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.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is a wafer-thin 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.smart phone that brings Sony's Bravia Engine
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.
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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