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Sony Xperia S or Samsung Galaxy S II - that is the question!

0. phoneArena 20 Apr 2012, 08:57 posted on

It's once again PhoneArena Knows Best time, and the question that we're dealing with this time comes from our reader Dejan Gogic, who is in a desperate need of a new smartphone...

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posted on 22 Apr 2012, 14:02

111. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

if you react to lack of logic, you must fight with the mirror quite often.

quick baby logic for ya. if the S4 outperforms the 4210 exynos by about 10-15% in actual commercial phone testing, and the 4212 DUAL CORE exynos is supposed to be near 50% improvement over the 4210, where does that leave the S4?
Outclassed by a 32nm dual core A9.. thats where.

posted on 22 Apr 2012, 14:04

112. khanmhsn (Posts: 25; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

i think you are mistaken.....mali gpu is on a par with adreno 220.

posted on 22 Apr 2012, 14:12

113. khanmhsn (Posts: 25; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

you are quite right.........SGS2 is more powerful in daily life performance.i own a SGS2 and yesterday i watched video on youtube about "SGS2 running quad core veersion of shadow gun" and was quite amazed how smooth it was running without skipping the details. now i want to root my phone...........you people should check it out too..

posted on 22 Apr 2012, 14:17

115. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

I meant STOCK. good frikkin lord. You are really trying to throw up an XDA ROM mod as proof that it is in pre ICS? Really?? And thats for SENSE 3.0 HTC, not Samsung Touchwiz.
Did it ever occur to you that maybe the mods working on that rom and others like it are talented and know how to shoehorn in code and make it work?


You dont think its amazingly coincidental that these mods came out after ICS was released into the wild? lol

i read through the change scripts on that ROM. It looks like it would be a pretty nice rom to use.

look at all the sense tweaks to make it run better. There is some hard work going into this ROM. But it is not touchwiz, GPU UI accelleration is not a STOCK feature of anything other than ICS, and until ICS was released, didnt exist on any rom as far as i've ever seen.

Looking at work like this is exactly the reason i LOVE XDA. But it doesnt help your point at all.

THE FIRST 3d rom to have FULL BEATS AUDIO from the Sensation XE!!
ROOT (SU + SuperUser Permissions - Thanks to ChainsDD)
Zipaligned (Improved RAM management)
Zipalign on boot (for user applications on data partition)
init.d scripts (BusyBox run-parts) support
NANO text editor & sysro/sysrw commands support
All the sense packages have been opted and extra languages have been removed (Will finish with the rest of the apps soon)
Full HTC Sense 3.0 Interface
Fully Optimized and Tweaked
Forced GPU UI Rendering
SD Card speed tweak

posted on 22 Apr 2012, 15:06

121. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Haha, oh man..here's my point.. SO WHAT.

Have you answered any of my questions?! - no, usually, and conveniently for you.
You're just unable to listen, nor to accept you being wrong.

And i'll bet you that S4 pro will be way superior to Exynos 4212, btw.
But whatever.

posted on 22 Apr 2012, 17:16

122. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

i have answered most of your questions pretty directly. apparently you havent read anything and just keep going of on childish fan boy tangents.

BTW, if the S4 quad follows normal logic, it should get up to a max 50% improvement by adding 2 more cores, just like the 4212 does when it goes from dual to quad... negating the GPU changes and concentrating on CPU only. Guess what, if that holds true, that still puts it behind the quad 4212 and dual 5250..not even on the playing field for the quad 5250.

your still a silly fanboy. :)

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 04:32

124. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Here, i'll demonstrate it(spell it out) to you:

..waiting your direct answer, tick tack.

Fanboy of what am i?
I'm perfectly fine saying that exynos is the fastest SoC, and i said it many times.

Yet, for you even the s4 is crap although you admitted it's already better than tegra 3.
And there's PC-ready quad PRO, and high end dual core pro variant in the pipeline for this year's releases.
Tegra 4? Next year, sorry!
So again ask your self what the f**k are you trolling about

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 07:16

125. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

bahaha.. look how angry your getting. for someone who keeps saying how much you dont care you sure are frustrated.

