The mid range smartphone market is currently ruled by HTC One V and Samsung Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Ace Plus handsets. The mid range smartphones are for those consumers who looks to have high end features on the phone and priced in the range of affordability. The manufacturers have compromised on one or the other thing to make the best feature available on the device.
Sony Xperia U ST 25a is introduced by Sony after their discontinued relationship with Ericsson and going through the device, it’s the little brother of Sony’s flagship Xperia S smartphone. The device is almost identical but with smaller screen in comparison and features is moderate enough. Sony Xperia U is the recent addition to the existing NXT series of smartphones by Sony. This device is certainly up for the competition for the race of the best mid range smartphone of 2012.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus S7500, taking the advantage of Galaxy Ace popularity, it extends the features of predecessor and its currently the best Android phone in the mid range price tag. Ace Plus is in the mid of Galaxy S and Galaxy Ace handset features and with the upgraded features available since 6 months.
Table of Content
- Form Factor Comparison
- Processor Comparison
- GPU Comparison
- Display Comparison
- Camera Comparison
- Operating System Comparison
- Storage Comparison
- Network Comparison
- Battery Comparison
- User Interface Comparison
- Price Comparison
Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus – 3.65 inches touchscreen display, 480 x 320 pixels resolution
Sony Xperia U – 3.5 inches LED backlit display, 480 x 854 pixel resolution
Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus is spotted with 3.65 inches HVGA display screen providing 480 x 800 pixel resolution. Sony Xperia U is with 3.5 inches LED backlit display providing 480 x 854 pixel resolution. Xperia U clearly wins in the pixel density comparison whereas it stands at 280 ppi and Galaxy Ace Plus is at 158 ppi.
So overall in the display comparison Xperia U makes a count with better resolution and better pixel density.
Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus – 1 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor
Sony Xperia U – 1 Ghz Cortex A9 dual core processor
The Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus just get 1 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor but Sony Xperia U is with 1 Ghz Cortex A9 dual core processor which provides faster response time and its quick. So in processor section Sony Xperia U clearly wins as Sony has added real power to mid range smartphones. Xperia U also beats HTC One V in processor comparison and no other mid range smartphone below Rs 18,000 is powered with dual core except Xperia U, big achievement for the device.
Adreno 220 powers graphical acceleration to provide gaming needs on Galaxy Ace Plus but on Xperia U Mali 400 MP is provides the graphical need. Nothing much difference on both of these technologies as it always provides better version from time to time.
Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus – 5 mega pixel camera, 2592 x 1944 pixels resolution
Sony Xperia U – 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, auto focus, LED flash, VGA front facing
Both the phone comes with 5 mega pixel camera on the rear side and provides same resolution when the photos are capture. Both the phones can record HD videos at 720p and Xperia U comes with additional front facing camera not spotted in Ace Plus which allows users to go face to face video chat and video conference.
Features such as Geo-tagging, Face and Smile Detection, Auto Focus, Panoramic Photo and Image Editor, auto focus, LED flash are common in both Xperia U and Galaxy Ace Plus.
Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus – Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS
Sony Xperia U – Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, ICS coming soon
Sony Xperia U comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system though its released very much afterwards when Ice Cream Sandwich is common in mid range smartphones as well. Thought not much to disappoint as it would be upgraded to Android Ice Cream Sandwich sooner. Sadly for Samsung Galaxy Ace it would not receive the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich officially and they would be strucked at Android 2.3 last.
Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus – 62.5 x 114.7 x 11.2 mm, 114 grams
Sony Xperia U – 112 x 54 x 12 mm, 110 grams
Ace Plus has the dimensions of 62.5 x 114.7 x 11.2 mm and weights 114 grams with the slimmest part being 11.2 mm thick. Xperia U is with almost similar design with 112 x 54 x 12 mm measurement, weights 110 grams along with slimmest part being 12 mm.
Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus – Samsung TouchWiz User Interface
Sony Xperia U – Timescape User Interface
Sony Xperia U with Timescape makes the phone easy to use and attractive. Timescape is mostly similar to MotoBlur used by Motorola powered smartphones. Nothing much descriptive about the TimeScape User interface. On the other side Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus with Touch Wiz user interface is widely accepted and known for its simplicity.
Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus – 1300 mAh Li ion battery
Sony Xperia U – 1320 mAh Li ion battery
Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus with 1300 mAh battery made up of Lithium ion which provides 11 hrs on 2G, 7 hrs on 3G as talk time and 660 hrs (2G), 420 hrs (3G) battery life during standby mode. Whereas Sony Xperia U with 1320 almost offer the same battery life as of Ace Plus.
Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus – 4 GB internal, micro SD supporting up to 32 GB
Sony Xperia U – 4 GB internal memory
Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus clearly wins in the storage comparison as its sported with 4 GB of internal memory storage, same is with the Xperia U but Ace Plus comes with a micro SD card slot by which you can supply additional storage but Xperia U completely misses out that. With Xperia U you need to adjust yourself with data storage limits as most of the memory would be eaten away by Android OS, apps itself. Ace Plus by Samsung doesn’t limit how much memory you can add just you need to purchase additionally.
Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus – Rs 15500 or $ 300
Sony Xperia U – Rs 16500 or $ 330
Anticipated Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus is out at price of Rs 15500 or $ 300 and its quite affordable for such a phone, its price hasn’t been dropped since many months. On the other side Xperia U is just launched at Rs 16500 or $ 330 market price. The price is almost the same and nothing much difference in it.
Both Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus and Sony Xperia U are the phone with 2G and 3G internet connectivity. Along with that W iFi internet access on both of them is possible with Wi Fi tether options as well. At this price tag you can’t expect device to be with 4G LTE speed.
Sony Xperia U is good device like Xperia S it has got exchangeable bottom notification which are lighted when there is call or SMS or email. These are also exchangeable with bottom caps in white, black, pink and yellow.
Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus brings out nothing special from their predecessor model of Galaxy Ace.
Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus is just the upgrade from their earlier existing Galaxy Ace and nothing much to talk about this device. But we have lot many things to talk about Sony Xperia U as it easily wins with dual core processor in comparison. The real difference comes is the Android version of Xperia U would be soon Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but sad to say that Galaxy Ace Plus would be strucked with the same Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. No serious improvements were done in Ace Plus in comparison with Galaxy Ace.
So in our comparison of Xperia U with Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus, Sony Xperia U certainly wins. Time for Samsung to think as they just can’t release the device with upgraded specifications.