Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S

Review Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc SMany people believe that slim is beautiful. This is true of the body shape to design a gadget. Nothing wrong with it, as it relates to taste. And no one too if Sony Ericsson issued a Android smartphone with a thinness that makes comfortable even put jeans pocket. So if Sony Erisson Xperia Arc S is simply relying thinness alone?

Thin and lightweight. Arc S comes with an elegant black shades while subtle elements wrapped plastic. Sectional front is dominated by a 4.2 inch screen, accompanied with 3 physical buttons Back, Home, and Options. While at the top of the screen there is the earpiece, light sensor and notification light. Interestingly, there is a notification light that serves to provide information on the status of the USB cable / charger if installed correctly or not, that is located right next to the microUSB port on the right side of the phone.

Still on the right side, there are volume and camera buttons at the bottom, which allows you to take a picture or start recording video. Unfortunately, because of the slim design, the camera becomes a bit difficult to reach by the index, the impact of placing a rather down to the rear. Even so, if it is common to use it, it will not matter anymore anyway encountered problems.

Sony Ericsson is pinning holes for the rope which if used will be useful to keep your phone safe while you shoot – like when using a regular digital camera. While a microphone hole will be slightly obstructed right index finger while recording video, but do not worry, because Sony Ericsson has put a second microphone is located on the back side, in between the words “XPERIA” and “HD”. Stereo sound in front and around you will be recorded properly. The camera plus flash and 3D Sony Ericsson logo can also be found on the back side. Meanwhile, for you fans of music, can find a 3.5mm jack alone at the top left side of the phone.

Connect the phone to an HD television to do with plugging the HDMI cable port is available on the upper side, which accompany the Power button. Go to the inside, right under the back of the phone casing, battery BA750 “close” access in and out of the SIM card and microSD. Yes, this tiny media card is not hot swap, so you must turn off the phone before installing or removed. Meanwhile, to remove the battery, already available gap for prying the lid at the bottom left corner.

Sony Ericsson has various widgets that have become the hallmark for their Android smartphone home page. Consists of 5 pages, by default you can make the fast WiFi, Bluetooth, and screen brightness profile on the left of the page. Usually some other vendors such as Samsung and HTC put the shortcut in notification rod. Still on the same page, there are also tips on maximizing mobile widget box that will be very useful for those who are new to Android smartphone from Sony Ericsson.

On the next page, you can create shortcuts to contacts in the phone book. There are 4 × 3 space that can be filled – even better if the contact is already inserted photos and / or linked to your Facebook account. Other options of this widget is a list of calls (call log), while underneath there is still enough space to put the shortcut application.

Turning to the next page which is the central courtyard of the main as well as Home, there is a search box and Timescape widget. Timescape is its function as feeder that will collect and Chirp Twitter Facebook status of your friends complete with their profile picture. To view the status of other friends, we stayed up and sliding-box kptak status will roll smoothly. This is very useful especially for those who follow your account traffic information, for example. Because it will make the roads constantly update which should be avoided at a glance.

The fourth page is determined by default as the multimedia page. There are music player widget that consists of album art and previous control, play / pause and next, as well as the duration of the track rod information. Thumbnail presented various images that are stored right in the middle of the screen, which is like the Timescape feature earlier, we can preview by rolling the finger and the pictures will be rolled up with a smooth (indicating a good performance). Then a quick shortcut to the music player, photo galleries and videos are also available so that you need not go into the main manu in advance to use all these features.

On the last page or the far right there is only one default widget, the weather information. For first time use, once the phone is connected to the Internet, you just enter the city and AccuWeather will automatically show daily weather day and night with exciting animated images, date, and the highest and lowest temperature information.

Well, even in the notification bar shortcuts we can not find some menu settings as I mentioned above, but Sony Ericsson is adding a special access trunks to the phone, contacts, messaging and free map that we can fill in the applications and shortcuts to favorite features. Location of access shaft is located on the bottom, with an option to go to the main menu there in the middle. The thing to remember is, all of the above widgets can be adjusted at will alias is not rigid.

Camera / Camera 3D Panorama

The camera embedded on the Arc S is quite special, as it is able to capture the object quickly with satisfactory results. In addition, autofocusnya also work well, including a fast face detection feature recognizes faces the object, plus manual focus functions via touch screen (touch focus). Despite fairly extensive coverage of lightning lights, but use only when necessary to keep naturalitas color photos.

