Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Sony Ericsson Xperia arc

Sony Xperia PLAY vs Sony Xperia arc

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY

Reasons to consider the Xperia PLAY

3G, Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Screen PPI Slightly higher PPI screen 243 PPI vs 232 PPI Almost the same
Sony Ericsson Xperia arc

Reasons to consider the Xperia arc

3.5G, Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
FM Radio Built-in FM radio Yes vs No Listen to your music and news from your favorite radio stations wherever you are
Thickness Significantly thinner 9 mm vs 16 mm Around 50% thinner
Bluetooth Newer bluetooth support 2.1 vs 1.0 Typically faster data transfer and lower power consumption connecting to other bluetooth devices
Size Smaller 63×125×9 mm vs 62×119×16 mm More than 40% smaller
Weight Lighter 117 g vs 175 g More than 30% lighter
Camera resolution Higher resolution camera 8.1 MP vs 5 MP Take photos with more than 60% more detail for larger prints
Network Slightly faster max data speeds HSDPA (7.2 mbps) vs 1xEV-DO rev. A (3.1 mbps) Higher theoretical max data transfer speeds over cell networks (around 2.5x faster)
Screen size Slightly larger screen 4.2"" vs 4.0"" More than 10% larger screen


Common Pros and Cons

Compared to recent cellphones

Pros Cons
GPS Have assisted GPS
Assisted GPS
Multi-touch Both support multi-touch
Intuitive gestures such as pinch to zoom
Touchscreen type Touch sensitive screens
Easy to use with your fingers
compatibility-score Works with many headphones
Wifi Slower wifi than average
802.11b (11 mbps)
Numeric keypad Neither has a numeric keypad
Its often harder to dial numbers with a touch screen or keyboard

Compared to recent smartphones

Pros Cons

We're not aware of any interesting pros shared by these two products.

Internal storage Less internal storage than average for storing music, photos and movies
Xperia arc327 MB
Keyboard Neither has a physical keyboard
No keyboard
Screen resolution Low resolution screens
Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies
720p @ 30fps


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Which phone do you like, and why?

Showing 5 comments

Avatar for Catalin Lungu Catalin Lungu (0:29 AM, July 21, 2012)
I had a Play a few months ago...and i loved it. Then I got an Arc...it's a great phone but I think the Play is better so tomorrow I'm going to get a Play again.
owen (5:07 PM, October 18, 2011)
they didn't mention the small fact that the PLAY has a fuckin Playstation controller built into it. that's the reason i bought it.
Narutoninja (9:29 AM, September 23, 2011)
i have arc and amazing
Tommy the Hammer (11:07 AM, August 19, 2011)
I have the PLAY. Came with 16Gb SD card.
The phone feels heavy - but robust - reassuring. I did test the ARC but it feels fragile.

By the way - this is my first Android, I was a BB user and I'm very impressed with the interface.
Dasdfasd (8:20 AM, May 27, 2011)
"Less internal storage than average for storing music, photos and movies", c'mon, you don't store music nor video on the internal storage, it comes with a 8gb SD card.