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Manufacturer: Sony Ericsson - 3G - Bluetooth - Google Android - Display: 4.2" - Digital camera - MP3 Player

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      28.05.2013 20:38
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      Great smart phone

      I have had this particular phone now for 14 months and have used it religiously since day one (plenty of time to make an informed review!)

      Specification: I won't copy and paste the specification into this review because you can find that information out from a number of places - but the stand out things worth noting are: it came supplied with an 8gb Micro SD Card which is a great bonus, 4.2 inch Bravia Engine enabled screen which looks stunning when displaying HD images or videos and it has a 1ghz processer making it very fast at performing functions (I played with this alongside a friends iPhone 5 and this loaded applications faster).

      Battery: If I use the phone a lot during the day to send messages, WiFi online and play games etc then it needs charging once a day (I usually do this at night). But if you are careful about what you leave open or switched on then you can make the battery last about 60 hours (you need to ensure WiFi or Data are switched off and also dim the backlight to its lowest level (this is best done indoors as it is difficult to see the screen with it dimmed outside)).
      The phone battery charger cable also doubles as a USB cable. You can use this to plug your phone into your computer or laptop and drag and drop any media you wish to backup to save the phone memory or you can even charge your phone whilst on your computer and leave it running.
      A spare battery for the phone can be purchased for as cheap as £10 - if you are going on holiday or plan on using the phone a lot it is worth buying a spare battery to keep fully charged on you whilst out and about.

      Camera: Excellent quality camera and very easy to share pictures taken through various applications. Video quality is superb and records in 720p (be warned though the battery gets eaten up very fast if you are recording a lot of videos! I went to a Muse gig and didn't quite manage to record the whole thing, wish I had charged up my phone on the way in the car!). You can also view the pictures and video on your HD TV using the supplied HDMI cable.

      Case: The phone does NOT come with a case or screen protector. I have used a case since purchase (bought off Ebay for only £3 and has been fantastic) to protect the phone, this simply wraps around the edges of the phone leaving the entire front exposed to use the touch screen easily. I have not used a screen protector at all and to be honest the screen looks pretty good for all the use it has had and the fact it is usually in my pocket amongst keys and loose change every day.

      Operating System: The phone uses Android OS which has an enourmous library of applications including games, media players, e-readers (like Kindle), finance apps, translators, databases and tonnes more. If you are unsure how it compares with Apple, then you should know that Google allows a much larger amount of apps to be added to their database compared with Apple on the iPhone store - you can access roughly 10 times many apps through Android than Apple. Most are also free (with adverts) and can cost as little as 20p for an advert free version - this is good as it enables you to trial a full version technically with the adverts before buying a full version.

      Overall: This is basically a pocket sized computer that can make phone calls. Its customisability (I know this isnt a word!) means the possibilities are endless - you can literally make the phone what you want it to be. It can be a games console, an MP3/Video player, a tool to plan your life if you work hard in business or it could just be a phone! I have another 10 months left on my contract and am confident this still rivals the latest phone models.
      One con: The only negative thing about the phone is if you use it lots and leave lots of things open it has a tendancy to become very slow. I turn mine off and back on again every 3-5 days which usually solves the problem.

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      19.04.2013 17:52
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      An excellent phone, although a bit outdated, definitely worth picking up on the cheap

      Over the last few years I've managed I've had a mixed history of phones, although I am not the type of person who swaps their phone every month because of their rolling contract upgrades or very deep pockets, I've managed to own a Blackberry and an iPhone before moving onto an Android phone this review is about, and I can say in confidents that it is the best phone I have used in my life by far!

      ---About---

      The Xperia Arc is an Android operating system based Smartphone which was first released in April 2011 by Sony Ericsson to join the ever expanding market of Android mobile smartphones. The phone was out to compete with similar phones from their competitors such as the Samsung Galaxy, Samsung Nexus, Nokia X7 as well as the iPhone 3GS. Although the technology has slightly advanced the Xperia Arc still remains a respectable phone to have within the community with its many features which I will discuss further on in the review. The Arc was one of the last phones released under the Sony Ericsson name, as Sony now outright own the Smartphone business.

