When comparing Arc vs phlat, the Slant community recommends Arc for most people. In the question“What are the best gtk3 themes?” Arc is ranked 1st while phlat is ranked 5th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Customizable to dark or light themes
Pro Has both GTK2 and GTK 3 support
Users will be able to match their gtk2 and gtk3 themes easily due to Ark supporting both.
Pro Supports gnome-shell
Pro Available firefox and chromium themes
There are matching themes for Firefox and Chromium for those that want to have a fully matched looking environment.
Pro Really clean and nice-looking
Pro Fully supports GTK3-nocsd
The theme fully supports the GTK3-nocsd hack so GNOME3-apps will integrate well into XFCE or MATE.
Pro The color can be easily changed
A script is included to change the highlight-color to almost everything.
Pro GTK2 and GTK3
Supports both GTK2 and GTK3.
Pro Has full HiDPI support
The theme and all included sub-themes have full HiDPI support.
Con Bleak font colors that cause eye strain
The font color in Arc and Arc-Darker is not black, but lightgray
after prolonged usage, it becomes apparent that this font color, combined with white backgrounds causes too much eye strain
Con Has some contrast issues
The theme is a low contrast theme so it really depends on the screen brightness if you see borders or the text, some elements don't even have borders - this makes the theme barely usable for portable devices.
Con Dark theme
It's a dark theme, so you might encounter the same issues as with all dark themes
Con No-GNOME etc. support
As it is made to support traditional desktop environments so there is no support for GNOME3 and its forks