Posts tagged with: Xperia Arc

[Full Xperia Arc Review] The Xperia Arc by Sony Ericsson was announced at CES 2011. The Xperia Arc is a Google Android 2.3 powered smartphone with Sony Ericsson's custom Xperia UI. Inside, its packing a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 512MB of RAM and ROM. Its 4.2-inch color transflective TFT display has a 480x854 FWVGA resolution. Other features of the Xperia Arc are video output in up to 720p HD resolution and a rear facing eight-megapixel camera with LED flash. Read on for the latest Xperia Arc news, reviews and videos:

  • by | July 1, 2011 1:17 PM

    Despite the use of so many cases, bumpers, and just being as careful as possible, sometimes we can't avoid our smartphones getting damaged. It may not matter so much anymore after picking up a few battle scars, but that first time you mar the finish of your new phone with a scratch is just the worst. That's why we look to solutions like Gorilla Glass and pick phones from manufacturers that feel solid and capable of standing up to a little abuse. One smartphone that's not doing such a good job at that may be the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, with numerous owners reporting cracks in the phone's ...

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  • by | June 1, 2011 7:36 PM

    We've looked at Dropbox before, a multi-platform cloud storage app that gives you a free 2GB storage locker you can access from your home PC, work PC, and any number of mobile devices. The company just announced a new deal with Sony Ericsson, setting the app up to be pre-loaded on some of the company's phones, as well as an offer that will let some users get extra free storage. Now that Dropbox has extended language support, the company is looking to get a foothold in the new markets it now has access to. That means that this Sony Ericsson partnership is targeted at mostly ...

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  • by | May 29, 2011 2:04 AM

    The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc has recently passed FCC with AT&T bands but, as far as FCC filings are concerned, this doesn't always necessarily mean that one particular smartphone that has been cleared will actually get to that specific operator. According to a User Agent Profil (UAProf) listing, there's a certain LT15at model from manufacturer Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications. The original Xperia Arc is just LT15a so the addition of "at" at the end of the LT15 codename could indicate an AT&T destination. The bands are definitely there according to FCC. The smartphone sports a 1GHz ...

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  • by | May 26, 2011 7:59 PM

    Sony Ericsson's announcement that it would start offering a service to unlock the bootloaders on certain Xperia models came as great news. While there are a lot of restrictions for what devices qualify, it's a huge step towards opening up the company's hardware for Android enthusiasts. One thing that wasn't clear at the time would be how the unlocked bootloader would affect normal software updates. Sony Ericsson has since confirmed that once you unlock your bootloader, you'll no longer be able to update through its SEUS tool. Earlier, the company had said that even if your bootloader was ...

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  • by | May 26, 2011 4:10 PM

    We mentioned earlier today that Sony Ericsson had started sending out an Android 2.3.3 update to Xperia Arc smartphones in Europe. It turns out the Arc isn't alone, with Xperia Play also on-track to get its own 2.3.3 update, starting this week. Sony Ericsson announced both updates while revealing just what Android 2.3.3 has in store for the Xperias, including the new Facebook inside Xperia integration. The Arc will see improved HD video recording once it takes its update, and improvements like better battery management, system-wide stability improvements, and more reliable data connections ...

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  • by | May 26, 2011 4:54 AM

    Sony Ericsson has started to roll out the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update to the Xperia Arc in Europe yesterday -- at least according to reports coming in from Italy and the U.K. -- and it looks like they will have to wait at least four months for the next platform refresh. Sony Ericsson Italy allegedly handed out information according to which the Xperia line-up will get its Android 2.3.4 update in October. The new version of the platform will bring features like video chat in Google Talk, an updated Voice Search, the latest version of Google Books and more. Source: Android HDBlog Via: ...

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  • by | May 9, 2011 2:05 PM

    After showing us its new bootloader unlocking service, we were left impressed by Sony Ericsson's support of the developer community. Now it is supplementing the bootloader unlock by releasing a guide to creating a custom kernel, an ability exposed by the unlocked bootloader. Once again there are clear warnings present - bootloader unlocking may void warranty, and is not revertible to a locked/original state. Sony Ericsson's guide walks the budding developer through downloading all necessary software and installing it to configure the development environment. Configuration examples are ...

