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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review

Sony Ericsson Xperia arc

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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review
The in-call performance of the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc was pretty good. The earpiece is punchy, and produces no audible voice distortion, even at the highest volume. The phone has dual mics for noise suppression, so the other party said they could hear us distinctively with no background noise, despite us being in the street. The loudspeaker performed well here as well, and thus the phone can be used successfully for impromptu teleconferencing.

The 1500mAh battery is rated for 7 hours of talk time in 3G mode, which is slightly above average for a high-end Android phone with a large screen. We can only vouch that the handset got us through the day with our moderate review usage, and left us with a few hours of battery life just in case.


Wrapping up our review of the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc we have to say that the company seems to have nailed it this time. The thin arched profile makes you forget that you are holding a gadget with a huge 4.2” screen. On top of that it is very light thanks to its plastic build, and the tasteful design and chromed rim remains sleek and classy. We're extremely thankful that the company has endowed the handset with Gingerbread and simplified its Android skinning efforts, since this improves usability and should speed up the eventual OS updates.

Add a great 8MP camera, loudspeaker and screen to the mix and we can safely say that the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc is a solid contender for 2011. Sure we find HTC Sense a more refined UI, and the single-core phone isn't as future-proof as dual core models, but this is one of the sexiest phones we've seen this year and brings all its features together with style and finesse. If you want a dual core alternative with less focus on style, check out the Atrix 4G. Alternatively, the HTC HD7 would provide a similarly-classed Windows Phone 7, while the iPhone 4 is your iOS option, though it has a considerably smaller screen.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 2.3; Build Number 3.0.A.2.181

Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Video Review:


  • Gorgeous design - light and thin
  • Bright, vivid screen
  • Fantastic still / video capture


  • Single core processor isn't as future-proof
  • Occasional lag / custom widget stutters
  • Plastic body may not be to everyone's tastes
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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: 124; 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: 124; 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: 5396; 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?


posted on 18 Apr 2011, 19:32

12. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

I have traveled from the future just to give information

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)

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
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, 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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