Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S Review
Call quality on the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S was excellent in the earpiece, very loud and clear, however on the other end they complained that our voice sounds a tad artificial, and the background noise swooshed in without any filtering despite the dual-microphone setup on the phone.
The manufacturer promises slightly more battery life out of the handset, compared to the Xperia arc, from the same 1500mAh battery – 7 hours and 35 minutes of talk time in 3G mode, which is pretty good, along with 35 hours of music playback.
In our review of the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc we said the company has nailed it, but now with the Xperia arc S, we’d say we have a minor upgrade on our hands. The thin arched profile that makes you forget you are holding a gadget with a huge 4.2” screen stays, as well as the light weight and sleek and classy look. The Timescape UI is also very pretty and functional with its “Facebook inside Xperia” addition.
The second generation Snapdragon chip is bumped to 1.4GHz for a slight increase in performance, which, however, you could have done yourself with an overclocking program. The added 2D Panorama option in the camera interface is also nothing you couldn’t have obtained via an app in Android Market. Thus, the only tangible benefits of the Sony Ericsson arc S over the predecessor are the 3D Panorama option, which is nice, but not a must-have feature, and the 14.4Mbps baseband radio, instead of 7.2Mbps. Download speeds are so very network dependent, though, that you’d have been lucky to max out the previous radio even.
The nice 8MP camera with back-illuminated sensor, which produced good results and the excellent loudspeaker we have in the Xperia arc too, so you can save yourself the price difference between the Xperia arc S and its predecessor, unless you find it somewhere cheaper
In its price range you can get phones like the HTC Desire HD, which sports similar specs but a more solid and heavier unibody design, or the Samsung Wave 3, which sports a Super AMOLED display, but is hindered by the Samsung Apps store. If you step it up a notch in the wallet department, you can grab the Samsung Galaxy S II or the HTC Sensation 4G, which will bring you 1080p video capture, faster browser performance and future-proof dual-core processors.
In case 4.2” screen is too big for you, an even thinner and more compact handset for this price is the Xperia ray, which has the same camera and 3.2” display with very good pixel density. Now that the Apple iPhone 4 is falling in price, it is also a great alternative to the Xperia arc S, and has memorable design too with the best App Store out there, but is heavier and with no Adobe Flash support.
Software version of the review unit: 4.0.1.A.0.266
Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S Video Review:
- Thin, tall and narrow chassis makes it more comfortable to use than other big-screen Androids
- Camera with good low-light capabilities and native Panorama options
- Excellent loudspeaker
- Still no front-facing camera
- Minor upgrades compared to the Xperia arc
2. THE_GAME5 (Posts: 35; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
yeah....sony and apple are my two favourite cos.
i wanted to buy arc but with only 300 mb to install apps.... i was disappointed as i like to have many of them....
same with arc s .....come on sony stop leaving loop holes.....arghhhhh....
18. AFIQ (unregistered)
dude, with rooting, you can change directory for installation to sd card. 300 mb internal memory is not drawback actually. and compared to iphone4, arc s still the best
22. gaumzi (unregistered)
U have Movetosd app from android market...
4. dhara (Posts: 6; Member since: 09 Oct 2011)
300mb size for apps?
settings>applications>manage applications>all>pick one and move to SD card
5. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
Sony Ericsson is definitely one of my favourite phone manufacturers.
6. dara (unregistered)
actually the arc got replaced on all the carriers that got the arc s. and the price remained the same.
btw I just watched this video straight within the browser of my arc, without any hiccup, even while moving the site with my finger.
anyway, I love the phone, and recommend it to anyone
7. abcd123 (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)
totally disappointed with sony for putting a single core phone at this time of year when there is a race for dualcore processers and soon there will be quad core phones with the start of the next year. And the price for it will also be too high rather than this i will be looking forward nexus prime or htc amaze
8. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
Don't worry, we should see a SE dualcore early next year and most definitely, SE will nail it.
About quad-cores, as of now and up until next year im thinking that they are useless as more apps arent even optimized for dual-core. so quad-core makes no sense in that area.
20. dhara (Posts: 6; Member since: 09 Oct 2011)
in fact, i doubt there will be ANY quad core phones next year.
yeah, Nvidia announced their Kal-el in phones arriving soon, but when you look at galaxy s3 rumors(1.8ghz dual core), and snapdragon s4 roadmap for phones, as well as TI not even announcing any yet, i doubt it.
bottom line - when you have a 1.5Ghz dual core chip paired with 1Gb+ RAM (snapdragon s3, probably used in SE nozomi), , and then the improved s4 snapdragon 2.0Ghz dual core 28nm chip with adreno 225, or the 1.8Ghz 32nm Exynos 4212; all that paired with heavily optimised ICS - you REALLY dont need a quad core
15. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 799; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
The reason why they did not jump in the Dual core band wagon is they don't to jump in an untested waters (software support for the handset). . .
