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Unlocked smartphones don't get much love in the U.S. thanks to their unsubsidized (read: high) up-front prices. But the Sony Xperia Arc S ($499.99) is still worth a look, particularly if you're fond of Sony's attention to detail and emphasis on multimedia playback. It's a fine music and video player, makes quick work of Android apps and the Web, and doesn't take up much room in your pocket, either. It's a good buy for AT&T subscribers who don't want to lock themselves into a contract. Design and Call QualityMost touch-screen slabs look alike when powered off, but the Xperia Arc S has a few nice design touches that distinguish it from the pack. My test unit was made of glossy black plastic, but you can also get one in white, silver, dark blue, or pink. It measures 4.9 by 2.5 by 0.4 inches (HWD) and weighs 4.1 ounces. Sony lists the phone as being 0.34 inches thick, but that's a slight misrepresentation, as there's both a gentle curve to the design as well as a slight thickening at the edges. Sit it next to an iPhone 4 (0.37 inches), and the Sony is thicker. The expansive 4.2-inch, 480-by-854-pixel glass touch screen looks sharp and vibrant, and it's large enough that I had no trouble typing in either portrait or landscape mode.
When it comes to sequels, it is usually a dose of disappointment in the waiting. However, with the Xperia Arc S, we are more confused and bewildered. Partly because we are also impressed with the darned phone! Is it replacing the Xperia Arc? Is this phone just an OS and processor update? Or does Sony Ericsson believe that a 1.4GHz single core processor good enough to take on the dual core phones, that start around this price point. While the overall design carries forward from the Xperia Arc (read our review of it here), there are two things quite visible here. First, the plastic feels umm...plasticky. Well, the build quality of the Arc felt classy and gave it the look and feel of a high-end phone. You just don't get that with the Arc S. Secondly, the actual arc angle on the rear isn't that pronounced anymore. While the name is retained, you will not immediately recognize it as the successor to the Arc if it were lying around on a table. Below the 4.2-inch display is a straight line with three physical buttons - return, home and options. No dedicated search button. On the right side is the micro USB port, and at the same position on the left is the 3.5mm headphone jack. Just below the USB port is the very slim volume rocker.
Earlier on this year, we were all surprised when the Xperia Arc did so well – we'd all been expecting the Xperia Play (with its Playstation overtones) to be the big success, but it was the Xperia Arc that ruled the roost. Now, Sony Ericsson has brought out its predecessor, with a slightly speedier 1.4GHz chip. But what else has Sony Ericsson managed to add to this handset in just a few months? Well, the major change is that new processor – and if you're used to smarties with a dual-core this won't impress you as it's only a single–core. So it's not going to be as futureproof as the likes of the Motorola Atrix, HTC Sensation and Samsung Galaxy S. However, in practice, the Arc performs really well, so you won't miss that dual-core tag. Streaming videos was smooth and it was fine when playing games, so we don't think you have any reason to worry about the chip. It appears that the Xperia Arc S can cope with just about any task you ask it to carry out. At the end of the day, there is not really as much difference between single and dual-core chips as the publicity machines would have you believe. So if you're still bothered by the fact that it doesn't have a dual-core processor at its heart, be assured that any doubts will be negated when you witness the speedy loading times, smooth interface and generally good performance of the Arc S.
Raise 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 Xperia arc is pure class, a daring display of skill and style. Now, you might just want to keep those hands up. Cause the Xperia arc keeps on coming. Nothing wrong with Sony Ericsson wanting you to continue to want their top droid. They had more than one way to go about it. Obviously, a price drop wasn't one of them. A facelift? Maybe, if it were any other phone. It's the Xperia arc though and we need to show some respect. So, seven months later, Sony Ericsson proceed with the upgrade. An overclocked processor, the latest Android release and some new paint jobs - this is not an upgrade that makes the original obsolete. It's an upgrade nonetheless and we'll treat it as one until proven otherwise. Let's take a look at an already familiar feature set, shall we? Looking at the specs, the question forces itself on us. Was this necessary? If you already own the Xperia arc, the answer is clearly no. But the Xperia arc S is not for people like you anyway. It isn't its goal to send the company's flagship into retirement. Nor was it forced upon the company by the circumstances.
