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Okay, back when we did a review on the original Xperia arc, we never expected to see an updated version of arc and that too in such a quick time. Sony is a company that doesn’t come out with minor updates on its cell phones like we see with HTC and Apple. They totally redesign their phones but now it seems that they too have followed the lead or maybe they are in love with Xperia Arc’s design. I think the latter is true; even I love Arc’s design. Anyway it’s nice to have an updated Xperia Arc and today we look at what’s new in the store?
There are two new things in the Xperia Arc S, they are the upgraded processor which is now 1.4 GHz, and an update to Android gingerbread as the device now comes with Android 2.3.4. Android 2.3.4 update will eventually come out for Xperia arc users so the only major update is the 1.4 GHz processor. Anyhow, we loved the previous Xperia arc and so this one will be loved to.
The screen on the Xperia arc S is the 4.2-inch Bravia Engine Reality Display running at a resolution of 854 x 480 as found in the original Arc which is one of the best displays available in the market and watching videos on it is a pretty dreamy experience.
The phone is impossibly thin and the arc design makes it feel even thinner from where you hold it. It is one heck of a design! In the back of the chassis there is an 8Mp camera, HD camera sensor, LED flash and secondary noise-canceling microphone. The HDMI port and SD card slot are the usual found like in the Xperia Arc.
Okay, all that means that the body is same as the Xperia arc which makes it one of the Sexiest phones in the market.
The Timescape feature is also found on the device which is a handy feature to know about missed calls, messages and updates from Twitter and facebook. With the improved processor the Timescape apps feels really snappy on the phone and it runs pretty smoothly. Sony’s little tweaks on Android are the best things to be found on the phone (Along with stunning looks) and it really makes the phone standout in the crowded Android phone market.
Contacts is completely identical to Xperia Arc but the standard android messaging has been brushed up a little but and the phone comes with an inbuilt swype keyboard although they haven’t given any credits to swype, we still feel its swype running n that keyboard. This is a nice little addition which makes sure you don’t have to download and install swype on you Arc S.
Since the processor is increased to 1.4 GHz, Sony says the browser is now 25% faster which can be felt while browsing. Flash pages load quickly but it’s still not as quick as Samsung Galaxy S II although the difference between Arc and Arc S are noticeable. Even the original Arc wasn’t slow on loading pages, so this device falls in the list of devices which handle the content on the web pretty easily. Trust me; you won’t feel that the device is single core while using the Arc S.
The camera on the original arc was pretty amazing, thanks to the 8MP camera and the powerful exmor R sensor which helps the device to take stunning pictures in low lighting conditions. The camera on the Arc S is the same and does pretty well. If you capture images in 4:3 ratio you get the full 8.1 MP, while if you prefer to go widescreen 16:9, you only get to use 6MP. That’s not an issue but Sony tends to do this a lot. The images taken are a bit sharper and it has been the case for Sony for a while now, but the Camera won’t disappoint you and it is one of the best 8MP cameras in smartphones available in the market.
The video recording on the phone is not that amazing. Although you can record 720 HD videos but the detailing is not as good as you’ll find in other devices, Still a decent video recording device but we expected more. I mean we do expect a lot from Sony in the camera section, it their USP. Anyway Video recording is okay-okay, not that bad, nor awesome.
The music player is the same as the one which is found on the original Xperia arc which means that it’s the same Android player with Sony’s intelligent tweaks. I really love the music player on X10, Xperia Arc and now Arc S. It’s simple, easy to use and you can manage your playlist, recently added songs pretty easily. Audio quality on the speaker is good and it’s a bit louder than other Sony phones. The quality on headphones is trademark Sony “Boom”. However you cannot play DivX files on your Arc S, which is a shame because the rival Samsung Galaxy S II lets you play those.
The battery life on Xperia arc S is predicted to be same as the Xperia Arc although it has a better processor; the battery life is rated to have 7 hours 35 minutes of talk time on 3G along with 460 hours of standby time. In short you’ll a get a full day of usage in one charge and like all other smartphone you have to charge it daily if you like to do everything on your smartphone. Like any Android phone the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S can function as a USB modem and wireless hotspot for your laptop and other internet browsing devices. Xperia Arc S also comes with DLNA which means you can share our content through wi-fi network on your TV laptops and more. Xperia arc S has 273 MB of additional storage for you to install your apps could have been a bit more though, but still it’s enough.
Okay, enough talk. Lets come to the conclusion, we loved the original Xperia Arc and I recommended it to a lot of friends too, so undoubtedly we love this version of the Arc too. The tiny little processor update may not seem significant but it really helps. Although the original Xperia Arc didn’t seem underpowered and with the launch of Xperia arc S the prices of original arc will reduce. So you will have 2 options either to go with Xperia Arc or with the Xperia arc S.
If you don’t have any cash problems you should buy iphone 4S. If you hate Apple and love Android, well you have two options Samsung Galaxy S II or the Xperia Arc S. Both are wonderful devices and if you need a mid budget phone I’ll say you go with original version of the Arc. But if you’re the guy who sticks with Windows, Well you can either go for the HTC Titan or wait because Dual core processors and some very cool choices are coming your way pretty soon.
It’s a 4.5 on 5 from my side. If you like Android you can buy this, the device won’t let you down.