They're the type that doesnt want to gamble anymore, they will only release a Dual Core when the ICS is fully utilize which will be in time for their next flagship phone. . .
9. GeekMovement (Posts: 1139; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
One of the best looking devices out there I agree wow!
11. henrickrw (Posts: 402; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
My GS2 is still in full Command & Conquer...!!!!
12. yougotkilled1 (Posts: 165; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)
IMO, best looking phone out there today! :)
13. winsaki234 (Posts: 63; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
No Flash? 512MB of RAM? no no no! It's look nice but spec bad!
16. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 799; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
Flash? Review the phone review dude. . . If you're a heavy user consider the dual core heavy weights instead of this one. .
14. DroidSales (unregistered)
Sony makes gorgeous hardware lately. After their update schedule with the original Xperia phones, I was uninterested in any Sony product. However, they are now keeping phones up to date on Android releases much better, and with them giving phones, codes, and support to the CyanogenMod team, I have to say I am impressed. I run an indirect VZW agent store, and would buy a Sony on VZW if it had dual-core and LTE.
17. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 799; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
I myself gambled when I bought the Arc last June, considering SE's reputation with its 2010 handsets (x10). . But this time around they've already released 3 software updates. . . So the software side of SE is now about solved next up for them is to upgrade their next years smartphones hardware. . .
19. chirole (Posts: 18; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
I doubt that they're gonna be any Dual core phones next year. Considering that Sony just bought Ericsson's share in the partnership, an organizational revamping should follow next. But we can really expect greater phones from Sony from now on that they'll probably be integrating with their other products, HDTVs, PS3 etc.
21. Sankar Mohan (unregistered)
Ahh.. these guys again forget to fix a front cam !!! Dont u guys want to survive in market.. You guys have to realize how much cheap video calling in India on BSNL network .40 paisa
23. shak (unregistered)
This is design is ok. SE, please consider my design tips to make SE more attractive.
1. Max height should be 4inch
2. Width should be 70mm
3. Get rid of 3 hard key buttons and replace these with soft keys. Hard keys looks absurd in present days.
4. Launch models in off-white color also
24. mzana (unregistered)
I'm looking for a new phone and my two last chooices are- SE arc or blakberry. which is better and which should I buy?
28. Selvaraj (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Jan 2012)
How regarding the repairing your software commencing from side to side the Update Service, you determine to lose the entire your apps unless you install Backup & Restore it was completed for the X10 additional than runs on the Arc it might work on the Xperia Play. For more information you can visithttp://www.futurehardware.com/
29. Gianni (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
l telefonino SonyEricsson Arc S, ricevuto per rinnovo abbonamento a fine ottobre 2011, presenta a mio avviso dei difetti congeniti tali da non poter essere da me utilizzato. I tre tasti frontali fuoriescono troppo dal profilo e quello centrale attiva perennemente il display quando é in tasca. Pur avendo disabilitato Internet, Bluetooth, Wlan e regolato il ”Timeout” del display al minimo, senza ricevere o trasmettere nessuna telefonata, la batteria non supera le 24 ore invece dei 430 pubblicizzati in “Standby”. Pertanto l’autonomia è più che insufficiente se si considera il nessun utilizzo. Ho cercato inutilmente un astuccio rigido che attenua il problema nei vari Market anche perché la Sony non ne produce. Ho parlato con il “support” della SonyEricsson e mi è stato confermato che ciò é un problema congenito del telefonino. Questo SonyEricsson Arc S, pur avendo rispetto alla concorrenza una batteria di più piccola capacità, può essere accettato da qualcuno che lo tiene in borsetta ma non da chi è abituato a tenerlo in tasca.
30. Sangeet (Posts: 222; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
I don't care that this phone has a single core processor, it can still do 90% of the things that the dual core phones can do even with intense gaming and you can definitely play GTA 3 with the lowest / medium settings easily so no matter how is it's processor, it you wan't a phone that looks good then this will be anyone's first choice..!!
31. Kalana (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)
What is The Best .............
*Sony Ericsson Xperia arc
*Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S
32. dussan (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)
For all those who had problems after updating Arc S to ICS, here are the solutions for the two most common problems: