Sony Xperia Arc Hands-on: Sweet Display, Best Camera Phone Yet?

The ultrathin design grabs you–measuring .34 inches at its thinnest point–but it’s the camera and screen that keep you coming back for more. In fact, Sony Ericsson is so proud of the new Xperia arc that the company showed us a photo book comparing shots taken by its new Android 2.3 handset against the most popular (unnamed) mobiles on the market. In each case the Exmor sensor inside the arc allowed the 8-megapixel device to take more attractive photos, especially in dim lighting conditions

Photos and videos looked stunning on the arc’s Reality Display (854 x 480 pixels), which leverages Bravia engine technology from Sony TVs to deliver a sharp and rich picture that looks painted on. Gone is the confusing Mediascape UI on the disappointing X10, replaced by simpler widgets that provide quick access to media. As you’ll see in the video, you can also output video to a big screen with ease via HDMI, and even control playback with a remote.

While it’s not a dual-core uberphone on the order of the Droid Bionic–and we would like to see a dedicated search button added–the Xperia arc is remarkably capable given its ultraslim profile.

Mark Spoonauer
Mark Spoonauer
Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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