Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 vs. HTC Aria – Review

by Jerry D on July 28, 2010

Another tussle between ‘mini’ phones as Sony Ericsson attempts to halt HTC’s charge with the good-looking (and reasonably specced) Xperia X8 handset. Is it a match for the Aria, which has been gunning down rival budget phones left, right and center? Seconds away, round one…

Connectivity:

The plastic guts of the Xperia X8 come packed with a fairly traditional combo of 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP connectivity. HTC’s Aria, meanwhile, dishes up a similar spec: 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. So the points are shared here. (1-1)

Size & Weight:

How do the two phones match up in terms of size? The Aria is a noticeably taller than the Xperia X8 with dimensions of 104.1mm versus 99.0mm. The Aria is also wider, measuring 58.4mm to the Xperia X8′s 54.0mm. Tipping the scales at 115g, the Aria is weightier than its opponent. The Xperia X8 weighs a mere 104g. (2-1)

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Camera:

The Xperia X8′s 3.2MP lens isn’t the highest resolution snapper around. But it ‘aint what you do, it’s the way that you do it and the camera features geotagging, a built-in Facebook image uploader and video capture. The HTC Aria beats its opponent down hard with a higher-spec 5.0 Megapixel camera that also includes autofocus, geo-tagging, ‘touch focus’ controls and VGA video recording. (2-2)

Screen/keyboard:

Sony Ericsson’s compact handset features a touch-sensitive LCD display, 3.0 inches across with a quoted resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. The touch-sensitive LCD on the Aria is slightly bigger, measuring 3.2 inches. Its 320 by 480 resolution matches the Xperia X8. (2-3)

Performance:

In terms of processor speediness and software, the Aria uses a Qualcomm MSM 7227 chip, rated at 600MHz, while the Xperia X8′s processor is also a 600MHz model. The Xperia X8 runs Android 1.6 out of the box. The Aria, meanwhile, uses the more recent Android 2.1 (Eclair) build, enhanced with HTC’s own Sense UI. (2-4)

Downloadable apps:

Storage:

While the Aria only boasts 384MB of memory, the Xperia X8 comes with a better 2GB capacity. The Xperia X8 also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to 16GB. But the meagre storage capacity on HTC’s phone can be expanded to 32GB via the microSD slot. (3-4)

Extras:

The Xperia X8 also includes GPS/A-GPS satellite navigation plus a stereo FM radio with RDS. Ditto the Aria, so there are no extra points to be won here. (3-4)

The HTC Aria wins!

htc aria Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 vs. HTC Aria   ReviewThe Aria continues its demolition of rival mini phones with a narrow victory over the Xperia X8 (3-4). What’s to like? A newer version of Android, customised with HTC’s Sense UI; a higher-spec camera (although lacking an LED flash); plus a slightly bigger display with a decent 320 x 480 pixel resolution. And while it lacks a decent slab of internal memory, the Aria can accomodate microSD cards up to 32GB, making it ideal for storing photos, videos, music and apps sucked down from the Android Market.

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