Conclusion: Great design. Great screen. Great UI. Great camera. Great connectivity. Great phone. Specs are always only part of the story. In turn, no quad-core will be no problem for the majority of Sony Xperia S users. That the phone is so consistent in other areas is its real saving grace and one that users wouldn't fare badly dwelling on while basking in the phone's 720p, fast-capture, 12-megapixel, PlayStation certified splendour.
Pros: Classical design, Great HD screen, Fantastic camera, Attractive UI
Cons: Viewing angles distort blues, Capacitive buttons too close to screen, No removable battery, No expandable memory
Conclusion: The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is an excellent phone, boasting an incredible camera, slick design and fast performance. Compared to phones of a similar price like the Galaxy S2 (to which it is currently similarly priced) it’s not quite as powerful when it comes to things like gaming, but its perhaps a more stylish (if slightly less beefy) alternative.
Summary: The Xperia S is larger and less flamboyant than last year’s Xperia Arc, offering rock-solid performance behind the highest quality display you’ll find anywhere today. The case could be a little more stylish and the capacitive buttons can be slightly awkward, but those issues are soon forgotten when you see the phone’s super-sharp screen in action.