Sony Xperia SP vs. Google Nexus 4 – Fight!

by Jerry D on August 23, 2013

If you hold the Sony Xperia SP up against the Google Nexus 4, which one should you buy? Is the 4.6-inch display on the Xperia SP lovelier than the Nexus 4’s? What about size? Is the 139g  Nexus 4 too weighty? Too fat for back pockets? Find out which phone is the best below.

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Sony Xperia SP vs. Google Nexus 4: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Sony Xperia SP VS Google Nexus 4
Display 4.6-inch LCD 4.7-inch True HD IPS
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
(319.348 PPI)
768 x 1280 pixels
(317.66 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.7GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon
Software Android 4.1 Android 4.2
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 8 or 16GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode and 1080p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 0.3MP Yes, 1.3MP
4G LTE No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
Size 67.1 x 130.6 x 10.0mm 68.7 x 133.9 x 9.1mm
Weight 155g 139g
Talktime 19.0 hours 15.0 hours
Standby 734 hours 390 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and a TV-out GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, barometer, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot feature and TV-out

 

Sony Xperia SP vs. Google Nexus 4 analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Sony Xperia SP vs. Google Nexus 4 fight plays out…

Sony Xperia SP vs. Google Nexus 4 – Connectivity

The wireless talents of the Xperia SP include NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. It also includes 4G connectivity where available. Google, meanwhile, has packed its phone with tech that includes NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. 4G support is a no-no, however, and that’s a problem here.
— The Xperia SP wins (1-0)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Google Nexus 4 – Size/Weight

How thin do you like your phones? The Nexus 4 is the thinner of the two, measuring 9.1mm to the Xperia SP’s 10.0mm. Checking on weight, the Xperia SP weighs 155g, while the Google Nexus 4 is 139g. See the comparison graph below for more details.
— The Nexus 4 wins (1-1)

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Sony Xperia SP vs. Google Nexus 4 – Camera/Video

The Xperia SP’s 8.0 Megapixel camera features a full resolution of 3264 x 2448 plus autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode and 1080p video recording. Oh and there’s also a 0.3MP camera on the front for making video calls.

The Google Nexus 4 matches its opponent with a 8.0 Megapixel camera of its own, as well as autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and 1080p video recording. A second 1.3MP camera on the front can be used for video calling and its specification just edges out the Xperia SP.
— The Nexus 4 wins (1-2)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Google Nexus 4 – Display

The specs show that Sony has built the Xperia SP with a 4.6-inch touch-sensitive display. The LCD panel has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Is this good? Bad? The resulting pixel density of this handset tells us exactly that. It’s 319.348 pixels per inch. Good. Not the best we’ve seen. But definitely good.

XXXX pointy arrow The Sony Xperia SP features a 4.6-inch LCD display with a quoted resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 319.348.

Measuring 4.7 inches, the Nexus 4′s touch-sensitive True HD IPS screen is not much bigger than the SP’s. The pixel density of 317.66 pixels per inch here is ever so slightly less than the 319.348 rating given to the Xperia SP. But the panel quality is better and the Google phone just grabs the point here.
— The Nexus 4 wins (1-3)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Google Nexus 4 – Processor

As for CPU performance, the Nexus 4 uses a quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon CPU, rated at 1.5GHz. The Xperia SP’s engine is a 1.7GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T processor.
— The Nexus 4 wins (1-4)

Half-time: Sony Xperia SP vs. Google Nexus 4

With five rounds gone, the Nexus 4 enjoys a clear 3 point lead. Will the Xperia SP turn it around in the second half? Let’s see. The next round is software…

Sony Xperia SP vs. Google Nexus 4 – Software

Neither phone wins this Android 4.1 vs. Android 4.2 battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (2-5)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Google Nexus 4 – Applications

It’s Google Play vs. Google Play and there’s no winner here. Which means… The Nexus 4 is still leading in this fight. The Xperia SP will need to take the next three rounds to force a draw.
— The two phones share the points (3-6)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Google Nexus 4 – Storage

This next round is just as important. The Sony Xperia SP boasts 8GB of built-in storage. In contrast, the Nexus 4 comes with multiple storage options, offering either 8 or 16GB. The Xperia SP also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to 40GB. Google didn’t build an expansion slot into the Nexus 4, so 8 or 16GB is all you get. Overall…
— The Nexus 4 wins (3-7)

Sony Xperia SP vs. Google Nexus 4 – Battery Life

With a maximum charge, Sony claims 19.0 hours of talktime for the Xperia SP, compared to 15.0 hours for the Nexus 4. Standby times are 734 hours and 390 hours respectively. A first place result for the Xperia SP.
— The Xperia SP wins (4-7)

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Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

Sony Xperia SP vs. Google Nexus 4 – Extras

Finally, the Xperia SP also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and a TV-out. In comparison, the Nexus 4 is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, barometer, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot feature and TV-out.
— It’s a tie, one point each (5-8)

BPF Verdict: The Google Nexus 4 wins! (5-8)

The Google Nexus 4 wins this match-up. It beats the Sony Xperia SP, taking 5 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 3 and losing 2. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: No
The best size/weight: Yes
The best camera/video: Yes
The best display: Yes
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: Yes
The best battery life: No
The best extras: Comparable

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