Featured Mobile Reviewed — 29 February 2012
Sony Xperia Arc S is it a Worthy Upgrade

Sony has announced its new Addition to its Xperai line up the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S successor of the original Xperia Arc.
The arrival of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S illustrates how unbelievably rapid things are moving in the field of Android hardware. The initial Xperia Arc released in April, now here is the upgrade just six months later.
Any way lets Continue with our review here

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Design and style

Slim and light seems to be one of many features for mobile phones at the moment. The Arc S is impressive as it curves very slightly at the centre, rendering it seem even thinner than it really is. It feels wonderful in your palm, together with the smooth plastic providing adequate grip, but while still feeling nice to hold.

the white colour actually makes the phone looks a little different from its predecessor.

Connection options are fairly very much the standard Android affair. There exists a 3.5mm headphone jack positioned on the left of the cell phone. This is possibly the worst place you can put a jack, i am of the notion of putting the jack on the top as it sits rightly into your pocket.nevertheless It’s a minor point.no point in sulking over it.

There is also a USB socket, which is located on the right side of the device which can be used for both charging the phone and transferring data to and from it. Fortunately, using wires for getting your music onto a phone is slowly being substituted by wireless sync.

Inside, there’s a microSD card slot, for storage up to 32GB. Also an 8GB card comes with the phone, which isn’t bad for storage, but the phone itself has quite humble capacity, but will easily fill up when you install a lot of apps and games.Still, if you need more storage, the low cost of storage cards means you don’t have to break the bank.
The rear of the Arc S is very cheap, but in-situ this isn’t an issue at all. The phone however never feels cheap or like it can’t cope with day-to-day use. Remarkable, considering it only weighs 117g same as the original Arc.

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Specification

The specific hardware dissimilarities between the Arc and the Arc S are fairly small. One of the major highlight is there’s an increase in processor speed, from 1GHz up to 1.4GHz,but the RAM stays identical at 512MB though, and that’s i think is still on the lower side as upgradation is also expected in the same. Storage capacity has been enhanced to 1GB, but consumers will still only really be able to make use of 320MB of that, once the OS and apps are actually taken into account.
Additionally there is a substantial increase in the possible maximum download speed over HSPA networks. This previously stood at 7.2Mbps, and has been boosted to 14.4Mbps. its just a theoretical assumption but in actual use such speed is difficult to achieve.

Camera

Sony has reputation of giving good camera/image quality but Images from the 8-megapixel built-in camera are a little diverse. Outdoor shots with proper conditions will give you rich and detailed shot with lovely, accurate colours.
Shoot with the sun toward you, and this little snapper can battle against light shades of banding across images like most other cell phone cameras. It’s something that looks even worse on the final image, on to your computer. So the Arc S cannot be used for serious photography.

One of the major problems with cell phone camera is that low light images struggle with quality, you either get more noise in your image or the LED light is usually either too bright and washes the image out giving out some colour cast , or too weak to illuminate a bigger area. Same is with the Sony Xperia Arc S
Typical mobile camera.
Video quality is decent, but low light performance isn’t the best, along with the on-board LED is no help really. You’re also tied to fixed focus, focus locked to infinity, or face detection when recording. This tends to lead to video looking more soft than it ought to, especially indoors.
Point to remember is that the camera app is slow and irritating and moreover frustrating.

Screen

The massive, 854 x 480 pixel, 4.2-inch screen on the Arc S is very nice indeed. It really fills the phone, and the bezel is impressively thin. What this means is that you receive a device that looks awesome when the screen is off, and even more impressive once it’s switched on.

Sony Ericsson also has mounted it very close to the glass surface which protects the panel. As a result, the image appears right on the surface with which you interact.Whilst not as detailed as some phones, we never had a problem with the Sony’s performance. There’s Bravia Engine too, which claims to improve the quality of still photos and video using the company’s expertise learned from LCD televisions.

It’s certainly fair to say that the display does a good job with photos and video. In fact, the photo you see previewed is very exactly like the one you end up seeing on your TV or computer later on.
On the other hand the display doesn’t have an auto-brightness option in the display menu.

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Battery

The Arc S has the same battery as Arc. Sony Ericsson claims that the battery life is increased nevertheless, even in spite of the new, faster processor.

Promises aside, in fact the battery life is a little disappointing. Head out for the whole day for work, and you’ll see the battery die a few hours later, and that’s with modest use. I am used to phones not lasting more than a day, but the Arc S is disappointing even considering that. but its not all the fault of the device here the android OS is also partially to blame as it is seen in all the android devices suffer with the same problem, name me one android device which doesn’t have the same issue.

Conclusion

Sony Ericsson is able to keep its UI customisations to a low level that does not interfere with the day-to-day operation of the phone. There are a few goodies that it adds, like a much nippier app tray (at the bottom of the home screens) than the standard Android version.

One issue here. Battery life is disappointing, but not bad enough for us to suggest you avoid this phone. Sony Ericsson could almost certainly improve this, and one way could be to add an auto-brightness feature. I’d also like to see the camera app improved upon, and while photos from the phone are good, the sluggishness of the app is a frustration.

Overall, I like the Arc S quite a lot. As Android develops, this phone should improve further if this gets the Ice Cream Sandwich update which may enhance the overall usage of the phone.

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