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Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc review: Android de Triumph

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc review: Android de Triumph - read the full textThe Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc is back for a second round and this time it will stay a while longer. The company’s new flagship did great in our preview and we’d gladly have more of it. The new BRAVIA screen and the impressive...


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I saw an unboxing on another review site that shows an HDMI cable being included. This should maybe be double-checked.

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  • 2011-04-02 00:17
  • nGGy

The Qualcomm MSM8255 SoC supports HSPA+ with 14 Mbps downloads and 5.76 Mbps uploads. So why doesn't the Arc support such data rates???!!

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  • 2011-04-02 00:15
  • nGGy

???????????i didn't understand,how it has no auto brightness if it has light sensor on the top of front surface ????????????

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  • 2011-04-01 23:49
  • YgxG

USing the x10 for the past 8 months has been great.the arc will make usage still os is more stable than others.also sony and ericsson always try to giv the best like k750, s700, p900, w810 x1, etc.

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  • 2011-04-01 23:49
  • 7jV}

> In reply to husu @ 2011-04-01 22:20 from nfPF - click to readeverything g8 till u find out 3.5 mm jack is on the side of the phone. what a flaw in design

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  • 2011-04-01 23:47
  • nx58

The UK boxes will have HDMI cables in.
Also, the arc is available from £25 a month on contract, I doubt the 2x or Galaxy SII will be that cheap!

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  • 2011-04-01 23:14
  • LhMq

The arc comes with HDMI cable here in India.

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  • 2011-04-01 23:03
  • vGWL

> In reply to nick @ 2011-04-01 21:50 from nxwR - click to readWhat? Single core? How much faster do you want your phone to be? Only if they stop making higher and higher cores and IMPROVE the single core on phones.

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  • 2011-04-01 22:30
  • m7hn

> In reply to husu @ 2011-04-01 22:20 from nfPF - click to readI (and a lot of other people) prefer Samsung.

I think this Arc (or all Arcs, or all SE Xperia lineup) have a locked equalizer settings somewhere in the firmware and hope SE fixes this mistake soon. If Neo has the same problem, SE won't have my money.

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  • 2011-04-01 22:26
  • 3VjY

I don't want a Samsung, I don't want Samsung's flawed software, I don't want Samsung's flawed AMOLED display, I don't want a smartphone that looks and feels like cheap crap, I don't want a smartphone that need customs ROMs or endless updates to function properly.

The Arc has everything I (and a lot of other people) want, in a good looking package, with excellent performance out of the box.

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  • 2011-04-01 22:20
  • nfPF

This was an outstanding review!
I really appreciate your unbiased way of telling how it is GSMARENA. I really mean it.
Havent read the other comments, because I dont care what other people think. I would think that there are many trolls as there usually is, but dont listen to them. This was a great review.
Great job!
One comment to the comparison to other phone s though: I dont thikn that the Arc sales will be taken down too much due to the dual core phones. Only the tech guys care about that.
It will be taken down by the fact that there are so many superphones around to choose from. Never befote has there been so many at one time.
Which is of course great for everyone .:)

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  • 2011-04-01 22:19
  • m{7T

I think Android cant utilize dual cores in its entirety anyway right? At least not for now until the next version. I would get this phone if its more $150 or more then the Neo I will go for the Neo instead, great job SE.

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  • 2011-04-01 22:16
  • qp4q

> In reply to nick @ 2011-04-01 21:50 from nxwR - click to readMany people don't want to spend those extra £100. So, Arc is the best choice for them.

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  • 2011-04-01 21:59
  • TL5H

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-04-01 21:50 from L4Dx - click to readThat's exactly what i'm thinking.
Great bass levels and treble levels r a favourite thing for SE fans. With perfect frequency response we get deeper bass levels rather than extreme bass levels but I have always liked extreme bass which seems to be provided by Arc.

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  • 2011-04-01 21:58
  • TL5H

I've been struggling to figure out whether I should get the Arc or the Play. There are big differences, but I'm not sure how that would matter to me.

I mean, if the Sony NGP can play Android games, would I even need an Xperia Play?

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  • 2011-04-01 21:53
  • DWCf

spent the extra £100 and get the SGS II. it will be so worth it.

This phone is outdated anyway.

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  • 2011-04-01 21:50
  • nxwR

Unfortunatelly, the frequency response is probably not an issue, most users like the "bass and treble boost" so I think that was really SE intention....

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  • 2011-04-01 21:50
  • L4Dx

I really hope that the sound issue was only present on your test device! I will be waiting for an update on that one, guys. Thanks for the review!

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  • 2011-04-01 21:44
  • n{kx

Apparently Timescape doesn't include email anymore. Can you guys confirm this? Sad evolution. Kinda renders the widget useless for business.

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  • 2011-04-01 21:36
  • 38c1

> In reply to AMH @ 2011-04-01 21:26 from mE}a - click to readPlease read the review carefully. GsmArena said that they got more than 2 days battery life with moderate to heavy use.

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  • 2011-04-01 21:35
  • TL5H

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