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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.

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