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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, Neo, Pro. Look for even more "robots"
A roundtable of Sony Ericsson. Top managers discuss the plans of the company.
"Do you remember SE Vivaz? It was a decent model with good camera, screen and sound. Its design was unbelievable and people liked it. The only issue was the OS, which did not work well. Let's take it and put Android inside?"
The decision was taken.
"A year ago Nokia launched N97 mini and before that they had N97. They looked nice. Good keypad, nice body and intriguing white color. Hardware and OS are certainly outdated, but we can borrow the design"
The move was made.
I will not continue with Xperia X10, which was squeezed to get Arc, because you know it already.
I am sure it did not happen this way, but I had a similar image in my head when I learned about new Sony Ericsson "robots".
We will not dwell too much on SE Arc, as we already have this article. It resembles Xperia X10, which was rolled over to make it thinner. Arc is really quite thin and this feeling is just boosted by a large square of the body.
The smartphone has hardware buttons under the screen, which cannot make us unhappy. A 4.2" screen is a great addition too. Arc should be considered a fine-tuned version of Xperia X10. The main drawback of X10 was a bug-ridden firmware in commercial samples. If Arс becomes stable without the defects of Xperia X10 it has all chances for success. The next model on review will be more popular anyway.
It is a proper Vivaz: excellent camera, unusual design, different colors and quality sound. Android 2.3. seems to be stable in this handset. You can read a preliminary review here. What can I add? First Vivaz had no problems, but the software. If Neo inherits advantages of Vivaz without software issues, the model could be a hit. The price must be adequate too.
A black Xperia Pro does not resemble Nokia N97. Decide yourself.
But a white Xperia Pro is completely different and does look like N97.
May be these are my own ideas only. At the same time I think that SE Xperia Pro is not a crowd puller despite good characteristics and nice design. It happens because QWERTY smartphones have lost their popularity several years ago. Desire Z is an example of attractive QWERTY slider, but its keypad is still perceived as an addition to a high quality smartphone, which is an exception.
I like this lineup of "robots" and hope these models will be free from bugs of SE XPERIA X1 and XPERIA X10. Then Sony Ericsson will have all chances to become a prominent player among Android manufacturers.
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Published 14 February 2011
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