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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1135 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the portability and camera are overall positive. The screen and responsiveness are also mentioned favorably, but there are some critical opinions about the text input and features.

design, responsiveness, screen, camera, portability

battery, features, text input

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Very poor mini USB & Sony Ericcson won't acknowledge by failing to back-up phone warranty/after-sales service


Disagree vehemently with other reviews. If you are considering purchasing an Experia Arc, think twice. Sony Ericcson do not properly support this phone with after service. Two weeks after I got the phone the battery wouldn't charge. I was told the issue was a lifted pin in the mini USB and that it was user error and wouldn't be covered under warranty. Took over 3 weeks for the part to arrive to enable the phone to be fixed and $110. Next day the phone needed charging and wouldn't. A pin in both the mini USB and the cable had lifted and yep you guessed it, Sony Ericcson denied all responsibility - same story "user errror not covered under warranty". This was despite the backing of the authorised repairer who also pointed out to the company that the mini USB plug was square not like typical ones that have one side of the plug which is wider. Ironically, I bought a cheap $30 Sony Ericcson Cedar to tie me over while other being fixed and its mini USB is your typical one.

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too slow


i have an erricson arc. i dont recommend this product because it is too slow. before i can do anything i have to wait for about 15 sec.

Apps, Camera

3D, Battery, Build quality, Configurability

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Ain't functioning


I've been using Arc since January 2012, all the while it's going great!! Really love it~ but this morning, the first time I faced a problem. While I'm playing game, the screen suddenly can't be touch! I have to take out the battery and restart it again... Can anyone please help me to solve this question? Is it my Arc need to send for a repair? Thank you.


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excellent stylish camera phone


I've been using this for last 4 months , its very good (previously I used x10) initially I had few hitches but with software upgrades it has become more and more perfect , especially camear is stunning in day light and latest "Sweep panaroma " feature is too good , I could not check 3d panorama as we dont have 3d TV . initially touch screen behaved wayward sometimes especially when I made call from call log , and it used to be Not reachable within network area but all these were solved with 1st upgrade , it is very sleek and and stylish . i don't use 3g , i use 2g for email its working fine even for application download too. Its screen is really fun to use for games and movie , even I believe battery back up is good for touch screen comes for a day for me need to be charged daily only complaint is because of my swetty hand silver line around the case is loosing its shine, I believe its only lpcal problem as I am stying in hot sweating coastal of India, Its a wonderful camera smart phone even hd shooting is exellent

Configurability, 3D, Apps, Battery, Build quality, Camera

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One of the bests smartphones that I ever tried


With this phone I have the ability to do anything I want on the web and it have alot of appearance that are very useful for me and most of them are free even and it have a very good camera with 8.1MP withe HD capturing for both video and pictures and for the last update it start to takes a 3D pictures and a dutiful panorama picture mode and all of them supported withe GeoTage option and alot of other features in it camera. Add to all of that the Facebook's special support on it which make it so easy to keep in touch with all of friends tags and actions without using the Facebook appearance as the SonyEricsson Timescape will get all of yor friends event on your Facebook or Twitter or any other social app. even it synchronise the calinder and all of your friend's informations and Emails address to yourphone contact, and many of other useful options in this smartphone. After all I found this phone one of the bests smartphones in the market at this time. For me the main disadvantage for it is the battery live which it can't stand for more than one day if I use it alot and some times less than one day if I was playing games and using the maps. The other disadvantage is the secondary camera which is not exist in this phone "I don't know why!!"

Connectivity, Build quality, Screen, Sound, Reception, Social networking functionality, Keypad, Text input, Configurability, Reliability, Camera, Responsiveness, Apps, Usability, Design, Value for money, Features

Portability, 3D, Battery

Expert review by:

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc - Major Sex Appeal


Mobile handsets are getting better looking all the time, thank goodness. With handsets like Nokia N8, Dell Venue and the newly launched HTC Incredible, the competition for good looking devices is heating up and the Xperia Arc just took mobile sex...

Thanks to the processing power and Gingerbread’s overall smoother functionality, the Arc triumphs (pardon the pun) in the functionality segment. However, at an MOP of Rs. 28,000, it did leave me wanting a little bit more – more media capability, a...

