Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc was one of the first top notch Android devices in a very slim frame. The design of the Xperia Arc S is similar to the Xperia Arc, and we're sure that they could have gotten far more experimental. We're not whining entirely though, because the full plastic body phone is light and comfortable to hold. Even if it's not terribly different from its predecessor, it's still a conversation starter.
The 4.2-inch LCD with a Bravia Mobile Engine (or Reality Display in Sony’s words) is again similar to the one on the Xperia Arc. However, the screen has a fantastic response and tactile feedback along with a rich display of colours. Though it is not as good as the Super AMOLED displays, watching games and multimedia on the device will still be an absolute delight with sharp viewing angles and no visibility problems under direct sunlight.
When it comes to the hardware, you only have to look at the competition to feel that you’ve been shortchanged. The Arc S costs Rs 27,000 and at that price you get a 1.4Ghz processor with an internal storage of 1GB. Add Rs 2,000 and you get a Samsung Galaxy SII with a far superior Super AMOLED display and a faster dual-core processor. Pay less for the Samsung Galaxy R, and at Rs 23,000 you still get a dual-core processor.
Thankfully the software on the Arc S makes its mark. It ran very smoothly on Android 2.3.4 (it might get the ICS update soon) and complemented well Sony Ericsson’s Timescape UI which banks heavily on social network and display the same in a flip card to improve your experience. Multimedia has always been one of Sony’s strong points. The speaker on the back of the device is sufficiently loud and clear to enjoy music in small rooms, impressive considering its slim dimensions. Though the phone plays limited video formats out of the box, it had no problems playing HD videos in MP4 or “Mkv” formats, once MX player with the relevant codecs were installed.
The 8MP camera boasts of multiple features including image and video stabilisation, impressive response time and even 3D-sweep panorama modes. The images taken with the camera are impressive under artificial and daylight conditions. And although there is visible noise in the shots taken at night, they are still good enough to post onto your Facebook account. 720p HD video recording is done with stereo audio in MP4 format. You’ll have to keep those narcissistic tendencies in check since the Arc S does not feature a front camera. Well neither did the Xperia Arc – and that’s the problem. The Xperia Arc S has neither done anything that’s quantitatively different from the Xperia Arc, nor done much to beat the competition.
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