Great Android phone from SE. Though I'm still getting NEO instead of ARC.
thanks gsm. been waiting for this review. best part was the ui demo which was awesome. arc release date in south africa is may so have to wait a bit longer. wanted to get the missus a neo but that wont be available in sa. so we'll both get arc's at the same time. Pleased to be returning to a se handset after a few years of trying other brands.
Congrats for the great review!! The conclusion mentions some other phone choices that (imo) are not even in the same price range (except from the Nexus S):
HTC HD7: 329€
Nokia N8: 395€
Samsung Galaxy S I9000: 395€
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc: 490€
Samsung Nexus S: 519€
Current prices in Greece.
Jo, 02 Apr 2011There are a couple of mistakes in the article... I got my Arc on the 31st of March, and it ... moreI'm afraid that depending on where you get your Arc, you may have different content in your package.
For those complaining about the frequency response, it is VERY unlikely to be a mistake on SE's part.
Note that it is only a variation of around 2dB, but the scale makes it look worse.
This is ALMOST DEFINATELY designed to counteract the frequency response of the supplied earphones resulting in a flatter response when actually listening.
I don't believe there are ANY in ear earphones that have within +- 2dB over the audible range, so correcting this in the phone is actually a very good idea.
All of the chips SE use in the phone are generic, and having a flat frequency response is easy if that's what they wanted.
Also note that the graph showing the frequency response with the earphones connected is only showing how the earphones impedance affects the electrical output. It has nothing to do with measuring the sound you would hear WITH YOUR EARS.
Go here and look at the frequency response of Apples ear buds:
These would actually measure more flat running of an Arc than an iPhone :D
Gr8 review gsmarena, Im not buying into dual cores yet after all in real life performances u can hardly see the difference.Im waiting for a review of the htc Desire S then Il mk my decision.
the cnet review for the arc said that the arc ahs a front facing camera, can someone confirm/correct this please!!!!!
GREAT review gsmarena!!!!!
sounds like a great phone and im looking forward to playing with it in person....who knows when it will be out in the USA though?!?!??!
Jo, 02 Apr 2011There are a couple of mistakes in the article...
I got my Arc on the 31st of March, and it ... moreThis
Both are completely correct
16 gb card here and micro HDMI cable
And the ambient light sensor can't be turned of and adjusts the screens relative brightness to what you set it to
It's a far better implementation then any other manufacturer and it works great
If you buy an unbranded retail phone, Sony will let you unlock the bootloader to flash any custom firmware you want.
Jack, 02 Apr 2011This phone would have been better with stock android. Stock android is much faster, uses less ... moreStock Android is bad and if the launcher is made right it wont drain more battery.
This phone would have been better with stock android. Stock android is much faster, uses less battery power and is cheaper for the company to produce. This is why I would much rather own a Nexus S over this despite this having superior hardware.
Anonymous, 01 Apr 2011everything g8 till u find out 3.5 mm jack is on the side of the phone. what a flaw in designI don't care, I use the MW600 anyway.
i've read on the rogers webssite for the arc spec sheet, as well as a member over on XDA forums who had the device that it actually has 14.4mb s download speed and not 7, anyone else confirm this?
Sadly, the 3.5 mm jack on the side makes this phone a no-go. Surprised that GSMarena doesn't react on that.
There are a couple of mistakes in the article...
I got my Arc on the 31st of March, and it didn't come with an 8GB MicroSD card, but a 16GB one. It did also come with a HDMI-cable. I understand that these "errors" can be explained by the difference in the packaging between different areas in the world, but which one is the "official" version then? The versions that are already released (in Sweden for example) or the versions that aren't released yet?
Also - and probably even more important - this statement is completely wrong: "Display doesn’t have auto brightness control". The display DOES control the brightness automatically with the ambient light sensor. You can't turn it off though, so I can understand that GSMArena missed it.
Correct/clarify these informations and I'll be happy :)