The Galaxy Ace Plus from Samsung is one of the best Mid end Android phones that is the successor to the Galaxy Ace, which has sold millions of pieces throughout the world. For its price, it offers reasonable build quality and good specifications making the Android experience a decent one, at an affordable rate. While Samsung’s Galaxy Ace Plus makes a good buy in the mid end Android smartphone section, Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Neo V also falls in the same price bracket and makes a good phone with decent specifications. While the Xperia Neo V has a front facing camera and some other features over the Galaxy Ace Plus, Samsung also has its own plus points over the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V.
Read on, as we take a look at the detailed specs of both the phones and compare them side by side, in every category:
Table of Contents:
- Form Factor Comparison
- Display Comparison
- Camera Comparison
- Memory Comparison
- Connectivity Comparison
- Operating System and User Interface Comparison
- Battery and Processor Comparison
The Galaxy Ace Plus is 114.5 x 62.5 x 11.2 mm while the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V is 116 x 57 x 13 mm. The Galaxy Ace Plus weighs around 115 grams while the Xperia Neo V weighs around 126 grams, much higher than the Galaxy Ace Plus, when seen side by side.
On the Galaxy Ace Plus, there are two capacitive touch buttons, the Options and the back button on the bottom with a physical button in the centre. Note that the Physical button in the centre does not function as a Five-way navigational Trackpad, it is just a single press button. While on the Xperia Neo V, Sony Ericsson’s typical 3 button layout is featured. There is a home key, back and an option key, pretty much similar to the Galaxy Ace Plus but only that these have physical buttons while the Ace Plus has capacitive touch buttons.
The Galaxy Ace Plus has a 3.65 inch screen, while its successor, the Xperia Neo Vcomes with a slightly bigger screen, of 3.7 inches. The Xperia Neo V has better build quality over the Galaxy Ace Plus.
Winner : Almost similar; Xperia Neo V (slightly bigger display and better build quality)
The Galaxy Ace Plus comes with a TFT capacitive touchscreen of 3.65 inches with a pixel density of 158ppi while the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V has a LED-backlit LCD screen of 3.7 inches and has a screen pixel density of 265 ppi.
The Galaxy Ace Plus has a moderate screen resolution of 320×480 pixels while the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V has a 480×854 pixels resolution on it. The 480×854 pixels on a 3.7 inch screen means the display on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V is of a real good one and will produce sharp and clear prints on the screen.
Winner : Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V
There is a 5 Mega Pixel camera on the Xperia Neo V and Galaxy Ace Plus. Photos come out at a maximum resolution of 2592×1944 pixel, on both the Android smartphones.
The Galaxy Ace Plus does not have HD Video recording capabilities and shoot video at 480p, and also come with Geo-tagging for photos.
There is Video calling, touch focus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection and 3D sweep panorama on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V and it can also shoot videos at HD ( 720p ) resolution at 30 Frames per second and has continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilization as well.
The Xperia Neo V has a front facing secondary camera which is used for camera snapping purposes and making video calls using apps like Gtalk, Skype etc.
Winner: Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V
While the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus has 3GB of internal memory, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V comes with a 320MB of internal memory.
Also, both the phones have a microSD slot that allows the user to add upto 32GB of storage to the phone, along with the existing internal memory.
Winner : Galaxy Ace Plus
The Galaxy Ace Plus and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V have GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 bands and HSDPA 900 / 2100 bands which gives maximum speeds upto 7.2 Mbps on HSDPA. Additionally, the Xperia Neo V has the HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 3G band which enables a maximum speed of upto 5.76Mbps on HSUPA.
Both the phones have WiFi in them and support popular Wi-fi bands, compliant to the 802.11 standards. 802.11 b,g and n are supported and the WiFi Hotspot feature on them is also available on both the devices. To know how to enable Wifi Hotspot via tethering, follow these instructions here.
GPS is available on both the phones with A-GPS support for both. The Galaxy Ace Plus has the latest version of Bluetooth, v3.0 with A2DP support whereas the Xperia Neo V has only the Bluetoothv2.1 with support for A2DP. There is DLNA support on the Galaxy Ace Plus while the Xperia Neo V does not have it.
There is microUSB support for for Data Transfer. HDMI output is present only on the Xperia Neo V, making it very easy to enjoy your recently shot HD videos or the movies you have in your smartphone on the Big screen.
Both phones have stereo FM with RDS support.
Operating System and UI:
The Galaxy Ace Plus comes with Gingerbread 2.3.5 along with TouchWiz 4.0 whereas the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V comes with Android 2.3.4 as well.
Sony Ericsson has announced that the Xperia Neo V will be one of the smartphones to get the upgrade to Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 while there is no news about the ICS availability for the Galaxy Ace Plus.
Samsung’s TouchWiz UI has been refreshed to TouchWiz 4.0 to provide better features, good looking Widgets and other improvements to the User Experience over the original TouchWiz 3.0 while Sony Ericsson’s Timescape UI on the Xperia Neo V is designed for easy usage and comes with a lot of Facebook integration and small other features.
Winner : Galaxy Ace Plus ( TouchWiz 4.0 UI ) ; Xperia Neo V ( Upgrade to ICS announced )
Battery and Processor
The Galaxy Ace Plus has a 1300 mAh battery while the Xperia Neo Vhas a 1500 mAh battery. The Galaxy Ace Plus on 2G, has a talktime of upto 10h and 600 hours of standby time while the Xperia Neo V has a talktime of upto 7 hours on 2G and a reasonable 6 hours on 3G, with 430 hours of standby time on 2G and 400 hours of standby time on 3G.
The Galaxy Ace Plus has a 1 Ghz processor and while the Xperia Neo V has a similar 1Ghz Scorpion processor backed by a Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon chipset and a Adreno 205 GPU.
Winner: Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V
The Xperia Neo V clearly has better specifications, a confirmed OS upgrade to the latest version of Android and a front facing camera over the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus. However, when looked into deeply, the Galaxy Ace Plus from Samsung has the TouchWiz 4.0 UI which is more intuitive to use and the Galaxy Ace Plus comes at a price tag lesser than the Xperia Neo V. However, purchasing the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V would be a better choice as it offers much more than the Galaxy Ace at a slightly higher price which makes it a total worth for the extra money.