded. It has an 8 MP shooter in the rear using a pretty standard LED flash. It can shoot 1080p video. The Xperia T features a 13 MP unit in the rear with the usual features of LED flash, geo tagging, etc. The Xperia T too can shoot 1080p video at a frame rate of 30 fps. The iPhone 5 has a 1.2 MP front facing camera that can also shoot 720p video. On the other hand, the Xperia T has a 1.3 MP secondary camera that can too shoot 720p video.
The iPhone 5 like its predecessor has a dual antenna system. Apple has included 4G LTE connectivity in the phone. The new features in the iPhone 5 include the use of an 8 pin connector over the 30 pin connector that was used earlier. Wireless connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot facility, etc. Bluetooth, NFC (in case of the Xperia T only), etc. enable local area connection.
The iPhone 5’s Li-Po battery offers about 8 hours of talk time. The Xperia T has a Li-Ion battery rated at 1850 mAh.
According to Apple’s website, the 16GB model starts at $649, with the 32GB version costing $749, and the 64GB top-tier configuration running $849. The Xperia T will be available in grey, black and white is available around $660.
Sony looks like it has bagged a winner with the Xperia T. The large screen, slick user interface, the pleasantly curved and rubberized chassis, etc. make this phone a real success. The battery might create a problem later on but the main question here is the OS. Users who like iOS might not switch to this phone.