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Upgrading from Xperia V to Xperia SP. Worth it or not?

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The Xperia SP is definitely a downgrade from the Xperia V. You should consider build quality a big incentive to keep it. The waterproofing means that the even if you don't take it underwater, the internals are still well protected. The aluminium frame on the SP is not that brilliant, it creaks and wobbles and chips all the time, you can easily slide your finger between the frame and the screen.

If you really must upgrade don't get the white variant. The plastic back cover is now blue due to my jeans and the frame is painted silver but the material underneath is black so all the small chips leave black marks. I doubt this phone will last two years and still be in good condition.

There are also concerns that the frame bends too easily leaving you with a banana phone.
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I have both phones

V is waaaay slower than SP

V runs on the rubbish Scorpion while SP uses Krait 200, of course the Z1 compact would be the best choice as of now

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I had both, and in my opinion:

Xperia SP
+ vastly superior gpu
+ slightly faster cpu
+ slightly bigger screen
+ better battery life
+ illumination bar
- not waterproof
- non-removable battery
- worse screen because of smaller ppi and not Opticontrast type
- heavier at 151g
- the paint on aluminum frame WILL chip off, especially around usb and audio ports, revealing black metal underneath. noticeable on the white version, and this will reduce its resale value


Xperia V
+ waterproof
+ better build quality, slimmer
+ lighter at 122g
+ better screen due to Opticontrast and slightly higher PPI, black is darker
+ removable battery
- smaller screen
- worse battery, overheats more easily on stock rom
- significantly worse gpu
- slightly slower cpu

both phones have poor ram management. lots of launcher redraws. on SP, walkman will stop during heavy ram usage, which is very annoying.

Eventually I chose SP because of superior GPU, better battery and illumination bar
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Buddy, its not slightly slower it is alot slower since SP uses Krait Architecture, V uses Scorpion , but V has a better screen. I use it when I'm talking to someone while its raining

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Actually Xperia V also has Krait cores
Xperia SP has better chip set, which is S4 pro.

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Buddy, its not slightly slower it is alot slower since SP uses Krait Architecture, V uses Scorpion , but V has a better screen. I use it when I'm talking to someone while its raining
I totally forgot that, I was only thinking about the clock speed difference. In real life usage the difference isn't noticeable to me though.

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Actually Xperia V also has Krait cores
Xperia SP has better chip set, which is S4 pro.

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looking at wikipedia, V uses MSM8960 chipset while SP uses MSM8960T chipset. In terms of CPU, both are dual core Krait, but in V it's just 1.5 GHz Krait, in SP it's 1.7 GHz Krait 200. Interestingly, Krait 200's performance is slightly lower than Krait on a per MHz basis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krait_(CPU . But because SP has higher clockspeed, its overall CPU performance is better than V.
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Krait 200 is faster than Krait at the same time more power friendly.

If you want fast get Z1 to get krait 400

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