Sony Xperia Miro v/s Samsung Galaxy S Duos: Duel of the Equals

While the Samsung Galaxy S Duos was subjected to be a tier higher than the other phones of it’s class as it carries over the legacy of being one of the successors of the original Samsung Galaxy S. Meanwhile, the new kid on the block, the Xperia Miro is all about standing out of the mob with some additional elegance that the new Sony Xperia range of phones put on the serve to please the eyes.

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Initially the Samsung Galaxy S Duos had hit the shelves with a premium price tag on it’s head that had placed it in the league of merciless mid rangers that showed no mercy in blowing off the latter with their dual core boards and better multimedia capabilities but somehow, Samsung decided to slash off the prices by almost 30-40% and put the S series dual SIM phone into the affordable price bracket which means that the Galaxy S Duos will have to deal shoulders with the lives of lower mid-range phones that are targeted to deliver pure multimedia experience to the potential user. Although the Samsung Galaxy S Duos has got a reasonably decent configuration on board, we have found a perfect match to be put up against the Galaxy smartphone standing on the grounds of it’s elegant charm and top notch multimedia capabilities, the Sony Xperia Miro.

Done with the introduction part, let us have a look at how these two stack up against each other on papers first:

Sony Xperia Miro

  • Pretty compact at 4.45 x 2.34 x 0.39 in
  • 3.5” HVGA(320×480) Display(~165ppi).
  • Qualcomm MSM7225A chipset with 800Mhz Cortex-A5 core coupled with Adreno 200 GPU coupled with 512Mb of RAM.
  • 5 MP(2592 x 1944 pixels) camera with autofocus and LED Flash( Extras:Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama) and VGA@30fps video recording(Extras:continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilizer) / Secondary VGA camera.
  • Android 4.0 topped up with Sony Xperia UI and Sony Media Apps.
  • 1500mAh Battery and a Full fledged connectivity suite.

Samsung Galaxy S Duos

  • Slightly larger at 4.78 x 2.48 x 0.41 in
  • 4.0” WVGA(480×800) Display(~233ppi).
  • Qualcomm MSM7227A chipset with 1Ghz Cortex-A5 core coupled with Adreno 200 GPU coupled with 768Mb of RAM.
  • 5 MP(2592 x 1944 pixels) camera with autofocus and LED Flash(Extras: Geo-tagging) and VGA@30fps video recording / Secondary VGA camera.
  • Android 4.0(~upgradeable to v4.1Jelly Bean) with Samsung’s TouchWiz User Interface.
  • 1500mAh Battery and a Full fledged connectivity suite.

As one can see the noticeable edge that the Samsung Galaxy S Duos has over the little Xperia Miro in terms of raw silicon power, the latter just backs it up with lower screen resolution over the ~200Mhz of processor clockspeed lag and the gusty chipset. But without being too easy on the Xperia here, the better chipset on the Galaxy just blows past the slower lad on the Miro. (Samsung Galaxy S Duos-1/ Sony Xperia Miro-0)

Further, the Sony Xperia UI is known for it’s elegant and appealing UI transitions and the highly capable Sony Media Apps which also include the Sony Walkman player that is know to deliver outclassing acoustics over supreme aesthetics. Meanwhile, if you are a first time Android user and owned any of the Samsung feature phones or even if you don’t, one hardly takes a while to get familiar with the Samsung TouchWiz user interface with it’s life-like icons(any patents?) and swipe gestures that span throughout the UI. (It is a tie in here!)

Talking about multimedia, one simply cannot deny from the fact that no one can ever beat the Japanese in the genre which they call their home turf. Let it be the epic walkman v/s Xpress music battles from the past, the walkman player is still here complete with visualizations and widgets to deliver what it is best at. Although the Samsung phones deliver good sound experience courtesy the DNSe enhancements onboard, they still stand no match to the Sony ‘Xperience’. Apart from music, in the imaging section both phones put up a fair draw in the megapixel count while the Xperia again edges out courtesy the variety of imaging extras that have become a trademark for the Sony Xperia series originating from the ancient Cybershots. Even in the video recording department the Xperia edges out courtesy it’s continuous video light and autofocus facilities that make even those VGA videos worth a watch.( It is the Miro that emerges as the clear winner here! (Samsung Galaxy S Duos-1/ Sony Xperia Miro-1)

Done with all that, since both the phones feature a similar connectivity suite, the Galaxy S Duos fares well with Bluetooth v3.0 on board. The batteries of both the phones are rated at the 1500mAh of juice that seems to be just enough to power a phone in this price/hardware point. Meanwhile, the smaller display on the Miro might give it a slight edge over the other in terms of power consumptions(Don’t forget the chipset ticking inside!).

All in all, it is a story of two tales. Both fare well at serving the user with the basic necessities being an Android user. The Samsung Galaxy S Duos has got a premium branding to it which could be taken as a hereditary legacy while the Xperia Miro chips in with the Sony edge in the multimedia department.

Which one to go for? It rather depends on your taste- Wanna be a part of a legacy? Go for the Galaxy S Duos and if you feed on multimedia, the Xperia Miro has it all to please you.(#One simply can’t expect a powerhouse in a genre which is ruled by devices that sound good).

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