There is an abundance of decently priced cell phones on the market nowadays, and choosing between them can be difficult. A new phone needs to be a good investment, something that is reliable and affordable. When making your decision both price and functionality are important. Android phones are usually considered the preferred operating system, as they’re fast, sleek and easy to use. However, newer versions of the Windows operating system are also becoming popular, as they prove steady and affordable. We looked at the Sony Xperia U (a device running Android’s 2.3 Gingerbread operating system) and the Nokia Lumia 900 (running Windows 7.5) to see exactly how they compared. They’re both affordable phones, with the Lumia running a little more expensive than the Xperia. But is that extra cash worth it? Keep reading to find out the differences between these two models, and whether you should spend a little more to get a Windows phone.
What the Nokia Lumia 900 Does Well…?
The Windows phone does have some really nice features. It is the faster device, running a 1400 MHz processor, rather than the slower 1000 MHz processor on the Xperia, making it more powerful, snappier and more responsive. You also get faster maximum data speeds on the Lumia, meaning you get quicker downloading and faster opening of web pages. The Lumia has a lot more internal storage, coming with 16 GB of internal memory as compared to just 4 GB on the Xperia. That means you can store four times more music, photos, games and videos on your device. Plus, you get a better camera. The Lumia’s built in camera is an 8 MP device, rather than the 5 MP cam on the Sony. That means that photos taken with the Nokia are better quality and have more ifne detail. The Lumia also has a bigger screen, measuring in at 4.3 inches as opposed to just 3.5 inches on the Sony. But can the Xperia compete?
What the Sony Xperia U Does Well…?
There are a couple of things that we really liked about the Xperia. Despite being smaller the screen on the Xperia is better quality. It has ten per cent higher resolution and thirty per cent more PPI (pixels per inch), making the display noticeably brighter, sharper and more colourful than that of the Lumia. Being an Android phone means that you get access to a lot more applications than on the Windows phone. The Android App Market has around seven and a half times more available apps than the Windows Phone Marketplace, giving you that much more choice. Finally, the Xperia comes in thirty per cent smaller and lighter than the Lumia, but that’s probably down to the much smaller screen size.
Should I Spend More Money?
In our opinion, yes. With the Nokia you get a lot more phone for a little more money. The extra speed and storage space coupled with the better camera and larger screen are more than worth the extra cash. The Sony Xperia U is a nice phone, but the Nokia Lumia 900 is just better.