New PhoneArena features: Pros & Cons and Rivals

New PhoneArena features: Pros & Cons and Rivals
One of the main pillars our site is built on is information. Being informative is in the core of our work here, so we're constantly looking for ways to provide you with even more tools and features, so that you can get to the info that's of utmost interest to you as quickly as possible.

In this line of thought, we've just launched some new features that we hope will make it easier for you to discover the good and bad sides of a handset. Not only this, but we've now included a special zone where you'll get to see useful specs comparisons between rivaling handsets. But let us not waste any more time and get right to the point!

Specs Pros & Cons

First on the list is the new Pros & Cons section of the phone specs page.

As you can see from the screenshot, here we'll list the most significant highlights of this device - its signature strong and weak sides, as far as specs are concerned. So, you won't find something like "Plasticy feel" here, but you will be notified if the handset is extraordinarily bulky, or short on RAM. Conversely, you'll also see if a device is doing especially well in terms of processor speed, dimensions and a lot of other stuff.

So, in general, this new functionality of the site allows you to get an almost instant idea of what's to love or hate about a particular device.


Now, let's move on to the next new treat for you! It's called Rivals. You can access Rivals from the new tab that we've added right next to the Specs tab of a phone/tablet. What this new functionality does is to let you choose among a device's rivals (the rivals are those devices that the device in question has been compared to the most using our Specs Comparison tool), and then get to see a comparison between the positive and negative sides of each device. Here's a screenshot to illustrate it:

This is what you'll see if you visit the Galaxy S II's Rivals page, and then choose one of its biggest rivals - the iPhone 4S. In this case, in the "Samsung Galaxy S II-specific Pros & Cons" area, we're showing you those pros and cons (in terms of specs) of the device, which are not shared with the handset that it's being compared to. The same goes for the iPhone 4S-specific Pros & Cons. Obviously those specs pros and cons which are the same for both handsets are being shown in the "Common for both Pros & Cons" section.

What we aim with Rivals is to let you easily spot the differences between two devices, when it comes to some of the more significant aspects of their specifications. We hope it will be useful to you!

Now, how about you tell us what you think of these new site features? We're just dying for your feedback!



1. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

That's a great improvement! We also need a mobile version of PhoneArena, it uses too much of my data to load the desktop version.

16. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

I like it too. I think they should include lacking the latest and greatest under cons though. For example, iphone 4s has no LTE support and the sgsii doesnt run ICS.

2. tbar

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 18, 2010

Nice! Good job.

3. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

@PhoneArena Team The Pros & Cons bother me. If it was Windows Phone what will it be? Cons everywhere? - Only Single Core Processor - Only 512MB RAM

6. SleepingOz unregistered

compared to a high end droids? yeah! compared to the iphone, may be not..

7. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Why do you need a dual core when 1.4 GHz single core processor performs greater on wp7.5, than of Androids 2.4 GHz dual guys are big idiots and gone mad with your LAGGY ANDROID LOL. If you don't like other OS don't open your LAGGY MOUTH...... Older WINDOWS PHONES gets updates whenever a major update arrives. Did your ANDROID 2.3 ever got updated to ANDROID! :D then keep your phone on desk and smash it with a big hammer. Dislike me you ANDROID FANBOYS.....dying to get ANDROID 4.0 on your phones.....waiting for your reply :-]

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

your an idiot. just saying. can you name 1 2.4ghz phone on the market? lol older windows phones? you realize that WP7 is barely 1 year old right? not a single windows 6.5 got an update to 7. you do realize that once apollo comes out for WP7, which allows for high end dual core processors, your current windows phone will be left in the update dust, dont you? lol.

12. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

i havent had a single force close since i got my mt4gs yesterday :P

18. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

remixfa, Apollo will be available to every WP, both generations. WP8 can use high def screens, dual core processors, stronger game chips, ECT. It doesn't need it. Every short little discussion from said has said it. No, not officially announced, but there is no reason to believe otherwise. Now, this may be it for 1st Gen WP devices, but I am comfortable that all will happen. As for the concern that WP single core processors will be a "con" even though they don't need them, we will see. Microsoft could have avoided this by just not only allowing but pushing for dual core in 2nd Gen devices. What would it have hurt? The performance of Mango would not have been any less, and the processors wouldn't have degraded battery life. It would have helped WP look good on the spec wars and future proofed 2nd Gen devices. In other words: It's their own stupid fault.

