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Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 Review

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Interface and functionality:

As we have already mentioned, there is nothing really out of this world about the functionality of the device and what it stakes on is outward appearance. Still, you get a fully functional cell phone that covers all the basics and pretty much everything you may need on a daily basis. Its interface is almost identical to the version running on all other feature phones made by Sony Ericsson, although the company has made minor changes – the phone themes are equipped with icons that go with the simple yet polished look of the device. Let´s go over the novelties in brief, because none of them is thrilling really.

The home screen can be assigned animated backgrounds (there are pretty cool looking clocks) or applications, but sadly, there are no pre-installed programs on our unit. The main menu can be visualized differently – grid pattern, huge single icons or depending on the currently active theme. The multitasking capabilities are limited.

Home screen - The interface of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 - Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 Review
The interface of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 - Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 Review
The interface of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 - Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 Review
The interface of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 - Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 Review

Home screen

   

The interface of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5



The phone book stores up to 1,000 contacts and each person can be assigned several numbers, addresses, picture etc. You do searches by first letter only, but you´ve got proper filtering if you enter digits on the home screen, i.e. 6-3-6 leads to Neo.

The phone book - Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 Review
The phone book - Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 Review
The phone book - Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 Review

The phone book



The messaging options are pretty standard – SMS, MMS and email functionality and you have automated email account setup in case you are registered with a popular service provider. The email client is nothing to write home about, but you can check for new messages and take a quick look at them, even if they happen to be in HTML format, which is more than enough.

Messaging - Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 Review
Messaging - Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 Review
Email - Messaging - Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 Review
  

Email

Messaging



The organizer functionality includes alarms, calendar, tasks, notes, stop watch, chronometer and calculator. We do like the way you enter event information into the calendar – it´s done step by step and not with the help of a long scroll list, meaning everything you punch in remains large and easy to read all the time.

The organizer functionality of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 - Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 Review
The organizer functionality of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 - Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 Review
The organizer functionality of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 - Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 Review
The organizer functionality of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 - Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 Review

The organizer functionality of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5




Connectivity and Browser:

Yes, you got that right, b-r-o-w-s-e-r. And it happens to be usable at that, especially over high-speed 3G networks (the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 supports HSDPA 7.2Mbps). The browser itself is NetFront, an application we know well, but it has been personalized by Sony Ericsson. It does have certain troubles opening pages like ours, but you can easily browse MeetGadget.com, which is pretty cool really (because the website is cool, of course). Using a semi-transparent, monochromatic screen is a tad odd really, but it will do in case you´ve got no better device at hand.

The NetFront browser has been personalized by Sony Ericsson - Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 Review
The NetFront browser has been personalized by Sony Ericsson - Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 Review
The NetFront browser has been personalized by Sony Ericsson - Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 Review

The NetFront browser has been personalized by Sony Ericsson



The Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 comes with Bluetooth 2.1 and aside from being capable of sending and receiving files, it connects to stereo headsets.


Multimedia:

You just don’t have an idea how cool it is to watch a DivX video in 1,080p on a monochromatic display... So, here is what you need to do. Start the video on your desktop computer, get a few steps back and place the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 in front of your eye like an eye-glass. It doesn’t really matter if you opt for your right or left eye really. The overall image quality seems to worsen a bit, but the experience is, well, unique.

The audio player offers quite a few content filtering options - Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 Review
The audio player offers quite a few content filtering options - Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 Review
The audio player offers quite a few content filtering options - Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 Review
The audio player offers quite a few content filtering options - Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 Review

The audio player offers quite a few content filtering options

We are joking, of course. It seems quite logical that the handset doesn’t feature video player, but sadly, the camera is rather conspicuous in its absence. We tend to think that the manufacturer could have equipped the device with 2- or 3-megapixel sensor, since browsing images on its display is definitely quite an interesting experience, plus you would have been able to take a look at the results on a normal computer anyway. Not to mention the transparent display could have made for a great view-finder.

Still, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness X5 comes with a capable audio player that offers quite a few content filtering options (by relevant artist, genre, album etc.). It´s pretty cool that album art is visualized in a truly unique way in all its black and white beauty. Finally, you´ve got a proper equalizer with a number of presets.



The loudspeaker is not particularly powerful and the sound it produces is slightly sharp and plagued by environmental noise. The boxed headsets are quite good and no matter which pair you go for, you will be able to enjoy pleasing loudness and discernible bass frequencies. The boxed adapter allows you to plug in a pair of earphones to your own liking, meaning listening to music can easily get even more appealing a thing to do.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


I've got five words for this, "You've gotta be kidding me!"

posted on 10 May 2012, 04:09

2. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


1000????

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Display1.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (222 ppi) TFT
Size4.02 x 1.69 x 0.51 inches
(102 x 43 x 13 mm )
2.47 oz  (70 g)

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