Comparison of Apple iPhone 4 Vs Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Sony Xperia Play a much talked about smartphone has recently made its official debut in Barcelona at MWC 2011. When we started comparing this smartphone to some other device; iPhone 4 is the first name that pops out. Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is the first “Play Station Certified Handset” and also is the first gaming – centric phone by Sony.

Apple is always the strong player in the smartphone industry. Apple has given the Smartphone a crystal clear display which is also and lighter than iPhone 3GS.

We pit Apple iPhone 4 vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, comparing spec by spec to see which handset offers better bang for your buck.


iPhone4 Vs Xperia Play

iPhone4 Vs Xperia Play

Operating System & Processor

These two things are really big deals of concern if you are talking about Smartphones.  Both the handsets have single core processor which is not impressive at this time when dual-cores are already present in the market; iPhone 4 is blazed with 1GHZ ARM cortex A8 processor, On the other hand Xperia play is powered with 1 GHz Qualcomm scorpion processor.

Operating system is all about speed;  iPhone 4 runs on iOs4.3 which gives significantly improved performance and better Wi-Fi hotspotting to iphone4. Besides this Sony has chooses Android2.3 (Gingerbread) for the Play device which is having improved User Interface than its predecessor. If you are comparing these two OS you will find that you can customize Android but not iOS which is a plus point of Android.

Winner: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Display & Dimensions

Apple has used the IPS technology for its iPhone display which is high-end LCD technology for better viewing angle than lower-end LCD screens. Apple has used the same technology in iPad2. The Display of iPhone4 is 3.5-inches with a resolution of 960 x 640 pixels.  iPhone4 is considered as the thinnest handset in the world measuring 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm and is just 137g in weight.

When compared to Xperia play is having large screen than iPhone 4 with 4-inches large screen size but with lower resolution of 480 x 854. The handset is having bulky form factor to carry through in a pocket. The handset weight is 175g and measuring 119 x 62x 16mm which is much more than iPhone4.

Winner: Apple iPhone 4

Camera & Connectivity

Camera has never been Apple’s strong suite but they are slowly moving forward to improve this shortcoming. iPhone 4 is sported with 5MP Autofocus LED Flash camera with 2592 x 1944 resolution. It is also having secondary camera for video conferencing and ability to record 720p high definition video.

Xperia Play is also sported with 5Mp Autofocus Led flash camera with Geo tagging and image stabilization features. Both the handset is having all connectivity features on the board with Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n . In this case iPhone 4 is having secondary camera and better video recording functionality.

Winner: Apple iPhone 4

Storage Capacity & Battery Life

iPhone 4 is having different variant of storage from 16GB to 32GB but there is no external card slot to expand memory which is disappointing. Xperia play is having 380 MB of Internal memory and the memory can be extended upto 32GB with  microSD.

To perform so many functions and run applications a smartphones must have a powerful battery to cope with all these things. iPhone4 uses Li-po 1420 mAh battery which will give standby time of 300 hrs and 7 hours of talk time. Xperia play has teases the iPhone 4 in this case having standard Li-ion 1500mAh Battery with standby time of upto 425hr and talk time of 6hrs and25minutes.

Winner: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Prices of Sony Ericsson XPeria play & iPhone4

Apple has tagged iPhone4 (16GB) for $599 and iPhone4(32GB) for $699 and  Sony Xperia play is set to the price tag of $400.


No doubt both the handsets stand out different in their place but from our point of view Apple iPhone 4 is the winner because of its miscellaneous features like multitasking support, large internal storage, better display, thousands of apps, Mail improvements, better viewing experience are all the features that makes it stand above Xperia Play. Xperia play offers dedicated keys for gaming controls which makes the iPhone4 hard to compete with it; Xperia Play will surely be the best choice in case you are a gaming lover.

Which handset according to you should be the winner? Do tell us.

Author: Akshay Aggarwal

Akshay is a Tech Enthusiast who loves to write about Technology and Gadgets. He is very passionate about blogging and has been blogging since 2009.

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