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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S review: S as in Sophomore

14 October 2011 | Read the review | Post your comment
Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S review: S as in Sophomore - read the full textRaise your hand everybody who at any point these past few months wanted an Xperia Arc. Whoa, not bad. Hardly a surprise though. Who wouldn't want it? The Arc is pure class, a daring display of skill and style. Now, you might just want...


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Dual core is a marketing ploy at the moment. If you're maxing your 1.4 duo processors make sure the phone hooked to the power supply and that you're wearing gloves cause it's going to heat up. The Arc (S) gives the majority of users what they need, but the competition is just way better at selling on the gimmicks like front facing camera, swipe and duo core that give the perception that SE is dated. They're losing on that front. Besides I think SE just changed processors for the Arc S because the suppliers for the previous Arc really suffered after the tsunami. But they made good use out of marketing it as a new product to revive interest. So they're fighting well and once they've recovered from the effects of the Japan earthquake I think we'll see SE reclaim the market share they've lost in recent years.

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  • 2011-10-16 05:32
  • wvSa

video call camera ? not all of us needs it ... thats why we have a lot of phone manufacturers for you to select the phone that you want .... SE performance for single core is still comparable to other phones.. BUT the promise of SE still stays... better...more reliable...very good quality ... if they say its 1.4 ghz its 1.4 ...SE still no. 1 for me no matter what ...

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  • 2011-10-16 04:48
  • v0qT

Still a solo cpu, 512m ,720p recording no wonder they
dont make any profit common Sony Ericsson up grade your hardware

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  • 2011-10-15 17:52
  • 0cWq

> In reply to Kiseki @ 2011-10-14 15:33 from 0wxW - click to readi had the problem with sudden automatic reboots as well, which was EXTREMELY annoying. however, i upgraded the system software (another pain - you have to plug it into a computer to do that) and the problem seems to have gone away. the newest software also seems somewhat more responsive. so you may want to try that!

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  • 2011-10-15 16:30
  • TK0Q

htc sensation and samsung galaxy s2 may be more powerful android devices than se xperia arc/s but it also drains the battery way more than SE devices so theres the good and bad.for most beautiful android device it got to be the xperia brand..SE just have to focus on keeping up with the highest gadget tech and better updates for consumer then they will rise and if sony take over Ericsson then a phone call sony xperia will be so cool.

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  • 2011-10-15 04:57
  • Kx{}

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-10-14 17:59 from 3XLT - click to readEveryday ! If your phone is 3G and can't make video call then its a shame.

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  • 2011-10-15 04:23
  • U@$f

if someone didn't by the Arc they can get Arc S although i don't see any huge difference between them

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  • 2011-10-14 20:08
  • nxhj

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-10-14 17:59 from 3XLT - click to readyou do know that a lot of apps require a front facing camera and apart from video chatting you can also use it as a mirror?

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  • 2011-10-14 19:09
  • s8in

Got the IP4 which is now a year old, the Sensation XE and the Arc S in white. My go to phone is still the Arc S. Video call/front facing camera, I have had loads of phones with it but can't say I have ever used it! It is a completely useless facility to 99% of phone users and simply there just in case.SE had phones with it years ago, so go figure that one out. Dual Core? 99% of the apps in droid market are not optimised for it. So much garbage being spouted! This phone is unique, in terms of styling and design and is simply the most attractive phone on the planet currently. If you are thinking about it get it, if you don't like it, tough! Go troll elsewhere.

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  • 2011-10-14 18:49
  • mqdU

> In reply to Satya @ 2011-10-14 17:45 from U@$m - click to readAre you kidding? How many times have you used your front-facing camera (if you have one)?

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  • 2011-10-14 17:59
  • 3XLT

They don't give front camera in smartphones like Arc S and if they do they don't provide the facility to male traditional video call like Samsung which makes loyal people like us to shift to another brand. Are they kidding ? Not surprised to see their market result.

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  • 2011-10-14 17:45
  • U@$m

> In reply to Kiseki @ 2011-10-14 15:33 from 0wxW - click to readarc = i'm not a clone

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  • 2011-10-14 17:38
  • txjn

> In reply to Kiseki @ 2011-10-14 15:33 from 0wxW - click to readGot any more garbage to dump, or are you done with just that?

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  • 2011-10-14 16:54
  • tA{J

Arc = sudden automatic reboots

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  • 2011-10-14 15:33
  • 0wxW

As an iPhone fan, I have to say, Sony Ericsson would be my phone of choice should I get an Android.

Lovely original design aesthetic, and solid phones, with a nice integrated feel to everything.

Keep it up Sony Ericsson!

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  • 2011-10-14 15:15
  • 3Ybw

> In reply to Eddie.Q @ 2011-10-14 14:04 from tA{J - click to readAgreed

Just what does an extra core actually do these days? Whoopee. When they are fully supported, THEN moan about processor speed.

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  • 2011-10-14 14:07
  • mrLT

> In reply to Fongy @ 2011-10-14 13:32 from GjjS - click to readAnd what exactly is your multi-core Samsung achieving right now, apart from bragging rights? The phone works fine with a single core. I've got one, and I've no issues with it.

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  • 2011-10-14 14:04
  • tA{J

Arccccccc S S S S S Sweeeeeeettttttttt
not d greatest but still one of d best.

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  • 2011-10-14 14:02
  • PBRB

"S" as in still single-core processor, but worse, STILL 512 RAM!?!? This is my worry for SonyE - here was a chance to really ramp up the specs, try and at least go toe-to-toe with the GS2 before the GS3 comes out...
The problem here is that when they do bring the Arc2 out it'll have GS2 specs and the GS3 will be out...
They need to catch up quicker, they're still a year behind...
And bottom line is that these kind of flagship handsets appeal to people who want the BEST of the BEST - and at the moment (apart from great design) it's delivering second best...

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  • 2011-10-14 13:32
  • GjjS

Again GSMArena, "Display has poor viewing angles" is NOT a disadvantage. This gives you better privacy.

IMO the Sony displays used have more natural colour reproduction than the over-staturated Samsung SuperAMOLEDs.

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  • 2011-10-14 12:42
  • nFw8

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