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The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc S is an impressive multifaceted mobile phone which offers fast processing capability by virtue of the 1.4 GHz Scorpion processor that is the mainstay of the unit, which is combined with the android operating system. The handset is a compact unit which measures just 125 mm x 63 mm wide whilst being only 8 mm thick and weighing 117 g in weight.

The units display screen is an impressive 4.2 inches in size and is an LED backlit LCD capacitive display screen which offers outstanding imagery by virtue of the fact that it utilises the Sony mobile Bravia engine whilst within its quoted resolution of 480 x 854 pixels it is able to display up to 16 million colours. In addition the screen is an effective touch screen which comes with a scratch resistant surface and utilises the timescape user interface as its main means of navigation around the various functions and features. The unit also provides accelerometer and proximity sensors as standard.

The handset comes with an 8.0 megapixel camera which operates at 3264 x 2440 pixels and includes an impressive array of photographic aids which include touch focus, auto focus, image stabilisation, face is smile attention as well as a 3-D sweep panorama function. The same camera can also be utilised to record video at 720 pixels and at 30 frames per second, with the benefits of continuous auto focus, video stabiliser functionality as well as a video light. Additional functionality included within the unit includes satellite navigation, a stereo FM radio with RDS, an MP4/MP3 multimedia player, a Neoreader barcode scanner, Facebook and twitter integration as well as Adobe Flash 10.3 support.

The handset offers high-speed Internet access by virtue of its own 3G connection or the alternative of Wi Fi, whilst also providing an integrated Micro SD card slot, micro-USB connectivity as well as Bluetooth, in addition to GPRS and EDGE connectivity.

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc S, like the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo is a feature rich handset which provides not only useful and endearing functionality but also has an aesthetic appeal which is unrivalled.

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