Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S Review
Upgrade the processor of the good old Sony Xperia Arc and you’ve got one solid handset – the Sony Ercisson Xperia Arc S.
Design wise, the two are very much identical – the Xperia Arc S sporting the same sleek exterior of the old Xperia Arc. Its front features the LED-backlit capacitive touchscreen LCD and physical navigation buttons. The rear of the handset still sports the all-white cover that houses its HD camera sensor, LED flash and noise-cancelling microphone. The Xperia Arc S still has a unique design – its back curves inwards – that actually gives users a good grip on the phone. Although the device is robust, we still wish that Sony Ericsson used more elegant materials rather than sticking with the all-plastic casing. What we really like about the exterior of this device is its astounding screen display. The 4.2-inch touchscreen LCD has a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, giving the phone one of the most remarkable displays in the market – the images are razor-sharp and the colors are strikingly bright. Not to mention that the screen is protected by a scratch-resistant glass.
One of the best things we love about this device is its 8MP camera. Aside from the fact that it has a backlit CMOS sensor, making it a reliable device when shooting in low light conditions, the Experia Arc S can transform 2D shots into 3D by using the 3D Sweep Panorama mode. What separates the Xperia Arc S from its forebear is its processor. The handset is powered by a 1.4GHz CPU that greatly improved its performance. Though it still runs a single-core processor, the Xperia Arc S is speedy in carrying out its tasks, may it be downloading files, installing and updating apps or as simple as giving notifications. The device is further reinforced by its 1GB internal storage and 512MB RAM. The handset also supports up to 32GB of additional memory, leaving more room for media storage. Aside from the boosted up processor, the Xperia Arc S also comes with an upgraded OS. The device runs in Android 2.3.4, also known as Gingerbread, that brings a number of improvements on the table. It also comes with the latest version of Sony Ericsson’s Timescape UI.
The Xperia Arc S has added a trace-to-type input option to its touchscreen keyboard. It may not be as smooth as Samsung’s Swype, but the feature is relatively acceptable. Aside from the fresh trace-to-type input option, the handset also comes with a full access in Sony Ericsson’s Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited online store. This feature allows you to directly download music and videos on your phone, saving you time from connecting your phone to a PC just to transfer media files. The Xperia Arc S comes, of course, with the usual 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It also comes with Adobe Flash support, giving you a complete, wonderful experience in web browsing. This leaves you with no worries in visiting your favorite web pages with this handset, especially when you’re up and about. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S greatly resembles the original Xperia Arc, particularly its over-all look. Since it’s amped up by a more powerful processor, the Xperia Arc S is definitely worth more considering than its predecessor.
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