Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S – still one of the hottest and slimmest phones on the market
30 November 2011
Excerpt: It’s not uncommon for a popular company to release a gadget, change a few things and then release a new product later. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S may look the same on the outside as its predecessor but there are quite a few different variations about it. You should note that the inside carries quite a few different features. The CPU is new and a 1.4GHz Qualcomm chip has been added. The operator might also notice a few changes in the hardware.
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