PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Xperia SP vs GALAXY Note

Performance

Processing power and speed

Geekbench, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Talk time (3G), Standby time (3G), Standby time and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from gsmarena.com, techradar.com, phonearena.com and pocket-lint.com

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Sony Xperia SP 

PhoneRocket recommends the Sony Xperia SP  based on its performance, graphics and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Xperia SP vs GALAXY Note

geekbench Processor and memory performance

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Xperia SP
1,098 ms
GALAXY Note
1,021 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Xperia SP
2,263
GALAXY Note
2,053

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Xperia SP
13.2 fps
GALAXY Note
4.2 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Xperia SP
32.4 fps
GALAXY Note
15.4 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Sony Xperia SP

Reasons to consider the
Sony Xperia SP

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Significantly better overall performance 2,105 vs 331 More than 6.2x better geekbench score
Faster graphics 13.2 fps vs 4.2 fps Around 3.2x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Faster web browser 2,263 vs 2,053 More than 10% better BrowserMark score
Significantly longer standby time 41,760 min vs 14,976 min More than 2.8x longer standby time
Much better theoretical download speed 100 Mb/s vs 42.2 Mb/s More than 2.2x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Lighter 155 g vs 178 g Around 15% lighter
Faster processor 1.7 GHz vs 1.5 GHz Around 15% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Sharper screen 319 ppi vs 284 ppi More than 10% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Back view of Samsung GALAXY Note

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Samsung GALAXY Note

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Bigger screen 5.3" vs 4.6" More than 15% bigger screen
Store more stuff 32 GB vs 8 GB 4x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Longer standby time (3G) 49,248 min vs 42,336 min More than 15% longer standby time (3G)

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia SP  vs GALAXY Note 

8.0
7.5
The smartphone is always responsive and performs nearly flawlessly when handling even heavy tasks, while even the most intensive 3D games run at excellent framerates.
Xperia SP

8.0
8.0
The excellent camera and range of connectivity that includes NFC and 4G go hand-in-hand with a great design and a screen size that will be just right for someone that doesn't want a high-end 5-inch monster.
Xperia SP

Overall

8.2 Out of 10
7.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Xperia SP  vs
GALAXY Note 
Size 4.6" 5.3"
Resolution 1280 x 720 1280 x 800
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 319 ppi 284 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 1.7 GHz 1.5 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Dual core
RAM 1 GB 1 GB
Internal storage 8 GB 32 GB
Supported card formats
microSD
SDHC
SD

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 0.3 MP 2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
HSDPA (14.4 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (100 Mb/s)
Unknown (21.1 Mb/s)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 793.8 min 810 min
Standby time 41,760 min 14,976 min
Standby time (3G) 42,336 min 49,248 min
Capacity 2,370 mA·h 2,500 mA·h

form factor

Xperia SP  vs
GALAXY Note 
Weight 155 g 178 g
Thickness 10 mm 10 mm
Size 67.1 x 130.6 x 10 mm 83 x 147 x 10 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes Yes

software

Operating system Android 4.3 Android 4.0
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v3.0
Sony Xperia SP
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