Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S review
| ||Review: October 2011
In a nutshell: The Sony Ericsson Arc S is one of the top Android phones for 2011 and probably also the most beautiful-looking phone currently available.
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Adjectives like beautiful and graceful aren't ones that are commonly applied to Android phones. Yet they capture perfectly the slimline curves of the Arc S. It's quite possibly the most gorgeous smartphone currently available. Physically, it's almost identical to the Xperia Arc, which we reviewed back in March and described as quite possibly Sony Ericsson's best phone ever and one of the very best phones to be released in 2011. And it still is. Except that now the Arc S is probably the best Sony Ericsson phone ever.
We can't get enough of the looks of the Arc S. But it's the way it feels too, with that impossibly slim middle that sits perfectly in the hand. We love the 4.2 inch touchscreen as well. Sony's Reality Display with Bravia engine and 854x480 high resolution screen make it one of the best displays on any phone. It's second best only to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S2 or the iPhone 4S in terms of clarity and the way images simply jump out at you. 4.2 inches is huge, and the touchscreen responds beautifully when you glide your finger across the screen or touch it lightly.
The operating system is the very latest Android 2.3.4 combined with Sony Ericsson's user interface tweaks, which offer more customisation and useful features than ever before. Facebook and twitter integration with contacts and messaging plus over 150,000 apps available to download from Android Market put it on a par with the iPhone.
The original Arc was a fast phone, and the Arc S is even faster with an uprated 1.4GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. It's debatable whether the uprated processor makes any noticeable difference, but hey, we're not complaining. One thing that does irritate though is the fact that while 1GB of internal memory is provided, most of this is eaten up the system, leaving just 320MB for the user. We would have liked more. But you can add up to 32GB of memory with a microSD memory card.
The Arc S isn't just a good looker. It sounds good too. Audio quality is excellent, both when speaking on the phone and when listening to music. A built-in noise shield uses a secondary microphone to filter out the sounds around you. And we found signal strength and reception to be strong too. The Sony Ericsson music player is excellent, offering all the features you could want, including smart playlists, shuffle, album art, and even the ability to identify songs using TrackID. There's an FM radio with RDS, and the 3.5mm headphone jack lets you plug in your own favourite brand of headphones. The sound quality is outstanding, and is even enjoyable without a headset. Sony's xLOUD engine filters the sound for maximum bass.
It's just as good, if not better, when we turn our attention to photography. The camera is the same as on the original Arc, and when it comes to still photography, it's a top performer. With an 8 megapixel sensor, Sony's Exmor R technology, a wide f2.4 aperture to let in plenty of light, plus a host of gadgetry - autofocus, image stabilisation, face recognition, etc - it's got all the necessary ingredients to take brilliant photos and it doesn't disappoint. It's fast too, both at finding the focus and recording the image. Is it as good as a dedicated digital camera? Nearly. It can also record video at 720p HD resolution. Video quality is very good, but not outstanding. There are better mobiles that can record 1080p Full HD video, but the Arc S isn't very far behind. We should also mention the 3D sweep panorama feature, which builds a wide composite panorama when you pan the camera horizontally. If you have a 3D TV you can even generate a 3D panorama for display on the big screen.
The 4.2 inch Bravia display is perfect for web browsing, watching youtube videos and keeping up with facebook. The Arc S performs all of these functions brilliantly. The WebKit web browser is very fast at downloading and rendering web pages, including support for flash video, and you can easily pan and zoom around the pages with the lightest of touches. The WiFi connection is superfast, and even the 3D HSPA can deliver very fast downloads if you live in a good coverage area.
We also love using Google Maps on such a big screen, and of course the Arc S has the very latest version, with Street View and Google Latitude. The GPS receiver is fast and accurate. And of course you can use your position to geotag photos or to broadcast your whereabouts on facebook.
Connectivity is outstanding. In addition to WiFi, 3G and the headphone socket, you'll find sockets for USB and HDMI, as well as ANT+ for connecting to compatible health and fitness products.