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc (midnight blue)


It may not be among the dual-core, 4G superphones that have raised the bar these days, but even nine months after we learned of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc at CES, its specifications are strong and its in-hand use satisfying.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc has a slim, gorgeous build, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and 720p HD video capture

Several buttons on the Xperia Arc are too small, and the unlocked price would be a prohibitively expense for most. Call quality was mediocre

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is a beautiful handset with some great features, but a high price tag and no network optimization leave few reasons to buy this unlocked Android phone.

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Curvy, Slim Xperia Arc Is Leggy Supermodel of Smartphones


Undeniably attractive and super skinny, Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc is ready for a career as a runway model.

Despite some rough edges, Sony Ericsson's new Android phone is worth taking a look at for its great design, beautiful display and excellent camera.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc Review


Sony Ericsson's 2010 Android range may have started promisingly, but software headaches undermined solid hardware and left many early-adopters with a low opinion of the company. 2011 is something of a relaunch for Sony Ericsson, then, with the XPERIA...

Nonetheless, we always say you should buy a device because it satisfies you today, not for what it might do tomorrow, and on that front the XPERIA Arc is a solid choice. It’s certainly the best Sony Ericsson handset around today – in fact the best we...

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Xperia Arc


Like all good things Sony Ericsson, the Xperia Arc didn't wait for an official announcement to make itself known. First appearing on a set of teasing posters at CES in January, it confounded us with a ridiculously thin (8.7mm / 0.3in) profile and an...

Great camera ; Thin, light and beautiful ; Attractive UI atop Android 2.3

Iffy ergonomics ; Disappointing video quality ; Some software issues

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc preview: First look


Sony Ericsson is back at it and they are pushing pedal to the metal with their latest unusually curved and unusually streamlined sports car – the XPERIA Arc. Once one of the top three phone manufacturers, Sony Ericsson has been through some hard times,...

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc is a promising smartphone – it looks sleek, feels smooth and packs a very decent camera. And chances are that it will improve even further before it hits the shelves as there is plenty of time until then.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Review


It's no secret that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 was somewhat of a letdown considering it was pegged as the mobile giant's multimedia powerhouse. On paper, it looked great, but the reality was the likes of HTC's Sense UI made Sony Ericsson's Android...

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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc Preview


Officially introduced at CES 2011, the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc represents the next big thing in the manufacturer's line-up. Sony Ericsson seems to be learning from its mistakes, as the handset comes not only with breathtaking design and hardware, but...

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Battle of the Slimness: Nokia X7 vs Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Comparison Pictures


Here's a quick comparison with images, of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc versus the Nokia X7.

You have to admit the Arc is one sexy little smartphone. The Nokia X7 isnt too bad either, featuring some very unique styling of it's own. Based on design, which one do you like?

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Review (video)


We've been following the Xperia Arc since we first saw it back in Jan. at the Consumer Electronics Show. We loved the look and feel of it then, and now we're excited to have it in the TechnoBuffalo labs to see if it lives up to the expectations that...

Product Specifications

Xperia arc takes the stunning design language that Sony Ericsson has become known for to a new level. Super slim and light, Xperia arc is just 8.7mm at its thinnest part and has a extra wide 4.2” multi-touch screen. Created from premium materials and with a stunning arc body, this smartphone is sleek, strong and designed to fit perfectly in the user’s hand. The best of Sony technology is inside Xperia arc. The Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine delivers exceptional visual brilliance and a crystal clear image which enhances the overall entertainment experience. Furthermore, Sony’s award-winning Exmor R for mobile sensor with the f/2.4 lens enables the capture of high quality, bright pictures and HD videos even in low light. All pictures and videos can be shared in HD on your living room TV via the built in HDMI-connector.


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


Audio Formats : Yes
Audio Playback: Yes
Dual SIM Card: No
GPS Receiver:Built-in
I-Mode: No
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
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 / 16 Mio
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Operating System:Android
Operator:3 / EE / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Talk mobile / Tesco MB / Virgin / 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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