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Full review of Sony Ericsson Xperia arc: very stylish Android
In early 2011, in Las Vegas at CES was presented smartphone Sony Ericsson Xperia arc, which is quite unexpectedly became one of the main trends of the whole event.
The fact is that at that point arc was the thinnest smartphone in the world (8,7 mm), the only one who has worked on a version of Android 2.3, and also has parent technology company Sony: camera sensor with Sony Exmor R Backlight technology, BRAVIA mobile engine for post images on the screen in preview mode.We've already left a very detailed article about this smartphone, but with the advent of the commercial sample is only to check the battery life and the quality of images and video.
After the announcement Xperia arc Russian price was discussed within the 26-28 thousand, in the end we are dealing with the lower boundary of the range. The device goes on sale at 25,990 in early April. Agree, the price for the flagship and extremely interesting product came out very reasonable.The nearest competitors LG Optimus 2X and Samsung Galaxy S II will come later (in May) and will cost significantly more (33 and 37 thousand rubles, respectively).So, taking into account an adequate price and soon Sony Ericsson Xperia arc obtained by one of the most interesting products this year, with what the company wants to congratulate you.
Mistakes of the past (Xperia X 10) fully into account, new products in this series quite different in terms of perception. In this article I want to share their impressions from using the final sample Xperia arc.
Let's talk first about the hardware.
Connectivity: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 + UMTS / HSDPA 900/2100
OS: Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread
Screen: touch screen, capacitive 4.2 ", VWGA + (854h480), TFT 16M colors
Camera: Exmor to 8.1 megapixel (up to 3264h2448), autofocus, LED flash, Face Detection (Face Detection), Smile Shot (fixing smiles), Touch Focus, Panorama Shot, and so on, video (720p 30 fps)
Memory: 512 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM (320 MB available), slot for memory cards microSDHC (up to 32 GB), complete map for 16 GB
Процессор: Qualcomm QSD8255 Snapdragon 1 GHz processor, ускоритель Adreno 205Processor: Qualcomm QSD8255 Snapdragon 1 GHz processor, accelerator Adreno 205
Connectivity: USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, supports A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n (DLNA), TV-Out (HDMI)
Navigation: A-GPS, Google Maps and WisePilot
Battery: 1500 mAh·
Dimensions: 125h63h8 7 mm, 117 grams·
Price: 25990 rub.· Home sales: April 2011
Hardware platform, the battery
The smartphone is based on a platform of Qualcomm QDS8255 1 GHz, this second generation of chips Snapdragon. Theoretically, the difference is described by lower power consumption, better optimization, but in practice it is almost the same as in the first generation (QDS8250). Consumption Smartphone Android - sick theme, and with the growth characteristics of all it only gets worse. For example, HTC Desire HD, running on the same chip, and can not stand daylight under normal loads. The situation with the power of smartphones Sony Ericsson is better, and in real life arc is slightly longer than competitors with similar parameters.
Of the top Android is a leader Samsung Galaxy S, due to more efficient processor Hummingbird (marking S5PC110), as well as graphics accelerator PowerVR SGX540 and AMOLED-screen performance superior battery life of devices from HTC about half.
Sony Ericsson Xperia arc running about the same as what can be considered an excellent indicator for Android, while not comparable to the iPhone, Symbian). Under intensive load time is reduced to one day, this is again normal for Android, there's nothing you can do.
Thus, the platform - a single-core chipset Qualcomm.
At the same time at CES and MWC were announced dual-core smartphones Motorola Atrix, LG Optimus 2X, based on the Nvidia Tegra platform 2.But as far as the two nuclei are effective in smartphones now?Nvidia promises a general reduction of energy consumption at the expense of such an architecture, but other indicators of increased (two cores at 1 GHz, resolution, screen, recording and playback in 1080p), this advantage disappears.Total: smartphones Tegra 2 operate exactly the same as single-core predecessors, a light day.Actually, the detailed testing of LG Optimus 2X can be found in our full review . The real advantage of the platform from Nvidia - a record and playback video FullHD (1920x1080 pixels), high rate of all other activities related to graphics, gameplay.This Qualcomm Snapdragon provide the same degree can not.
