Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo vs. Nokia C7 – Review

by Jerry D on July 29, 2011

There’s a bit of nostalgia when the likes of Sony Ericsson and Nokia face each other in a big phone fight. These are two of the biggest names in the mobile business, albeit sadly faded like clothes left too long in the sun. Neither the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo or the Nokia C7 (aka Nokia Astound) are their greatest achievements. But one must triumph…

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Stat-fight: Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo vs. Nokia C7 (aka Nokia Astound)

Highlights: the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo boasts a fast 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor and weighs only 126g. The Nokia C7 (aka Nokia Astound) has a ho-hum 680MHz ARM 11 CPU and weighs 130g. See the full smartphone comparison below…

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo VS Nokia C7 (aka Nokia Astound)
Display 3.7-inch LED-backlit LCD 3.5-inch AMOLED
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels 360 x 640 pixels
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon 680MHz ARM 11
Software Android 2.3 Symbian ^3
Storage Up to 32GB Up to 40GB
Rear camera 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch-to-focus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection and 720p video capture 8.0 Megapixels with Fixed focus lens, dual LED flash, geotagging, face detection and HD video recording (720p)
Front camera Yes Yes
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps) 3G/HSDPA (10.2 Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP 3.0 with A2DP
Size 57.0 x 116.0 x 13.0mm 56.8 x 117.3 x 10.5mm
Weight 126g 130g
Talktime 7.0 hours 9.5 hours
Standby 400 hours 552 hours

Analysis: Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo vs. Nokia C7 (aka Nokia Astound)

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Best Connectivity: Draw (1-1)

Best Size/Weight: C7 (aka Nokia Astound) (1-2)
The C7 is slightly skinnier than the Xperia Neo with a chassis that’s only 10.5mm thick. The Neo is ever so slightly wider, however, measuring 57.0mm to the C7′s 56.8mm. You’ll need a magnifying glass to notice the different. Neither phone could be considered ‘hefty’. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo weighs 126g, while the C7 is 130g.

Best Camera/Video: Xperia Neo (2-2)
The Xperia Neo’s 8.0 Megapixel camera features: autofocus, touch-to-focus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection and 720p video capture. It has a max resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. For video calling, you’ll find a second camera on the front.

The C7′s 8.0 Megapixel camera comes with a fixed focus lens (yes, fixed focus), dual LED flash, geotagging, face detection and HD video recording (720p). It rivals the Neo for resolution and also boasts an additional camera on the front for video calling and low-res self-portraits.

Best Display: Xperia Neo (3-2)
Headlining the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo is a 3.7-inch touch-sensitive LED-backlit LCD with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. The C7′s touch-sensitive AMOLED screen is smaller at 3.5 inches. Its 360 x 640 pixel resolution is no match for the Sony Ericsson display.

Best Processor: Xperia Neo (4-2)
The 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon inside the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo is a better option than the C7′s sluggish ARM 11 chip.

Best Software: Xperia Neo (5-2)
The flexibility of Android 2.3 on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo beats the re-engineered Symbian ^3 on the C7. In terms of apps alone, Google’s platform trounces Nokia’s fading software.

Best Storage: C7 (aka Nokia Astound) (5-3)
Sony Ericsson’s phone offers less storage space.

Best Battery life: C7 (aka Nokia Astound) (5-4)

Best Extras: Xperia Neo (6-4)
The Xperia Neo also includes GPS/A-GPS, DLNA content sharing, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, digital compass, HDMI out and a stereo FM radio.

In comparison, the C7 features GPS/A-GPS (with free Ovi Maps), a digital compass, Web TV, Flash support, FM radio (with RDS) and TV-out with Dolby Digital Plus support. The Nokia Astound (exclusive to T-Mobile in the US) also features NFC functionality.

BPF Verdict: The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo wins!

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