      ---Shape, Feel and Look---

      The phone looks quite stylish and slim with a distinct Arc at the back (hence the name), very slick and suave with simply 3 buttons on the front and a large 4.2 inch screen which has the BRAVIA Engine, allowing for some clear and sharp images, it's surrounded with a silver bezel on the sides, top and bottom, the device looks modern and unique having the majority of the new Xperia phones based off this original design. The phone is quite light only weighing 117g compared to the iPhone 3gs which weighs 135g, and after owning the iPhone, I did notice quite a difference although it is only a minor variance of 18g.

      One downfall I hate to announce is the design itself, it's too slick. The phone has no gripping features at all and doesn't naturally sit in your hand when you first acquire it, I was having quite a bit of trouble figuring out a good place to put my hand, after a year it seems thoughtless but I remember the troubles. This is even more of an issue when you're intoxicated and like most young people like to get the mobile out and upload a picture of your mate wiped out on the side of the road due to that 20th Jagerbomb (true story), the "slickness" and my hand/finger coordination caused me to drop the phone numerous times.
      However, even though the phone is a floor magnet, it compensates to being extremely durable. Without having a case on the phone at all for the last year, there is quite a bit of damage on the edges due to drops and scraps, the screen seems very scratch resistant and the Arced back naturally only allows the edges to take hits. I will admit I could have looked after the phone much better, primarily by investing in a £5 case, but it has taken the test off the elements, drunkenness and anger.

      ---Software (Android)---

      The phone is designed around the Android Platform which came out in 2007 with the HTC T-Mobile G1 and was made famous by the HTC Google Nexus One. It has since been featured as being the direct competition for the iPhone as it's in the majority of handset on the market today (not forgetting Windows Phone 7 and Symbian for Nokia). The success falls on the fact that it's an open development OS which allows anyone to get it and modify it and make it available to the consumer, hence why features are being added none stop, with significant changes in each update! It's also found on many new tablets being released by the day with many new and interesting applications to be discovered. It's free and it's amazing!

      The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is currently running the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update (came out with 2.3) and I must say that after getting an update and freshly applying a new OS onto the phone things significantly speed up. The OS is very good and allows extensive customisation to the homepage and how you want the applications set out; it basically offers everything the iPhone doesn't in the customisation department. This does get a bit over your head to begin with trying to get it how you want, yet only discovering the phones features can get frustrating but it does become easier by practise and watching a few YouTube tutorials.

      The phone as you'd expect comes with all the basic functions of making calls and texting as well as the modern day favourites of a Music Player, Photo Gallery and Video Player with an expandable memory via Micro SD of up to 32 GB, which is a must if you like the media side of the phone.

      The Android OS offers an extensive library of applications in many categories such as Games, Business, Finance, Education and Entertainment. There are lots to look through and download, you can turn your phone into whatever you want, such as an entertainment device with games and media or a business/school aid to keep notes and get assistance, and its available to everyone with lots of applications FREE and many offering more for a small price. The Google Play Store (Previously known as the Android Market Place) also allows you to by e-Books and Media more suited for larger devices like Tablets, however still available for purchase for the phone.

      Unfortunately one downfall of the Android is that the manufactures insist on placing on Bloatware on our phone when we first get them and insist on resisting uninstalls. With the Xperia Arc, I got numerous stupid apps I knew I'd never use and a few couldn't be deleted; luckily there is an App for that!

      Also just like any Smartphone and I've mentioned this briefly, it will start to slow down, you install and uninstall apps, take picture and the ROM clogs up with useless data as computers do, so a fresh install is often the solution so maybe look into that every 6 months?

      Overall I love Android, and it works fantastically with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc.

      ---Hardware---

      In regards to hardware, the phone is pretty much a mini computer, but a few years ago it wouldn't surprise me to find a computer with the same specifications as this mobile phone now.
      Processor - 1 GHz Scorpion (Snapdragon).
      RAM - 512 MB, this is not for storage.
      Storage - 1GB is built in however only 320mb is accessible for storage (the rest is software). Can take up to a 32GB MicroSD, typically (when new) is supplied with an 8GB MicroSD card.
      Camera - Single 8.1 MP camera on rear of phone accompanied by Flash. Camera can take up to 8.1 3264×2448 resolution images with lots of detail thanks to the, Back-illuminated sensor Exmor R CMOS Sensor, Auto Focus, Face recognition, Image stabilizer, Smile detection and Touch focus features.
      Screen - 4.2 inch screen at 854×480 resolution with a BRAVIA engine allowing it to look sharp from all angles.
      Battery - Is Lithium Polymer (Li-Po) battery with 1500 mAh (removable).
      Connectivity - The phone has all the basic methods of connectivity avalible with mobile phones Bluetooth (headsets and data share), microUSB (data cable and charging), 3.5 mm audio jack, Assisted GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and HDMI (Type D connector)

