Over the last two months we have seen some excellent premium smartphones launched that offer the very latest technology such as quad core processors and HD resolution screens. There is however still huge demand for more basic devices that offer good specification but at a more wallet friendly price. We take a look at two of the more impressive entry level smartphones that have been released, the Sony Xperia U and the HTC One V, and see what is on offer in terms of design and screen technology.
The Sony Xperia U is a very stylish handset which is something that we have come to expect from Sony over the years. Just like other models in the new Xperia range the phone features an eye catching transparent bar at the bottom of the device. This is the only model in the line up that actually incorporates LED lights within this bar and these can be set to illuminate when performing certain functions. Beneath this strip is an interchangeable bar which users can change for different coloured variants to make their device look even more different. This adds to the appeal of the phone and certainly helps the model stand out against its competitors. Being the most basic model in the range the handset does not use some of the premium materials that can be found on the Xperia S and P and this does make the phone feel slightly cheaper when in use. The HTC One V looks very similar to the majority of phones that HTC have launched over the past three years. The rectangular body features heavily rounded corners and there is a slight lip at the foot of the device which detracts from what is otherwise a quite pleasing design. At just 9.2mm thick the model is nearly 3mm slimmer than the Sony and is one of the slimmest entry level devices that you are likely to encounter. Both models offer stylish looks but the transparent strip that is fitted on the Sony model helps give the Xperia U the edge in this department.
Both of the two models that we are looking at offer impressive screen technology and there is very little to choose between the two handsets in this area. The Sony Xperia U features a 3.5 inch LED backlit display which can offer a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. The capacitive multi touch display can produce a pixel density of 280 pixels per inch which is very impressive for a phone that sits at the bottom of the manufacturers range. The HTC One V uses a slightly larger 3.7 inch screen that offers a lower resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. This increase in size but drop in quality has a negative effect on the pixel density that the device can display with the One V offering a respectable 252PPI. Although neither device is challenging the big hitters in the market for quality it is worth remembering that these are both budget devices that do not use the largest of screens so what is on offer is still very pleasing. The Sony models does grab our attention slightly more thanks to a high pixel density that helps the model to produce a great quality of image.
The Sony Xperia U and the HTC One V are two of the most impressive budget smartphones available. Although both models offer attractive design and high quality displays the Sony does appeal slightly more in both of these areas.
The Sony Xperia U and the HTC One S are available now.