A lot of phone makers add an S to their smart phones to make a new phone of a flagship release plus some minor tweaks. This happens much today barely a few months after releasing a new smartphone. The Xperia Arc by Sony Ericsson is another phone which gets facelifted.
The recently released Xperia Arc S looks like its older sibling when you look at it with the same curvatures which wowed everyone when the Arc was unveiled. Inside, the parts are basically the same except that the Arc S gets a better CUPU with a 1.4GHz Qualcomm brain. Aside from the minor tweak, the Xperia is also the first handset which gets the 3D sweep panorama by Sony which can take 3D pictures for you and view them when you have a compatible TV at home.
The Arc S takes the form of a convex profile just like the original Experia Arc. The backing of the phone also seems to be more rigid compared to the older version but it still retains that hmm-whats-that-creeking-i-hear battery cover. Sony Ericsson could have given this smartphone a bigger power button located near the port for the micro-HDMI. The phone still does not come with a camera that faces the front. The three buttons below the 4.2 inch screen might as well serve better with a backlight.
The 4.2 inch screen that runs on a Mobile Bravia technology by Sony is there to impress anyone as it gives you clear and crisp images at 854×480. It also provides a good space for your fingers if you do a lot of browsing or gaming. The 8 megapixel camera using the Exmor R camera sensor works wonders with the updated software that allows more customization choices.
The Xperia Arc S runs on Android Gingerbread. You get the usual feel of Google or Facebook, and there’s also a screen grab feature. The web browser performs well even when you scroll the screen up or down fast. Sony Ericsson also improved the native keyboard for this version making it Swype-ishly responsive.
According to benchmark tests against the older Xperia Arc, the Arc S scores better primarily due to its improved CPU. The phone works well even when you view a good amount of graphics or browse the web a lot. On normal use involving phone calls, browsing, multimedia playing, the battery of the Ar S can last a day.
The Xperia Arc S is a single-core device which is very reliable. The difference is not much compared to the original Xperia Arc. The 3D Panorama feature is a bonus but it will not be a feature that you will be using much.