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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1691 reviews of Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People are impressed by the camera and design. The performance and screen also get good feedback, whereas views about the reliability and reception are different. Some have doubts about the GPS navigation and durability.

usability, screen, performance, design, camera

battery, durability, GPS navigation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 80 user reviews of Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the camera and portability are overall positive. The screen and usability also get good feedback. There are some less positive opinions about the GPS navigation and durability. Reviews are divided on the size.

performance, usability, screen, portability, camera

reliability, durability, GPS navigation

84% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Ericsson Arc S Sim Free Smart Phone - Midnight BlueSony Ericsson Arc S Sim Free Smart Phone - Midnight Blue

Apr, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 150 user reviews of Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviews about the price and size are on the whole positive. The design and portability also get good feedback.

performance, portability, design, size, price

81% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S LT18a-BLU Unlocked Smartphone with Android OS, 8MP Camera, 1.4 GHz Processor, 4.2-Inch Multi-Touch Display, Wi-Fi and aGPS Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S LT18a-BLU Unlocked Smartphone with Android OS, 8MP Camera, 1.4 GHz Processor, 4.2-Inch Multi-Touch Display, Wi-Fi and aGPS

Apr, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 2.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.ca.

50% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S LT18a Unlocked Phone with Android, 8 MP Camera, 1.4 GHz Processor, and 4.2-Inch Display--U.S. Warranty (Black)Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S LT18a Unlocked Phone with Android, 8 MP Camera, 1.4 GHz Processor, and 4.2-Inch Display--U.S. Warranty (Black)

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Jamie Lendino (pcmag.com)

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S (Unlocked)

 

The Sony Xperia Arc S is a lightweight, unlocked Android phone that still manages to pack an expansive screen and powerful multimedia features.

Attractive design. Beautiful screen. Responsive performance. Sony's UI overlay adds rather than detracts.

Middling processor. Poor battery life. Must pull the battery to swap memory cards.

Multimedia, Camera, and Conclusions The standard-size 3.5mm headphone jack, 8GB microSD card, and included Sony earbuds make the Xperia Arc S a fine music player right out of the box. My 32GB SanDisk card worked fine, but you have to pull the battery...

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Brian Bennett (cnet.com)

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S review

 

The first Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc turned heads with its fashionable design, razor-thin good looks, and Android Gingerbread software. Now Sony Ericsson has launched a flashier replacement, but oh, what a difference a few months makes. Despite a faster...

The Sony Xperia Arc S flaunts a slim, attractive design, comes in multiple colors, runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, boasts a powerful camera, and records 720p HD video.

Many of the phone's buttons are tiny and hard to press, plus its unlocked sticker price is pretty steep, especially for a single-core handset that lacks Ice Cream Sandwich.

Sony Ericsson follows up its ultrastylish Xperia Arc with the Xperia Arc S, a slightly faster version of the posh European model that runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and rocks a powerful camera. Its high price, single-core CPU, and slow data speeds will...

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : Mat Smith (engadget.com)

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S review

 

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Distinctive design ; High-quality still camera ; 4.2-inch screen is a TFT wonder

New features are niche, bordering on gimmicky ; Not enough here to recommend itself above the original Arc

The Xperia Arc S is a minor technical upgrade to the original Arc. Although the hardware here is still sound, there are better phones available if you're willing to pay just a little more.

Nov, 2011

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S review: S as in Sophomore

 

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 Arc is pure class, a daring display of skill and style. Now, you might just want...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by (pcmag.com)

Sony Xperia Arc S (Unlocked)

 

Expert review by : PhoneArena Team (phonearena.com)

Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S Review

 

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.

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : thinkdigit.com (thinkdigit.com)

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S Review

 

The Xperia Arc S is a confusing device. It performs well, and has an impressive sleek form factor. The little tweaks implemented on Android work well, and the smooth OS performance is a real positive. However, it is priced very close to the dual core...

Very sleek form factor, Good performance, Crisp display, Quite a few little OS tweaks and enhancements

Just a single core processor, on paper, Doesn�t feel as nice to hold as the predecessor

Jan, 2012

Expert review by : YugaTech (yugatech.com)

Sony-Ericsson Xperia Arc S Review

 

The Sony-Ericsson Xperia Arc S did not deviate much from the original Arc except for the bump in processor speed (and the additional colored variant) so it's not really a huge improvement, in my opinion. Nevertheless, those extra clock cycles will...

Nov, 2011

Expert review by : Alex Dobie (androidcentral.com)

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S review

 

The past 11 months have seen Sony Ericsson recover from the disappointments and frustrations of its early Android efforts, releasing a solid line-up of well-designed Gingerbread-based phones in a ra...

However, the Arc S is proof that you don’t have to shell out quite so much cash for a great mid to high-end smartphone. If you decide to pick one up, we don’t think you'll be disappointed.

Oct, 2011

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Expert review by : Mohannad Alchalabi (tbreak.com)

Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S Review

 

Look past the flaws and you'll see something beautiful.

