Sony Ericsson Xperia ARC Hands-On pt.1

One of Sony Ericsson’s recent announcement was the Xperia ARC. Dubbed as the thinnest smartphone at only 8.7mm thin, is powered by Android OS and spots some amazing features like Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine and Exmor-R camera sensor. More on those later.

Some basic info on the ARC:
– Powered by Android OS, skinned with SonyEricsson’s Xperia theme
– 4.2″ Reality Display (854×480 pixels)
– 8.1 megapixel camera, shoots 720p HD video
– HDMI Output

With specs and features this great, it didnt dissapoint me a bit when I held and played with it few days ago. The body (although made in plastic) feels very solid and that is probably one of the reasons why it felt super light when held. Probably as light as the Samsung Galaxy S. Given the size of the screen, the Arc still fits in the jeans pocket nicely since it is very thin.

The screen is very vibrant and bright. Not as sharp and high contrast like the AMOLED screens on Samsung devices, hence it feel very comfortable to the eye.

The touch capacitive screen is probably one of the drawbacks as it is TOO sensitive to touch. It is so sensitive that actions are triggered when we barely even touched it. Scrolling is smooth but somehow it always interprets the beginning of the scroll/slide action as a tap, causing apps open or photos enlarged when we only wanted to slide the screen.

More reviews in the upcoming post (part 2). For now, check out this video demo of the HDMI output capability of the Sony Ericsson Xperia ARC.