Battery life is rarely very good on modern smartphones, especially slim ones like the Arc S. The Arc S seems to have marginally better battery performance than the original Arc, and should get you through a full day of heavy use. Most users will probably be charging every other day.
The Arc S is Sony Ericsson's best phone and is up there with the top Android handsets. It may not be dual core, but it's a match for the top smartphones in most other respects, and is in a class of its own when it comes to looks. When you consider that you can get the Arc S for free for a little over £20 a month on contract, it's a phone that in our opinion over-delivers by a mile.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S features include:
- 8.1 megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom, touch autofocus, face recognition, smile detection, red-eye reduction, image stabiliser and LED flash
- HD video camera with video stabilisation and video light
- Display: TFT touchscreen, 480 x 854 pixels (4.2 inches), 16 million colours with auto-rotation
- Media player with album art, shuffle, smart playlists, TrackID and PlayNow
- FM radio with RDS
- MP3/ AAC ringtones
- aGPS with Google Maps, geo-tagging and WisePilot Turn-by-Turn navigation software (demo)
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email, conversations
- 3D games with motion gaming
- Picture wallpaper
- Personal organiser functions
- Vibration alert
- Internet: WAP 2.0, GPRS, EDGE, HSPA, WebKit web browser, RSS feeds, YouTube, Voice Search
- Memory: 320MB user memory plus 512MB RAM plus microSD memory card slot (up to 32GB supported)
- Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, 3.5mm audio jack, HDMI, ANT+
- Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900) plus 3G UMTS/HSPA
- Size: 125 x 63 x 8.7 mm
- Weight: 117g
- Talktime: 7.5 hours
- Battery standby: 460 hours
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S user reviews
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Average rating from 42 reviews:
Reviewed by Sara
on 29th Dec 2014
To those people who say the phone is really slow, try to update the
software and you will see you're wrong.
Reviewed by Kenny
on 15th Aug 2014
My review on This phobe is that it keeps Bringing a blank screen
someone please help mi on that.
Reviewed by Jessica N.
on 21st Apr 2014
Well I don't hate the phone neither do I love it. I own this phone and
it was great during the first few months until it started getting
slower. It's speed drives you insane. It would be better if it had
more RAM. You might ad well have 64GB sd card but as long ad the phone
itself only had a total if 512MB you can't freely download all your
favorite apps as it must be on your phone first before you move it to
your card. But I must say it has an amazing camera and sound and no
you cannot useany headphone of you choice or else it doesn't play so
do speak to an expert before purchasing the item. I wouldn't recommend
the to gamers nor selfie lovers as it doesn't have a frontal camera
but if you love taking picture and you're very socially active you are
safe especially with it's long battery life. Good luck aanyway.
Reviewed by winnita87
on 18th Nov 2013
It's slow and does not have enough memory. I wold not recommend it to
Reviewed by annon from England on 2nd Jul 2013
Lol at some of the negative review's on here obviousley iphone zelots that are
jealous that the arc s is amazing. There is nothing wrong with the battery it's
last's two day's if you dont over use it and it isnt slow like some people claim
on here ether. The camera is also brilliant there is a little bit of shutter
lag when trying to take a photo but nothing to complain about. The screen is
amazing much better than some of the phone's i've owned in the past the colours
are vibrant and clear. Dont know why people are complaining about it overall
it's a very good phone. It may not be as fast as a duel core smartphone but
it pack's a punch i love this phone
Reviewed by andy from england on 22nd Sep 2012
this phone is awesome it's looks elegant and runs smooth and the the display
all the morons giving bad reviews either can't configure phones properly or
are brainwashed by apple and their or machine.
also I phones are ugly bricks no style
Reviewed by James from UK on 21st Sep 2012
I bought this phone on a deal about 6 months ago for £199 because I was tight
and didn't want to spend a fortune on a top end Samsung or IPhone. It looks
the business (I think its one of the best looking phones there is) and it has
a wonderful, large display.
