Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Review
Long live the panels!
Windows Mobile comes with an ageing interface and despite the fact the latest version 6.5 has brought along certain improvements that are not half bad, manufacturers still need to develop and integrate their own personalization packs in order to make the interface more comfortable and enjoyable to use. Both HTC and Samsung make for illustrative examples. The guys at Sony Ericsson seem to be of the same opinion and the panel interface got introduced with the market release of the X1. It is available on the Xperia X2 as well, but features evolutionary improvements. Its integration into the standard WM interface is not as deep as in the case of HTC´s TouchFLO 3D or Samsung´s TouchWiz 2.0, but the concept is unique.
The menu that we know well from the Xperia X1 and allows for changing of panels has been revised and delivers new options. Now it not only offers access to various panels, but to personalized views of your call history, messages, calendar and multimedia content. There are also two additional options for fast access to PlayNow and Sony Ericsson Sync.
Now, let´s get back to the panels. Several come preloaded onto the device and they all feature different overall look and varying functionality. Some of them personalize the standard WM interface more profoundly, including the way some of the available applications look, while others provide quick access to services only. For an instance, the SPB Mobile Shell panel is actually the full version of the popular software developed for WM phones that replaces a large part of the standard WM interface with a handier and more enjoyable skin, while the CNN panel is simply an application that provides access to the information from the popular website. Aside from these two, the other that come pre-installed are Pixel City and Pixel City Night, Growing Panel, SupportPanel, MSToday that reverts the handset to the standard Windows Mobile 6.5 interface and one, called Tilewave. The latter is probably the most spectacular - it has a truly futuristic look due to the beautiful 3D effects that tip you off the Xperia X2 sports a dedicated video chip.
SPB Mobile Shell
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 comes with several preloaded panels
You´ve got the option to set up the phone to automatically switch between panels at certain time that you can choose yourself, which is a truly bright idea of the manufacturer.
You are allowed to download additional panels, although just a handful of them are available as of now. Still, Sony Ericsson already offers the relevant SDK necessary for the creation of panels, so we hope software developers will come up with more and soon.
The main concept of the panel interface is to enable users to lend variety to the home screen quickly and easily and to provide fast access to certain functions via various panels. Of course, you get all this with the Xperia X2, the thing is there is a single, huge problem here – more often than not the phone gets sluggish beyond belief and this does spoil the pleasing feeling that the beauty of the enjoyable effects creates.
Contacts, Organizer and Messaging:
The phone contacts application looks like a survived participant in one of these TV Shows where people change their look dramatically. It has been remade and its interface has almost nothing to do with either WM6.5´s standard one or the software version of the X1. You can scroll the list of names using kinetic scrolling, there is a search pane at the top and a band of letters on the right hand side and they all make searching really fast and easy. The icons at the bottom call up your favourite contacts and call register on screen.
Just like any other WM phone, the Xperia X2 supports almost all means of modern, text-based communication – SMS, MMS, E-mail and IM. As we have already mentioned, the hardware QWERTY keyboard is quite handy and allows for fast entry. What you also have is a personalized screen keyboard with large buttons and several handwriting recognition options. The more interesting thing, however, is the interface of the messaging menu depends on the currently active panel. What pops up on screen with some of them is the standard OS interface, while others like Tilewave, bring you into a completely different world. All things considered, however, you invariably end up in the standard WM interface on opening messages.
The organizer functionality of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 does not differ from what any other device running WM 6.5 delivers. Calendar, alarm, calculator, world clock, notes, tasks etc., anything you might need is at your disposal and the interface of some of the applications changes depending on the currently active panel.
The software dedicated to working with Office documents is just a few clicks away. The Xperia X2 is great at handling both Office 2003 and 2007 files. Adobe Reader 2.5 LE comes preinstalled and allows you to open of PDF files.
1. omac posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55 0
as a sony fan im disappointed but im not a WM user,so next in line plz.
2. fsjon posted on 27 Jan 2010, 10:27 0
If only they bump the cpu to 800mzh and a bit more ram, this would have been an amazing phone.
3. Vix posted on 28 Jan 2010, 07:50 0
I am totally bewildered at how Phone Arena calculates the averages. I've got 8.5 It seems that all phones but HTCs get the final average less than the mathematical average for every category (i.e. see, also, the N900), and HTCs get higher score (i.e. HD2 and Nexus One).
4. deepak_nr posted on 29 Jan 2010, 13:51 0
One has to be either crazy or out of mind to actually buy this ph! Why is this stupid company still around!! The Omnia pro gives sooo much more at a way lesser price. Thank you Samsung.
6. kronos1 posted on 16 Apr 2010, 16:05 0
Perfectly design smartphone but lack of stable and strong software make this device questionable for purchasing.
7. Kerman (unregistered) posted on 25 Jan 2011, 13:38 0
My Goodness Xperia x2 is the most stupid phone I've ever bought. Its definitely not worth trying for those who've not yet bought refrain! Its unstable. Keeps going off... Camera refuses to launch at times. Battery is very weak.... There is absolutely nothing good about this phone. Don't waste your money
8. Don (unregistered) posted on 03 Jul 2011, 01:43 0
Xeperia X2 is the worst phone ever seen. its too slow
9. Akki2551 posted on 08 Sep 2012, 02:47 0
i am thinking to buy this phone now..??? should i buy it or not..??? plz rply me.. m buying it online...