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Sony Xperia S Vs Nokia Lumia 900

By on April 19, 2012

The Sony Xperia S and the Nokia Lumia 900 are two of the most anticipated phones and that’s not difficult to see why as these devices have almost everything buyers look for in a smartphone. We pit these two powerful and feature-rich devices against each other and find out which one comes out on the top.

Sony Xperia S vs Nokia Lumia 900

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Features Comparison Between Sony Xperia S vs Nokia Lumia 900

Processing Power

The Xperia S is the first smartphone from Sony after its divorce from Ericsson and it has a dual-core central processing unit (CPU), which endows the device with enough muscle to accomplish most tasks with consummate ease.

Sony Xperia S features

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The Xperia S also has 1GB RAM, Adreno 220 graphics and internal storage capacity of 16GB or 32GB, but the memory can’t be extended as there is no slot for a micro SD card. The Nokia Lumia 900 carries forward the tradition of the previous two phones in the Lumia series in giving the smartphone a single-core processor with a fast clock speed.

The CPU of the Lumia 900 has a speed of 1.4GHz and it has RAM of 512MB, while the internal capacity of 16GB can be deemed to be enough but if you need more space you will have to access 25GB free storage provided by Skydrive’s cloud-based storage feature because the internal capacity can’t be expanded.

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The Lumia 900 has a 4.3” AMOLED touchscreen which has a resolution of 480×800 pixels and a pixel density of 217ppi, which is nothing to write home about in today’s smartphone environment.

On the other hand, the Xperia S has a much better 4.3” light emitting diodes (LED)-backlit liquid crystal display (LCD) screen having a resolution of 720×1280 pixels with a density of 342PPI, which is better than even the Retina Display of the Apple iPhone 4S. Over and above that, the Xperia S also gets the BRAVIA Engine, which enhances the screen resolution even more.

Dimensions & Build

The Sony Xperia S has dimensions of 12.8×6.4×1.06cm and weighs 144g, while the Nokia Lumia 900 weighs 160g and has dimensions of 12.7×6.85×1.15cm. The Sony Xperia S looks quite neat and it’s antenna is nothing but a translucent strip on the bottom of the smartphone.

Sony Xperia S

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Apart from the quirky placement of the antenna, the rest of Xperia S is nice with a slim body fitted with touch-sensitive buttons and a well-placed camera on the rear. The Nokia Lumia 900 is also in the same league and visually quite pleasing. Like the previous Lumia handsets, the 900 is also crafted from a single piece of polycarbonate and looks like a grown up Nokia N8, which was a very aesthetically-sound mobile phone.

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The Lumia 900, like the Xperia S, has touch sensitive screen and the rear of the device is very functional and uncluttered. With the Lumia series, Nokia has come of age as far as design of their handsets is concerned and it is heartening to know the 900 continues forward this tradition.


The operating system (OS) on the Nokia Lumia is Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, so one shouldn’t expect something cutting edge or new. The OS is very flexible and functional and it has been responsible for wooing many mobile users lately.

Mango has seen some great improvements compared to the first version of the platform, like multitasking, Live tiles and threaded messaging. This is a very uncomplicated operating system, which is its strong point. On the other hand, the Sony Xperia S is powered by the Android Gingerbread 2.3.4. Why Sony used an aging operating system on a brand new device is perplexing. We would have certainly liked the to see the latest Ice Cream Sandwich OS on the Xperia S.

But the saving grace is the smartphone runs quite well on Gingerbread. Thanks to the state-of-the-art hardware, the OS is smooth and lightening quick and can be customized and is powerful. On the top of the Gingerbread sits the company’s TimeScape user-interface, which adds social networking functions, widgets and other tweaks. Both OS’ offer a wide array of applications: Android Market has on offer more than 400,000 while Windows offers upward of 50,000.


The Sony Xperia S has a 12MP main camera and a Exmor-R sensor which makes clicking pictures an enriching experience, with the results being exceptionally sharp and of high quality. It also has a LED flash, smile and face detection, geo-tagging, touch focus, image stabilization, 3-D sweep panorama and video capture at 1080p. On the front of the device is a 1.3MP camera for making video calls and it can record videos at 720P.

The Nokia Lumia 900 comes with a 8MP camera with a Carl Zeiss lens. Other features include geo-tagging, autofocus and twin-LED flash. It can record video in 720p and for making video calls it has a front-facing 1MP camera.

Sony Xperia S vs Nokia Lumia 900: Sum Up & Price

The Sony Xperia S is a powerful and handsome device which has a amazing screen which will have you glued. It wins this comparison quite easily.

The Nokia Lumia 900 is a decent device too but when compared to the likes of Xperia S it falls short. Nokia has to up the game if they want to compete in the premium smartphone sphere. The price of the Nokia Lumia 900 is $699 while that of the Sony Xperia S is $600.

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