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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review

The Sony Ericsson X10 is Sony's flagship Android handset. It's been leaked way back early last year but for reasons only known to Sony Ericsson, the release has been delayed until April this year. The only acceptable reason for delaying handsets is to further enhance its features and performance so if you've been waiting for the X10 (Previously known as the X3 or Rachel), find out below if it's worth the wait.



Design

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 has a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen made of mineral glass. The black X10 is only a tad thicker than the iPhone but almost matches the iPhone 3G's size and probably feels more comfortable to hold than the latter. The sharp edges give it a more sleeker look than the iPhone and the three buttons below the screen provides a nice tactile feel. The battery cover is made up of soft touch materials and speaking of battery covers, it's a pain to take off. The simcard and microSD card is accessible by removing the battery so that's another minus point for the X10's design.

Overall, I think the design of the X10 doesn't disappoint. It would certainly turn heads when you're in a coffee shop.

Features

The Sony Ericsson X10 runs on Android 1.6. If you don't know anything about Android, the latest version is now 2.1 and if you think you can easily update it within the next few months, think again. There's a good chance that when Sony Ericsson updates the X10 to 2.1, Android version 3.0 is already out. Why? First, because again, for reasons only known to Sony Ericsson, they've been known to delay in terms of software and hardware release and second, the X10 has a custom UI: Timescape and Mediascape and it would take a lot of programming to port custom UI's from previous versions of Android to newer versions. With that said, you really won't miss Android 2.1 a lot on the X10 thanks mostly to the Timescape and Mediascape UI.

Timescape gives you a nice animated Contacts UI. Here, you can scroll through pictures of your contacts vertically and if you link their Facebook and Twitter account, you can see their emails to you, SMS messages, and Facebook and Twitter updates. It's really cool and graphically appealing.

Mediascape on the other hand is where you can find your media such as music, videos, and photos. The custom media player is actually quite better than the one on Android (be it 1.6 or 2.1) in terms of interface. Unlike the Media player on Windows Mobile, Album Art is shown if its tagged directly on the music file and it won't show if you just put in an album art on the music folder.

Video playback is really great on the X10 thanks mostly to its large screen and resolution which seems much better than any AMOLED screen I've seen.

The 8 megapixel camera is REALLY good. It takes great pictures especially outdoors during daylight and decent quality photos as well even in low light conditions. I'm not really a fan of the video, I thought at first it was great (when played on the phone) but when uploaded to a PC, the video looks blocky.

The web browser is also great but does not support flash content. Web pages are loaded quickly. My only complaint is that the zooming interface needs work. It doesn't support multitouch and not even tap to zoom. You have to make use of the zoom icon below the screen and this really ruins the user experience.

Some complaints

But alas, like all mobile phones, not everything is perfect on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. For one thing, it has no multitouch and it will probably not support it EVER. Someone from Sony Ericsson confirmed that this is due to hardware limitations. For those who doesn't mind multitouch, this would have been easily negligible but with no tap to zoom, Sony Ericsson should definitely include this in their next update.

The QWERTY keyboard is a pain to type on. A lot of people are complaining that its hard to type on the X10's keyboard. Its plagued with unresponsiveness and key mis stypes.

You would have thought that since Sony Ericsson makes Walkman phones, the audio quality on the X10 should be better but no, audio quality through the speakers is VERY poor. It's like listening to your grandmother's old AM radio. There's no problem with the audio quality using headphones but the speakers should definitely be improved especially since voice calls also suffer.

There's no third party GPS. Wisepilot is included and it seems like the full version but there's no map available for the Philippines. With Nokia introducing free turn by turn navigation with their OVI Maps, Sony Ericsson, or maybe Google should be quick in releasing Google Navigation outside the US.

Conclusion

There's no doubt that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is a powerful handset with its 1GHz snapdragon processor, 4 inch screen, and 8 megapixel camera but some bugs in the software is hindering the X10 from its true potential. I'm sure some people like me can live without Android 2.1 and multitouch but I can't fully enjoy the X10 when I can't even type a text message without getting frustrated, be embarrassed to share my music with my friends through the phone's speaker and not have a decent zooming interface on the browser. All these bugs can easily be fixed with a software update, I'm sure of it as previous phones with these issues have been fixed through firmware updates so hopefully, Sony Ericsson won't delay in the update soon or the X10 will be dead in the water.

2 Comments:

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