Xperia U Sony

  • clock speed
    1
    GHz
  • RAM
    0.5
    GB
  • size
    3.5
    inches
  • resolution
    279
    ppi

iPhone 4 Apple

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

Review Breakdown

Sony Xperia U vs Apple iPhone 4

Display

PPI, brightness, contrast ratio in sunlight and contrast ratio
8.2
8.4

Processing power

sunspider
5.6
5.6

Camera

sensor size and aperture
5.6
5.6

Music

voice volume and music volume
9.2
9.0

Geekaphone Score

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

Detailed Comparison

display

Size
3.5"
3.5"
Resolution
854 x 480 (279 ppi)
960 x 640 (329 ppi)
Panel
TFT LCD (RGB)
IPS LCD (RGB)
Brightness
515 cd/m²
483 cd/m²
Contrast in sunlight
1.758
2.016
Surface
Scratch-resistant glass
Gorilla Glass
Video out
720p (Micro USB with MHL)
720p (Proprietary)

processor

System on a chip
ST-Ericsson Nova Thor (U8500)
Apple A4 (APL0398)
CPU
1 GHz, ARM Cortex A9
0.8 GHz, ARM Cortex A8
Architecture
Dual core
Single core
Linpack
64.9
--
Quadrant
--
--
GPU
ARM Mali-400
250 MHz, PowerVR SGX535
Architecture
Single core
Dual core
GL benchmark 2.5
--
--
Epic citadel
--
--
Basemark x
--
--
RAM
0.5 GB
0.5 GB

camera

Lens
f/2.0, 4 mm (30 mm equiv.)
f/2.0, 4 mm (31.7 mm equiv.)
Resolution
5 MP (2592 x 1944)
5 MP (2592 x 1936)
Sensor
1/3" (4.8 mm × 3.6 mm)
1/3.2" (4.54 mm × 3.42 mm)
Light sensitivity
--
--
Flash
LED
LED
Autofocus
Yes
Yes
Image stabilization
Digital
None
Panorama
Yes
No
Continuous shooting
None
None
Aperture
f/2.0
f/2.0
Secondary camera
0.3 MP
0.3 MP

video

Video resolution
1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
Video file format
MP4 H.264/MPEG-4 AVC
MP4 H.264/MPEG-4 AVC
Maximum bitrate
14 Mbps
14 Mbps
Video light
Yes
Yes

battery

Type
Lithium-Ion Polymer (Removable)
Lithium-Ion (Non-removable)
Capacity
1,320 mA·h
1,420 mA·h
Talk time
336 min
840 min
Standby time
28,320 min
18,000 min
Tested
3G talk time
--
--
Web browsing
--
--
Video playback
--
--

music

Speaker
Stereo (Back)
Mono (Bottom)
Frequency response
+0.03, -0.04
+0.01, -0.07
Noise level
-87.3 dB
-90.1 dB
Headphone
3.5 mm
3.5 mm
Frequency response
+0.45, -0.10
+0.01, -0.07
Noise level
-86.4 dB
-90.4 dB
FM radio
Receive
No

form factor

Size
54 x 112 x 12 mm
58.6 x 114.3 x 9.3 mm
Weight
110 g
137 g
Body
Plastic
Slate
Keyboard
None
None
Buttons
Home, Volume, Back, Multitask, Camera
Home, Volume

software

Operating system
Android 2.3
iOS 4
Upgradable to
Android 4.0
iOS 7
Custom UI
--
--
Onscreen keyboards
--
Standard (predictive)
Sunspider
2,814 ms
3,559 ms

connectivity

Network
3.5G, HSDPA (7.2 Mb/s)
3.5G, HSDPA (7.2 Mb/s)
WiFi
802.11b/g/n (Hotspot)
802.11g/n/b (Hotspot)
NFC
No
No
Bluetooth
2.1+EDR
2.1
USB On-the-Go
Yes
No

features

Internal storage
8 GB
8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB
Supported card formats
None
None
Included accessories
--
--
SIM card
--
Micro-SIM
Speaker volume (Voice)
65.7 dB
65.1 dB
Speaker volume (Music)
65.1 dB
60.3 dB
Special-features

sensors

Location
A-GPS
A-GPS
Gyroscope
No
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 4 comments.
Iphone always sux ...
Go iphone!.....u always rock the world of smartphones!......
I have both and far prefer the xperia u for 2 main reasons. Firstly the picture quality on the xperia far exceeds the iPhone. Secondly, so many things need Adobe these days to read them that I found half the stuffI wanted I couldn't get on the iPhone.Let's not also forget that with 'cloud ' etc these days, storage isn't really an issue! So it's the Sony that gets my vote!
Poor comparison really. The iPhone gets a massive jump thanks to "sensors", when in reality there's only a gyroscope in it - surely that one should be "too close to call" as well? The iPhone gets a plus point for having a really sharp screen, when the same plus point isn't mentioned at all for the Xperia U at the top - in reality it has an amazing pixel density for the prince... And that's the biggest factor you've missed - one costs £400, one costs £150 - how can you do a comparison without taking this into consideration? If huge storage is a necessity, the Xperia U will disappoint. If you want an affordable, compact and fast smartphone with a high-resolution screen the Xperia U wins hands-down - the fact the iPhone is 3x the price means it's staggering the two can even be compared without the iPhone coming on top in every area. Good little phone for the money.