Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S Review
Sony refreshed its arc line-up at IFA 2011, with the company announcing the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S, a smartphone that has been given something of a speed injection – Sony is quoting speeds 25 per cent faster than its predecessor, the Sony Ericsson Arc.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S: Design
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is a beautiful piece of kit. Given that the original Arc is still one of the best-designed Android devices around it's good to see that not much has been changed from a chassis point of view. The handset is gloriously sleek and slim at just 8.7mm thick and with it's slightly bowed chassis design. At 125 x 63 mm its a phone with a large footprint.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S: Display
Display-wise, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S has been given a 4.2-inch Reality display which made the stock images found on the phone ping with colour. The screen was big enough to enjoy browsing the web and when we loaded up MobileMegaMall.com, the load times did seem fast. The visual and video performance of the new mobile is better than any other device in the market with its superior Mobile BRAVIA engine.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S: Performance
Given that Wi-Fi on the show floor is not the best test conditions for this sort of thing, web pages did load with some speed, validating the '20% increase in web browsing speeds' Sony Ericsson is touting - thanks to the 1.4GHz processor at the heart of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S: OS & UI
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S we tried out had Android 2.3.4 on it, with Sony Ericsson's own Timescape UI on top of this. We liked some of the touches this skin offered to Android, especially when you pinched the homescreen and was presented with the floating widgets bouncing around the screen, ready to take you to whichever screen you desire.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S: Camera & Video
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S has been given some hefty imaging power, thanks to Sony's Exmor R mobile imaging sensor, which offers 8.1MP quality shots and 720P HD footage. We took a couple of images when Sony's press conference lighting was at its moodiest and the sensor worked well under the low-light conditions.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S: 3D
To give the handset a 3D slant, Sony has added 3D Sweep Panorama, which the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S supports. If you are not one for 3D, then the camera also does 2D Sweep Panorama as well.
If you like the shots you take, then the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S has a mini-HDMI slot so you can playback your content on a hi-def television.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S: Multimedia
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S also gives you the ability to share media content with the Bravia TV and home cinema range, with the phone acting as a remote control. It is perhaps Sony's new ecosystem that the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S will benefit most from, however. The handset is linked straight to Sony Music Unlimited and Sony Video Unlimited, offering up millions of music tracks and video content to download straight to your handset.
The first impressions are extremely promising. There was no apparent lag when swiping through the myriad homescreens and everything from camera shutter speeds and web page load times did seem to be improved.