I think ive explained this enough times. I compare 2011 chips to 2011 chips and 2012 chips to 2012 chips. IN THOSE TERMS both the S3 and S4 are bottom barel chips. DOES THAT MEAN that they are bad for everyone? NO. I've said a dozen times that the S4 is going to be more than enough for most people.

I am not most people. I want the best of the group. Crapdragons have never been the best of the group. Not the S1, not the S2, not the S3 and not the S4.
As far as power goes, that would be hummingbird,hummingbird, exynos dual, exynos quad/ A15 dual.

It has nothing to do with being a samsung fanboy. Its facts. plain and simple. Until Samsung started making top notch stuff, they were never on my radar. And the moment someone starts making better stuff, samsung will not be on my radar any longer. But looking at everyone's road maps lets me know thats probably not going to happen soon.

BTW, the "pc ready quad pro" that your mentioning isnt even slated to be made until Q4 2012 which means we probably wont see it until Q1 2013 at best as things always get pushed back. Q4 2012 is also when the exynos Quad A15's come out, which is even more powerful than the S4 Quad with a bigger GPU in tow... so its irrelevant before its even launched.
Irrelevant to whom? To normal users? no, its going to have tons of power. It will be irrelevant to power & benchmarks geeks like me.

And if you dont like my opinions, quit trolling my comments. Easy as pie.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:21

126. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Well if you really think i'm angry, you are again sorely mistaken. Haha :)
I by this point started to have fun in dismantling your elementary lack of objectivity and logic.

And your complete inability to answer the following questions:
- what is crappy about 6000+ on antutu for a 2011 chip?
- Can tegra 2 or OMAP 4 do better on a HD screen?(you never called those crap have you)
- is tegra 3 a 2012 mobile chip?
- are tegra 4 or OMAP 5 to be released this year?
- is snapdragon S4 pro to be released this year?

and FYI:
"2nd half of this year" is when quad pro should be out


posted on 23 Apr 2012, 16:05

129. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

1) where is the link for the 6000 on antutu? and how much of it is I/O integer scores?
2) tegra2 can do good on a HD screen. In fact through our little discussion I pointed to a T2 comparison for frame rates between a high and low res phone using a T2 chip. Omap4 is not out yet. Omap3 however is the second best chip over all behind the exynos. S3 < t2 < O3 < exynos

3) no, it was commercially released in 2011 through the transformer prime. it is a 2011 chip. I go by commercial release date. People like to compare it with the S4 because they are seeing phone release dates at about the same time because Nvidia had a few issues that stalled their phone releases.

4) T4, no thats going to be 2013 most likely unless we get suprised. Omap5 isnt even the next release... Omap4 is. Yes, we should see that 2nd half of the year hopefully.

5) yes. All it is is the same S4 with the crappy Adreno 225 GPU ripped out and replaced with the Adreno 320 which is much more capable. It is about 4x the performance of the 225 which is great. However on the same second half of the year, we will be seeing A15 exynos 5250 devices with the new GPU that promises 5x the performance of the 4212. That way outclasses the S4-Pro. Also whatever OMAP4 is bringing will be out in a similar time table.
Anandtech on Adreno 225 "not the leap forward we're expecting for this next generation"

however, "pro" makes me think of business/power class users. Which makes me think they might possibly be taking a similar route to samsung with the 5250 and throwing the pro chips into tablets long before phones. If thats true its probably going to be christmas 2012 at best before we see a phone with it.. or 2013. thats just a guess though.

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 03:15

130. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

1) 6300+, more precisely:

2) can tegra do better? What's it's NenaMark 2 score on HD?

3) i'm talking about the first commercial release in phones - april this year

4) OMAP 4 IS the current release x)
..and can you give any confirmation about the OMAP 5 availability before the end of this year?

