Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S - pros and cons


4.2" dislay

Capacitive LED-backlit LCD touchscreen

FWVGA resolution

480 x 854 pixels

Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine

Android OS v2.3.4 Gingerbread

1.4 GHz Scorpion CPU

Adreno 205 GPU

Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 chipset

512 MB RAM

8 MP autofocus cam

LED flash

3D Sweep Panorama

720p video recording @ 30fps

Continuous autofocus

Stereo sound

Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA


microSD slot up to 32GB

8GB card boxed


Proximity sensor

Stereo FM radio with RDS

microUSB port for charging

Stereo Bluetooth v2.1

Voice dialing

Adobe Flash 11 supported

microHDMI port

Ultra slim

Not a dual-core CPU

GPUs is way behind todays competition

Poor viewing angles

No front-facing camera

No smart dialing

Non hot-swappable microSD card slot

Shutter key is uncomfortable

~233 ppi pixel density

Scratch-resistant glass

Timescape UI

Only 1 GB internal memory. Cannot be recommended for apps

Of 1GB, 320 MB is left for users. Rest is eaten up by the system

Wi-Fi hotspot

USB On-the-go

Touch focus

Image stabilization

Continuous autofocus

Video light

Video stabilizer

Android OS v2.3.4 (Gingerbread) is planned to be upgraded to v4.0

TrackID music recognition

Document viewer

USB on-the-go needs Sony Ericsson LiveDock

You wont get full advantage of Google Talks Video Chat since it lacks a front cam

It has SWYPE like SWIPE but still T9 trace

An USB charger and a microUSB-to-USB cable that is used for charging and computer connections are boxed

Multi-touch input

Good touch response

Sony Bravia Mobile Engine really delivers ! it enhances the image quality and clarity by boosting contrast and sharpness

Quad-band GSM /GPRS/EDGE and 3G

4.2" 16M-color capacitive touchscreen

FWVGA resolution, 480 x 854 pixels

Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine

Android OS v2.3.4 Gingerbread

1.4 GHz Scorpion CPU,

Adreno 205 GPU

Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 chipset (not a dual-core CPU and rivals have gone for better GPUs)

512 MB RAM

8 MP autofocus cam

LED flash

3D Sweep Panorama

720p video recording @ 30fps

Continuous autofocus

Stereo sound in camcorder

GPS with A-GPS

microSD slot up to 32GB (8GB card included. Local variations may apply)

Stereo FM radio with RDS

microUSB port (charging)

stereo Bluetooth v2.1

Voice dialing

Adobe Flash 11

Accelerometer and proximity sensor

microHDMI port

Poor viewing angles

The front-facing cam is dropped

No smart dialing

microSD card slot is non hot swappable

Migrating from Xperia arc is not advisable. Not much improvement seen here

USB on-the-go

USB on-the-go function only with Sony Ericsson LiveDock

Sony 3D panorama shots are flawlessly delivered on compatible 3D TVs

Maps 5.1 pre-loaded with 3D building rendering machine

8 megapixel camera lets Gingerbread to capture 3D still images

Facebook albums supported

Music player lets you share the tracks you like via Facebook

Threaded view

File attachment option in SMS

Can crop the size of the video to be sent through SMS

An option is to select Record Video in SMS to send attaching to a SMS

16x digital zoom

Video light

Video stabilizer

Two finger rotation makes orientation easier in maps

Scratch-resistant glass

320 MB user-available C: out of 1GB inbuilt memory

Touch focus

Image stabilization

OS Android OS, v2.3.4 (Gingerbread) upgrade planned to v4.0

Document viewer

HDMI port

Nokia N8 rules in relation with the camera

No ISO control in the cam app

Good Call quality

Noise reduction

Noisy loudspeaker

An easy panorama
mode which enables you to pan camera around and the rest is taken care of, automatically stitching the image together

3D panoramas (only viewable on a 3D TV via the HDMI output)

Good battery life


HDMI port for 1280*720 high definition video output on tv

HDMI cable not included


One of the fastest microprocessors, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 (1.4ghz)

Stereo headset and Micro USB cable not included in the box

8GB card included

8.1 megapixel camera

A capasitive touch screen, not a resistive one


Difficult to hold, hard to keep a firm grasp

A single-core processor

Gives a more plastic feel than metalic

A large 4.2in display

Even the rim that runs round the edge is chromed plastic

The back cover and the flap that cover the HDMI port are not standardised


Color production of the display is below iphone or galaxy S 2

Bravia Engine Reality Display

Colors distort when viewed from angles

Shutter button also launches the camera app

The shutter button is so small and stiff

Power button is small and fiddly

A LED indicator to inform you of recieved messages or the phone charging

Three main physical navigation buttons, Back, Home and Menu

A mono speaker, not stereo

Android 2.3.4

Five home screens

The Timescape widget shows messages and updates from social
networks, missed calls and text messages


A data usage monitor

Quick switches between wifi on/off, 3G data and Bluetoot on/off

Take a screenshot, hold down the Power button, select the relevant option from the popup

keyboard predicts what words you are aiming at

Keyboard is not as effective as Swype

Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited services

To use Music Unlimited you have to go to the Music Unlimited website and create an account

Be a premium subscriber to use Music Unlimited

Video Unlimited downloads are costly

Navigation and app launching is swift

Web browser supports Flash

FM radio

The default media player play backs only the MP4 files out of the box, no divx, mkv and mov

You can download third party players,
but hardware support for these is unstable as its only single core

Bravia video playback enhancements (colours pop, good dark detailing and smooth)

Video capturing is 720p HD at 30fps not 1080p

Video gets noisy
pretty soon

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