Reviews and Problems with Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S / LT18i
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Regular headsets don't work
Old Grumpingtonian, Amazon
8 February 2012
Summary: Just got this in now. While the hd screen and the rich colour profile are great assets and there's a nice glossy build feel... Regular headsets (ie. headphones with a mic on the cable) DO NOT WORK!! Only approved SONY headsets work with this bad girl - this is crazy stuff! The wiring inside the phone is inverted from the wiring found on standard headset jack connector lines.
Summary: Having had a few weeks to get to grips with the phone I can now air my likes and dislikes. To start with I think that Sony Ericsson have got a winner here. Smart in more ways than just looks and generally easy to handle; as an 87 year old I find some of the buttons are a bit fiddly - particularly the camera shutter release - but it's not just this phone, I find many things fiddly these days. All in all I'm happy with the Xperia.
Summary: I was in my early 20's when mobiles started becoming more main stream (yes, now pushing 40). In those days we got excited about the fact that you could choose up to 5 different ring tones when someone called you. Something like the Xperia Arc S was true science fiction. I now have a device in my pocket which is my (excellent) camera, music player, GPS device (gets a fix in about 5 seconds), movie player, eBook reader, emailer, and Word/Excel editor. And phone.
Summary: I'm not gonna repeat everything that this amazing phone can do because other people have already done that. What I can tell you is that I would not think about going to SGII or HTC, the Arc S is the best one. The UI (user interface) created by Sony is incredible, very very nice, you have to have this phone to know how good it is and I'm not joking! The camera is just fantastic! great pictures.
Summary: I bought the Xperia Arc S because of a limited promotion my carrier has offered (in Portugal). For under 100 euros it was a steal, even if the result might prove to be just average. Surprise, surprise. All the pros and cons of the other reviews are true and no need to repeat them here. But I must stress again the picture quality. Completely awesome in that 4.2" screen. Sony is top at making TVs and I hope it stays in the market.
Summary: Does the job effectively, but I previously had a Nokia E72, which I thought was a bit long in the tooth, but actually the new phone doesn't do anything much better that it did. Obviously the screen is a lot better, but when people complain about Symbian being clunky and difficult to navigate around, I get the feeling that's more because you could do a lot more in Symbian than you can with Android. There doesn't seem to be the flexibility there was.