The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is the next in line to the throne of the Xperia family and I got a chance to quickly try out the phone. Do note that this is an initial first look on a prototype Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc phone. The software is not finalized yet.
When I first held this device, it was shockingly light (117g) and very slim (8.7mm) with a screen size of 4.2″ diagonally. It felt very much similar to the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 (check out my review), but a bigger screen size and skinnier. It’s closer to what the Samsung Galaxy S is like.
It also comes with a 2nd mic that is used for noise canceling. The call quality at the other end is pretty similar to the Nexus One which is good. The camera is a 8.1 megapixels able to record at HD 720p with an LED flash. However, since this is a prototype phone, I felt the camera software wasn’t optimized yet to take full advantage of the camera. Let’s hope it gets tweaked properly for the final product.
The camera software comes with a few nifty features like the smile detection, ability to change the sensitivity of the small, and several other nifty stuff like red eye reduction. Taking a photo with the camera wasn’t that great, with the reaction time and flash being slow, but this should be fixed in the final product.
The Xperia UI has been cleaned up dramatically, and the responsiveness of the UI is simply amazing as opposed to the Xperia X10. The menu has been updated to allow the following sorting – free sort, alphabetical, most used, last installed – and has changed the menu to a left-right similar to what Samsung Galaxy S has. However, they’ve made a small tweak, leaving the last icon at the bottom right empty to allow your finger to have space to change the page, which I thought was pretty nifty.
Oh and incidentally, it’s running the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
This is a small step up from the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, with the hardware now slick and sweet, and the UI look now skinny down and clean. Very responsive, with Timescape slightly changed and now widget-ized. Hopefully more to come with Sony Ericsson providing their PlayNow service and other services that might be bundled in. One quick note though, the phone does get pretty warm after using for some time, which is very similar to how the Samsung Galaxy S gets warm too. Will this be Sony Ericsson’s new golden boy, or just another step towards hopefully a greater device in future?
Slim. Stunning. Smart.
- Sleek, lightweight, and strong; designed to fit your hand perfectly
- Crafted from premium materials and only 8.7mm at its thinnest part
- Extra wide 4.2” multi-touch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine to ensure ultimate multimedia and viewing experiences
- Sony Exmor R™ for mobile allows unparalleled low-light photography and video capture
- 8.1 megapixel camera and HD video recording capability
Video First Look