      ---Camera---

      One of my favourite parts of the phone is the camera and probably one of the main deal makers for me when buying a phone. With a fantastic 8.1 MP Sensor giving you images of up to 3264×2448 which can be displayed fantastically on the BRAVIA Engine 4.2 inch screen. The images are of a fantastic quality and easily mistakable for Digital SLR quality on Facebook, I by far have the best photos from nights out!
      The video can be shot in lovely 720p quality and it delivers great video at that quality, although the phone does tend to get a little warm when recording for a long time.

      I find it quite amazing that my phone can take better picture than my mums Digital Camera, but I suppose technology advances at rapid rates.

      A few major things with the camera however, even though it's very good, it's crazy slow. In order to get to the camera you need to either press the small button on the side or the Camera Icon in the menu, either way, it will take a good few seconds to get the camera up. The worst part is getting someone else to take a photo. After about a 1 minute tutorial, they still get it wrong and lose interest, so I can next get myself in any group pictures!

      The videos are much easier to take and can be viewed on a HDMI compatible TV via a special HDMI to Mini HDMI wire which is provided with the phone. I've never done it but seems like a nice feature to have and very few phones have this.

      ---Faults---

      I have mentioned many above, but to give a quick summary of the main faults.

      - The design of the phone isn't ergonomic to the hand and can take a while to get used too.
      - Software after a while will begin to slow down and a software reinstall may be required.
      - Camera is slow
      - Pictures take a while to load up
      - Battery Life isn't good, although it does perform better on random occasion.
      - Signal isn't fantastic
      - Boot up time is long

      ---Battery Life---

      As mentioned above, the battery life isn't great. But it all depends on what you are doing. If you use this phone to simply text and call throughout the day and keep the Mobile Internet and Wifi switched off, the battery should last up to 16 - 20 hours. However upon using the Internet or using any apps, especially games on the phone, the battery decreases rapidly.

      The battery originally in the phone is the standard 1500 mAh battery, however upon some research on eBay; you can get a battery of up to 2680mAh for around £15. Having never tried it, I can't possibly comment on it, but if it doesn't blow up the phone, the increased power could be a big bonus.

      ---Accessories Available---

      Unlike the iPhone, the Xperia Arc doesn't really have accessories avalible at every corner shop, so it can be quite difficult to get them anywhere but online. I was quite surprised to find quite a lot of cases and screen protectors available for the Xperia, so upon getting one, it is a worthwhile investment.

      ---Overall Summary---

      I've had this phone just coming up to a year and I have been happy with it for that duration. Slightly frustrated with it becoming slower but the re-install of the software with the update has made it much better. The camera is fantastic although can be a bit slow, and the look and shape of the phone is eye catching and unique. I would highly recommend the phone if you're looking for something other than the iPhone and you're on a budget, because in many areas it if so much better.

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        01.04.2013 23:21
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        A very good quality all-round Android phone with above average stills camera

        ------- Introduction -------

        I have owned this phone for a year now and it is definitely the best phone I have ever used, its main features are listed below:

        * 4.2", 854x480 pixels 16,777,216 colour TFT
        * Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
        * 8.1 megapixel camera with LED flash and Auto focus
        * HD video recording (720p), up to 30 frames per second
        * 3D Sweep Panorama
        * USB High speed 2.0 and Micro USB support
        * WiFi
        * HDMI output
        * Internal phone storage: 1GB (up to 320MB free)
        * RAM: 512MB
        * Expansion slot: microSD, up to 32GB


        ------- Design & Build -------

        This is an extremely stylish and ultra-thin phone at just 8.7mm. Mine is the Silver version (also available in Blue) and although its made of plastic, it still feels well built.
        The screen is large at 4.2inches with a resolution of 854 x 480pixels and uses Sony's Bravia Engine to produce a sharp and bright display with excellent colours.
        The only small problem I have with the design is that the on/off button is very small and recessed into the body which makes it a little fiddly to press.


        ------- Interface & General Performance -------

        This phone runs Android Gingerbread 2.3.3 and thanks to its 1GHZ processor the capacitive touchscreen is nice and responsive and most apps open and run perfectly smoothly.
        The interface is very user-friendly with 5 home screens and large icons at the bottom of the screen for quick access to media, messages, apps, contacts and phone dialler. Call quality is always excellent, clear with good volume.


