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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is the world´s first Android handset to integrate 8.1-megapixel camera. We have to point out we are truly surprised and pleased at the great number of options its interface offers.

The interface starts up in less than two seconds and you need a second and a half for the camera to focus properly. Saving a snapshot takes about 3 seconds, meaning you won´t be able to take images in quick succession.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 offers contemporary options like face and smile detection and touch focus. It´s interesting to mention there is a function that automatically sets all relevant options depending on the current conditions (something like the Intelligent Shot of the LG Viewty Smart). During our tests, we couldn’t find any noticeable difference between images taken with the mode turned on and off. It´s really cool that you´ve got a number of presets with a real impact on the picture quality. We don´t like the fact that important options like those relating to the camera flash and white balance are inaccessible via the view finder and you have to enter a submenu to change them.

Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review

Camera interface


We quite like the option that visualizes miniature versions of the last 5 images/videos at the bottom of the screen. This means that you always know what you´ve snapped last and there is a button that takes you to the gallery right away, located on the side of the handset.

The overall snapshot quality is quite good indeed. Bear in mind that all of our test shots were taken in cloudy weather, which typically has a negative impact on the color representation and increases the amount of image noise. Still, we believe the colors could have been more saturated in order to look more real. Pictures have enough details, especially shots in macro mode. The only aspect we are disappointed at is the quality of pictures taken indoors, due to the extremely weak camera flash that just cannot provide proper lighting. As a whole, the overall quality is better than what all other Android devices to date offer, including the Motorola DROID/MILESTONE and Google Nexus One. The result is comparable to what high-end cameraphones deliver and the only aspect the X10 is not that good at is the accurate color representation in fully automated shooting mode (the multiple options, however, allow you to fix that easily).

Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review

Outdoor samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10


Strong light - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Medium light - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Darkness with flash

Indoor samples


The video capture capabilities of the device are quite good as well. You can choose between VGA (640x480) and WVGA (800x480) and the average frame rate count is remains around 30 no matter the resolution you´ve picked. The colors appear slightly thin yet again, but the overall result is satisfactory, especially alongside of other Android-based handsets. The Samsung Omnia HD and Sony Ericsson Vivaz are far, far better and they also offer HD video capture (720p).

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 video sample at 800x480 pixels resolution
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 video sample at 640x480 pixels resolution

Multimedia:

We have already told you that Mediascape kicks in when there´s media playback involved. Despite the fact we like the application, we just have to point out that it comes with several omissions in terms of functionality.
 
First, you zoom on pictures in a rather odd way in the gallery. Double tapping the screen gets you into a super close-up mode and you have to use the screen keys to zoom gradually. 

Gallery - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Gallery - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review

Gallery


The audio player offers a great number of options for filtering content and accessing additional information (via the Infinity button), but lacks equalizer. This is rather peculiar and displeasing at the least, not to mention it´s quite strange of a manufacturer that equips almost all of its handsets with such an option, no matter the class. You also have audio recognition via TrackID. Fortunately, the audio quality is really good. The boxed headphone set (MH500) has once against proved itself as one of the best that can be found in a cell phone box these days. The sound it produces is clear, loud and with pleasing basses, a truly rare quality with handsets today.

The audio player of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
The audio player of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
The audio player of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
The audio player of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review

The audio player of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10


The video player recognizes MPEG4 videos coded in H.264 only and does not support DivX and Xvid, which is a shame really, since the huge screen is extremely suitable for watching videos. Still, the player is a capable application within its limitations and the playback of files with extremely high resolution of 1,280x720 pixels is not a problem at all. The image quality is not stunning, since colors appear slightly thin, but clips play smoothly and without any hang-ups or noticeable artefacts. It´s such a shame that you have to convert videos in order to watch them, not to mention that there is simply no software that adds DivX/Xvid support to Android-based devices today (like Core Player for Symbian and Windows phones).

We just have to tell you the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 allows for sharing of multimedia files via Bluetooth, something that requires additional software with all other Android handsets.

Video playback - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Video playback - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Sharingmultimedia files - Video playback - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
  

Sharing
multimedia files

Video playback



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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55 1

1. Jyakotu (Posts: 814; 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: 156; 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: 156; 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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