On the other hand, all existing games for Android does not require dual-core processors and even not fully charged the current generation of accelerators (PowerVR, Adreno 205), today it seems more a marketing advantage, rather than real. Producers, indicate the advantage of the hardware platform, but to demonstrate this advantage is obtained while only a couple of examples related to the video.
So, discarding the marketing delights, we can conclude that for the beginning of 2011 SE Xperia arc looks quite modern solution with excellent performance, very smooth interface, animation effects that we demonstrate in the overview videos. Compared with the advantage of X10 is very noticeable, although the frequency of the processor is identical.In all this there is merit a separate graphics accelerator Adreno 205.
But to compare the results of similar tests on synthetic LG Optimus 2X:
And Samsung Galaxy S i9000:
Memory size is 512 MB (internal), from which free little more than 300 MB, 512 MB RAM, performance averages.Android version 2.2 and higher allows you to install applications on a memory card, so that's not the applications, but rather a total lack of memory.
Smartphones from Motorola, Nokia, Samsung - all have built-in array to 8-16 GB of what Sony Ericsson is responsible 16 GB memory card included, so that, in general, we get parity.
ТAlso as part of the hardware platform would be desirable to raise the issue with the video. Display Xperia arc has the technology Sony mobile BRAVIA engine (used in TVs parent company) for pre-processing the signal, eventually the quality of video images when viewed in some ways better.
Coupled with the filter Live Color picture on the smartphone screen more clearly, contrast and more realistic. However, it should be understood that this feature - the software, not hardware, it can be turned on and off in the settings screen, and it works only for graphics, but not on the menu, for example.
The screen is very good, the difference with X10 noticeable immediately. And that's not the technology Sony BRAVIA, it is only used when viewing video and graphics. Just the screen itself was better, he shows up to 16 million colors, has significantly increased the brightness and viewing angles.
Technology - backlit LCD, size - 4.2 inches, there is a full multitouch (including typing). Comparing the screen with HTC Desire HD, there is an advantage Xperia arc, Super LCD screen Desire duller, less color is natural, especially disappointing viewing angles.
Leader remains iPhone screen 4, resolution and true color maximum, but the difference is minimal. However, see photos (Xperia arc from the top, iPhone 4 bottom): front view comparable to that obviously can be written to the achievement of arc, differ only in viewing angles.
We compare the screens with the HTC Incredible S:
An important point - the technology No air gap, ie the absence of an air layer between the matrix and the protective glass.
New in this there is nothing similar to technology used in the manufacture of Super AMOLED displays the same Samsung Galaxy S.
Due to no air gap reduces the thickness of the screen (as a result - and the whole device), due to the absence of air between the layers increases the brightness, improved reflective properties while in the sun.In general, Reality Display (the so-called screen Xperia arc in the company) - a big step forward compared to its predecessor. Resolution (854h480 points), size, technology used, and the overall impression of quality are different.
LCD-technology, of course, on the set of parameters is inferior IPS (iPhone) and AMOLED (Samsung), but thanks to the above technology gap is not there.
The screen is protected by tempered glass, scratches, he was not afraid.
Design and Dimensions
Appearance - is the setting for which Sony Ericsson Xperia arc fond of almost everything.Arc translated means "arch", the name emphasizes the curved form of the rear surface.
If the previous generation devices posterior surface was slightly convex, then the novelty she almost concave. Bending the minimum, but allowed to reach a record thickness apparatus - only 8.7 mm. Ends the thickness reaches 10.8 mm.
Options are excellent, due to such subtleties phone can be put into any pocket, as the owner of the iPhone 4 minimum fineness is very important to me.
Minimum thickness of the market has the Galaxy S II (8,5 mm), but the difference is small.
Trims two, it's silver color and black-blue gradient.
The latter looks a lot better off, well, first more practical, it does not show fingerprints. Housing, as is the case with the X10, entirely made of plastic, metal elements do not. Side chrome ends (in X10 coverage was very strong, complaints peel was not), so that worry for his safety is not worth it. The back cover is painted metallic paint on the vacuum technology, but that it never ceases to be plastic. Albeit very good looking. Due to all this weight of the unit a minimum, 117 grams.
РDimensions Xperia arc is 125 x 62.5 x 8.7 mm. The size of the display compared to the X10 has increased markedly, the overall dimensions of the case, by contrast, decreased.
