Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo vs Apple iPhone 4: Smartphone showdown

Which is the better smartphone -- Sony Ericsson's XPERIA Neo or Apple's iPhone 4?

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo vs. iPhone 4: Software

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo runs the latest 2.3 Gingerbread version of Google's Android operating system. Version 2.3 of Android means the XPERIA Neo has a revamped keyboard, better copy and paste, improved power management, and a slicker user interface compared to previous versions of Google's mobile platform.

The XPERIA Neo includes Sony Ericsson's Timescape application, which first appeared on the XPERIA X10 Android phone. Timescape groups social networking and phone communications into a single, graphically intense interface; each communication event on the phone forms a 3D box that you simply flick your finger up and down the "spine" to scroll through. However, Sony Ericsson has included Timescape as a regular app rather than integrate it into the XPERIA Neo's UI, and it has also dumped its Mediascape integration. This means the XPERIA Neo is unlikely to suffer the same Android software update delays as the XPERIA X10 did.

The iPhone 4 runs Apple's iOS4 operating system. It offers a familiar swipeable home screen enhanced by folders, and the consistent Apple UI look and feel extending across all of the standard applications. If you have never used an iPhone before, you can expect a device that is easy to pick up and use, a well-populated App Store, and excellent multimedia capabilities. The iPhone's iPod integration ensures it remains one of the best music smartphones on the market, while mobile Web browsing is fast and efficient.

Though the streamlined iPhone experience has won many fans, Apple's closed platform means the iPhone 4 doesn't offer the same flexibility as smartphones like the Sony XPERIA Neo. The iPhone has an inferior notification system to Android phones, and it doesn't let you customise and display live widgets on your home screen. By the same token, the iPhone interface and overall user experience are far more polished than what is currently on offer from Android phones.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo vs. iPhone 4: Other features

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo Android phone comes with an HDMI port, meaning you can connect it directly to a high-definition television. Along with DLNA connectivity for wirelessly accessing media content, the XPERIA Neo seems well designed for multimedia sharing. Sony Ericsson claims the addition of Sony's Bravia graphics engine will produce smoother video playback.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo vs Apple iPhone 4: Smartphone showdown

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo's 8-megapixel camera also boasts Sony's 'Exmor R' image sensor, which should offer better performance in dim lighting.

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo's 8-megapixel camera also boasts Sony's 'Exmor R' image sensor. The company claims this gives higher sensitivity with less image noise, meaning it should perform better in dim lighting than traditional mobile phone cameras.

The iPhone 4 can't boast HDMI connectivity, but its camera is widely regarded as one of the best on a smartphone, surpassed only by the superb 12-megapixel Nokia N8. The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, has 380MB of RAM and comes with a microSD card slot for extra storage. Strangely, Sony Ericsson has only provided a paltry 320MB of internal memory.

Telstra has confirmed it will exclusively launch the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo Android phone in Australia in the "first half of 2011". Pricing has yet to be announced.

What do you think about the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo and the Apple iPhone 4? Tell us in the comments below!

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

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Xperia Neo wud b Best rather Iphone 4!!! :))



well sonyericsson is always the best n neo is awesome n iphone eeeeeeeeeeyaak i hate apple products sonyericsson beat iphone4 yahooooo



I Love Xperia Neo....much much much better than iphone! :)



i love experia very muuuuuuuuuch and i want to buy it now but idont have enough money and i will be afraid from the touch screen when it crashed what is the answer?



NO is olwys.....awsm/...n its xperia series is .5 ratting.......n neo is my dream phone...



xperia neo is the best



iphone 4 sucks. Apple is too arrogant



Xperia neo is my dream phone
it's awsm

I need it



Neo is amaizing. better then not only iphone, better then nokia and other mobile also.u will find something new in neo. i m lovin it.



say whatever u want guys..iphone got tha rep and they keeping it real, i have both neo, BB touch and iphone..i love them all, but the prestidge of the iphone can never be met..



I love my xperia neo so much.... its the best phone EVER



Loving the Xperia neo experience.. It's awesome..



i love xperia neo and i will get one , but what about price, and is there neo in lebnon?



Quando il GATTO no puo' arrivare al lardo............. Dice che puzza

When the CAT can not 'get to the fat ............. He says that stinks



Im using Xperia Neo and I can guarantee that its better than the I-Phone 4! <3 Neo!



iphone 4 rocks! no one can beat apple products. try harder!!!



50% less of the iphone 4 . . great savings . . .



Neo, 400 hours standby r u joking,bulls**t ,it's a good phone but it lasts less than 12 hrs on standby



what about prices??



Xperia Neo Rocks With Android 2.3.4 & Gr8 HD cam



Which one is better? Xperia NEO or Xperia NEO V ?????



i lost my Xperia NEO V can anyone tell me any app similar as (the find my iphone)?????



Sony ericsson is best in the world. I don't like apple I phone. Because it is very expensive.



Sony ericsson is best in the world. I don't like apple I phone. Because it is very expensive in our country



i hive "Xperia neo" but "xperia s" is the best --> hd screen , 12MP camera , 1,5GHz speed , android 4.0.1 ICS



rinok92@ : I've heard the app named Mcfee.. but u have to set it up frst b4 u can us it.. mobile phone number is needed..
this app run if anyone else inserting a different simcard than yours.. if detected.. this app will requesting for a passwd.. n' it will send an sms to U that your phone has stolen or it is in the other hand than U..

but U have to pay for this app if U wanna get the full version.. that's all I know.. hopefully this can help..

and i thnk iPhone is good phone for they who liKe with luxuary style n price
n' neo is the good one too for they who like with luxuary style and cam

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