Been using this phone through Orange for the past few days....
Will be sending it back!
Two issues I can't live with...
1) Wifi keeps dropping. sent msg to sony through their forum and their response has not helped at all.
2) You cannot zoom in on the camera at higher resolutions. Sony's response was to download a 3rd party camera app (Vignette) from Android Market. The free version will not allow zooming in at higher resolutions meaning that you have to PAY for the full version.
This really grates me!! Mobile phone manufacturers releasing handsets with bug and issues. It becomes apparent that must employ chips to test their phones.
And out of principle I for one will not be paying for an app to "fix" something that should be in the phone already.
I also have an HTC Desire, which I have never had an issue with. By the way, this phone appears to move more smoothly especially in Android market then the Arc.
I really want to like this phone as it's got a great screen, looks lush and for a phone this sixe is very comfortable to hold.
Oh well, back to the drawing board at trying to figure out what I'm going to replce this handset with....
Harsha, 05 May 2011I was using iphone 3gs 32gb white(Airtel locked)until i lost it recently :( . As i restricted... moreThanks for all the important info mate, i will definitely have this phone when it hits AUSTRALIA.
sevemas, 06 May 2011No, "only" 4 fingers at same time, at least with the "my piano" appIt completely depends on how much fingers the app can support. There is currently no app to utilise it's advanced(unlimited) multitouch
Anonymous, 05 May 2011Try putting more! i heard that it can have 32 touches at the same time.No, "only" 4 fingers at same time, at least with the "my piano" app
Harsha, 05 May 2011I was using iphone 3gs 32gb white(Airtel locked)until i lost it recently :( . As i restricted... morereply to Harsha
Mate u can get I phonish type interfae for any sony arc, its just that u will have to visit XDA developers forum and root it first and then can get any MODded and style interface..
saf_ch, 05 May 2011hello guys... i want to buy this phone .. but i m alittle bit confused in deciding between thi... moreI would suggest arc for you because Samsung always focuses on spec sheet not on quality i have used galaxy s with froyo it was laggy i was't able to connect it with my pc i did't caught that problem after using galxy for 1 month..'camera on galaxy s was impressive but i missed flash light on many oceasion battery timing was also good.and another thing, i was't able to install many apps on galaxy s from app store(it used to show same error do't remember error exactly now).while i have used x10 it way better than galaxy in terms of quality.
I was using iphone 3gs 32gb white(Airtel locked)until i lost it recently :( . As i restricted my budget to 30k, after hectic research i decided on SE ARC, and its been more than two weeks since i have been using this good looking and high performance phone.
As an ex-iPhone user, i would say that i am not that happy with Arc's UI. Nothing in this world would come to iphones UI. But I wouldn't complain much about it as Arc has got lot more features for very less price when compared to iphone.
Battery lives on for more than a day inspite of heavy web browsing and surfing through mails every now and then. I am happy with the other social networking apps available (Face book app is awesome) on Android market.
GPS works fine. WIFI connectivity-hassle free. Good radius.
Disappointed with the quality of the games and other apps available in Market. Most of them look faded out with lousy graphics.
ARC's Screen is very good, equivalent to retina display. I have seen Samsung's Amoled screen too but didnt find much of a difference which will influence my buying decision.Arc's screen reacts perfectly for any task put on it.
Camera is v.good. Phone just fits into your hand and into your pockets perfectly. Phone is big, it surely is a head turner but not bulky for sure.
I see most people complaining about lack of secondary camera, but for me its not an issue at all as android is still yet to catchup with video calling.
I have finalized on ARC over HTC Incredible S and Desire HD and most awaited Samsung Galaxy S II.
Ruled out HTC duo for their bulkiness and colour. I love ARC silver.
Couldn't wait for Samsung S II as its release date is not yet announced and i needed a phone badly. And the dual core in SII didnt really fascinate me after spending some time on Arc. I was really amazed to see its response time, almost no "lagging" when trying to access apps on the phone.
Touch screen sensitivity is as good as any other smart phone available on the market.
HDMI works perfectly.
My only concerns with this beautiful phone are:
1. UI still need to match up with that of iPhone. But this only applies to iPhone users. If you are used to earlier versions of Android OS or if u haven't used any OS on phone before, then this gingerbread will surely spice up your overall experience.
2. Phone gets heated-up very fast, don't know whats the reason behind this. I wonder if this can be fixed some how. May be the geeks in gsmarena can throw some light on this.
Bottom Line--This phone is worth every penny u spent on it when compared to other options in the market. U will get your ROI :) in next couple of minutes you take this beauty out of the box. This phones worth the flaunting. Arc is beauty with brains.
PS: I bought this phone for Rs.28500/- from Sony center(Hyderabad, india). There are other vendors(unbranded retail shops) who are offering this @ 26500/-. But i had to drain extra 2k just for the Silver colored Arc. Hope this information helps.
4 finger multitouch
I just download the "my piano" app from google market and for my good surprise i can play with 4 fingers at same time, nice one...
Ajmal Basheer, 05 May 2011Thank you friend. I didn't know that. I use any video converter. I have tried AVS Video Conver... moreYou welcom, i have lords of the rings on my Arc i convert from 1280x530 to 1280x720 in MP4 and the file is up to 3.8 GIG big :)
Just WOW!!!! you can also put your micro HDMI on your TV and wacth from your phone very good quality you can get.
Only you have to do is set the bitrate to 1500.
anaheim, 05 May 2011I have another gripe-- SE should seriously LOSE THE PHYSICAL BUTTONS. they look so '80s featu... moreThat is your own opinion. Some of us like the idea to press home buttons without looking at the screen.
Remember some of us have big hands, buttons are there to ensure you hit the right functions.
Next time, try suggesting touch power button. lol