Conclusion: Although the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S isn’t the best phone we’ve ever reviewed, it does a solid job for its price point. Considering that it costs just £300 off contract, you’d be hard pressed to find better value for your money, especially as it packs a 1.4GHz processor and there is a planned future upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich at some point this year.
Summary: When the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc was released earlier this year it wasn’t available to the Telstra customers eager to get their hands on the popular device. Now that problem is a thing of the past with the new model – the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S – available exclusively to Telstra customers. Among the improvements are a faster 1.4Ghz processor, the latest 2.3.4 Android mobile operating system and the ability to capture 3D panorama pictures.
Conclusion: Before this year, Sony Ericsson was in the wilderness of phones. It had made the move to Android, but was still churning out unimpressive and slightly depressing handsets. Now though, the Ray, Arc and Arc S all offer truly modern mobile functionality, with stunning design and a good range of features. Sony Ericsson also manages to keep its UI customisations to a low level that doesn't interfere with the day-to-day operation of the phone.
Pros: Thin, light, speedy, nice customisations to Android, camera is good
Cons: Poor battery life, screen scratches easily, some antenna issues, camera app lets down the good camera hardware
Excerpt: We loved the design of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, we loved the 4.2-inch 854 x 480 display, we loved the 8.1-megapixel camera and we even found that Sony Ericsson’s user interface wasn’t too bad. But what we were a little suspect of was the processing power, or rather the power moving forward.