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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1559 reviews of Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The screen and usability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some negative opinions about the GPS navigation and reliability.

performance, usability, screen, design, size

battery, durability, reliability, GPS navigation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 77 user reviews of Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the camera and portability are generally positive. The screen and usability also get good feedback, but there are some mixed opinions about the size. Some have doubts about the GPS navigation and durability.

performance, usability, screen, portability, camera

reliability, durability, GPS navigation

86% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Ericsson Arc S Sim Free Smart Phone - Midnight BlueSony Ericsson Arc S Sim Free Smart Phone - Midnight Blue

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 150 user reviews of Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the price and size. The design and portability are also appreciated.

performance, portability, design, size, price

81% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S LT18a-BLU Unlocked Smartphone with Android OS, 8MP Camera, 1.4 GHz Processor, 4.2-Inch Multi-Touch Display, Wi-Fi and aGPS Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S LT18a-BLU Unlocked Smartphone with Android OS, 8MP Camera, 1.4 GHz Processor, 4.2-Inch Multi-Touch Display, Wi-Fi and aGPS

Dec, 2016

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Amazon.ca review summary for Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.ca.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S LT18a-BLU Unlocked Smartphone with Android OS, 8MP Camera, 1.4 GHz Processor, 4.2-Inch Multi-Touch Display, Wi-Fi and aGPS Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S LT18a-BLU Unlocked Smartphone with Android OS, 8MP Camera, 1.4 GHz Processor, 4.2-Inch Multi-Touch Display, Wi-Fi and aGPS

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Ian Morris (pocket-lint.com)

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S - Pocket-lint

 

All-in-all, a lovely phone. It's no a huge upgrade to the Arc, but the faster processor and faster HSPA download speeds might appeal, and it's always worth

Thin, light, speedy, nice customisations to Android, camera is good

Poor battery life, screen scratches easily, some antenna issues, camera app lets down the good camera hardware

Before this year, Sony Ericsson was in the wilderness of phones. It had made the move to Android, but was still churning out unimpressive and slightly depressing handsets. Now though, the Ray, Arc and Arc S all offer truly modern mobile functionality,...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: Gary Cutlack (techradar.com)

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S review

 

A minor phone processor update or an essential Android refresh?

Fantastic big, bright, sharp screen ; Great user interface customisations ; Fast and pretty good stills camera ; Very thin and light ; Good battery life for its size

Blotchy 720p video results ; Mismatched widgets ; Still only five home screens ; Tiny power button and camera buttons

Updated: read our Hands on: Sony Xperia S review.

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S hands-on - Pocket-lint

 

We loved the design of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, we loved the 4.2-inch 854 x 480 display, we loved the 8.1-megapixel camera and we even found that

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S

 

Leaner, meaner, stronger, smarter? Er, no. But it is faster.

Slim design, Good camera with shutter button, Good connectivity

Slim design is difficult to hold, Only single-core processor, Feels plasticky

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S

 

Solid but svelte, excellent provision for video and music content, superb screen

Fiddly buttons, limited internal storage means splashing out on an SD card

The Arc S is an excellent addition to the market, and ideal if video is a high priority

Jan, 2012

Expert review by: Sandra Vogel (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc S review

 

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S has a very slight outward curve to its long edges. This is accentuated by the inward curving silver side panel. Some people have made a lot of this feature, though we aren't particularly taken with it.

Sony Ericsson hasn’t always made the best of its smartphones, and some models can be described as, frankly, disappointing. But the Xperia Arc S is a thin, light and powerful Android smartphone, although it’s let down by some build issues.

Dec, 2011

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Expert review by: (expertreviews.co.uk)

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S review

 

The original Sony Ericsson Xperia arc impressed us with its slim design and latest version of Android, but we were worried that its single-core processor might be underpowered compared to the slew of dual-core smartphones appearing on the market. The...

The Arc S has a faster processor and better battery life than the original Arc, and even costs slightly less SIM-free, but the 3D and USB features aren't compelling reasons to upgrade

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S review

 

The eye-catching Xperia Arc is back with an S – for speed – tagged to its moniker. But is it an upgrade worth snapping up?

The sleek Xperia Arc is now slick as well, though it’s the S's screen that still dazzles

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: Thomas Newton (recombu.com)

Sony Xperia Arc S Review: In Depth

 

Sony Ericsson has revamped one of its best phones in years, the Xperia Arc, with a faster processor and a fancy 3D panoramic picture mode. Rechristened as the Xperia Arc S, it's virtually the same phone…

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Mar, 2012

Expert review by: Thomas Newton (recombu.com)

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S Review

 

Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc S packs the same camera as the original Arc (8.1-megapixels) and a speedy 1.4GHz CPU.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is an excellent phone, boasting an incredible camera, slick design and fast performance. Compared to phones of a similar price like the Galaxy S2 (to which it is currently similarly priced) it's not quite as powerful when...

