Xperia S

While the world of technology quibbles over Smartphones, Sony is almost always mentioned for its clean designs, decent hardware and very intuitive software. Of the company’s flagship series Xperia, three phones have stood out in the crowd this year- Xperia S, Xperia Ion and the latest, Xperia SL. Although the phones are not radically different from one another, there are subtle differences that make one of the phones more appealing to some users. That may depend on whether like better visuals or better hardware or better performance. Here is a comparison of the said three smartphones- Sony Xperia S vs Sony Xperia SL vs Sony Xperia Ion.

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Sony Xperia S

Xperia S
Xperia S

Sony Xperia SL

Xperia SL
Sony Xperia SL

Sony Xperia Ion

Xperia ion
Xperia ion

Display

With screens getting larger, pixel densities getting better, display is one of the most important aspects of Smartphones these days. In this respect, all three phones finish quite close. Xperia Ion has a 4.55-inch TFT capacitive multitouch screen with 720 x 1280p resolution and 323ppi pixel density. Xperia S and Xperia SL both have the exact display specs: 4.3-inch TFT LCD capacitive touchscreens with 1280 x 720p resolution at 341ppi density.

Design

Sony Xperia S and Sony Xperia SL look almost alike with candy bar design that cuts sharp corners with transparent bands that glow on receiving notifications. Xperia Ion is quite similar to Xperia S, but you can tell them apart by their looks. Sony  XperiaXperia Ion is available in black color only. Xperia SL is available in black, white, silver and pink colors while Xperia S is only available in black and white colors.

Battery

Sony Xperia S and Xperia Ion both have average talk time of 7.5 hours, even though Xperia S runs on a 1750mAh Li-ion battery, while Xperia Ion runs on a 1900mAh Li-ion battery. Xperia SL on the other hand gives talk time of 8.2 hours and standby time of 17.1 days. Average standby time of Xperia S is 18.8 days and that of Xperia Ion is 16.3 days. So, even though all three have high capacity batteries, Xperia SL is best of the three by the slightest margin.

Software

Both Xperia S and Xperia Ion are run by Android Gingerbread (version 2.3) although both have been upgraded to Android Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) this year. It is expected that Sony Xperia S will receive an Android 4.1 JellyBean update soon. The interface is typically Sony Ericsson Xperia, so if you have used a device of the series, you will find its Timescape UI uncannily familiar. Xperia SL runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Hardware

Xperia SL runs on a dual core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM while Xperia S and Xperia Ion run on a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.5GHz with 1GB of RAM; of the three, Xperia SL is a clear winner. Both have internal storage of a staggering 32GB but it cannot be extended by microSD cards, while Xperia Ion has that of 16GB with extendable memory of up to 32GB.

Xperia SL and Xperia S and Xperia Ion all have 12MP cameras with flash and 1.3MP secondary camera and both Xperia S and Xperia SL have Micro HDMI video output.

Price

In India, the phones are priced at:

Sony Xperia SL- Rs. 30,999 

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Sony Xperia S- Rs. 28,999

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Sony Xperia Ion- Rs. 32,990

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Apps

Apps are always a special part of all Android phones and it is no exception with these devices. Although most of the credit goes to Android’s very versatile and ever growing Play Market, all three phones deliver solid app experience as they have similar hardware specs.

Pros and Cons

Sony Xperia S

Pros

  • Display
  • NFC compliance
  • Camera

Cons

  • No extendable memory
  • High Price
  • Comparitively lacks in battery life

Sony Xperia SL

Pros

  • Software
  • Connectivity

Cons

  • Price
  • Software update

Sony Xperia Ion

Pros

  • Design
  • Good battery life
  • Better Google services

Cons

  • Some apps act errant
  • Camera

Verdict

Sony Xperia S and Xperia SL are more or less similar gadgets, but with a faster processor, everything moves more smoothly than its predecessor. The design, functions all are left intact and the only other edge Xperia SL has over S is more variety in the forms (a pink and a silver one), so they are more or less tied. But in competition with Xperia Ion, which is quite different from the two, Xperia S is ahead in the race. It has a sharper screen with 341ppi pixel density, more standby time and more internal storage than Xperia Ion. So, of the three, in my opinion, Xperia S finishes as winner.

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