        ------- Internet -------

        Browsing the internet whether via 3G/HSDPA or wifi is good to excellent, with most pages loading within 2-5 seconds and the browser supports flash so it can be used for watching BBC iplayer.


        ------- Camera & Video -------

        Overall the camera produces sharp, bright images with good colour reproduction, except sometimes reds can be a little on the strong side. The sweep panaroma function can produce some fantastic panoramic images but it can be a little tricky to work sometimes due to incorrect movement errors.
        Macro and outdoor shots are generally excellent with good contrast and the flash performs very well, even without flash on indoor shots are usually good.
        HD Video quality is generally quite good with the auto-focus doing a decent job, however I would say the quality is a little 'soft' and not quite what you would expect from 720p footage.


        ------- Battery Life & Connectivity -------

        I manage to get a full days hard use out of this phone before needing a recharge, this would include using wifi, Bluetooth and playing games. Also the phone recharges extremely quickly, I estimate approx. 2hrs to fully charge from 0-5%. The inclusion of the micro-hdmi output allows you to watch your HD video clips and photos on your TV and it works brilliantly. Thankfully the hdmi cable is included with the package.

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        22.07.2012 11:27

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        Great phone, as long your pro touch screen i would definately recommend it!

        After having 3 htc cha chas, which i choose because of my total lack of love for touchscreens, i decided to take the plunge and get this for my next contract renewal. I was half talked into it by the store person who told me it was an excellent phone and also by my other half who has a similar phone but which is larger (not sure of the model). I decided i would give it a go, after all it doesnt seem like long before nearly all smart phones are touch screen so i thought id try and get used to it. My main concern is that i like to text while im not neccesserily looking at the phone screen, and i always find with a touch screen that if you do that half the message reads something totally different because its guessed what it thought you meant to write, and because you havent actually felt the button its much harder to aim for the exact spot of the letter you want!

        Anyway, after unpacking and charging it, i started using it. Its a lovely light phone, and fits nicely in your palm so you can text and use it with one hand without too much difficulty in reaching the opposite side. its easy to navigate and fairly easy to find everything you need. The app store is easy to access and gallery and camera functions are simple to use. theres the option to access your facebook account photos on you gallery as well which is nice, but depending on your network and internet access it can take a little while to bring them up clearly (they are blurred as you wait for them to load). The camera itself is excellet! really clear and beautiful photos, easy to view properly on the large screen. The only thing is for example if your trying to catch a photo of a baby or animal who wont sit still for long it takes a few seconds to snap the shot once youve pressed the button.

        As for the texting...well...i suppose il get used to it, and there are options to change it so you can have different keyboard layouts and suggestions turned on or off, but it gets better the more you use it as it picks up what you use the most and suggests them for you at the top of the text box, so for part of the time you dont even have to bother typing it out. Can i do it one handed without looking at the phone...NO!

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        17.07.2012 17:21

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        High quality phone with great features. As with other smart phones, the battery life is very short.

        I have had the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc for around a year now and I am surprised how I still really like the phone. I usually get bored with phones and want a change after a few months but this has everything I need. The phone itself is fairly large although having a big screen is good for reading the small text on some websites and good when playing games. This also helps when texting or writing emails due to a full screen QWERTY keyboard being available when the phone is turned on it's side. There are sometime issues with the wrong character being put in but can usually be fixed by locking and unlocking the screen again. The phone may feel fairly flimsy and easy to break but I have dropped mine quite a few times and it is still in perfect working condition with minimal scratches due to a screen protector being used. Accessories like this are handy when using smart phones as the screen can be delicate and easy to scratch. Accessories for this phone are easily found on website such as Amazon and Play.com and are usually very cheap.

        The battery life on this phone is a huge disadvantage due to it requiring a charge most evenings. This can be combated by downloading apps that close running programmes although if it is used for prolonged use on games, social network apps, texting etc, it will require very regular charging.

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        26.03.2012 21:58

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        It's like a mini computer ... I have nothing bad to say about this phone ... it's amazing.

