Smart Phone Madness Games 5 and 6: Nexus S vs. Xperia Play, BlackBerry Torch vs. HTC Arrive

It’s already day three of the 2011 Smart Phone Madness Tournament, and the action is heating up! Today’s two games feature the Samsung Nexus S vs. the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, and the BlackBerry Torch vs. the Sprint HTC Arrive.

Game 5: Samsung Nexus S (T-Mobile) vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (Verizon Wireless)

The first phone to run Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), the Samsung Nexus S is the closest thing you can get to a pure Google experience on a smart phone–unless you still have a Nexus One. The Nexus S has a cool Contour Display that’s slightly curved for a better fit against the side of your face, and its Super AMOLED technology provides a bright and crisp picture. Another first is the built-in NFC  chip, which will let users instantly look up or exchange information with a tap. (Someday soon you might be able to use this handset as a wallet.) There’s a 5-MP camera on the back, but it can’t record 720p video. We were also disappointed that the phone doesn’t support 4G speeds on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network. Overall, though, this is a powerful device.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, otherwise known as the PlayStation phone, is heading to Verizon Wireless. This device also runs Android 2.3, but has a 1-GHz Snapdragon with an Adreno GPU.  When we got our hands on it, we were impressed with the gaming experience on the Xperia Play’s 4-inch, 854 x 480 screen. You get a boatload of physical gaming buttons, and Sony Ericsson promises upwards of 50 titles, form The Sims 3 and Guitar Hero to Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell.While this phone will most likely appeal only to gamers, it’s a compelling variation on the Android theme.


Game 6: BlackBerry Torch (AT&T) vs. HTC Arrive (Sprint)

RIM’s first slider, the BlackBerry Torch contains a number of  firsts: BlackBerry 6, a new OS with multiple home screens, a much improved WebKit browser, and a Social Feed app that aggregates Facebook, Twitter, and RSS updates. Its 3.2 inch screen has a relatively low resolution of 480 x 360, but we like the sliding action and the premium feel of this device–it’s like a Palm Pre for the business set. Still, the Torch feels sluggish compared to other smart phones, and the interface can be confusing.

The HTC Arrive is one of a handful of Windows Phone 7 devices that have trickled out since Microsoft’s new smart phone platform was introduced last fall, and the first to arrive on Sprint’s network. The phone has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and the screen tilts upwards at a 30-degree angle so it’s easier to view your Outlook mail and Netflix movies. Otherwise, the internals are pretty much identical to other WP7 devices:  A 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 3.6-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, 16GB of memory, and a 5-megapixel camera with flash and 720p video. Copy and paste is also on board (yay!) but you don’t get 4G (boo!). Overall, though, the Arrive looks like a solid phone for work and play.


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  1. Jabu Tshabalala Says:

    Eish guys I don’t have much to say except that 4 me as a BlackBerry User there is no phone for my BlackBerrt.

  2. Selima Sultana Says:

    I like smart phone:)

  3. Sammy Says:

    I had the Nexus S but i really hated it after a while .. it is pretty sluggish .. I sold it and got a Blackberry Bold 9780

  4. anon Says:

    I would just like to point out that the Torch is WAY slower than the arrive, and the arrive’s keyboard is WAY better than the Torch’s keyboard (the shortened buttons and the ridge on the sides make the keyboard feel clumsy)

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