Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Review: Android De Triumph

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Introduction

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc is back for a second round and this time it will stay a while longer. The company’s recent flagship did remarkable in our preview and we’d gladly have more of it.

The statement just couldn’t have been stronger and clearer. The recent BRAVIA classy screen and the impressively slim and fit body are exactly the way to treat a flagship. Android Gingerbread too is as fine as it gets in the smartphone world these days.

Just months ago that combination would’ve equaled a license to murder – which the Arc would’ve used without second thoughts. But the competition is insanely intense today and no one is given a second to think.






Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc official photos

It takes more than a few outstanding features these days, and they’d better be backed by solid performance across the board. Omissions are not easily forgiven so the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc better stay focused.

Key features

  • Quad-band Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) /GPRS/EDGE support
  • 3G with 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • 4.2" 16M-color capacitive LED-backlit Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) touchclassy screen of FWVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution (480 x 854 pixels) with Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine
  • Android Operating System (OS) v2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1 Giga Hertz (GHz) Scorpion CPU, Adreno 205 GPU, elegant Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 chipset
  • 512 Mega Bytes (MB) Random-Access Memory (RAM)
  • 8 MegaPixel (MP) autofocus capturing camera with Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash and geotagging
  • 720p video recording @ 30fps with continuous autofocus and stereo sound
  • Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) b/g/n and DLNA
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • microSD slot up to 32GB (8GB card included)
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Stereo Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS
  • microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v2.1
  • Voice dialing
  • Adobe Flash 10.2 support
  • microHDMI port
  • Ultra slim (8.7mm at its thinnest point)

Main disadvantages

  • Display has poor viewing angles
  • No front-facing camera
  • Main competitors have dual-core Central Processing Units (CPUs) and better GPUs
  • No smart dialing
  • microSD card slot is not hot-swappable
  • Camera key isn’t particularly comfortable

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc is a sweeping update of the X10. A recent generation chipset, more classy screen estate and a microHDMI port in a well done facelift create the Arc an easy pick even over a Gingerbread-powered XPERIA X10.






The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc live pictures

However, in-houtilize competition is by far not the XPERIA Arc’s biggest problem. Competitors have moved so much forward over the past year or so that the question really is whether Sony Ericsson have managed to haged the pace.






More Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc beauty

LG and Samsung have already gone dual-core and got Full HD video recording, while Sony Ericsson – and HTC – are so far choosing to focus their efforts elsewhere. This review should assist us respond – among other things – the question of who made the correct call and who will have to play catch up.

We start with the unboxing correct after the break.

Update 20 July: Following the introduction of the recent deeper Facebook integration on the Xperia Arc, we revisited this review and we've added all the details. We've dedicated a recent page to it, so if you're interested, you can jump straight ahead.


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