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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