The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is one of the more impressive smartphones currently available, and certainly among the most technologically advanced. This article will review the handset by looking at its key features, so you can decide if it is the smartphone for you.
One of the first things to strike users of the Xperia Arc is the slimline dimensions. At its thinnest point, the handset is just 8.7mm thick, considerable smaller than the iPhone 4 at 9.3mm which was previously marketed as the “world’s thinnest smartphone”. The general aesthetics of the device are top notch; it looks unlike any other phone on the market, and is finished in a glossy black with nice silver detailing on the buttons at the base of the screen.
Under the hood, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is equally impressive. The latest version of Android (2.3 aka Gingerbread) runs alongside a powerful 1 GHz processor. This combination provides the foundation for a great user experience. This is because the OS allows users to browse thousands of apps in the Android Market which can be downloaded straight to the handset, whilst the processor is on hand to run demanding applications, as well as contributing to the recourses required for tasks such as web browsing, multitasking and operating the touchscreen effectively.
The ample 4.2 inch LED-backlit LCD capacitive touchscreen is superb. It runs seamlessly and quickly with zero lag thanks to the aforementioned processor, and also provides outstanding display quality. Up to 16 million individual colours can be displayed within the pixel resolution of 480x 854 resulting in excellent detail and image quality. Naturally, this makes the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc great for multimedia tasks such as viewing photos, videos, surfing the web or playing games.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is also a highly competent cameraphone. Boasting 8 megapixels, the built in digital camera offers the resolution and features to take professional looking photos with ease. Additionally, the camera has the capability to shoot high definition video footage in 720p quality.
Adding to its appeal as a multimedia device, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc has a built in microSD slot which comes with a pre installed 8GB memory card. This is able to store thousands of files such as photos, videos, music tracks and downloadable apps. Should you find that further storage is required, this can be replaced with a compatible card of up to 32 GB.
One of the main reasons people use smartphones is to browse the internet on the go. Thanks to both 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, this is both a convenient and speedy affair. The full HTML browser supports flash, an application which allows various embedded media to be played (such as games and videos), a feature which surprisingly few smartphones offer. Thanks to the speed and the quality of the browser, the internet browsing experience on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is not a million miles away from that of using a desktop or laptop computer.
There is of course much more to the handset than what I have covered in this article. I have covered what I believe to be some of the more important features, and hopefully you now know if this is the right smartphone for you. If you are looking for a slim and stylish smartphone which is packed with features, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is the perfect device.