Xperia S Sony

  • clock speed
    1.5
    GHz
  • RAM
    1
    GB
  • size
    4.3
    inches
  • resolution
    341
    ppi

iPhone 4S Apple

  • clock speed
    0.8
    GHz
  • RAM
    0.5
    GB
  • size
    3.5
    inches
  • resolution
    329
    ppi

Review Breakdown

Sony Xperia S vs Apple iPhone 4S

Display

PPI, brightness and contrast ratio
8.8
9.1

Processing power

sunspider
5.7
5.9

Camera

sensor size and aperture
5.6
5.6

Music

voice volume and music volume
9.3
9.1

Geekaphone Score

We don't have enough data yet to reach a conclusion

Detailed Comparison

display

Size
4.3"
3.5"
Resolution
1280 x 720 (341 ppi)
960 x 640 (329 ppi)
Panel
TFT LCD (RGB)
IPS LCD (RGB)
Brightness
495 cd/m²
654 cd/m²
Contrast in sunlight
--
2.269
Surface
Scratch-resistant glass
Gorilla Glass
Video out
1080p (Micro HDMI)
1080p (Proprietary)

processor

System on a chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 (MSM8260)
Apple A5 (APL0498)
CPU
1.5 GHz, Qualcomm Scorpion
0.8 GHz, ARM Cortex A9
Architecture
Dual core
Dual core
Linpack
86.7
--
Quadrant
--
--
GPU
266 MHz, Qualcomm Adreno 220
250 MHz, PowerVR SGX 543MP2
Architecture
Single core
Dual core
GL benchmark 2.5
--
--
Epic citadel
--
--
Basemark x
--
--
RAM
1 GB
0.5 GB

camera

Lens
f/2.4, 4 mm (30 mm equiv.)
f/2.4, 4.2 mm (33.3 mm equiv.)
Resolution
12 MP (4000 x 3000)
8 MP (3264 x 2448)
Sensor
1/3" (4.8 mm × 3.6 mm)
1/3.2" (4.54 mm × 3.42 mm)
Light sensitivity
--
64 ISO to 800 ISO
Flash
LED
LED
Autofocus
Yes
Yes
Image stabilization
Digital
Digital
Panorama
Yes
Yes
Continuous shooting
None
None
Aperture
f/2.4
f/2.4
Secondary camera
1.3 MP
0.3 MP

video

Video resolution
1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Video file format
MP4 H.264/MPEG-4 AVC
MP4 H.264/MPEG-4 AVC
Maximum bitrate
20 Mbps
20 Mbps
Video light
Yes
Yes

battery

Type
Lithium-Ion (Non-removable)
Lithium-Ion (Non-removable)
Capacity
1,750 mA·h
1,420 mA·h
Talk time
450 min
840 min
Standby time
27,000 min
12,000 min
Tested
3G talk time
--
461 min
Web browsing
--
416 min
Video playback
--
564 min

music

Speaker
Mono (Back)
Mono (Bottom)
Frequency response
+0.10, -0.09
+0.02, -0.11
Noise level
-86.6 dB
-91.2 dB
Headphone
3.5 mm
3.5 mm
Frequency response
+0.44, -0.13
+0.05, -0.10
Noise level
-88.4 dB
-91.3 dB
FM radio
Receive
No

form factor

Size
64 x 128 x 10.6 mm
58.6 x 115.2 x 9.3 mm
Weight
144 g
140 g
Body
Plastic
Slate
Keyboard
None
None
Buttons
Home, Volume, Back, Multitask, Camera
Home, Volume, Back, Multitask, Camera

software

Operating system
Android 2.3
iOS 5
Upgradable to
Android 4.1.2
iOS 7
Custom UI
--
--
Onscreen keyboards
--
Standard (predictive)
Sunspider
2,587 ms
2,217 ms

connectivity

Network
3.5G, HSPA (14 Mb/s)
3.5G, HSPA+ (14.4 Mb/s)
WiFi
802.11b/g/n (Hotspot)
802.11g/b/n (Hotspot)
NFC
Yes
No
Bluetooth
2.1+EDR
4.0
USB On-the-Go
Yes
No

