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I'm in need of a new phone and I'll begin by saying aesthetics are just as, if not, more important to me than hardware.

That being said, I've narrowed some choices down to the Galaxy S2 and the Xperia S.

I've been reading up and they both have excellent hardware and coming from a crumby LG phone, any smartphone will feel amazing.

The Xperia S, being the newer phone has a slightly better screen even with a lesser contrast ratio and also a better camera. One of you are going to have to educate me on the processors, though, because I'm getting mixed feedback on which one is faster.

A few of my friends pointed out that the Xperia S (like all Sony phones) will "go out of style". Now, it may seem silly to you guys but man do I hate having an ugly phone so just bear with me and my superficial self.

I'm also concerned about durability. The S2 is one tough phone, having seen drop tests and scratch tests performed on it. The Xperia uses some unnamed scratch-resistant glass and that worries me.

What do you guys think? Any other phones I should consider?
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The Samsung Galaxy S2 is much much better. It has a much faster web browser and very responsive UI.

The Xperia S is not bad but after using it, the experience felt noticeably laggier compared to the SGS2.

The screen on the Xperia S may have a higher PPI but the piss poor blacks and low contrast destroys the purpose.

The design on the Xperia S will get old. The green plastic on the back looks very gimmicky and cheap.

3G/4G LTE Signal transmission tests:

BrowserMark - web browser speed tests

286

274

Sunspider
240

In terms of UI smoothness and processing speeds, the Samsung Galaxy S2 is much much smoother.

Loading menus and applications on the Xperia S feels choppy and it's very annoying.

The Snapdragon S3 processor on the Xperia S is very slow and choppy. Source: http://www.phonebuff.com/2012/01/snapdragon-s3-exynos-4210-omap-4460-performs-best/
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Snapdragon S3 Vs Exynos 4210 Vs OMAP 4460 – Which Performs Best?

1st place: Not only did the Samsung Exynos 4210 load Google Earth up the fastest, it was the smoothest when zooming in and out of Las Vegas’ 3D buildings.

2nd place: Even though it crashed on us in the video above, the actual performance of the TI OMAP 4460 was much smoother than the Snapdragon while being only a little choppier than the Exynos.

3rd place: While Google Earth crashed on us in the video above on the OMAP processor, in separate tests its crashed on the Snapdragon as well. Therefore, with it being the choppiest out of the three the Snapdragon S3 comes in last.

Edited by Koehler - 6/11/12 at 3:56am
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So it is significantly slower? That's a disappointment.

I think the screen is a bit nicer still though, even with brighter blacks, the higher PPI does make a huge difference.

And what do you mean by gimmicky and cheap? I mean, the back cover on the GS2 is flimsy as heck also.
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The S2 would smack it around silly, much prefer the HTC Sensation XE though, just a nicer looking phone that offers higher build quality. It's also matches the S2 with the newer drivers installed.
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Originally Posted by EventHorizon View Post

So it is significantly slower? That's a disappointment.
I think the screen is a bit nicer still though, even with brighter blacks, the higher PPI does make a huge difference.
And what do you mean by gimmicky and cheap? I mean, the back cover on the GS2 is flimsy as heck also.

I wasn't talking about the back cover, I was talking about the plastic green circle which looks really cheap and gimmicky.
Edited by Koehler - 6/11/12 at 2:48am
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I don't see how the SGS2 is better...the Xperia S is better. I'm not sure the people commenting here have actually used the Xperia S.

 

  • The screen is definitely bright and has great viewing angles. The blacks I've seen while not exceptional aren't 'poor' either.
  • The HD screen is a nice bonus.
  • The camera is MUCH better than the SGS2, Sony's smartphone cameras have always been top notch (at least in the Xperia line).
  • Software support is there, and Sony also help developers out with Betas of ROMs, any assistance they need etc.
  • As for the CPU it's a 1.5GHz dual-core, so it's no slouch. Unless you look at benchmarks all day there's no point comparing the two as they both do their job equally well
  • Then comes the design of the phone, which is personal preference
    
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If you plan on taking lots of pictures, I'd go for the Xperia S, no doubt, if you mostly need gaming power, I'd go the SGS2 route.
If you plan on buying unlocked, I'd compare price differences too.
Another thing to consider is that the Xperia S comes with NFC, while the SGS2 doesn't.
As for the design, that's really subjective, I like the design of the Xperia S (though it wouldn't have hurt if it was a bit thinner) very much indeed. Sony likes making stylish phones and usually does a good job at it too (my previous phone was an Xperia Arc by the way)
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Here's a nice video review that might help you decide
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qovcKnZ8cCw
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Sony UI = Fail to be honest...
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I don't see how the SGS2 is better...the Xperia S is better. I'm not sure the people commenting here have actually used the Xperia S.
  • The screen is definitely bright and has great viewing angles. The blacks I've seen while not exceptional aren't 'poor' either.
  • The HD screen is a nice bonus.
  • The camera is MUCH better than the SGS2, Sony's smartphone cameras have always been top notch (at least in the Xperia line).
  • Software support is there, and Sony also help developers out with Betas of ROMs, any assistance they need etc.
  • As for the CPU it's a 1.5GHz dual-core, so it's no slouch. Unless you look at benchmarks all day there's no point comparing the two as they both do their job equally well
  • Then comes the design of the phone, which is personal preference

+rep

I must add that the screen has additional blanks pixels which ensure visibility against the sun (its called WhiteMagic™).
The design is a plus for me as this smartphone has an original look, and I don't see why you guys say its cheap (especially consering that you compare it with the SGS2 rolleyes.gif).
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Sony UI = Fail to be honest...

Gimmicky statement not sustained by valid arguments.
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