Particularly pleased with a small width, the smartphone well in the hand compared to the overly broad "shoulders» HTC Desire HD, Samsung Galaxy S. For 4.2-inch screen size Xperia arc minimal, this is one of the reasons why I liked the unit itself.
Under the screen are three buttons, familiar from X10, a separate search button is not that in my opinion, a plus.
Button is exactly the same as in the X10, the shape, size and speed. Above the screen is the same set of elements: earpiece, ambient light sensors and proximity. Front camera for video calls, for some reason do not have this flaw from the competition.
Memory card under the battery to replace it, turn off the machine
At the top end - the button off, micro-HDMI connector under the cap (this connector is needed to connect to a TV for video playback).On the right side - micro-USB, the volume keys and camera launch.
It is a pity that the 3.5-mm mini-jack moved sideways, and now he on the left side. Connect the headphones have become less convenient. Have to look for the headset with angled connectors, in fact complete ear is not all fit.
Here, another nod to developers, good camera (and a particularly good record video and audio) for Android-Smartphone - utter rarity.
More precisely, with a normal video devices on the market simply do not have, and that we have seen, even by the example of LG Optimus 2X and Samsung Galaxy S II, who write in Full HD (1080x1920 pixels), but the quality is no different.Recording sound with all the modern flagship Android-awful, loud sounds become hoarse and lyazgane, recording at concerts, parties and think it is not necessary.
At X10 the situation was not bad, but the recording in 720p only added 8 months later after the release, the update to the Android 2.1.
Sony Ericsson Xperia arc was originally going to record video in 720p (it is quite usual for all of today's smartphones, even inexpensive like Nokia C6-01), but at the same time - with two microphones to record sound. It is worth saying that in the prototype stereo was not, in my commercial machine it is present.The system is similar to Nokia N8, today unattainable leader for this part, The second microphone is located on the back of the smartphone. Video recording is in MP4 format with 30 fps, examples can be posomtret below.
Well, soon lay out and record the concert for greater demonstration.
Matrix itself 8.1-megapixel camera - Sony Exmor R.
This sensor technology Backlight provides an advantage when shooting in low light conditions.
In the predecessor, the X10 has been installed, perhaps the best 8.1 megapixel camera from the devices (see the comparison with the Nokia N8 Nikon Coolpix S220 and here ), the Xperia arc with Exmor sensor quality is also good, well above the 8-megapixel Galaxy S II, Optimus 2X, Desire HD.
Examples of photography. Daylight:
Download original picture
Let us compare the camera Xperia arc and HTC Incredible S (as Android, 8 Megapixels):
Download the original comparative photos
Download sample video (MP4, 1280x720 pixels, 45 seconds)
Android 2.3 and a software platform
Sony Ericsson Xperia arc with start of sales will be running the latest version of the OS, Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread.
On top of a standard Android has its own interface, as well as the firmware application Timescape, exactly as in Xperia X10.
Change the widget, like a widget gallery in the form of wheel thumbnails, images and videos is convenient to view directly into the standby mode.
TimeScape - a socially-oriented interface that works with the phone book, accounts in social networks (Twitter, Facebook, and even VKontakte), email and many other applications (the list is set up manually), and collects a variety of information about the updates.
For example, the statuses of Twitter, Facebook, incoming SMS and E-mail messages, missed calls and more appear as the cards.
You can view all of this single list, then the screen will show all updates, or move between different categories of messages, social networks and so on. Very pleased with drawing, the level of animation, beautiful cards with information flying around the desktop.
In comparison with the X10 implementation has greatly improved, it's about as functional as well as performance, appearance.
From MediaScape the company refused, the gallery is standard for Android 2.3, the player also has remained true button Infinity.
I f when listening to the songs click on this button, the machine will display all the information about the artist, song, album, other tracks on this album, you can go to the official website of singer, buy other songs through the service PlayNow. A separate tab - Youtube, where clips are collected from this artist, you can immediately see any in your browser, or in the preset manager Youtube.
In general, look at the screenshots, it says a lot. The player, by the way, there are equalizers, exactly 10 pieces.
The sound quality is pretty good, better than the X10 in order, unlike its predecessor there are no problems with volume, bass.
Not the level of the iPhone or Nokia N8, but quite a decent sound.
Mode of continuous playback MP3 - 26 hours video (AVI, with the player) - 4 hours.