There are also features panoramic photo shoot by pressing the “capture” and then move the phone horizontally to follow guidelines. Sample image below was taken with the 3D Panorama mode, which is described by the manufacturer that the content can be enjoyed with 3D effects on 3D screens (eg 3D HDTV). But when I transfer them to the HTC Evo 3D has a glasses-free 3D screen, zoom visible remains in 2D format, as when using regular Panorama mode. Moreover, the resulting image is a JPG, which is not a stereo image format.

As for the features of the music player, Sony Ericsson insert xLOUD features that will increase the sound speakers, in addition to choice of equalizer (flat, folk, normal, classical, dance, heavy metal, hip hop, jazz, pop and rock). To use xLOUD, you must accept the consequences of being a little voice “cracked” though not until rupture, depending on bitrate files. While the draw is available to enable the extensions menu Get more @ PlayNow, Google lyrics search, Video karaoke / music YouTube to Wikipedia. Oh yeah, TrackID song search feature not miss to complete the multimedia features contained Arc S.

Switch to video, recording in 720p HD sample below looks very good on both sides of (audio / video). And, as I’ve discussed before, the sound from both the front and right side of the camera is capable of well documented thanks to a second microphone so that the stereo effect is quite pronounced.

One more thing that may only be found on the Sony Ericsson smartphone is featured Music & Video, which will collect both media of Facebook accounts that are posted by your friends.

Go to the area of ​​measurement, multiple parameter least show Arc S performance capabilities powered by the Qualcomm chipset MSM8255T Snapdragon, 1.4 GHz Scorpion CPU and the Adreno 205 GPU. Results using the Quadrant benchmark shows scores 1641 while the 3568 figures Antutu be achieved with a value of 3.8MB / s to write to the SD card and 8.5MB / s for reading SD cards.

And what about the screen that is supported by the Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine? When tested using Multitouch Benchmark, antigoresnya screen is able to read (and respond to) 4 touches in the same time; quite ideal for a smartphone screen size of 4.2 inches. The most striking is when used outside (outdoor use), because of the brightness and contrast are balanced to provide a view that remains unclear.

In addition, to type using the virtual keyboard also feels comfortable, helped by the screen size plus a good response. Phone’s performance and signal capture constraints not found, while batteries are standard with durability around all day to use quite often, but not long term.

Arc S is a smartphone that will support your socialite. Timescape feature will help you to keep up-to-date with the status of your friends on social networks, while Music & Videos will help you follow the song and video about what is the talk of friends in cyberspace. Just that? Of course not, because there is still a guiding Wisepilot turn-by-turn, Office Suite to handle your document files, which is dedicated to you European football enthusiast, PlayNow, appXtra, up to + Plus of Jatis Mobile.

Set the various devices connected to the smartphone via DLNA can be done easily through the features of Connected Devices. Checking electricity and telephone bills even more rapidly, because it is an application that is injected in it. Unfortunately, though it supports the concept of UTG (USB on-the-go) aka flash you can connect directly to a smartphone, but the adapter is not included in the package. Another downside is the 3D camera features I have described in the Multimedia tab.

The price offered (approximately USD 4.2 million) apparently is quite high, but the features you get in it feels comparable let alone wrapped in a thin and elegant design.

(+) Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
(+) Thin and elegant design
(+) 8MP camera with full feature support
(+) Timescape
(+) Good quality video recordings
(+) Additional microphone for recording stereo sound

(-) Video only 720p
(-) Not included USB OTG adapter
(-) 3D Camera Panorama less than the maximum
(-) No front camera
(-) MicroSD slot is not hot swap

Price USD 4 million
Dimension 125x63x8.7mm
Weight 117 g
LED-backlit LCD screen, 16 million colors, 480 × 854 pixels, 4.2 inches, Scratch-resistant glass, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
1 GB internal memory (320MB free), RAM 512MB
HSUPA 5.8Mbps HSDPA 14.4Mbps
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 2.1 A2DP, EDR, USB OTG (On-the-go)
8 MP camera (3264 × 2448 pixels), AF, LED flash, Video calling, touch focus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama, image stabilization
HD 720p video @ 30fps, continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilizer
Android OS 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) upgrade to 4.0 will be available ICS
MSM8255T Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1.4 GHz Scorpion CPU, Adreno 205 GPU
Battery Li-Po 1500 mAh