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  • by | April 20, 2011 7:46 PM

    We took a close look at Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc a couple weeks back, giving the phone a good hands-on review. As expected, the phone's video performance was gorgeous, leveraging Sony's Bravia engine for silky-smooth playback. We also really dug the smartphone's camera, praising its low-light performance and HD video recording. Where the Android phone fell a little bit short was in its construction; though think and sleek, all the metal-flake plastic felt a bit cheap. We can't help you any with finding a sturdier material, but if the phone might at least look a little more robust to you ...

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  • by | April 20, 2011 7:13 PM

    Some people say that good things come in threes, and that certainly seems to be the case here, with news arriving of Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc, Play, and Neo successfully being rooted. You're going to need your bootloader unlock code for the process, which you can now retrieve for qualifying phones using Sony Ericsson's website tool (you'll need a phone that's not SIM-locked to a carrier, and be willing to relinquish warranty coverage as a result of your tinkering). Once you've got the bootloader open, you can re-flash your Xperia with one of the specially-prepared images, tailored for ...

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  • by | April 18, 2011 7:39 PM

    Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc is currently popping up all around the world, with unlocked European versions out now and a Canadian release coming soon. Despite how ubiquitous the phone seems, we'd yet to hear any good information on when we could hope to see it in the US. Now we have something that's seemingly official, and while it doesn't narrow things down much, it looks like the Arc will come to the US this summer. While it will have a solid 1GHz processor under the hood, the Arc may end up known more for its looks than its power, with a sub-9mm depth and big screen using Sony's Reality ...

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  • by | April 13, 2011 5:22 PM

    Late last month Sony Ericsson made an announcement that it would be opening up it's bootloaders on the current lineup of Xperia smartphones. The day has arrived, and the bootloader unlocking site is now live. Bootloader unlocking is provided for Sony Ericsson Android smartphones from 2011 onwards, while previously released models are not (yet?) supported. The current compatibility list requires a SIM-unlocked smartphone and includes the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY, Xperia Arc, Xperia Pro, and Xperia Neo. The unlock comes with a bevy of warnings that are somewhat vague such as "Certain ...

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  • by | April 11, 2011 8:06 PM

    Last month we looked over the digital zoom capabilities of some smartphones; we realize that it's all a matter of software, but we were curious to see how several smartphones with image sensors of differing quality would fare against each other. Sure, it never looks as good as using an optical zoom, but depending on how well your smartphone handles digital mode (cropping from a higher resolution, or interpolating a lower resolution) it can come through in a pinch. Sony Ericsson seems to be taking a stance to preserve image quality with the Xperia Arc's digital zoom, disallowing it in the ...

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  • by | April 8, 2011 10:57 AM

    Xperia: the brand synonymous with Sony Ericsson's smartphones for the past few years now. In this review of the Xperia Arc we go through what makes this smartphone innovative, fast, fun, and the next must-have device for any photography or movie connoisseur. The Xperia Arc is the first Android cellphone to implement Sony's Bravia and Exmor R technology from their popular television and digital camera lines. Read on for our review to find out if the Xperia Arc is the next smartphone you will be selecting. UNBOXING The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc comes bundled with all of the essential items to ...

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  • by | April 8, 2011 7:37 AM

    Sony Ericsson has launched the Xperia Neo in February with the occasion of this year's MWC, together with the Xperia Play and Xperia Arc. Initial word of availability was for April 19 but this unfortunately just got bumped to Q3. Our friends over at Clove inform us that the Xperia Neo will be delayed to July in the UK -- and maybe other regions too -- most probably due to the recent tragic events in Japan. The official word on delay names "disruption to the supply chain as a result of the disaster in Japan" as the reason. While nothing's for sure, one thing is, unfortunately: there will be ...

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  • by | April 4, 2011 11:45 PM

    In this video we demonstrate the software included with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. The Android Gingerbread powered Xperia Arc combines the power of the latest version of Android with the Xperia user interface. This particular device is the unlocked international smartphone (LT15i) and will most likely differ when it's released in North America and other continents. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread with many applications skinned to mimic the XPERIA UI. The included Timescape app makes it easy to view status updates and messages by just swiping a finger up ...

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