You better get the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc before the U.S. carriers could take hold of it and sell carrier-locked versions. Sony Store now has the Android handset in stock and is selling it for US$600.

According to Sony USA, the estimated shipping date for the Xperia arc is on Monday, July 11. The unlocked smartphone will be compatible on any network.

The Xperia arc is also apparently available from online stores Amazon and MacMall. On last check, though, the smartphone is temporarily out of stock on Amazon, but is in stock on MacMall. Amazon sells it for US$580, while MacMall sells it for US$540.

The phone comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 4.2-inch WVGA touchscreen (854×480 resolution, with BRAVIA engine), internal storage of up to 1 GB, 512 MB RAM, 8 GB microSD card storage (upgradable to 32 GB), and 1500 mAh battery.

Android Authority’s review of the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc finds it a perfect option for users who place high premium on a phone’s look and feel. Its interface is friendly enough for new converts to smartphone use, but is not overly simplistic for the complex tastes and needs of a power user.

Are you getting yourself the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc? Why or why not?