features

Internal storage
32 GB
16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 8 GB
Supported card formats
None
None
Included accessories
--
  1. Charger
  2. Headphones
SIM card
Micro-SIM
Micro-SIM
Speaker volume (Voice)
72.7 dB
65.8 dB
Speaker volume (Music)
61.8 dB
64.5 dB
Special-features

sensors

Location
A-GPS, GLONASS
A-GPS, GLONASS
Gyroscope
Yes
Yes
Accelerometer
Yes
Yes
Light sensor
Yes
Yes
Proximity sensor
Yes
Yes
Compass
Yes
Yes
Thermometer
No
No
Barometer
No
No
Hygrometer
No
No
Showing 20 comments.
Battery better on I Phone...... Now that is funny
The iPhone 4s is fairly slow??? It's quite a lot faster when browsing through your phone and online. As for the camera, the pictures I take with my iPhone come out a lot clearer than on my Xperia S.
I think that part of that is Apple software, they did a good work on it. I really don't know, but I do think that it's the final pic that would make a difference, not just the megapixels...
One part of that is that apple is a closed system and they have more control on which hardware it should run, where Android is more chaotic due to a lot of different configurations. Probably iOS is sleeker so in terms of real application it's very good. I prefer Android, but I think that in terms of speed, Android hardware needs to be faster to have the same feel. I'd really like an Xperia S, but I think my budget will lean toward the Xperia P..
I absolutely love the Sony xperia. I won't be going back to Apple.
how come ? sony cameras are way better than apple... and they basically use sonys bsi sensor ...
the games u've downloaded might not support ice cream sandwich...u better check before updating...i got both Xperia S and iPod Touch 4, when i launch games like Dark Knight Rises and Spiderman, my iPod4 is lagging like hell, but it runs smoothly on my xperia s.... if the games really doesn't support ICS, u better find a way to degrade it back to Android 2.0.0
I hv a doubt on the performance part. Quality n design its top class. But performance poor mainly due to its own add-ons to android . My bro s xperia ma cousins xperia mini pro both are very unreliable. Both keep crashing for no. Obvious reasons . But I lov d New xperia range designs . Seems they are getting back on track n returning to the good days of cybershot n walkman fones
And actually iPhone 4s cam is way better than Sony 12mp in real world. Esp the speed. I don't hv an iphone n use a HTC desirehd and a n8 which has reduced to a cam + mp3 player for me
Whrn comparing specs from the very first iPhone, I always wonder how iphone manahes to outperform superior hardware in real world situations. Apple somehow makes us feel its faster than more powerfull hardware. Mayb d low latency and faster downloads are important than a 1.5ghz dual core
Xperia S is stupid phone and sucks badly! I sold my iPhone yesterday to buy Xperia android phone, I felt it was better than my iPhone 4s because of the reviews, and I upgraded it to ice cream sandwich update, then I downloaded some games on it like angry birds and it ran smoothly, and I downloaded some hardcore games like dead trigger and nova 3 , and none of them run smoothly and it keeps lagging, some people told me to reupgrade the mobile I tried it 3 times and it's still lagging my iPod 4 runs them alot better, is it because of the software or just the hardware sucks badly? How can I fix it SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME!!
A camera with more megapixels doesn't mean that it is a better camera, in reality unless you are taking photos for billboards you really only need 6 MP. 
OK, so 12.1MP vs 8MP camera is simply commented "They both have cameras", and scored them the same "too close to call" ??? Dude, 12.1 and 8 is not even "close" -_-
Just got mine yesterday and loving it SUCK IT APPLE!!!  
i prefer xperia s in everything except the size
thanks man, you pushed my decision to but it, go to SONY Xperia S,
Sony Experia is the best choice as per price and features
sony ( or sony ericsson) make the best looking phones , they have design and style ... all others simply make rectangular bricks ...
 What do you mean? Sony (or SE) is and always will be the best phone maker of all times. Awesome design, great performance and constant innovation. All of their accessories are high-end and cheaper compared to apple. The phones too are A LOT cheaper than those greedy apple. Great job Sony ! ! ! Keep it up ! ! !
XPERIA S.....hands down. without the over-padded marketing of mac, any of their products won't be a fad......hehe, pun intended (this expression sucks!). so long, my iphone.......so long, jobs.