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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review

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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc

Above average (B) 26 reviews 08/2011
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Product specification:
  • Operating System: Android 2, …
  • Internal memory: 1024 MB
  • Megapixel: 8.1 MP
  • Display Size: 4.2"
  • Battery: 1500 mAh
  • CPU cores: 1 … more information


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ePHOTOzine
8/2011
Single test
3 out of 5 stars

Value for money: 3 out of 5 stars

The screen on the Xperia Arc is big and high resolution, and the phone has good connectivity options. The camera has a good LED flash and offers access to many camera apps with the use of Google's photo albums to share pictures instantly. The lack of ISO settings didn't impress ePHOTOzine, and neither did the excessive noise, even at ISO80, plus JPEG compression is high.

 
Computer act!ve
7/2011
Single test
5 out of 5 stars

"Buy It!"

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is an ideal companion for anyone who enjoys watching videos or viewing photos as it has a lovely large screen. It also manages the basics very well, giving an impressive performance. Although Computer Act!ve were disappointed that Timescape won't work for text messages, they were please to find a decent camera and mini HDMI on board.

 
The Gadget Show
6/2011
Single test
5 out of 5 points

With GPS, 3G and Bluetooth support, and a 8.1mp camera, FiveFwd says the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc has all the smartphone features you could want. The 4.2in screen is one of the largest around, making it excellent for web browsing and watching movies, and Sony Ericsson's interface lets Android perform at its best. Like most other Android phones though, battery life is poor.

 
IT Reviews
5/2011
Single test
4 out of 5 points

There's no doubting that the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is a top-of-the-line handset, says IT Reviews who point out that it is still one of the few phones sporting the Android 2.3 OS. They also remark that its camera couldn't be any better, while its stylish design is also very appealing. However, they find that its longer profile might not please everyone, though it is quite thin.

 
Wired.com
5/2011
Single test
7 out of 10 points

Reviewers at Wired.com felt that the Xperia Arc is well worth considering, thanks to its light, slim design, gorgeous LED display, and great camera. They also mentioned that call quality was top-notch too. However, though they found the Gingerbread OS to be a significant improvement over older versions of Android, they still found themselves irritated with some of its quirks.

 
The Inquirer
5/2011
Single test
8 out of 10 points

Thanks to its stylish design and huge screen, the Xperia Arc is as gorgeous to look at as it is comfortable to browse the Internet on. The camera is excellent and although Sony's user interface cannot top HTC's Sense, it's one of the best The Inquirer have seen. Where it disappoints, however, is in battery life and text input, which they found clumsy and frustrating.

 
Expert Reviews
5/2011
Single test
4 out of 5 stars

The Sony Ericsson Xperia arc's 4.2in great-quality screen and good 8.1mp camera impressed Expert Reviews, but it was some subtle but very handy tweaks to Android 2.3 that stole the limelight. But although the software is right up to date, Expert Reviews are not sure that its hardware will be able to keep up with dual-core processor rivals that are just around the corner.

 
TrustedReviews
4/2011
Single test
9 out of 10 points

Value for money: 8 out of 10 points, "Recommended"

According to Trusted Reviews, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is a super thin Android 2.3 smartphone that still manages to fit in an array of great hardware features, such as an excellent screen, very good camera and good internet connectivity. It may not have the dual-core processor of some of its rivals, but it is still a high-performance device available at a reasonable price.

 
PC Pro
4/2011
Single test
"very good" (5 out of 6 stars)

Value for money: "very good" (5 out of 6 stars)

While Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc might look stunning, PC Pro weren't too sure about its build quality. They thought the plastic back and buttons felt flimsy, and unfortunately that wasn't their only concern. But they also found lots to like, such as the beautiful screen, great camera and very good battery life. It's quite well priced too, but they still have their reservations.

 
Coolsmartphone.com
4/2011
Single test
Without final score

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is brilliant, said reviewers at Coolsmartphone.com, who loved its thin yet sturdy design, bright display, and fantastic camera. In fact, they were especially impressed with its camera, and felt that its HD footage was so good that it's comparable to the Flip HD video camera, which could make owning an HD camcorder seem redundant.

 
Electric Pig
4/2011
Single test
4 out of 5 stars

"Editor's Choice"

Although it's not treading on the cutting edge of technology, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc still has its appeal, say reviewers at Electric Pig. Not only were they impressed with its overall performance, but they particularly liked its slim chassis, excellent camera, and Android 2.3 OS. However, they were a bit let down to find its display didn't quite live up to their expectations.

 
Know Your Mobile
4/2011
Single test
4.5 out of 5 stars

Good news is on its way to Android in the form of the Xperia Arc, which reviewers at Know Your Mobile say is an impressive package that provides an attractive alternative to the iPhone. They were especially pleased with its curved design and how easy this phone was to use. They also remarked that the prospect of future OS updates makes it even more appealing.

 
Stuff TV
4/2011
Single test
4 out of 5 stars

"... The Xperia Arc is easily Sony Ericsson's finest Android smartphone yet. A few foibles and less than solid build hold it back from true greatness, but it's still a top-class imaging and video-centric smartie."

 
TechRadar UK
4/2011
Single test
4.5 out of 5 stars

TechRadar were rather taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc's slim body and gorgeous display. They found loads to like but were especially impressed with the camera, which they think is the best phone camera around. They would've liked a front-facing one too though, and its thin body means thin fiddly buttons, but overall they loved its excellent performance and looks.

 
3G.co.uk
3/2011
Single test
4 out of 5 stars

With a great camera and excellent display built into its sleek and stylish chassis, the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc is a very attractive and well designed top-end smartphone. Add to this the speedy Android 2.3 OS and lots of features, and the team at 3g.co.uk think that this adds up to a great device, despite some issues with Timescape and general software usability.

 
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