Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S Video
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S Video Transcript
Hi. I'm Brian Bennett for CNET.com. And this is the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S, an unlocked handset with a (steepless?) price of 439. A follow up to his predecessor, the Xperia Arc, the Arc S features a slightly faster 1.4 Ghz (??) processor than his predecessor which came with a 1 Ghz CPU. It also flaunts the same slim and attractive design, but now comes in 3 addition eye-catching colors, Pure White, Gloss Black and Sakura Pink. These compliment the original 2 hues of the original Arc. Now, let's take a closer look at this premium device. At just a third of an inch thick, the Xperia Arc S is very luxurious, extremely (??) and slips into tight pockets easily. Despite being plastic, its construction of smooth surface has a high end feel and fits well in hand. The front of the phone is dominated by its 4.3-inch 854x480 resolution LCD screen. It's true that its display is not HD quality, but it still delivers crisp images and texts. It's bright and has vibrant colors. Running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, the phone provides access to the more than 250,000 apps in the Android market. The phone does use the Timescape interface on top of Android which can be a little confusing if you're used to stock (??). Timescape does add some useful tweaks to the phone, a handy social networking widget display updates in slick looking index card format. Also convenient is a shortcut to multimedia files, pictures, video and music placed on the navigation bar on the bottom of the home screen. We also like their 8.1 megapixel camera on the Xperia Arc S which takes sharp and clear pictures and features of point-and-shoot like functions such as face recognition, smile capture, and even take both standard and 3D panorama shots. It also has a camcorder capable of capturing smooth 720p HD video. There are some things we didn't like about the Xperia Arc as first, its tiny buttons can be really hard to press for folks with big hands, especially the power key on top. The phone's high $440 price is steep, considering it lacks Ice Cream Sandwich or even a dual core CPU. Also, as an unlocked phone, you're stuck using AT&T cellular network in the US. On our test, we saw disappointingly slow downloading upload speeds. I'm Brian Bennett and this has been the unlocked Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S. Read for review at CNET.com.
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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S (pure white) Review
The good: The Sony Xperia Arc S flaunts a slim, attractive design, comes in multiple colors, runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, boasts a powerful camera, and records 720p HD video.
The bad: Many of the phone's buttons are tiny and hard to press, plus its unlocked sticker price is pretty steep, especially for a single-core handset that lacks Ice Cream Sandwich.
The bottom line: Sony Ericsson follows up its ultrastylish Xperia Arc with the Xperia Arc S, a slightly faster version of the posh European model that runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and rocks a powerful camera. Its high price, single-core CPU, and slow data speeds will leave Android experts wanting more.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S (pure white) Specs
Manufacturer: Sony Ericsson
Part number: ARCSLT18AWH
- Product Basic Spec