        I could talk for hours about what makes a good smart phone and what sets this apart from the competition! My last 3 phones have been Sony Ericssons ... a flip phone then the Xperia and now the xperia Arc S. This model is by far the best of the bunch. It's slimmer in design, making it much easier to use and carry. The camera position has (thankfully) been repositioned from the old Xperia as the lense used to be right where your hand held the phone. On the Arc S they have one of the best cameras in the market. I am a bit of a geek when it comes to wandering the countryside snapping wildlife pics. Some of my best shots have been taken on this camera-phone instead of my all singing all dancing digital camera.
        The functions on this smartphone are amazing. I made the mistake of buying my mum an iphone recently ... only then did I appreciate how easy the Arc S was to set up and personalise. With the iphon you can't even use the phone until you connect it to a pc & install itunes. With the Arc S you charge it then pick your settings and you are ready to go. You have the choice of thousands of free apps from the android marketplace as well as being able to pick any song from your music library and set it as your ringtone. You can link your phone contacts to facebook so that you get status updates alongside their pics. But above all else, what makes this phone stand out from it's predecessor is the super fast gingerbread operating platform. I know ... it's gobledgook to me too ... but it sure makes your phone respond ultra fast to any feature you try to access. Overall this is the best purchase I have ever made. Go get yours now!!!!

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        13.01.2012 11:55
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        More mobile computer than phone

        I'd like to consider myself up to date in terms of modern technology but in terms of my mobile phone I had been locked into a contract for two years and had slowly come to realise that mobile phone technology had hugely changed in those two years. I was getting frustrated that I couldn't get into the app market, or was spending money using the internet on the phone because I couldn't get onto a wifi network for free. So when my contract expired at Christmas I was keen to get the next generation of phones and was persuaded to get a Ericsson Ray as my next contract phone. The phone was ordered so I had to wait a few days for the phone and had to wait for it to come but so far the wait has been worth it.

        The Ericsson ray came as a black rectangular mobile phone, it had a large screen and a semi-circular button at the centre of the bottom row of the phone. This semi-circle is back lit by a green light indicating the mobile is on, if the light is red then the battery is starting to go down. This phone was my first touch screen phone; it is truly accessible with only a touch of a finger. The phone has a slide screen which opens on the front page which shows missed calls, messages etc but this is only the middle of five panels. The other panels give access to the market app store, a music store and a panel showing the time, date, weather, location etc.

        The phone has an additional line of applications, this is above the XPERIA word just above the semi-circular power indicator and is the true centre of the phone. There are five symbols on the bar, they are the music store, messaging centre, phone contracts, using the phone to call and the central icon which controls the phone. The central icon is a little square made up to little squares and pressing that button gives access to all the other facilities on the phone. Pressing that button allows the user to access his downloaded apps, facebook, gmail, camera, voicemail, internet access, news access, and all the other standard phone applications such as calendar, calculator etc. This is all touch screens accessible and freely accessed at a swipe of a finger, the phone is truly tactile and can be used without any problems without the traditional buttons.

        Phone calls and messages
        The phone can be used as a traditional phone obviously and entering the phone call section of the phone, the user can scroll down his contacts and pick the person to call. Transferring a contact from a previous phone was very easy, just put your new sim card in the phone call download the contacts and then put the sim in the new phone. This will give you all your contacts and if you update through Facebook the phone will attach any pictures from Facebook onto your phone contacts list. Very simple and very easy to use, clicking on the name gives a few options such as phone; message and email, pressing the phone icon will begin a phone call.

        Messaging works in a similar manner to twitter feeds, the messages to and from your recipient are kept on a chronological order and the user can follow the messages from a contact over a few texts.
        Overall

        This phone has brought me up to date in terms of modern mobile phone use; I can keep in touch with football news, play games, text and phone in a much quicker and easier manner than before. The phone is easy to use, quick and is closer to a mobile computer than a mobile phone. The phone costs about £300 if bought as a non-contract phone and I'd never consider spending that on a mobile phone however I got the phone on a pretty basic contract.

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        15.12.2011 02:51

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        Beautiful looking phone

        Let me start by saying that, this phone is an absolute looker! It looks absolutely wonderful and is one of the best looking phones out there. Armed with 4.2 inches screen, 8 megapixels camera, 1 GHz processor and Android OS. It's pretty light and slim too, weighing in at just 117 grams. Let's start with the processor, after using it for a few months, I didn't feel it being slow or anything, the camera quality is really sweet and the video is taken in 720p. It comes with a 8 GB micro SD card but unfortunately, you will have to remove the battery to access the memory card. It also comes with Sony's Bravia technology to make the screen look crisp and, Android OS is awesome to use. One main disadvantage is that, this phone does not have a front facing camera, which might be a bummer for some people. Overall, the phone absolutely gorgeous and has all the goods to be the top dog.

