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
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
Excerpt: The "S" smartphone naming convention has a lot to answer for. Having twice been used by Apple to indicate "Speed" and performance upgrades to its iPhone 3G and 4 handsets it has come to symbolise technical evolution, not revolution. As such these releases have been met with apathy, but the enhanced user experience has seen both break sales records.
Pros: Slim, stylish, powerful and affordable Stunning camera Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade just around the corner
Cons: Build materials could be better No dual core processor
Summary: The Arc S doesn’t represent a significant upgrade from the Arc, so won’t be a compelling buy for owners of the original. And while it lacks some of the speed, features and endurance of other smartphones it is a slick-looking smartphone with a good camera and strong interface.
Pros: Camera is very fast, HDMI port can be useful
Cons: Battery needs to be a lot better, No front-facing camera, Physical buttons require determined finger presses, Performance can lag
Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc S review: The XPERIA Arc S remains a nice phone, but doesn't offer enough improvements over the original model
Good Gear Guide.au
24 April 2012
Summary: The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc S is basically the XPERIA Arc with a faster processor, slightly upgraded software and an 'S' tagged onto the end of its name. It remains a good phone but its plagued by the same issues as its predecessor: that being disappointing build quality.
Pros: Distinctive, unique design, Excellent camera, Great screen
Cons: Tiny buttons, Disappointing build quality, Almost identical to original
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