Excerpt: Sony Ericsson had some serious catching up to do with the Android crowd after their quite frankly pants X10. What was a nice looking phone was marred by an irritatingly slow, over-skinned version of Android. Thankfully they have gone away and done some thinking and come back with what could be one of their best handsets yet: the Xperia Arc. What we like The first thing you will notice about the phone is how thin it is, at just 8.7mm it feels like an iPhone 4 on a diet.
Excerpt: Mobile handsets are getting better looking all the time, thank goodness. With handsets like Nokia N8, Dell Venue and the newly launched HTC Incredible, the competition for good looking devices is heating up and the Xperia Arc just took mobile sex appeal to a whole new level. It’s one of the first Gingerbread (out of the box) handsets to hit the shelves and here’s a closer look.
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: If you're looking for a stylish and light smartphone running Android 2.3 then the Arc is a great choice. The phone has a great screen and a great camera but if processing power is more important to you then you'll want to look at one of the dual core phones on offer.
Pros: Performance and usability of Android 2.3, good user interface, front facing camera, styling.
Cons: Poor text input, poor battery life., Pointless notification light.
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