I’ve been playing with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc for more than two weeks now and I can tell you right now, it’s a beauty! I can’t commend Sony Ericsson enough for doing such a fine job with this stylish smartphone that has very little I can fault. Well done Sony Ericsson!! If you’re looking for one of the best Android smartphones on the market, you need to check out the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc.
There are three main things I like about the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc: its design, screen and the inbuilt camera. I’ll detail each of these points below but before that I want to draw your attention to its size in comparison to its contemporaries – the iPhone 4 and iPad 2. You’ll see that the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc is only slightly longer than the iPhone 4 despite having a 4.2″ screen of course a lot smaller than the iPad 2!
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Is The Most Stylish Android On The Market
From the front it’s not so apparent, but when you view the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc from the side you’ll immediately see where it draws its name from and what distinguishes it from the majority of smartphones out there – a curved backing. I chose the silver version (I think Australia only has midnight-blue) just to try out something different and must say, the silver casing and the arc back give it a very futuristic look. People would always comment on the design, feel and light weight of the device whenever it caught their eye in meetings. Definitely a head turner. Maybe it’s because the populace has become used to seeing iPhones everywhere – I know in Hong Kong, in particular, this is the case.
The curvaceous backing not only gives it a stylish look but also makes the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc feel very comfortable in the hand. I believe its because the curve aligns with the contours of the palm area just under the thumb. Finally ergonomics and smartphone technology meet! I hope Sony Ericsson continue with this type of curved design in the future.
Are You Kidding Me? Is That A 4.2 Inch Screen?
As I hinted to in the opening sentences, Sony Ericsson have done well to fit a 4.2″ multi touch screen into a device that is only a few millimeters longer than the iPhone 4 which has a 3.5″ screen. The Sony Bravia display engine delivers crisp and clear images both in broad daylight and night. I’ve been using the iPhone 4 for almost a year now, so it was a pleasant change to have more screen to view my Tweets, emails and Facebook statuses on!
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Takes Great Photos
I was impressed by the photos produced by the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. Its secret is the award-winning Exmor R Mobile camera technology with f/2.4 lens which means it is quite capable of taking satisfactory photos in low light conditions. For examples of how photos turn out using the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, see below. The first is a low light shot taken in a restaurant where the flash triggered and the second was taken during the day. Click on the photos for respective the actual Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc photo files.
Oh and one other thing I liked about the Sony Ericsson Arc was the music / sound output. It’s only logical that with Sony heritage that the packaged in-ear earphones would produce great sound and that it did! Rich bass and crisp treble. On a side note, when I plugged in my iPhone earphones, the sound was distorted and there was an distinct echo…
Things That Could Be Improved On The Sony Ericsson Arc
While it is my favorite Android device at the moment, there are still some things I would suggest Sony Ericsson look at for their next version:
- Remove the camera button. I think it’s redundant since you’re using the multi-touch screen anyway, doesn’t it make sense to activate the camera via the screen too? Yes it’s a dedicated camera button, but it takes just as long for the camera app to open from the hardware button than it does to trigger from a shortcut on the homescreen
- Dual core processor please? While it is anything but slow, the device would be so much more amazing with a dual core processor powering the Android apps / OS
- Front-facing camera : I do a lot of video conferencing so it was a shame to find that the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc didn’t have a front-facing camera while the cheaper Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo did…
In summary, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is a tasty fusion of style and substance. I highly recommend this phone!