Samsung Galaxy S2 (S II) Vs SE Xperia Ray: No Contest Again

The Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphone is smashing sales records in countries that have seen a release so far but we have yet to see a U.S. release, or a launch for Canada. We’ve been giving readers many comparisons between the Galaxy S2 (S II) and other handsets in a bid to help you make up your mind while you’re waiting and today we’re looking at the Samsung Galaxy S2 vs. the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray.

If you want to take a look at some of our previous comparisons for the Galaxy S2 hit the following links for just some of them or also our Galaxy S2 review roundup. For instance just recently we’ve looked at it against the Samsung Conquer 4G, the Droid Bionic, Nokia X7, EVO 3D and new Nokia N9 to name just a few. Quite frankly we’re finding it pretty difficult to find anything to match the Galaxy S2 so far although a few have come close. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray is a handset that has only just come to our attention and a few days ago we published some initial details for it. So in the face off between the Galaxy S2 and Xperia Ray will it be another no contest?

Over on Know Your Mobile, Paul Briden has compared the Galaxy S2 to the Xperia Ray under various categories and given a win or draw verdict for each point looked at. First up for attention is the handset form and this is given a draw. The Galaxy S2 is known for its sleek and slimline appearance however the Xperia Ray gets the thumbs up for being lighter and also has some interesting design features.

We’ve seen an awful lot of praise for the Galaxy S2’s 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display so we were surprised to see the display category given as a win to the Xperia Ray. Briden points out though that the 3.3-inch LED-backlit LCD capacitive touchscreen of the Xperia Ray has a better picture quality due to its higher pixels-per-inch density with a ppi of 269 against the Galaxy S2’s 218. The Xperia Ray has a slightly higher resolution of 480 x 854 against the resolution of the Galaxy S2 at 480 x 800. This is a very tight category though as the Galaxy S2’s Super AMOLED Plus gives it a brighter screen and color intensity but the Xperia Ray just edges it.

For storage the Galaxy S2 wins as it comes in 16 or 32GB options with 1GB of RAM. Storage on the Xperia Ray by comparison is pretty poor with only half the amount of RAM and internal storage of 300MB although both have the same card support available. Looking at the processor it’s another no contest and the Samsung’s 1.2GHz dual-core processor easily outwits the 1GHz single-core processor of the Xperia Ray. As both of these smartphones run on the same Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system this category is another draw and then it’s on to the camera.

Again the Galaxy S2 comes out on top with its 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video capture and 2-megapixel front facer. The camera setup of the Xperia Ray is still pretty good, with an 8-megapixel rear camera but this time 720p video capture. The front facing VGA camera is also not as good as the Galaxy S2 offering, although the Xperia Ray does offer a video light.

We have to say then that overall, once again the Samsung Galaxy S2 walks it although the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray is not a bad handset at all. However for an all-round handset the Galaxy S2 is proving pretty hard to beat. Are you waiting for the Galaxy S2 release in the U.S? Have you already made up your mind to purchase it or is your eye on another smartphone such as the Motorola Droid Bionic, or maybe you’re waiting for the Apple iPhone 5? Let us know with your comments.