Summary: While the Xperia Arc S doesn't qualify as a massive improvement over its direct predecessor, the Arc, it is nonetheless a solid choice. Its eye-catching design is backed up by a great screen and a surprisingly powerful 8.1-megapixel digital camera.
Cons: Not a radical change from the Arc; CPU is single-core; Case feels a little cheap.
Summary: The Xperia Arc S is a confusing device. It performs well, and has an impressive sleek form factor. The little tweaks implemented on Android work well, and the smooth OS performance is a real positive. However, it is priced very close to the dual core phones, which it is not.
Pros: Very sleek form factor, Good performance, Crisp display, Quite a few little OS tweaks and enhancements
Cons: Just a single core processor, on paper, Doesnï¿½t feel as nice to hold as the predecessor
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S – still one of the hottest and slimmest phones on the market
30 November 2011
Conclusion: It’s pretty clear that the Arc S is a sizzling smart phone competitor on the market. Many critics would agree that the actual touch screen and camera are the most well-liked features on the phone. Also, the phone comes at a low enough price tag, which makes it an even more marketable smart phone. The phone is fast and easy to maneuver as well. Not to mention the video is just as sharp as the camera.
Excerpt: If you’re in the market for a brand new smartphone, you may well have been tempted by the recent ads for the Xperia Arc S from Sony Ericsson . The original Xperia Arc handset was only released in April of this year and a six-month gap until an update is impressively quick work by Sony Ericsson.
Excerpt: The Sony-Ericsson Xperia Arc S did not deviate much from the original Arc except for the bump in processor speed (and the additional colored variant) so it’s not really a huge improvement, in my opinion. Nevertheless, those extra clock cycles will certainly be of help once your handset needs it. Check out our full review after the jump.
Conclusion: The arc S runs Gingerbread version 2.3.4 which has various updates such as 3D sweep panorama and swipe with T9. It shares the same screen as the original arc which is a 4.2 LCD with a resolution of 480×854 and a pixel density of 233ppi. Sony’s Bravia Engine helps sharpen images and improve the overall quality of your photos when viewed on the phone’s screen. The 8 megapixel camera has image stabilization, autofocus and is capable of taking videos at 720p.
Summary: The changes to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S really are minimal – and we didn't really notice the hike in processing speeds. As such, we'd be tempted to opt for the older Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc instead, as it's beginning to represent serious value for money.
Conclusion: In our review of the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc we said the company has nailed it, but now with the Xperia arc S, we’d say we have a minor upgrade on our hands. The thin arched profile that makes you forget you are holding a gadget with a huge 4.2” screen stays, as well as the light weight and sleek and classy look. The Timescape UI is also very pretty and functional with its “Facebook inside Xperia” addition.
Pros: Thin, tall and narrow chassis makes it more comfortable to use than other big-screen Androids, Camera with good low-light capabilities and native Panorama options, Excellent loudspeaker
Cons: Still no front-facing camera, Minor upgrades compared to the Xperia arc