Summary: My first smartphone! I've had a number of Sony mobiles and always been happy with them; I chose them mainly for the quality of the camera. The display is good; although resetting the brightness once you've dimmed the screen can be a challenge. The default settings caught me out as it synchronised all my PC and online contacts producing numerous duplications; as it turned out, I had a number of opportunities to start from scratch.
A Good Phone- But not almost £300 worth (as of Dec 2012)
23 December 2012
Summary: I bought this phone at phones 4 u for £160, and it was a very good deal. However, it was a little slower than I expected at first on android 2.3 (gingerbread i think). I upgraded it to Android 4 ICS and this was a major problem. DO NOT UPGRADE TO ICS UNLESS NECESSARY. After upgrading to ICS my phone now has major lag issues with loading the homescreen after closing apps especially.
Summary: The Xperia arc s is a cheap phone that can really do a lot. It's quite powerful, runs apps and internet smoothly, has an 8MP camera, the battery life is good for a smartphone (sometimes 2 days) and the screen image is very crisp. That said, it is a cheap phone (comparatively), and cheap is something that Sony have never been good at. After only a few weeks I noticed problems with the touch screen, registering touches that weren't made or touches in the wrong place.
Summary: I got the phone in January and to be honest I have mixed emotions, I get really angry at the phone because it is way too laggy but it compensates for this by having truly outstanding sound quality. I know that the phone is quite cheap because that RAM is very expensive and that if the phone had as much RAM as the LG Optimus Nexus (2GB) or at least the Samsung Galaxy SIII (1GB) then it would be at least £100 more expensive.
Pros: Great design, great sound quality, great camera quality, I love the exploded overview and the (if you increase the brightness level) very bright screen.
Cons: Way too laggy (not enough RAM), hate the fact that there aren't settings in the notification bar (like there are with Samsungs) ,I don't really like the music player app because you cannot swipe the screen across to change song, you cannot change the volume from the screen and there isn't a way to check how many songs ( if you want to check then you need to download Realplayer app WHICH IS 30MB).Also the battery life is quite short if you use is frequently.
Summary: This is my first smart phone, which I bought (sim free) as a replacement for a Samsung Tocco Lite, a phone that met my requirements for three years until it started malfunctioning. I trawled through all the reviews and settled on this one, partly because the price had been reduced due to being replaced by a new model and the size and quality of the screen.
Summary: Been looking for a smartphone for a while, did a bit for research and this phone wow, totally worth the money. Loaded with apps from android with a lot more to choose from. Also, it does work with pay as you go sim cards. This phone is capable of much more and in my opinion a better option than an IPhone, 2 reasons cheaper and more range of apps, but's that,s only my opinion.
Summary: I finally decided to treat myself to a new phone, after having the HTC Wildfire for a couple of years. Everything about the phone is great, large screen, vibrant colours, good connectivity, and a lot faster than my HTC. I've used Sony Ericsson phones in the past, and they do make great phones, definitely a name to go by.
Summary: The title isn't saying much, as I've never owned a phone worth more than £50 - but to say the Xperia Arc S is amazing is an understatement. Set up - Took no longer than few minutes to get all my contacts, email, network options sorted. Also quick to get all the apps I needed installed. Use - So, so easy. The screen is lovely and bright, with text and images crystal clear.