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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review

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The 8MP camera on the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc is with the new Exmor R sensor. It is back-illuminated, like the one on the iPhone 4. This feature, combined with a novel arrangement of the photo diodes, tailored to the fine pixel structure, should bring high sensitivity and less noise in low-light situations. Its 1/3.2" size is a far cry from the 1/1.83” on the Nokia N8, but the pictures are still very good.

The color representation is extremely accurate, detail is plenty, and the only issue we saw is a tad harsh noise suppression, which slightly smeared the details when light was scarce. The low-light snaps came out above average, probably thanks to the back-illuminated sensor, and the yellowish hue that we observed in all indoor photos with the iPhone 4 was present here only in one of four snaps. The LED flash is no Xenon, but does the job up to about ten feet, without casting weird shadows on the objects.

Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review

Outdoor samples taken with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc


Strong - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review

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Indoor samples


It also does a good job illuminating night video scenes, especially in Night Scene mode. Video is smooth at 30 fps, and the same good looking colors and fine detail are observed as in the stills.

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The camera interface is touch-friendly and intuitive. There are six focusing modes – single autofocus, multi autofocus, macro, face detection, infinity and touch focus. Center, spot and average metering modes are covered as well, and for manual white balance setup incandescent, fluorescent, daylight and cloudy options are available. There are also an image stabilizer mode and four flash modes – auto, fill flash, no flash, and red eye reduction. The extensive capabilities of the 8MP shooter are rounded up with a bunch of scene modes such as Landscape, Portrait, Night Portrait, Sports, Beach and Snow, Night Scene, Party and Document. The smile detection algorithm can even be set to track a faint or a big smile.

Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review

Camera interface


Obviously a lot of Sony’s Cybershot expertise has gone into the camera interface, but a notable exception is the lack of any effects on the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc. No Negative or Sepia, nothing, which is puzzling, considering the wide range of other capabilities. There is a vertical strip with the latest pictures and videos captured on the right, and you can pull it left to reveal the rest in thumbnail view, which resembles the concept in WP7.

The music player is the same as in the other iterations of this UI, with flashy, but minimalistic interface, ten equalizers, the song recognition service Track ID, and the option to show related YouTube videos. The loudspeaker is outstanding. Strong, with deep base sounds and very clean and pure output, even at the highest volume.

The music player of the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
The music player of the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
The music player of the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
The music player of the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review

The music player of the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc


The video player and the gallery are stock Android and the handset doesn’t support DivX/Xvid, so we had to download a free player from Android Market to watch our ripped TV shows with subtitles. The Mobile BRAVIA Engine can be turned on and off manually from the Display settings, but we can’t imagine a reason for it to be off, as it adds color and sharpness to the pictures and videos on the handset.

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Video playback - Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review

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posted on 06 Apr 2011, 09:09

1. O K (unregistered)


this might very well be my next phone......i gotta w8 till 12th april to see what htc has up its sleeve, when will we see the release date htc pyramid(sensation).

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 10:45 5

2. sak96 (unregistered)


Phonearena, where is the video review??/

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 12:29

3. phbelov (Posts: 122; Member since: 25 Mar 2011)


it's coming i think coz they've already uploaded SE xperia arc video samples on phonearena yt channel.. :)

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 13:18

4. aercy18 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


I don't like SE's android phones for one reason, it's always plasticy. Feels a bit cheap & pale. But the Cam's arguably the best amongst all the android device makers.

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 13:53

5. phbelov (Posts: 122; Member since: 25 Mar 2011)


i agree. and the price's very high at least in Russia :)

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 16:39 1

6. omacalex (unregistered)


I hope you don't own a Samsung phone...just saying.

posted on 07 Apr 2011, 03:59

9. Shubham1401 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Apr 2011)


The plastic helps to keep the weight down. 117gm for phone of such size is great. It makes carrying it a whole lot easier.

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 16:54

7. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


the video sample was so smooth my computer lagged a bit x)

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 19:56

8. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


who wants a sexy android phone with a great camera! any hands?

posted on 10 Apr 2011, 14:18

10. HB (unregistered)


I do NOT understand this. The incredible s has a front facing camera, more ram and the htc sense ui(which almost everybody agrees is leaps ahead of any android skin out there). And it gets a 7.5 because it has a dual core processor. And this phone gets a 8.5? Why? Ok it has better looks(big deal..) and android 2.3, but htc incredible will get 2.3 pretty soon. And with sense on 2.2 it probably blows this phones UI out of the water anyways( I watched a few videos, so much of lag..). Seriously sometimes I just cant understand how review sites work

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 08:44

17. megamrambo (Posts: 37; Member since: 19 Jul 2010)


Dude the HTC Incredible S does nit have a dual core CPU. HTC Incredible S is not a bad phone it is just not a compelling phone. It had poor camera performance and overall wasn't to great a difference between the original HTC Incredible.I mean, really? You don't understand how review site work, huh? They reviewed this phone based of of what Sony Ericsson could pack into a 8.5 millimeter body. With the Incredible S, it was mean't to be a replacement for another HTC phone with nearly equivocal specs. And At the time, it was even supposed to replace the Desire HD which phonearena could not see happening. So I hope you understand now... :)

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 05:02

11. John (unregistered)


Hello phonearena!

