Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Preview
The software running on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is neatly personalized by the optimized version of the UX interface, or in other words, it's the same personalization we saw in the X10 mini. In our opinion, it is a quite intuitive and convenient solution, perfect for handsets with relatively small screens.
There isn't much to describe here: at the top you have Android's notification bar, in the four corners of the screen you get shortcuts to your most frequently used apps, from the bottom you can pull the main menu, and you also have multiple home screen pages with only one widget per page. The last characteristic starts to feel just slightly annoying on the X8's 3-inch display, but we can live with it.
We noticed that unlike the X10 mini, there is some noticeable loss of frames here on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, while using the handset for ordinary stuff. This could, however, be due to the prototype nature of our unit. Plus, we played Raging Thunder II without a hitch on the handset, so we aren't worried about its general performance.
You can find more details on the interface in our Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini Review.
Social networking on the Sony Ericsson X8 is... handled by the available applications for the platform, with the exclusive part here being the Timescape app (although 3 inches are fine for multimedia purposes, the Mediascape app is still out of the business here, but we don't feel too bad about it). What Timescape does for you is to act like a messages and missed calls log, plus it integrates updates from Facebook and Twitter. It's a decent try, but not functional enough. For example, it doesn't show you the whole tweets, and when you attempt to tap on a tweet or update, hoping to see more of it, you get redirected to the mobile web page of the respective service. Not really deep stuff.
To our disappointment, the internet browser lacks pinch-to-zoom or double-tap zooming, which makes it pretty useless. Alright, it is not that bad, but it's that bad when you pit it against multitouch-capable phones, or at least phones that rely on much better zooming solutions like double-tap, or one-touch. Interestingly enough, one-touch zoom is available in the photo gallery and works like a charm. Even more, it is a super-easy to use and convenient feature. Why it is not available in the browser is beyond us. You know, one of those questions. The bad thing here is there seems to be no better alternative in Android Market, and this includes Dolphin and Skyfire. Opera Mini 5 is indeed a lot better in terms of navigation, but its functionality is limited. Otherwise, scrolling in the standard Android browser is smooth, pages render like they should, and Flash is missing. There isn't much more to say about it.
The 3.2MP camera without autofocus or flash is powered by the same interface found on the X10 mini, i.e. pretty simple and straightforward stuff, with four presets for the photos (Auto, Beach/snow, Twilight and Sports) and two quality modes for the videos (Normal and For MMS). The Gallery app works great with its smooth transitions when swiping between photos and the above-mentioned one-touch zoom feature. Think of the camera samples below as "prototype samples".
Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is a very stylish offering that finds a pretty good balance between being compact and functional at the same time. We like its design and interface and believe there's a pretty decent chunk of the market that will find it great. At this point however, we don't think it will be able to fulfill the needs of power internet users, because of the downright poor navigation in the browser. We still hope for a miracle in the final unit, but judging by the X10 mini's final version, our chances are not very bright. If you plan to use it mainly for its other purposes, plus gaming, the X8 seems to be a pretty adequate mainstream smartphone thanks to its good looks, capacitive display and steady performance.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Video Preview:
1. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)
All of Sony Ericssons phones are starting to look the same. How boring.
2. Matte55 (unregistered)
Finally a smartphone that is´nt a brick like iphone or X10 or toooo small like x10 mini.
3. bams (unregistered)
4. Wiwidj (unregistered)
Well, for the design is nice - better than X10 (too big) and X10 mini (too small) however the andriod OS that I am not satisfied with, it would be ok if using Symbian rather than Android - to be frank OS android was very terrible to use for sync with the outlook - I still do not know how syncing with Outlook or may be someone has ? syncing for contact more than 1000 (incl email,etc..) , it required an effort..
5. fatexo (Posts: 59; Member since: 21 May 2010)
Great and an attractive phone I bought it last week and it works pretty decent on everything i do. I m just missing the equalizer and a LED flash I had on my W705 I can live with the rest for years. And just waiting for Sony Ericsson to update it to 2.1 to make things even better.
6. prasanth (unregistered)
no Flash support in browser. does this have any solution and is there possibilities of bluetooth file transfers.