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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.

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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.