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        10.12.2011 22:19

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        An excellent high-end smartphone with a cheap price

        I have used my xperia arc for over 3 months. And i gotta say the phone is amazing!
        Lets start with the overall design of the product. This phone is unbelievably slim, when i first got it i couldn't believe how slim it is!
        The screen is huge with bright and vivid colours and the images are very sharp. I do suggest to get a protective screen film, because it tends to scratch easily, especially when you carry your keys in the same pocket with your phone. The same goes for the body, invest in a case to avoid scratches, this will boost resale value and cases look cool!
        The hardware on this phone is pretty sweet:
        OS Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), planned upgrade to v4.0
        Chipset Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon
        CPU 1 GHz Scorpion
        GPU Adreno 205
        Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass.

        It also has GPS and it can act as a satnav, and i gotta say, it does it's job pretty well.
        The camera on this phone is amazing! Best phone camera i have ever used. 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Touch focus, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection. The video is also amazing. 720p@30fps, continuous autofocus, video light.

        So if your looking for a quite cheap, easy to use powerhouse smartphone this ones for you!

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        17.11.2011 12:33
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        A very good phone at a very good price

        Android has been well known in the smartphone world for a little while now, however early phones sporting it suffered from being slow, laggy, and generally annoying as a result.

        Sony Ericsson brought out their Xperia line with the X10 a while back, and while it was good for the time, it too suffered from being a bit slow.

        Step up the Xperia Arc S. (Yes, I know this is the review page for the Arc, but Dooyoo doesn't have a page for the Arc S yet) The Arc S is speedy. Very speedy. It's got Bravia Mobile Engine, which to you and me makes the display look awesome when you're playing videos for example, and Exmor R, which is the tech in the camera sensor that makes pictures taken in low light look great, the colours actually look real.

        The speed of the Arc S means it's easy to take shot after shot too - no waiting for hours for the phone to save the photo before taking another one. The shutter speed means that they're not blurry either.

        It's also got Facebook baked into the Operating System, so you don't even need to fire up an app to change your status, get a notification, or like a music track.

        All in all, a very worthy phone.

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          21.10.2011 21:20

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          Phone for the Perfectionist

          With its slim and glossy look to its super fast system, this phone is astonishing. The phone has a 8GB internal memory (can be expanded with a memory card) and a 8MP camera that has HD features. The phone is also an android meaning that you can download your favourite apps and you can download PingChat (if you're the chatty types like me). The technology is very good also as you can plug the phone into your HD television and view your pictures an videos on them. If you're the music types and looking for a phone that you use as an MP3, the phones speakers are loud and bassy and works well with headphones too. However, despite the phones amazing features and technology, the only known fault the phone has is that it restarts itself and I've been told that it's an hardware fault but it's not an known nor major issue with the phones so it's nothing to worry about (unlike the flaws in the Blackberry). Overall, Sony has done an excellent job with coming up with such a product and I'd recommend this to any person who's looking for a fast smartphone... it's worth the money.

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          18.10.2011 11:33
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          Xperia Arc is Xceptional & Android is amazing

          As a long standing Sony Ericsson fan, since making the break from Motorola, I have owned a W810i, a K850i & and C905 - the latter despite a reputation for speaker problems was my favourite phone as it had the best camera (8mp) which was important for capturing shots of my young son as he grows up.
          Hence when my contract came up for renewal I looked at my options very carefully before settling on the Arc (LT15i) as the replacement. This decision was largely based on the camera function which included Exxor technology for low light photography and the Bravia screen. The aesthetic appeal of the phone was a bonus.
          I am extremely happy with my choice as the camera and HD video are truly excellent with the widescreen format (reducing the resolution slightly but also at an acceptable level) being particularly appreciated for it has allowed me to take shots which ordinarily would not have been possible.
          This is my first encounter with a smartphone and the Android OS seems to be relatively stable with a great range of apps that have allowed me to customise my phone and compensate for the absence of features such as a light which I made great use of on my previous phones. Indeed there are so many free useful apps available that my phone is not far from making my computer redundant - one of only two paid for apps I have is a banking one which is as good as MS Money and better because it's mobile!
          My contract permits 750mb of data per month plus unlimited wifi and I did exceed this one month and ended up with a huge bill which fortunately was written off by my network provider. Since that experience I downloaded a free app to monitor my web usage and keep me within my limits.
          I use the phone for all my email accounts and to listen to both the radio and mp3's as well as play free games that I have downloaded - Angry birds, backgammon, mahjong, chess etc.
          It has had some bad press for short battery life and when I first got it this was also my experience but I discovered that by tweaking the settings and being aware of what drains the battery I have managed to obtain a decent life out of it. Keeping it connected to my laptop gives it a trickle charge whilst using the usb mains plug recharges it very quickly. The main drain on the battery is the screen so playing games is the quickest way to use the battery power up whilst listening to music has very little effect.
          I am certainly glad that Sony Ericsson have gone the Android route because as far as smartphones go I personally believe it is the best platform being free of ties to the manufacturer such as is the case with Apple & Blackberry.
          There are times when there is a noticeable delay in an app opening and this includes the phone directory but fortunately these are few and far between and the recently launched Arc S has addressed this by increasing the processor speed.
          Overall my 'Xperiance' is extremely positive such is the 'state of the Arc'!

