THE BATTLE to become India’s best Android smartphone is hotting up, with Samsung about to unleash the powerful new Galaxy S3 later this week. If the success of the previous iterations of the Galaxy, especially the Galaxy S2 and the Note, are any indication, Samsung has another winner on its hands.
But it won’t be a walkover for the Galaxy S3, with stiff competition from both HTC and Sony. We take a look at the three undisputed top Android phones in the market and compare their specs and try to figure out which one of them is the best.
Sony Xperia S
SCREEN: LED-backlit LCD multi- touch screen (up to all ten fingers); 720x1280 pixels; 4.3- inch diagonal; 16 million colours
2G/ 3G: Yes/ Yes
PROCESSOR: Dual Core 1.5 Gigahertz Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon
CAMERA: 12 Megapixel (4000x3000 pixels), autofocus, LED flash; Geotagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama and image stabilisation. Video at 1080p at 30 frames per second, continuous autofocus, video light and video stabiliser.
SECONDARY CAMERA: 1.3 Megapixel; video at 720p
ANDROID VERSION: Gingerbread v18.104.22.168; upgrade to v4.0 Ice- Cream Sandwich planned
STORAGE: 32GB Internal
BATTERY LIFE (TALKTIME): Approximately eight hours (2G/ 3G)
WEIGHT: 144 gm
OTHER FEATURES: Sony Mobile Bravia engine for better image and video playback, plus accelerometer, proximity and compass. Micro-SIM slot only. TrackID music recognition.
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PRICE: INR 30,990
SAMSUNG I9300 GALAXY S3
SCREEN: Super AMOLED multitouch screen; 720x1280 pixels, 4.8- inch diagonal and 16 million colours.
2G/ 3G: Yes/ Yes
PROCESSOR: Quad- Core 1.4 Gigahertz Cortex A9
CAMERA: Eight Megapixel, autofocus, LED flash; simultaneous HD video — 1080p at 30 frames per second; and image recording, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilisation.
SECONDARY CAMERA: 1.9 Megapixel, video at 720p at 30 frames per second
ANDROID VERSION: Ice-Cream Sandwich v4.0.4
STORAGE: Internal 16/ 32/ 64GB and micro- SD slot with up to 64 GB
BATTERY LIFE: Over 21 hours (2G) and 11 hours (3G)
WEIGHT: 133 gm
OTHER FEATURES: Accelerometer, gyroscope, near- field communication, DLNA connectivity, Wi-Fi hotspot, GPS and GLONASS support and TVOut PRICE To be decided, but expected to be ` 35,000
PRICE: INR 35,000
AND THE WINNER IS...
THE COMPETITION between these three phones is too close for a definitive verdict. The Sony device loses out because it runs an older version of Android, but it has the best camera.
The HTC and the Samsung are matched fairly closely. If this were a heavyweight boxing match, this one would go down to the wire. Similar screens, similar cameras, and fairly similar feature sets. Samsung has some advantages, mainly thanks to their superior distribution and wider service network, coupled with few small features here and there, the Galaxy S3 would just about win this fight on points. But it is not available as yet, and if Samsung prices the device higher than expected, the HTC could well be better value.
HTC ONE X
SCREEN: Super IPS LCD2, multi- touch screen; 720x1280 pixels, 4.7- inch diagonal, 16 million colours
2G/ 3G: Yes/ Yes
PROCESSOR: Quad Core 1.5 Gigahertz Nvidia Tegra 3
CAMERA: Eight Megapixel, autofocus, LED flash; simultaneous HD video — 1080p at 30 frames per second; and image recording, touch focus, face and smile detection
SECONDARY CAMERA: 1.3 Megapixel, video at 720p
ANDROID VERSION: Ice-Cream Sandwich v4.0
STORAGE: 32 GB Internal
WEIGHT: 130 gm
OTHER FEATURES: Accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, proximity sensor, micro- SIM slot only, noise cancellation and beats audio
PRICE: INR 42,999
- Source Mail Today