Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc (25 June 2012)
With the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc being one of the last out of the bunch of devices to be released under the Sony Ericsson name, unfortunately this device is not worth writing home about.
The Xperia Arc is quite a decent device, feels amazing in your hands and is constructed beautifully. Although colleagues here at SAfrica Vibe Media argue and say it feels outdated when compared to Samsung’s Galaxy S2 or even the Motorla Defy+ (Really, Defy+ ? as I sigh and hope the Editor won’t shove this review in the rubbish bin)
One thing I am happy about, is that the engineers at Sony Ericssons’ finally decided to part this device with Google’s offer, Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) as supposed to previously used Symbian. Just when the excitement hits you from holding the very easy on the eye Xperia Arc, its response whether your switching between home screens or opening social feeds is quite delayed and will leave you frustrated at peak of times – which in my case, the thought of waiting for the dial pad to load in an emergency could result to lives lost –yep it takes it time. I blame the 1GHz processor.
Although the Arc does not have a front facing camera, it comes packed with a stereo FM radio, GPS, a mini HDMI port, support for Wi-Fi and DNLA media streaming, 3G, 320MB o board memory and Micro SD slot (8GB SD included in the box) . The Timescape home screen is impressive, but I found no use for it.
A regular in Sony Ericsson devices is their superb picture quality and this 8 megapixel camera with autofocus, image stabilisation, LED flash and ability to shoot video at 720p is highly acceptable. As is the norm with smartphones, battery life does not surpass 5pm with daily usage of calls, emails and keeping social networks updated (with Wi-Fi and mobile data enabled). Which again, will result to you keeping the charger nearby.
The Xperia Arc is an affordable option when seeking for a device with great picture quality, packed with features and appealing to the eye, at an even lower price, but there are far better devices for the equivalent.
* Papi Mabele