iPhone 4 vs Sony Ericsson X10 – Review

by Jerry D on June 12, 2010

In the red corner we have the iPhone 4. Pound for pound, Apple’s latest smartphone is one of the most advanced devices available. Multi-tasking? Check. HD video recording? Oh yes. High resolution, multi-touch display? You betcha. The Sony Ericsson X10 sits in the blue corner hoping that its 8.0 Megapixel camera will score it some points. Seconds away, round one…

iphone 4 vs xperia x10 iPhone 4 vs Sony Ericsson X10   Review


In terms of wireless connectivity, the iPhone 4 includes 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. The X10 packs 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. (0-0)

Size & Weight:

How chunky are these two handsets? The iPhone 4 and the X10 measure 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm and 119.0 x 63.0 x 13.0mm respectively. The iPhone 4 is the thinner of the two – Apple claims that it’s the “thinnest smartphone in the world”. Weighing 135g, the X10 is 2g lighter than the iPhone 4, which has gained a couple of grams over the old 3GS and now weighs 137g. (1-0)



Striking first, the iPhone 4′s 5.0 MP lens features tap to focus, a much-needed LED flash, geo-tagging, plus VGA/HD video recording up to 30fps. For video calls, there’s also a front-facing camera.

The Sony Ericsson X10 beats its opponent with a higher-spec 8.0 Megapixel camera that also includes autofocus, its own LED flash, touch focus functionality, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection plus widescreen VGA video capture. It’s a good package. But overall, the iPhone still edges it. (2-0)


The iPhone 4 boasts a touch-sensitive “Retina” display, measuring 3.5 inches and delivering a superb resolution of 640 x 960 pixels. Measuring 4.0 inches, the X10′s touch-sensitive LCD screen is slightly bigger. But it’s let down by a poorer screen resolution, namely 480 by 854 pixels. (2-0)


As for the processor, the iPhone 4′s core is based on a 1GHz Apple A4 chip, while the X10 uses a Snapdragon (QSD8250) processor, also rated at 1GHz. Apple’s phone uses iOS4, with multi-tasking, video chat, iBooks and access to the massive App Store (see below). Sony Ericsson has plumped for Android OS 1.6. (3-0)


The iPhone 4 incorporates 32GB versus the 8GB capacity of the X10. There’s no expansion slot on the iPhone 4, so its base memory can’t be extended. You can expand the memory of the X10 via the microSD slot. The maximum is 32GB. (3-0)

Battery life:

A word about battery life… Apple claims 7.0 hours of talktime for the iPhone 4, which is beaten by 8.0 hours for the X10. Standby times are 300 hours and 425 hours respectively. A small victory for the X10 here. (3-1)



The iPhone 4 also includes GPS/A-GPS, digital compass and a 3-axis gyroscope. The X10 features GPS/A-GPS and a digital compass. (4-1)

The Apple iPhone 4 wins!

iphone4 2up front side iPhone 4 vs Sony Ericsson X10   ReviewOnce again, the iPhone 4 pummels its opponent into submission and then kicks it when it’s down (4-1). The X10 is a classy phone, but it’s made to look ordinary against a super-handset that has the best OS, HD video recording and editing, the most memory and the best display. It’s back to the drawing board for Sony.

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