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Sony Xperia arc S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1390 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the usability and camera. The screen and design are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are critical about the text input and build quality.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Sony Xperia arc S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S (pure white)


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...

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Xperia Arc S


Xperia arc S up for order on Sony's site, could ship this weekSony Ericsson Xperia Nozomi LT26i caught by Mr. Not-so-blurrycamSamsung Galaxy S II first with MHL port for dual-purpose USB or HDMI out (video)It seems like nearly all the phone makers are...

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.

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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...

Quad-band GSM /GPRS/EDGE support ; 3G with 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA ; 4.2" 16M-color capacitive LED-backlit LCD touchscreen of FWVGA resolution (480 x 854 pixels) with Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine ; Android OS v2.3.4 Gingerbread ; 1.4 GHz...

The competition has dual-core CPUs and better GPUs ; Display has poor viewing angles ; No front-facing camera ; No smart dialing ; Non hot-swappable microSD card slot ; Shutter key isn’t particularly comfortable

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...


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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S (Unlocked)


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. Considering the size of the screen, this is a small, lightweight smartphone,...

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

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

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Sony Xperia Arc S (Unlocked)


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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.

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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...

Disclosure: Widget City provided us with the review unit.

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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.


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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...

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S - A Second Show


The Xperia Arc S comes back with a vengeance with an improved 1.4GHz processor and a 3D Sweep Panorama mode. But is it all that different from the Arc? Check it out after the jump.

Thin and light4.2-inch display with Mobile Bravia EngineSnappy 8.1-megapixel camera with f/2.4 lensCapable 1.4GHz processor

Small and impractical physical buttonsIncremental upgrades from its predecessor, the Xperia Arc

Product Specifications

Taking the award-winning sleek design from Xperia arc,the latest addition to the Xperia family has a processor upgraded to 1.4Ghz, Sony 3D sweep panorama technology and access to the Sony Entertainment Network services – “Music Unlimited” and “Video Unlimited”. Xperia arc S features 25% faster camera start up and media conversion , along with 20% faster web page rendering compared to Xperia arc. Xperia arc S also has a visually brilliant 4.2” Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine, an 8.1mp camera with HD video capability and Sony’s award winning Exmor R for mobile image sensor that enhances still images and videos even in low light conditions.


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:HD720p


Audio Playback: Yes
GPS Receiver:Built-in
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:GSM/PCN / WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Operating System:Android
Operator:3 / EE / MVNO / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Vodafone
Product Type:Mobile Phone / Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes
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