24. TechDroid

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 14, 2011

What you are really saying, is that if we don' like another OS (giving our opinion) we have to keep quiet about it. That's weird, because that is exactly the opposite of what you are doing. You are coming with your opinion, which I respect, but then you should respect our opinions as well. On a sidenote, Android 4.0 was released about two months ago, and many of our phones, that now has Android 2.3, may well get Android 4.0. I really see no reason whatsoever to smash your phone with a hammer, just because you have not got the latest OS version. Sent from my year old HTC Desire HD running Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich :)

34. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

I'm happy that you got the update.....but you will not even see a future major update of ANDROID on your HTC desire HD where as my Nokia lumia 710 will get two major windows updates..i.e. Win 8 & whatever the future version is......:)

39. TechDroid

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 14, 2011

I haven't got the update through official channels, so I guess I will get further updates for a while :)

41. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

since we dont even know what comes after apollo, that sure is speculative to assume your going to get it. general rule of thumb.. you buy the phone for what it is now, not for some update in the future. unless you get it in writing from the manufacturer that your specific phone is getting an update, you should assume its never going to get more than bug fixes. sent from my nearly 2 yr old SGS1 vibrant running 4.0.3 ICS :) Since december :)

40. tbar

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 18, 2010

A single core processor is not a con because it is single core. It is only a con if it hampers the performance of the device. Same for memory. I have had android, currently have a Windows Phone and will be going back to an android next week. But, it has nothing to do with specs. The pros/cons should be objective evaluations of the performance, not some arbitrary determination of what somebody decides are required specs.

4. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

I am going on a limb here but what about user experience. Like the iPhone has a smoother interface than say the desire HD. Or Galaxy s2 super smooth vs desire hd Is their any way to compare that or just wait for the review and comparison review. As nice as the spec comparison is. Is there a possibility of Interface comparison.

5. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

It is going to be damaging for apple

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

@PA, I likey. BTW, your specs for the i4s are wrong. Its a 800mhz processor, not a 1ghz processor. Gotta change that. :)

13. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

800mhz lol wimpy

15. Victor.H

Posts: 1079; Member since: May 27, 2011

Nice catch, remixfa, it's fixed now!

17. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

To Victor H: remixfa got his facts wrong when he stated "Its a 800mhz processor, not a 1ghz processor." The fact is that A5 chip is a 1ghz processor that has been underclocked to run at 800 mhz for the 4S. The A5 chip can run as fast as 1,000 mhz or 1 ghz. (source: For the 4S, Apple "underclocked" that bad-baby chip to 800 mhz. Again, the A5 was originally designed to run at 1,000 mhz. (Source: )

19. Ray.S

Posts: 459; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

ardent1, you are right. However, what we list there is not the maximum possible speed of the chip, but rather the way it's been utilized in this particular phone. So yeah, theoretically it is able to achieve 1 GHz, but in reality, in the iPhone 4S, it's running at 800 MHz, and that's what is important to us. This doesn't mean that the phone itself will be slower, of course, specs ain't everything.

36. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

To Ray S. Thanks for agreeing with me that the A5 is a 1 Ghz processor that remixfa messed up on. This does raise an important point -- for to point out processor speed and not just the processor. Again, food for thought.

42. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

he didnt agree with you, dillhole. lol

21. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

ardent1 the iPhone 4S is "clocked" at 800MHz. So that is what the phone is. Nothing more & nothing less. If the A5 chip is made to handle 1GHz doesn't change the fact that Apple "chose" to "clock" it at 800MHz. So just to stop this, the Apple iPhone 4S is a A5 dual-core processor "clocked" at 800MHz plain and simple. With your logic the HTC Evo 3D really is a 1.8GHz phone then because it has the ability to go that high. Who do I know that? Well because I have "overclocked" it to 1.8GHz. But, but, but, HTC has it "clocked" at 1.2GHz so guess what? The phone is a 1.2GHz phone, again nothing more & nothing less.

22. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

SAE. sorry man your argument is fair and acceptable. but don't use the crappy EVO 3D as an example... use a better phone.. like... hmmm Photon 4G

25. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I was going to use my Samsung Galaxy Nexus but the highest anyone can overclock that phone is 1.4GHz. My old HTC Evo 3D can be overclocked to 1.8GHz so I thought it was a better example. lol P.S. I love that avatar. Robot Chicken is awesome!

27. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

only you SAE... lol... I like the OG EVO.. better..

26. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

There is nothing wrong with a 3D, you don't even like android you troll

28. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I do like Android... It makes my iphone look jk.. I like competition.. it pushes innovation..

33. cnance

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 16, 2010

@ngo2dd He is not trolling.....only person that is trolling is you.

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