Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc review: A solid foundation

This unlocked phone could be Sony Ericsson's sleekest yet, but with its high price tag and successor just around the corner, we'd recommend you wait.

When we first saw the handsome Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc at CES last January, we knew it was a solid effort--slim and sleek with sharp edges, impressive camera specs, and a Reality Display worth talking about.

Nine months later, the unlocked phone we've finally got in our hands still holds our interest. The design is appealing, the screen high-quality, and the custom skin a refreshing change from the usual. The camera, while good, has a few weak points, as do other areas of the Xperia Arc. Unfortunately, the biggest stumbling block for most U.S. users will be the unlocked price, nearly $600.

However, if the Xperia Arc can tell us one thing, it's to keep an eye out for its successor, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S , which will have a faster processor and more entertainment options, on top of its speedier camera startup speeds. In the meantime, check out the pros and cons of the original in our full hands-on review.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

A classy design, sharp screen, and well-rounded features make us wish this phone were locked to a carrier.

About the author

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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