Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc was one stylish feature-packed phone. The Xperia Arc S is its beautiful successor. But will it manage to hold its own against the excellent devices in town? The design of the original Arc was well appreciated by the market and Sony Ericsson was prudent enough to retain the same curves and lines. The metal bezel running around the corners has controls and jack, making it stand out against a body colour like black. The 4.2-inch capacitive display in a sleek casing was comfortable to use and to slide into the pocket.
So, what's the difference between the Arc and the Arc S? The company has pumped up the processor power from 1 GHz to 1.4 GHz.
Browsing the web is a great experience on the Xperia Arc S, thanks to 14.4 megabytes per second data download speeds in 3G covered areas. This is twice as fast as the original Xperia Arc, and of course it also has the option to use Wi-Fi for browsing the web whenever users have access to local wireless networks. The new version also outdoes the original in term of its available onboard storage, with 1 GB included as standard along with the added bonus of a microSD card (8GB) supplied with the handset, although this can be replaced with a memory card of upto 32 GB.
As a result, there is a notable difference in the speed of operations. The camera shutter lag has decreased and photography gains. Even switching between the apps or browsing through the images is relatively quick. Once again, the 8 MP camera manages to do a great job and videos can be captured at 720p resolution at 30fps. But, the Arc S feels slow in comparison with phones powered by dual-core processors. Battery backup, at 1500 mAh, manages to last a day on above average use.
4.2-inch display; 8 MPcamera; Android v2.3; l.4GHz processor; 1GB RAM, expandable to 32GB; Bluetooth, 3G, Wi-Fi, A-GPS; 117 gm; 1500 mAh battery.