Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S

Introducing the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S, one of Sony Ericsson’s latest flagship (and unlocked) devices to make its way into the US well-suited with AT&T’s network.  If you’ll recall, SE already released the Xperia Arc abroad with a single core 1 GHz Snapdragon and was touted as one of the thinnest Android devices to hit the market.  Well, SE now gives you the Xperia Arc S, its quick follow up to the unique Xperia Arc only this time with a few beefed up changes under the hood.  The Arc S is still as slim as its successor coming in at 8.7 mm thin giving an overall look that it’s even thinner thanks to its bowed design.  The device is nearly equal to the original Arc and still sports a 4.2-inch capacitive touch display but now offers a a little higher clocked CPU at 1.4 GHz .
The overall design of the Arc S is pretty fulfilling as it comes in at a nicely thin 8.7 mm’s.  With a convex design, the device deservedly earns its Arc title.  And though the arced chrome arch is a bit of an optical illusion, making the device look even thinner than it is, it did the job and the hardware looks slim, sleek and offers an overall great modern design.  We reviewed the black model for the site, however, the device is also being offered in a nice white finish or sliver for those getting a bit tired of the everyday black slate.  Overall, the hardware of the device was satisfactorily sturdy.  The back plate of the device feels a bit “flimsy” at times but overall it was sturdy enough not to really pay attention to it much.  On top of the device you’ll find on the left hand side the power button.  For some odd reason SE went with a rather small round button (see pic), a little too small for our liking and not protruded enough. We found that our finger had to do a little song and dance to finally push the button all the way down effectively.  
Battery life on this device was amazingly and enjoyably well.  It virtually took forever to run the device down for a recharge.  I at once hopped onto my WiFi network upon receiving the handset as service was not readily available by AT&T.  The Arc S ships with a 1500 mah Li-Po battery which touts up to 460 hours of stand-by time and just over 7 hours of talk time.  During this review I can definitely attest that battery life was not an issue for this device. We think generally on a daily basis the handset should meet your needs and give you a good full day’s charge before having to hop back on the charging port. 
Performance on the Arc S was similarly surprising.  The device was quick and snappy thanks to the typical Sony Mobile Bravia Engine on board.  Details on web pages, pics and even menu’s were sharp and rich in color.  It’s no Super AMOLED Plus but it got the job done.  Navigating through the device was a lovely experience as Sony has added some beautiful chill and nifty animations to keep things motivating.  Movement of icons are extremely fluid and offer a bit of a bounce when changing home screens.  There, at times, were a bit of a slight lag in respond to the touch at and Im not entirely sure if it was due to the screen technology or not.  I suspect that it is.  Another neat feature is when you pinch to zoom on the home screen to get an impression look at all your walls/home screens, the apps, icons and widgets get all mixed up and jumbled together until you pic your much loved app or widget, in which it then thrusts you to that home screen.


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