However after 6 months of usage my main annoyance with this phone is the battery
life. I unplugged the phone from the charger at 9am the other morning. I got
on the train to london (a 2 hour journey), spent probably no more than half
an hour looking at web pages etc, made a 5 minute phone call and used the GPS
map for about 5 minutes when I was in London. I then did perhaps another half
hour on the train back home.
By the time I was back (about 6pm), the battery was down to about 10%.
The battery really lets this phone down. If you are in the position to charge
it regularly and don't have to rely on it for the majority of the day, great.
If not, I wouldn't buy this phone. Frustrating!
Reply by Konrad from UK on 15th Nov 2012
That is a bad battery life! I deleted any apps plus I did not want and made
sure nothing is running. ICS helps and turning off wifi, bluetooth, and data
helps a lot. I turned the screen brightness down, as this is the biggest drain
on the battery. I average 70% battery remaining after player music, surfing,
playing games and texting, with occasional use of google maps. Not forgetting
the odd phone calls. When data is off this stops some apps transmitting which
can be good. Take a tip from above and you should see an improvement. I have
used app killers but removed them. IceCreamSandwich works well in managing the
apps. Under GingerBread battery management was not good.
Reply by Konrad from UK on 27th Aug 2013
Update on my experience. I will revise my view on battery life. All of a sudden
about February, the phone went dead! I recharged the phone and the battery drained
rapidly. I shut down any apps and the battery life slowly improved. I got a
second battery just in case the phone ran out of juice. I went through everything
then in June rooted the phone and upgraded the firmware which helped. The phone
will last a day but not match the battery life it had before the issue. I have
just bought a Samsung Galaxy SG3 and it is so far great with the battery.
Reviewed by salem from Saudi Arabia on 20th Sep 2012
This phone is excellent BUT as every one know who owne this phone the WIFI proplem
even sony did not fix this proplem do not buy.
the wifi always disconnect & connect foreverno matter u change the routter or
shame on sony.
Reviewed by Wrinkly from UK on 14th May 2012
Had mine about 3 weeks now and still getting enjoyment from using. Being used
to a SE w995 it was a big change at my age (65) but with a little patience I
found most things quite easy to master.
Cracking photos and videos not bad either.
The power on button I found a bit small and fiddly but a rubber case which has
raised over buttons soon solved this.
Battery life not brilliant but I was aware of this before buying and I'm led
to believe this is the norm on this type phone.
Enjoying that much just upgraded my internet allowance to all you can use.
The wife is also so impressed she also looking to upgrade at her contract renewal.
All in all very pleased
Reviewed by Gary oc from UK on 13th May 2012
Have this phone 2 months after losing my 4S. Initially i liked it but now after
2 months i can say this phone is poor. Bad battery life, very slow and texting
is a nightmare. Nice display tho. Avoid this phone
Reviewed by Konrad from London UK on 6th Apr 2012
Got this for less than £180 a month ago as an upgrade on pay & go. I wanted
to sample Android and had looked at a few phones. The large high res screen
is a bonus the largest for the money. I have taylored the home screens and loaded
similar or better apps to that on my faithfull Nokia 5800. Typing on this large
screen is fine in portrait mode. If I went for the Xperia Ray, would have to
use lanscape mode.
The phone calls are clear and the noise reduction system works well. The wifi
works well and I have connected to 'The Cloud'. There is one gripe with Android
smart phones - battery life! I have used an app killer and set the brightness
to low. There is a brightness button to go to a preset brightness if needed.
The signal traffic, wifi and gps is set to off until I require them. I can get
more than a days use and have 60% remaining, depending on use. The next isue
is the mp3 player sounds nice but the preset equaliser limits the adjustment.
My previous SE walkman phone are better. I download an EQ app that improves
this. The is a trick to download the Xperia S player on to the Arc S. I may
look at this mod in the future or Sony may make it a firmware upgrade.
