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Does anyone have the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc?

I really like the look of this phone, but would love some comments from someone who has used it.
What do you think of the screen? Good quality?
Is it fast, responsive when browsing?
Is it comfortable to hold for a long period?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  May. 6, 2011 at 12:09

OMG, I'll get into trouble now :D Dave here on mobot posted a review of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, and I posted my opinion... I thought I'd gotten away with it LOL

I hated it tbh. Software-wise it was okay. Fast responsive screen.
The camera is outstanding for an Android phone - in poor light it beats the Nokia N8.
The screen, well, that is one of my complaints. It looks gorgeous when you look at it from the perfect angle, but I found the moment you look at it from a not so perfect pov, it looks washed out - whether the Bravia engine is on or off.
Build? Shocking. Honestly. I do not believe we should let hardware makers get away with it. It's a high-end device! The battery cover looks like something you'd expect on a £1 alarm clock or a toy. It doesn't fit well; it comes off easy, and it's slippery.
The power button is too small and in anawkward position - as is the camera button. I don't know how often I pushed the cam key by mistake. That takes me to the 3 hardware buttons underneath the screen. WTF??? I'm okay with thenm being in an unorthodox order, but they are so damn close to softkeys on the phone!!! Trying to hit the menu button without hitting an app's virtual menu/close button is not always easy, and I have smallish fingers.
Initially I thought I might have caught a lemon, but then I checked on Esato ( a SE forum) - a lot of disappointed members who returned the phone after a few days. Like mine, theirs had a poorly fitting battery cover and creaky housing...

I could go on - but hey ;)
I would only recommend the phone to someone who REALLY needs an Android phone with a good camera.
If an average camera is acceptable, then pretty much every Android phone in its pricerange beats the SE Xperia Arc.
Sorry folks :( I didn't enjoy not liking it. ;)

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JanSt / MOD  May. 6, 2011 at 12:09

OMG, I'll get into trouble now :D Dave here on mobot posted a review of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, and I posted my opinion... I thought I'd gotten away with it LOL

I hated it tbh. Software-wise it was okay. Fast responsive screen.
The camera is outstanding for an Android phone - in poor light it beats the Nokia N8.
The screen, well, that is one of my complaints. It looks gorgeous when you look at it from the perfect angle, but I found the moment you look at it from a not so perfect pov, it looks washed out - whether the Bravia engine is on or off.
Build? Shocking. Honestly. I do not believe we should let hardware makers get away with it. It's a high-end device! The battery cover looks like something you'd expect on a £1 alarm clock or a toy. It doesn't fit well; it comes off easy, and it's slippery.
The power button is too small and in anawkward position - as is the camera button. I don't know how often I pushed the cam key by mistake. That takes me to the 3 hardware buttons underneath the screen. WTF??? I'm okay with thenm being in an unorthodox order, but they are so damn close to softkeys on the phone!!! Trying to hit the menu button without hitting an app's virtual menu/close button is not always easy, and I have smallish fingers.
Initially I thought I might have caught a lemon, but then I checked on Esato ( a SE forum) - a lot of disappointed members who returned the phone after a few days. Like mine, theirs had a poorly fitting battery cover and creaky housing...

I could go on - but hey ;)
I would only recommend the phone to someone who REALLY needs an Android phone with a good camera.
If an average camera is acceptable, then pretty much every Android phone in its pricerange beats the SE Xperia Arc.
Sorry folks :( I didn't enjoy not liking it. ;)

kabebz  Dec. 5, 2011 at 18:29

You cannot do a system update over wifi, it has to be on a PC not a MAC (Sony software is not suitable for a Apple Mac - Sony do not support Mac user for this handset Xperia Arc S)

CTPAHHIK  Dec. 6, 2011 at 09:59

Is there a difference between Arc and Arc S in terms of build quality and feel?

Jim988  Dec. 6, 2011 at 15:05

Sony is on the rise again thankfully, arc is a solid phone

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 6, 2011 at 15:25

CTPA, no they're exactly the same feel/build quality, they use the same outside case for both phones. It's only the camera and processor that are different.

CTPAHHIK  Dec. 7, 2011 at 09:06

No thank you to Sony, I have Play and it's nice, shiny and looks very stylish. I have seen Arc and it's even better. However, plastics and screen are very cheap and get worn out/scratched very easily (My Desire HD still does not have a single scratch on it's screen). Metal buttons and charger hole has small pieces of metal chipped off. Phone turns into cheap/used looking toy very quickly. Would not be a big problem, if replacement parts would not be so expensive. Plastic cover is £10. Digitizer is £25.

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