Stylish, impossibly thin , curvy yet painfully thin design
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is stunning enough for the first impression. Gorgeous shape and large screen makes it impressive even for the first time.
This is a phone with everything you normally expect from Android – GPS, WiFi, sensors a-plenty, Bluetooth 2.1, 480 x 854 pixel screen with multi-touch, a 1GHz CPU, FM radio, digital compass and HDMI out. it’s an LED-backlit TFT LCD screen. This means that, although it doesn’t offer the eye-piercing brightness of an AMOLED display, it delivers more subdued, accurate colours. Very usable outdoors in direct light.
Turn the screen on, bright and sharp.Icons are clear and well defined thanks to Ericsson’s reality display technology, whatever that maybe, with nothing in the way of pixilation on show.
Solid-feeling 4.2-inch massive crystal-clear display fills much of the front of the phone. The 480×854-pixel screen doesn’t match the iPhone 4‘s 640×960-pixel display, but it’s still sharp and beautiful to look at.
Compared to the 4-inch, 480×800-pixel Super AMOLED screen on the Google Nexus S, the Arc’s display looked noticeably sharper and clearer.
With the help of Sony’s Bravia Engine picture enhancement technology, the Arc’s LED backlit screen looks as stunning as any phone screen we’ve seen, including the iPhone 4’s Retina display.
SHAPE: Wafer-thin, curving, large
The handset itself is only marginally longer than the old HTC Desire-and slimmer.In fact, you get an HTC Desire HD-size screen in the body of a much smaller, slimmer phone. 9mm is the thickest part of the phone while only 8.7mm at the middle.With the curving design, it is easy to hold even the phone is quite large.
The back of the Xperia Arc is simple, with its curved case lending it quite an air of style. it sits nicely in your hand thanks to that curve and feels very ergonomic. The slot at the bottom is for the external speaker (next to the Sony Ericsson logo) and there’s the 8.1 megapixel camera at the other end with the flash. This phone will also do continual focus while you’re recording video, a great addition.
Sony Ericsson’s standard selection of three physical buttons – Back, Home and Menu
They’re thin and sit just at the bottom of the main screen. Below the angled bottom section you can just see the lanyard loop and microphone.
Buttons are solid silvery plastic, plus there is a piercing white light shining through the gaps between them to help guide your thumb in the dark.
Top of the phone: a microHDMI output hidden behind a little dust stopper, Using this you can output your HD videos to TV and other equipment. It’s a fabulous screen on which to watch movies and also to browse photos; if you fancy watching on a bigger screen, the HDMI output lets you go large too.
Video formats that can be playable on Arc:MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV-How to convert DVD movies to Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc ?Try Any DVD Cloner Platinum/Any DVD Cloner Platinum for Mac
Power button is recessed to stop accidental presses- so tiny it can be a little hard to find.
On the right is the microUSB connector for charging and syncing plus the volum up / down buttons and, way down in the bottom corner, the camera button.
It is a delicate camera key. Press and hold from anywhere in the phone to initiate the camera, then press down slightly to start focus.
May look gorgeous, but the plastic rear panel feels flimsy
The 3 buttons below the screen feel insubstantial
The phone is large, does not make much sense to have anything poking out of the side