Oct, 2011

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:1500
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Continuous audio playback time:37
Continuous video playback time:6.25 / 6.41
Standby time (2G):460
Standby time (3G):460
Talk time (2G):7 / 7.3 / 7.41 / 7.42 / 7.5
Talk time (3G):7 / 7.3 / 7.5 / 7.58

Call management

Auto-redialing:Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Image stabilizer:Y / Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Vibrating Alert:Y / Yes

Camera

Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Built-in Camera:Y / Yes
Built-in Flash:Y / Yes
Digital Zoom:16
Face detection:Y / Yes
Flash type:LED
Front Camera:No / Yes
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Image stabilizer: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):8.1
Maximum frame rate:30
Night mode: Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8.1
Second Camera:No / Yes
Self-timer: Yes
Sensor Type:CMOS
Smile detection:Y / Yes
Video capture resolution (max):1280 x 720
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:720p
Video stabilizer:Y / Yes
Zoom capability: Yes

Certificates

Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified: Yes
DLNA certified:Y

Design

Colour of product:Black / Blue / Pink / Silver / White
Form factor:Bar

Display

Display diagonal:10.7 / 106.7
Display number of colours:16.77 / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:854 x 480
Display Type:TFT
External display: No
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Touch screen:Y
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Dual-touch / Multi-touch
Touchscreen: Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Keyboard

Keyboard layout:QWERTY

Memory

Internal RAM:0.5 / 512

Messaging

Chat: Yes
E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC, AMR, LPCM, MP3, MP4, WAV / AAC, AMR, MP3, OGG, WAV / AAC, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV / AAC, MP3 / MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV
FM radio:Y / Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPEG XR, PNG, WBMP / BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG / JPG
Radio Data System (RDS):Y / Yes
RSS reader: Yes
Video compression formats:3GP, H.264, MP4, MPEG4
Video formats supported:3GP, H.263, H.264, MP4, MPEG4 / 3GP, MP4 / 3gp, MPEG4

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS:Y / Yes
GPS (satellite):No / Yes
GPS antenna:N / No / Yes
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850, 900, 1800, 1900 / 850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:800, 850, 900, 1900, 2100 / 800,850,1900,2100 / 800,850,900,1900,2100 / 850,900,1900,2100 / 900,2100
3G standards:HSPA / HSPA, WCDMA
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP / A2DP, AVRCP, HSF, HSP, OPP, PBAP
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR / 3.0+HS
Data network:3G
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:MiniSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y / Yes
WAP:2.0
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other features

Active toolbar: Yes
Camera included: Yes
EDGE: Yes
GPRS: Yes
Java technology: Yes
Music player:Y / Yes
Polyphonic ring: Yes
Ringer type:MP3 / Polyphonic
Rotating: Yes
Standby time:360 / 460
Talk Time:7
User memory:320
Video Playback:Y / Yes
Voice Recording: Yes
Volume Control:Digital
Wireless Connection: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Android Market\nGoogle Voice Search\nGoogle search\nYouTube\nGoogle Latitude\nFacebook\nTwitter\nGoogle Talk\nGoogle Maps\nGoogle Mail / Sony Ericsson Timescape, Sony Ericsson Home screen application, Android Market, GMail, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google search widget, Google Talk, Google Voice Search, Google Gallery 3D, Google Latitude, YouTube, Facebook, Facebook inside, Office Suite, Twitter, TrackID
Cables included:USB
Headset included: Yes
Quick start guide:Y / Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Exchange support:Y / Yes
Flight mode:Y / Yes
Microphone mute: Yes
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:2.3 / 2.3 Gingerbread
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, Recorder / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Recorder / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Games / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Games, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, Stopwatch, To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Widgets
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
vCard: Yes
Video call:No / Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Ports & interfaces

HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
TV-Out :Y / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:Micro-USB A / Micro-USB B
USB port: Yes
USB version:2.0

Processor

Processor family:QUALCOMM
Processor frequency:1.4
Processor Model:MSM 8255

Software

Exchange support: Yes
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:2.3 / 2.3 Gingerbread
vCard: Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / microSDHC
Internal Memory:1024 / 320
Internal RAM:512
Internal storage capacity:1
Maximum memory card size:32
USB mass storage:Y / Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Video

Video call:No / Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.5 / 125 / 6.3 / 8.7
Height :12.5 / 8.7
Weight:117
Width:12.5 / 6.3 / 63