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            18.07.2011 21:42

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            Great phone with only one serious issue

            This is a lovely handset, the screen is fantastic and the camera is second to none! Really quick web connections and the ui make it a dream to use and the 1ghz processor shifts things around at a frantic pace!
            Runs all the top apps with no issues at all and runs on gingerbread! The bravia display is vibrant and easily compares to my samsung galaxy s, one of the let downs are the tiny amount of space for apps (about 300mb compared to my galaxy s 2gb) and the wifi is horrendous, it seems to cut out when using the web for over 5 minutes or 1 minute of streaming on youtube, apart from that which will hopefully be resolved with a software update this phone really does rock! Im actually in love with the exmor camera surely the best camera on any handset even in low light conditions!!

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            20.06.2011 00:04
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            The best design of smart phones that you must have

            I was eager to know what actually Android is all about. At the first look of this Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, I started to fall in love with it! The first thing that catches my eyes is the look and design. It has ultra-thin design, beautiful screen and the interface of art is better than the previous version of smart phones. Using the platform of Gingerbread Android 2.3. , it was built with super incredible features such as 4.2 inch screen, has 16 million colors, and the resolution is 480 x 854 pixel FWVGA.

            Sometimes I see it looks slippery since the top form of Sony Ericsson is made of plastic frame and the polished long-held can be sweaty but two thick curved design makes the machine kept stronger. The phone is also very slim and light. However, this model equipped with 4.2 inch wide screen, so I found it a little bit large for me. The 8-megapixel camera is really cool in my opinion. The camera has flash, auto focus, and HD 720p video at 30 frames per second!

            Since I said that this Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is the best in design, it was proof with the uses of Exmor R sensor cameras into it. The pictures that are taken from the Arc is very well in full light conditions, image sharpness, and shutter photography. Although it is not excellent as a professional camera models, but compared to other phones, this is a necessary photography was possible. But, this phone has no front camera to make video conversations. About the performance, I feel that that the call quality is very good. It has the anti-noise capability and allow for an audible when on a noisy street, so it is really helpful when I have to make an important call at a busy street. This phone take some cost but its satisfy me.

            So, for the reasons above, I would highly recommend you this phone. It suits for a high and classy personality.

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            05.05.2011 17:18
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            If you love your tech, then you'll love this phone

            I am currently the user of an HTC Desire, but work in a mobile phone store. We recently got this phone in with a model that we can play around with. I must say that the phone is one of the best available at the moment in my opinion.
            I runs on the Google Android platform with the new 2.3 version. If you are not familiar with Android then this allows you to access the Market and download for hundreds of thousand of free apps from it's open source catalogue. Top apps included Angry Birds (game), Amazon Kindle book reader, Google Maps, and many many more to allow you to personalise the phone.
            The screen is of exceptional quality benefitting from the Sony Bravia technology used in Sony's TVs. The screen displays in HD making watching videos very clear. The camera also benefits from Exor technology allowing the camera to take fantistic quality photos in low light conditions.
            The phone itself is very slim and light, and has a slight curve (that's why they call it the arc) which adds to the ergonomic design and feels great in the hand.
            It has a high price tag of £35 per month on contract (and about £450 to buy outright) but if you love your tech, and are not brainwashed by the word iPhone then I highly recommend this phone.

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