Beautiful screen; Thin and lightweight; Great camera and decent Timescape UI

Poor viewing angles; No front camera; No hot-swappable microSD slot; Not a lot to offer over original Xperia arc

The arc S runs Gingerbread version 2.3.4 which has various updates such as 3D sweep panorama and swipe with T9. It shares the same screen as the original arc which is a 4.2 LCD with a resolution of 480×854 and a pixel density of 233ppi. Sony’s Bravia...

Oct, 2011

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:1500
Battery performance:1500
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Continuous audio playback time:37
Continuous video playback time:6.25 / 6.41
Standby time (2G):460
Standby time (3G):460
Talk time (2G):7 / 7.3 / 7.41 / 7.42 / 7.5
Talk time (3G):7 / 7.3 / 7.5 / 7.58

Call Management

Auto-redialing: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Vibrating alert: Yes

Camera

Auto focus: Yes
Built-in camera: Yes
Built-in flash: Yes
Digital Zoom:16
Face detection: Yes
Flash Type:LED
Geotagging: Yes
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):8.1
Maximum frame rate:30
Night mode: Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8.1
Rear camera type:Single camera
Scan technology:CMOS
Second camera:No / Yes
Self-timer: Yes
Sensor Type:CMOS
Smile detection: Yes
Video capture resolution (max):1280 x 720
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:720p
Video stabilizer: Yes
Zoom capability: Yes

Certificates

Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:Y
DLNA Certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black / Blue / Pink / Silver / White
Form Factor:Bar

Display

Display Diagonal:4.2
Display number of colors:16.77 / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:854 x 480
Display Type:TFT
External display: No
Orientation sensor: Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Dual-touch / Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard type:QWERTY

Memory

Internal RAM:0.5 / 512

Messaging

Chat: Yes
E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC, AMR, LPCM, MP3, MP4, WAV / AAC, AMR, MP3, OGG, WAV / AAC, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG / AAC, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV / AAC, MP3 / MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV
FM radio: Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPEG XR, PNG, WBMP / BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG / JPG
Radio Data System (RDS): Yes
RSS reader: Yes
Video compression format:3GP, H.263, H.264, MP4, MPEG4 / 3GP, MP4 / 3GP, MPEG4
Video compression formats:3GP, H.264, MP4, MPEG4
Video formats supported:3GP,H.263,H.264,MP4,MPEG4 / 3GP,MP4 / 3GP,MPEG4

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / Y
GPS antenna:No / Yes
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850, 900, 1800, 1900 / 850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:800, 850, 1900, 2100 / 800, 850, 900, 1900, 2100 / 800,850,1900,2100 / 800,850,900,1900,2100 / 850,900,1900,2100 / 900,2100
3G standards:HSPA / HSPA,WCDMA
4G:N
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP / A2DP, AVRCP, HSF, HSP, OPP, PBAP
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR / 3.0+HS
Data network:3.5G, 3G / 3G
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:MiniSIM
Tethering (modem-mode): Yes
WAP:2.0
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other Features

Active toolbar: Yes
Camera included: Yes
EDGE: Yes
GPRS: Yes
Java technology: Yes
Music player: Yes
Polyphonic ring: Yes
Ringer type:MP3 / Polyphonic
Rotating: Yes
Slide show: Yes
Standby Time:360 / 460
Talk Time:7
User memory:320
Video playback: Yes
Voice recording: Yes
Volume Control:Digital
Wireless connection:Y
Wireless connections: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Android Market\nGoogle Voice Search\nGoogle search\nYouTube\nGoogle Latitude\nFacebook\nTwitter\nGoogle Talk\nGoogle Maps\nGoogle Mail / Sony Ericsson Timescape, Sony Ericsson Home screen application, Android Market, GMail, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google search widget, Google Talk, Google Voice Search, Google Gallery 3D, Google Latitude, YouTube, Facebook, Facebook inside, Office Suite, Twitter, TrackID
Cables included:USB
Headset included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Exchange support: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Microphone mute: Yes
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:2.3 / 2.3 Gingerbread
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, Recorder / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Recorder / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Games / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Games, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, Stopwatch, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calendar, Events reminder, Recorder
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, Recorder / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Recorder / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Games / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Games, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, Stopwatch, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calendar, Events reminder, Recorder
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Themes, Widgets / Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Widgets
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription / Sim-lock free
vCard: Yes
Video call:No / Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Ports & interfaces

HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
TV out:Y
TV-out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:Micro-USB A / Micro-USB B
USB port:Y / Yes
USB version:2.0

Processor

Processor:MSM 8255
Processor family:Qualcomm
Processor frequency:1.4
Processor model:MSM 8255

Software

Exchange support: Yes
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:2.3 / 2.3 Gingerbread
vCard: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSDHC
Internal memory:1024 / 320
Internal RAM:512
Internal storage capacity:1
Maximum memory card size:32
RAM capacity:0.5
USB mass storage: Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Video

Video call:No / Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.343 / 2.48 / 4.92
Height:0.343 / 4.92
Weight:4.13
Width:2.48 / 4.92