Sony Ericsson Xperia is the latest model to join the Xperia family and is a stylish, ultra-lightweight smartphone powered by Android and is 8.7mm slim with 117gm lightweight.
Comparing it with previous versions, this is Sony Ericsson's largest ever screen on a handset. The large screen takes up most of the front because the Home, Back and Settings buttons take up very little space at the bottom. This phone has a 1Ghz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor called Snapdragon, an Adreno 205 graphics processor which is the same pairing used in the Xperia Play, a model catered for gamers. As an Android user, I am impressed with its tight integration with Google Apps and native applications for Gmail, Google Talk, and Google Calendar. The Arc comes with the Android 2.3 codenamed Gingerbread and will excite Android users because the latest version of Google's OS comes with a slew of improvements.
It's easy to make and receive calls, and send text messages with the phone and one can create shortcuts to favorite contacts on the homescreen. Xperia Arc also holds up well in terms of speed and touch screen sensitivity. You can switch from the home screen to the applications drawer quickly without any lag. Surfing the Internet is a joy on the Xperia Arc because of its ultra-sharp display and Android's Voice Search feature. Not all is rosy because there is grey resize bar which appears and blocks part of the display when you are pinching and zooming is somewhat redundant.
The Xperia Arc comes with an 8.1-megapixel camera that is comparable to any point-and-shoot camera phone. The array of features the camera offers are impressive and can control exposure value, toggle image stabilizer, adjust white balance and even switch on geotagging to add location information to your photos. The camera also offers scene selection and comes with Landscape, Night portrait, Sports, Portrait, Night scene, Beach and Snow, Party and Document modes. You can even select up to three types of shutter sound. Now that's a whole lot of customization for a camera phone but zooming is only allowed when shooting in 2-megapixel mode. The downside to having such a thin, feather-weight phone with a large screen is the short battery life and has six hours only but one can disable vibrate mode and Haptic feedback to further save battery. The phone heats up slightly if the vibrate mode is left on and notifications keep coming via Google Talk, Twitter or Facebook.
Video recording is adequate and it supports autofocus during recording. It takes a few seconds for the camera to adjust itself when an object comes into view. The phone also comes with a port for HDMI output so all you have to do is hook it up to a HDTV to view your HD videos. Sony Ericsson phones are generally known for their music playback capability. The Arc carries on this tradition by providing simple playback controls and comes with a wide selection of preset equalizer settings. Also, setting your favorite MP3 song as ringtone is as simple as selecting it by clicking on the Settings button during music playback. Timescape lets you view all your communications at a glance. You can check your missed calls, text messages, Facebook and Twitter updates from a single location. You can also drag down the Notifications Bar to easily view updates on missed calls, messages, social media and network connections. My conclusion is that Arc is one of Sony Ericsson's most feature-packed smartphones and is worth checking out if you looking for an Android phone running the latest version of the OS.