The arrival of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S illustrates how incredibly fast things are moving in the world of Android hardware. The original Xperia Arc launched in April, now here's the upgrade a mere six months later. Well, we say "upgrade"... what you're getting in the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is two new features that aren't in the older Arc - a faster 1.4GHz single-core processor, plus the latest Android 2.3.4 update of Google's operating system and Sony Ericsson's user interface skin.And even then, the 2.3.4 software update is scheduled to arrive as an over-the-air upgrade for the first Xperia Arc this month, meaning that the only real new thing here is the faster processor. In terms of price, the original Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc has seen its RRP aggressively trimmed to a point where it's available unlocked for well under £300. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S nearly matches that, coming in at £299 unlocked if you shop around, or on monthly contracts starting around the £26 level. For those prices, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is a heck of a lot of phone. For a start, the screen is the same extra-large, 4.2-inch Bravia Engine Reality Display as found in the original Arc, which is one of the finest, brightest, sharpest and most responsive touchscreens around today.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is a minor upgrade of the original Arc, which is barely half a year old. It boasts the same super-thin case design, 4.2-inch screen and Android 2.3. The big difference is that the phone is now powered by a 1.4GHz processor. If you were one of the many people who dashed out to purchase the original Xperia Arc a few months ago then you’re probably feeling slightly annoyed by the release of the Arc S. Certainly, if you’re already an Arc owner, there’s little reason to fork out more cash for this augmented edition of the handset. While it boasts a quicker processor and has a few neat software embellishments under its bonnet, it doesn’t represent a big enough advancement to justify an upgrade from the first model. If, however, you held back on picking up Sony Ericsson’s Android flagship phone then the Arc S could tempt you. We’d have liked a slightly beefier CPU, but in practically every other regard, this phone remains a front-line challenger and one of the most appealing smart phones we’ve seen all year. Aside from the boost in processing power, the other most significant difference between the original Arc and this updated unit is the firmware.
After redeeming its Android mojo with the sleek and capable Sony Ericsson Xperia arc, the company decided to out an upgrade as a stopgap flagship until it eventually makes it to the dual-core Nozomi rumored for next year. We say stopgap, since the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S keeps the breathtaking design of its predecessor, but ups the ante with a still-single core 1.4GHz processor, 14.4Mbps instead of 7.2Mbps radio, and teaches the 8MP Exmor R camera some new tricks. So the phone gets faster and allows you to do cool 2D and quasi-3D panorama shots, keeping its sexy design, but still doesn’t have a front-facing camera? Is that supposed to be compensated by the “S” for a speedier processor and baseband radio? Read on our review to find out...The Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S is again just 0.34” (8.7mm) thin in the middle, which gradually becomes 0.39” (10mm) at both ends. The overarching ambition (pun intended) has been to arm the company with “” punch line, and the result is beautiful. Size Visualization ToolEveryone we showed the handset to loved how slick it is, and even we seasoned veterans couldn't help but agree that tall, thin and narrow seems to be a good solution for big screen handsets.
Sony Ericsson isn't daft, it knows that when it's created a brilliant smart phone it's wise to make another one just like it. That's why it's unleashing the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S, a follow-up to the impressive Xperia Arc, that we reviewed back in March. The Xperia Arc S is out in October, and features a souped up processor and some crazy 3D gubbins to boot. But is that enough to keep it ahead of the game? We've gone hands on with the Xperia Arc S, and we're set to cram your mind with first impressions. So read on, and check out our hands-on snaps above too. Something we adored about the original Xperia Arc was its actual shape. As you've probably guessed from the name, the phone itself has an arched back, so it permanently looks like it's performing some weird yoga move. The design of the Xperia Arc S is exactly the same. That''s no bad thing though, we think that curved rear is extremely classy, and it means that the middle of the mobile is really slim, so when you're holding it in your hands, you'll hardly notice it's there. The phone is very light too, so lugging it about all day won't get tiresome. The top and bottom of the Xperia Arc S are curved, with three buttons along the bottom -- 'back', 'home' and 'menu'.
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