Sony Ericsson Xperia X10a Review
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?