Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review
Windows Mobile has always been a powerful but clunky OS, but recently we’ve seen manufacturer efforts to clean it up and make it more user-friendly. Sony Ericsson has thus far stayed out of the WinMo realm, but with the Xperia X1 they are making a splash on both fronts. They have developed a new panel interface to match the X1’s svelte design. It has the rich feature set you’d expect from a high-end device, with many connectivity options and a 480x800 high resolution display. The question is, can it live up to the bar HTC has set with their Touch series?
Included in the box you’ll find:
- Li-poly battery
- AC Adapter
- USB Cable
- 4GB microSDHC card
- Stereo headphones
- Extra stylus
The X1 is a very well designed device, with a large WVGA display and full QWERTY keyboard. It is constructed of brushed metal which leads to a very hefty weight of 5.1oz. It comes in both silver and black, our review unit was silver but we prefer the black finish personally. It is strikingly narrow, especially when compared to a similar device like the Touch Pro.
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The narrowness leads to a good in-hand feel, though it is definitely on the heavy side. Still, the build quality is top notch and we are quite impressed with the hardware. The screen slides to the right to reveal a four row QWERTY, and it slides at an arc so that it is tilted slightly upwards when opened. The slide mechanism is fantastically smooth; it offers the perfect balance of resistance and sprint and sliding it is actually a pleasure.
screen is gorgeous, and measures in at 3.0”. Like all other Windows Mobile devices it is only 65K colors, but the increased pixel density mostly makes up for that. As you’d expect from such a high resolution panel videos looked great. It is a resistive touchscreen, and therefore can be used with a stylus or other non-bare finger object, and is very responsive.
The navigation keys sit below the display, and in true Sony fashion much attention has been paid to the styling. There is a square directional pad, and to either side triangular keys that come together to form an X. The soft keys are silver slivers, but raised so they are easy to press. The other keys - Send and Panel to the left and OK and End to the right- are a bit small but have good travel and a slight click so you know when they have been activated. In addition to being clickable, center of the d-pad is also touch sensitive and you can move up/down and left/right by swiping your finger across it. It doesn’t work within every application, and it’s easier to use side-to-side, but we liked the added navigation option.
On the rear of the phone is a 3.2 megapixel camera with flash to the right/top. Below it the stylus tucks into the corner, though a bit too tightly for our tastes. Tight is good so that it does not get lost, but it takes too much effort to pull it out and we prefer HTC’s magnetic solution. The battery door has no mechanical latch, and we did have some issues getting it to seat properly.
The left side of the phone has a miniUSB port as well the single speaker at the bottom corner. On the right you have a volume rocker at the top and camera key at the bottom. The top houses the power button and 3.5mm headphone jack and the microphone is on the bottom. The side keys are well integrated into the frame and easy enough to press, though the volume rocker could have been longer. The phone has an illumination effect for certain events, and the multi-colored LEDs are integrated to the side housing.
QWERTY keyboard is pretty darn good, but the keys are a bit too small for us. For those with smaller hands the X1 will be excellent, but for those with big mitts you might find yourself slightly frustrated. The spacing between the keys is very good, and like the G1 the keys are staggered. We would have liked to see a bit more travel in the keys; they feel soft, and while we were relatively accurate it wasn’t perfect. Even though the keyboards are fairly different, the X1 has a similar feel to the Touch Pro. Being only four rows, numbers do not get their own keys. Unlike most other devices with a traditional layout among the top row or left side alignment, Sony has chosen to move the numbers to the right side and arrange them more like the HTC TyTN II.
Sony Ericsson is obviously going for the general consumer with the X1, and we think they have put together a very good design for it. The size is very good, and the screen excellent for multimedia applications. The narrowness makes it easier to hold, although it could be lighter. Fashion was an obvious influence in the design of the X1, and even the silver version is chic. The build quality is overall wonderful, and we are generally pleased with the design of the X1.
1. Esa (unregistered)
And there you have it!
2. Jyakotu (unregistered)
Far superior smartphone than either the Blackberry Storm or Apple iPhone.
21. Spaceman (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jan 2009)
except that - for a quality phone, the signal reception is rubbish! I have an X1 on o2 and it's way worse than my HTC p3300 - and that wasn't good. Also, although it is very good in other respects, it is fiddly to use - definitely NOT finger friendly!
How is it compared to HTC Touch HD - definitely the two top phones today? Aside from the specs - not having an accelerometer, 3" vs 3.8" and 3MP vs. 5MP cam, and on the other hand - having a full QWERTY and a nicer build (imho), how is the overall actual quality? Has anyone had a chance to compare the two of them side by side?
the guys xda have developed a TouhchFLO3F Panel for the X1. So you can have TouchFLO 3D graphics on the X1 now.
5. vzw fanboy (unregistered)
when is it coming to vzw?
ah, another "when is it coming to vzw?" guy... just stfu and get iphone...
It will come to VZW in one word: "Never."
12. Jyakotu (unregistered)
Never. The phone will either stay a product that's sold unlocked or AT&T will probably carry it.
The Samsung Omnia is Verizons version of this phone. I doubt that it will be on verizons line up. However the Omnia is also a very sweet phone. Obviously lacking the keyboard but non the less a very powerful WM device. i have one & mine now has 24 gbs of memory & everything else this sony has.. but it has the other feature where it doesnt drop calls. oh yeah its called a way better network.
they gave this a 9 in beauty and gave the lg renoir a 5?!?! this thing is FAT and clunky!!!! my brother has this phone i know!!!
you do realize that they have several reviewers, right? if nothing else, the fact that half the reviews (like the renoir) are in broken english should be a dead give away. but if you actually read all their reviews there are distinct stylistic differences beyond broken and good english
what? This one has 8 and renoir has 5 as well?!
I mean renoir has 8, not 5 - i checked it now
13. jake (unregistered)
What about the battery cover? How do you remove the battery cover without damaging the device?
what about the screen... how to throw it from the 5th floor without breaking it!
well, if there is anybody catching it on the ground floor then the screen might be saved. Not sure about the hands though... LOL
Nokia N97 all day
18. Bart (unregistered)
of course, because a device that no one has seen in real life or used yet easily beats all other devices.
16. LW (unregistered)
Have played it a couple of times and have to say that this phone is really slow. When you switch panelsit shows a static picture of the panel first which makes you thinks it's fast but the actual panel takes some more seconds to render. Really don't like this delay. You have to have some patience when using it. It's fun to play with it in the begining, but the fun doesn't last more than a couple of hours. Just my 2 cents
20. iff2mastamatt (unregistered)
Finally, a comment posted worth reading. Thanks dude.