THESFACTOR?

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

Sony Eric­s­son’s Xpe­ria Arc was one stylish fea­ture-packed phone. The Xpe­ria Arc S is its beau­ti­ful suc­ces­sor. But will it man­age to hold its own against the ex­cel­lent de­vices in town? The de­sign of the orig­i­nal Arc was well ap­pre­ci­ated by the mar­ket and Sony Eric­s­son was pru­dent enough to re­tain the same curves and lines. The metal bezel run­ning around the cor­ners has con­trols and jack, mak­ing it stand out against a body colour like black. The 4.2-inch ca­pac­i­tive dis­play in a sleek cas­ing was com­fort­able to use and to slide into the pocket.

So, what’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween the Arc and the Arc S? The com­pany has pumped up the pro­ces­sor power from 1 GHZ to 1.4 GHZ. As a re­sult, there is a no­table dif­fer­ence in the speed of op­er­a­tions. The cam­era shut­ter lag has de­creased and photography gains. Even switch­ing be­tween the apps or brows­ing through the im­ages is rel­a­tively quick. Once again, the 8 MP cam­era man­ages to do a great job and videos can be cap­tured at 720p res­o­lu­tion at 30fps. But, the Arc S feels slow in com­par­i­son with phones pow­ered by dual-core pro­ces­sors. Bat­tery backup, at 1500 mah, man­ages to last a day on above av­er­age use.

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