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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc

(Black, with an 8 GB microSD card and a screen protector)
  • 1 GHz Processor
  • Android v2.3 OS
  • 4.2 inch TFT Touchscreen
  • 8.1 MP Primary Camera
1 year manufacturer warranty for Phone and 6 months warranty for in the box accessories Sony Ericsson India Warranty and Free Transit Insurance.
Rs. 22999
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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc (Black, with an 8 GB microSD card and a screen protector) Price: Rs.22999

Key Features

  • Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 4.2-inch TFT Touchscreen
  • 8.1 MP Primary Camera
  • 1 GHz Scorpion Processor
  • HD Recording
  • 2G and 3G Network Support
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB
The Xperia arc is a full touch smartphone from Sony Ericsson that packs in the latest Android version. The Gingerbread (Android 2.3) operating system brings in copy-paste capability, advanced multitasking as well as process management features to the arc. Powered by 1 GHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor, this Sony Ericsson device comes with 512 MB of RAM and Adreno 205 GPU that enhance the performance of the phone.

This smartphone sports a 4.2-inch screen having pixel resolution of 854 x 480. The Sony Ericsson Xperia arc introduces the Mobile Bravia Engine, the mobile version of the Bravia Engines used in the televisions of Sony. The inclusion of this feature brings in better quality picture and sharp and crisp colors. A refreshed version of the Timescape UI is loaded in the Xperia arc, which integrates with the social networking services and brings all your updates in the home screen.

The 8.1 megapixel camera that comes with the arc has LED flash and auto focus abilities. This Sony smartphone camera loads the new Exmor R sensor with back illumination that produces superior quality images and videos even in low light conditions. Videos can be shot in 720p HD mode at 30 fps, with features like video stabilizer and video light helping in producing smooth videos. Other camera features include face and smile detection and geo tagging.


The body of the Xperia arc is thin and curvaceous, measuring 8.7 mm in the middle and 10 mm at both the ends, fitting snugly into your hand. The plastic build of the phone makes it very light, weighing just 117 g.

The screen of this Sony Ericsson mobile phone uses TFT capacitive touchscreen display with 16 million color support. The Android device features an accelerometer sensor for auto rotation of the UI and proximity sensor for auto turn-off. The concave rear from where the phone draws its name, arc, and the chromed rims give the handset a swish and elegant look.

Storage and Battery

The internal phone memory of this handset is 320 MB. By using a microSD card, the external memory of the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc can be expanded up to 32 GB. A standard Li-Po 1500 mAh battery is used in this phone that serves a talk time of 6 hours in 2G and 7 hours in 3G networks.

Connectivity and Features

The Xperia arc can access Internet through Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE and 3G. Phone connectors include Bluetooth, USB, 3.5 mm audio jack and HDMI port. The mobile phone also supports popular social networking services like Facebook and Twitter.

The phone also has access to Android market, allowing you to download various applications as per your choice. Additionally, the Ericsson handset has location based service like A-GPS, e-mail integration service such as Exchange ActiveSync and other features including Document reader, noise shield and DLNA function, which lets you stream content to your TV from phone sans wires.

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Specifications of Sony Ericsson Xperia arc (Black, with an 8 GB microSD card and a screen protector)

In the Box Handset, Battery, Charger, Headset, 8 GB microSD Card, Data Cable, HDMI Cable, Scratch Guard, Mobile Cover, User Manual
Brand Sony Ericsson
Model ID Xperia Arc
Form Bar
SIM Type Single SIM, GSM
Touch Screen Yes, Capacitive
Business Features Document Viewer, Pushmail (ActiveSync, SyncML, Google Sync)
Call Features Loudspeaker
Handset Color Black
Operating Freq GSM - 850, 900, 1800, 1900; UMTS 2100
OS Android v2.3 (Gingerbread)
User Interface Timescape
Java Yes
Processor 1 GHz Qualcomm Scorpion
Graphics Adreno 205
Type TFT
Size 4.2 Inches
Resolution FWVGA, 854 x 480 Pixels
Color 16 M
Primary Camera Yes, 8.1 Megapixel
Secondary Camera No
Flash LED
Video Recording Yes, 1280 x 720, 30 fps
HD Recording HD
Zoom Digital Zoom - 2.46x
Other Camera Features Geo-tagging, Auto Focus, Face Detection, Smile Detection, Video Light, Send to Web, Image Stabiliser, Sonys Exmor R, Touch Focus, Video Stabiliser
Size 63x125x8.7 mm
Weight 117 g
Type Li-Po, 1500 mAh
Talk Time 6 hrs (2G), 7 hrs (3G)
Standby Time 430 hrs (2G), 400 hrs (3G)
Memory and Storage
Internal 320 MB
Included Memory Card 8 GB
Expandable Memory microSD, upto 32 GB
Memory 512 MB RAM
Internet & Connectivity
Internet Features Email, Adobe Flash 10.2
GPRS Yes, 86 kbps
EDGE Yes, 237 kbps
3G Yes, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA; 5.8 Mbps HSUPA
Wifi Yes, 802.11 b/g/n
USB Connectivity Yes, micro USB, v2
Tethering Wi-fi Hotspot
Navigation Technology A-GPS, with Google Maps
Bluetooth Yes, Supported Profiles (A2DP)
HDMI Port Yes
Audio Jack 3.5 mm
Music Player Yes, Supports MP3, eAAC, WAV
Video Player Yes, Supports MP4, H.263, H.264, WMV, HD
FM Yes
Ringtone MP3
Other Features
Call Memory Practically Unlimited
SMS Memory Yes
Phone Book Memory Practically Unlimited
Sensors Accelerometer, CMOS Sensor, Digital Compass
Additional Features Calculator, Alarm clock, Notes, Calendar, Picture Wallpaper, Stop Watch, Vibrating Alert, Predictive Text Input, Infinite Button, Conversations, Album Art, E-manual, Noise Shield, TrackID Music Recognition, Mobile BRAVIA Engine, Voice Input, TV Out Port
Important Apps YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, PlayNow, Google Mail, Google Talk, Google Voice Search, Google Search
Warranty Summary 1 year manufacturer warranty for Phone and 6 months warranty for in the box accessories
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Reviews of Sony Ericsson Xperia arc

