Sony Xperia V vs. Samsung Galaxy S3

Vs Tony Crammond 17:49, Oct 18 2012

Is there a device out there that can best Samsung’s Galaxy S3? We aim to find out as we pit the Korean manufacturer’s flagship against Sony’s excellent Xperia V

Samsung’s Galaxy S3 is regarded by many to be the perfect Android smartphone, owing to its fantastic screen, lightweight body and powerful internals, but many new devices coming to market are able to match the GS3. Some offer features that even Samsung, in its infinite wisdom, failed to include in the device.

One such smartphone is Sony’s Xperia V, a device that incorporates good looks with a savvy feature set to give users an eye-catching alternative to Samsung’s flagship. Does it offer enough to wrest the laurel wreath from the Galaxy S3 though? Let’s find out.

Screen

Samsung’s Galaxy S3 boasts a superb, 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen that operates at a resolution of 720 x 1280 and offers a pixel density of 306PPI.

The screen is responsive, features Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2 for extra durability and offers amazingly sharp, vivid visuals – though at 4.8-inches it may be a bit too much display for those cursed with mini mitts.

The Xperia V features a 4.3-inch TFT screen that operates at the same 720 x 1280 res as the Galaxy S3 but offers up a stunning 342PPI pixel density.

Sony has also imbued the device with scratch-resistant glass, to take care of knocks and scrapes.

The Xperia V’s display is as responsive as the Galaxy S3 but lacks some of the punch and brightness, though it is able to offer sharper visuals, which is always a nice selling point.

Winner – Samsung Galaxy S3

Software

Both devices run Android 4.0.4 – Ice Cream Sandwich – but both are also upgradable to version 4.1 (Jelly Bean), enabling users to capitalize on the myriad updates that Google has brought to its OS, such as smoother graphics, Google Now search, improved text input and updated notifications system.

As it stands though, version 4.0.4 is solid enough. It’s fast, stable and very easy to get along with and, of course, it allows users to choose apps, games, widgets and other media from Google’s Play Store, which is stocked to the gills with choice.

Both OEMs have also chosen to kit their devices out with custom UIs, with the Xperia V running Sony’s TimeScape and the Galaxy S3 using Samsung’s TouchWiz. While they both have some interesting quirks they are largely superfluous, and will be increasingly so when the Jelly Bean update is applied, simply because Android no longer needs bulky, eye-candy-laden user interfaces to allow it to stand with Apple’s iOS – for in its natural state the OS is now more than capable of standing toe-to-toe with Apple’s platform.

So here this, manufacturers: Stop adding your own guff to Android! It slows down the update process and detracts from the platform’s appeal!

Winner – Draw

Camera

Samsung’s Galaxy S3 features a primary 8-megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, image stabilization, simultaneous HD video and still capture and 1080P video capture.

The device also sports a secondary 1.9-megapixel camera  for video calling.

The Galaxy S3’s camera is a very solid performer, delivering pleasing still images and video alike, and in the right hands a printworthy image is more than within its scope of capability.

The Sony Xperia V weighs in heavier in this round though, with a 13-megapixel primary camera that sports geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama, image stabilization and 1080P video capture with continuous autofocus, illumination and stabilization.

The device’s secondary camera may only be a VGA offering but it’s extra nous in the primary department is evident from a mile away. The device is able to knock out high-quality still images with little effort and captured video is great too.

Nice job, Sony!

Winner – Sony Xperia V

 

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