Here it is worth to say that Sony Ericsson Xperia arc is the firmware application TrackID, which by a fragment of sound determines the name of the artist and songs, a calling card for all phone manufacturers. There is also a list of popularity for each country, which tracks users define the most.
Working with video is organized in much the same, everything is convenient, sorting does not cause problems.Such a big screen, seemingly designed for watching movies, but there's one problem: in the arc, as in other Android-smartphones, there is no preset codecs, Avi watch does not work, not to mention other formats unconverted video. However, the player (great choice, for example, Rock Player, UPlayer) this problem is easily solved.
Nice shell chips - are labels at the bottom of the screen in standby mode, they are similar to iPhone.
But the Sony Ericsson went farther, instead of a shortcut, you can create a folder and add the desired application.
With five desks and such here labels / folders to access the main menu will seldom.Incidentally, the main menu can also be ordered.As you like - in alphabetical order, for example, or arbitrary.
Screens with icons can be browsed through horizontally.
There is also similar to the implementation of HTC Sense option to view desktop in miniature, for this, as in the smartphone, use the multitouch.
This function works very smoothly, no delays in the commercial samples of the situation has improved considerably. Again, the demonstration - in this video. On the background of an indistinct and inconvenient MotoBlur from Motorola, slightly modified shell TouchWIZ Samsung's hull Xperia arc I liked. I am confident that their contribution is making and the latest version of OS 2.3, with its visual effects, smooth operation and so forth, but to compare what is now Xperia arc that was in X10, you can not.
Completely different level.
By itself, the OS Android 2.3 brought support for VoIP / SIP, chip NFC, new types of sensors (like a gyroscope or barometer), as well as an expanded set of audio effects and the possibility of photo and video how to use the principal and using the front camera, optimized load processor, updated download manager, refined Copy & Paste. But in general the transition from 2.1 to 2.2 has brought even more, and changes in version 2.3 are very minor. Operating speed, and if increased, it is not felt. Similarly, with the optimization of operating time. The last general I personally think the biggest drawback platform devices with hard stand and sunny day. In the Xperia arc through the use of a new type of screen it was possible to derive the most energy-intensive items, which is a good sign.
In the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc missing chip NFC, there is no front camera, so that these benefits will not be able to use 2.3. While in Russia the good of NFC yet, no support for the operators.
As we previously mentioned, in Russia the Android platform does not use such a demand, both in the U.S.People bought the first smartphone, and do not really want updated. This is evidenced by statistics, but the differences between the versions are minimal. Nevertheless, slowly but surely growing store applications, and support the latest versions of Flash - it does sting fans Apple.
With the announcement of CES 2011, the advent of smartphones and dual-core conditional interesting plates on the Nvidia Tegra 2 devices like Sony Ericsson Xperia arc, the popularity of the Android platform in the upper price segment will grow steadily, there is no doubt.It is these devices now sets the bar for functionality (at least until the summer announcements Apple, Nokia), and people like what is happening with smartphones running this operating system.
Opinion Mail. Ru
C advent of commercial samples the situation with Xperia arc quite changed. Once again - the interface was smoother, the speed is close to ideal, screen, and its sensitivity is also the excellent level. And indeed in all the moments experiences of using the device I have positive. Starting from design, the minimum size and thickness and finishing quality 4.2-inch screen. A big step forward compared to its predecessor. Even such important for me personally chips as shooting video with stereo audio, high-quality camera, nice-looking shell itself here present.
Upset a couple of things: the lack of onboard memory flash memory (though this is offset by a memory card to 16 GB in-set) and the location of the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack on the side, but they can be tolerated. Especially when you consider that similar to the parameters of smartphones has not.
Dual-core machine from LG (Optimus 2X) is postponed, and the costs are much higher (33-35 rubles). The same can be said about the Samsung Galaxy S II (May, 37 thousand). Only adequate competitor is HTC Incredible S. This smartphone comes at the same time, has the same hardware platform, the same functionality as a very stylish unusual case.
Cost Incredible S - 24000, that is a little cheaper Xperia arc, but there is no 16 GB of memory, a long HDMI cable included, but there is a great span of Sense.
So in the current realities of 25,990 rubles for the Xperia arc - quite adequate and interesting price, agree. Best-in-segment Android camera, minimum thickness, excellent large display, which caused no increase in body size. Home sales - the next few weeks, the beginning of April.