HTC Thunderbolt 4G vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc – Review

by Jerry D on July 27, 2011

This smartphone showdown compares the new HTC Thunderbolt 4G against the good-looking Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. Who wins? It’s screen vs screen, storage vs storage and processor vs processor in another big phone fight…

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Stat-fight: HTC Thunderbolt 4G vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

So just how pocket-friendly are our two phones? There’s not much of a gap between the two TBH. The Thunderbolt 4G is 122.0 x 66.0 x 13.0mm; Sony Ericsson’s phone is 125.0 x 63.0 x 8.7mm. Overall, the Xperia Arc is smaller. Put them side-by-side and the Thunderbolt 4G is beefier than its opponent, weighing 164g. In contrast, the Xperia Arc weighs a far more lightweight 117g.

As for the snap-happy tech, the Thunderbolt 4G comes packing a built-in 8.0 Megapixel camera with advanced features such as: autofocus, dual LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection and 720p HD video capture. For video calling, you’ll find a second camera on the front.

Not to be outdone, the Xperia Arc also sports a 8.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, an LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection and 720p video capture), so there’s no real difference in camera quality. Of course, this is only part of the story.

Read the full smartphone comparison below…

HTC Thunderbolt 4G VS Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
Display 4.3-inch S-LCD 4.2-inch LED-backlit LCD (‘Reality Display’)
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels 480 x 854 pixels
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon with Adreno 205 GPU
Software Android 2.2 (Froyo) Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Storage Up to 40GB Up to 32GB
Rear camera 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, dual LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection and 720p HD video capture 8.0 Megapixels with Autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection and 720p video capture
Front camera Yes No
4G No No
3G CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A. 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP/EDR 2.1 with A2DP
Size 66.0 x 122.0 x 13.0mm 63.0 x 125.0 x 8.7mm
Weight 164g 117g
Talktime 6.5 hours 7.0 hours
Standby 330 hours 400 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, stereo FM radio (with RDS), digital compass, built-in kickstand, DLNA content sharing and Dolby Mobile audio GPS/A-GPS, DLNA content sharing, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine, Stereo FM radio with RDS, HDMI port, noise cancellation, digital compass

Analysis: HTC Thunderbolt 4G vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

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Best Connectivity: Thunderbolt 4G (1-0)
Best Size/Weight: Xperia Arc (1-1)
Best Camera/Video: Thunderbolt 4G (2-1)
Best Display: Xperia Arc (2-2)
Best Processor: Draw (3-3)
Best Software: Xperia Arc (3-4)
Best Storage: Thunderbolt 4G (4-4)
Best Battery life: Draw (5-5)
Best Extras: Xperia Arc (5-6)

BPF Verdict: The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc wins!

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