Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc – Review

by Jerry D on July 5, 2011

The new Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo struts into our BPF arena wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the words ‘mid-range mauler’. “I am not the best Sony Ericsson smartphone you can buy”, it shouts with honesty.

And it isn’t. You could consider the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play with its built-in PlayStation joypad. Or the classy Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, which should be able to give the Neo a good whipping. The question is: will it be a close fight? Seconds away… round one…

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Stat-fight: Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

Highlights: the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo features a 3.7-inch LED-backlit LCD with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, not to mention a slim design that’s only 13.0mm thick.

But check out the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, which boasts a 4.2-inch (480 x 854 pixel) LED-backlit LCD, plus a chassis that’s 8.7mm thick. See the full smartphone comparison below…

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo VS Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
Display 3.7-inch LED-backlit LCD 4.2-inch LED-backlit LCD (‘Reality Display’)
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels 480 x 854 pixels
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon with Adreno 205 GPU
Software Android 2.3 Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Storage Up to 32GB Up to 32GB
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 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 (7.2Mbps) 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP
Size 57.0 x 116.0 x 13.0mm 63.0 x 125.0 x 8.7mm
Weight 126g 117g
Talktime 7.0 hours 7.0 hours
Standby 400 hours 400 hours

Analysis: Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

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Best Connectivity: Draw (1-1)

Best Size/Weight: Xperia Arc (1-2)
The Xperia Arc is easily the thinner of the two phones, measuring 8.7mm to the Xperia Neo’s 13.0mm. The Xperia Neo carries more weight than the Xperia Arc. Compare the two and Sony Ericsson’s phone is 126g and Xperia Arc’s’ handset is a supermodel-esque 117g.

Best Camera/Video: Xperia Neo (2-2)
The Xperia Neo’s built-in camera has a resolution of 8.0 MP, plus features that include: autofocus, touch-to-focus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection and 720p video capture. There’s also a front-facing camera for video chat/Skype.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc matches its opponent with a 8.0 Megapixel camera of its own, as well as autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection and 720p video capture. You’ll notice that there’s no front camera, however. So video chat is out.

Best Display: Xperia Arc (2-3)
The design of Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Neo features an unspectacular 3.7-inch touch-sensitive LED-backlit LCD screen, with a resolution of 480 by 854 pixels. The Xperia Arc’s touch-sensitive LED-backlit LCD (dubbed a ‘Reality Display’) is roomier at 4.2 inches. The resolution is the same, but the Arc’s screen has a better overall feel to it.

Best Processor: Draw (3-4)

Best Software: Draw (4-5)

Best Storage: Draw (5-6)

Best Battery life: Draw (6-7)

Best Extras: Draw (7-8)
The Xperia Neo also includes GPS/A-GPS, DLNA content sharing, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, a digital compass, HDMI out and a stereo FM radio.

In comparison, the Xperia Arc features GPS/A-GPS, DLNA content sharing, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine, Stereo FM radio with RDS, HDMI port, noise cancellation and a digital compass. It’s been a close fight and the Neo proves that Sony Ericsson has only cut a few small corners compared to its bigger brother. Nevertheless…

BPF Verdict: The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc wins!

See if these two phones make our Top 20 Best Smartphones list…

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