Curvy, Slim Xperia Arc Is Leggy Supermodel of Smartphones
23 May 2011
Excerpt: Undeniably attractive and super skinny, Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Arc is ready for a career as a runway model. This fashionable specimen measures a mere 0.46 inches thick at its thinnest point, the middle of the concave arc that runs vertically down the back of the phone. It manages to make my iPhone 3GS look almost obese in comparison. Slimness is a virtue in devices, as it reduces that embarrassing Visible Phone Line in your pocket.
Summary: The Arc is a benchmark for slimness, and a sexy looker that packs decent hardware. However, the pricing is on the high side and with the whole future proofing angle looming over single core devices and niggles specific to this handset, the Arc doesn't get the nod from us. 5 thousand cheaper, and we might reconsider...
Pros: Stunningly slim and a nice contoured design, A radical upgrade over its predecessor, Keys and buttons are well laid out
Cons: Pricing on the high side for a single core Android phone, Interface and menus have their quirks, Battery life isn't as good as we'd expected
Conclusion: With Sony touting the Arc as the best multimedia handset within the "XPERIA" series, the Sony Ericsson X12 really had to pull out all the stocks to beat its predecessors which were excellent multimedia handsets in their own ways. The most notable multimedia feature on the X12 is the updated 8 MP Autofocus HD camera. Images can be recorded at a maximum resolution of 3264x2448 pixels where as HD quality videos can be shot at 720p@30fps.
Pros: 4.2 inch LED display working on Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine, Android OS v2.3 (Gingerbread), Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon 1 GHz processor, 8MP camera, 3G, Wi-Fi, Slim design