The camera is slow to startup, but when i hold the camera button, it seem to
start faster - 2 seconds! Pictures seem fine, about the same as my SE W995.
Overall this is a good phone and the flat shape makes it pocketable.
Reply by Konrad from London UK on 11th May
Just to update on my first review, I upgraded to Android 4 - IceCreamSandwich.
This phone works well with the update, as ICS has better features that help
with battery management. I have un-installed Advanced Task Killer as it is no
longer needed. If you like to take screen shots, the feature used to be accessed
by holding the power button until a menu appeared. Now under ICS press and hold
the power and volume down button together, to take an instant screen shot. Basically
a lot of the features have been improved, added or moved around under ICS. The
camera can be turned on from standby saving time, much quicker. The Arc S has
been very stable under both Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and Android 4 ICS with
no reliability issues. It has never crashed or turned off, and all calls have
been fine. With careful management of the apps this is good phone.
Reviewed by Shelsman from Ireland on 5th Apr 2012
Hi, I'd like to update my original post (14th Feb 2012) to four stars. I fixed
the Wifi problem by using two apps Wifi Fixer, FXR Wifi fix and rescue (and
some messing with my router). I'm not sure which of them sorted it but I think
it was the FXR Wifi fix and rescue app that resolved the problem. I sometimes
need to reboot my wifi router to get the connection to work, but rarely enough.
I'm now mysteriously having the phone either power off or going into emergency
calls only mode -which means I can't receive texts or calls. I simply switch
it back on or put in the PIN as appropriate, but it did cause hassle for me
yesterday when someone had been trying to ring and text me and couldn't get
hold of me (I'm not in the habit of checking my phone just to see if it is turned
on or has gone to emergency mode). It's still a mystery but hopefully I can
find a solution.
Reviewed by david from uk on 16th Mar 2012
having had this phone for about a month now i feel confident in writing a brief
review. firstly i have had no issues with battery life. realistically most smart
phones will need charging every day. after a heavy day of use ie apps emails
gaming and texting and calling lasted fine. the phone is very light and slim
which is a bonus. the display is pretty good. not on par with samsung galaxy
s2 but not that far apart. camera and video playback pretty good. no issues
with wifi as some people have stated. call quality is pretty good and the connection
time on the internet is acceptable. on par with my i phone 4 anyway. all in
all a good phone and cheap to from phones 4 u on pay as you go.
cant really fault it
Reviewed by Garry from U.K on 9th Mar 2012
I had this phone for three months before replacing it with a iphone 4s. Before
i purchased this phone I had a iphone 4, I had heard lots of good things about
android phones so thought I would make the switch. First impressions was ok,
but as I used the phone more I found lots of problems which in the end forced
me back to apple . The first problem I encountered was the battery life now
dont get me wrong the battery life on the iphone 4 isnt great but on the arc
s its ridiculous , I could get threw a day of heavy use on the iphone 4 on the
arc s i struggled to make 12 hours, the second problem i found was the applications
on android seem to have a mind of there own i would have apps opening up on
there own that i havent even used I would then shut them down again to find
they had opened up again which was frustrating, It wouldnt have been a massive
problem if the arc s had a lot of ram but it dosent, which meant if u had downloaded
lots of apps from the market place and they was open which they always was coz
the phone had a mind of its own, it would make the arc s painfully slow to use.
The third was the camera yes its 8 megapixels and yes it records in hd but by
the time you have managed to open it up which felt like forever the moment u
was trying to capture had gone ! Having said that its not a really bad phone
it does nearly everything an iphone does but a lot slower and dosent quite have
the same feel of quality, if you dont mind a cheaper alternative then this isnt
a bad choice but if your use to an iphone then stay away
Reviewed by Rob from U.K. on 2nd Mar 2012
Having had this phone for over a month now, I have to say that it is absolutely
brilliant. I got the white version, which looks very nice and fits comfortably
in my trouser pocket (something I was a little concerned about). OS and camera
are excellent (though I haven't managed to fully figure out the 3D photos. It
has had a few problems with forgetting my home wifi - simply enter the password
and is ready to go again. Battery life is ok - I just charge it every night.
