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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review

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The phone book has also been personalized by Sony Ericsson. Perhaps the most easily noticeable alteration is the addition of the alphabet on the right that allows for fast filtering of entries. You also have constant access to a search tab and the option to find contacts based on both parts of the name. Finally, you can update your current status on various social networks directly from the phone book (just like in Timescape).

The phone book has been personalized by Sony Ericsson - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
The phone book has been personalized by Sony Ericsson - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
The phone book has been personalized by Sony Ericsson - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
The phone book has been personalized by Sony Ericsson - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review

The phone book has been personalized by Sony Ericsson


This not all about the social integration though. Individual entries can be assigned a Facebook or Twitter profile, meaning the online status of the person will be visible in the phone book. This is a really cool function that we saw enabled in the first version of HTC Sense. Unfortunately, in the case of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, you have to add the profile information for each contact individually. Sadly, you cannot search in the list of social networking contacts. So, how do you add the Facebook profiles of 250 people? No way! Sony Ericsson needs to work on improving this aspect, because the function is virtually unusable at this time.

The phone book of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 offers social integration as well - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
The phone book of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 offers social integration as well - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
The phone book of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 offers social integration as well - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
The phone book of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 offers social integration as well - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review

The phone book of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 offers social integration as well


The phone contacts themselves can be enriched with various details, like phone numbers, email, chat account, postal address, notes etc.


Organizer:

The options relating to bringing order to your daily grind have had a facelift. The alarms application allows you to choose the appearance of the clock, which will appear, while the handset is trying to wake you up. The calendar is the standard program that comes with Android and allows for visualizing events in daily, weekly, monthly and agenda modes. Adding entries is done in pretty much the standard way and all of them can be set as all-day events, plus they can be assign recurrence pattern. The presence and privacy options are here as well and you can add descriptions for improved clarity.

Alarms - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review

Alarms

Calendar - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Calendar - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Calendar - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review

Calendar


There is a standard calculator with several complex options, but we were caught off guard by its design. It´s as if the application has been developed for displays with lower resolution, meaning it does not fit the screen, but appears in a window. 

Calculator - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Calculator - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review

Calculator



Messaging:

Composing messages remains an overused cell phone function, no matter how high-tech and feature-rich a smartphone may be. We have to admit the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is somewhat disappointing with this respect.

Messages are visualized in threaded style, which is very convenient indeed. However, we just don’t have a clue why you don’t have access to the landscape QWERTY layout when typing in a text message, while the layout is at your disposal to compose emails. We hope the issue affects our unit only. The portrait layout comes with keys that are a bit thin, so it's not the most comfortable there is. The space bar is tiny and we quite often (and erroneously) pressed the full stop button next to it instead. The landscape QWERTY is much more comfortable, since its buttons are large enough and there is enough room in between keys.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
landscape QWERTY keyboard - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
  

landscape QWERTY keyboard


As we have already mentioned, Sony Ericsson have pre-installed applications for Microsoft Exchange servers and they are more than welcome. Setting up and using multiple email accounts is both simple and convenient.


Connectivity:

As you might have guessed already, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 was born to be connected to the Internet. Using Timescape and Mediascape means you need internet connection almost all the time, so a proper data plan is virtually mandatory. The handset supports HSDPA 10.2Mbit/s and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g.

The default browser of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is the standard application of Android and people who have used the HTC Hero or Google Nexus One will certainly find it a bit antiquated. It is snappy and allows for smooth scrolling, but lacks the option for zooming via double taps. You can zoom on page elements in predefined steps using the two screen buttons in the bottom right corner of the screen, although there is no image spanning via multitouch or keeping your finger pressed against the display. The browser does not support Flash, but there is a built-in player to watch YouTube videos.

The default browser of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is the standard application of Android - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
The default browser of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is the standard application of Android - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
The default browser of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is the standard application of Android - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review

The default browser of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is the standard application of Android


The salvation, however, lurks around. There are several truly capable browsers at Android Market and the most feature-rich today is Dolphin (although it won´t bring multitouch controls to the X10). Opera Mini 5 beta is a viable option as well, especially if you need to severely slash on traffic.

Dolphin - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Dolphin - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review

Dolphin

Opera Mini 5 beta - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Opera Mini 5 beta - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review

Opera Mini 5 beta




GPS:

Traditionally, Sony Ericsson provides Wisepilot with all its handsets equipped with GPS and the Xperia X10 is not an exception to the rule. The program is really capable and features voice navigation, but comes with a 30 day trial, meaning you will have to buy it when it´s expired. All told, the application can come in quite handy for European customers. However, using it in the US is more or less pointless, since Google Maps offers free navigation. Google is expected to enable the free navigation feature for the entire world later on, which would probably mean the end of paid navigational programs like Wisepilot. Until this has happened, however, such applications are more than welcome.