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01 May 11
Sony Ericsson Xperia ARC

I purchased this handset the very next day India won WC ... kindda my style to mark the celebration. Writing reviews have not been my cup of tea but still .. so here it goes. The reason why I decided to write one b'cos I see so many of myths .. incomplete piece of info's scattered over the internet in form of reviews.

1 - Slick, absolute beauty, complete eye-turner.
2 - Very Light weighted
3 - Gingerbread as OS; few of 'em have in market
4 - Good battery life
5 - Display is far ahead of any current generation of Android Smart Phone (iPhone 4 stands out.)
6 - Speaker quality is very good but pair of headset provided sucks.
7 - The overall dimensions of this state-of-art device justify it being a very brilliant piece of hardware & software, together combined as Xperia Arc.
8 - Camera is very good (not sure what exactly exmor sensor has done as many other mobile cameras do provide same or better pic quality, but I am happy with this.)** - notice these two asterisks here, you gonna need it in the end.
9 - Video quality is very good, bit shaky and noisily at times, but much better than current handsets; unfortunately no 1080 HD video still. **
10 - UI layer has some really nice work done by SE engineers.
11 - I have black color model, you cannot make out where screen ends and bezel starts when screen is off, looks addictive at times.
12 – HDMI port along with cable is provided, useful feature.

Cons: Well this is one section, I would hate to write personally but then I feel its integral part of any review.
1 - At times software feels buggy and phone seems to have lag; responds late but as suggested that it's good to restart phone every day once so that memory space gets freed up. Trust me, this works and phone keeps running smooth.
2 - The UI layer by HTC on Android seems more featured packed and appears appealing to me (can be personal choice as well; I have used HTC Desire HD)
3 - The charging cum PC connector point has been left open in the right hand side, nearing the top, it makes phone like incomplete.
4 - Position of camera is on left hand side of back on top, on place where I usually keep my fingers so it might need time to get use to it.
5 - Good to have a dedicated camera button on side body of phone but donno why SE designers have kept it so small and hard to press that if you use it, you end in shaking up the picture.
6 - Position of headphone socket is on left hand side to body which I personally don't like.
7 - ** here’s the catch hence two asterisks. Note that SE claims to have 2.4x zoom but the hidden fact is that it's available in only 2 MP & VGA mode and not in 8 and 6 MP modes. Donno the reason but I felt disappointing on noticing this.
8 - ** Video camera DOES NOT HAVE ZOOM IN ANY MODE. Highly disappointed.
9 – Though led flash does pretty good job but making it dual led camera could have made me rate this more.
10 – Option to add home screen could have been good thing but I would leave this to individual choices.
I am not sure, how many of you would like the way of my review but this is just to make people aware of stuff before they could grab.

My Final View: Go for this phone if you like stunner piece of hardware combined with awesomeness of Android. No phone is perfect currently and this one out in market is meant for connoisseurs.

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29 April 11
Great piece of Hardware

This is an amazing piece of hardware and what even better is that the the latest revision of Android ships with the phone. I have had this phone for the past 9 days now and i am enjoying it throughly, so much so that my primary blackberry device has taken the backseat for the first time in 3 years. This device does lack some features as compared to the other phones in the same price range like the level of customization in the OS. I frankly think that the Timescape UI is very slow, laggy and takes up a lot of memory making the phone ultimately slow.

One plus that i must give SE is that they have released an official Boot unlocker for all of us who like to load custom ROM's on the phone. And just realsed a couple of days ago was the one click root for Gingerbread too. I must say, it works great and thanks to it have freed up much of the original junk software that came with the phone.

