Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review
Hardware aside, the most frustrating part about the Xperia X10a is its more than outdated inclusion of Android 1.6 – granted though, its personalized interface called UX (User eXperience) attempts to ease some of the heartache. Sporting a speedy 1GHz Snapdragon processor, there's no arguing that the handset can run like a champ when it effortlessly delivers some smooth looking 3D visuals. Regretfully, it's aggravatingly difficult to fathom why Sony Ericsson decided to launch the handset with an older build of Android – especially when most devices launch with at least Android 2.1. As for its homescreen, you're presented with three panels which of course are decorated with customized translucent widgets that seemingly adapt to any wallpaper. However, it's blatantly obvious that modern amenities like live wallpapers and Exchange Server support are feverishly absent – and that's really something of a sore! As we've witnessed firsthand some of the innovation surrounding Android, it definitely feels like we're stepping into a time machine with the Xperia X10's experience – unfortunately, it's a trip to the past.
Timescape gives you information about what´s going on around you and enables you to take a look at the last things you did using the device. It´s a cross breed between a social networking client and personal diary. We guess this sounds somewhat confusing, so let us reiterate the experience again.
Timescape allows you to see latest information about your Facebook, Twitter, emails and media in the form of cards called Splines. The concept is not new and we have already seen it in action in the Happenings widget of MOTOBLUR and the Friend Stream tab available with the latest HTC Sense interface. Moreover, Timescape shows the latest conversations, messages, emails, pictures and audio tracks you´ve carried/received/viewed/listened to. You are allowed to filter content and focus on a single element or remove some of them in overview mode and, for an instance, disable all of them but Facebook and Twitter. The application permits you to simultaneously update your status in all available social networks, which is a nice feature.
Timescape allows you to see latest information about your Facebook,
Twitter, emails and media
With Mediascape, this is where you get access to all available multimedia files... and something else as well. The concept is not brand new and exists on Sony Ericsson devices in the form of the famous Flash Menu. It has been developed further and now features extra internet-based services. A list of recently played files is visualized at the top of the Mediascape screen, while its counterpart at the bottom shows information about the particular media type, i.e. audio, video, pictures, etc. While the picture gallery enables you to browse your online albums on Facebook and Picasa.
Truth be told, the unique experience on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is an acquired taste – much like the other customized Android experiences we've checked out on other handsets. Although it's not the most glitzy looking one out there, its speed is thankfully tolerable enough to make the overall performance more than acceptable at the same time. However, its decision to stick with Android 1.6 might be its undoing especially when a handful of handsets launched this summer pack Android 2.1 and up. And it really makes you wonder what the company was doing since initially launching the devices overseas – especially when there is no movement in the platform since its inception.
Organizer & Messaging:
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 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.
One would surmise that a device sporting a 4” display would be an ideal candidate for a decent text messaging experience, right? However, there's just something about it that doesn't quite resonate a worthwhile experience when relying on the portrait style on-screen keyboard. Sure it's the stock Android keyboard that's found on any device, but we noticed that it didn't seem quite up to par in terms of speed and responsiveness when compared to some of the other newer offerings. We found ourselves pressing the wrong letters as we attempted to type casually, however, the problem is naturally less prevalent with the spacious landscape one. Fortunately, it looks like Sony Ericsson finally took the time to bring the landscape option to the text messaging app – something that was missing with the original.
As with any other Android device, the Xperia X10 provides for a fantastic Gmail experience since it replicates some of the features found with using the desktop client – such as threaded view. In addition, setting up alternate email on the phone doesn't require much effort since it generally requires your email address and password to setup automatically – with the requirement of server addresses for some non-traditional ones.
1. www (unregistered)
bye sony ericsson
7. kuttakamina (unregistered)
err....you mean welcome :) right ?
2. Jyakotu (Posts: 812; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Despite outdated software, I still love the look and UX that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a has to offer. And correct me if I'm wrong, but can't it be updated to Android 2.1 anyway.? AT&T has the only two Android phones I want, and that's the Samsung Captivate and this one. This review didn't turn me off the X10a anyway. It's a beautiful device. :-))
8. kuttakamina (unregistered)
I have one - and yes...it is a stunning piece of machinery ! Android 1.6 might be "yesterday", but it gets your work done...beautifully ! No regrets !
3. korbin (unregistered)
yes there will be an update to 2.1 and yes HD video recording to so its not a bad offering after all
5. kuttakamina (unregistered)
Yeah bebe !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4. jdh4455 (unregistered)
you guys should get your specs right..the size of the captivate is wrong...looks kind of small doesn't it?
6. kuttakamina (unregistered)
Who cares ? Samsung SUCKS !! X10 ROCKS - 'nuff said...
9. dharmaraj (unregistered)
hmmm guys i am planning to buy sony ericson xperia x10.
my main concern is about the battery backup
some one who is using it please let me know how is the battery life of this mobile.
10. DarkHorse (unregistered)
I have this phone, my final words about it - : it very awesome phone :)
11. htcpro (unregistered)
i have this phone and upgrade to 2.1 and i love this awesome phone it will be have multi and pinch zoom soon ^^
12. Abhay (unregistered)
guys i am planing to buy this phone and i'm concernerd about the volume of the loudspeaker,is it good???
n does it really not support multitouch???
13. emily b. (unregistered)
I have a question about this phone. I am planning on buying it, but does it last? Is it one of those phones where you have it for a month and it stops working or does it work pretty well for a long time? That's my biggest concern because I don't want to waste my money.
14. rayman173 (Posts: 42; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
does this one have a front facing camera?