I also upgraded from the HTC Desire- this phone is just so much better!! Especially
Reviewed by Sameer from Germany on 29th Feb 2012
Hi i am using Xperia arc S since 4-5 days, the very first day i faced some problems,
that is , when i make outgoing call or if i get any incoming call, the screen
will go off and cannot be made On even after pressing any Hard key. after some
1-2 minutes later it will become on. at thsi time we could not check any incoming
call or also when call active not possible to end call..but now i am not observing
Reply by Elaine from UK on 10th May 2012
This is happening to my phone too. I've had mine about 6 weeks and this last
couple of weeks the screen goes off when making a call which is annoying as
if i need to press another key to get to the department i'm calling i can't.
Also it's using credit up as i cannot end a call unless i shake it and squeeze
the sides. Then the screen comes back on. The shop i bought it from has closed
down so i'm going to contact sony Ericsson about it.
Reviewed by Pat from UK on 27th Feb 2012
I've had this phone since Dec 2011. Myself and my girlfriend got one each on
O2 contract and we love them.
We've never had any problems with the phones and unlike some of the people on
here who have had Wi-Fi issues ours have worked on Wi-Fi from day one.
We use the juice defender app and our battery life is around 24 to 48 hours
depending on how much we use them.
Screen is bright and clear with no lag, video play back is excellent with no
lag, HD video is great we have lots of video's of the kids which look good when
we play them back on the P.C.
I use the Sat Nav on the phone most weekends and again find it works fine.
Over all we find this phone is reliable and does everything we ask of it. If
I could I'd give it 10 stars but 5 will have to do.
Reviewed by adam pilkinton from japan on 25th Feb 2012
Reviewed by Shelsman from Ireland on 14th Feb 2012
Wifi is unrelaible / won't work. Upgraded my phone primarily to get Wi-Fi and
not have to pay through the nose for data usage. Sony's own forums are packed
with disgusted users who are having constant problems with Wifi connectivity.
AVOID if Wifi connectivity is important to you. I'm bringing mine back to the
shop and will get a different phone altogether.
Reviewed by Tony from England on 6th Feb 2012
Despite the 1.4GHz processor, the lag when scrolling between home screens, opening/closing
apps is noticeable. Much prefer my other phone HTC Desire S even though the
processor is 1.0GHz.
Also camera is slow and quality is poor despite it being 8M compared to HTC's
Don't understand how the editor gave it 5 stars.
Reviewed by James from England on 1st Feb 2012
I've had this phone for 4 months now so am qualified to give an informed review.
My previous phone was an HTC Desire.
This phone is very slow in certain operations, such as returning to the home
screen, icons are slow to load. It's reception is quite poor, and WIFi is inaccessible
in places where my HTC Desire was fine.
Pictures are good quality but are very slow to take, I feel embarrassed asking
friends to smile for so long!
It does look nice though. This doesn't redeem it's weak performance.
Overall I'm very disappointed, not good value for money at all , I won't be
buying a Sony phone again.
Reviewed by David from UK on 23rd Jan 2012
I got this because my older android 3.25" handset screen was becoming more difficult
to read as my eyes deteriorate (40+). I largely agree with the editors review.
Some annoying omissions in my view though. I miss HTC intelligent dialling (ie:
contact or number - it figures it). The contacts, duplicates and links to FB
seem to be more fiddly, and it seems to add everything to my contacts (ie: numbers,
email etc) and I cannot seem to turn this off. The clock/weather app not as
good as htc. minor things really and I have no regrets about buying it but as
a perfect phone, I'd combine this handset with HTC's version of Android and
sense. Battery is better than my old HTC (just). Camera & screen quality is
second to none though - superb.
