We are living through the times when cellphone manufacturers are bombarding us with similarly looking Android and Windows Phone 7 devices regularly. It is indeed difficult to select the dream phone that fits your expectations at a price you are ready to pay. The subject of discussion in this review is yet another Android phone built by Sony Ericsson (SE). And, for a change, Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc appears different in the crowd in terms of design. But do you really need to pay for this device. Read below to find out yourself about the cell phone which has been termed ‘sexy’, if not anything else, by almost every reviewer around the Web.
The Xperia Arc comes with a sufficiently long lasting 1500 mAh battery. It is certainly no where compared to the iPhone 4 in terms of battery life. But it is better than other Androids of its range. The sensors, Wi-Fi browsing, GPS and other applications also works fine. However, there are a few issues that drags this smartphone from ‘the best’ to ‘the better.’ The plastic body may be a subject of dislike for many. Every widgets takes 3×2 space on the screen which is a bigger size than required. Also, the Arc doesn’t come with a HDMI adapter, though it supports HDMI via a micro USB port. A few problems have also been noticed with the Android user interface.
With an 8.7mm body and 117 gram weight, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is one of the thinnest smartphone available in the market today. It features facilities like GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and MicroSD slot. The operating system consists of Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). What you would like the most about this phone is the freedom to explore your creativity with one of the best camera provided in this phone. Though the 8.1 megapixel and up to 2x smart zoom may not be a photographer’s delight, but for the hobby clickers it comes with facilities like 3D sweep panorama, image stabilizer, auto focus, face detection, Flash, HD video recording and video stabilizer which are generally found in Sony’s more popular digital cameras. The Xperia Arc also provides the freedom to access almost every standard apps and games. Another features which may impress you are Sony Ericsson Life.contacts and the notification email. While the Life.contacts brings up the most frequently used contacts, the notification email informs you whenever you miss a call or receive an SMS.
The SE says this smartphone is ‘designed to be daring’. Let us find out how. It is 8.7 mm thin in the middle which becomes 10mm gradually towards the end. The curved shape makes it comfortable to hold and handle the smartphone. The display consists of a 4.2-inch super wide multi-touch Reality display with 480×854 pixel resolution. It is driven by the Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine which helps in producing bright, colorful and vibrant photos and videos like the Sony Bravia television screens. Also, the display performs comfortably in bright outdoors. Other design features include live wallpaper, picture wallpaper, screenshot capturing and swipe to write.
With the flagship Xperia Arc smartphones, Sony Ericsson has successfully tried to placate the users who were earlier distracted by the release of Xperia X10 model. Despite of a few minor problems noticed by users so far, the Xperia Arc is an option you can positively try if looking for a smartphone for Rs 20,000-25,000. The goods for this sleek phone are outweighing the negatives noticed so far. In fact, no smartphone exists without issues which are subject to ever varying likes and dislikes of the users. However, we suggest that there are still superior phones like Apple iPhone 4 you can look forward to if you can pay more.