Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Review
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, with each capable of hosting only one widget.
We noticed that unlike on the X10 mini, there is some noticeable loss of frames here and there on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, while using the handset for ordinary stuff. Fortunately, this doesn't stand in the way of usability, since performance is still quite good on the whole.
You can find more details about 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 out of 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 navigation very clumsy, since you'll have to use the on-screen zoom keys. It is not unbearable, but it's obviously worse than multitouch-capable phones, or at least phones that rely on much better zooming solutions like double-tap. Interestingly enough, one-touch zoom is available in the photo gallery and works like a charm (you hold your finger for a second and then just slide up or down). Even more, it is a super-easy to use and convenient feature. Why is it not available in the browser is beyond us. You know, one of those questions that will probably never get answered. The bad thing here is that 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 Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 supports Wi-Fi, as well as two-band 3G (900/1200) and GPS. Speaking of GPS, we did experience some problems when trying to get ourselves localized, and had to turn on the A-GPS so that our location could be found in a couple minutes.
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.
Our main concern with the camera is that photos are seriously lacking in detail. Moreover, colors appear dull, while close-ups turn out quite blurry. Moving indoors presents us with similar performance, except for the fact that you're more likely to take a blurry shot. Noise isn't too much of a problem as long as enough light is present, but then again, images are quite soft too.
At least the phone records a decent VGA video at 29 FPS, although some stuttering is observed here and there.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Sample Video:
The music player of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is quite nice, showing album art and some large-sized playback controls. You can easily choose the track you want to play, but more advanced options such as equalizers or effects are missing. The loudspeaker is plenty loud and even manages to produce some deeper sounding tones, which is great. The supplied earphones are useable, but nothing out of the ordinary. You'll probably want to replace them with better ones if you are big on listening to music, while on the go.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8's video playback capabilities are quite good, so in case the 3” screen isn't too small for you, you'll be able to enjoy your favorite videos on the handset without much issues. Still, you'll have to convert them to MPEG-4, since DivX and Xvid are unplayable. MPEG-4 videos can be played at up to 800x480 pixels resolution.
A cool app that you get with the Xperia X8 is Creatouch. What it does is to allow you to create some good-looking wallpapers for your device. You don't have endless possibilities with it of course, but it's still fun to use, because you can do yourself a cool-looking panoramic wallpaper in no time.
1. Gautam_K (unregistered)
Why did SE demotioned camera??? And FIXED focused?
X8 could be the ideal and best mid range Android pone, but camera spoils the party.
I want to buy this one, but camera prevents me to do so.
Hope SE will clear their mistake in next version, May be in X9!
13. boi (unregistered)
17. lal (unregistered)
are you numbnutz? that phone is a low range phone!
2. Calvin Foo (unregistered)
Why you so worry about the camera quality? If you want camera, use a regular compact camera for it. If you want good quality, use DSLR.
Camera is the last thing you should worry about when buying a phone, because you are buying a PHONE, not a camera
3. saurav anuraj (unregistered)
i like this phone....everything is ok but android 1.6 is not ok,i m confused between htc wildfire nd xperia x8.wildfire has 2.1 but not a good resolution screen plz help
4. Karthik (unregistered)
@Calvin Foo [Camera is the last thing you should worry about when buying a phone, because you are buying a PHONE, not a camera]
If people want just a phone, they can always go for the ones with basic features which cost around INR 1,000-1,500. When we are shelling out huge bucks for mobiles, no wrong in bothering about the quality of camera it offers.
5. Karthik (unregistered)
@ Saurav Anuraj [i like this phone....everything is ok but android 1.6 is not ok,i m confused between htc wildfire nd xperia x8.wildfire has 2.1 but not a good resolution screen plz help]
Xperia X8's Android 1.6 is gonna get an update to Android 2.1, I guess. Just wait for a few weeks.
6. OverRatedChild (unregistered)
I agree with both Gautum and Calvin_Foo. Sort of.
I wish there was a better camera, or maybe an LED Flash. But it doesn't make the phone bad. I like this phone, I spent nothing on it with my new 2-year contract (or its cheap without anyway). SO I have a decent camera for the occasional shot, Android 2.1 now onboard and loads of apps. For a camera, from the 400 something dollars I saved from not getting the X10 (8mp camera with LED Fllash),
I went and bought myself a 12mp camera with Full 1080p HD recording. No need for me to whine bout the phone cam.
Only complaint tho ( not a big one), is that there is no LED FLash. My Old NOKIA had an LED Flash. I mean, It doesn't cost Sony more than a Buck to add an LED Flash.
Oh well, good phone either way.
7. sharath (unregistered)
i lost my 3.5 mm jack headset.
is the original one available in market.,,?
it will be helpful if you can tell me the cost...?
8. prossphere (unregistered)
i heard abt some software problem in x8,wat abt htc aria
9. fpry (unregistered)
If the talktime is 4 hours does that mean even when it's in your pocket it will last only for four hours
10. angel 2011 (unregistered)
11. tanongbh (unregistered)
Press and hold longer at the white space for writing text,
the menu for input method will appear for selection.
I try for very long to find out too...
12. Linlin (unregistered)
14. x8 owner (unregistered)
i buyed it with pre instaled 2.1 and it works great.And if you have doubts about the processor speed dont worry it works pretty fast.I recommend it to everyone
15. shandmaster (unregistered)
right bitches. what the actual f**k is going on with this s**tey wee phone????? had this phone less than 3/4 of a year and already i am looking at new phones to buy. the sony ericcson WILL BE AVOIDED this time!!! had enough of your pishy wee phones that hardly ever f**king work! had important messages on my phone, it decided to delete them for no transparent reason. the phone freezes all the time, it sometimes decides it doesnt want to recieve messages, it sometimes doesnt send messages! the list goes on as to how f**king unsatisfied i am with the sony ericsson! i have had one of your other phones before, and had the exact same problems. money isnt exactly an easy thing to come by these days, and any money i do have will not be spent on your s**t products. good f**king day to you :@:@@@:@:@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@
16. crisanta (unregistered)
ooooohh!!hoooo!!! to much f**king,,,, next time don't but telephone, okay!
18. shine (unregistered)
can this x8 read or write in mandarin?