techradar's review abt xperia arc:
When we talk about a Phoenix Phone, it will forever be the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. A company that was making phones like the Xperia X10 on outdated software less than a year ago has brought out one of the world's thinnest and most attractive handsets, and it deserves its place in the top three.
And it's earned that rank through sheer quality - the things we're impressed with on the Xperia Arc are almost too many to list.
From the beautiful Reality Display with Bravia Engine to the powerful-yet-simple 8.1MP camera with Exmor technology, this is one of the phones that people actually want to hold and play with when you show it off.
The new Sony Ericsson overlay has cool features like an 'exploded widgets' view, and the integration of YouTube searching for videos of songs currently playing is super cool too.
OK, it's not dual-core powered, but until we start seeing some applications that really start to challenge these smartphones, we're happy to recommend a phone that is slick under the finger, slim in the pocket, satisfying in the hand and kinder than many on the wallet to boot.
The hardware is extremely impressive, both in terms of looks and performance. Forget the fashionable dual-core phones Ė when done right, a single-core 1GHz processor can do it all.
As it is, we're prepared to overlook the Xperia Arc's minor flaws thanks to its stunning good looks, superb screen and very decent photo performance. You can't help but love it once you've held its magically thin body and gazed adoringly into its dazzling Reality Display.
Ajmal Basheer, 31 May 2011Hi Dual Core, First of all, I shall answer your final question. Of course I will go for Ar... morehei ajmal i just got impressed on your comment,now a day people dont need quality but they need full features.samsung include almost all specs in their cellphones,they only hav quantity but no quality at all.i noticed the presence of saturated colours in samsung amoled,most of my friends are looking for saturated colours,loud and nonclear voice,but they dont even use any other features of the phone.in some days they realise that sonyericsson shows the real colours,i just show them the comparison of picture quality in both sony and samsung,now most of my friends are in my side,they said that sonyericsson is awesome and display has reality on it.am using vivaz pro now,its awesome,bt it has avg. Battery and low volume.but its camera is fantastic,video recording is top quality,fast web browsing,and quite brilliant display,my friend is using arc and it is very nice and powerful fone.now there are lot of sony fans in my college,using x10,x10 mini pro,arc,x8, and even old and powerfull w995 and k810;oh my god sony just rocksss,they are of good quality,durability,and at last they shows reality and they are the reality,....
Arak, 01 Jun 2011the most important feature for any product is its durability and quality built let me tell... moreThats true man..life is unfair all we can do is try and work hard to make it a little fair (not equally ) but good enough for ourself .
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc - The Ultimate Multimedia Device.
1// First thing to mention, is the fantastic design, it's simply the most eye catching design we've ever seen from Sony Ericsson, the Arc shape makes it absolutely comfortable to hold in both landscape and portrait modes, and with extraordinary light weight at 117g and the premium build quality, we just can't expect a better body for a device with 4.2 inch screen!
2// On the body you can see the power button and micro HDMI out port at the top, first mic and the lanyard loop at the bottom, standard audio jack at the left, notification LED light (unique feature), micro USB port, volume rockers and the dedicated camera key (rare feature between Android based handsets) at the right, 8mp camera lens, LED flash, second mic (for noise cancelation and stereo recording) and the loud speaker at the rear, and at the front you notice the ear piece, proximity sensor and three hardware keys: menu, home and back buttons. And of course, I didn't mention the screen because you can barely see the edge between the screen and the black border surrounding it when the screen is off! And this beauty might be available in three colors!! Surprised, huh?! There are two official colors, Misty silver and Midnight blue, but a pink version has appeared on web too (for Ntt DOCOMO in Japan) .
3// In term of hardware, Arc has everything to run the Android 2.3 gingerbread fast and smooth, 1GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255, 512MB of RAM and 320MB of internal storage. And no need to be worry about the internal storage since you can install everything on your memory card with gingerbread.
