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Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review

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Running Windows Mobile 6.1 professional, the X1 is similar to other WinMo devices. The homescreen is standard and out of the box simply has the date and time plugin, along with messaging, tasks and calendar.

Where the X1 differentiates itself is the panel interface Sony Ericsson has created. A mix between an application launcher and widgets, the user can have up to nine panels that offer quick access to anything from the homescreen to Facebook to Dashwire to pictures and music. Google and Windows Live both have panels for quick web search and access to your Google and Live accounts. Some panels, such as the Sony Ericsson panel, are customizable and allow the user to tweak the view and content. It basically is a today panel, and the user can add and view things like RSS feeds, weather, calendar events and more. The Media Xperience panel gives the user access to all their media in a Playstation 3 themed layout.

The panel launcher page simply has icons for the panels, they do not actually update, say, if you receive an email or other notification.  When you launch the panel it brings a static picture of the panel to the foreground before cutting to the live panel.  You can only have one panel running at time; to return to the panel overview page simply hit the Panel button.  A minor annoyance is that the standard Windows Mobile homescreen is one of the panels, we much would have preferred a home button that automatically takes you there rather than kicking back to the panel interface and then having to launch it.

Homescreen - Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review
Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review
Panels - Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review
Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review

Homescreen

 

Panels

 

We enjoy the panel interface, but don’t think it is anything groundbreaking. Some of the panels are more useful than others; the Facebook panel, for instance, is fantastic, whereas the Google panel is basically a search bar with bookmark shortcuts to Gmail and other Google products. It is nowhere near as encompassing as TouchFLO 3D, which we like better. We would have instead preferred to see the panels incorporated into a custom UI, like HTC has done with their weather and music tabs. Still, it is slick and we wouldn’t mind seeing some of the panels incorporated into TF3D. Developers, get on it!

Different panels - Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review
Different panels - Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review
Different panels - Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review
Different panels - Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review

Different panels


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As a WM Professional device the X1 is as full-featured as it gets. It of course syncs with Outlook, so managing contacts and calendar is simple. Being a GSM phone, when a new contact is added the user is given the option to add it as a SIM or Outlook contact. Only the latter will sync with Outlook when the phone is paired with a computer. There is nothing new with the X1; it runs the standard Windows Mobile Calendar and Contacts application. Other PIM applications are also exactly the same as before, such as Notes, Tasks, Calculator and Clock.

A press of the send key brings up both call history and the dialpad. Its design language matches the X1, but the layout is very similar to the Touch Diamond. Sony has added four onscreen keys: Send, Call History, Contacts and Favorites, which sit above the dialpad and below the call history. The in-call screen is also similar in function to HTC devices, though the design is very different. There are two rows of three icons: Speaker, Mute, and Hold atop Notes, Contacts and Dialpad. Along the bottom is a large end button.
There is no voice dialing software on the X1, which is a shame.

Dialpad - Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review
In-call screen - Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Review

Dialpad

In-call screen


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Esa (unregistered)


And there you have it!

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 08:59

2. Jyakotu (unregistered)


Far superior smartphone than either the Blackberry Storm or Apple iPhone.

posted on 09 Jan 2009, 09:30

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!

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 12:44

3. (unregistered)


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?

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 14:39

4. (unregistered)


the guys xda have developed a TouhchFLO3F Panel for the X1. So you can have TouchFLO 3D graphics on the X1 now.

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 18:22

5. vzw fanboy (unregistered)


when is it coming to vzw?

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 21:08

7. (unregistered)


ah, another "when is it coming to vzw?" guy... just stfu and get iphone...

posted on 03 Dec 2008, 07:51

11. (unregistered)


It will come to VZW in one word: "Never."

posted on 03 Dec 2008, 08:05

12. Jyakotu (unregistered)


Never. The phone will either stay a product that's sold unlocked or AT&T will probably carry it.

posted on 07 Dec 2008, 18:12

19. (unregistered)


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.

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 20:48

6. (unregistered)


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!!!

posted on 02 Dec 2008, 23:28

8. (unregistered)


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

posted on 03 Dec 2008, 05:31

9. (unregistered)


what? This one has 8 and renoir has 5 as well?!

posted on 03 Dec 2008, 05:31

10. (unregistered)


I mean renoir has 8, not 5 - i checked it now

posted on 03 Dec 2008, 14:54

13. jake (unregistered)


What about the battery cover? How do you remove the battery cover without damaging the device?

posted on 04 Dec 2008, 00:17

14. (unregistered)


what about the screen... how to throw it from the 5th floor without breaking it!

posted on 05 Dec 2008, 03:49

17. (unregistered)


well, if there is anybody catching it on the ground floor then the screen might be saved. Not sure about the hands though... LOL

posted on 04 Dec 2008, 14:07

15. (unregistered)


Nokia N97 all day

posted on 07 Dec 2008, 07:18

18. Bart (unregistered)


of course, because a device that no one has seen in real life or used yet easily beats all other devices.

posted on 05 Dec 2008, 03:47

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

posted on 14 Dec 2008, 12:50

20. iff2mastamatt (unregistered)


Finally, a comment posted worth reading. Thanks dude.

posted on 24 Mar 2009, 15:16

22. aks316 (Posts: 9; Member since: 24 Mar 2009)


i have it and its awesome.. love SE..

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X1

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.1
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Display3.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (311 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
528 MHz
256 MB RAM
Size4.35 x 2.07 x 0.66 inches
(110.5 x 52.6 x 17 mm)
5.11 oz  (145 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 10 hours talk time

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