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For the last few days I’ve been playing around with the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc from Rogers Wireless.  This is one slick phone with a super slim profile, 4.2-inch screen, 8-megapixel camera, and lots of other goodness.  I’ll be doing a full review later this week but wanted to give you my first impressions of this Android 2.3 device:

  • It’s thin!  At its slimmest it’s only 8.4mm with a bit more thickness at the top and bottom.  It really gives this a super svelte look but for me it’s almost too thin.  It seems like it’s all screen and initially I was worried it would snap in half in a strong breeze, but it’s plenty tough enough.  The result is a slick looking phone that slips into any pocket...just don’t sit on it. What’s surprising is that this phone doesn’t feel big.  With it’s 4.2-inch screen you would think it would seem huge but it really doesn’t.  Very cool!
  • When you look at and hold the arc it’s hard to believe it has a 4.2-inch screen!  The TFT screen covers most of the front of this Xperia and is a true 16:9 at 854x400 resolution.  Colours look very nice with photos and videos as they are actively adjusted using the Sony BRAVIA graphics engine.  Overall the display is very good but could do with just a bit deeper black.

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  • Probably the most marketing-worthy feature of the arc is its 8.1-megapixel camera and it certainly does do a nice job.  Colours and contrast are quite good for a phone, but just be aware that your photos may actually look better on your Xperia arc than your computer because of it’s BRAVIA engine: kind of a weird little bit of irony.  Video capture goes up to 720p and looks quite good.  One nice little feature is that touching the screen to focus your picture can also make it snap the picture automatically.
  • Strangely enough the Xperia arc only has a 1GHz Snapdragon processor.  This is really a marquee device for Sony Ericsson, so you would have thought it would be a dual core monster like some of the newest phones from other companies.  Having said that, I haven’t had any problems with the arc in terms of performance.  For most everything it has plenty of pep and doesn’t need much more.

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  • So far, battery life has not been great for me.  Now, that’s probably because I am putting it through its paces but I’m surprised at how quickly the battery drains.  I’ll have to check to see if there is anything in the background that is gulping down all the juice; some widgets are known for being hogs like that.
  • The things I am not crazy about so far: the buttons and the virtual keyboard.  The power button is on the top and is a recessed small round one; it’s hard to quickly find and hard to press.  I realize you don’t want a power button that is overly exposed but this is just kind of nuts.  The camera button is also a bother as it’s hard to press.  The on-screen keyboard is just not good at all. Error correction seems to be all over the place and it’s frustrating to use.  Maybe I’ll get used to it, but so far I don’t like it.
  • One refreshing thing is that Sony’s Timescape UI is no longer front and center, which is a good!  I have not been a fan of Timescape at all, but it’s there for those that do like it.  It certainly does run very smoothly on this phone, I just don’t get why you only want to have one tweet, status or text message showing at a time.  Anyway, it’s not obtrusive at all, so...bonus points!

Despite the minor negative points I do have to say I like the Xperia arc so far.  I love having such a great camera in a phone and a large screen that doesn’t feel huge.  More to come in the full review later this week..

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Erik Isaksson
Erik Isaksson It might sell but personally i wouldn't buy it. If i would be getting a new phone then it would have to be dual core.
KoDy Designed ByCrime
KoDy Designed ByCrime Samsung galaxy s 2
Benjamin Padilla
Benjamin Padilla Too little too late. SE is going down like BlackBerry and Nokia.
Mohammed B Al Mousa
Mohammed B Al Mousa arc as design good but comparing with the other dual core devices from LG, Samsung, Motorola and HTC.. sony didn't release the right phone yet..!!!!
Antoniette Descisciolo-Rozean
Antoniette Descisciolo-Rozean Has the release date and price for the Galaxy Sii been made public yet?
Xingchi Ding
Xingchi Ding ARC or Galaxys 2, dual core power kills it, but ARC looks pretty. Reply by using Motorola Atrix on Laptop Dock. XD!
Kiyoshi Fujioka
Kiyoshi Fujioka Xperia Arc is selling very well in Japan.
Angel Miguel Peguero
Angel Miguel Peguero There is no king of android phone maybe the galaxy s.2 or evo 3d but thats just and opinion
Angel Miguel Peguero
Angel Miguel Peguero Its a good phone
Darryl Mouzone
Darryl Mouzone There are way better Android phones than the Experia! Making smart phones is not for Sony. The company is good at other things but making phones is just not their niche.
Charlie Kuroiwa
Charlie Kuroiwa Nothing will compare to the droid bionic
Lindsey R. Shiggs
Lindsey R. Shiggs Who? Lol Ericsson was better off making square phones. It's a new day, let it go Sony. Smh...
Aaron Bergman
Aaron Bergman Little early to be saying phone of the year ? ;-)
Kyle Wood
Kyle Wood Well, as for phones better you have what will be the phone of the year like it's little brother was last year, the Samsung Galaxy S II...I mean seriously, nothing can compete.
Luis Montoya
Luis Montoya There r bettar
Aaron Bergman
Aaron Bergman Oh and to the Galaxy S2 series comment.. So far Ive only seen flash browser comparisons of the two. The Galaxy S2 makes a joke of the Arc... Kind of sad.
Nirav Insomniac
Nirav Insomniac It will outsell others for sure
Aaron Bergman
Aaron Bergman lol as i said, will sell like hotcakes in asia
Mohd Zakhri
Mohd Zakhri It's almost sold out everywhere in Singapore.
Tim Miyashiro
Tim Miyashiro I already have an Inspire 4G which basically has the same specs, the only difference is that mine isn't made by a shit manufacturer
Julio Lopez
Julio Lopez If sony ericcson keeps making android phones with this lame netscape ui or whatever its called I'm never buying one
Robert Salender
Robert Salender Well, I want the XPlay fuzz I don't want my thumbs overlapping the screen, lol. As a fan of RPGs, touchpads (and physical buttons) are a must. Dungeon Defenders, Eternal Legacy, Spectral Souls... you name it. I want to demo it myself, but is it as powerful as the GalaxyS series? jw
Wesley Lam
Wesley Lam there are better phones out there!
Matt Weber
Matt Weber Yes it will. The camera is second to none on it.
Mike R Greco
Mike R Greco Beast? You kidding?
Nela Schmagoogly
Nela Schmagoogly This is going to be Sony's flagship phone and whether the Xperia branding has been tarnished or not from previous lackluster android devices, this will surely change people's minds and perhaps even blow their minds! This phone is a BEAST! Look up hands-on previews of this thing perform.
Derrick Wimberly Jr.
Derrick Wimberly Jr. I think it will do well but not that many people are goin to all that thrilled about it but the phone its self ya
Aaron Bergman
Aaron Bergman <-- Not bashing Sony either as I am a fan boy.. haha
Aaron Bergman
Aaron Bergman Also, the SE Play phone will be the biggest dissapointment next to the PSP GO
Aaron Bergman
Aaron Bergman All the SE phones will fall flat on there faces in the states. They'll sell like hot cakes in Asia and Europe. I feel like SE has lost alot of appeal in the market state wise do to lack of phones in the Android boom.
Mike R Greco
Mike R Greco Wait sony still makes phones? Why?!
Stephaughn Alston
Stephaughn Alston When's the review for the Infuse 4G coming?
Matthew Munson
Matthew Munson It should be more universal. Meaning T-Mobile and WIND should get this

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