Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Review: Super slim smartphone with great multimedia experience

It was only last week when we attended the Sony Ericsson media event whereby the company showcased the Xperia Arc, Xperia Neo and Xperia Play Android smartphones. And today, the Xperia Arc is officially retailing in stores. So how good is the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc? Read on.

  Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Review: Super slim smartphone with great multimedia experience

Sony Ericsson is perhaps one of the few phone manufacturers who is offering their products on a single platform (Google Android), seeing the company has chosen to drop Symbian OS late last year. In 2010, the company introduced their flagship Xperia X10 smartphone which was widely received in countries including Japan, though one complaint was that the phone was preinstalled with a not-so-new Android 1.6 when other smartphones that were launched were getting Android 2.1. (In case you didn't know, a lot of apps including Angry Birds can only run on Android 2.1 and above). Although the Android 2.1 update came later, it looks like the company was playing catch-up than being one of the leaders to offer the products with the latest Android OS.

But this year, the manufacturer has caught up with the pack as it is one of the first companies to offer their new range of Xperia phones with the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread mobile operating system. For this review, Sony Ericsson sent us the Xperia Arc which claims to be the ultimate smartphone with super-slim design and uses Sony's state-of-the-art technology. Before we go on, here's a look at the specifications of the Xperia Arc.

  Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
CPU Qualcomm MSM 8255 1 GHz Scorpion
Memory Internal phone: 320MB
Screen 4.2-inches (FWVGA)
Graphics 854 x 480
Display Resolution 8.1-MP camera w/ auto focus, LED flash
Connectivity 3.5mm audio, microUSB, 802.11b/g/n
  Bluetooth 2.1 w/A2DP, aGPS. HDMI
Expansion Slot microSD up to 32GB
Battery life 1500mAh rechargeable Lithium-ion
Talk time Up to 400 hour standby time; 
  Up to 420 min talk time 
Platform Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Dimensions 125 x 63 x 8.7mm
Weight 117g