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What's the best Sony Ericsson phone out?

Which Sony Ericsson phone has the best specs? The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Aug. 4, 2011 at 11:41

As the previous poster says.

I would really skip the Arc, though, if you intend to buy a phone soon. If you need the big screen, spend a little extra on a Samsung Galaxy S2 or HTC Sensation.
The Sony Ericsson Arc has a lovely screen, and its camera is fairly capable - especially in low light where many other Android devices struggle. However, I found everything else below par. In the race for 'thin and sexy' SE threw sturdiness out the window. The phone creaks. The camera button is in a daft place. As are the 3 main buttons below the screen. In many cases you won't be able to push them without hitting an onscreen key above. Very annoying. And really, I haven't got huge fingers.
Battery life is worse than that of the dual-core SGS2.
Also, I found the hyped Bravia engine of little effect. And though it makes photos appear a little more vivid, disabling it you'd hardly know it was on before.
Having said that, the screen has poor outdoor visibility. And the viewing angle is limited. I found the screen looked washed out when not peeked at from the ideal angle.
I was never more relieved about o2 Ireland's no quibble returns policy.
In fact, the Arc and the Play to me are clear indicators for big big trouble on the SE horizon.
Both underperformed sales wise.
Interestingly, esato.com did a huge review of the Arc (esato is a self-confessed SE fansite). The entire review is more or less about the cam and the sleek design. Reading it, you'll notice that they avoided a host of areas... wonder why ;)

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chancooluk  Aug. 4, 2011 at 00:37

Yes the Xperia Arc is the highest spec model they offer (although all of their 2011 android range has similar specs).

There are a few more Xperia's due out this year like the "Xperia Duo" which will be SE's first handset with a dual core processor.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 4, 2011 at 11:41

As the previous poster says.

I would really skip the Arc, though, if you intend to buy a phone soon. If you need the big screen, spend a little extra on a Samsung Galaxy S2 or HTC Sensation.
The Sony Ericsson Arc has a lovely screen, and its camera is fairly capable - especially in low light where many other Android devices struggle. However, I found everything else below par. In the race for 'thin and sexy' SE threw sturdiness out the window. The phone creaks. The camera button is in a daft place. As are the 3 main buttons below the screen. In many cases you won't be able to push them without hitting an onscreen key above. Very annoying. And really, I haven't got huge fingers.
Battery life is worse than that of the dual-core SGS2.
Also, I found the hyped Bravia engine of little effect. And though it makes photos appear a little more vivid, disabling it you'd hardly know it was on before.
Having said that, the screen has poor outdoor visibility. And the viewing angle is limited. I found the screen looked washed out when not peeked at from the ideal angle.
I was never more relieved about o2 Ireland's no quibble returns policy.
In fact, the Arc and the Play to me are clear indicators for big big trouble on the SE horizon.
Both underperformed sales wise.
Interestingly, esato.com did a huge review of the Arc (esato is a self-confessed SE fansite). The entire review is more or less about the cam and the sleek design. Reading it, you'll notice that they avoided a host of areas... wonder why ;)

Julias  Aug. 4, 2011 at 16:21

The best Sony Ericsson phones out for me were the first original batch, i.e P800,P900,T610,K750,K800 SE has seen better days since the recent crop don't quite hit the spot if you know what i mean? your better off going for Samsung, HTC mate!

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 4, 2011 at 17:00

agree, Julias.
SE, much more so than Nokia, failed to 'get' the iPhone-effect. The smartphone hype... Interestingly, when SE launched the M600, they hid the fact that it was a smartphone... They were afraid it might have bad connotations. In a way, at that time, it was clever. But it also showed a lack of vision and a lack of guts. They could have led the way with a fun focussed smart OS device. Instead it became an iPod with a crap phone firmware. I think to this day they lack guts and vision.
We try winmo in the most promise-breaking lacklustre fashion, we do a bit of Android.... never groundbreaking since the k750. Always catching up.
If Symbian is a burning platform, then SE are like a one-hit wonder popstar desperately remixing that old record again and again without listening to other people's songs...

Doom.

blizzard7  Aug. 4, 2011 at 21:10

Yup, would take a very hardcore Sony Ericsson person to recommend any of their current phones.

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