5) no, besides adding the adreno 320 it will more likely also be upped in the clock speed(like the MSM8660 was upped from 1.2 to 1.5 Ghz).
But even if not, if will be the most powerful dual core SoC by far, when it is released.
It is the high end design reference for wp 8, and will probably appear on phones such as Sony "Mint"(here's hoping at least).

My point - the pro version will absolutely trash tegra 3, and posibly even the tegra 3+.
Quad core version is a no contest even for tegra +, by all accounts - GPU, CPU, power efficiency, connectivity.

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 08:15

131. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

1) just to reiterate a point ive made 1000+ times. That blue part in quadrant is the I/O test. its A LIE. its the same as linpack and the integer test in antutu. 1900 points of that 6300 are the bloated integer test.
Looking around youtube, the Note gets the same score but with less of an integer bump and more score from everything else. If you want an honest score always delete the integer test from the final score and go from there.
If you look at the actual framerates between the experia and the Note, the note is actually higher FPS .
As a side note, looking at the quadrant scores, the experia gets less FPS on many tests than my PowerVR in my SGS1. The only one that it beats my phone in is the DNA spiral test... but not by much.

2) dont have time to look it up today. .so go look it up

3) your splitting hairs. i judge one way, you judge another.

4)woops. :) Its supposed to be out Q3/Q4. Texas Instruments has been pretty quiet other than that and hasnt announced any full details other than its supposed to be a monster.

5) where do you get most powerful dual core SoC? Its nowhere near as powerful on a CPU to CPU basis to the exynos 5250. It doesnt even play in the same field. In the real world, it gets 10% or so more performance than the current exynos 4210. The 5250 is promising DOUBLE the performance from that chip.
The GPU is a 4x improvement over the adreno 225, while the 5250's GPU is 5x an improvement over the 4212.. which is stronger than the Adreno225 anyways.

being a reference design doesnt make it the most powerful. It means its powerful enough to fit the need while "hopefully" being availible enough to not have shortages. unfortunately qualcomm is having a lot of shortage issues right now since they are having problems at the factory.

If the pro version doesnt trash the tegra3, then there is a problem. it should be on similar ground with the 3+ if not a little better depending on what they do with the T3+'s GPU. The T3 is just an interm chip. It was never ment to be a long lasting chip. Its just a "we were first" placeholder to keep Nvidia in the limelight until the T4 comes out.

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 11:39

132. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

what test were you looking at?
Quadrant or AnTuTu..you don't make much sense.
As for quadrant, i'll tell you, being a Sony follower, that xperia mini(s2 single core) scores just as much fps as xperia s

2) yeah i have, and both T2 and OMAP 4 are nowhere near 6000 on AnTuTu

4) SUPPOSED to...

5) Again, if 5250 isn't coming in SGS 3, what's left?
There has not been even a hint of any release timeframe.
I'm not doubting it won't be more powerful than s4 pro, but i doubt it will be out this year.

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 14:50

133. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

1) both. they both run I/O tests. On quadrant its the dark blue line, on antutu its "integer test". ignore them.. period. they are fluffed.

you only prove my point against the bad GPU in the S3. The adreno 220 GPU is just barely more powerful than the adreno 205 gpu in the S2, which was at a huge power disadvantage to the hummingbird/powerVR.

2) ill look it up later when i have time. i dont have antutu benchmarks memorized.. lol

3).. wait.. you didnt have a 3.. you went from 2 to 4!!

4) your whole thing about the Pro is "supposed to" as well. nothing is 100% until it launches.

5) yes, there has. the 5250 is a Q2/Q3 release. But samsung said they are releasing it to tablets first. probably Q4 at the absolute earliest for phones. Again, pro sounds like business/ power class.. which sounds like tablets. Dont put your cart before the horse until they announce first devices for it. They never said it was going into phones first specifically.. just that its coming out this year. If it doesnt go into tablets, its going to fall severely behind samsung in tablet power and lose marketshare.
If it really is a "windows 8 reference" like you said (havent looked it up), then that tells me that its going into tablets, as they will have more advanced features than phones... like desktop compatibility.