Reviewed by Dev from Edinburgh on 17th Jan 2012
I got this phone 1 month back. I have a strange problem with this phone. when
ever I make a call the display hangs. I could not able to disconnect the call.
and every time I need to remove the battery to disconnect the call. I have requested
for replacement. let us see what my new mobile will do :(
Reviewed by LUKE from wales on 14th Jan 2012
lovely phone to use, shame the battery let it down and the bendy plastic everything
!! also the screen flickered like hell (my wifes arc also did the same).....but
it is a very nice looking phone, perfect if i can hang it on my wall
Reviewed by Sunny from India on 7th Jan 2012
It is marvelous. 9/10 for all features, No front camera for vdraw backideo calling
Reviewed by Ahmad from Lancashire on 5th Jan 2012
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S.... LOVE IT! Most people are going for Samsung's
GS2 or iPhone 4S but I went for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S mostly because
of Exmor R 8mp camera, 4.2 inch Bravia display, 1.4GHz processor, HDMI & the
fact that its the best looking phone on market in the whole world! - And I chose
the Xperia Arc S because I always feel they are better built & always better
looking then any other mobile phone maker. I would always chose Sony Ericsson
over any other brand any day. (can't wait to see what Sony does once it takes
over Ericsson). The phone restarts now (after having it for 4 months) once or
twice a day but I don't really care as I can wait for it to restart and can
never imagine letting go of this phone over any other phone... even if its an
iPhone 4S! I just hope Sony Ericsson (or Sony) will start putting OLED screens
on their phones soon, putting bigger built in memory as well and also a 16mp
Exmor R camera... which Sony already has/makes to make even better phones. I
dont even plan on selling the Xperia Arc S even when my contract finishes as
I love it sooooo much. Well Done Sony Ericsson... Love your phones :)
Reviewed by James from England on 3rd Jan 2012
I've had the SE Arc S for 4 months now, after "upgrading" from an HTC desire.
While the screen is better, and the internet is slightly faster at loading (about
half a second) pretty much everything else is either the same or worse. Returning
from the internet to the homescreen is very laggy with the phone taking time
to load, the camera takes ages to launch so forget any quick snaps, it's actually
quite embarrassing taking photos of my friends, asking them all to "hang on
a minute" while it loads. I also cannot pick up WIFI in areas that I used to
on my old Desire. It's now starting to lag on different apps. Personally after
4 months of owning this phone, I would not recommend it, buy something else,
I personally will return to using an HTC or maybe try an iPhone when my contract
Reviewed by Niels from United Kingdom on 14th Dec 2011
After the debacle over my BlackBerry 9780 (as per my review), I now have a SE
Arc S. I have to say that this phone is fabulous. The improved processor speed
makes everything a breeze, and whereas it does not have the battery capacity
of other phones, it comes with all the widgets you need (on the second home
screen) to control WiFi, Bluetooth and data usage, so I now get around 2-3 days
after conditioning the battery. I really like the fact that it comes with Swype
and a "traditional T9" phone keyboard as standard (Android 2.3.4). A friend
sent me a comedy clip on YouTube via e-mail, and it opened up instantly and
played via the fabulous screen. It is also a very attractive phone as this review
site correctly states. After connecting to my WiFi router at home, it automatically
defaults to this when at home so no data charges for e-mail and browsing. I
can highly recommend this phone!
Reviewed by Pat from UK on 12th Dec 2011
Iíve had this phone for 3 days so far and love it, normal battery life
problems for an android phone, but with a few tweaks and the Juice Defender
App Iím getting 18-24 hours with medium use. Screen is clear and very
responsive, music players not bad but I download a replacement with better EQ
settings Camera is excellent and so is the video, HD video is good but is at
720 not 1080. The phone is very thin and looks fantastic, mind the back is a
finger print magnet. Overall a good fun phone with style.
