- Reception and call quality No comments
- Display Sony Bravia Screen Engine is awesome!!
- Battery life No comments
- Camera For some reason I thought that Xperia Arc S has a better camera (more responsive)
- Ease of use I am not too happy with the soft button above the translucent bar. Sometime it kinds of difficult to press.
- Design and form factor Will give 5 out of 5 if not because of the soft buttons
- Portability (size / weight) It is huge! So you either like it or not. It is in the heavy side.
- Media support No comments
- Durability Seems pretty durable to me. The body is solid. The plastic feels firm
- Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) Smart tag, HDMI output, NFC, those allow for building a great ecosystem
I won't say much about the Android. It will be upgradeable to 4.0 in the end of 2nd Quarter. So it should be soon. One problem that I have with the software is the USB mode for some reason is limited to "media transfer mode" only. i can't get it to do mass storage mode with Xperia S. Other than that, you get the typical Android experience (I am a fan of WP7 and Meego).
The other "grip" for the hardware is, I don't quite like the soft key above the translucent bar. These are the soft keys that you use to access "home", "back" and "context menu" buttons. They are sometime unresponsive and you have to press them several times. I wish I could do the N9 double tap screen to wake up trick with this phone. Have to press on the small power button on the top is a chore. Battery life is average (found most Androids suffer the same problem)
In summary, much improvement over the Xperia Arc S. The major design overhaul is welcomed and the screen quality is awesome. I will say it is one of the best looking Android phone out there and I will pick it over the boring-look Samsung Galaxy S2 (or even upcoming S3).
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