4// This device has the most customized and customizable UI. Plus with Timescape and Mediapane. The Xperia UI is so beautiful and gives you full control to change things as you see fit. For example you can sort your main menu desirably and you can make folders easily by dropping an icon on the other one. And you canít miss the cool overview mode that shows all your widgets in one screen, all you have to do is pinch and you can see all your widget large enough instead of seeing all home screens with tiny widgets.
Now letís get to business and see why they call it "The Ultimate Multimedia Device"
The Camera, Screen (image output) and loud speaker (audio output) are the most involved parts regarding to multimedia matters, so letís take a look at them:
5// Camera: Arc has an 8mp auto focus camera which features Touch focus, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, with LED flash and capable of recording videos at 720P HD 30fps, But that doesn't end here, Because you have the award winning Exmore R mobile sensor which has twice sensitivity compared to normal sensors and it means that you'll get much better images in low light conditions! You think thatís all?! No, you're wrong! Because above all other camera phones, we get an extraordinary feature for video recording and it's the "Continuous auto focus feature", that means you don't need to be worry about the lens distance from anything while you're taking videos! Isnít it cool? Yeah I know :-P
6// Screen: This device has an LED-backlit LCD, 4.2 inch at 480×854 capacitive multitouch screen, which is scratch-resistant too, capable of showing 16m colors and recognizing up to 32 points at once, now you might ask what's the point of recognizing 32 points at once?! Iíd say that this just shows how powerful and responsive the screen is really! And let me tell you that this isn't JUST another LCD! They have put the amazing "Mobile Bravia Engine" on this device. And it means that you have brighter, sharper and super natural colored images! And again, that's not all! Theyíve done something else with screen so it has much less reflection, so thumbs up for the brilliant sunlight visibility of the screen!
7// HDMI output: well, beside the very nice screen you get full HDMI out too! so you can see not only your gallery on your HD TV, but in fact you'll be able to see the entire UI on it, so just plug it to your HD TV and start playing angry bird! Everyone will be surprised :-)
8// Audio output: Thanks god! unlike their other recent phones, this one has an excellent loud speaker, very loud and high quality...plus the 3.5mm headphone jack that it'll give you great audio quality for sure, since you have nice equalizers too. So don't worry about the sound at all.
In the end, believe me or not, this is an absolutely unique smart phone. Some people call it The Android Smartphone with luxurious advantages! Suit yourself and call it whatever you like but Ö wait! No need to look for power button, Press the home key, swipe to unlock ... now enjoy this beauty! Ö And hey! Get the hold of yourself! Itís just a phone ;-)
The most beautiful and handsome phone I've ever seen in my life! i was flying when i held it in my hand! :D
Arak, 01 Jun 2011the most important feature for any product is its durability and quality built let me tell... moreI agree with you but don't forget that SE is now again making mid range phones which I hopefully a middle class or a poor class would be able to buy.
Arak, 01 Jun 2011the most important feature for any product is its durability and quality built let me tell... morehey I am using LG mobile for nearly 4.5 years..I have dropped it many times, still working very very well... and now I got samsung mobile for nearly 2 years.. still perfectly working its a touch screen even I dropped it twice..
ARC, 31 May 2011SE goes step by step not immediately picks the crap from the market and place in their phone. ... moreIO agree your comment but SONY was not the one who made OLED platform, It was Kodak who made OLED platform!!
Anonymous, 31 May 2011you are very right about that... very true indeed. I have had SE and other brands since 2003 ... moreHi i feel people just want to take out all their anger on sony ericsson as if they forced them to buy their phones. I am using bb bold 9000 and now its a old phone but its gets the job done so i am happy with it. I am looking to buy a second phone and i am looking at htc desire s or sonys arc because i am getting a good deal with it. no doubt sony ericsson made a mistake with xperia x10 but even they accepted their mistake so i dont know what more do people want. i saw some pics of samsung galaxy s2 and sonys arc and to be frank i didnt know which was samsung and sony but i found sonys arc picture quality more natural and better than samsung galaxy s2 and when i found out that it was sonys arc i was shocked. anyways my point is that people who dont like sonys arc they dont have to show their hatred on arcs forums. if i dont like anyone or anything i dont keep on saying it to that person or to tht thing. the point of this forums is to share your reviews of arc and what you like about it and what you dont. if only specs were the criteria to see which is better than apple should be the worst company but it is not. apple is one of the best companies right now and people using it swears by it.so to each his own.
