Superphone Standoff: Atrix Vs. Xperia Arc

February 7, 2011
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    Two of the most sought after phones set to debut in 2011 are the Motorola Atrix and the Sony Xperia Arc. We have put together a nice comparison to help you choose for yourself. Read on for more.

    Display – Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. Motorola Atrix

    • If you want to get a handset with clearer screen, the Atrix is likely to be your top choice, for it features 4.0-inch LCD (540×960 pixels) TFT capacitive touch screen with 16M colors.
    • On the other hand, the Xperia Arc offers a 4.2-inch LED-backlit LCD (‘Reality Display’) (480×854 pixels) capacitive touch screen with 16M colors.

    Size and Weight – Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. Motorola Atrix

    • The Atrix measures 63.5 x 117.8 x 10.1mm and weighs 136g, while the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc measures 63.0 x 125.0 x 8.7mm and weighs at 117g.

    Camera – Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. Motorola Atrix

    • If you need a phone that offers a better camera, the Xperia Arc is a better choice.. The Arcs camera features 8.0 Megapixels with Autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection and 720p video capture.
    • The Atrix gives you 5.0 Megapixels with Autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 720p video capture.

    Connectivity – Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. Motorola Atrix

    • The Atrix is supports 3G networks, HSDPA and HSUPA, WiFi with DLNA, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR and a microUSB 2.0.
    • On the other hand, the Xperia Arc offers access to the same 3G networks, HSDPA and HSUPA, WiFi with DLNA, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR and a microUSB 2.1.

    Performance – Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. Motorola Atrix

    • The Atrix uses Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) and comes with a vastly superior CPU, which is a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual Core processor.
    • The Xperia Arc is slated to be released with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and packs a Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon 1GHz processor under the hood

    Storage – Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. Motorola Atrix

    • The Atrix offers 16GB storage and 1GB RAM, and has a microSD which can be expanded up to 32GB.
    • The Xperia Arc gives only 512MB internal storage, while its microSD is expandable up to 32GB.

    Battery Life – Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. Motorola Atrix

    • The Atrix features an industry leading 1930 mAh battery type, which is able to give you 250 hours of standby time and 9 hours of talk time.
    • The Xperia Arc comes with Lithium-Polymer 1500 mAh battery type and claims to offer up to 400 hours of standby time and 7 hours of talk time.

    Conclusion – Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. Motorola Atrix

    While there is no clear winner in this Android Phone standoff, the Atrix does have the edge for a variety of reasons. With its extremely high resolution qHD display, its dual core 1Ghz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, and the ability to connect to smartdocks and essentially be a mobile powerhouse, it pulls well ahead of the Sony Xperia Arc. That being said, for those that value aesthetics and style, the Xperia Arc is quite tempting. It uniquely packs some serious power, with an excellent camera and a slightly bigger screen (albeit with lower resolution) into a smaller, tighter package. For that matter as well, the Xperia Arc is set to launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

    Decisions, decisions.

    Which one would you like to be holding right now?

    Detailed Spec Comparison Below:

    Battery Specifications Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Motorola ATRIX 4G
    Battery Standard battery, Li-Po 1500 mAh Standard battery, Lithium 1930 mAh
    Capacity 1500 mAh 1930 mAh
    Standby Time 2G – 430 hours / 3G – 400 hours 2G – 264 hours / 3G – 250 hours
    Talk Time 2G – 6 hr 55 min / 3G – 7 hrs 2G – 8 hr 40 Mins / 3G – 9 hrs
    Technology Li-Po Up to 250 h
    Cellular Specifications Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Motorola ATRIX 4G
    Additional Features - Digital compass; – HDMI port; – MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player; – MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player; – TrackID music recognition; – NeoReader barcode scanner; – Google Search, Maps, Gmail,; YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk; – Facebook and Twitter integ - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic; – Digital compass; – MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player; – 1080p MP4/H.263/H.264.WMV/Xvid/DivX @ 30 fps playback; – Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk; – Facebook, Twitter, MySpace integration;
    Band 2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900; 3G Network: HSDPA 900 / 2100 2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900; 3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
    Speakerphone Yes Yes
    Vibrating Alert Yes Yes
    Communicator Features Specifications Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Motorola ATRIX 4G
    Operating System Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread) Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo)
    Connections Specifications Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Motorola ATRIX 4G
    Connector Type 3.5 mm audio jack; v2.0 microUSB 3.5 mm audio jack; microUSB
    Digital Camera Specifications Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Motorola ATRIX 4G
    Camera Light Source LED flash LED flash
    Features Touch focus, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection Geo-tagging, image stabilization
    Focus Adjustment autofocus autofocus
    Secondary Camera Yes Yes, VGA
    Sensor Resolution 8 megapixels 5 megapixels
    Still Image Resolutions 3264 x 2448 Yes
    Video Recorder Yes 720p@30fps
    Video Recorder Features 720p@30fps -
    Digital Player Specifications Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Motorola ATRIX 4G
    Digital Player MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player; MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player; Adobe Flash 10.1 player
    Supported Audio Formats MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+
    Supported Video Formats MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV -
    Audio Specifications Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Motorola ATRIX 4G
    Digital Player Supported Audio Formats MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+
    Display Specifications Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Motorola ATRIX 4G
    Diagonal Size 4.2 inches 4.0 inches
    Display Resolution 480 x 854 pixels 540 x 960 pixels
    Features - Scratch-resistant surface; – Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate; – Multi-touch input method; – Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine; – Proximity sensor for auto turn-off; – Timescape/Mediascape UI - Biometric fingerprint reader; – Gorilla Glass display; – Touch sensitive controls; – MOTOBLUR UI with Live Widgets; – Multi-touch input method; – Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate; – Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
    Type Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
    General Specifications Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Motorola ATRIX 4G
    Announcement Date 2011, January 2011, January
    Available Body Colors Midnight Blue, Misty Silver Black
    Depth 8.7 mm 10.1 mm
    Dimensions 125mm x 63mm x 8.7mm 116.8mm x 63.5mm x 10.1mm
    Height 125 mm 116.8 mm
    Product Type Android Smartphone with dual camera, GPS navigation, multimedia player Android Smartphone with dual camera, GPS navigation, multimedia player
    Weight 117 g 136 g
    Width 63 mm 63.5 mm
    Gps System Specifications Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Motorola ATRIX 4G
    Gps Navigation Yes, with A-GPS support Yes, with A-GPS support
    Memory Specifications Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Motorola ATRIX 4G
    Flash Memory 512 MB 16 GB storage
    Supported Flash Memory Cards microSD, up to 32GB, 8 GB included 1 GB RAM
    Phone Memory Phone Book Capacity Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall microSD, up to 32GB
    Phone Memory Received Calls Memory Practically unlimited Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photo call
    Messaging Data Services Specifications Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Motorola ATRIX 4G
    3g HSDPA, HSUPA HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
    Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
    Edge Yes Yes
    Gprs Yes Yes
    Internet Browser HTML HTML
    Java Applications Yes, via third-party application Yes, MIDP 2.0
    Messaging Services IM IM
    Mobile Email Email; Push email Email; Push Email
    Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS Stereo FM radio with RDS
    Supported Sms Functions SMS (threaded view); MMS SMS (threaded view); MMS
    Short Messaging Service Yes Yes
    Usb Yes, v2.0 microUSB Yes, microUSB v2.0
    Wlan Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, DLNA Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA
    Organizer Specifications Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Motorola ATRIX 4G
    Installed Games Yes Yes + downloadable
    Phone Memory Specifications Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Motorola ATRIX 4G
    Phone Book Capacity Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photo call
    Received Calls Memory Practically unlimited Practically unlimited
    Processor Specifications Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Motorola ATRIX 4G
    Processor Qualcomm MSM8250 Snapdragon 1 GHz processor 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 AP20H Dual Core processor
    Ring Tones Specifications Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Motorola ATRIX 4G
    Ring Tone Formats MP3, WAV ringtones MP3, WAV ringtone
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    Comments

    • anon

      I’m confused that this sony phone would be compared to the Atrix. They aren’t even in the same class. By the way, if you care going to compare phones, it would be good to also compare the Android O.S. update delivery history of the phone manufacturer and carrier also. Sony in particular has a bad history in this area.

    • Andreas Kristensson

      The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc also features ANT+ capabilities for low-power wireless sensor monitoring in sports, wellness and home health.

      http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/developerworld/2011/01/06/use-your-sony-ericsson-phone-with-ant-enabled-health-and-fitness-products/

      http://www.thisisant.com/ant/ant-interoperability

    • rod

      Does the Xperia Arc have the docking options of the Atrix?

      Can you set the specs out the same? Comparison is not as easy as it could be. Also, Atrix has HDMI which is not noted above.

    • daniel

      the arc also has HDMI and take it from me have had both these phones in my hands for 2 weeks I believe the arc screen is clearer and the phone is generally more responsive after playing with both these phones intensely for two weeks the winner for me is the ARC and that’s the one I kept and have no regrets its an awesome phone

    • Kealaokalani

      I started with the Atrix then got the Arc. The 512mb internal storage became a major pain as I quickly ran out of space. Yes you can put in a 32gb sd card but for some apps, text messages, emails, etc. you can only store them on the internal storage. Went back to the Atrix. If you don’t have a lot of texts, emails, etc. then the Arc could be excellent. I liked the camera very much. Great pic and snappy overall response with the Arc.

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