Reviewed by Bluewood from Thailand on 9th Dec 2011
This phone... WOW! The most AMAZING phone I have ever touched. I've let my friends
use it, and they are ASTONISHED! Even my friends with Iphones prefer my phone
to theirs. Sexiest, fanciest, most classy and most incredible phone in the whole
Reviewed by Andy Benn from England on 1st Dec 2011
Ive had been using a sony ericsson Arc(not S) for about 6 months never looked
back thats why im excited to see this improved model. The Arc s is easily the
most attractive phone on the market and the sony ericsson take on android looks
very classy. I was never really interested in photography until i used this
handset but now cant help but take every opportunity to capture something as
the photos all ways turn out top class, there are phones with a higher Megapixels
but thats not all that determines the qaulity of a photo and with features like
Exmor R it doesnt matter what time of day im taking a picture it will always
turn out perfect. My favourite feature has to be the ability to connect the
hdmi cable to my hd tv, many nights ive missed eastenders and just played it
off my phone and through the tv!!!!
Reviewed by November from UK on 24th Nov 2011
Excellent phone. Fast, nice screen, great camera and good battery life. Android
v2.34 works well and ICS (Android v4) will hopefully arrive soon.
Reviewed by Andy from UK on 23rd Nov 2011
This phone is awesome!! It looks great and is a joy to use. Its packed with
features but the only drawback is battery consumption,you will probably have
to charge it every day but that is to be expected from any smartphone i`d say.
This is my 4th Sony Ericsson phone and its a belter!!
Reviewed by Peter from UK on 16th Nov 2011
My first smartphone/touch screen. love it to bits. fast, clear and the most
amazing camera ive even used on a phone. very quick to get used to, the ability
to personalise is great. my only grumble would be the user guide. although easy
to use, i would like easy access to more detailed info ON THE PHONE so i know
im getting the best out of it. but i guess messing around with it is half the
fun. overall a very clean, smart sexy phone that is great to use and joy to
Reviewed by april from uk on 11th Nov 2011
my star rating says it all.
Reviewed by mark from uk on 2nd Nov 2011
screen looks washed out also not near as fast has other android phones avoid
Reviewed by Andrew from UK on 1st Nov 2011
Amazing gadget, I have taken identical photos on this and my iPhone 4S and this
handsets photos look much better, both on the phones and when printed. The mobile
Bravia display does all photos justice and the 1.4GHz processor means it will
load up everything instantly. The only reason to buy a Samsung SII now is if
you want a massive screen, otherwise the Arc S is non-sensical. Top marks Sony
Reviewed by dawn from UK on 30th Oct 2011
Very fast processor,comes with the latest 2.3.4 firmware.excellent hd video
footage.Ignore other reviews with low ratings.Brilliant handset.
Reviewed by rob from uk on 30th Oct 2011
i bought one of these mainly because it looks good and it was upgraded to a
1.4 cpu. however it feels cheap and not any faster. it was very laggy at times
when opening programs. the screen sits even with the case that means if you
leave it down on a table screen down it will scratch. the screen on mine sat
out over the case slightly at the top corner when you pressed down it went back
down so not that greatly put together. the screen is good but no where near
as good as the samsung galaxy s 2 or iphone theres a big difference in clarity
thats for sure. it looks good but its cheaply put together with to much lag
and that was running the latest 2.3.4 firmware. i received it on saturday and
send it back for a refund at 335 it was no way worth the money i decided to
keep my samsung galaxys 2much much better ok not as good looking as the arc
s but its much better where it count
Reviewed by Tony from UK on 28th Oct 2011
Excellent phone. It's fast and simple to use and is smart looking too. I have
owned a number of Sony Ericssons over the years, and this is by far their best
handset to date.
Reviewed by adel El Husseiny from Egypt on 24th Oct 2011
Top rated phone
Reviewed by gazza from UK on 19th Oct 2011
Brilliant phone,much better than the Galaxy s 2 and i phone 4 s.Go and buy one.