On the hardware, i would rate this phone 4.5 out of 5 and on the software, a 3 out of 5. Well once the custom ROM's are released it will be much better. Overall this phone is the best buy for the price it is at. Compared to all the competitors at this price, SE Xperia Arc excels in the following:
1) Shape and Design
2) Weight
3) Feel in Hand (Yes one handed operation is possible)
4) Screen size and LED technology
5) 8.1 MP camera with sony Exmor sensor
6) and last but not the lest the LOOKS - this is an eyeturner. In a place where all phones look bulky and heavy, this just changes everything, you have to see it to believe it.

One problem with such a design though is that the accessories (cases, protectors etc.) are very scarce and tough to come by.

In the Box:
1 Phone
1 Battery
1 USB cord that doubles as charger
1 Power to USB connector
1 Leather Case
1 Screen Protector (YES its free)

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21 March 11
Sony Exicsson Xperia Arc

Well this is my first review about any gadget...all thanks to flipkart for giving me the chance to write reviews about this amazing gadget yet to be released..wakao im gonna lay hands on it the moment it reaches India market...watching many youtube videos and reading many review articles on plethora of tech sites here is my detailed view in a nutshell:

Design: 5 out of 5.
IMHO this is one of the best beautiful curvy and sexiest design i have ever seen after HTC unibody aluminium design( I personally own nexus one, htc desire, dell streak, htc desire hd) even though its made of plastic..the plastic is high quality unlike samsung galaxy series. Sony ericcson always comes with ultimate designs...this time they have crafted a beautiful..slim babe,the Xperia Arc...hats off for the design and for the Unique name Xperia Arc

OS: Android 2.3 (points: 5 on 5)
this phone comes with android 2.3 thats the best part....also they stripped out many mediascape elements which was causing problems in updating the previous models of xperia...with the streamlined eyecatching blue UI( i kinda hate black UI with stock roms) its definitely a piece of cake as updates would be easier in future...also many developers at Xda are eying at Arc...once the root is available it will easier to flash different android roms like MIUI(MIUIU is one of the hotest roms for android phones as of now) as it is android is an open platform...

Hardware: points 4/5

Well it comes with Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon System-on-a-chip featuring a 1 GHz Scorpion CPU and the Adreno 205 GPU which certainly is a beast as of now before dual core samsung galaxy S 2 and Lg optimus 2x launches in indian market..also the ram is quite less only 512 mb, 320mb storage...considering most htc phones now comes with atleast 1gb developers will have to come up with ext3 partition hack on sd card to install apps the way they have done it for Htc nexus one and htc desire so even though internal memory is less which i feel sony ericcson should have given a thought...ext3 hack comes as a saviour!!HDMI port is available...the power button is very small size.. will take time to get use to it..
Another feature from Sony Ericsson is noise cancelling - a small secondary microphone is dotted on the back near the 8MP camera with single LED flash, which should pick up background noise quite nicely.A 3.5mm jack for music lovers. micro sd lot expandable upto 32gb..battery Li-Po 1500 mAh which is not bad but should have been atleast 1650 mAh considering the display size of xperia is 3g enabled HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps,Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, DLNA, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, standard microUSB port, GPS receiver with A-GPS

Camera: points 4/5

Well it comes with one of the best 8.1 megapixel (3264x2448 pixels) autofocus HD camera with Exmor R technology and flash which offers better response in low light situations.other features are Touch focus, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection..
what is missing is front camera..IMHO sony lacks future vision here...

so far its one of the best UI on android platform...if u remove few useless widgets from screen this is one of the snappiest UI..launcher is ossum...

Display: 4/5
Xperia arc has whooping real estate of 4.2" display with bravia engine techonology which gives crisp image of the best lcd displays but compared to super amoled xperia arc display is is coming up with super amoled plus screen on samsung galaxy s 2 phones. Again sony lacks vision here as many phone makers including nokia are opting for amoled display

Sound quality:(5/5)
loudspeaker quality is unbeatable ...sound is quite loud....which is what is required from indian is known for their sound quality...i was quite impressed even by xperia mini pro loudspeaker volume..again hats off for fitting all these things in very a slim model.

Rest of the features are as usual same as in other smartphones. I will update this review once i lay hand on this mobile

Verdict: Well for sound quality and camera quality i will go for this phone blindfolded

thanks for reading ...

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04 September 12
Great style, Great camera, Mediocre performance

The phone works great with the stock Android 2.3 rather than the ICS update. The screen is an absolute delight with the Bravia engine. I personally haven't ever had to put the brightness anywhere above 30%. The camera shoots great images, ExmoR performance clearly shows up in all images. Works great in day light, and fairly good in medium lighting too. Audio quality is good, in-box headset is nice. They provide an 8GB microSD, phone pouch, and screen guard in the box. For best performance, use it with stock Android 2.3

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29 April 11
xperia arc hands on

I got this on my hands,i tell you friends, its simply superb. i am no fan of S.E. This is my first SE device.i was jus blown away.very fast.And i checked the camera image quality.Its awesome.Music with ear phone is good.It the worth every penny you spend.

Thanks flipkart for getting delivering me this great gadget and on time.Thank you very much..

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