Wisepilot - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Wisepilot - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Wisepilot - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Wisepilot - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Wisepilot - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review

Wisepilot



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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55 1

1. Jyakotu (Posts: 823; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


I never really understand why reviewers take off points for Android phones for shipping with outdated software. This is common with most Android phones nowadays anyway. And if I'm not mistaken, this one can be upgraded.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 10:40

2. Dddroid (Posts: 9; Member since: 30 Dec 2009)


Seriously this interface is jut ugly

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 11:33

3. uk786 (Posts: 47; Member since: 30 Dec 2009)


+1 makes you feel "Blue"

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 15:06

4. JASON666 (Posts: 20; Member since: 31 Oct 2009)


So basically this phone needs OS upgrade BADLY.... or just go to a carrier faster.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 15:08

5. littlejohno (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Mar 2010)


Iphone 3 Gs at the mo have been waiting for this to upgrade not so sure now but always liked sony not had one for a longtime though?????

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 17:08

6. adixxx (Posts: 18; Member since: 26 Jan 2010)


will prefer HTC Desire instead of this. price is too much, plus the outdated software is a no-no. people always want to be updated, and this having 1.6, i think Sony will pay for their delay.

posted on 27 Mar 2010, 03:34

7. dust (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Mar 2010)


I tried sms and mail in landscape mode on x10. QWERTY worked fine for me.

posted on 27 Mar 2010, 09:31

8. freakatronic (Posts: 9; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)


At least the X10 performs splendid with such a great display! Did you people read about the Nexus One's resolution @ BoyGeniusReport? Apparently, it's not actually 480 x 800... You can go tohttp://www.boygeniusreport.com/2010/03/26/google-nexus-one-display-actually-not-800x480-resolution/

posted on 27 Mar 2010, 11:01

9. yugam11 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Mar 2010)


why isnt the video working??????????? IT IS PUTTING ME OFF THIS SITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 28 Mar 2010, 06:52

10. chunky1x (Posts: 261; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


Out dated software and crappy low light photos are the major flaws . However everything else is good and personally I want it. Even with software flaws it can still put a punch to its rivals.

posted on 28 Mar 2010, 06:53

11. chunky1x (Posts: 261; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


Why is the video not working?

posted on 29 Mar 2010, 01:47

12. JuanNizzle (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Mar 2010)


if you shoot over to gizmodo.com you'll see they have an interview confirming that the X10 will launch in the U.S. with Android 2.1 not only this but almost all lag problems have been solved. Kinda makes you feel like allowing these websites to do preemptive reviews was quite a foolish idea since all negatives seemed to have been fixed. ****note**** it launched in japan a week or 2 ago with Android 2.1, How long ago did they mail these review units? P.S. this phones only competition seems to be the HTC Evo. I will get this over the Evo since i don't trust 4G... especially Wimax.

posted on 31 Mar 2010, 13:04

13. arash84v (Posts: 28; Member since: 18 Nov 2009)


I have 2 Questions Do you get the Android Market Place or we are stuck with SonyEricsson's Market place for Applications??? Does it automatically get the Picture Profile Facebook for the Address Book? or we have to manually do it? In how much time will it take for them to switch the X10 to Android 2.1??? and there will be no Multi touch for picture or browser like Pinch to Zoom??? Please help me.I'm probably going to buy it.

posted on 25 Apr 2010, 16:34

14. pjt (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Apr 2010)


this is a dreadfull phone. Touchscreen is highly unresponsive and needs cleaning after every use. cant synch with outlook express. . Camera doesnt have a flash and is very sensitive to movement. battery life is about three to four hours in standby, if you want 3g on so you can get pics messages then it will keep connecting to mobile internet and cost a fortune, qwerty keyboard is inaccurate and predictive text is really not predictive at all. And the sound quality is appaling and you cant assign mp3 as ringtones. Do not get one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 10 Jan 2011, 15:07

21. Kullgan (unregistered)


@ pjt, what you said about connecting and using mobile internet on its own is scary, should have an option to ask before connecting, have to check this.

I dont agree with you about not able to put mp3 as ringtone...you just have to select / play the mp3 in mediascap and press one of the 3 buttons underneath the screen...the first one, you will see 4 option including "set as ringtone". On android 2.1 though.

posted on 21 May 2010, 11:04

15. zbih (unregistered)


you have rated Camera with quite nice number like 9 .. but there is my question .. SE Satio has 8,5, so with your opinion has X10 better camera than Satio?

posted on 16 Aug 2010, 17:07

16. frankinsteen (unregistered)


What's so great about this phone? Droid X, Droid Incredible, Droid 2, Captivate, Evo, all blow this thing out of the water.

posted on 06 Sep 2010, 02:07

17. Ankur Narwania (unregistered)


Apart from all the bugs it has,the worst part is this phone is coming with faulty earphones/mics.Most of the phones which are getting sold are coming up with the same problems and the fault is still not getting removed even after taking the handset to the service centres. By this time now,sony should know this but still its not recalling its products back which clearly shows how much concern it has for its users unlike tata,toyota,honda which recalled their products.I have even submitted my complaint to their site but of no use.I would suggest every 1 to refrain from purcahsing such handset which will cost you every single penny from your pocket and still fails to provide basic utility of a phone ie clear communication which could be better handled by even a chineese handset. Ankur Narwania 09738385489

posted on 28 Dec 2010, 14:03

19. Jason_south_africa (unregistered)


Got the x10 today. Not a bad phone overall, but as someone who doesn't follow phone trends I wasn't aware of some limitations in android as opposed to windows mobile. The biggest surprise for me was the apparent lack of shell integration for any filetypes other than .zip and .html