it's a great phone, i'm glad i got it, but wow. hot damn how amazing SLOW is it... things like pressing back to get out of messaging for example, just freezes for like 5 seconds. No phone is perfect tho i guess
the most important feature for any product is its durability and quality built
let me tell you my observations and experiences that I have personaly.
for years i get new phones and always talk to people around me in the office and in my frinds circle and I can see that the only phones that have endured in peoples hands are the SONY ERICSSON and NOKIA PHONES
Meaning that these phones physically are built to last for a long time ,
- still i can see the storekeeper in our compay uses the good old Nokia phone , the botons are all used up and body colour have worn up but still works just fine like any other phone
- my manager in Cyprus still uses the old basic SONY ERICSSON phone and you can understand from the look that it was over used but still it works fiine like any other phone .
- my wife still uses her old SONY ERICSSON and belive me its still looks good and works fine .
- also I still see my good frind still using his old Blackberry phone and now its with him 3 years and still works fine
I have neveer seen in peoples hand any Samsung , LG , HTC old phone and I hear that they are not so durabily built and rend to fail phusically after some tmee
so for a rich person or a person that can afford to change phones every 3 to 6 months any phone can be good for him , but foor someone that cann purchase 1 phone every 3 years then NOKIA < SONY ERICSSON is the answer.
here i can say that SONY ERICSSON will be out the above formula since they will stop making cheap phones hence people that cant afford many phones in a year can not afford SONY ERICSSON at all .
if you look carefully most the earth people are really poor and very few can really afford these expensive and high end phones , so the industry is only for the rich and middle class(which is already getting disappeared in many parts of the world)
so this forum is only for the rich peole to talk and buy and expperience the product and the poor people can only dream and talk .
really we can not tell what is really happening in the industrry behind the doors , all we know that all these products has a name and specifications .
All the time we are mislead by the reviews and the adverts that this industry produce and all this to suck our money and make us slaves on the continous emerging technologies
if you look carefully for most of the earths population , very very few people really use and care for thse advance technologies and even if they care they cant afford to purchase it .
also if you look to many countries around the Globe , the price to get an internet bundle on a phone is soo expensive and even when you get it is so slow hence neither the phone or the user get the benefit of the expensive purchase (if he or she can)!!!!
I hope that I could have answered all the real deep concerns of the people around me for purchasing a mobile , , its not only the processor or the screen , its the price , the service providers price , and the Economy of the world were we can see that peoople are getting poorer and these beautiful devices are left in the hands of the few only
Hi, I just bought SE Arc, it's amazing phone even if it's single core. Everybody go for it. You'll never regret.
Ajmal Basheer, 01 Jun 2011There is an application installed on your phone called appXtra. Open it and choose HD games. C... morethanks. another small help please - can you set individual ring tones for different contacts? i chose a contact, chose "edit" and tried to choose a ring tone from downloaded tunes, but the only option i got was choosing tones from the default ones.
this is my first android phonoe (and ist se also) - will probably need you to help out with a few other things in this phone. thanks in advance. where are you from?
AnonD-8032, 01 Jun 2011I returned mine to the service center.. still much bugs to fix.. it couldn't recognized the me... morei returned my samsung to service center as it was too buggy,was not able even recognise memory card and i have got arc now... will just say tht it is perfect...
i happy for tht i made right decision .... me a new sony fan :)
I returned mine to the service center.. still much bugs to fix.. it couldn't recognized the memory card, restarts by itself and unable to delete photos and videos, and they told it will be fixed for 1 week.. oh my.. im missing my arc..a lot.