The Sony Erricson Xperia Arc phone came out just over a month ago to the UK market and is a thin, touch screen phone that on the face of it looks to challenge the iPhone in terms of the full package. Let’s see how it fares…
Initially it looks great, it has a beautiful large screen it’s quite light weight at x and also very thin. It’s rear cover is stylish with a subtle dark to light black to grey metalic looking toughened plastic back. To look at it’s really not bad and when you turn it on it’s not hard to get started although you may be waiting a while for it to run through it’s boot process… I do wonder what it’s doing in there… it feels like it takes forever.
I used the Xperia Arc phone to take the pictures of the HTC Cha Cha that I had and posted the review of last week. The images were crisp and clear. I couldn’t fault it in beautiful sunshine and daylight. In darker environments it’s still not bad as it has a flash that does a reasonable job. Don’t expect the camera to beat a decent digital camera though, no camera phone is perfect! If you want to see the camera spec, it’s an 8 mega pixel camera. The full spec is here.
Social Integration on this phone is only limited by what is in the Android store the same as with the HTC Cha Cha however with it being a fairly standard screen size it doesn’t have the same issues with rotation. There is no special Facebook button and no major gimmicks to it. This is just a nice simple phone with a big screen.
The first thing I thought about in terms of usage scenario’s was that it is more of a business looking phone than a personal mobile. It’s very much looking like an executive’s device and it integrates simply with email servers. It doesn’t however seem to have remote wipe… Tell me differently if you have found it because so far I’ve not done! To me that’s a big fail for this phone because if you are going to use a phone for business and you lose it with sensitive data on it then you want to be able to wipe it and not worry. If you are looking for a good price on this phone then take a look here at the com parables on uSwitch.
This is a pretty looking phone and reasonably functional but you’ll need big hands and a fair bit of patience. There are definitely some strong features for this phone but it’s not going to suit everyone. One to consider if you want a serious looking phone with a bit of style. And I wouldn’t recommend using their standard plug… it uses up 2 slots on a UK power strip unless you get it in the right place.