Sony Ericsson Xperia arc 

Released January, 2011
  • Android 4.0.4
  • 3.5G
  • 4.2"
  • 1 GHz
The combination of Android 2.3 and Adobe Flash Player means Flash sites are supported, while the phone's 1GHz processor does a good job of handling complex, content-rich sites.
by TechRadar (Apr, 2011)
Contrast and color degradation when looking at an angle are almost akin to the older generation of LCD displays, and far from those of the Retina Display, or the NOVA display in the LG Optimus Black, which use the IPS-LCD technology.
by PhoneArena (Jan, 2011)
5.8 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc

Performance

Processing power and speed

Xperia arc
5.5
Passmark and AnTuTu

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Xperia arc
5.8
AnTuTu 3D

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Xperia arc
5.1
Talk time (3G), Standby time (3G), Standby time and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Xperia arc
8.0
Reviews from phonearena.com, gsmarena.com and techradar.com

5.8

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Xperia arc
5.8

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Xperia arc
1,037
Galaxy S4
3,414

AnTuTu Memory, processor, graphics and storage performance

Xperia arc
3,039
Galaxy S4
24,894
Lenovo S650
16,542

AnTuTu 3D 3D graphics performance

Xperia arc
1,009
Lenovo S650
4,608
Xperia go
1,302

Reviews Word on the street for the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc


8.5
On top of that it is very light thanks to its plastic build, and still the tasteful design with gradient colors and chromed rim remains sleek and classy.

9.0
The body is unbelievably thin, the screen large and responsive to the touch, the camera the best you'll get today.

Overall

8.0 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

As it is, we're prepared to overlook the Xperia Arc's few minor flaws thanks to its stunning good looks, superb screen and very decent photo performance.
by TechRadar (Apr, 2011)
With the addition of the Mobile BRAVIA Engine to this screen type, Sony has come up with a new marketing title – the Reality Display.
by PhoneArena (Jan, 2011)
Of course, an LCD unit is unable to match the natural contrast of an AMOLED screen, but given that limitation Sony Ericsson have done an excellent job of things.
by GSM Arena (Jan, 2011)

Camera

Add a great 8MP camera, loudspeaker and screen to the mix and we can safely say that the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc is a solid contender for 2011.
by PhoneArena (Apr, 2011)
The Xperia Arc's 8.1megapixel Exmor R sensor captures still images at a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448, with photos saved in JPEG format and emerging between 1MB and 1.5MB.
by TechRadar (Apr, 2011)
The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc is a promising smartphone – it looks sleek, feels smooth and packs a very decent camera.
by GSM Arena (Jan, 2011)

Video

If you re-encode your videos before hand, the XPERIA Arc can make a good video player.
by GSM Arena (Apr, 2011)
Flash content, including videos, displays very well, and the whole mobile internet experience is great.
by PhoneArena (Apr, 2011)
HD video recording is a hot feature recently and the XPERIA Arc is doing pretty well with the frame rate.
by GSM Arena (Apr, 2011)

Apps

The music player on the XPERIA Arc is quite similar to the music section of the axed Mediascape app.
by GSM Arena (Apr, 2011)
The drag-down notifications bar is a little under-stocked compared to its Android brethren – even the HTC Desire S has joined the Samsung Galaxy S2 and INQ Cloud Touch in offering easy access to turning on and off Wi-Fi or GPS from anywhere in the phone.
by TechRadar (Apr, 2011)
Email is handled by the standard Android client, which, as ever, does a great job of setting your accounts up for you once you've supplied a username and password, also fully supporting Exchange accounts.
by TechRadar (Apr, 2011)

Operating system

Gingerbread doesn't bring many visible changes to the interface, most of the changelog is under the hood, but still, the ability to copy/paste or move the cursor with the large handles now, as well as the improved multitasking and process management, are welcome additions.
by PhoneArena (Apr, 2011)
Gingerbread doesn't bring many visible changes to the interface, most of the changelog is under the hood, but still, the ability to copy/paste or move the cursor with the large handles now, as well as the improved multitasking and process management, are welcome additions.
by PhoneArena (Jan, 2011)
We like that the company simplified its Android skinning efforts in the Timescape UI, since this should speed up the eventual OS updates.
by PhoneArena (Jan, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Size 4.2"
Resolution 854 x 480
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 233 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 1 GHz
Number of cores Single core
Internal storage 0.51 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDHC
  2. SD

photo & video

Camera 8.1 MP
Resolution 8.1 MP
Flash Yes
Video resolution 1280 x 720 @ Unknown

cellular

Generation 3.5G
Networks
  1. HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
  2. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  3. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  4. Unknown (7.2 Mb/s)
  5. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
  6. HSDPA (7.2 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 420 min
Standby time 25,776 min
Standby time (3G) 24,048 min
Capacity 1,500 mA·h

form factor

Weight 117 g
Thickness 8.7 mm
Size 63 x 125 x 8.7 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes

software

Operating system Android 4.0.4
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support Yes
App store size 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot No
Supports NFC No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1
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