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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review

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Camera:

Launching the camera application will make you think you're actually using a dedicated digital camera thanks to its wealth of novel features that compliment its 8.1-megapixel stature. Various shooting modes are offered, as well as other useful things like image stabilization – making it one well rounded device in this area. When it comes down to quality, it produces some stunning looking images outdoors which are even able to meticulously capture some minute details in the scenery while maintaining some natural looking color tones. Indoor quality didn't look too different since there is a fair amount of detail and color reproduction in our shots – that's as long as they're taken in good lighting conditions of course. Conversely, the LED flash is completely useless since it stays active throughout taking a shot and is pretty weak – even when you're very close to your images.
 
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review

Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review
Camera interface - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review

Camera interface


Samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review
Samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review
Samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review
Samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review
Samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review
Samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review
Samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review
Samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review
Samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review
Samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review

Samples shot with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a


Strong - Indoor samples - Darkness with flash - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Darkness with flash - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Darkness with flash - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review

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Indoor samples

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High-definition recording is something that's regarded as being a standard feature with most top-tiered phones, however, the Xperia X10a still lacks it. Instead, we're presented with a maximum shooting resolution of 800 x 480, which isn't too bad when you think about the level of detail it's able to capture, but still doesn't play in the same playing field as other recent smartphones. The video gets recorded at a frame rate of 28 with image stabilization active.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a sample video at 800x480 pixels resolution.

Multimedia:

Let's get one thing straight, Mediascape offers some great looking visuals that keep presentation in mind more than anything. But unfortunately, it lacks some basic functionality we're accustomed to seeing on most smartphones nowadays when previewing photos. Case in point like the lack of multi-touch gestures for pinching to zoom in/out of photos. In these times, it's an expected feature that shouldn't be overlooked over presentation.

Since accessing music is done through Mediascape, there isn't a dedicated interface for browsing through your selection of music. As for the music player itself, it's pretty much typical of others seeing that it'll display the album cover, on-screen controls, and track information. However, it lacks any equalizer settings or visualizations to considerably beautify the interface. Tunes emitted by the speaker sound normal in tone with no audible hints of distortion – plus it didn't crackle on the loudest volume setting.

Accessing music is done through Mediascape - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review
Music player - Accessing music is done through Mediascape - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review
 

Music player

Accessing music is done through Mediascape


When the handset is packing some pretty decent hardware under the hood, it shouldn't surprise anyone that it's able to play videos without forcing itself to lift a finger. Even after loading a video encoded in MPEG-4 1280 x 720 resolution, we weren't necessarily shocked that it played buttery smooth. Plus, the larger sized display makes for an appropriate experience that should be pleasing to the eye.

Watching videos - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review
Watching videos - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review

Watching videos



Connectivity and Internet:

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a is a quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and tri-band UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz) handset which makes the perfect solution for the global trotter. In addition, it packs Wi-Fi 802.11b/g for an alternative internet connection and Bluetooth 2.1 to pair up with various devices for wireless transfers.

Yeah, it's the stock Android web browser, but as we all know by now, they're not all the same. Tragically, we're presented with an outdated experience that doesn't tastefully showcase the wonders of the recent innovations found with the platform's web browser. We're missing multi-touch support of course which instead requires the manual push of a button to zoom in/out. Although it does well in loading up sites in a decent amount of time and renders them correctly, there just isn't that sense of satisfaction since it pales in comparison to the experience on other recent Android smartphones.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a comes with the stock Android web browser - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a comes with the stock Android web browser - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a comes with the stock Android web browser - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a comes with the stock Android web browser - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a comes with the stock Android web browser


Regarded as being a paltry offering, the handset comes preloaded with a 2GB microSD card which should suffice most people, but quickly looks quaint versus the 8GB and 16GB ones packed with other comparable sets. However, you can supplement it with cards up to 32GB in size.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. www (unregistered)


bye sony ericsson

posted on 30 Aug 2010, 15:49

7. kuttakamina (unregistered)


err....you mean welcome :) right ?

posted on 25 Aug 2010, 14:10

2. Jyakotu (Posts: 813; 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. :-))

posted on 30 Aug 2010, 15:51

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 !

posted on 26 Aug 2010, 04:42

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

posted on 30 Aug 2010, 15:47

5. kuttakamina (unregistered)


Yeah bebe !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 28 Aug 2010, 09:35

4. jdh4455 (unregistered)


you guys should get your specs right..the size of the captivate is wrong...looks kind of small doesn't it?

posted on 30 Aug 2010, 15:48

6. kuttakamina (unregistered)


Who cares ? Samsung SUCKS !! X10 ROCKS - 'nuff said...

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 09:50

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.

posted on 06 Dec 2010, 10:21

10. DarkHorse (unregistered)


I have this phone, my final words about it - : it very awesome phone :)

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 06:03

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 ^^

posted on 15 Jan 2011, 06:37

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???

posted on 29 May 2011, 11:48

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.

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 16:47

14. rayman173 (Posts: 51; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


does this one have a front facing camera?

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a

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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