1 SONY ERICSSON XPERIA ARC
Sony Ericsson, $899 sonyericsson.com.au
★★★★ Phones don’t get much thinner than this smartphone. The Xperia Arc is so named for its subtle, curved shell, but users are more likely to notice just how slender this phone’s body is (8.7mm to be exact). The Arc packs a lot into that form, though. For starters, a 4.2-inch screen shows off photos from its 8.1-megapixel camera in their best light. An LED flash, touch-to-focus feature and speedy operation add to its appeal. Video capture is also helped by an Exmor R sensor and the addition of a video stabiliser to counteract shaking hands. The Arc also uses the latest Google Android software (Gingerbread) and its maker doesn’t tinker with it too much.