The phone appears not to be able to see anything other than those 2 file types - odd. I eventually gave up trying to browse to pics & vids I'd just taken by using the gui, seems you have to use the built in media player... Me, I like to be able to move my files, or more importantly I want to control where they're saved, and chuck a shortcut onto my desktop/home screen

qwerty functions for MMS & SMS in both landscape & portrait BUT I can't retrive contacts for either SMS or MMS when in landscape i.e. I have to rotate the phone to portrait before it'll find the contact's name I'm typing into the To: field

The killer for me of course is the qwerty itself, in either portrait or landscape flavor. when I touch "o" it's because I want "o" I don't want "r" or "space" likewise when I hit "r" I don't want the phone to give me an "enter" which is the same sometimes as a "send"

I'd also really have liked the option to turn off the frankly very useless "helpfully suggesting the word I think you're trying to type" feature which makes the text field jump up and down. It wouldn't be so bad if the word I touched on could be selected, as opposed to a different word, elsewhere in the list, I might find a use for the feature, that is of course assuming the phone could speak any of the other 11 official languages in South Africa besides english - strangely my home language and the one I use the least LOL

And why oh why in gods name would anyone put the backspace near the bottom and send near the top *shakes head* everyone's pinky knows where backspace is, why's send got to be there??

Oh well it helped me alleviate boredom at work today, but it's going back tomorrow. iphone4 maybe...?

posted on 10 Jan 2011, 15:15

22. Kullgan (unregistered)


You can turn off the [frankly very useless "helpfully suggesting the word I think you're trying to type" feature which makes the text field jump up and down0 :)

its quite simple, when you are typing a message..press the key between the dot and the enter key...you will get the "basic settings" just navigate downwards and turn off the "predict next work". Android 2.1 though

posted on 10 Jan 2011, 15:18

23. Kullgan (unregistered)


"Predic next word"*

posted on 10 Jan 2011, 15:06

20. Kullgan (unregistered)


Well, been 3 days since i got my phone...overall im happy with it....some of the main issue for me are the battery...die too quickly but ive read that this problem can be solve easily, still have to figure out how.

Next issue is the wifi range / connectivity...my brother with his HD2 has a better range...i dont get connection when im outside on the balcony and he does, its like 10m away from my wireless netgear. Sometimes wifi even show disconnected even when in the settings netgear shows excellent status, what i have to do is switch off and on again phone or my netgear router (trying to reconnect it through settings doesnt work). My router works fine and has a good range. If i can fix these issue ill be very happy :)

posted on 14 Jul 2011, 14:56

24. Will fC (unregistered)


Battery life sucks!!!!!! Sony customer service sucks!!!!!!
Got my x10 within 1 year and couldn't charge the battery!! Send back to sony and they said liquid damage and can't fix!!!! Swear to god my x10 never touch any kind of liquid!! I checked via internet and I found out lots of people have the same charging problem. People can get a new one back in the US but in Canada it’s not even under warranty!!!! They want us to buy a new one!!!!!!!!
I will never buy any Sony Ericsson products in the future!! And I will not recommend this brand to anyone!!!!!!

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 11:31

25. Will fC (unregistered)


Battery life sucks!!!!!! Sony customer service sucks!!!!!!
Got my x10 within 1 year and couldn’t charge the battery!! Send back to sony and they said liquid damage and can’t fix!!!! Swear to god my x10 never touch any kind of liquid!!
I checked via internet and I found out lots of people have the same charging problem.
I required for photo proof and they keep avoiding my phone calls, I have been dealing with them for 2 months and talked to 5 advisors and 2 supervisors and they just keep saying ''i will call you back within 24 hrs'' but actually they never call me back!!
People can get a new one back in the US but in Canada it’s not even under warranty!!!! They want us to buy a new one!!!!!!!!
I will never buy any Sony Ericsson products in the future!! And I will not recommend this brand to anyone!!!!!!

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 00:15

26. Sc32 (unregistered)


To Will fC you got the battery wet I am sure of it ever been out side when it was raining? Ever had the phone in the bathroom when showering? E.t.c it is called humidity. it does not mean you sank it in the pond. So before you go ripping on Sony buy a motorola and see how that works for you I work for a major cell phone company and Sony Is the least returned phones.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

OS: Android 2.3.3 2.1 1.6
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (245 ppi) TFT
Camera8.1 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8250, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
256 MB RAM
Size4.69 x 2.48 x 0.51 inches
(119 x 63 x 13 mm)
4.76 oz  (135 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 10 hours talk time

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