I have a question. When you will make a review of the new Samsung Galaxy S2?

Greetings!

posted on 18 Apr 2011, 19:32

12. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I have traveled from the future just to give information
http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Samsung-Galaxy-S-II-Preview_id2712

posted on 27 Apr 2011, 01:07

13. Matte33 (unregistered)


How can you not review the call app, it´s still a mobile "phone", it´s important to me anyway how the call app is.

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 21:09 1

14. Luffy (unregistered)


Xperia looks + Galaxy S2 specs = perferct phone

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 21:10 1

15. Luffy (unregistered)


Xperia looks + Galaxy S2 specs = perfect phone!

posted on 06 Jul 2011, 04:05 3

16. tushar jaiswal (unregistered)


i've purchased dis fone few days ago and it is d most sexiest one dat I have even seen. . . .its simply awsome, must buy :D :)

posted on 07 Aug 2011, 03:20

18. abanglek (unregistered)


live in ifreak surrounding, using arc for a week. iphone is great but not for tinkerer like me. arc just ok, can be good but can't be great, only after tweaking. i have done sound department (using volume+ to crank tiny ls sound & eq for earphone, using my trusty old cheap sm pl10). i can say my sound now is great, better than iphone, compsrable to my rockbox clip. ui department using go launcher (& go contact to fix t9 absent & more info i can see on contact, eg: note with contact) go launcher not the best, just the fact i can create folder in app drawer & uninstall directly. sound like ios, but yes, it's easy to manage & i don't have to put 10 redundant shortcut for single app on my phone.

now for screen department, i have good news & very bad news. the screen i can say good & you will appreciate when watching movie. the screen also can dimmed enought to be use in almost total dark room (not every phone can do this). but all the goods are only when you look straigh forward to the lcd. the bad news is, even with slight tilt, the screen going up side down, white become brown, black become gray, color become wash & amazingly brown become white. is that important? the situation is, even when you put the phone on table & you need to read something, you're forced to take your phone on hand. when i say bad, it's really bad, just test the phone in your nearest shop & remember what i said. even my old omnia doing good job, this arc is worst. watch sharing & wallpaper show off is big no no to this phone (it's really shame on me).

so it's up to you, the biggest part is if you can live with the lcd. for me, i don't know how to live with this phone for next 1-2 years. when i hate to say samoled is good & ips is great, this reality display is real junk.

posted on 16 Aug 2011, 07:41

19. kitar01 (unregistered)


i have it up to some days...it's awesome.
very good display and camera: the photos are quite near to that of my Sx200 is Canon camera, and also hd video are good.
the display: there is a video on the phone. If you see it on the phone than you compare it seeing it on the pc (i have a Hp w2007v that is really a good monitor) you see no great difference...ok some difference obviously is but not so great.
the battery is good and now for example i have 1 day 1 hour 48' and have 29% of battery power.
i know there are dual core phones but i think what better is for me if this takes to a lower battery life? so i think this is the best compromise up to now.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 04:59

20. rocky005 (unregistered)


It is good, But no front cam, very delicate back side is not metal its plastic i wont prefer this one...........

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 06:10

21. amas (unregistered)


hey.
do u experience any lag while using this phone ( cause i have the x10 and im experiencing alot of lag )

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 04:15 1

22. User27 (unregistered)


"Single core processor isn't as future-proof". Future is increasingly shorter this time. New phones are coming in day in and day out.If it is enough for today, that's it.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 07:32

23. chaud (unregistered)


Sony Ericsson Xperia arc or HTC Incredible S?

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 10:32

24. white04004 (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)


Hah! This will me next phone!

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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc

Sony Ericsson Xperia arc

OS: Android 4.0.4 2.3.3 2.3
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Display4.2 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (233 ppi) TFT
Camera8.1 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
Size4.92 x 2.48 x 0.34 inches
(125 x 63 x 8.7 mm)
4.13 oz  (117 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 6.91 hours talk time

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