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 04:16

134. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

1) so there's your point boiled down - it's a fluffed LIE.
Man, you can't expect me to accept that as an argument.
You need to PROVE it.
2,3)..i prefer responding only to replies i find constructive and relevant.
4) no, it's been said by Qualcomm multiple times - devices will be out this year. Can't get more clear than that
5) source? The first viable candidate for 5250 seems to be the Note 2 at this point(highly unlikely to be released this year), or some upgraded version of Galaxy s3(not a word about it at this point too).

But anyway, that's not my point. The point is simply that even if 5250 comes out this year on phones, the S4 Pro will be better than Tegra 3/3+, and will also have some advantages over the 5250(LTE,(you can correct me if i'm wrong on this one)), so overall your "crap" moniker is just a childish rant.

It won't be the worst SoC of 2012, simple as that.

And it IS a phone SoC, intended for use in high end Android and wp 8 phones.(Nokia Pure view wp 8 flagship specs that leaked with a Pro chip, for example)
Besides, the technical demonstrator/developer device Qualcomm used for S4 Pro was a smartphone, while for the quad version it was a tablet.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 10:07

9. GellerDoesDallas (Posts: 50; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)

As of right now I think the Xperia s has the best camera it may not have the burst mode that the One x has but the image quality is better. They have several videos on YouTube comparing these two phones and I will tell that the Sony beats sgs2 in nearly every category.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 09:05

3. itiswhatitis (Posts: 423; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)

I've asked a question but it's gone unaswered: Can phonearena team help me get the best camerphone with android OS??

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 09:25

5. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

best cameras are HTC ( Android ) maybe One X ?

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 09:39 2

7. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

have not seen the quality of the one x camera but previous htc cameras have been poor compared to samsung and sony

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 10:43

16. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

stay away from HTC or LG. they have among the worst camera quality. even the new HTC one series is subpar.

the best camera on android is going to be the Experia or sgs2.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 11:30

21. r41nier (Posts: 70; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)

HTC One X is quite disappointing despite the ImageSense. It has only faster shutter speed due to the larger aperture but the detail still sucks like old HTC smartphones.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 15:45

54. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

htc=best cameras?

posted on 22 Apr 2012, 14:16

114. khanmhsn (Posts: 25; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

they are right htc older phones camera were worst.....except htc sensation and htc amaze.

posted on 22 Apr 2012, 14:20

116. khanmhsn (Posts: 25; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

you are wrong here. i too have been watching these comparisons where the camera was definitely better on SGS2(i by myself have wondered about it) and SGS2 was not beaten in almost every category.........

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 10:04

8. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

I would have gotten with the Xperia S. It looks very sleek and I'm already on sold on the camera. If only they developed a CDMA LTE version for Verizon....

Also, ICS is planned for the second quarter this year so it's only a matter of time.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 10:11

10. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

Its a GREAT phone but again it will be beaten by the S 3 :| Sony has this habit of using 1 generation old hardware. Same thing happened when arc came out.. it was beaten by the S2 although the looks of arc was STUNNING!! Sony should have used a better CPU and more RAM!! :(

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 10:12 1

11. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

Saw Ray.S, didnt read.


posted on 21 Apr 2012, 01:37

84. metoyou (Posts: 279; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

so mean:) but I do not disagree with you at all haha

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 10:16

13. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

I'm buying the iOn it have a faster camera shutter speed than the SII

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 20:58

78. poddey (Posts: 77; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

Have you considered how it would look if the S3 SGS2 was better optimised than Sammy's own Exynos SGS2? Obviously they would have optimised the OS/Touchwiz for their Exynos processor.

What you should really be doing is comparing the S3 SGS2 to the S3 Xperia S.

It'll be really interesting to see how the new Exynos SGS3 compares to the S4 Xperia rumoured to be landing later in the year.

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