Nokia N9 vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc – Review

by Jerry D on July 21, 2011

Who would win in a duel, at dawn, at 20 paces, with flintlock pistols, between the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9 and the Android-friendly Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc? Let’s find out…

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Stat-fight: Nokia N9 vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

Nokia has built the N9 with a 3.9-inch touch-sensitive display. This AMOLED screen has a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, which isn’t going to draw any admiring glances. Nevertheless, this 3.9-incher has an overall pixel count of 409920, giving the N9 a pixels per inch (PPI) rating of 251.282. Actually, that’s not too shabby.

The Xperia Arc’s touch-sensitive LED-backlit ‘Reality Display’ is basically a LCD panel. But the screen is bigger at 4.2 inches. Like the N9, its has a ho-hum 480 by 854 resolution that’s looking poor when compared to the newest qHD displays. With 409920 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is 233.333 pixels per inch.

The other key battle here is between Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and Nokia’s MeeGo OS. Expect the result to be as clear-cut as a steamroller versus a bowl of lime-flavoured jello…

Read the full smartphone comparison below…

Nokia N9 VS Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
Display 3.9-inch AMOLED 4.2-inch LED-backlit LCD (‘Reality Display’)
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels 480 x 854 pixels
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 OMAP3630 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon with Adreno 205 GPU
Software MeeGo 1.2 Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Storage Up to 64GB Up to 32GB
Rear camera 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, Carl Zeiss optics, wide-angle lens, dual LED flash, face detection, 720p 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 3G/HSDPA (14.4Mbps) 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP/EDR 2.1 with A2DP
Size 61.2 x 116.5 x 12.1mm 63.0 x 125.0 x 8.7mm
Weight 135g 117g
Talktime 7.0 hours 7.0 hours
Standby 450 hours 400 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, digital compass, Gorilla Glass, turn-by-turn mapping, Near Field Communication (NFC) and TV-out via HDMI. Note: a 16GB version is also available GPS/A-GPS, DLNA content sharing, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine, Stereo FM radio with RDS, HDMI port, noise cancellation, digital compass

Analysis: Nokia N9 vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc


Best Connectivity: Draw (1-1)
Best Size/Weight: Xperia Arc (1-2)
Best Camera/Video: N9 (2-2)
Best Display: Xperia Arc (2-3)
Best Processor: Draw (3-4)
Best Software: Xperia Arc (3-5)
Best Storage: N9 (4-5)
Best Battery life: Draw (5-6)
Best Extras: Draw (6-7)

BPF Verdict: The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc wins!

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