Sony Ericsson X10

Sony Ericsson X10

The old clunky Sony Eriksson with their limited functionalities are now a thing of the past as the Xperia X10 brings in a fast 1Ghz Snapdragon processor along with Google’s Android operating system

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Our Rating: 82%

also known as: Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

Our Sony Ericsson X10 Review

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

X10 Design

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is something completely new for Sony Ericsson. It is their first foray into a completely new way of making mobile phones. The old clunky Sony Eriksson with their limited functionalities are now a thing of the past as the Xperia X10 brings in a fast 1Ghz Snapdragon processor along with Google’s Android operating system with a custom theme.

The X10 Build

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is a huge beast. We mean this in the best sense as all that extra real estate is used up by a big screen. The set feels comfortable in your hands. However it seems that Sony Ericsson realized this phone may be too big for some people as it has announced it will be releasing two smaller cousins called the Xperia X10 mini and Xperia X10 mini pro.

The design also has sharp edges which gives it a somewhat different look than all the other category mobile phone. Instead of going for smooth, Sony Ericsson has gone for the futuristic look and suits nice. There are some multimedia controls on the right side. All in all, you can feel that it is high quality just by holding it in your hands. It feels solid.

Sony Ericsson X10 Xperia Rear

The four inch screen uses capacitive technology which makes it extremely sensitive. Sensitive and precise which makes it a joy to use. This means the on screen keyboard is very easy to use and rarely misinterprets your touches. Same is true for all other gestures, they happen swiftly and accurately. This is because of the sensitive screen and the blazing fast 1GHz processor.

However one problem is that the Xperia X10 does not support multi touch, so there are now features like pinch to zoom which are available on almost all other sets. Even worse, this will not be fixed through any updates because according to Sony Ericsson multi touch is not supported because of a ‘hardware issue’ This is the biggest downside of the phone.

Performance

The extremely fast 1GHz snapdragon processor really works wonders with the android platform. All applications and the operating system itself run very fast and smooth. There is also 1gb on internal space plus the option to use microSD cards up to 16gb. A 2gb card is included.

While the operating system is Android, it is not the default android as Sony Ericsson as tweaked and modified it to present a unique interface. There are two different UIs, one is called timescape and other is called mediascape. Timescape focuses on communication including sms, calls, emails, facebook and twitter. You can set this as the homescreen instead of the default android homescreen.

Mediascape does a similar thing but for media files, it arranges them. Web browsing works great because Android’s great capable browser is combined with the 1 GHz processor which allows pages to load very fast. The camera takes stills of 8 megapixel and the interface is designed similar to Sony’s Cybershot cameras. It takes great pictures in daytime, much better than many of its competitors.

What We Liked

Big Screen. Fast Processor allows for smooth performance. Unique and useful interface

What We Disliked

No multi touch

The Final Verdict

This is a great handset if you like features like social networking. It is also great when it comes to media handling. The camera is also great as it usually is with Sony Ericsson handsets. All in all, this is the best mobile phone Sony Ericsson has released till now and we are impressed by it.

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General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 119 x 63 x 13 (mm)
Talk Time 600 mins
Standby Time 415 hours
Weight 135 g
Quad Band Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 8.10 megapixels
Camera Flash Yes
Video Player Yes

Phone

Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Internal Memory 1024 MB
Memory Card Type MicroSD (max 16GB)

Messaging

Instant Messaging (IM) Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes
Touch Screen Yes

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Email Yes
WAP Yes
Web Browser Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes

Music and Radio

MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes

Sony Ericsson X10 Full Specification

General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 119 x 63 x 13 (mm)
Talk Time 600 mins
Standby Time 415 hours
Weight 135 g
Quad Band Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 8.10 megapixels
Camera Flash Yes
Video Player Yes

Phone

Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Internal Memory 1024 MB
Memory Card Type MicroSD (max 16GB)

Messaging

Instant Messaging (IM) Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes
Touch Screen Yes

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Email Yes
WAP Yes
Web Browser Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes

Music and Radio

MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
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