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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc review

Preview: Sony Ericsson Xperia arc

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Launch SRP S$888

Overall rating 9/10
Design:
8.5
Features:
9
User-Friendliness:
8.5
Performance:
9
Value:
8.5
THE GOOD
Thin and light build
Unique 'arc' design
4.2-inch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine
Snappy and capable 8.1-megapixel camera with f/2.4 lens
THE BAD
Small and impractical physical buttons
Needs to be handled with care


Preview: Sony Ericsson Xperia arc

Meet the Arc

The Sony Ericsson Xperia arc is the latest addition to an Android overarching series that first started out with the flagship Xperia X10, a high-end smartphone that has unfortunately gotten flak for coming with the Android 1.6 OS in a period where most phones were retrofitted with the then latest 2.1 OS. Looks like they learnt their lesson as this time round, the Xperia arc is now one of the first few phones announced with the latest Android "Gingerbread" 2.3 OS following the Google Nexus S. While it pays to be at the top of OS food chain, Sony Ericsson has also paid extra attention to the needs of an increasingly fashion-seeking crowd.  Let’s take a quick look at the impossibly svelte and aptly-named Sony Ericsson Xperia arc via our mini video walk through of the phone for a more visual take, followed by our pictorial. 


 

 

 

 

 

As gleamed from the above photos, you can probably see that the arc comes with a rather huge screen. Well, it does - the smartphone comes with a big 4.2-inch, 854 x 480 pixels multi-touch Reality Display with the Mobile BRAVIA engine enhancing the display. We realized that the LED-backlit LCD lives up to its Reality Display moniker, boasting richer and brighter color display than its predecessors with good viewing angles under bright light.

From first impressions, we feel that the Xperia arc will be a good mix of a serious business handset and a multimedia-centric smartphone. Why so? From its brilliant and bright 4.2-inch screen, to its HDMI output and high-end 8.1-megapixel camera, the arc should easily satisfy your video and photo needs. In essence, a good multimedia phone. For those interested in getting a piece of this beauty, the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc will be available globally in selected markets, including Japan, from this quarter in two colors - Midnight Blue and Misty Silver. The price has not been announced yet, so keep your eyes on HardwareZone for more details.