Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

The Good Wafer-thin, curved case; gorgeous wide-screen display; 8.1-megapixel camera with innovative sensor.

The Bad Thin, plastic case seems delicate; no privileged access to PlayStation content or Sony's music and film catalogues; poor battery life.

The Bottom Line The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc offers a stunning wide-screen display and an excellent camera. It's the ideal Android smart phone for media lovers.

Editors' Rating
8.3 Overall

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Review

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is a wafer-thin Android smart phone that brings Sony's Bravia Engine TV tech to your pocket. Thanks to an up-to-date version of Android and a thinned-down custom user interface, the Arc is by far Sony Ericsson's best Android smart phone yet.

The Arc won't be cheap. You can expect this high-end phone to cost around £30 to £40 per month on a contract, when it arrives in shops in spring of this year. You can also pick it up SIM-free now for around £430.

Small screen, big scene

Listing the Arc's specs makes us feel like kids in a sweet shop, but the biggest treat of all could be its 4.2-inch touchscreen. It's not the AMOLED kind flaunted by phones like the Samsung Galaxy S. Rather, it's an LED-backlit TFT LCD screen. This means that, although it doesn't offer the eye-piercing brightness of an AMOLED display, it delivers more subdued, accurate colours. The 480x854-pixel screen doesn't match the iPhone 4's 640x960-pixel display, but it's still sharp and beautiful to look at.

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