Jan 24 AT 11:06 AM Taylor Wimberly 8 Comments

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc gets detailed hands-on video and impressions

We already went hands-on with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc at CES and previewed its camera enhancements, but now Italian site HDblog has a thorough walk-through of this upcoming device. Sony Ericsson’s latest Android phone might not feature a dual-core CPU, but it offers the latest Android 2.3 firmware, a sleek stylish design, and one of the best image sensors we have seen on a smartphone (SE’s Exmor R).

HDblog notes that the overall UI feels a lot more responsive than previous phones from Sony Ericsson thanks to them toning down the Mediascape and Timescape applications to compact widgets. They also reveal that the device should ship with two color options – silver and dark blue.

Overall we think the Xperia Arc is a solid improvement over the Xperia X10 and it should appeal to the camera buffs out there. It’s good to see that Sony Ericsson made the effort to include Android 2.3 out of the box and hopefully they will do a better job of providing timely software updates this time around. Now if only they could figure out how to include the standard search button in their button layout.

No U.S. carriers have announced support for the Xperia Arc, but AT&T is the most likely destination since they were the only operator to bring the X10 stateside.

Do you think the Xperia Arc brings enough to the table for it to be your next Android smartphone or will you pass it up in hopes of something faster?

Source: HDblog

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  • http://Website anon

    without android updates, I’m not interested.

  • http://Website Steffen

    I think Google should recruit Sony Ericsson for the next Nexus device. This device with “Pure Android” would be pretty sweet. (The looks of it, anyway. I’d take some better specs)

    • http://Website metafor

      Unfortunately, SE is much like Apple when it comes to market attitude; they like to keep everything in-house. Unlike HTC or Samsung whose departments are fairly autonomous, (the phone department is separate from the chip department, which is separate from the display department, etc.) SE likes to have everyone under a common vision.

      Which is nice from a design standpoint but it’s not very friendly towards others contracting them to make a device.

  • http://Website wallingsworth

    No, I think Sony Eri … should stop making phones.

  • http://Website Sinzim

    A very nice handset, I think I might buy this if there will not be a 1ghz+ phone with a not-totally-crappy camera xenon flash soon =)

  • http://Website Bohica

    I really really like the looks of the Arc in silver. It looks like a little work of art. Alas, it’s an SE phone and coming from a Motorola Cliq, my next phone has to have timely updates.

  • http://Website jonathan

    a gorgeous handset, but i really need to see some more se commitment with regards to their upgrades before i fork out my money. not really prepared to just hope for the best since they’ve treated their existing users so badly.

  • http://Website Jk

    Wtf? No ffc?