Sony Ericsson’s Xperia range of smartphones is a prime example of that fusty old saying ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again’. The original Xperia, the X10 was a pick ‘n’ mix of smartphone ideas that lacked direction and refinement; it had the feel of a handset that was finding its feet in the smartphone world.
Luckily for all of us gadget lovers, Sony Ericsson have the uncanny knack of giving mobile users exactly what they want, and do sometimes appear to be slightly clairvoyant when it comes to staying ahead of the game and forecasting what the next mobile trend will be. Remember a few years ago now when the ‘in thing’ with mobile phones was to combine it with music capabilities, Sony Ericsson produced a spree of handsets that merged telephony and music.
The new Xperia Arc is driven by the latest Android effort; Gingerbread 2.3, which provides a smooth stylish interface. Operating on a single-core system, and with a puny frame, the Arc manages to squeeze in an awful lot of tech. Noah would’ve been envious.
On that note, it is certainly worth mentioning just how incredibly compact the Arc is. This device is insanely thin, weighing in at only 117g (its nearest rival, the Google Nexus S tips the scales at 129g) and this feather-like structure is so slight that its accompanying high-end performance remains a mystery. Have Sony Ericsson invented some kind of technological corset which squeezes and pinches all the performance of larger models into its size 0 shell?
In terms of display, Sony Ericsson’s Reality Display is not quite up to the iPhone 4’s eye-popping visuals, but that’s not to say that the Arc’s display is a massive let down, it easily matches the Samsung Galaxy S for example, and will outperform almost every other handset on the market.
If you want to get your filthy mits on this outstanding piece of kit then you will no doubt have to delve deep into your pockets. As the constant stream of new tech hits our shelves, selling a mobile phone you are about to replace is the best option for the gadget-lover. An ever more popular activity amongst technophiles is mobile phone recycling, which allows the individual to sell old mobiles to online traders who will recycle the phones that otherwise would just be sat around the house, gathering dust.